Claudine’s Haunted Houses in Scrapbooks Etc

September 29th, 2011


Check out the October issue of Scrapbooks Etc for a spooktacular project tutorial by Claudine Hellmuth!  She will show you how to craft these nifty haunted houses using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints, Sticky-Back Canvas and the Inkssentials White Opaque Pen.   What a perfect way to create a frighteningly fun display in your home this Halloween!  Claudine has also posted full project instructions on her blog, too.


Behind the Scenes: Ranger Craft Night

September 27th, 2011

Every once in a while, the employees in Ranger's front office and art department get together for a fun-filled night of crafting.  The purpose, aside from having fun and socializing with our co-workers, is to create projects using both new and old products for future blog posts, ads, CHA sample boards, and more.  Sometimes we even test new products and discover cool new techniques for using them!

We recently had a Craft Night where we were focusing on fall and holiday projects.  Stay tuned to this blog and to to see the fabulous results!

Check out Claudine in Somerset Holidays & Celebrations!

September 23rd, 2011

Check out the latest issue of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations for an article written by Ranger's own Claudine Hellmuth.  Claudine will teach you how to make a beautiful bouquet of handcrafted posies, perfect decor for any special occasion!

Somerset Holidays & Celebrations is on newsstands now!

Congrats to the Seasonal Distress Winners!

September 21st, 2011

We are pleased to announce our THREE winners, all of whom will be receiving their very own stack of limited-edition Tim Holtz Seasonal Series Distress Inks!

Karen Keiper: "lovely as usual. my favourite colour is broken china, it makes me smile whenever i use it."

Therese Howard: "TIM……….you just continue to surprise us, does that mean we will have a set for Christmas or winter………… Hmmmmm, I wonder…… The colors I love using is pumice, brushed corduroy, fired brick, peeled…….. Why do you make me choose what favorite color i use the most……. A little secret……I USE THEM ALL………"

Shannon Sawyer: "By far my favorite Distress Ink has always (from day one) been Vintage Photo. I literally use that in my every day artwork on every single thing I make, no question. It's vital to my work desk, it has to always be in an arms length to grab it. To me it's the perfect color to get that Distress look on any project. It's especially wonderful in the fall and autumn. When you combine Vintage Photo with some of the regular Distress autumn colors such as: Dusty Concord Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Crushed Olivety Hinge, you achieve an amazing Autumnal Look. I am without a doubt a Vintage Photo groupie."


Congratulations, ladies!  We hope you will enjoy your Seasonal Series Distress Inks and create some amazing autumnal artwork!  Keep an eye on your inboxes; we will be contacting you for your shipping addresses shortly.


Thanks to everyone who participated by leaving a comment on our blog!  We truly appreciate your feedback and enthusiasm for our products!

A Message from Tim Holtz

September 20th, 2011

hey bloggers, after the exciting launch last week of the new seasonal distress series, i have to say once again how overwhelmed and grateful i am for it all.  i can't even begin to thank everyone so much for sharing in the excitement and creative chaos this launch stirred up.  so i wanted to share a little background of how the idea of the seasonal distress series came to be.  as you know, i truly love my distress line with ranger.  after being on the market for over 7 years, i continue to use these inks as if they are the latest and greatest.  i'm happy with the palette of 36 colors of distress, but of course there are times when i want a certain color especially around certain seasons.  which got me thinking…i've said it many times, trust your crazy ideas…

so i pitched my idea to ranger, to create a batch of unique seasonal colors for distress inks.  i loved the idea of creating a palette of 3 new colors perfect for the season.  we would create a batch of these colors once a year to release to the market.  these colors would only be available for the season and not be made again until the following year.  being a U.S. manufacturer, adding new products of any capacity has its challenges, but adding more to the already popular distress line had even more.  numbers we're crunched, reports ran, production materials ordered, distributors notified, and schedules made, if we were going to launch this we were going to be ready – at least that was our intention…

to say we were all blown away at the response from all of you would be an understatement.  based off any previous new distress ink launch we produced more than predicted sales.  in fact we manufactured what should have been weeks worth of inventory, but instead it sold out within 6 hours, completely unexpected.  don't get me wrong, i knew it was going to create a bit of a frenzy being limited and all, but 6 hours?  of course once we all realized what was going on, it was too late to do anything about it immediately, but that didn't stop us from trying to figure out a solution.  one of the many benefits of ranger being a U.S. manufacturer is the ability to react quickly, so we began to try to secure more materials, create more dyes, allowing us to make another batch of these seasonal fall distress inks. although it was not part of the initial plan, we want to do our part to meet the demand set by all of you.  so i'm happy to say that ranger is making one more production run of the fall seasonal distress inks to ship out in the next few weeks. i truly appreciate the support from all of you, and wanted to do my best to make sure more people had the chance to get a set of these colors if they wanted.  simply amazing!…

now to answer some of the many frequently asked questions:
- are there going to be reinkers for these colors?  the short answer is no, but the reason is simply because these unique seasonal colors are made in a small batch to create the specific colors i want.  so i had to choose and i would rather have more distress pads available than half the amount if we made reinkers.
- will i be able to get these seasonal colors again?  yes, my idea was to have these colors around for the season.  so next fall, these same colors will be created again and made available for the season (kind of like seasonal fruit i suppose).
- are you making other distress products in these seasonal colors?  i only wanted to create these seasonal colors in distress ink pads.
- since they are part of a "seasonal series" does that mean there are going to be other colors for winter?  yes, i've created a set of seasonal colors for winter as well, and they will be released on november 1st!

well hopefully this has explained a little more about the seasonal series of distress inks.   i can't express my sincere thanks enough to all of you for sharing your creative energy with this launch.  it's been a fun way to bring new colors to the distress palette and i appreciate all of your amazing support and excitement.  guess this idea wasn't so crazy after all – who knew?…t!m

Exciting Product News!

September 14th, 2011

Ranger and Tim Holtz are thrilled to announce . . . drumroll, please . . . a limited edition collection of Fall Seasonal Distress Ink!!  

They come in a stacked set of three rich harvest colors, perfect for your Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving craft projects:   Seedless Preserves, Gathered Twigs, and Ripe Persimmon.

For a closer look at these gorgeous autumn hues, check out Tim's video.

Autumn_seasonal_distress_video These sets are shipping now.  Remember, the Fall Seasonal Distress Inks are only being produced in a limited quantity, so when they're gone, they're gone.  Get to your local craft store soon to get yours.  For more info check out the press release.

We think these inks are so cool for this time of year, so we're running a contest to give you a chance to get them.  We'd like to thank 3 lucky winners for their participation on our blog!   Let us know what your favorite regular line Distress Inks colors are and how you use them during the Fall. Winners announced 9/21.  Good luck!

Save the Date for Ranger’s 2011 Warehouse Sale!

September 12th, 2011

Ranger headquarters picture
We are pleased to announce that our 2011 Warehouse Sale will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 3pm!

For this one day only, a wide selection of discontinued and slightly imperfect arts & crafts and scrapbooking supplies will be available to the public!  And what a deal: many of the items will be priced 50% to 75% off WHOLESALE pricing!!

What kinds of items can you expect to find?  How about stamp pads, glitter glues, embossing powders, embellishments…. and much more!

Just drop by the Ranger headquarters at 15 Park Road in Tinton Falls, NJ 07724.  We're directly across from Applebee's Restaurant off of Hope Road. 

And don't forget to bring checks and/or cash… sorry, but credit cards will not be accepted.

If you're a storeowner, please ask us about bulk discounts!  For more info contact

See you at the sale!!

Foiled Again with Metal Tape

September 9th, 2011

We are so glad everyone enjoyed our video about Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape. Here is a Thank You card created by Kriss Cramer using Foil Tape and Adirondack Dye Ink Pads that you can make 1, 2, 3…literally…three easy steps is all it will take.  We love the clean, simple look of this card. How about giving it a try?

Metal-Foil-Tape-Thanks Find the instructions to make this card here.

Oh, and by the way, think we hinted somebody might get something for dropping us a line.  Yes, I believe we did. Thank you for all your suggestions!  

We picked the following random winner:

Sue Benedick said: "I would love to see some projects done with foil tape."

Well, Sue, your wish is our command, and we will contact you about claiming your sur-prize. 

What’s New on for September

September 7th, 2011

We have a fantastic trio of awe-inspiring projects, ideas, tips and techniques featured on this month.

First off, watch this video with Tim Holtz and Customer Service Manager Teresa Natividad — discover some creative uses for our Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape Sheets





Next, we have two stunning projects created by Richele Christensen. First, check out this dreamy tag with Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint.



Richele then shares fun techniques for making Shrink Plastic embellishments to adorn our New Inkssentials Kraft ATCs.




Don't forget to visit for new ideas every month. Would also encourage you to let us know what type of projects you might like to see in the future, so leave a comment…you never know, you might get a reward for your suggestion??!!