I was trying to come up with the title of this Mini Lesson Monday post in a way that would describe exactly what technique I was going to share. It was something along the lines of “Layering Die Cuts as Masks For Stitched Misting.” Which sounded a little ridiculous to me. Instead I thought I’d just label this title treatment: Everything But the Kitchen Sink. I think that about covers how I created the title for my layout, “Oceanfront”, made with the SC April Bluegrass Farms Kit. A little die cutting, some layering, masking, misting, stitching, stacking… phew. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Die cut your title letters and the shape you wish to use as a mask.
I used a simple bold font for my title and a wave for my shape. I was able to use my Silhouette to cut both items from one sheet of scrap paper (the piece I cut off from the striped 12×12 I used for part of the layout background). I wanted my title to be tone on tone with the exception of the wave design, so having that scrap piece of striped paper was essential!
Step 2: Position the title “negative” on your page to use as a letter placement guide.
This is such a great way to keep your letters straight and evenly spaced when you glue them down! Use a small piece of washi to keep the template in place.
Step 3: Glue down your title letters.
Step 4: Position the negative shape you want to use as a mask over part of your title.
Use a piece of washi again to keep everything in place. Washi is awesome for tacking things down temporarily!
Step 5: Mist!
Now, it’s important to make sure that you cover all the other parts of your layout with scrap pieces of paper or bags, etc to keep the mist from getting all over the places you don’t want it. Go lightly with the mist so that the mask doesn’t curl up too much and ruin the shape you are trying to create.
Step 6: Add some stitching to further define your misted shape!
After I lifted misted the wave design, I felt like it needed a little extra oomph. It may be that the Dewey Mister Huey’s I used was too close to the color of the title. If you use a mist with more contrast, you might not need to add in this step! But the misted wave by itself just needed some definition to make it stand out more, so I added in some hand stitching around the edges of the design. I also felt that the unmisted tops of the letters needed to pop off the page a bit more, so I re-cut the title letters and attached a second layer of the top half to the title. It made the tone on tone effect work much better.
And here’s the completed page!
Think you’ll give this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink title treatment a try? Share a link here if you do!