Working with Distress Sprays

By  Roberta Wax 

size: 6-1/4"x4-1/2"


  • Cardstock: white, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs Words


  • Die-cutting machine with Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Scallop Border Die
  • Judikins Trees in Winter Stamp (2633G)
  • Blending tool
  • Heat tool (optional)
  • Inks: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMark, Ranger Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough
  • White embossing powder
  • Ranger Diamond Stickles
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer
  • White Trees
  • 1. Mist water on smooth side of watercolor cardstock. Spray with Iced Spruce and Evergreen. Tilt paper so colors run together. Let dry or use heat tool.

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  • 2. When dry, trim piece to 5-1/4"x4". Run top of piece through die to create scalloped edge.
  • 3. White emboss trees on bottom left of panel. Add rub-on words (or stamp words if desired) on right side. Edge panel using Gathered Twigs, applying with blending tool.
  • 4. Make 6-1/4"x4-1/2" top-fold card from white cardstock. Adhere panel to front of card, leaving a slight margin. Apply Stickles to base of trees. Let dry.
  • Mask, Spray, Stencil
  • 1. Tear 2-line Post-it tape into strips and press onto manila tag as desired. Spray with Distress Spray Stain Tattered Rose and Picked Raspberries.

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  • Experiment with Tags
  • 1. Let dry, then remove tape to reveal pattern. As you can see, this one became a bit too saturated and ink spread underneath tape.

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  • 2. Add another layer using a stencil. Continue to build layers as desired.

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  • Stamp, Mask, Spray
  • 1. Ink stamp with Distress Paint Tarnished Brass, then stamp onto black tag. Let dry or dry with heat tool. Leave as is or add more layers.

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  • 2. Continue to layer. Leaf and dragonfly masks were die cut from leftover masking material and placed on tag before spraying.

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  • 3. Here's another variation where the black tag was sprayed with Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass.

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