Video: Perfect Pearls Mists

September 30th, 2010

In this brand new video, Creative Director and Signature Designer Tim Holtz de-mistifies any thoughts you might have about our NEW Perfect Pearls Mists!

Guess what…we've added the Perfect Pearls Mists Color Charts to our website. Print them out, spray the mists onto a 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square of black cardstock and glue them to the chart for easy reference.

Take a look at all the dazzling Perfect Pearls Mists colors!  What's your favorite?

Video: Perfect Pearls Mists in the Making

September 24th, 2010

Catch a glimpse of the Perfect Pearls Mists on their journey through Ranger's factory!

Stay tuned for a Perfect Pearls Mists project and video next week!

Coming Soon to a Craft Store Near You!

September 24th, 2010

Look at what's currently being manufactured and packaged in the Ranger warehouse!



Perfect Pearls Mists!!  We announced their creation right before the CHA Summer 2010 show, and now the Perfect Pearls Mists are one step closer to being available on the shelves of your local craft shop.  They will be shipping out in early October, and to celebrate their release we will be posting a brand new Perfect Pearls Mists video and project next week, woo hoo! 

So keep your eyes peeled for Perfect Pearls Mists, both on our blog and also at your favorite crafting shop!

Mark Your Calendar: Ranger’s 2010 Warehouse Sale!

September 21st, 2010

We are pleased to announce that our 2010 Warehouse Sale will be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 9am to 3pm!

For this one day only, a wide selection of discontinued and slightly imperfect arts & crafts and scrapbooking supplies will be available to the public!  And what a deal: many of the items will be priced 50% to 75% off WHOLESALE pricing!!

What kinds of items can you expect to scoop up?  How about stamp pads, glitter glues, embossing powders, embellishments…. the list goes on and on!

Just drop by the Ranger headquarters at 15 Park Road in Tinton Falls, NJ 07724.  We're directly across from Applebee's Restaurant off of Hope Road. 

And don't forget to bring checks and/or cash… sorry, but credit cards will not be accepted.

If you're a storeowner, please ask us about bulk discounts!  Call 732.389.3535 x35 for additional information.

See you at the sale!!

Recap: Tim’s Debut on HSN (Hour 2)

September 17th, 2010

When Ranger Creative Director Tim Holtz made his HSN debut this past Wednesday, he was on the air twice: once at 10am, and then again at 4pm.  Here’s a recap of his second hour!


Tim was welcomed by host Bobbi Ray Carter and he showed her the “Inspiration Kit,” comprised of Tim’s book A Compendium of Curiosities and sheets of Grungeboard Mixed Minis.


A book Tim created using many techniques illustrated in A Compendium of Curiosities, with Grungeboard letters affixed to the cover.


Tim flipped through the book and pointed out that he took every photograph himself as he was crafting — all the better to show a crafter following along exactly what they want to see!


The second hour featured a lot of products that weren’t shown during the first hour, including three collections of Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers!  They were available in Lights, Brights, and Basics (metallics plus black and white), with each kit containing 6 dabbers.


Tim demonstrated how to establish flow through the foam dabber top…


…and how to quickly cover large areas with no paintbrush necessary!


He also demonstrated a “pouncing” technique for a slightly heavier application of paint…


…which became textural when dried with the Heat-It Craft Tool!


Tim also showed off how easy it is to use Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers to layer colors, and yet the dabber top does not become contaminated with the other color of paint!  Just swipe the dabber on a scrap piece of paper or on the Non-Stick Craft Mat to quickly re-establish the flow of the original true color.  How great is that?


A frame accented with pieces colored with the metallic Acrylic Paint Dabbers.


Next up was everyone’s favorite glitter glue: Stickles!


Stickles were offered in three collections: All-Occasion (pictured), Holiday (reds and greens for Christmas plus oranges and purples for Halloween), and Metallics.


Tim showed off some holiday scrapbook layouts that used Stickles as festive accents on Grungeboard letters.


Even some Halloween tags got some bling thanks to Stickles!


Look how easy it is to apply Stickles to Grungeboard accents.  It’s so much easier than applying regular glue and sprinkling with loose glitter (and not nearly as messy, either)!


Tim also demonstrated how Stickles self-levels.  Even if a slight peak is left after application straight from the bottle, the formula will dry into a smooth dome.  Perfect!


Next up was a Stamping Starter Set: a bottle of CleansIt stamp cleaner…


…a package of Cut ‘n’ Dry stamp pad foam, a Rub It Scrub It stamp cleaning pad,…


…and even a pad of Jet Black Archival Ink!  With this handy kit, beginning stampers would have everything they need to get started on a new addiction.


The final item of Tim’s HSN debut were several sets of his stamps created with Stampers Anonymous.  Here, Tim was demonstrating how clear stamps on acrylic blocks allow for perfect placement on your layout.




Congratulations to Tim for an awesome and very successful HSN debut! 

Did you watch Tim on HSN?  Did you learn anything new about the products shown, even if you already own and use them regularly?

For those of you who were unable to watch the show, fear not: HSN is showing some video clips from Tim’s debut on their website! Here is a list of product pages that feature clips from Tim’s appearance (the link to the video is underneath each product photo)…

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Clear Stamps Set
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Scrapbook Kit
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Travels in Time Mini Book Kit
Ranger Stamping Starter Set
Tim Holtz Inspiration Kit Mini Grungeboard and Book
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint
Ranger Paint Dabbers with Travel Pouch


Recap: Tim’s Debut on HSN (Hour 1)

September 15th, 2010

Ranger Creative Director Tim Holtz made his debut on HSN yesterday as part of their first-ever 24-hour Craft Day.  He did a great job, as evidenced by our Twitter and Facebook fans' claims of maxed-out credit cards during his first hour-long spot ;-)  Here's a recap of the first hour!

HSN hostess Kathy Wolf gives Tim a warm welcome, and immediately they launch into the first product kit: an Inkssentials starter kit comprised of our Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool, replacement Ink Blending Foam, and the Mini Mister.

Tim teaches Kathy how to use the Ink Blending Foam and Craft Sheet (along with Distress Ink) to create lovely blended edges.

Tim then showed how the Mini Mister can be used with any reinker to create spray inks.

And speaking of Distress Inks! They were offered in 3 different sets (lights, brights, and deep tones) of 6 pads each. Tim showed off some amazing tags he crafted using Distress.

He then filled a Mini Mister with water and some Perfect Pearls powder and sprayed it on top of a tag colored with Distress Ink…

…to demonstrate how Distress Ink reacts with water and becomes more intense in color.

And of course, Distress can be used like watercolor paint to create amazing effects!

After these different techniques were demo'ed, Distress sold out pretty quickly… no surprise there!!

Next up was Tim's Idea-ology Tool Kit which contained his Design Ruler, Sanding Grip, Sanding Grip refills, Tiny Attacher, and Tiny Attacher refills.

Kathy learns how to use the Tiny Attacher.

And Tim demonstrates how easy it is to replace the paper in the Sanding Grip.

Next up was the "HSN Showstopper" — Tim's book A Compendium of Curiosities paired with Grungeboard Mixed Minis!

Tim shows some samples made with techniques shown in his book, and accented with Grungeboard Mixed Minis.

This mirror was created using Fragments — too cool!

Next up: Distress Crackle Paint!

Tim created some Halloween samples using Distress Crackle Paint….

…and showed off the color palette kits that were available…

…and had just enough time to show how to apply the paint using the built-in brush…

…before Distress Crackle Paint sold out!

The final item of the show was an incredible kit containing a Grungebook, Journaling Tickets, and many metal embellishments from the Idea-ology line.

Check out the incredible Grungebook sample Tim made!

Phew! Hour 1 of Tim's debut has come and gone. It was a busy hour jam-packed with incredible products, awesome techniques and a lot of fun. Stay tuned for a recap of Hour 2!

Set Your TiVo’s!

September 13th, 2010

Big news: Ranger's Creative Director Tim Holtz will be making his HSN debut tomorrow!!  You can watch Tim demo Ranger products live on HSN on Tuesday, September 14, at 10am EST and again at 4pm EST.  It's HSN's first-ever 24-hour Craft Day, and we at Ranger are so pleased that Tim will be a big part of it!

For our international friends and for those who won't have access to a TV at those times, you can also watch a live feed of the show on HSN's website, although sadly their player is not compatible with Apple computers.

Be sure to check out all of the great kits that will be for sale, too!

Ranger Spotlight: Watermark Resist Ink

September 9th, 2010

Today we’ll be shining a spotlight on Ranger’s Inkssentials
Watermark Resist Ink pad
, a product that maybe doesn’t always get the attention
it deserves, but is truly awesome nonetheless! We’ve recently received some inquiries regarding techniques for using Watermark Resist, so we thought this would be a fun opportunity to show off all the great things that can be done with this clever little ink pad!

In this video, Ranger’s Marketing Coordinator Patti Behan demonstrates
how you can use Watermark Resist to create many different and interesting
effects. It can be used as a resist ink on gloss paper, or use it to create a watermarked image on dark colored papers. Did you know that Watermark Resist is an excellent ink for embossing as well? You can even use Watermark Resist to make incredibly beautiful multi-colored backgrounds for all your card-making and scrapbooking needs!

Artist and Ranger Signature Designer Claudine Hellmuth has her own unique take on the possibilities available with the Watermark Resist pad, too! In this video from the CHA Winter 2009 show, Claudine demonstrates a great technique using Watermark Resist in conjunction with her Studio Sticky-Back Canvas and Studio Paints.

And in this video from CHA Summer 2009, Claudine takes her
technique to the next level by fashioning a gorgeous necklace from the resist image! Too clever or what?

If you’re just dying to get your hands inky, Lisa Dixon has
created two project tutorials featuring beautiful cards with sweet sentiments,
both of which employ techniques using the Inkssentials Watermark Resist Pad!

“I Love You” card.

“For You” card.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the Watermark Resist pad. It’s simply ir-resist-able, is it not? ;-) (Sorry, we just couldn’t
resist…. Hee hee!)

Which Ranger product would you like to see featured in our next “Ranger Spotlight” post? Perhaps you’d like to know more about techniques that can be done with an Inky Roller, or with Perfect Pearls, or with Glossy Accents? Let us know in the comments!

New for September on!

September 1st, 2010

Happy September, everyone!

It's the first of the month and so we have updated our homepage with a brand-new slideshow for your viewing pleasure!  This month we are featuring two awesome new projects and a new video as well…

Learn how to make this fabulous scrapbook page using many colors of Adirondack Pigment Inks!  Love those butterflies, so colorful and cheery!

Then learn how to create a distressed Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Tag using many layers of inks and paints!  This tag features a flower created with Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die, too, for that perfect nostalgic touch.

And join Suze Weinberg and Tim Holtz for a guided tour of the Ranger Melting Pot!  Whether you're new to Melt Art or an old pro, this video is full of useful tips and techniques for getting the most out of the Melting Pot.

We hope you enjoy the September web updates!  Let us know what you think!