Claudine Hellmuth Workshop Winner Announced!

July 27th, 2012

Thanks to all of you for sharing your comments and telling us about your favorite Claudine Hellmuth Studio Products.  We couldn’t agree more with your thoughts about Claudine’s many talents and wonderful products! 

So without further ado, it’s time to announce the lucky winner of a spot in Claudine’s Composition for Collage Workshop…Sandi Williams.

Sandi said:  ”The Paints! I love the paints, and did I mention the foam stamps, and the matte medium, and the outline stamps!!! But the paints are the best colors ever made!!!”

Claudine will be contacting you with information on how to claim your prize.  Congrats and Enjoy!

Giveaway: Free Claudine Hellmuth Workshop

July 25th, 2012

Claudine Hellmuth Composition for Collage Workshop PromoWe have an exciting giveaway for you this week. Our friend Claudine Hellmuth is gearing up to start one of her popular online workshops in August and we have one spot to give away to you, our loyal Ranger Blog readers.

If you’re not familiar with the Claudine Hellmuth Workshops, we have to tell you, you don’t want to miss this one – starting on August 2nd, she will be starting her Composition for Collage Workshop. Claudine Hellmuth has taught this popular workshop live, internationally and she is excited to bring it back online again! 

Claudine Hellmuth Composition for Collage Workshop PromoClaudine has boiled down the various methods, gleaned from her art college days, and developed surefire tools for creating strong compositions in your work. Easy to learn and quick to implement, you will be making professional looking collages by the end of the first week. You can check out more information about this workshop over at Claudine’s blog here.

So how can win? All you need to do is tell us your favorite Claudine Hellmuth Studio products in the comments below and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to take the workshop for free. We’ll be choosing a winner on Friday, July 27th, so get your entries in today!

If you’re ready to dive into this amazing workshop, don’t delay. You can sign up now, and if you win, Claudine will give you a credit for the class.

Adirondack® Alcohol Inks featured in Cloth Paper Scissors

July 24th, 2012

Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine July/August 2012 Cover

If you’re looking for a fun, new way to utilize Ranger’s Adirondack® Alcohol Inks, you have to check out the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. In their regular feature, The Workshop, Cathy Taylor details several techniques using Adirondack® Alcohol Inks with Yupo paper to create visually stunning backgrounds, floral patterns, and more in a piece she calls “Rethink Alcohol Ink.”

This 5 page article explains step-by-step how to execute some unique techniques, which you can see a sample of a few below, so be sure to check out a copy of this issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and stock up on Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Inks from Ranger to give it a try for yourself.

Sample images from July/August 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors

Dyan Reaveley shares her Ghosting technique

July 20th, 2012

Today we have for you a “Ghosting” technique from Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley using Ranger’s Dylusions Ink Sprays. In this video Dyan shares how to achieve a magnificent ghosting effect with ease using a combination of Dylusions Stamps, Stencils, and Ink Sprays.

I Spy… Seasonal Ranger Products at CHA!

July 19th, 2012

Greetings from CHA Summer 2012!  We thought you’d like to check out an incredible display we’ve set up in the Ranger booth, showing off seasonal hues of your favorite Ranger products in color combinations that are perfect for winter, Christmas and autumn projects!

It just goes to show, no matter the season, there’s a Ranger product that is perfect for it!

What seasonal products and colors do you spy in these photos? What are your own favorite Ranger color combos to use for seasonal projects? Let us know in the comments!

Hello from the CHA Summer 2012 show!

July 18th, 2012

Tim Holtz presents Metallic Distress Stains at CHA Summer 2012As you may remember, last week was full of exciting new Ranger product announcements. Now that the CHA Summer 2012 show has kicked off, we want to share a few of the happenings going on at our booth this week. We started off the week with the CHA Summer 2012 Innovations Sneak Peek Media and Buyer Event where we showed off a few of those new products.

Debbie Tlach demoing Melt Art at CHA Summer 2012
Debbie Tlach demoing Texture Treads at CHA Summer 2012

First, we have Ranger Creative Director, Tim Holtz, presenting the three new Metallic Distress Stains. These fluid dyes are available in Antique Bronze, Brushed Pewter, and Tarnished Brass. They work great with the complete line of Distress products, such as Distress Inks, and are perfectly suited for papers and other porous surfaces.

Next up, Debbie Tlach, Graphic and Fine Artist at Ranger, and Bonnie Egenton, Marketing Director at Ranger, gave everyone a hands-on look at some of Ranger’s new Melt Art products. There are three new Texture Tread designs for Summer 2012. Together they used one of the new Texture Treads designs to create a beautiful pendant from Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and then they decorated their piece with Perfect Pearls and Liquid Pearls to make it all their own.

Be sure to check back with the Ranger Blog throughout the week for more updates from our booth at the CHA Summer 2012 show!

Congrats to our winners!

July 16th, 2012

All last week, we’ve been announcing all of the great new Ranger products that are debuting as we speak at the CHA Summer 2012 show!  We’ve decided to pick one comment at random from each post, and the winners will be receiving great Ranger prize packs!

Congrats to:

7/10Heidi: “Yeah!! I love how Ranger thinks 5 steps ahead of us!! Great ideas for products we use often by making them easier to use! I love the clear Emboss It dabber!! Genius!!”

7/11Barbara: “Wow! Thanks Ranger for such great new products. I am loving the texture treads, especially the mirror design for embssing & debossing. The snowflake is my favourite & I am looking forward to learning lots of new techniques with the pipettes.”

7/12Erin Glee: “I love the Vintaj patinas, and metallic variations will be even better….and love Claudines cute little Studio paints~I cold eat them like candy they look so yummy!”

7/13Jen Clark: “Dying here!!! Those are all on my newly formed wish list!!! Rock candy in glitter form???!!! Metallic distress stains??!!! Oh my!”

Congrats, everyone!  We will contact you regarding your shipping details shortly.  And thanks to the winners, and to everyone who has left comments for us, for showing us some love on the Ranger blog!

NEW: Distress Stains, Clear Rock Candy, and Dylusions

July 13th, 2012

Wrapping up our new product announcements, all of which will be making their debut in the Ranger booth at CHA Summer 2012 next week!

You know ‘em and you love ‘em as part of the Distress Crackle Paint and Distress Stickles lines, and now we are happy to introduce the three Metallic shades of Distress to the Distress Stains line as well!  Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass are now available as fluid metallic inks that will react with other Distress Stains and Distress Inks, to lend a vintage sheen to your projects.  Apply layers of Stain to achieve a more saturated color, or use it lightly for a more subtle effect!

We are also thrilled to announce that Distress Stickles in Clear Rock Candy will now be available in a 1.1 fl. oz. jar complete with a built-in brush!  Now you can slather Rock Candy Stickles all over your projects for a coating of nostalgic shimmer.  And that’s not all…

We announced our new Stickles Dry Glitter earlier this week, and Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy will be available as dry glitter as well!  Perfect timing for all of those holiday decorations and projects on your list, as well as for home decor and mixed media arts and crafts!  Distress Stickles Dry Glitter works awesomely with the new Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder and Inkssentials Wonder Tape, too!

We have some amazing new additions to Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions line, too!  First up is her brand-new how-to book, “My Creative Journal Journey.”  If you’d love to try art journaling but aren’t really sure how or where to start, pick this book up and be inspired by Dyan as she guides you through her creative process and inking and painting techniques.  Full of color photos and step-outs, it’s the next-best thing to having Dyan by your side!

When you’re looking for the perfect journal to ink up after being inspired by Dyan’s book, look no further than the new Dylusions Creative Journal!  This journal is absolutely perfect for the art journaling techniques you’ll learn from Dyan’s book, and it features a combination of manila and white matte cardstock pages (64 unlined pages in all) along with a sturdy chipboard cover and a string envelope attached to the inside front cover.

And what better way to accent your art journal than with some brand new Dylusions stamp and stencil designs?  Dyan has added four new whimsical, hand-drawn holiday designs to each collection, with the stencil designs available in both 9″ x 12″ and 5″ x 8″ sizes.

For more information about Metallic Distress Stains, the new Rock Candy Distress Stickles and the latest additions to the Dylusions line, please check out their official press releases!

NEW: Metallic Vintaj Patinas, and Open Stock Studio Mini Paints & Mediums

July 12th, 2012

We’re back, with more great products that will be making their debut in the Ranger booth at CHA Summer 2012!

Vintaj Patinas made quite a splash when we debuted them at the Winter CHA show, so we are very excited to announce two new kits:

That’s right, Vintaj Patinas are now available in 4 metallic colors!  In the Treasured Heirloom collection you’ll find Nouveau Silver and Victorian Gold, while in the Ancient Coin collection you’ll have Aged Bronze and Antique Copper.  These opaque, metallic Patinas are specially formulated to adhere to metal findings and jewelry blanks.  Mix and match them with the original 15 blendable Patinas colors to create a multitude of patina effects on jewelry and embellishments!

We are also happy to announce that the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Mini Acrylic Paints and Mini Art Mediums are now available open stock!  Now you can purchase your favorite colors and mediums without needing to buy an entire set of five.  The portable .5 oz bottles are ideal for sampling new colors of these highly pigmented paints, or for travel to classes and crops.  You can apply the paints and mediums directly from the needle-nose applicator tip to create dots, squiggles and lines, or use a paintbrush for wider coverage.

For more information about the new Metallic Vintaj Patinas or open stock Studio Mini Paints and Mediums, be sure to check out their official press releases!

NEW: Melt Art, Inkssentials Surfaces, and Inkssentials Pipettes

July 11th, 2012

Rolling right along with our new product announcements, making their debut in the Ranger booth at CHA Summer 2012

We’ve got some exciting new designs in our popular Melt Art Texture Treads line!  These seasonal designs feature leaves, snowflakes and holly leaves in fun retro patterns, perfect for your Melt Art and polymer clay holiday projects.  Each Texture Tread features a unique “mirror image” imprint of the pattern, so you can choose to have an embossed or debossed pattern!

And to make working with your Ranger Melting Pot easier and even more fun, we’ve developed the Melt Art Project Craft Sheet.  The Project Craft Sheet is made of the same material as our beloved Non-Stick Craft Sheet, but it has been die cut for an exact fit inside the Melting Pot.  Built-in tabs allow for safely moving the Project Craft Sheet in and out of the Pot for heating and melting small projects.  It’s ideal for use when melting UTEE or Ranger Embossing Powders onto metal findings and jewelry.  Each pack contains two Project Craft Sheets.

We have some exciting additions to the Inkssentials Surfaces line as well:

We’ve added Kraft Cardstock in both 8.5″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″ sizes to the line, and we are now offering Specialty Stamping Paper in 12″ x 12″ as well. 

Furthermore, all three of our tag surfaces (manila, kraft and black) are now offered in two new sizes: #10 (4.125″ x 8.5″) and super-gigantic #12 (5.125″ x 10.5″)!!  These new larger sizes will have 10 tags in each pack.

If you’re looking for a unique way to ink up these giant tags and new surfaces, check this cool tool out:

Introducing the Inkssentials Pipettes!  These handy Pipettes will allow you to transfer fluid materials such as Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash, Dylusions Ink Spray and Distress Stain from their original containers into a Mister, Mini Mister, or Tim Holtz Water Brush!  Each Pipette has measurement marks on the side for precise filling.

For more information about the new Melt Art products, Inkssentials Surfaces, or Inkssentials Pipettes, please check out the official press releases.