Distress Resist Spray

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 added My Favorite Things Shooting Stars and Simon Says Stamp Missing You Die cuts. Simple! You can see the texture the Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray gives.

Here is another example with the same technique, but features a Tim Holtz Mini Globe stacked die cut and Hero Arts You Are Loved sentiment.


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!

I added a Poppy Stamps Curious Koi die cut covered with shimmer and sentiment from the Waffle Flower Make a Fish Stamp Set.


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!

I covered the entire background of this card with a heavy coat of Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray and love the results… and used the Memory Box Fish Tales Stamp Set.

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!


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray
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*Simon Says Stamp Frond Collage Die
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Poppy Stamps Curious Koi Die
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*My Favorite Things Shooting Star Die
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*Birch Press Waves Layered Dies
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Tim Holtz Mini Globe Die
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*Simon Says Stamp Missing You Dies
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*Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies
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*Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Dies
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*Hero Arts Bold Confetti Die
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*My Favorite Things Typewriter…
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Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamps
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*Altenew Cross Stitch Flower Stamp Set
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*Birch Press Let Your Dreams Sail…
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Birch Press Let Your Light Shine…
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Memory Box Fish Tales Stamp Set
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Memory Box Whale Hello There Stamp Set
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*Waffle Flower Make a Fish Stamps
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Gina K Foliage Art Stencil
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Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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*Tim Holz Distress Sprays
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Gina K Connect Glue
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WOW Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder
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My Favorite Things Black and White…
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41 thoughts on “Distress Resist Spray”

  1. Thanks for sharing these tips and as always a great video! I’ve been wondering about this spray and how to use it , now I know . Looks great Jennifer!x

  2. I’ve never even heard of this product! Great fun! Lots of new dies and stamps there, too. Trying not to covet your supply stash! :o) But I love all the things you teach me! Thank you!

  3. Once again, you made a extremely complete video ! It’s the first time I see so many different ways to use this new spray. And your cards are stunning ! The galaxy backgrounds are my favorite, I’ll have to try to make some using this technique.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us and for all the work behind all your videos.

  4. I just learned how this product works…great looking cards…
    I’m going to put this spray on my wish list
    Thank you

  5. Thanks for sharing all of these great techniques with this resist spray. I didn’t know this product existed.

  6. Jennifer!!!! Wow! So many ideas for this spray, I really love so many of them! The galaxies look fabulous but all of the cards are amazing. I may well have to buy this spray 🙈. Thank you for such a great video. One question, does it work with oxides? Apologies if you mention anything about that, I didn’t catch it if you did. I’m so behind on watching your videos, sorry! Trying to catch up xx

  7. The resist spray is a very interesting product and a fun way to use resist to get some great effects. Your cards are all so pretty and full of interesting layers of ink. The more I look at them the more I see!
    Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely work and your tips and hints and how tos. 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these tips and ideas ! I was looking forward to seing your new ideas to play with this resist spray 🙂 Thanks a lot for the great video too <3

  9. Hi Jennifer
    WOW…Awesome ways to use this spray…I just want to get some now & have a go….Thank you 😍

  10. Wow Jennifer, I looked your video twice, so much information and so much fun things to see! Thanks for this detailed explanation of the Resist spray, I see now that you can use it in many different ways.

  11. I bought the resist Spray but haven’t used it. Now I have inspiration 😉 Question: I noticed you didn’t use oxide inks. Does it not resist the oxide inks? I will have to play with it myself I was just asking in your experimenting if you had tried it with the oxide inks and if so what your results were. Thanks.

  12. Thank you sharing these different techniques .Your video’s are so well done.So appreciate your work.

  13. I’m always learning something new from your blog posts. Distress Resist Spray is new to me, but I can see from your videos all the different ways to use this. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards.

  14. Thank you for sharing these tips & techniques, and your beautiful cards! I’m not sure I’ll get the resist spray, but it’s good to know different things we can do, just in case I decide to go for it. Hope you have a wonderful day, Jennifer! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  15. Jennifer,
    I absolutely love the card you did with Birch Press waves die set and the Ranger Distress Resist spray. I never knew this product was out there and didn’t have a clue how to use it. Thanks for this great tutorial using the Distress resist spray. Your cards are always beautiful and very inspirational.

  16. WOW, awesome cards! Thanks again for all the tips and techniques using the Distress Resist Spray. Had seen the product on the shelf, but not sure how to use it. Now gotta get me some of that!!

  17. Love the Fish Tales card. Such a cute stamp set. I wonder why you use what looks like new card stock in the base of your spray box, could you not use old newspaper or junk mail to cover the base of the box? I am very conservative of my card stock as it is a precious resource.

  18. Thanks so much for all the different ideas. Always learn something new from your videos.
    Thanks for all that you do!

  19. Hi Jennifer!
    Thanks for making this video! I’ve seen this product in stores but wasn’t sure how it worked. I love the cards you made with it and the different results. I’ll have to pick it up and try it out. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Thank you for all these tips. I have a bottle of the resist spray sitting on my counter and was wondering how to use it and here you have the most wonderful video showing multiple ways to use it. I really appreciate you and your instructive videos. I loved everyone of the examples – the colored letters hugs are especially nice and those wave stencils/backgrounds are fantastic!! Thanks again for your great video.

  21. What fun techniques! I’m going to try some of these ideas with the Imagine Crafts Goosebumps & Irresistible sprays. They can be put onto rubber stamps & stencils which looks pretty neat in the videos I’ve seen.

  22. I’m so looking forward to getting my first Hero Arts kit. Can’t wait to try some of the techniques you’ve demonstrated. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Hello,
    I’m currently trying your technique of silhouette stamping, and I have a question:
    Can I use the distress resist spray to mask a stamped image? I know we can’t use it to stamp, but can we paint with it?.

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