Do you have a favorite application when using the White Opaque Pen? Perhaps you use it for journaling in your scrapbooks or for creating a faux-stitched border around a card? Let us know in the comments!
Did you know that we have many wonderful video tutorials on our website? Whether you're looking for creative inspiration or for new techniques using your favorite products, you're bound to find something interesting in our video archives!
Hi everyone! It seems that a lot of you were able to catch Tim on QVC UK the other day, and a lot of you even made a purchase or two! For those who weren't able to see the show live, or for those who would just like to experience it all over again, here are some screenshots from the Ranger Craft Designers presentation.
Tim used one of his rectangular Fragments to make a mini-acrylic block for his mini cling stamps and stamped the Archival Ink onto the newly colored Gloss Paper.
Dawn demonstrated our Shrink Plastic by coloring it with a little bit of Alcohol Ink and heating it with the Heat It Craft Tool. The color intensified and the shape of the plastic shrunk down…
…which Dawn pressed under a Fragment for a few seconds to help smooth it out…
…resulting in a cool little embellishment! The color of the Alcohol Ink really intensified during the shrinking process, so Tim noted that you might want to do a test run if you color the plastic before shrinking it to make sure the intense color works for you. If not, you can color the plastic after shrinking.
You can even stamp onto the Shrink Plastic before shrinking to create the cutest widdle iddy-biddy embellishments!
Tim's mini cling stamps were exclusive to this collection and not available anywhere else! Wow!
Tim explained that Distress Stickles are made of a chunky mica instead of a fine, blingy glitter, which allows Distress Stickles (a) to have a subtle nostalgic shimmer similar to crushed glass, and (b) to be heat-set for faster drying times. Here, Tim points out the wider nozzle of the Distress Stickles bottle to accommodate the chunkier glitter.
Tim also demonstrated that the best technique for using Distress Stickles is to squeeze out a little bit and then spread it throughout the area using the tip of the bottle, rather than piping it out in a thick line.
Tim then presented two of his red rubber stamp collections. The Going Somewhere kit was comprised of tickets, slogans and other imagery Tim collected throughout his travels. The Eclectic Palette stamps were large collaged images allowing the stamper to easily create interesting backgrounds for ATCs, cards and tags.
A sample of a background from the Eclectic Palette stamps.
Update: the Distress Stickles are now in limited quantities!
Good afternoon, blog readers! We interrupt your previously-scheduled Presidents' Day weekend in order to bring you the following announcements:
First of all, Ranger Creative Director and Signature Artist Tim Holtz will be on QVC UK tomorrow for five (count 'em, FIVE) hours of crafty, distressy goodness! Tim will be debuting the Today's Special Value starting at midnight tonight (UK time, which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), and then again at 4am, 8am, and 5pm. There's even an hour dedicated to Ranger's Craft Designers at 2pm! So we are very excited for Tim and we wish him the best of luck for tomorrow's broadcast (even though he doesn't really need it, pro that he is!).
Not in the UK? No problem! You can watch a live feed of QVC UK via their website, no matter where you are in the world! And of course, we will be grabbing screenshots throughout the day and we'll do a recap of the show on our blog on Wednesday.
Secondly, we have more fabulous prizes to give away to five (count 'em, FIVE) lucky blog comment authors!!
We received such lovely feedback every day of our CHA Designer's Challenge recap last week that we decided to choose one comment at random from each day's post. The lucky winners are:
Day 5: Lori "Wow, all very inspiring! Seashells out of UTEE? Amazing! I thought they were the real deal! Thanks for sharing all this wonderful talent, I love that you can tell who created the piece just by their style…very cool!"
Congratulations, everyone! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with your shipping details, and we'll get your prizes out to you right away!
What are the prizes, you ask?? Each of you has won a goodie bag filled with a different assortment of Ranger products! When you receive yours, why not head on over to our Facebook page and let us all know what it contained? You can post a photo if you'd like, too!
Here we go: time for our final installment of Ranger's Perfect Pearls Designer's Challenge from CHA Winter 2011!
We're loving this seaside-themed piece by Ranger Graphic/Fine Artist and Photographer Debbie Tlach! Debbie actually created those life-like seashells from UTEE and Perfect Pearls powders! We love that Debbie extended her amazing painterly technique onto the frame as well.
Ranger Senior Educator Wendy Vecchi incorporated her Studio 490 Stamps and Art Parts with Perfect Pearls to create this nostalgic piece. Read all about it on her blog!
Suze Weinberg dusted Perfect Pearls over UTEE and Beeswax to create the gilded effects shown in this piece, embellished with beads and baubles of all kinds.
Wow, what an incredible week of fabulous inspiration! It's so amazing to us that we could give these 20 designers the same materials, and yet each piece is wildly different from the next. Thank you so much to all of the artists who participated.
Was there one Designer's Challenge entry that you found particularly inspiring? Did any of them give you some brand-new ideas to try out that you never thought of before? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to visit each artist's blog as well; we're sure they'd appreciate a note of how much you enjoyed their work!
It's that time again! Let's take a gander at four more entries from Ranger's Perfect Pearls Designer's Challenge from CHA Winter 2011!
Ranger Creative Director and Signature Artist Tim Holtz used his new Configurations tray to create compartments within his frame. Each little compartment holds its own collection of trinkets and treasures, many from the Idea-ology line, misted with Perfect Pearls.
Ranger Senior Educator Dyan Reaveley created this amazing piece by painting, misting, and stenciling with Perfect Pearls. She used some of her super-cute Dylusions stamps, too! And how about the technique Dyan used on the frame itself? So cool!
Margie Romney-Aslett's piece has us all a-flutter! She achieved a beautiful, soft effect by using Perfect Pearls Mists as an accent. We're really digging the dimensional paper pennants at the top of the frame, too!
Big thanks to all four of today's featured designers! Be sure to check out their blogs (tell 'em Ranger sent ya!), and check back here tomorrow when we present our final four Perfect Pearls Designer's Challenge entries.
Time to take a peek at four more entries in Ranger's Perfect Pearls Designer's Challenge from the CHA Winter 2011 show!
Cheryl Darrow's piece is an example of how necessity truly is the mother of invention (and of creativity)! Cheryl's frame was, unfortunately, damaged in shipment when she received it. Or, perhaps we should say "fortunately," because she recreated her frame using metal instead, and the end result was absolutely incredible! We love the basketweave-like texture and the rough edges.
We may still be buried under several storms' worth of snow here in New Jersey, but thanks to Cari Fennell's piece, it feels like spring has sprung! Her incredible butterfly was created using Sticky-Back Canvas and misted with Perfect Pearls.
Ranger Signature Designer Claudine Hellmuth's piece is truly out of this world! Her four-legged astronauts have space helmets made from Inkssentials Memory Capsules, and the starfield in the background was created with Perfect Pearls Mists.
Thanks to all of the designers for participating in our Challenge! We've got four more on the way tomorrow…!
Ranger signature designer Jenni Bowlin lends her mercantile flair to this piece, cleanly designed and simply accented with Perfect Pearls. We love the vintage feel!
Linda Cain was inspired by row houses when creating this intricate piece. She wrote a great blog post explaining how she created these whimsical houses out of Grungeboard, Memory Frames and, of course, Perfect Pearls. (Linda has lots of great close-up detail photos in her post, too!)
Paula Cheney thought outside the box… or should we say inside the box?… and transformed her frame into a shadow box! Those little embellishments are actually set down inside the frame. Clever or what?
Thanks to all of these talented artists for participating in our CHA Designer's Challenge! Stay tuned: tomorrow we have four more artists to showcase!
Here at Ranger's headquarters, we're currently tidying up and putting away all of the goodies we brought with us to CHA Winter 2011, and we just came across something pretty fun:
It's a complete set of our brand-new Tim Holtz Distress Stains! These bottles were actually on display in the Ranger booth at CHA (and they still have the Velcro on the back to prove it!).
(Official Booth-Mounting Velcro™)
We said to ourselves, "These are far too cool to stick on a shelf in the office somewhere. Our loyal blog followers would probably love to have these…"
Remember when we blogged and said that we'd be doing random surprise giveaways more often in the future? Well, the future is now!! We chose a comment at random from our blog post, "Project on RangerInk.com: Valentine Wall Art." The lucky author will win a complete set of the 12 new Distress Stains — the actual bottles that were on display in our CHA booth!
(Spot the Distress Stains!)
Congratulations to Jennifer S. who shared her crafty Valentine's Day plans with us:
"Just beautiful! We get the family of 11 together for Valentines and I have made gift boxes, heart baskets and cards for everyone. This allows places for candies and little things we pick up for the day."
Thanks for sharing, Jennifer! Please send us an email at email@example.com with your contact details, and your Distress Stains will be on their way to you!
What happens when you gather some of the most talented and well-known designers in the craft world and ask them to go crazy with Perfect Pearls?
You get the Ranger CHA Winter 2011 Designer's Challenge!
When we blogged about our CHA booth set up, many of you commented that you loved the look of the antique doors displaying all of the Designer's Challenge entries, and you requested some close-up shots. That sounds like a fabulous idea to us, and so, every day this week we will be sharing several of the entries at a time!
Each designer was given the following guidelines: • Perfect Pearls and Perfect Pearls Mists had to be used in the majority of the project. • Ranger supplied a 12 x 12" unfinished wooden frame with a piece of black foam core as the background; the finished piece had to remain within the boundaries of the frame. • The artists were free to add additional texture, layers, elements, colors, imagery and whatever else they wanted to explore.
So let's see what they came up with! In honor of Valentine's Day, our first four Designer's Challenge entries have a romantic theme:
This heartfelt piece by Jennifer McGuire shimmers and shines: each tiny heart was dusted with Perfect Pearls! We just love this almost mosaic-like technique.
It doesn't get much more romantic than this lovely floral piece by Lisa Pace. The flowers are so intricate and beautiful, and we love the patchwork treatment in the background!
"Live, Love, Laugh:" words to live by, courtesy of Richele Christensen. Richele misted and painted each of the flowers with Perfect Pearls, and she even used Perfect Pearls to gild the frame!
In this piece by Tammy Tutterow, Perfect Pearls were applied to the metal words, and the flowers were also painted with them. Tammy sprayed Perfect Pearls in the background as well. And how about that incredible frame, wrapped with pages from old books? We love it!
Check back tomorrow when we shine the spotlight on our next four Designer's Challenge entries! If you like what you see here, be sure to visit each artist's blog and show them some love, too!
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