How To’sday | DIY Acrylic Color Spray

Good morning! It’s another beautiful How To’sday and today the tutorial is brought to you by the amazingly-clever, Van Nguyen. This time we are treated to a DIY for making your own acrylic color spray. Or, buy color mists at a STEAL here!

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Do It Yourself Acrylic Color Spray/ Mist Tutorial

I will admit.  Ever since the birth of color sprays on the market, I have been obsessed. Don’t get me wrong, I have my fair share of glimmer mists. I probably have more than I will ever need.  But I’m far from being a “bling” kind of girl and the idea of spraying paint without all the sparkle seems a bit more my style. Unfortunately, those darn sprays never seem to go on sale and I was determined to create my own acrylic spray some how.

Thanks to the genius of Google and YouTube, I realized that the basic “recipe” for DIY acrylic color spray was some combination of water and acrylic paint. Some people suggested adding rubbing alcohol while others added modge podge. Ultimately, for me to tell you how much of this and that is needed to make a spray is like telling someone how much cream or sugar to put (or not put) in their coffee. But I can tell you how I take my morning coffee – with lots of cream and sugar…

Step 1.  Find acrylic paint.  I’m sure any type of acrylic paint will work.  I bought a cheap variety pack from WalMart for about $6.

Step 2.  Find a mini spray bottle.  I bought this one in a pack of three for $1 at the local dollar store.  I generally see them sold for around $1 a bottle at Target or WalMart.

Step 3.  Fill mini spray bottle about 1/4 full of water.

Step 4.  Add rubbing alcohol to the mini spray bottle so that the mini spray bottle is about 1/2 full of liquid.

Step 5.  Add acrylic paint to the mini spray bottle. This is where you need to decide how dark you want your color mist. I personally like a bold and bright color so I added the entire tube of acrylic paint (which in this case was about 0.4 US fl. oz). But remember, just like when you add sugar to your coffee, it’s much easier to add more as needed than to dilute after the fact.

Step 6. Vigorously shake your bottle to evenly mix the paint into the liquid.  Then…VOILA! You have a bottle of homemade acrylic color mist for a fraction of the price of the name brand stuff.

So here is a photo of the homemade acrylic color spray compared to the October Afternoon Sprinklers.

There are some key differences which I think are worth pointing out.

First, the spray coverage on the homemade acrylic color spray is not as even as the OA Sprinklers. Some websites and tutorials attribute this to the type of spray bottle you use. Specifically, I’ve seen suggestions that using using a mini mister (like the one made by Ranger) might provide a more even coverage. I don’t have any mini misters so I can’t comment on whether that would solve the problem.

Second (and this is pure speculation based on absolutely zero science), but I suspect that the weight of the acrylic paint might impact the spray coverage. DIY glimmer mist tutorials use stamp reinkers in lieu of acrylic paint. Again, I don’t have any reinkers to make the comparison but I think that would certainly be worth a try. However, here is a photo of some purple acrylic color spray I made using a lot less acrylic paint and more water and I think it does provide a bit more coverage (albeit a less vibrant color).

And finally, the OA Sprinklers provide a very matte finish that doesn’t warp the paper (which I adore). Because the homemade acrylic color spray is water based, you do have some warping effects, much like when you use glimmer mist.

I won’t lie. If they ever show up on SS or if I can find them on sale somewhere, I would probably snatch up a few more commercially made sprays. But, when you’re in a pinch and have supplies to use at home, I think these homemade color sprays are pretty fun to make. If you have other suggestions or ideas, please do share them here on the ScrapbookSteals blog or over on the Facebook page!

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Van, thank you so much for your tutorial. Like Van mentioned, if you have a great idea for a How To’sday, be it big or small, send it our way to

Stop by tomorrow for our Opal 3 Mid Week Mojo sketch. It’s a fun one.

Have a great day!

DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

I don’t know about you but for me the countdown to summer is ON. There are 17 days left until the bliss of summer vacation is upon us, which means lazy, lazy and more lazy. (I know, who am I joking, right? It’ll be as busy as ever!) Anyhow, today’s steal, the American Crafts Heat Wave collection has got to be one of the most fun summer collections I have ever seen.

I thought it would be fun to create a BBQ or pool party kit for my girls to celebrate the last day of school with their friends. It has become a tradition for us to grill up some hot dogs and have friends over and this year we will be doing it Heat Wave style.  :)
First, every party needs an invite. I love the amazing array of papers to choose from to create the perfect invitation. Today’s kit comes with four sheets of each paper, so you can knock out multiple invites without running out.

Now what kind of party would be without something to cool you off when that heat hits. I hit the dollar store and found a few treasures to blast with some Heat Wave, including this cute little ice bucket and some good old-fashioned root beer.

I simply added some of the fun chipboard pieces and stickers from today’s steal to the outside of the bucket. I also dug in my stash and found some cute blingy letters to add. Anticipating condensation, I made sure to attach the letters with dimensional foam squares and add some glue dots to the stickers.

Next I made a fun wrapper for the bottle of root beer. While this won’t be able to chill in the bucket of ice, it will sure look cute on the table next to the cups which the guests can fill with ice.

Speaking of cups, it seems like a never ending battle to remember whose cup is whose. While an easy answer is simply adding names with a sharpie to the outside of the cup, I decided to take it one step further and create dangly name tags for the guests.

To attach the name tags to the side of the cup, I simply took my Crop A Dile and punched out two holes, about 1/2″ apart, in a vertical line on the side of the cup at the top. Next, I added an eyelet to a piece of the Heat Wave chipboard. I threaded a piece of ribbon through the two holes of the cup, starting from the outside of the cup on the top hole. Next I threaded the chipboard piece through the bottom piece of ribbon and then finished things up by tying a quick knot. I used my label maker to create personalized names, and now our guests will have their own unique cups.

For centerpieces of the tables, I found some metal buckets. I added stickers, chipboard pieces and ribbon to the handle to decorate.  You can use the buckets to hold utensils wrapped in napkins.

Then you can even add an extra Heat Wave touch by creating napkin rings to hold the untensil kits together.

When the sun sets and the party is still raging on, you can add some citronella candles inside the buckets to help keep the mosquitos at bay. Just be sure to flip the handle down so that your ribbon doesn’t catch fire!

I couldn’t resist dressing up some plain ketchup and mustard bottles. I simply wrapped the bottles with paper, added a ribbon around the middle and added some yum.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a cupcake and this party isn’t complete without them! To make the cupcake toppers I cut out some circles using my Silhouette, then added chipboard pieces to the centers of the circles.

And of course, I didn’t want the guests to leave without a little thank you. I filled some clear bags with watermelon candies and created a little tag to finish it off.

Simple. Cute. Fun.

And now…the countdown to summer  is on!

Make Your Own Princess Party!

Make Your Own Princess Party!

The long awaited return of the Imaginisce Enchanted collection has finally come! If you missed out last time, don’t delay as today’s steal is sure to fly. Not only is it fabulous for those scrapbook pages for your little princess, but it’s perfect the makings of a princess party.

As soon as I knew I’d be working with the Enchanted collection, I knew I wanted to piece together a little how to for easy birthday party ideas. First off we need an invite.

To make this invitation:

  • Make a card base from white cardstock  measuring 5.5  x 11″ and fold in half. Scallop the bottom of the card if desired and ink the edges.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 5.25 x 4.5.” Ink edges and adhere to front of card toward the top, leaving a white border at the bottom.
  • Print out “It’s a Princess Party” onto white cardstock. Ink edges and adhere to front of card toward bottom of patterned paper.
  • Cut out a scalloped circle measuring 3″ in diameter. For Silhouette users, I used the Scallop Grid design. Ink edges and adhere to front of card.
  • Use a crown embellishment from Enchanted collection or other crown die cut. Ink edges and adhere with 3-D foam mounting squares on top of scalloped circle. For Silhouette users I used the crown from the Princess set. Add gem embellishments if desired.

Next we need to add a little decoration to the top of our cupcakes.

To make cupcakes toppers:

  • Cut out a scalloped circle out of white cardstock measuring 3″ in diameter. For Silhouette users I used the “circle scallop med” design. Ink edges.
  • Cut out a thin circle measuring 2″ in diameter.  Adhere to top of scalloped circle.
  • Use embellishments from Enchanted collection or other die cut crown.  Ink edges and adhere to front of circles using 3D mounting squares.
  • Embellish with sticker glass from Enchanted collection.
  • Affix to a toothpick and insert into top of cupcake.

Of course a party isn’t complete without a thank you goodie bag.

To make gift bags:

  • Find small paper bags in party section of the store.
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock  measuring just smaller than the front of the gift bag. Ink edges and adhere to front.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper measuring just smaller than the piece of white cardstock, so that a thin white border will show.  Ink edges and adhere to front of white cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of different patterned paper in a strip measuring 1.5″ tall and the width of the patterned paper for the front of the bag. Scallop edges if desired, ink and adhere to front of bag toward bottom of bag.
  • Fold a silk flower in half and adhere to the front of bag on top of scalloped patterned paper strip.
  • Use the carriage stamp from the Enchanted collection and stamp onto white cardstock. Scallop edges if desired. Ink and adhere on top of patterned paper.
  • Trim patterned paper leaving a 1/8″ around the edge of stamped image block. Ink edges and adhere to top of silk flower using 3D foam squares.
  • Add additional accents if desired.
  • Print out name tags, ink and attach to handle of bag with ribbon from Enchanted collection.

One more addition to make the princess party complete—a photo frame to preserve the memory of the day.

To make frame:

  • Paint back and sides of wooden photo frame with acrylic paint that coordinates with patterned papers.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper to cover the front surface of the frame. I find this easiest to do by laying the frame face down on the back side of patterned paper and tracing the edges with a pencil. Ink edges and adhere to front of frame.
  • Cut another piece of patterned paper measuring about 1/4″ smaller from the outside edge than the base layer of paper. Round and ink edges. Adhere to front of frame on top of the other patterned paper.
  • Cut out a scalloped circle from white cardstock measuring 3″ in diameter. Ink edges and adhere to lower right hand corner of frame.
  • Cut out a scalloped circle from patterned paper measuring 3″ in diameter. Ink edges and adhere to top of white circle using 3D foam squares.
  • Add castle from sticker glass to center of circle.
  • Tie bow out of ribbon and adhere to top of frame.

Now most importantly, may your princess birthday party live happily ever after!