Hello! Today I would like to talk about Mica Spray. Yana Smakula has used mica sprays in her card making and I loved the results! She made a card with Simon Says Stamps’ Seeing Stars that is just gorgeous! I recently noticed that Micheal’s carries some of the sprays, so with coupons in hand I decide it was time to take the plunge!
I was able to get the Tim Holtz set and the Dylusions set:
The Tim Holtz kit includes Brushed Pewter, Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass. The Dylusions set has Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise and Crushed Grape. The first thing I did when I got home was to “swatch” them on black card stock. They are gorgeous! I could totally see just spraying the Pewter on black card stock and using that for the night sky (thanks Yana).
I had been meaning to make a card with MFT’s Heart Shaker and Window Frame. After I cut the heart out, I decided to spay the card stock with the Bubblegum Pink and Brushed Pewter. I used Neenah Solar White card stock and had no issues with excess moisture. I used a shallow mailing box, and misted the card stock from about a foot away. You can see the box below.
As you can see, its like a spray paint effect. The coverage is pretty good from about a foot away and it did saturate the card stock. I think I sprayed it two or three times tops. You can also see the pearliness in the last picture.
Then I had this great idea to try masking card stock and getting a more concentrated color. I wanted to use the turquoise as it’s such a pretty color. So I cut circle out of masking paper and placed it over the paper. I put it in the box and started spraying, only a couple of inches from the card stock.
I don’t know why, but all that happened was that I soaked the paper. I was sure to shake the spray up, but it just didn’t show up on the card stock. I wiped off what I could, and hit it with the Brushed Pewter instead.
Since the card stock was already pretty wet, I didn’t want to spray too much more. I ended up with the card above. It still gave a dense coverage, but not as solid as I had planned. As I wrote earlier, I used the panel for the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.
I”m going to watch some You Tube videos on the Mica spray and see what other techniques are out there. I can’t wait to use this more. The colors are really vibrant on black card stock, and I like the effect. I’ll be sure to share what I find!
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