Imagine the Possibilities…Tim Holtz Colors with Distress on Real Wood Paper by Et Cetera (ETC) Papers

September 23rd, 2016

Coloring on unique surfaces can often pose a challenge and today we want to showcase two different types of Distress coloring techniques on two different types of Et Cetera Papers wood veneer. Wood veneer is made from real wood with a smooth porous finish. Available in various finishes, we wanted to share how you can achieve vibrant watercolor effects on both light and dark surfaces.

Products used: Distress Crayons, Distress Markers, Distress Ink, Distress Waterbrush/Detailer, Distress Archival Ink, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Craft Sheet, Foam Tape, Et Cetera Papers Birch & Cherry Wood Veneer, Idea-ology Textile Surfaces, Idea-ology Quote Bands, Stampers Anonymous CMS136 Mini Blueprints, Stampers Anonymous Grid-blocks, Cardstock, and Jute.

We are working with basic watercoloring supplies including Distress Markers, Distress Crayons, Detailer Distress Waterbrush, Craft Sheet, and of course Wood Veneer.

To get started, stamp the images directly on the wood veneer using Archival Ink. Since we are watercoloring the images it’s important to stamp in a permanent ink.

Birch Wood Card

This first card features a lighter Birch Wood Veneer so we can use translucent dyes like Distress Markers.

Since this surface is very porous coloring directly on the wood with the marker can cause the ink to absorb immediately making it difficult to blend. The solution is to scribble the markers directly on to the craft sheet and use it as your palette.

Pick up the color with a waterbrush and watercolor directly on to the wood veneer. This applies a light wash of color allowing you to control the intensity and blend.

Continue layering various colors using this technique to create a wash of color. The translucent dyes highlight the grain of the wood veneer. Once finished, allow to dry completely.

Ink the edges with Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool to frame our colorful masterpiece.

Cherry Wood Card

This second card features a darker Cherry Wood Veneer so we need to use pigments like Distress Crayons.

Even though this surface is very porous, coloring directly on the wood with the crayon is not a problem. The pigment will not absorb into the surface right away so it will allow us to blend with water.

Using the waterbrush, blend the crayon directly on to the wood veneer. This applies a vibrant wash of color creating intensity on the darker wood background.

Continue layering various colors using this technique to create a mix of color. The opaque pigment tones down the grain of the wood veneer. Once finished, allow to dry completely.

Ink the edges with Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool to frame our colorful masterpiece.

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September New Product Highlight | Dylusions

September 22nd, 2016

Dylusions Stamp & Stencil Set

Another Collection of Seasonal Stamp and Stencils from Dyan Reaveley! Create one-of-kind holiday art, seasonal cards, gift tags and more with the new Holiday Stamps & Stencils sets. The Dylusions Holiday Stamp & Stencil set, Dear Santa, includes a collection of festive clear stamps and phrases paired with a 2-in-1 stencil design: trees & Merry Christmas.

Set includes themed clear stamps and coordinating stencil:

Beautiful pieces from Dyan Reaveley using her new Holiday Stencils & Stamps:




Dylusions Holiday Colouring Sheets

Introducing Dylusions Holiday Colouring Sheets for Coloring, Journaling, and Card Making!
Featuring 12 exclusive Dyan Reaveley holiday designs printed on heavyweight matte cardstock. Includes 2 each of 6 full page designs and 4 each of 6 half page designs. Color in with your mediums of choice and then collage in your art journal, create cards or cut up and add to gift tags!.

Includes 12 exclusive Dylusions Holiday designs:

Beautiful pieces from Dyan Reaveley using her new Holiday Colouring Sheets:



September New Product Highlight | Tim Holtz Distress®

September 21st, 2016

Tim Holtz Distress® Mixed Media Spray Stain Kit
Tim Holtz Distress® Spray Stains from Ranger are fluid water-based dyes used to create colorful backgrounds on papers and other porous surfaces. Ranger texture paste is an inkable artist quality paste ideal for adding dimensional layers on a variety of surfaces. This kit includes a guide that shows various techniques to create unique effects for your mixed media projects to unlock your inner artist.


Kit Includes:

  • 3 – Mini Distress Spray Stains
  • 5 – #8 Manila Tags
  • 1 – Mini Texture Paste
  • 1 – Palette Knife
  • 1 – Mini Mister
  • 5 – Sheets Mixed Media Cardstock
  • 1 – Custom Stencil
  • 1 – Technique Booklet


Tim Holtz® Alcohol Ink Kit
Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks from Ranger are fast-drying transparent dye inks specially formulated to create colorful effects on non-porous surfaces. Combine with Metallic Mixatives and Blending Solution for unique polished stone backgrounds. This kit includes a guide that teaches various techniques to create vibrant layered backgrounds for use on cards and mixed media projects with unlimited colorful possibilities.


Kit Includes:

  • 3 – Alcohol Inks
  • 1 – Alcohol Mixative
  • 1 – Mini Blending Solution
  • 1 – Mini Distress Archival Ink Pad
  • 1 – Clear Stamp Set
  • 1 – Acrylic Block
  • 1 – Ink Applicator Tool with 10 Felt Pieces
  • 5 – Sheets of Alcohol Ink Cardstock
  • 1 – Technique Booklet


Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons Open Stock

Distress Crayon Sets #1-3 now available in open stock and display! Distress Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for water coloring, creating smudge effects and more! Color directly onto your surface and blend with water then layer with Distress Inks, Stains and more for creative possibilities.



September New Product Highlight | Dina Wakley Media

September 20th, 2016

Dina Wakley Media Scribbly Vintage Holiday Stamp & Stencil Set

Another Collection of Seasonal Stamp and Stencils from Dina Wakley! Create one-of-kind holiday art, seasonal cards, gift tags and more with the new Holiday Stamps & Stencils sets from Dina Wakley Media. The Dina Wakley Media Holiday Stamp & Stencil set, Scribbly Vintage Holiday, includes more of your favorite scribbly designs along with a Christmas phrase and a reindeer stencil design.

Set includes themed clear stamps and coordinating stencil

Beautiful tags from Dina Wakley using her new Holiday Stencils & Stamps:


Dina Wakley Media Tape

Introducing Dina Wakley Media Tape, printed and blank tape in varying widths designed to colorize with Dina Wakley Media Paints. Printed tapes include signature graphic prints and scribble by Dina Wakley. The blank tape is perfect for colorizing with Dina Wakley Media products. Media Tape can be collaged into mixed media projects, journal pages, or used to bind art journals and other books. Available in printed and blank sets with varying widths.

Blank Tape

Printed Tape

Watch Signature Designer Dina Wakley introduce her new Media Tape:

Beautiful pieces from Dina Wakley using her new Media Tape:



September New Product Highlight | Stickles™ & Liquid Pearls™ Holiday Kits

September 16th, 2016

Introducing new Holiday blend Stickles and Liquid Pearls assortments for your Holiday Crafting! Just in time for the Holidays, Ranger is excited to introduce four limited edition sets of Holiday Stickles and Liquid Pearls. Each set includes two custom Stickles blends and one coordinating shade of Liquid Pearls. Decorate winter crafts and add sparkle and excitement to cards, tags, mixed media projects, holiday decorations, and more. Four limited edition sets to choose from – Merriment, Yuletide, Sugarplum, and Trimmings – collect them all!

Merriment Kit

Yuletide Kit

Sugarplum Kit

Trimmings Kit

Here is some inspiration for your Holiday crafting:



Add sparkle with personalized gift tags

Apply small dots to accent cards and crafts

Decorate ornaments

Hope you enjoyed this new product highlight for the new Stickles™ and Liquid Pearls™ Holiday Kits! Stay tuned for more new September product highlights coming soon.

New September Products from Ranger!

September 14th, 2016

Get ready for the Holidays with a festive variety of products from Ranger.  Plan this season’s projects with limited edition sets of Stickles and Liquid Pearls, Stamp and Stencil Sets by Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley, and Colouring Sheets by Dyan Reaveley perfect for Christmas Card Making!
Also be sure to stock up on all of the new Distress and Dina Wakley MEDIA products- including Distress Kits, Dina Wakley Media tape, Distress Flip Top Paints and Distress Crayons.

Another Collection of Seasonal Stamp and Stencils from Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley! Create one-of-kind holiday art, seasonal cards, gift tags and more with the new Holiday Stamps & Stencils sets from Dylusions and Dina Wakley Media. The Dylusions Holiday Stamp & Stencil set, Dear Santa, includes a collection of festive clear stamps and phrases paired with a 2-in-1 stencil design: trees & Merry Christmas. The Dina Wakley Media Holiday Stamp & Stencil set, Scribbly Vintage Holiday, includes more of your favorite scribbly designs along with  a Christmas phrase and a reindeer stencil design.

HOLIDAY THEMED STAMPS & STENCILS, COORDINATING CLEAR STAMPS,
5” x 7” STENCIL DESIGN


Download a copy of the press release here: Dina Wakley Media and Dylusions Holiday Stamp and Stencil Sets.



Introducing  Dylusions Holiday Colouring Sheets for Coloring, Journaling, and Card Making! Featuring 12 exclusive Dyan Reaveley holiday designs printed on heavyweight matte cardstock.  Includes 2 each of 6 full page designs and 4 each of 6 half page designs.  Color in with your mediums of choice and then collage in your art journal, create cards or cut up and add to gift tags!

FOUR HOLIDAY THEMED KITS, ACID FREE & NON-TOXIC, EACH SET INCLUDES TWO STICKLES™ & ONE LIQUID PEARLS™


Download a copy of the press release here: Dylusions Holiday Colouring Sheets.



Introducing new Holiday blend Stickles and Liquid Pearls assortments for your Holiday Crafting! Just in time for the Holidays, Ranger is excited to introduce four limited edition sets of Holiday Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  Each set includes two custom Stickles blends and one coordinating shade of Liquid Pearls.  Decorate winter crafts and add sparkle and excitement to cards, tags, mixed media projects, holiday decorations, and more. Four limited edition sets to choose from – Merriment, Yuletide, Sugarplum, and Trimmings – collect them all!


FOUR HOLIDAY THEMED KITS, ACID FREE & NON-TOXIC, EACH SET INCLUDES TWO STICKLES™ & ONE LIQUID PEARLS™


Download a copy of the press release here: Stickles™ and Liquid Pearls™ Holiday Kits.



Introducing Dina Wakley Media Tape, printed and blank tape in varying widths designed to colorize with Dina Wakley Media Paints. Printed tapes include signature graphic prints and scribble by Dina Wakley. The blank tape is perfect for colorizing with Dina Wakley Media products. Media Tape can be collaged into mixed media projects, journal pages, or used to bind art journals and other books. Available in printed and blank sets with varying widths.


10 YARDS EACH ROLL, ½”, ¾” & 1” WIDTH TAPES, & COLORIZE WITH MEDIA ACRYLIC PAINT


Download a copy of the press release here: Dina Wakley Media Tape.



Distress Crayon Sets #1-3 now available in open stock and display! Distress Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for water coloring, creating smudge effects and more! Color directly onto your surface and blend with water then layer with Distress Inks, Stains and more for creative possibilities.

AVAILABLE IN 18 DISTRESS PALETTE COLORS & DISPLAY AVAILABLE WITH 8 EACH OF ALL 18 COLORS


Download a copy of the press release here: Distress Crayons Open Stock.



Tim Holtz Distress® Spray Stains from Ranger are fluid water-based dyes used to create colorful backgrounds on papers and other porous surfaces. Ranger texture paste is an inkable artist quality paste ideal for adding dimensional layers on a variety of surfaces. This kit includes a guide that shows various techniques to create unique effects for your mixed media projects to unlock your inner artist.

KIT INCLUDES: 3 MINI DISTRESS SPRAY STAINS, 5 #8 MANILA TAGS, 1 MINI TEXTURE PASTE, 1 PALETTE KNIFE, 1 MININ MISTER, 5 SHEETS MIXED MEDIA CARDSTOCK, 1 CUSTOM STENCIL, 1 TECHNIQUE BOOKLET


Download a copy of the press release here: Distress Mixed Media Spray Stain Kit.



Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks from Ranger are fast-drying transparent dye inks specially formulated to create colorful effects on non-porous surfaces. Combine with Metallic Mixatives and Blending Solution for unique polished stone backgrounds. This kit includes a guide that teaches various techniques to create vibrant layered backgrounds for use on cards and mixed media projects with unlimited colorful possibilities.

KIT INCLUDES: 3 ALCOHOL INKS, 1 METALLIC MIXATIVE, 1 MINI BLENDING SOLUTION, 1 MINI DISTRESS ARCHIVAL INK PAD, 1 CLEAR STAMP SET, 1 ACRYLIC BLOCK, 1 INK APPLICATOR TOOL WITH 10 FELT PIECES, 1 TECHNIQUE BOOKLET


Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz® Alcohol Ink Kit.



Convenient Flip Tops are great for quick and easy application of Distress Paint with brushes, blending tools, splatter brushes and more! With a timeless matte finish, Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for use on multiple surfaces. Developed to be reactive with water, like other products in the Distress family, Distress Paints are the perfect choice to accomplish a wide variety of artist techniques. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more!

1 OZ. PAINT WITH FLIP TOP LID, ACID FREE & NON-TOXIC, & AVAILABLE IN 52 DISTRESS PALETTE COLORS


Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Flip Top Paints.



Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

September 13th, 2016

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga | www.rangerink.com

Learn how to create this festive Harvest Tablescape using Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks!

Find Taylor’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

September 6th, 2016

Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Signature Designer Wendy Vecchi shares with us this Cheers Card tutorial today featuring her Archival Inks!

Find Wendy’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

Inspired by Tim | August

August 29th, 2016

Each month members of our team at Ranger HQ sneak in a bit of creative time to create projects inspired by Tim Holtz’s monthly tag.  This month members of the team created projects inspired by his August tag.


Inspired by Tim | August | www.rangerink.com

Back to School Bookmark by Kathy Paglia

My inspiration was my daughter leaving for college. I want her to have a bookmark that reminds her she can do anything she puts her mind to.

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Cracked Pistachio, Ground Espresso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Abandoned Coral
  • Dina Wakley Media Paint – Magenta
  • Dina Wakley Media Gesso-White
  • Dylusions Mica Spray – Vibrant Turquoise
  • Ranger Multi-Medium – Matte
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Enamel Accents – Black Tie
  • Ranger Surfaces – #8 Manila Tag
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool and Foam
  • Ranger Small Brayer
  • Ranger Mister Bottle
  • Tonic Kush Grip Snips
  • Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix – Lattice Die
  • Tim Holtz Idealogy – Loop Pins, Muse Tokens, Crinkle Ribbon, Found Relatives, Remnant Rugs – Gothic, Chit Chat Stickers & Grunge Board

Inspired by Tim | August | www.rangerink.com

Choose Joy Card by Teresa Natividad

I wanted to create a card with a grey, almost rainy, background to show off the color of an almost cloudless sky in my photograph.

  • Ranger Surfaces – Manila Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Hickory Smoke
  • Ranger Brayer – Medium
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pad – Hickory Smoke
  • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam
  • Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Frameworks Die – Trellis
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Dina Wakley Media Fine Tip Applicator for 2oz bottle
  • Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
  • Dina Wakley Media Stencil – You Can
  • Fude Ball Pen – Black
  • Ranger Adhesive Strips

Inspired by Tim | August | www.rangerink.com

Make Magic Tag by Debbie Tlach

My inspiration was using inked paper to dye cut with and the magic that results from the fusion of kindness and love.

  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Cracked Pistachio, Gathered Twigs
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
  • Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix – Lattice, Branch Tree Tattered Florals
  • Ranger Surfaces – # 10 Kraft, #10 Manila
  • Ranger Wonder Tape – 1/2 inch

Introducing the new Tim Holtz Distress® Kits!

August 26th, 2016

Introducing two new kits from Tim Holtz Distress® – the Distress Ink Kit & the Distress Crayon Watercolor Kit!

Tim Holtz Distress® Ink Kit
Tim Holtz Distress® Inks from Ranger are water based dye inks formulated to create aged vintage effects on papers and other porous surfaces. The innovative prop-erties of Distress Ink are unlike any other inks since they react with water and maintain color integrity. This kit includes a guide and the product to teach various techniques that can be achieved with Distress Ink as well as how to use some of the basic tools that allow you to create many different effects on your paper craft and mixed media projects.


Kit Includes:

  • 3 – Distress Mini Inks
  • 10 – #8 Manila Tags
  • 1 – Mini Ink Blending Tool with 3 Blending Foams
  • 1 – Mini Mister
  • 1 – Technique Booklet


Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Watercolor Kit
Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons from Ranger are smooth water reactive pigments formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces to create brilliant backgrounds, water coloring, and more. This kit includes a guide that shows various coloring techniques including blending, shading, and more to inspire your creative palette.


Kit Includes:

  • 6 – Distress Crayons
  • 1 – Mini Distress Archival Ink Pad
  • 1 – Clear Stamp Set
  • 1 – Acrylic Block
  • 1 – Paintbrush
  • 5 – Sheets of Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • 1 – Technique Booklet





Thank you for joining us on this new product highlight! Happy Friday 🙂