15 for $15 and a Card | Studio Calico

Sorry it’s been a couple weeks! Things have been hectic in our household and on the work front. I’ve been buying (I went 2.5 weeks on a no-spend earlier this month!) some crafty goodness, and now working on uploading and sharing on the blog!

Earlier in the month, I was able to snag a pretty good deal from Studio Calico, which they’ve called 15 Items for $15. By no means is this a new company, Studio Calico is an established craft supply company- it’s just new to me. In the past, I’ve been tempted to snag their monthly subscription kits (learn more here ). What’s stopped me? There are too many categories I would be interested in! They have ones for memory keepers, planners and card makers to name a few!

Anyway, if you are a Studio Calico fan or are curious to try out some of their goodies, check in on their social media often, because I think they hold these type of sales frequently on select items!

For my 15 items, I ended up getting a mini stamp set (I think it’s been discontinued though), Color Theory mini mists, Color Theory acrylic paints, and scratch-off stickers for hidden stamped sentiments!

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For this card I’ll be sharing, the main products used were the Color Theory mini mists. I have scoured the website and on Google to see exactly what the ink formulation is as well as recommendations on what these inks can be used for. So if you are a seasoned crafter with tips and tricks on the mists, please enlighten me 😉

I made 2 cards for Matt’s grandparents. They are always so good on sending us cards for all the holidays, birthdays, and our anniversary. We didn’t have much time to spend time with them or talk to them since moving, so I wanted to send some cards with an update letter, filling them in on the details of our lives.

I cut two A2-sized cards from Neenah Solar White cardstock.

For the card backgrounds, I placed each one in a makeshift “splatter cubby” (aka a shallow cardboard box). I used all the Color Theory mists I’ve purchased which I will list at the end of this post. To get the variation of the splatters, I experimented with the intensity of how hard I pushed down on the nozzle to get the varied sizes and coverage of the colors. Words of advice… do not fully push down on the spray nozzle as you will get a full-blown mist and a couple big droplets. Spray further away from your project to get subtle splatters. Lastly, you can get another splattered look by unscrewing the top of the bottle and tapping lightly above your project. While I was experimenting of how much to apply, I’ve experienced that while the mist is watery, spraying too much can cause your project to become too saturated and take a long time to dry.

On some Canson watercolor paper, I sprayed the mists with more intensity to be able to create the speckled look. I then used the Sizzix heart die to cut out 12 hearts to be able to glue to the first card.

For the second card, I used Simon Says Stamp masking paper to cut out four heart masks. I then sprayed the mists over the masked areas, careful to not saturate the cardstock too much, otherwise the masks are difficult to take off. I let the cardstock dry before using a Sizzix scalloped circle die to cut four of them to glue to the second card.

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These mists were fun to experiment with and I’d love to create more cards with the splattered backgrounds. Have you tried any Studio Calico products or subscriptions? Let me know!

Supplies Used:
Sizzix dies (unsure of exact names, came with my Sizzix Big Shot kit)
Studio Calico Color Theory mini mists: 08 Mint Hint, 02 Blush Crush, 05 Sunny Day, 01 Well Red, 03 Coral Bay, 16 Lime Light, 24 Inky Black, 15 Lemon Zest, 19 Clear Blue, and 18 Glass Slippers