Project: Archival Ink “Dry Goods” Tag

August 31st, 2011

Head over to to learn how to make a cheerful tag all "dressed up" in Archival Inks and Distress Inks in a new project by Linda Cain!

Project: Jenni Bowlin Kindergarten Scrapbook Page

August 26th, 2011


September is right around the corner, and many of us have little ones who will be attending school for the very first time!  Commemorate this special time with this cheerful Kindergarten Scrapbook Page by Patti Behan, featuring Jenni Bowlin inks, paint dabbers and papers.

Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative How-To

August 23rd, 2011

Head on over to Tim Holtz's blog for an awesome guide for using our new Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative!  Tim will show you how to use Snow Cap Mixative to achieve a patina effect on metal (perfect for jewelry pieces and metal embellishments) and how to use Snow Cap Mixative in conjunction with Adirondack Alcohol Inks to create pastel colors.

Project: Custom Painted Wedding Aisle Runner

August 22nd, 2011

Today's post is written by Ranger's graphic/web designer, Lisa Bihuniak!

I'd like to share an easy project for adding a custom, DIY-touch to your wedding ceremony!  

Perhaps you've fallen in love with the gorgeous personalized aisle runners that grace the ceremonies of many celebrities' weddings and looked into purchasing one for your own wedding, but balked at the $500+ price tag.  I know I certainly did!  

That's when I decided to take matters into my own hands, literally: I hand-painted a 75-foot aisle runner for my own wedding, using a blank non-slip fabric runner from The Original Runner Company (although you could certainly use a paper or plastic runner available at most craft stores or party stores), a 1/8"-wide paintbrush (yes, it's true), and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paint in Charcoal Black!

Now at this point, perhaps you are thinking to yourself, "Painting something 75-feet long with a 1/8" paintbrush is an EASY project?"  Well, ok, maybe not.  Being a graphic designer, I'm a stickler for detail and I found using such a small paintbrush to be the most precise way of rendering my design, but it was definitely time-consuming!  The technique itself is easy, and the implementation can be as simple or as complex as you'd like.

I decided to use the logo I created for our wedding invitation suite as the design on our aisle runner:

To this I planned to add a 1/2"-wide black border to all four sides of the runner, set in 2" from the runner edges.  

The easiest way for me to design the runner was to lay it out in Adobe Illustrator, but you could certainly free-hand it onto the runner or onto a large sheet of paper to be transferred onto the runner later.

My runner was 42" wide, so I scaled my logo to fit into a 42"-wide Illustrator document.  This way, I was able to print the logo at 100% scale to transfer onto my runner.  There are several ways the printing can be accomplished: you can bring the file to a copy shop and have them print it onto a large sheet of paper for you, or you can print the design tiled onto several sheets of normal 8.5" x 11" printer paper, then tape them all together!  (If you are unsure of how to print tiled documents, refer to the Help files in Adobe Illustrator.)

Once you have your design on a large sheet of paper, it's time to transfer it to your runner!  You could tape the design to the underside of the runner and then trace the design in pencil using a light box.  Or, you could try my favorite method for transferring designs:

Use a very soft-leaded pencil and scribble like mad on the underside of your design.  Tape it in place on top of your runner (I wanted my logo centered on the runner so I measured where the halfway point was first), and then use a very sharp, hard-leaded pencil to trace the design, pressing firmly.  When you remove the paper, the design will be transferred to the runner itself!

Once I had the logo in place I used a yardstick to sketch the rest of my 1/2" border all around the runner.  Then came the fun part: time to paint!

I taped a piece of scrap paper to my floor to prevent messes, unrolled some of the blank runner, and then painted as much of the border as I could in one go.  Once the portion I was working on was dry, I would roll the finished portion up, unroll more of the blank runner, and continue.  I used only black paint in my design, but you could use any of Claudine's 15 beautiful paint colors to match your wedding's color scheme!  Adding accents with Stickles or Liquid Pearls would be absolutely stunning, as well.

One technical note to point out: make sure that when you are painting, you start working at the "top" of the runner (ie, the side closest to the altar) and work your way towards the "bottom" (ie, the side at the back of the ceremony site).  That way, when your completed runner is rolled up, the "bottom" will be the first part of the runner to be rolled out, allowing your ushers to walk up the aisle and unroll the runner correctly.  If you don't work from "top" to "bottom," your logo will be upside down when the runner is unrolled during the ceremony!!

Several hours later, I was finished!  The customized runner was the perfect personal touch for our wedding ceremony and made for some truly beautiful photos.  If you'd like, you could even have your guests sign the portion of the runner near the logo as an alternate guest book at the reception, and then cut and frame the logo as a unique keepsake!


How did you personalize your own wedding?  Share your crafty wedding ideas with us!

(Ceremony and invitation photos by Jeff Tisman Photography.)

Project: Melt Art with Vintaj

August 19th, 2011

Our friends at Vintaj have posted an awesome new project on their blog: learn how to make this fabulous necklace using the Ranger Melting Pot, embossing powders, UTEE, and Vintaj’s charms and “Precision Leaf” altered blank!

Beautiful or what??  We hope you will give this project a try: what a wonderful way to welcome autumn!

Video: Claudine Hellmuth Studio Mini Paints and Foam Stamping

August 18th, 2011

Ranger Signature Designer Claudine Hellmuth has created a wonderful new video where she shares some of her favorite tips when using her new Studio Mini Paints.  She also demonstrates how the Mini Paints can be used along with her Creative Layers Foam Stamps for mess-free stamping and easy color blending!

Be sure to visit Claudine's blog for more great tips, and check out her class at ScrapFest, too!

Greetings from Asbury Park! (via Tinton Falls)

August 16th, 2011

As New Jersey-based manufacturers, we here at Ranger Industries are fiercely proud of our state — particularly of its beautiful beaches which are only a hop, skip and a jump from our factory doors!  We know that the Jersey Shore may not have the best of reputations these days, thanks to certain reality shows, so we thought we'd take all of our fans on a virtual tour to the nearby Asbury Park beach to show how awesome it really is.  (And we promise, no fist-pumping!)

The famous Asbury Park casino.

Colorful umbrellas on the beach!


Water splash park for the kiddies.

Baywatch, NJ style!

Walking the boards.

Young musicians.

Browsing the shops!

Hot dog stand outside the Pinball Museum.

Parasailers, up up and away!

What is your favorite spot for spending these long, lazy summer days?

Video – Tim Holtz Distress Stains

August 12th, 2011

Ranger's Creative Director and Signature Artist Tim Holtz has created a great new video that explains pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about Distress Stain, including the new opaque white Picket Fence Stain!

Check out his video to learn some awesome tips for getting the most out of your Distress Stains, and be sure to visit Tim's blog to see close-up photos of the techniques demonstrated!

Join Claudine Hellmuth at Scrapfest!

August 11th, 2011

Here's an awesome opportunity to learn about whimsical design directly from Ranger Signature Designer and collage artist Claudine Hellmuth

Join Claudine's class at Scrapfest and you will learn how to make this adorable canvas using Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints, mediums, Creative Layers stamps and Sticky-Back Canvas!  It only costs $24 to join the class and you don't even need to bring supplies with you: just bring a pair of scissors and you'll be all set!

From the class description:

"Join Claudine Hellmuth (one of Ranger's signature designers and one of the industry's top mixed-media artists) as she takes you into her whimsical world of artistic design and colorful creations! You'll create a beautiful 6" x 6" canvas while learning a variety of exciting techniques. Learn how to stamp a two-tone image using Claudine Hellmuth stamps and paints, along with much more. Don't miss this chance to explore your inner artist (everyone has one!)!"

Visit Scrapfest's website to register for the class, and we hope to see you there!!

New for August on

August 10th, 2011

Check out what's new for August on!

Use Inkssentials products in conjunction with Distress Inks, Archival Ink and Perfect Pearls Mists to create a summery, sandy tag in this new project by Arlene Stump!

Arlene also shares tips and techniques for embossing Inkssentials Surfaces Metal Foil Tape and coloring it with Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  Use her techniques to create this adorable baby photo album!

Plus, check out a new video in which Ranger's own Debbie Tlach and Tim Holtz explore the new palette of Archival Inks and share some of their favorite surfaces for use with Archival!

…Time for a surprise giveaway!!  We chose a comment at random from our last post and its author will win some goodies from Ranger!  Congratulations to DoBea A. who commented:

"Can't wait to complete my collection of Distress Stains with all of the new colors coming out!!!"

Hopefully, SIX new Distress Stains (including white Picket Fence!) will get you closer to completing your collection, DoBea A.!  Please email us at blog{at} with your shipping details, and your Stains will be on their way to you.  Congratulations again, and thank you for leaving a comment on our blog!