Distress crackle is a Tim Holtz one-step crackle paint and in this video, Tim talks about this line of products and how they can be used to do a resist technique.

Points from the video:

  • 24 colours to match distress inks + picket fence (white) + 3 metalic colours
  • they come in these cute little paint pots with a brush attached to the lid
  • always shake before you use the distress crackle paints
  • the paint is a little thicker than acrylic paint but you can thin it out with water if you like a thinner consistency – just give it a few spray with a mini mister or a few drops with an eye dropper
  • to apply, load up the brush and apply a medium to thick layer (the thicker the layer the bigger the crackes)
  • brush it out around the edges to get a dry brush effect
  • the drying time will depend on where you live, how thick a layer you have and the moisture in the air – I usually leave it for about an hour, but if you are in a rush you can finish off with a heat tool after it has started to crack
  • once it has dried it is completely pliable – pieces of paint won’t flake off
  • Tim likes to use the crackle paint as an accent on the tag and then fill in the rest with, you guessed it, distress ink and a blending tool – remember to start with the tool on the craft mat and move onto the egde of your project in a circular motion
  • make sure you work over the crackle paint to get the colour into the cracks
  • then you can stamp over the top with distress ink
  • lastly, using a moist paper towel or baby wipe you can wipe over the crackle paint – this will remove the blended ink and distress ink stamps to reveil the crackle paint colour (it will leave the colour in the cracks)

This is a very cool background for a scrapbook or card making project. Click on the link to see more scrapbooking techniques.


K xoxo


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