Thursday, 29 September 2016

Throwback Thursday!

Welcome to our Throwback Thursday tutorial.... settling in to our regular, once a week look back at an amazing project first featured in Craft Stamper Magazine!
This week, we're travelling back in time to the November 2014 issue :)
Christine Dark shared a wonderful card, creating using the Distress Spritzing tool. Now..... how many of you bought one, and it still hasn't made its way out of the packaging?! Here is a reminder of the fabulous project, and how Chris made it....

Chris says..
 "For this project I really wanted to make the diffusing technique the star of the show and to this end I’ve created an airbrushed-style scenic card using the Distress Marker Spritzer and Distress Markers.

Working with the Spritzer is easy but there are a couple of things to bear in mind. Aligning the Distress Marker brush nib correctly is very important or the ink won’t spray; with a bit of fiddling you will soon find the optimum placement. The condition of the Marker makes a difference too; some of mine were a bit on the dry side and didn’t work as well as my newer, wetter markers. I practised a bit on scrap paper before trying it out on projects so that I was comfortable with the tool. I found that expelling all the air from the hand pump after each spray made a difference both to the ease of use and my hand’s comfort!

Playing around with the distance at which you spray also helps so do experiment first. I’ve concentrated the ink by diffusing very close to the card for intense colour on the foreground piece beneath the house and trees to give depth. The Spritzer can work beautifully for a more subtle application in paler colours, and with other types of markers too."

Stamps Chris used...
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Bitty Grunge; Hashtags

Other materials...

White card
Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool
Distress Markers
Distress Inks
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Stickles Star Dust Glitter Glue
Memory Box: Dies – Puffy Clouds, Modern Landscape Border.
Sizzix: Framelits Dies – Rounded Tags

Step By Step instructions:

Step One: For the background and foreground cut two tags from the Framelits Rounded Tags set and the set of three puffy clouds. Die-cut one of the tags with the Modern Landscape Border die, working with the placement for an attractive scene.

Step Two: Arrange the three clouds near the top of the complete arch die cut, attaching them with temporary adhesive. The clouds will act as masks. 

Step Three: Place a light blue marker into the barrel of the spritzer and screw in place, checking the placement of the brush nib is correct. It’s worthwhile testing the coverage on some scrap paper before starting on the background piece.

Step Four: Squeeze the pump to expel air from the tip of the spritzer to the pen nib, which in turn diffuses ink from the pen to the card. Move across the card as you spritz, and the Spritzer can be guided if necessary by holding onto the pen with your other hand.

Step Five: Continue to gradually build up the background spritzing with different shades of blue. The darker colours work well close to the bottom and the paler colours nearer the top.

Step Six: Spritz a yellow sun near the top of the tag. Spritzing over one of the clouds and close to the card for a good circular shape creates depth, making it appear behind the cloud once the mask is removed. 

Step Seven: Carefully remove the cloud masks from the background and then take a grey marker and spritz very lightly near the bottom of each cloud for dimension.

Step Eight: Take the die-cut foreground piece and colour the trees and house with Distress Markers only, taking care not to tear the stems of the trees which are delicate and prone to creasing.

Step Nine:  Fit the foreground piece back into its offcut for extra stability. Lay some low-tack tape over the house and trees to protect them from the sprtized ink. 

Step Ten: Spritz the foreground with various shades of green markers as before, again keeping the lighter colour near the top of the piece and the darkest colours at the bottom.

Step Eleven: To create some depth to the foreground spritz some ink from a grey marker just below the house and trees, moving the Spritzer slightly from the base of these downwards into the green ink.

Step Twelve:  Carefully remove the tape and the offcut from the foreground, and now the individually spritzed pieces are ready to be built up into a card.

To Finish The Card:
Stamp around all the edges with a texture stamp, and stamp the sentiment onto the foreground piece. Wrap a length of twine around this piece and tie with a little bow. Add some glitter glue to the clouds and allow to dry. Adhere the foreground panel to the bottom of the whole tag using 3D foam tape, then attach the whole thing to another die-cut tag.

Amazing tutorial, definitely one to try! The detail achieved by the spritzing is great..

Thanks Chris, we love it!
See you back here next week for another detailed tutorial! 


  1. I'd forgotten that I had such an item in my craft room and admit to possessing an electric one, too, that hasn't been out of the box!!! Love this little scene and who knows, it may just give me the impetus to try out the spritzer. I can see a quick way to produce a batch of 'C' cards! ;~}

  2. I remember Chris's beautiful card, she gives some great tips. I do have the tool and have tried to use it without much success, but will try again....

  3. I so enjoyed making this project, it's lovely to see it again on the blog...thanks Trish x

  4. Excellent project, using new tools and techniques for many, great idea to help us get out the forgotten tools