Halloween is frightful and fun at Ranger Industries

October 29th, 2010

A Halloween party at Ranger is an annual tradition. Costumes are optional for those who want to dress up, and food, fun and much laughter is always guaranteed!

Here's a slide show so you could get a sneak peak at the festivities.

What are your Halloween Plans? We'd love to hear about your creative costumes. Happy Halloween!

October Video Feature on RangerInk.com-Winners Announced

October 27th, 2010

October's featured video on RangerInk.com is Painting with Adirondack Pigment Inks with Ranger's Fine Artist/Photographer Debbie Tlach and hosted by Creative Director/Signature Designer Tim Holtz.


Debbie shows you how easy it is to let your inner artist break through with this painterly technique using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Natural Sticky-Back Canvas, Adirondack Pigment Ink Pads and Inkssentials Cut n' Dry Nibs.

Now, here is our latest prize announcement:

We have some display products that just came back with us from a trade show, so each of the winners below will be receiving a surprise package of Ranger treats! 


Janelle:  One of the best things about being an adult is getting to pick out the candy I like to fill gift bags! I think a decorated halloween gift bag filled with ranger goodies would be wonderfully spooky! It would be like someone reading my mind! Very cool! I've been stumped with how to use the black and white enamels for effect and now I can't wait to try the faux stitching in both colors. Thanks for the idea.

steph:  Wonderful treat bags! i would fill mine with snickers, peanut butter m&ms, and nerds, hehe. thanks for the chance and have a fabulous day! *hugs* steph :)

 Susan Leslie:  I love these bags and they will be perfect filled with Ranger supplies and treats for our Halloween crop next Saturday!! I may even stick in a cupcake. Thanks Ranger for the great ideas you have.

Michelle:  What adorable bags!!!! hhmmmm I would put a variety of goodies inside. It would really depend on the recipient. for my daughter-hair accessories, pencils, erasers, nail polish. for my son- guitar pics, lunch coupons, chore free coupons. for my hubby- lovey coupons, maybe some football themed goodies. And of course each and every bag would have their favorite candy.

Congratulations!  Look for an email from us today to collect your prize.

Quick Halloween Treat Bags-Giveaway

October 25th, 2010

Okay.  Still pressed for time, but wanted to kick it up a notch, create a little more craft for your partywares, maybe.  Here is a quick way to spruce up a plain brown gift bag. 


Supplies: Ranger:  Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foam, Inkssentials Black Enamel Accents, Inkssentials ½” Wonder Tape. Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Seasonal Salvage Stickers, Lavish Trimmings; Brown Kraft Bag, Black and Orange Cardstock


  1. Crinkle a 12” length of ribbon and rub Spiced Marmalade ink pad over it to colorize. Set aside to dry.
  2. Use black and orange cardstock to make a border around the sticker.  Further embellish the sticker and cardstock by inking the edges with Distress Ink and adding dots, dashes or color in portions of the sticker with Black Enamel Accents. Set aside to dry.  Black-accents-dots Black-accents-dash
  3. Crinkle bag and use Ink Blending tool to apply Spiced Marmalade ink all over.  Repeat with a small amount of Black Soot.  (You can skip this step to save some time.)
  4.  Glue sticker with cardstock to the bag using Wonder Tape.
  5.  Add ribbon to the handle of the bag. Tie a bow, just knot it on, or cut the ribbon in half and knot it for a fuller look.

This would be a great Halloween party favor or a little Halloween gift for the big kid(s) in your life.  How would you fill your Halloween treat bags?  Leave a comment for a chance to win a prize.  Winners announced Wednesday 12:00 EDT.

Watch Claudine LIVE!!!-Winners Announced

October 22nd, 2010

Claudine Hellmuth has been very busy lately spreading the word about her new Creative Layers Clear and Foam Stamps.  You can watch her live this Tuesday, October 26th at 7:30pm EDT doing a Live with Prima Episode on the Prima UStream channel.


She'll be creating a layered album cover using Creative Layers stamps, along with a fun mix of gorgeous Prima products.

This class is FREE! To watch the live show, go to the Prima channel on Ustream located here:  Prima Chanel at 7:30 pm EDT on October 26th!

Now, the moment you have been waiting for…we picked three winners at random to receive a Ranger Holiday Decorating Goodie Bag full of Stickles, Inkssentials Enamel Accents and Craft Tags.

Here they are:

Lynn Barwald:  Good morning, Ranger! I like to use Perfect Pearls and Glossy Accents… take a pumpkin die cut or another Halloween icon, rub a thin coat of glossy accents over the top using your finger. Then, add little bits of different colored Perfect Pearls and rub that in.. You end up with a nicely coated, almost leathery look. Very cool. Thanks for asking!

Lacey Igo:  TOO cute!!! That would be great for caramel apples too! yum! I have made treat bag toppers, decorated paper bags, pumpkin garland / banner and made many halloween cards that could be adorable if they were framed and hung during the holiday :)

Mitchell Schuller:  I decided that my nieces and nephews needed some fun new bags to carry their candy while trick or treating. I took Tim's new seasonal paper and some other favorite Halloween paper, vintage and otherwise and adhered some thin clear vinyl, sewed up all the sides to make a recycled tote bag ! Add some more stamped images if you like, stickles, paint, and of course handles and not only do the kids love it, but I have half the block making them ! 

Congratulations!  We will be emailing you to get your contact information.


Thanks to everyone for all the fantastic ideas and inspiration! So many great tips, it will be hard to pick which one to try first.

Visit us again on Monday with another quick Halloween idea.  Who knows, you might even have another chance to win a prize.

Enjoy the weekend!

Easy Halloween Party Favors

October 21st, 2010

Want to add a little bit of  craftiness to your Halloween party favors, but don't have much time?  Patti Behan shares some quick and easy ideas to add some pizazz to your store-bought treat bag tags.


First, start with a preprinted tag found at your local craft or party store and just add Stickles…It's as simple as that…  Look here to see how:

Squeeze a dot of Orange Peel Stickles onto the center of the tag and spread them out with your fingertip.

Or use Stickles to color in portions of the tag.  Here Patti used Yellow Stickles.


For this tag, Inkssentials Black Enamel Accents were added to the eyes, nose and mouth.

Next, add a cellophane bag, some candy and you have a sweet treat to hand out to your friends, trick-or-treaters and classmates.  

Do you have some tips you'd like to share for jazzing up your halloween decorations?  Leave a comment for a chance to win some Ranger goodies.  The more comments we receive, the more prize packages we will give out, so be sure to tell all your friends.  Winner will be announced tomorrow Oct 22 at 4:00 pm EDT.

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Free eClass

October 19th, 2010

Great News!!!  Claudine Hellmuth Studio Creative Layers Foam and Clear Stamps have begun shipping.  To jumpstart your creativity, Claudine has a free online class just for you!  Learn all about the Creative Layers Studio Line and how they work with Studio Paints, Archival Ink and Sticky-Back Canvas , and make a cheerful mini album in the process.

Just click on the arrow to view the slides.  There's even a bonus link to a video in the class.

 Don't you just love Claudine's fresh, whimsical style!



Another RangerInk.com October Feature

October 15th, 2010

Here's another project featured on RangerInk.com this month.



           Adirondack Dye Ink Leaf Card by Designer Roni Johnson


Adirondack Earthtone Dye Inks are the perfect colors for fall!  With 24 Earthtone colors to choose from, all your fall cards and scrapbook pages come together quickly.

Roni created a background of falling leaves by stamping multiple times in different Adirondack shades. This technique really lets the card's message stand out.

The Adirondack palette of Earthtones, Brights and Lights, extends the color mixing and matching even further, regardless of the season.

What's your favorite color of Adirondack?

What’s Happening at RangerInk.com in October

October 12th, 2010

Check out the latest project just in time for Halloween.  Use Jenni Bowlin Dye Inks, Acrylic Paint Dabbers, and Tim's new Retro Halloween and Trick or Treat stamp sets from Stampers Anonymous to conjure up some creativity!

Jenni Bowlin Dabber and Dye Ink Halloween Tag by Ranger's Marketing Coordinator Patti Behan

Patti discovered a bewitching background effect when combining the two on an Inkssentials Manila Tag.

The color palette of Jenni Bowlin inks and dabber paints are a fresh burst of color with a nod to all things worn, old and tattered–just right for this project.

Project: Misted Artist Trading Cards

October 7th, 2010

To continue with our Perfect Pearls Mists blitz…did we mention how this latest addition to the line allows for an entirely new way to create a luminous, pearlescent look on your projects?  And best of all, these 12 colors coordinate with our Perfect Pearls Powders.

   Misted atcs

We have an awesome technique to illustrate just that created by Ranger's Photographer/Fine Artist Debbie Tlach…Painting with Perfect Pearls Mists!  Use Adirondack Pigment Ink, Distress Embossing Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Manila ATCs, and of course Perfect Pearls Mists to make these mini works of art.

Check out the instructions to make these luminescent Misted ATCs.  So cool, you'll want to use this technique again and again! 

Enjoy, and happy crafting!!

The Big Reveal

October 4th, 2010

First things first, quite a few were wondering who the person behind the question mark was…so, let us introduce to you, Jackie McLaughlin, one of our friendly and fabulous Customer Service Reps.


Now, the moment you've been waiting for…here are the winners of a full set of Perfect Pearls Mists, along with their comments.

Kathy Kurth:  Hmmm that would be one heck of a commute from Michigan every day lol but a dream job none the less :) And as for the perfect pearls mist, I watched the video the other day and they went straight to the top of my want list :D

YayaOrchid:  Boy, do I wish I lived near your facilities! I would so love to work with all your great products! Alas! I live in Texas! Hope you find the perfect crafster to fill the slot.

Kim C:  Wow what a nice prize. I too love ranger products and it makes the job easy when you love what you do. I would be doing my homework for the job whenever I could. Unfortunately I live in Michigan.

Congratulations, everyone!  Keep an eye on your inbox today:  we'll be emailing you about shipping to get these goodies on their way to you!

Thanks for all the responses!  In case you just found out about our opening for a Customer Service Rep, we will be accepting resumes for the next week.