Glimmer Mist Background Technique



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Creating a glimmer mist background technique is very easy. I use these for various things such as book covers for handcrafted books, backgrounds for ATCs, pages for a mini scrapbook, etc.  On this sample I took a 12 by 12 piece of white cardstock and I will cut it to the size pieces that I want to use.  You can get a lot of bang for your effort doing it this way.


This first part is actually a technique within a technique.  To get a stamped image to not smear when you put mod podge over it you need to use this Staz On Ink.  It has an interesting smell, which nobody ever warned me about, but it does do what it is supposed to do. 


You can stamp your images onto old pattern pieces as I did (you get the additional element of the pattern lines) or you can even use gift wrap tissue paper.


Find an assortment of black and white images and lay them out on your paper in an interesting arrangement.  I used things such as my stamped image on pattern paper, old sheet music, old shorthand book pages, old magazine pages and the musical instruments are actually some interesting gift wrap tissue paper that I found at a yard sale.


Use Mod Podge to adhere the papers down, both underneath the whole thing and on top of the whole thing.  Let dry.


I almost love this result to use as-is, but not quite.


The next thing I did was to take a cheap acrylic paint in a neutral color and water it down.  Paint this over the entire page and let dry again.


Spray with glimmer mists.  I used two colors here.  One a blue and the other a walnut.  Let dry.


This is it after drying.  There is a definite muted, altered art kind of look and feel about it.  I love the feel.  It's kind of stiff, yet pliable.  Very cool.  I want to use some of this for book covers on an altered art journal, so I decided to do the back of the same piece of paper.


Let dry.


On this one I did not paint over it with acrylic paint.  It is optional.


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