Ranger’s inspired by Tim 12 Tags of 2014: October

October 24th, 2014

Each month members of our Ranger staff join in the fun of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 inspiration.  They each use the ideas shared by Tim’s tutorial to create a new project.  We are happy to share with you our October projects…


Trick or Treat Tag by Teresa Natividad

This was actually a happy accident.  I’d originally planned to do a night sky with Texture Paste colored black and the metallic Distress Spray Stains on top of it, but I’d over sprayed and it looked less like sky and more like stone to me.  So I decided to go in a different direction and used the resulting piece as the starter to my tag.  I cut up “slate” tiles and built a Halloween scene around it.


  • Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock, Manila Tag #12
  • Mediums: Texture Paste
  • Archival Ink: Jet Black
  • Adirondack Lights Pigment Ink: Lemonade
  • Distress Spray Stains: Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce, Mustard Seed
  • Distress Paint: Black Soot, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood
  • Distress Marker: Picket Fence
  • Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Night, Ruby, Tangerine, Lemon, Umber
  • Stickles Dry Glitter: Diamond, Waterfall
  • Tools: Texture Tools, Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife, Dina Wakley Media Brush
  • Adhesive: Ranger Adhesive Foam Tape- Black


Life’s Moments Card by Phil Quagliariello

I wanted to make a birthday card for my sister. Since “time” is involved in celebrating birthdays, I used Texture Paste on the clock and stars stencils to provide some depth, with the filmstrip stamp symbolizing the passing of time.

The overall colors of the distress spray stain background, word band and stamped saying did the trick for me.


  • Surfaces: Watercolor Cardstock, Manila Tag
  • Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
  • Distress Spray Stain: Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass, Antique Bronze
  • Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Archival Ink: Jet Black, Plum
  • Mediums: Texture Paste
  • Tools:    Heat it Tool, Mister, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife
  • Adhesives: Pop it Shapes, Adhesive Sheets, Multi-Medium


Share Laughter Tag by Kathy Paglia

My inspiration came from driving with my son in the convertible and laughing as the leaves were hitting us as they fell.


  • Surfaces:  Ranger #8 Tag – Manila
  • Mediums: Texture Paste, Glossy Accents, Perfect Medium
  • Archival Ink:  Jet Black
  • Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Gathered Twigs
  • Distress Marker:  Gathered Twigs
  • Perfect Pearls: Cappuccino, Forever Red, Forever Green, Perfect Gold, Perfect Bronze, Perfect Copper
  • Distress Spray Stains: Antiqued Bronze, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Tarnished Brass, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey
  • Tools: Non Stick Craft Sheet, Distress Marker Spritzer, Ink Blending Tool and Foams, Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife
  • Adhesive: Multi Medium – Matte, Foam Tape- Black


Skeleton Card by Debbie Tlach

I love the crisp October nights. I was excited to experiment with the new Texture Paste, Texture Tools & Spray Stain to try and make a wavy starry sky background for a Trick-or-Treating Skeleton!


  • Surfaces: Black Cardstock
  • Archival Ink: Jet Black
  • Embossing Powder: Orange, Bridal Tinsel
  • Distress Spray Stain: Picket Fence
  • Distress Paint: Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass
  • Distress Markers: Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Tea Dye
  • Mediums: Texture Paste, Dina Wakley Media Line Black Gesso, Emboss it Pad
  • Tools: Texture Tools
  • Adhesive: Wonder Tape

Be sure to visit Tim’s blog to see his October tag and tutorial. 

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh

October 20th, 2014

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Ranger Ink welcomes guest designer Michelle McCosh to the blog today.  Michelle shares a great tutorials for a fall themed canvas that is perfect for your fall decor.  She also shares a great tip for customizing your Texture Paste.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com


  • Surfaces: Tim Holt Burlap Panel; Kraft Core Cardstock – Nostalgic Collection; chipboard
  • Mediums: Dina Wakley Gesso; Texture Paste; Glossy Accents
  • Archival Reinkers: Tree Branch, Potting Soil
  • Archival Ink: Orange Blossom, Tree Branch, Potting Soil
  • Distress Paint:  Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon
  • Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Pumpkin Parts, Ribbon Flag, and Honeycomb
  • Embossing Folders: Tim Holtz Texture Fade Collage & Notebook
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz Chitchat Sticker, Jute;
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil- Doily
  • Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous
  • Tools: Sanding Grip,  Palette Knife, Tonic Paper Distress Tool, Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • Adhesive: Ranger Foam Tape

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Using the palette knife spread gesso onto the center of your canvas and let dry.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Die cut the Pumpkin using chipboard, cover with gesso and dry.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Shake the distress paint (Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Ripe Persimmon) and dab some onto your non stick craft sheet, spritz with water.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Press and smear the chipboard through the paint mixture.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Dry with heat tool and repeat until you are satisfied with the color.  The stalk of the pumpkin gets colored with walnut stain distress paint.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Use the mini ink blending tool and tree branch archival ink to edge the individual pieces of the pumpkin. Assemble using foam tape in the centers of the chipboard.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Add glossy accents to the edges of the pumpkin pieces and hold down till the glue grabs.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Using your finger add Potting Soil Archival ink over the pumpkin to highlight some of the areas.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Put some texture paste onto your non stick craft sheet and add two drops of Tree Branch Archival Ink and one drop of Potting soil and mix thoroughly with the palette knife.

stencil and paste

Scrape the colored paste through the stencil.  Lift the stencil up and wash immediately.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Allow the paste to dry (about 5-10 minutes depending on the humidity) and dry brush some Antique Linen distress paint across the top of the texture paste.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Using Potting Soil ink stamp Be Thankful in the margin of a sheet of old music paper and cut out making a fish tail edge on the one side, distress the edges.  Use some Glossy Accents to adhere to the pumpkin.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Spritz Perfect Pearls spray onto the wheat and let dry.  Adhere to canvas when dry using Glossy accents.  Pop Pumpkin over the wheat using foam tape.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Cut three banner pieces and three hexagons from the kraft core cardstock and the hexagon & banner die.  Emboss the banners using texture fade and distress using the sanding grip.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Ink the edges of the chit chat stickers and pop up on the green hexagons and adhere them to the banners.  Fold over the edges of the banners and adhere to Jute String.  Glue the banner to the top of the canvas using Glossy Accents, attaching on the back of the canvas.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Learn more about Michelle on her blog: Michelle McCosh.

Distress Halloween Box

October 13th, 2014

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

For many crafters, fall and Halloween is their favorite time of the year because it means getting to create projects that are spooky and creepy!  This fun Halloween theme box by Carolyn Ross combines a bit of both.  We shared it with you last year and loved it so much that we thought you would enjoy seeing it again this fall.


  • Surfaces: Tim Holtz Configurations 5.5″ x 5.5″; Halloween Pattern Paper
  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Collection CMS139 Halloween Cutouts
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil THS008 Star
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations- Plaque & Postage On the Edge, Graveyard On the Edge, Branch Tree, Mini Crescent Moon, Mini Raven, and Mini 31
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
  • Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs,Peacock Feathers
  • Distress Stains: Brushed Pewter, Tarnished Brass
  • Distress Paint: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss
  • Distress Crackle Paint: Clear Rock Candy 4oz. jar
  • Distress Glitter: Seedless Preserves
  • Distress Stickles: Mustard Seed
  • Archival Ink: Jet Black
  • Mediums: Glossy Accents, Media Black Gesso, Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Translucent Embossing Paste
  • Tools: Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Craft Scraper, Ink Blending Tool & Foam, Mister
  • Adhesive: Adhesive Foam Tape

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Using Tim Holtz Alteration dies from Sizzix, cut out two plaque edges, crow, moon, graveyard edge, branch tree, 31 and cut two ¾ x 4 ¼ strips from grunge board.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Glue plaque edges and strips to the edge of a small configuration box. Paint with Black Gesso. When dry, coat with Rock Candy Crackle Paint (do not use heat gun to dry crackle paint).


Dab Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint on frame.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Mist with water allowing the paint to go into the crackles. Dab excess off with paper towel. Brush paint around the edges.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Using Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss And Mustard Seed Distress Paint, paint the moon, branch tree and “31” grunge board pieces. Paint crow with Black Gesso.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Apply the metallic brushed pewter and tarnished brass distress stain to the graveyard edge piece.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Sand grunge board pieces and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using a Blending Tool with Foam. Ink edges of graveyard piece with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Cover crow with Glossy Accents. It will look milky but will dry clear, do not use heat gun to dry.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Apply Mustard Seed Distress Stickles to the moon, spread with your finger.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Cut one 5 x 5, one 1 ½ x 7 and four 1 ½ x 5 stripes of pattern paper. Stamp (CMS139) “trick or treat” on 7 inch strip of paper.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Using stencil stars (THS008), tape with tissue tape to 5 x 5 papers to secure. Using tissue tape, tape over stars that you do not want to show. Using Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste and Ranger Craft Scraper apply embossing paste to stencil.


Apply Seedless Preserves Distress Glitter to paste, shake excess onto a scratch piece of paper and pour back into glitter jar.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Glue strips of paper in the insides of the box and the 5 x 5 piece in the bottom of the box. Using Ranger Pop-It Shapes, glue moon to upper right hand corner. Glue crow in the branch tree, glue graveyard edge and branch tree in the box creating a 3-D effect.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Put cover on and glue “31” to the center top of the frame. Banner fold the stamped paper, snip ends and glue to the bottom of the frame.

Carolyn Ross


Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 Ranger Warehouse Sale!

October 10th, 2014

Ranger Warehouse Sale 2014

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Warehouse Sale will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 1pm.

For this one-day only event, a selection of discontinued and slightly imperfect arts & crafts and scrapbooking supplies will be available to the public.

Stamp pads, glitter glues, embossing powders, embellishments, and much more!

All sales are in-person only, so just drop by the Ranger headquarters at 15 Park Road in Tinton Falls, NJ 07724. We’re directly across from Applebee¹s Restaurant off of Hope Road.

Don’t forget to bring checks and/or cash, sorry, but credit cards will not be accepted.

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New Dylusions Holiday Stamps and the Return of Glue n’ Seal Matte!

October 10th, 2014


We’re excited to announce…

Just in time for the Holidays – 2 NEW Cling Rubber Stamp sets from Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley and Ranger!

Dylusions Holly Days Dylusions One Two Tree

Introducing Holly Days and One Two Tree Stamp Sets. Both sets include images perfect for art journaling, card making and holiday crafting. Choose your holiday color palette, traditional or bright, select your stamps and you are ready to start crafting!

Back by popular demand… Glue n’ Seal in matte finish!

Glue n’ Seal is a fluid, waterproof all-purpose glue and sealer ideal for collage, card making and mixed media. Drying to a non-sticky matte finish, Glue n’ Seal is the perfect choice for projects requiring both an adhesive undercoat as well as a sealing top coat.

Available in two sizes: 1 oz. jar with a built-in brush and for bigger projects, a 3.5 oz. wide-mouth jar.

The new stamps and Glue n’ Seal are shipping now so check your local or online craft retailer for both!

Distressed Pumpkin Fall Decor

October 8th, 2014

Distressed Pumpkin Fall Decor by May Flaum | www.rangerink.com

We shared this project from Guest Designer May Flaum with you last October, but it is so good, we wanted to share it with you again in case you missed it the first time around.

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World Card Making Day | With Love

October 4th, 2014

Happy Heart Card by Tammy Tutteorw  | www.rangerink.com

Happy World Card making day to you!  We are celebrating this fun event today by joining the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog Hop!

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Pinterest Friday Finds

October 3rd, 2014

Liquid Pearls Friday Finds | www.rangerink.com

One of the things I love about using Pinterest for inspiration is how easy it is to search for things.  This week I wanted to look for some inspiring projects and ideas for using Liquid Pearls.  Liquid Pearls  are a versatile, waterproof pearlescent paint that is designed for decorating paper and fabric.  You can apply it with a paint brush or directly from the bottle with the easy flow tip.  With 33 colors available, there is a Liquid Pearls sure to match your project!

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Do you love Instagram?

September 29th, 2014

Follow Ranger Ink on Instagram | www.instagram.com/ranger_ink

Would you like to see more of the behind the scenes sights and sounds from the team at Ranger Ink?  If so, we have great news!  We are now Instagram!  You can find us at Ranger_Ink!  We will be sharing peeks of life here at Ranger, sneak peeks of blog projects and tutorials, and we’ll take you on the road with us too as our team teaches and attends events and trade shows.  (If you followed us on Instagram in the past, please update your follow to our new account name with the underscore between Ranger and Ink.)

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DIY Fall Tattered Leaf Napkins

September 26th, 2014

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Creating handmade projects is a great way to add unique touches to your home.   Today we are excited to share a guest tutorial from Paula Cheney!  She shares a lovely fall napkin project that takes a simple cloth napkin into a centerpiece fall table settings.

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