October 16, 2009

Center of Attention Product Spotlight - Stencils & Maya Mist

Good morning! I have a TON of photos and fun items to share with you today. I'm so excited to be part of this month's Center of Attention Product Spotlight for Taylored Expressions and this month TE is featuring stencils and Maya Mist.

My first card features the Mini Retro Bubbles stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. I chose to use this stencil with Maya Mist from Maya Road to create a subtle and shimmery background for a very clean & simple card.

To start, I placed the stencil over my card stock. TIP: Add a little repositional tape to the underside of the stencil to keep it in place.

Then I sprayed the Maya Mist (Cherry Metallic Mist) evenly over the stencil. TIP: you can use a shallow box to place the item you are "misting" to avoid any mist spraying onto your craft space. I used large sheets of paper to cover my desk before I started here.

Carefully remove the stencil from the cardstock and then immediately wash off the stencil with warm water and mild soap. The stencil will be discolored a bit, but it won't effect any future projects.

Here is the finished card...

and here is a different angle so you can see a bit of the shimmer - the photo really disguises the shimmer the mist creates, but it really shimmers in real life.

Next, I'm using Maya Mist on chipboard, which is a super quick way to color "naked" pieces. First, lay out your chipboard on a large piece of paper (or on scrap paper placed in the bottom of a box).

Start spraying an even coat on each piece of chipboard.

Let the pieces dry for just a bit - it dries fairly quickly.

Then add all the elements to a card or scrapbook page.

I really like how quickly and easily Maya Mist covers chipboard while adding some shimmer to the pieces that regular craft ink doesn't and I'm really looking forward to using it on scrapbook pages and alterable items like frames! It really gives a project a little extra punch.

The stencils are also very versitile - along with using Maya Mist with them, you can also use them to dry emboss, or use sponges to add ink over the pattern, or even trace with a marker.

Are you ready to try it out? Taylored Expressions is offering Crafter's Workshop stencils and Maya Mist at a 15% discount for a limited time (October 16-17).

There are more fantastic projects using Maya Mist and stencils from the Baker's Dozen, so hop on by and see:

Thanks for stopping by today!

recipe -
hi card
stamps: back2basics (the stamps of life)
ink: bashful blue, real red (stampin' up!)
paper: bashful blue, whisper white (stampin' up!), prism blush red dark card stock
accessories: mini retro bubbles 6x6 template (the crafter's workshop), cherry metallic mist (maya road), 1" bashful blue grosgrain ribbon (stampin' up!), white embroidery thread, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

merry card
paper: prism blush red dark, choice snow white card stock, christmas mint (sei)
accessories: snowflake chipboard, on board lots of letters (stampin' up!), green satin ribbon, 5/16" brads (stampin' up!), rhonna christmas buttons, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)


  1. how FUN are these cards?! I love the idea of using it on chipboard! you are so SASSY!

  2. So cool, Karen! I LOVE that pattern tone on tone. . .fabulous idea! And covering the chipboard. . .perfect! I was afraid of selecting a "color" of Maya Mist, so I went for a neutral, but you've sold me on a color!

  3. SO CLEVER KAREN! I never would have thought to do tone on tone, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  4. LOVE your cards, Karen! The tone on tone is so cool and I the Merry card is PERFECT!!

  5. Both cards are awesome! I really love the idea of using the stencil and mist to make simple cards - I need to try that!

  6. so very cool!!! I LOVE the step by step pictures and how you create such a great pattern - and awesome with the chipboard!!! you rock Superwoman!!
    big hugs,
    Sankari :)

  7. Awesome cards, Karen -- love the tone-on-tone background effect and your beautifully colored chipboard letters!

  8. WOW....LOVE your card Karen, and love that mist and template...off to TE RIGHT NOW ;-).


  9. I love the different style letters in Merry...so cute!


  10. Love these! Fabulous ideas and the tone on tone is awesome! Wonderful ideas Karen! Can't wait to play again!

  11. Oooohh these are DELICIOUS!!!! You're AMAZING... I want to be just like you when I grow up. Seriously, you're awesome.

    xx Sarah

  12. Oh that mist on the chipboard is sooooooooo pretty! I have always disliked painting chipboard but THIS will make it super easy~!

  13. How TOTALLY awesome this is Miss Karen! LOVE the first card...that pattern is SO fun and perfect for SO many different looks! LOVE the second card to and how you sprayed the chipboard...genius!

  14. Great cards Karen! I love that background paper and the great colors. TFS!