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Punching, Masking, & Layering by Susan Weinroth 01/13/2010

Hi Everyone! :)

It's Susan here again today with a tutorial post on two of my favorite things > Punches & Mists!

Along with punches & mists, I simply used cardstock and a few embellishments like pearls, rhinestones, & pom-pom trim to create this layout about my niece...

The technique of layering & misting punched shapes is what adds the dimension and depth to my super-simple & very basic cardstock page.

The first technique I'll show you is punching and layering the SAME shape punch, like I did here with my butterfly accent. Start by punching two butterflies out - one out of a lighter cardstock color, and one out of a darker cardstock color. This butterfly punch in the SC shop would also work really well for this technique!
Next, MIST only the punched butterfly that will be the top layer of your accent. I used the Lemon Mist which happens to look really nice on aqua... :)

Use foam adhesive to adhere only the middle part of your top butterfly punch to your bottom butterfly punch. Gently pull up the wings of your butterfly, and add rhinestones to the center of your butterfly accent. Your dimensional butterfly embellishment is complete, and ready to be added to a project!

Next I'll cover the steps that you need to follow to create a four-layer punched flower similar to the one on my layout. Start by punching a 2 and a half inch scallopped circle from cardstock using this Marvy punch in the SC shop. Also punch 3 smaller sized circles from various colored coordinating cardstock.

Mist all layers of the flower - I used Silver Metallic Mist and also Irridescent Pearl Mist - combined they create the perfect glitz & sheen!!!

Complete your flower by adhering the largest circle to the top of the scalloped circle, and then machine stitching around the edge. Adhere the smallest circle on top of the middle sized circle and use foam adhesive to place your flower center on your flower. Accent with color-coordinated pearls. This completed flower accent would also be gorgeous on a card!

The third (& final!) "punching & misting" technique that I'll show you involves masking. Masking is a subtle way to accent your page, and it will also allow you to coordinate your background cardstock design with the punched & layered embellishments that you've already created for your layout.
Start by punching the shapes that you'd like to "mask off" on your background cardstock. I choose to repeat the punched butterfly design in the upper corner of my layout. LIGHTLY adhere the shapes to your page to prepare them for the misting step.
Mist as much as desired directly over the punched shapes. I used the Silver Metallic Mist again for this step. Then gently peel back the punched shapes and discard. Your underlying and original carstock color will be revealed! Accent the shapes with rhinestones or pearls to highlight your masked design.

I hope you've enjoyed this little lesson on misting, punching, and layering. There are so many ways to incorporate each into your projects. Added elements like machine stitching and foam adhesive for dimension will only add more interest to your designs. Have fun trying out this new technique!!!

:) -Susan