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Old 08-11-2019, 08:37 AM   #1
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Question Best paper for distress oxide sprays?

I did run a quick search of this forum for "distress oxide spray" and the only thread it pulled up was from 2017 about the distress oxide inkpads, so please bear with me if this is a repeat question...

What's the best paper to use with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays? I was virtually SU-only for years and still love their products, but am enjoying my forays into other products, including the Distress Oxides.

I'm planning my Christmas cards and quickly realized that using the blender brushes and ink pads, while my 1st choice for backgrounds, is simply too time-consuming. I am finally trying the Distress Oxide sprays and liking them, but I wonder if there's a certain paper that's best to use.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:15 AM   #2
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I’ve used Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb. - not Exact Index that’s sold in big box stores - in solar white and desert storm, and for heavy coverage, watercolor paper - either Canson XL (inexpensive) or Arches (expensive, can take a lot of working).

BTW, adding regular Distress sprays can add dimension if you happen o be going for that, since regular Distress is translucent and Oxides are more opaque like paint. (Same as when adding Distress ink in pads to Oxide pads - for example if you want a slightly aged look, adding a bit of walnut stain at the end in regular Distress to bright Oxide colors.)
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:23 PM   #3
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I like Distress Ink Spays, but I LOVE Distress Oxide Sprays. I've used them on virtually every kind of paper except metallic, and I like the results on all. I often make my own wrapping paper with white tissue using stencils and Oxide sprays, and I love the results. I triple the layers of white tissue, spray with oxides over stencils, let dry and then spray lightly with water just like you'd do with Oxides on any paper. I have also used Oxide sprays on 110lb coated and uncoated card stock, and on light card stock and even ordinary copy paper. It depends on what I want to use the paper for. With ordinary copy payer and light weight card stock, I"m attaching it to heavier weight material. But even when I do attach lighter paper to card stock, I love the lines and crinkles. I don't like the crinkly results as much with regular Distress Spray. On heavier weight material, I alsol love the tonal qualities of Oxide sprays.

Thanks for the suggestion above to usie Oxide and Distress sprays together. Can't wait to try that.
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