Hello crafters! I am so excited to show you the new Distress Marker Spritzer from Ranger and Tim Holtz! When I first saw Tim demoing this at CHA last January I was ecstatic! It works so well with masks and stencils and you can pretty much use any marker in your crafty stash with it. I was so excited about this tool I just couldn’t resist doing a video about it! See it below to become familiar with the basics of the Spritzer!
A couple of basics I want to re-mention from the video is that don’t over tighten the screw when loading markers into the spritzer. If you do, you run the risk of either cracking the plastic housing of your marker and also bending any of your longer brush-tipped markers. Also, make sure you align your marker tip in the center of the flat ledge right about the nozzle where your air comes out. Otherwise you won’t get a very good spray; even the slightest millimeter will make a difference with smaller tipped markers! You also want to make sure when you aim to spray that your nozzle is pointing perpendicular to your project to get the best spritz!
As I mentioned in the video, you really want to play with this tool when you get it instead of going straight into a super-special project! You can spritz in so many ways depending on your distance away from your project or your speed. What kind of marker you use with the spritzer also makes a difference in the outcome of the spray you get. Check out some swatches below with different markers that I have in my stash!
If you zoom in on the photos (double click through the initial link) you can really see the difference that all of the markers have when used with the Distress Marker Spritzer. Even both sides of the Copic marker have two completely different looks!
Below are samples I did when using the Distress Stain, Distress Paint and Distress Re-Inker in conjunction with the cut-n-dry pen nibs and craft nib holder. I love that you can use so many different mediums from Ranger with the Distress Spritzer.
Now on to some samples! Below is the tag I showed in the video that uses Tim’s rub-on resist technique from his Twelve Tags of 2013. Instead of covering my tag with distress stain, I used one of his stencils with distress markers and the Spritzer over the already applied remnant rubs. I also added some black soot distress ink around the edges. Here is the tag before I added the rest of the embellishments.
You can see that the remnant rubs resisted the distress marker spritz and stayed nice and crisp and bright underneath all of the varying colors and stencil pattern. Now to finish this pretty baby off!
Next, I tried out spraying a small burlap bag with one of Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio masks. I started with lighter colors of Distress Marker and then worked my way to darker colors. A little of spray goes a long way, so make sure you use a piece of scratch cardstock or leftover cellophane packaging to separate multiple layers of fabric.
While reviewing the Distress Spritzer, I was inspired to scrapbook something from my family’s recent trip to Orlando and Disney World. I found the perfect photo and let the spritzer take me away!
I used one of Tim’s mask sheets to create my own Mickey head icon mask and used the used the distress spritzer to spray the background in varying shades of pink. I also sprayed the, “dream,” tag in the upper left corner with water and then with distress marker and spritzer. The effect gave a great watercolor and mottled effect! Here are some closer looks at the scrapbook page.
The Distress Marker Spritzer is available in your big box craft stores as well as many online retailers for around $12-$15. I love that it’s easy on your hands, you can get so many different effects with the Spritzer depending on how you use it and that you can use just about any marker that already exists in your craft room. What are your first impressions, crafters? Let me know what you think! I know this tool blows my mind!
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