Ever since I bought some mini misters at the NEC I was dying to use them. I’ve used spray bottles in the past and found them to be an awesome addition to my craft stash, but these little magical wonders are so teeny tiny and cute that they are simply irresistable- the perfect size to carry to crops and not to mention super affordable. So I’ve decided that i’m going to convince you that you need to buy some because they are just too much fun to play with.
Fill ’em with water
This is basic stuff, but the first great way of using mini misters is by filling them with plain old water. I assure you, you’ll be surprised how many ways you can use a water filled Mini Mister…
Water colour wizardry
Take a rubber stamp and colour with some pigment markers. Next take your mini mister and spritz some water onto the rubber from about 6-8 inches away and then stamp your image and be dazzled by the result which is that your stamped image looks as if it has been painted with water colours. WOW!
Or as a twist to this technique, why not spray water directly onto the cardstock and then stamp the image, just as I have done for the tulip stamp in the photo below. The difference is subtle but effective.
Next tip is to stamp an image using permanent ink such as Stazon or archival ink, and colour it in using watercolour pencils. Next lightly spritz water over the design for a more muted water colour look! Using a brush, blend the colours together.
Clean your stamps
You can also use this to spray water on inked rubber stamps and use a paper towel to wipe away the ink. The water will not remove heavily stained rubber, especially if you have been using Stazon or another solvent or oil based ink pad, but should be fine for pigment and dye inks. Fun and functional!
Ahhh…. very useful!!
I personally also use my water spray to spritz onto my twinkling h20s so that they become creamy. This allows you to pick up the colour and paint onto whichever surface you choose. The more water you add the less intense the colour becomes, so the Mini Misters let you add a little at a time with each squirt.
I also squirt a little puddle of water into a painting pallet to clean my brush when I am using H2Os or watercolour paints. This means that I do not need to keep a jar of water on my worktop which could be easily knocked over – believe me, its happened before! Once I’m finished with the puddle of water in the pallet, I just dab a cloth or paper towel to soak up the remaining water. Plus, even if you do knock over the pallet, it is relatively low risk compared to a jar full of murky liquid.
This is my favourite use of my water filled Mini Mister. If you have some distress ink pads and a non stick craft sheet such as this craft sheet from this craft sheet from Ranger, then you should really try this awesome technique. Pat some ink onto a craft sheet and maybe even squeeze a few drops of a reinker onto the sheet too. Next spray liberally with a mini mister filled with water. Lay your paper on top, and pat it down so it soaks up the inky water. Or for a different look, swipe the cardstock across the watery puddles. Peel away from the craft sheet to reveal a fab distressed background which begs to be stamped upon! Iron it flat with a craft iron or leave it crumply if thats your thing! I’ll warn you that it is a good idea to wear latex gloves when doing this technique as it as its really easy to get carried away and it can be messy business.
Ok, so we need a mini mister for water, what else do we use them for? Well, I guess you better come back soon for more tips on the beauty of these little gems!
great ideas Lesley – thank you for sharing. I especially like the idea of spraying water onto inked stamps for a watercolour look – am definitely going to try that 😀