I posted this tutorial and technique over on the Tattered Angels Educator Blog since it's my turn to share something fun! I will have some Tattered Angels classes coming up in March so keep an eye out ;)

I am excited to be sharing a quick and easy scrapbook page with you today. You can easily duplicate this page and use these variegating techniques over and over for any theme, any paper brand or style.

On this page I altered the patterned paper I used for my base using some diecut papers and Glimmer Mist. This is a fast and easy way to alter your page backgrounds to create a variegated look– you can do the same thing with ink or paint but it is much prettier, easier, and more dynamic when using Glimmer Mist. The shine and the ability to blend the mist, even when dry, makes Glimmer Mist much more fun to play with!

This technique also helps stretch your supplies because once you're done using the diecut paper as a mask, you can use the paper on another project. You can also use diecut chipboard or any shape you have in your stash as a mask with Glimmer Mist.


  • 12×12 Patterned Paper
  • Glimmer Mist in complimentary colors (I used Yellow Daisy and Caribbean Blue)
  • Misting Mat
  • Diecut Papers in 2 different shapes
  • Black Pen
  • Black Ink for Distressing
  • Alpha Stickers
  • Buttons (or another embellishment)
  • Chipboard Diecut (I used an arrow)

Lay one of the diecut papers over the patterned paper that you'll be using for your background so that about 3-4″ of the background paper is exposed from under the left side of the diecut:

Spray the exposed edge of the paper with the DARKER color of Glimmer Mist:

Remove the diecut so you can see the pattern that has been created:

Before the Glimmer Mist dries completely, lay another shaped diecut paper over top of the page, slightly to the right of the last diecut image.

Spray the LIGHTER color of Glimmer Mist over the diecut shape and remove the shape. The lighter color will blend with the darker color, creating a green portion of the page and a yellow portion of the page in this case. You can repeat this process by slightly moving diecut shapes over to the right, spraying them, and then changing colors to create a fun background. Start with the darkest color and then move to the lightest –if you use a dark then light then dark color again, the dark color used for the 3rd layer would overpower the light color and you won't be able to see the outline of the diecut in the 2nd layer very well.

After the Glimmer Mist has dried, loosely doodle an outline around each diecut shape, using a black pen.

To alter a plain chipboard accent to match your page you'll need the same two colors of Glimmer Mist used for the background as well as a plain chipboard shape. I cut this shape on a diecut machine from scrap chipboard. I recommend doing this technique on top of a Misting Mat to protect your work surface but also because the Misting Mat will help the Glimmer Mist to “bead up” for the last few steps of this technique.

Saturate the chipboard shape with the LIGHTER color. In this case, it is Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist:

At this point it looks like th Glimmer Mist isn't doing much besides soaking into the chipboard and looking quite icky. We'll fix that!

Starting from one end, apply the darker shade of Glimmer Mist until you reach the middle of the diecut shape. You'll want to apply the Glimmer Mist more heavily on the opposite side from the light color, or the left side in this case:

Now spray the “light” side with the light color again, on the right hand side:

Turn the diecut over and rub into the mist droplets on the mat. This will deposit more “glimmer” on the shape as well as press more color into the chipboard fibers. The chipboard will be very wet at this point and that is okay. Be careful to avoid pushing the shape too far into the darker colored droplets and making your entire shape that dark color.

This is what the arrow should look like afterwards, with deposits of “glimmer” along the edges:

Allow to dry (or you can use a heat gun) and then apply to the layout as desired. I added a title, journaling in black pen, and buttons to the page. I also inked the page with black ink to contrast with the bright colors of the paper.

Happy Misting!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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4 thoughts on “Variegated Misting

  1. WOW- this is so rad!! I’m so gonna try this- your LO is fabulous BTW!!

    Posted on February 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm
  2. coolio, chica. i will have to try this.

    Posted on February 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm
  3. Such a rad layout and love the step by step action!!!! Have a great weekend!!!
    p.s. I’m hoping you’ve gotten our emails – we wrote you back,,, maybe it went to spam?!?! :/)

    Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm
  4. Great tutorial! Very cool LO.

    Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm