I was fortunate to go to CKU album in Stanford Ct. in 2005. I signed up for Heidi Swapp's SHE album and it was really a wonderful experience. One of the best techniques I learned during the weekend was using spray paint with her fabulous masks. They come in an array of designs and alphas and they are super fun. I also like to make my own stencils and masks using paper punches or free hand cutting. I use spray paints and also glimmer mist. This technique is really really easy and you can make the coolest backgrounds. Okay, lets get started.
you'll need spray paint in various colors, paper punches, card stock and patterned paper and a Heidi Swapp mask if you have one.
Take your paper and begin randomly punching out a shape. (I chose a star) To get in the middle of your paper, fold it in half and continue punching.
unfold your stencil and place it over another sheet of paper or cardstock. Choose a color and spray paint over your stencil. Make sure before you start you shake the can really well. Also, it's best to spray outside with some cardboard behind your project.
Next you can create another stencil to layer over the background. I used a hole puncher to randomly create circles in another piece of paper. Again, to reach further into the middle of your sheet, just fold the paper where you need to.
You can use the Heidi Swapp masks or think of things you have around the house to use as a stencil or mask. I have had these pretty felt snowflakes forever so I decided to use them. Chipboard shapes work really well as masks and you can use them over and over.
These are just a few background papers I created using masks and stencils.
This layout was created from the K&Co. butterfly punch out paper. I used it as a stencil and spray painted yellow over it. Then I took my hole punch stencil and sprayed black over it. The butterfly stencil, which was now yellow, I ended up using for my NO layout. There really is no limit to what you can do with this technique and it feels delightfully rebellious spray painting stuff!! Enjoy.