Friday, June 11, 2010

Make Your Own Shimmery Mist by Kelly!

Have you ever wanted to use those great shimmery mists that are on the market, but your budget said “no?” Let me show you one method of making your own mist!

· Small spray bottle (NOTE: Ranger’s Mini Mister is shown here.)· Water
· 91% Rubbing alcohol
· Re-inker (alcohol or regular)
· Small amount (about 1/8 teaspoon) mica powder
  • Perfect pearls, which has a binder; when it comes in contact with water, it fuses it onto the surface OR
  • PearlEx, which works best if heated after application.
I’ve used both successfully!
· Some type of small “scoop” for the powder (Small scissors are used here.)
· Large box or spraying “tent”
· Paper that you want misted
· Any masks that you would like to use


1. This doesn’t have to be an exact science! Have fun! Mix (approximately) equal parts rubbing alcohol and water in the spray bottle up to about 1/2” from the top. This will leave room to shake the mixture!
2. Scoop up about 1/8 teaspoon of the mica powder and add it to the bottle. A little goes a long way.

3. Add in about 8 or 9 drops of re-inker. Combine colors if you want! Or, leave the color out. You will still have an opaque shimmery spray.
4. Shake the bottle!!
5. Place your sheet of paper along with any masks you would like to use in your tent or large box!

6. Spray the mist toward your paper, holding the spray bottle about 6-8” from your paper. Keep spraying until you get the look you desire! If you don’t like the color, play around with it until you are happy!
7. Admire your paper. Then, use it on a project!

When you are completely finished using your little bottle of home-made shimmery mist, you should rinse out your spray bottle and think about your next shimmery-mist project! You can make some more!

Here is a layout I made using a different bottle of home-made shimmery mist!



  1. That is gorgeous. I'm going to try. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I've heard of the water re inker and perfect pearls but never with the 91% alcohol. Does it help it dry faster???? I always love a new tip or technique!!!

  3. will have to give this a try!

  4. I have always wanted to know how to do this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!