Hi! I have been getting lots of questions about a new product – the Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray. This spray is unlike any product I have ever used, so I thought it would be fun to do a video showing a few techniques.
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For a good description of Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray, I grabbed this from their website: “Distress Resist Spray is a textured spray that dries clear and is water resistant. This mixed media spray can used direct to surface for a splattered effect or through a stencil. Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray resists water based mediums such as inks, stains, etc.” Thanks to these unique properties, there are lots of fun techniques you can use it for! And a big thanks to Tim Holtz for info and ideas for this product!
Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray is excellent for creating backgrounds with layers of color and texture. For my examples, I decided to create a night-sky look.
I started with white cardstock and added mists and drops of Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray. Once it was dry I added different Distress Ink colors with an Ink Blending Tool. I again added Distress Resist Spray and then darker colors of Distress Ink. The Distress Resist Spray traps color behind it… creating lots dots of different colors.
I also like to use Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray to create a spotlight on my background. This is easy to do – just spray several sprays on one spot on a background and then apply color over it. The Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray resists the color.
After creating the spotlight on watercolor paper, I added Distress Ink with water for a watercolor look. You can see the shine from the Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray… and the fun texture. It resists perfectly!
One of my favorite ways to use dies is create my own stencils. These “stencils” are great to use with Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray since you can use both pieces on cards.
I created a “stencil” using one of the layer dies in the Birch Press Waves Layered Die Set. I held it over a light pool card and added a heavy layer of Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray. Once it dried, I applied Distress Ink… and glued on one die cut layer from the Birch Press Waves Layered Die Set. The resist, texture, and layering makes the background such fun. I added stamped images from the Birch Press Let Your Dreams Sail, Let Your Light Shine, and Memory Box Whale Hello There Stamp Set.
Here you can see the shine and dimension on the light pool areas in the background…
Here is another example showing how to create your own stencils using dies. This time I used the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies to create a “hugs” stencil to spray Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray over. (I also added a few splatters.) Then I covered it with a rainbow of Distress Ink and added gems and an Altenew Cross Stitch Flower Stamp Set sentiment.
You can also use Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray for a quick pattern resist. This works great with patterned paper, but I decided to use a background stamped with a My Favorite Things Typewriter Background.
After stamping the background, I added a stencil I created with the Simon Says Stamp Frond Collage Die. After spraying over it and letting it dry, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray. The pattern is trapped under the spray for a perfect resist.
To keep the card simple, I added only pearls and a Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Die cut sentiment.
Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray makes it easy to added shine, texture, and dimension to simple die cuts. Here, I used my leftover “hugs” Altenew Bold Alphabet die cuts. After covering them with lots of Distress Ink, I added a few layers of Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray.
I used the Hero Arts Bold Confetti Die along with an embossing mat to make an impression in the background. This one came together quickly!
Here you can see the shine…
Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray is excellent with heat embossing. The key is to add the powder quickly before the spray dries.
For this card I sprayed the Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray over the Gina K Foliage Art Stencil (dunk it in water immediately to clean!) and then added WOW Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder. The results are unique and interesting. I added Distress Sprays and a Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Die cut sentiment.
Hope this is helpful!
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