Project: Inkssentials Enamel Accents Scrapbook Layout

July 28th, 2011


We've got a great new tutorial on for all you scrapbookers out there!  In this project by Kriss Cramer, you will learn how to use black and white Inkssentials Enamel Accents to create a positively cheer-worthy scrapbook layout for your favorite team!

Somerset Studio Magazine Feature: Perfect Pearls

July 25th, 2011

Check out the July/August 2011 issue of Somerset Studio magazine…

…for an awesome feature on Ranger's Perfect Pearls and, specifically, our Perfect Pearls Designers' Challenge from CHA Winter 2011!

The article is full of gorgeous, detailed photos of eight of the projects created for the Designers' Challenge, along with blurbs that explain how each of the designers used Perfect Pearls in their work.  Featured artists include Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth, Jenni Bowlin, Wendy Vecchi and more!  Be sure to pick up a copy and get inspired!

Make-It-Take-It’s from CHA Summer 2011

July 22nd, 2011

Want all the fun of a great Make-It-Take-It project straight from CHA Summer 2011 but unable to attend the show?  Never fear!  Here are not one, but two great Melt Art projects from the Ranger booth for your Making & Taking pleasure!


Learn how to transform Prima flowers with an amazing faux porcelain technique in this project by Tim Holtz!

Learn how to create a mold with Melt Art Mold-N-Pour and create a gorgeous UTEE rosebud ring in this project by Debbie Tlach!

We hope you give these projects a try!  Let us know if you do, and as always, feel free to post photos of your work on our Facebook wall!

Greetings from CHA Summer 2011!

July 20th, 2011

Hello from Chicago!  We thought you'd like to see some photos of the goings-on from CHA Summer 2011 so far!

Ranger booth set-up:

The new Archival Ink pads.

The new Picket Fence Distress Stain and Mini Acrylic Paint Sets from Claudine Hellmuth Studio.
The new look of Melt Art.

(Apologies for the blurry shot here, but we thought it was too cool not to show… this is a picket fence where each plank was stained with a different color of Distress Stain!  The sign reads "Whoever dreams of just a white picket fence… doesn't have Distress Stains!")

On Monday we held a "Ranger Avenue" class in which participants decorated identical canvases in the styles of Ranger Signature Designers Jenni Bowlin, Claudine Hellmuth and Tim Holtz.  Here are some shots from that class:

After the Ranger Avenue class, Tim presented a workshop called "The Many Ways of Melt Art."  This workshop focused on several different Melt Art techniques, including creating faux porcelain flowers and shrink mosaic tiles. 

Whew!  So as you can see, we've had a very busy couple of days.  Stay tuned, because in the next day or two we will be sharing two Make-It-Take-It projects straight from our CHA booth, complete with instructions!  And if you are reading this from CHA, be sure to stop by booth #731 to see what's new and say hello!

Another Giveaway!!

July 18th, 2011

Three more lucky Ranger fans will receive a prize pack just for leaving comments on our blog!  Today we are choosing random comments from our "NEW!! Inkssentials Surfaces," "NEW!! Claudine Hellmuth Studio Products," and "NEW!! Melt Art" posts from last week!

The winners are:

7/13 NEW!! Inkssentials Surfaces
Shirley L - "Lovin' those tags, especially those black ones! Of course, those kraft tags are also pretty cool! Ranger is like the little Energizer bunny who just keeps coming out and coming out and coming out with new wonderful products. What creative genius your company has! Thanks for the sharing of the new products. Can't wait for them to hit the stores."

7/14 NEW!! Claudine Hellmuth Studio Products
Karin"perfectly wonderful"

7/15 NEW!! Melt Art
Aga"I love the sound of the melting pot and all the fabulous melt art products!!!"

Thanks, everyone!  Please send an email to with your shipping details so we can send your prizes on their way!

NEW!! Melt Art

July 15th, 2011

Last but certainly not least in our previews of our CHA Summer 2011 product debuts:

We've completely updated and refined the Melt Art product line!  Melt Art now has an edgy, bold new look to appeal to a wide variety of crafters.  By melting Melt Art UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) or BeesWax in the Ranger Melting Pot, you can create three-dimensional stamped projects, unique jewelry, home decor pieces, mixed media artwork and so much more!

The line consists of:

• The Ranger Melting Pot.  So incredibly versatile, it can melt UTEE, embossing powders, BeesWax, soap, hot glue, and other meltable mediums.  It can even bake polymer clay!  A non-stick spatula is now included with the Melting Pot as well.

• UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).  Once these large particle embossing enamels are melted in the Melting Pot, you can dip Shrink Plastic, chipboard, wire, glass and more into it to create amazing embellishments!  UTEE comes in Clear (1 lb, 8 oz, and 4 oz jars, by volume) and 3 oz jars of White, Black, Platinum, Bronze and Gold (meant to be melted into a Clear base to colorize it).  You can also pour melted UTEE directly onto your Non-Stick Craft Sheet to stamp into, or pour it into….

Mold-N-Pour!  By kneading together equal amounts of each of these two putties and then pressing pretty much any object you desire into it, you will create a custom, permanent, flexible, re-usable mold of said object!  The possibilities are truly endless with Mold-N-Pour, and each package contains enough putty to make several different molds.

Melting Pot Project Pan.  The Project Pan perfectly fits into your Melting Pot and allows for low-temperature melting of things like….

• Melt Art BeesWax!  Available in both Clear and Natural, these beeswax pellets can be melted down and then brushed onto mixed media artwork.  You can also color them with…

Melt Art Heat It Inks!  These heat-safe inks are used to color BeesWax as well as Clear and White UTEE.  These are brand-new to the Melt Art line and are available in two sets: Brilliant Gems (Garnet, Citrine, and Sapphire; a basic primary kit) and Organic Gems (Jade, Coral and Turquoise).  Use these colors to create amazing jewelry: when used in a White UTEE base they will make opaque faux gemstones and when used in a Clear UTEE base the faux gems will be translucent!

So what do you think??  Are you excited to start Melting, Dipping and Pouring with Ranger Melt Art?

To learn more about the Melt Art redesign and the brand-new Heat It Inks, check out the offical press release or visit Ranger at CHA Summer 2011, booth # 731.

NEW!! Claudine Hellmuth Studio Products

July 14th, 2011

We're happy to introduce some exciting new products in the Claudine Hellmuth Studio line that will be making their debut at CHA Summer 2011!

First up:

The same creamy, artist-quality Studio Acrylic Paints that you know and love are now available in convenient mini-kits of 5 colors each!  These would be fabulous to bring along to classes and crops, or to accent images that you've created with Claudine's Creative Layers Stamps, or just to sample colors that you may not have tried before.  There are three beautiful color combos to choose from.  Pictured above is the "Urban" kit which includes .5 oz bottles of Smidge of Blue, Classic Teal, Painterly Pink, Yellow Pastel and Traditional Tan.

Also available:

The "Contemporary" kit includes Purple Palette, Sky Blue, Altered Orange, Dash of Red and Charcoal Black.

And last but not least, the "Metropolitan" kit includes Dab of Yellow, Modern Red, Landscape Green, Sable Brown and Blank Canvas.

Also new to the Studio line:

Black Gesso!  Now you can prime your papers, canvas, chipboard, fabric, wood and more with black opaque coverage while giving a little "tooth" to your surfaces so that they will accept paints and other mediums more easily.  It even remains flexible on fabric!  Available in a 4 fl. oz jar, and also in…

…the new Claudine Hellmuth Studio Mini Art Mediums kit!  Just like the Mini Acrylic Paint sets, the Mini Art Mediums are convenient and transportable, and they easily add versatility to your craft and painting projects.  The kit includes .5 oz bottles of Gesso, Black Gesso, Extra Time Slow-Dry Medium, Gloss Multi-Medium and Matte Multi-Medium!

For more information about the new products in the Claudine Hellmuth Studio line, check out the official press release or visit Ranger at CHA Summer, booth #731.

NEW!! Inkssentials Surfaces!

July 13th, 2011


Also debuting at CHA Summer 2011: Black and Kraft surfaces in #5 and #8 craft tags as well as ATCs are joining the Inkssentials Surfaces line!  Black and Kraft surfaces have smooth finishes and are perfect for stamping, inking, embossing, decorating, embellishing and altering!  The black surfaces have a solid black core while the kraft ones have a solid brown kraft core.  They accept all types of mediums and the heavy-weight cardstock will stand up to your favorite wet and dry techniques.

Remember those new Perfect Pearls Mists colors we announced last week?  And the Snow Cap Adirondack Mixative?  And the new opaque white Picket Fence Distress Stain?  How perfect would these be when paired with our black Inkssentials Surfaces tags and ATCs?!  Just imagine the creative possibilities! Perfect Pearls Powders and Adirondack Metallic Mixatives would be amazingly beautiful on these black surfaces too!

The kraft tags and ATCs would be absolutely wonderful paired with Distress products and techniques since they naturally have that aged, antiquey look.  Try using them as gift tags, as accents on your scrapbook pages and incorporated into your mixed media projects!

For more information about the new black and kraft Inkssentials Surfaces, check out the official press release or visit us at CHA Summer, booth #731.

Time for a Giveaway… or 4!

July 12th, 2011

Big thanks to all of you who have been following our blog and leaving comments as we continue to announce our new products debuting at CHA Summer 2011!  We'd like to show our appreciation by picking one random comment from each of the four days of product announcement posts thus far, and each of those lucky authors will win a goodie pack from Ranger!

The winners are:

7/7 – NEW!! Perfect Pearls Mists Colors
Christine S - "Nice! I can't wait to see them in person!"

7/8 – NEW!! Tim Holtz Products
Gretchen"Woohoo!! I go through rock candy like mad! So happy there is now a bigger jar! That white AI looks great too. :)"

7/11 – NEW!! Tim Holtz Distress Stains Colors
Andrea Fogleman - "picket fence OMG!!!!!!"

7/12 – NEW!! "Jenni Bowlin for Ranger" Ink and Paint Colors
Lindy"Oh I love these new colors!"

Congratulations, everyone, and thanks once again for your wonderful comments!  Please send an email to with your shipping details, and your prize packs will be on their way to you!

Don't forget: you never know when you might win a prize just for leaving a comment on our blog!

NEW!! “Jenni Bowlin for Ranger” Ink and Paint Colors!

July 12th, 2011

Rolling right along with our new product previews for CHA Summer 2011

We are happy to introduce three new colors to the "Jenni Bowlin for Ranger" palette: Lavender Sachet, Speckled Egg, and Weather Vane!  These colors are available in dye ink pads, acrylic paint dabbers, and re-inkers so that you can have perfectly coordinated scrapbook pages and projects!

In order to keep the line fresh, fashionable, and in-touch with today's color trends, Jenni will be occasionally updating the palette by introducing new colors and retiring existing ones.  So, we bid a fond adieu to our first three retirees: Chili Powder, Chicken Feed, and Soap Powder.  (Be sure to stock up on these while you still can!!)

Thus, the entire "Jenni Bowlin for Ranger" palette will consist of these 12 colors from September onward:


If you're eager to see how beautifully these new colors will work in your projects, you can check out Jenni's blog where she has already created an awesome scrapbook layout using some of them:

For more information about the new colors of "Jenni Bowlin for Ranger" inks and paints, check out the official press release or visit us at CHA Summer, booth #731.