Special Guest Blogger: Kim Watson of the CK 2010 Dream Team

12/04/2009 at 2:14 pm | Posted in guest blogger, How-Tos, Uncategorized | 11 Comments
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Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve had a super week so far and are looking forward to the weekend. This is my first time contributing to the CK blog, so I suppose I should officially say “Hi!” It’s great to be here!

With the glimmer of the festive season all around us and the twinkle of frost on the windows, I thought I’d share one of my favorite techniques with you: glimmer misting.

"Big Chill" by Kim Watson, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

As showcased on my “Big Chill” layout in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, I created a unique, inexpensive background by misting over snowflake masks. When it comes to selecting masks (and templates and stencils), you have many options to choose from. Some of my favorite designs are from The Crafter’s Workshop, Maya Road and Heidi Swapp for Advantus.

For this layout, however, I made the masks myself. You’re probably thinking, “Whoa, I could never do that,” but actually, they are so simple and fun for the whole family to make. I put together a simple step-by-step tutorial for you to try.

Here’s how to do it:

* Fold a square of thin paper in half diagonally, and then fold it in half again to create a triangle shape.

* Fold the triangle into thirds, with the corners to the middle.

* Trim the overhanging edges on the bottom of the triangle to the shortest length.

* Draw custom cutout shapes on the triangle, and cut them out using sharp scissors for best results.

* Open the paper and flatten it.

You are now ready for misting. To show you just how versatile and fun misting can be, here is another page I created using the same method as above, except this time I made star shapes instead of snowflakes.

Fa La La by Kim Watson. Supplies: Cardstock, button and snowflake and scallop stickers: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Bo-Bunny Press (green dot and mini die cut) and Cosmo Cricket (music and snowflake); Journaling tag: Cosmo Cricket; Date label: October Afternoon; Letter stickers: Pink Paislee; Color spray: Glimmer Mist, Tattered Angels; Punches: Fiskars Americas (bracket) and Marvy Uchida (circle); Pen: Sakura; Adhesive: GlueArts, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Therm O Web and Tombow; Other: Thread.

If you’ve never tried misting using shaped templates before, give it a try! I’ve put together an easy step-by-step tutorial for you.

Here’s how to create a background with color mist:

* Use repositionable aerosol adhesive to lightly adhere the masks to your cardstock background. Note: I recommend a light-colored background to ensure crisp-looking images.

* Lightly spray Glimmer Mist in layers until you achieve your desired color, positioning your hand about 8″ from the paper. Note: Make sure you mist outdoors or into a box with sides to avoid overspray inside the house.

* Once you’re happy with the color intensity, let the page dry for a few minutes before carefully lifting your masks off using tweezers.

* Allow your page to dry completely before you start scrapping; otherwise, you could end up with ink on everything. (I use my hair dryer on a low setting to speed up the process, because I am too impatient to wait on it drying au-natural.) 🙂

Once the color is dry, you’re all done and are ready to scrap your page.

If you try this technique yourself, I would love to see your pages. To submit your work, read the “CK & Me” information here.

Have a super day!

Kim Watson

P.S. Speaking of snowflakes, enjoy the festive CK Snowflake font download available free today on the Creating Keepsakes site. (Click on the image below to see the snowflakes on the font in better detail.)



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  1. Really fun idea Kim! TFS!

  2. So fun and clever!!

  3. Kim, I LOVE this project! I’m thinking of getting some “snow in a can” and spray the windows usng those snowflakes… THANKS! I’ll finally blog and post a picture when I’m done!!!

  4. Love the stitching for the snowflake ornaments! Thanks for the free font, too – I have some skiing layouts that this will be perfect for!

  5. Really love this–esp for winter snowflakes. Great los–tfs!

  6. First I love this CK free Front. Its super great. These tips are wonderful Kim. You really make me want to go out and get some spray mist now to try this idea out. Love your layouts.

  7. love the idea to mist snowflakes! i’m really going to have to get my hands on some glimmer mist 🙂

  8. That page of your visit to Niagra Falls is awesome…I love making snowflakes, but never thought to use one as a mask to make a background! Thanks, Kim!!!

  9. This is SO awesome Kim! You are so talented. I adore both layouts, but especially love the one pager – it is just so darn cute. And I love your ideas – I am going to try them! You make misting look so easy and I am always intimidated by it. Thanks for the inspiration! Suzy

  10. you are so talented Kim! 🙂

  11. Beautiful page and Kim-you rock at cutting snowflakes. Mine NEVER look that good:)

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