Ranger’s Halloween Costume Contest!

October 31st, 2011

Happy Halloween, everyone!!

We here at Ranger Industries are getting into the Halloween spirit with our annual Halloween party and costume contest.  We are awarding our staff prizes for the Funniest Costume, Cutest Costume, and Most Creative Costume, but this year we are also adding a brand-new category: Bloggers' Choice!

That's right, we would like YOU, our blog followers, to vote for your favorite Ranger employee Halloween costume!  We will choose a vote at random and the author will receive a prize pack from Ranger, so be sure to get your vote in!  We will be closing the voting at midnight EST tonight.

Without further ado, the Ranger Halloween costumes for 2011!



Candy Corn Witch


Cowgirl 1

Charlie Brown Ghost

Charlie Chaplin

Perfect Pearls Mists

Lil Wayne

Captain America




Cookie Monster



Old Lady

Mother Nature

Cowgirl 2


Tacky Tourist

Thanks in advance for your votes!!

Project: Shrink Plastic & UTEE Fabric Tag

October 28th, 2011


Today we've got a great new project from you courtesy of Tammy Tutterow!  Use Inkssentials Surfaces Shrink Plastic along with Melt Art UTEE, the Ranger Melting Pot, and Distress Inks and Stains to create this charm-ing fabric tag!

Project: Perfect Pearls Mists “Symphony of Hearts” Tag

October 25th, 2011


We have a new project on RangerInk.com that is sure to make your heart sing!  Check out this beautiful tag by Linda Cain, which was made with Perfect Pearls Mists, Distress Inks, Distress Stains, and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints.  What a beautiful gift for a music lover in your life!

New Technique: Alcohol Ink Glassine

October 21st, 2011


Ranger’s Senior Educator Wendy Vecchi has yet another awesome technique to share with you!  Watch this video that shows you how she alters Tim Holtz’ Kraft Glassine using Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Snow Cap Mixative to achieve a rustic patina effect.

More Ranger Craft Night Projects

October 19th, 2011

We have some more BOO-tiful Ranger Craft Night projects to give you ideas for Halloween cardmaking!


Eek Card by Cindy Rescorl:   Cindy used an Ink Blending Tool  to apply Fall Seasonal Distress Ink colors in the background, embossed the image using a Tim Holtz Texture Fade, then swiped Jet Black Archival Ink over the embossed image.


Poison 31 Card by Cindy Rescorl:  A cool technique to try!  Start with a piece of Kraft Glassine and brush on Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders until fully covered. Use a Heat It Tool to melt the pearls into the glassine. Let cool. Put the glassine piece into a texture fade to emboss.












Haunted Card by Susan Baldwin:  Spray Die Cuts with Perfect Pearls Mists and use Picket Fence Distress Stains to color the candles, then Stickles for the flames and spider eyes. "Haunted" was stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Powder.

Hope this gives you some inspiration!  Would love to hear what you have brewing for your Halloween projects.

Ranger Craft Night: Projects Revealed!

October 14th, 2011

A few weeks ago we blogged some behind-the-scenes shots from our autumn Ranger Craft Night.  Now we'd like to share some of the projects that were created by our staff!


From left to right:

Skeleton Kraft Tag by Debbie Tlach.  Debbie dabbed some Picket Fence Distress Stain onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and then used an Inkssentials Cut N' Dry Nib to color in the skeleton and highlight the bat.

Boo Ornament by Terry Horvath.  Terry adhered Tim Holtz idea-ology stickers to a piece of cardstock, then sandwiched the cardstock between two pieces of 2×2 Memory Glass, and inserted into a Memory Frame. You can make a bunch of these using different sizes of Memory Frames and Glass, then display them on a Mini Halloween Tree to make a spooktacular home decor piece!

Spooky 31 Tag by Terry Horvath. Terry used the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and the Fall Seasonal Distress Inks (which are shipping NOW, woo hoo!) to create a background on an Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Tag.  She then stamped over the inked background using a Tim Holtz stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink.

Stay tuned, we'll have more projects to share from Craft Night in the days to come!

Project: Shrink Plastic “Sew Artsy” ATC

October 12th, 2011

New on RangerInk.com!

Learn how to "dress" up an Inkssentials Surfaces Manila ATC with some Shrink Plastic, Distress Ink, Archival Ink and Tim Holtz idea-ology embellishments in this new project by Richele Christensen!

Video: Claudine Demonstrates Black Gesso at CHA

October 6th, 2011

We're featuring a Halloween card that you can make with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso on our website this October, but perhaps you are wondering what else you can do with Black Gesso?  If so, check out this video Claudine created at CHA, where she demonstrates a great way to give Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape an antique look.  Claudine shows off some other great uses for Studio Black Gesso, too…. like, custom chalkboards!

Have you tried Black Gesso? If so, what are your favorite uses for it?

New for October on RangerInk.com!

October 4th, 2011

Boo!!  Happy October, everyone!  We've got some great new features on RangerInk.com this month to help you get in the autumn/Halloween mood!

Learn how to make this spooky haunted house card using tips and techniques by Claudine Hellmuth!  She will teach you how to use Studio Creative Layers stamps along with Studio Black Gesso and Sticky-Back Canvas to create a card that is perfect for sharing with all your favorite boys and ghouls this Halloween.


Patti Behan has created a beautiful autumnal scrapbook layout, ideal for displaying your pumpkin-picking photos!  Patti's pumpkin patch layout features products by Tim Holtz, including Distress Ink and Distress Crackle Paint.

And finally, spice up your home d├ęcor with this beautiful cork message board, created by Lisa Dixon using fall shades of Distress Stain!  We love her adorable push-pins made from Inkssentials Shrink Plastic, too!

We hope you enjoy these projects and give them a try!  What fall and Halloween crafts do you have up your sleeve this October?