RangerInk.com Tip & Technique: Debbie’s UTEE Sea Shells

March 31st, 2011

A few weeks ago we did a recap of the CHA Winter 2011 Designer's Challenge entries, including this piece by Ranger's photographer and graphic/fine artist Debbie Tlach:

When we mentioned that those sea shells were actually created out of UTEE, many of you asked how it was done.  So, Debbie was kind enough to create a new entry for our Tips & Techniques page that explains how she made them!

So fun, right??  Debbie's technique can be used to re-create any small object that you'd like to mold for your projects.  Head over to our website for the step-by-step guide and give it a try!

Project: Sweet Birdie Alcohol Ink Tag

March 28th, 2011

Spring into action and learn how to create a cheerful birdie tag in this project by Richele Christensen!  Use Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks, Archival Ink and ephemera along with an Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Tag to create a gorgeous piece that is perfect for the season!

March Features on RangerInk.com

March 25th, 2011

Let's take a look at some of the new features on RangerInk.com that we've been highlighting throughout the month of March!

Welcome Spring with this lovely card that is embellished with delicate, colorful butterflies created from Inkssentials Surfaces Shrink Plastic!  It's sure to set someone's heart all a-flutter!

Let your creativity take flight with tips and techniques from Claudine Hellmuth.  With step-by-step photos, she demonstrates how to layer Archival Inks, Studio Paints and Sticky-Back Canvas using her coordinating Creative Layers Foam & Clear Stamp Sets.  The resulting card is positively tweet-worthy!

And last but not least, Jenni Bowlin has created a video in which she shares some of her favorite techniques using her Jenni Bowlin for Ranger dye inks and acrylic paint dabbers.  Learn how to create clever aged paper effects and how to add a shabby-chic finish to your favorite embellishments!

 We hope you give some of these projects and techniques a try!  Which of the March features are you most excited about?

Video: Clare H opens her prize package!

March 23rd, 2011

Clare H was the winner of our Name That Product contest earlier this month, and she has a special treat for all of her fellow Ranger fans!  Instead of just tearing open the prize package when it arrived (we don't know how she was able to resist!), she kept it intact and then filmed herself opening it! 

Head over to Clare's blog to "open" the package with her, and share in Clare's excitement as she finds out what goodies were contained within!

Tim on HSN: Behind the Scenes

March 22nd, 2011

Yesterday, Tim Holtz made three appearances on HSN and presented several collections of Ranger products, as well as items from his collaborations with Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix.  Thanks to Mario (King of Tweets!), we have a couple of behind-the-scenes snaps to share:

If you missed Tim's appearance, never fear!  Hop on over to HSN's website, where you can still purchase many of the collections and watch videos from the show as well!  (Just click on any product, and if a video is available, the link will be right under the main product photo.)

Happy shopping!

Ranger U Applications Due Monday!

March 16th, 2011

Good afternoon, crafters!  This is a friendly reminder that applications for the first session of Ranger U for 2011 (April 29 – May 1) are due this Monday, March 21!  If you are interested in spending three amazing days learning directly from our signature designers while rubbing elbows with your fellow craft enthusiasts, be sure to visit the Ranger U page on our website for all of the details and to download the application (MS Word format).

Did you know that you do not have to be a store owner to attend Ranger U?  We are looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds including: teachers, demonstrators, published designers, active bloggers and craft product manufacturers, in addition to store owners!

Are you intending to apply to one of the 2011 Ranger U sessions?  Let us know in the comments!

We have a winner!!

March 14th, 2011

Congratulations to the first person who correctly guessed that this detail shot…

…came from this Ranger product

That's right!  It's an Inkssentials Rub It Scrub It Stamp Cleaning Pad, and the first person to correctly guess it was Clare H!  (Incidentally, Clare was the first person to comment, period… looks like someone really knows her Ranger gear!!)

Congratulations, Clare H!  Please contact us at blog@rangerink.com with your shipping details, and we'll have a lovely product assortment on its way to you!

Thanks to everyone who played; we hope you had fun trying to Name That Product!


March 14th, 2011

Aaaaaand…. GO!

(First correct response in the blog comments wins!!)

Reminder: New Contest Begins in 1 Hour!

March 14th, 2011

Keep watching the Ranger blog main page because in one hour (at 12 noon EST) we will be launching our new "Name That Product" contest!  We will post a distorted or extremely close-up shot of a favorite Ranger product, and the first person to comment on the blog post with the correct product name will win a selection of Ranger goodies!

New Contest Coming on Monday!!

March 11th, 2011

If you love Ranger, love having fun, and love to win free goodies, we’ve got a great new contest for you!

This coming Monday, March 14 at 12 noon EST we will be posting a photo of a mystery Ranger product right here on our blog.  It might not be obvious what the product is at first: it could be a slightly distorted photo, or maybe an extreme close-up of the product or its packaging.  But in any case, it is up to you to guess what the mystery product is! 

Make sure you are watching our blog when the contest begins (hint: you might need to refresh the page to see the post pop up at noon) because the first person to comment on the blog post with the correct product name will win a fabulous selection of Ranger products!

Good luck everyone!  It’s going to be a blast!