Wednesday 8 October 2014

Using the new Distress Spray Stains

Hello everyone, it's Brenda here and I thought I would have a little play with the new distress stain sprays and see if they worked using the same techniques I use with the Dylusions sprays. Because these are distress inks in another guise they will react with water and work beautifully to create some backgrounds for projects.


I began by spritzing water onto card and then spraying on fired brick and vintage photo spray stains. They create gorgeous vivid colours and blend perfectly.


Next I laid a clean piece of card over this and smooched them around so that I got two backgrounds from the one spraying. A great economical way to eek the sprays out further. I then heat dried them both.


Using the Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil I sprayed in different places with barn door stain to create my patterned background.


I didn’t waste the spray that was on the mask, I turned it over and laid it on the other coloured background creating mottle effects that can be used for another project, i.e. a journal page.


I took some more card and did the wrinkle free technique with some green distress inks then stamped the holly on it and twice more on plain card.


With a water brush I painted in the different parts of the holly …..


….. then cut out the leaves and the berries and layered them up.


I stamped the sentiment on a spare piece of the mottled green card and added some gold embossing powder to both pieces and the edge of the background.


I finished by dyeing some ribbon with distress inks and adding a skate adornment.

Thanks for looking today and I hope you found something to inspire you.

hugs Brenda xx


  1. These new sprays look wonderful Brenda ...more for my wish list from Susan. This is a great Christmas card. I do love red and green and the layered Holly is a fabulous focal. See you tomorrow xx

  2. Fabulous card Brenda, the backgrounds, (both the first and the second) look fantastic and I love how you have 3 Dd the vocal image! The sprays are the best, love them, and you have showcased them beautifully here!

  3. Love the colours you have used, gives a stunning look

  4. A gorgeous card Brenda and great tutorial. I have some of the sprays and now know how to use them better!

  5. A great tutorial full of inspiration. Gorgeous Christmas card.
    Julie x