Hello! It’s me, Natalie, back with tutorial two of my Nuvo Mica Mists series! Last week, I showed you how great these mists look on embossed card. This week, I’m going to show you how well they work on black card and through stencils. If you want to try out these sprays for yourself, follow the link at the bottom of this post.
Using Mica Sprays
So, for this tutorial, I made one main card and a bunch of backgrounds, so you can see the range of effects that are possible. The Nuvo Mica Mists sprays work with stencils in same way as other sprays I’ve used. Simply place the card you want to spray onto a piece of scrap paper and then lay your stencil on top. If you like, you can add a little tape at the corners to keep the card and stencil from shifting around. Next, give your sprays a good shake and then spray the stencil and card from above. The higher you hold your spray, the finer the mist will be when it hits the card, but you don’t want to hold it too high, or you’ll end up spraying more than just your card!
Once you’re happy with your spraying, carefully remove the stencil. I find tweezers great for this. Make sure you immediately wash your stencil, so that the sprays don’t dry on it – they’re not watersoluble once dry. You can either let your card air-dry, or speed up the process using a heat tool or hairdryer.
For my main card, I used the Catherine Pooler Swoop Stencil with the Nebula Blue and Violet Lustre mists. I think together they create a striking background for the embossed birthday balloons.
I created the other backgrounds as follows.
I sprayed Fresh Pear and Antique Gold through a Tim Holtz stencil. This created a lovely verdigris effect.
I sprayed Turkish Rose onto a Tim Holtz stencil and then turned it over and pressed it down onto the black card to print the pattern.
I sprayed all the colours through the Dylusions stencil, one after the other, in the order of the rainbow: Turkish Rose, Antique Gold, Fresh Pear, Nebula Blue, Violet Lustre, Silver Smoke.
I used the freshly-sprayed stencil from Background 3, flipped it over and printed the pattern onto another piece of black card. (Don’t tell the other backgrounds, but this one is my favourite!)
And there you have it. I hope you can see just how gorgeous these sprays look on dark card.
Next week, I’ll be back with another Mica Mist Make, so until then if you’ve got any questions about how I made the main card or the other backgrounds, drop them in the comments section and I’ll get back to you.
Natalie’s Nuvo Mica Mist Top Tip: when shaking the bottles, shake them from side-to-side rather than up and down. This will help prevent the sprays from clogging.
Catherine Pooler Stencil – Swoop