Spray Resist

by Shannon Smith

Use an acrylic spray for a resist technique.


  • Photo paper
  • Distress Resist Spray (Ranger brand used here. Editor's note: a substitute can be made using a 1:1 mixture of water and acrylic glaze (ex: Glossy Accents, Diamond Glaze, 3D Crystal Lacquer)
  • Water-based ink (RG Avenue Sugar Drop ink - Sweet Banana, Sour Mist, Tangy Gum and Rich Blueberry used here)
  • Blending brushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Heat tool (Marvy Uchida heat tool used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: My Favorite Things "Mermazing" stamp and die set, Gina K. Amalgam ink pad, Copic markers, Gina Marie Designs Stitched Circle Dies, vellum, navy and light turquoise cardstock, foam squares, FSJ tape runner, craft glue)


  1. Step 1

    To make an A2 card, cut photo paper to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8”.

  2. Step 2

    Spray Distress Resist Spray in a loose, spotty pattern on the shiny side of the photo paper.

  3. Step 3

    The paper will dry pretty fast, but a heat tool can be used to speed things up. Be careful to keep the heat tool moving and back from the paper - photo paper will scorch easier than normal paper. Make sure any spots made by spraying the paper are dry.

  4. Step 4

    Begin inking the panel with the lightest dye ink.

    An acrylic block can easily be used as a palette.

  5. Step 5

    Use a baby wipe to dab gently away ink in resist spray areas so distress comes through.

  6. Step 6

    Apply the next ink using circular motions, make sure to go off the edge of the card to avoid any white edges. Blend into the lighter ink a bit to avoid any harsh lines. The Distress Resist Spray will start showing through giving it a sea foam look.

  7. Step 7

    Continue to add ink as before. Apply using circular motions off the paper a bit and blending into the darker layer.

  8. Step 8

    Use the baby wipe again to remove any color on the resist spray areas. It’ll wipe right off because it’s water-based ink.

  9. Step 9

    Play with the blending until you are happy with the card.

  10. Step 10

    Assemble and embellish the card as desired.

    For the sample, the image was colored with Copic markers and popped up with foam squares. The sentiment is stamped on vellum, adhered strategically so the adhesive remains hidden.

  11. Step 11

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Spray Resist. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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This is such a cool technique. I made several backgrounds, and loved each one! Thanks for sharing!
muscrat  |  Tue Jul 30, 2019 at 9:50 PM
Beautiful card! Can someone list some brand names for acrylic glaze? I love the look of this technique and would like to purchase some. Thanks.
kReN.afourthlife  |  Wed Jul 31, 2019 at 5:18 AM
Kren, I added some to the supply list. 3D Crystal Lacquer is what I used.
dina  |  Wed Jul 31, 2019 at 5:36 AM
I have Goosebumps spray, would that work? I may try it, I haven't used it in a loooong time, so I forget what it does.
Julie Sweet  |  Wed Jul 31, 2019 at 6:25 AM
Can't wait to try this, especially since I just got a bonus bottle of the resist spray with an order of stuff. What kind of brushes are you using? This can only be done on photo paper? I've been buying the small packs at thrift stores hoping to use for alcohol inks but have to use the back of the sheets and the HP logo shows through very easily. Glad to have a different use for these now!
Melanie Jacobs  |  Wed Jul 31, 2019 at 7:02 AM
I didn't have any glaze so I used an acrylic craft paint. 1:1 ration with water and mixed in a spray bottle! It worked perfectly.
muscrat  |  Wed Jul 31, 2019 at 7:31 AM
This looks like a great technique! Can't wait to get home from work and try it!!
Andrea Robert  |  Wed Jul 31, 2019 at 10:26 AM
Would watercolor paints work for this instead of dye inks? Reason being I have the one but not the other, go figure!
Connie Antal  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 7:03 AM
Connie, yes!
dina  |  Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 9:02 AM

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