Do you love Instagram?

September 29th, 2014

Follow Ranger Ink on Instagram |

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.)

If you don’t have a mobile device, you can still follow us on Instagram online at  (Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook too!)

If you share images of your projects featuring Ranger Ink Instagram, be sure to tag us at @ranger_ink or use the hashtag #RangerInk so we can see what you have created!

We hope you will follow along for inspiration, ideas, and fun!

DIY Fall Tattered Leaf Napkins

September 26th, 2014

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

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.


  • Ranger Sticky-Back Canvas – Natural
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Ripe Persimmon, Iced Spruce and Squeezed Lemonade
  • Ranger Mini Mister filled with water
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix Tattered Leaves Die
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon, Trinket Pins, Seasonal Muse Token, and Paper String
  • Other:  Sewing Machine, Thread, Dish Towels

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Here is a seasonal project using Tim Holtz Distress Stains and the Sizzix Tattered Leaves die.   I picked Ripe Persimmon, Iced Spruce and Squeezed Lemonade.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Before I get to the stains, I cut a few pieces of Sticky Back canvas in natural, the size of the leaf I wanted to die cut (about 2 x 4″).

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

I squeezed a bit of each color onto the craft sheet.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Then spritzed the surface with water from a mini mister.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Then just started swiping the Sticky Back Canvas through the stains.  Gosh, I love the bright colors and the Iced Spruce is perfect to keep the brights from overwhelming.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Continue adding color until you are happy with the coverage.


Use a Heat It Craft Tool to dry the stain.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Color all of the pieces of Sticky Back Canvas.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Once dry I cut the same leaf pattern in each.  Love how random the colors are and the texture of the Sticky Back Canvas is great.
Now what to do with them?

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

I picked up three of these dishtowel sets at Target to use as napkins on Thanksgiving.  I believe it was $3.99 for four, two of each pattern.  The towels are not large, just 14 x 14″ so good for a napkin.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

I peeled the backing off of the leaf and stuck it to the dishtowel.  I stitched the leaf starting at the top of the stem and sewing to the bottom, then put it in reverse to get back to the top.  From there I stitched each part of the leaf, back and forth until I had worked my way to the bottom again.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

This is how it looks stitched to the towel.  I purposefully picked a thread that was a different color than the leaf so the stitching would stick out like the veins in the leaf.
Remember,  Distress Stains are reactive to water so the most important step is to heat set the leaf.  I used a dry iron (no steam) and heat set it for 45 seconds or so…then I probably did it again for good measure.  I tested this napkin under running water and rubbed it quite a bit.  No color washed out, not even the thread was discolored.

I tied the top of the napkin together with Crinkle ribbon dyed with Frayed burlap stain and a Trinket Pin.


Then I thought, what if you have napkins already or you don’t want something so permanent?

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |
Here is how you can do it…

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Adhere the leaf to a piece of muslin and stitch the leaf down.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |


Cut out the leaf.  No need to be perfect…a little of the muslin showing is good.  Just use your fingernail to fray it a bit.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Use your paper piercer to make a small hole a the the base of the stem.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

View of the back side.


This time, tie the leaf to a napkin with paper string.  I also added a Seasonal muse token.

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

And one more idea for the leaves…a fall card.  A great time of year to tell someone how much they mean to you.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |
I used the mini baroque die to cut a piece of old book paper (inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink).  I glued it to a District Market Notecard from the Merriment set.  I tied the stem of the leaf with a bit of leftover Crinkle ribbon.  Then glued the leaf to the card with a bit of glossy accents.  Finally, I added the word “simplify” from the chitchat sticker book.  I love how that turned out!

NOTE: if you wanted to skip the stitching part of this one, just adhere the Sticky Back Canvas leaf directly to the book paper.

Well, I love how the leaves turned out and I love the Distress Stain Colors.  Glad that I mixed a dull iced spruce with two very brights like Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon.  Can’t wait to experiment more.

Cheers for a good productive week



Fall Project Inspiration from Pinterest

September 24th, 2014

Ranger Ink is on Pinterest!

Are you Pinterest addicted?  I sure am!  I love looking through all of the pins of talented artists and favorite brands.  I find so much inspiration there and learn so many things about products I love to use.  I think it is one of the best resources out there for creative people!  As the social media manager for Ranger I actually get to surf Pinterest to look and find things to share and call it “work”.  How cool is that?  Today I wanted to share a few fall themed projects I have recently pinned.  I hope you will find them inspiring too!

Halloween Alcohol Ink Card by Katie Smith

It is no secret that I love great tutorials.  I was thrilled when I checked out the pin for this fun card and found a really great alcohol ink tutorial!  Check it out at: Halloween Alcohol Ink Background Card by Katie Smith.

Spirited Halloween Ornament by Audrey Pettit

I fell in love with this tiny Halloween ornament by Audrey Pettit the moment I spotted it!  How cute is that?  And better yet, it is quick and easy to make!  Audrey combined Tim Holtz Distress products with Authentique products to create this mini work of art.  Find the full tutorial on the Authentique blog.

Fall Leaf Card by Jeanne Streiff

This card by Jeanne Streiff caught my eye with its gorgeous watercolor-like background and rich colored leaf with shimmer.  I was in awe to see how she created the color a combination of Adirondack Color Wash, Distress Inks, and Stickles.  Find her quick and easy tutorial on her blog: Fall Leaf  Card by Jeanne Streiff.

Halloween Invitation by Sandra Mouwen

Finally today, how about a little bit of spooky inspiration?  I love the neutral palette of this Halloween invitation by Sandra Mouwen.  One detail that I really love is how she accented the die cut web with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  How perfect!  You can find Sandra’s tutorial on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

How fun were those projects!  I hope you will check out our inspiration boards and follow along with us on Pinterest as we look for and share inspiration for your favorite Ranger Ink products.  We’d love to see your projects too so be sure to tag @rangerink or #rangerink to help us find you!


PS. We are sharing lots of inspiration on Facebook and Twitter too!  We would love to have you follow us there too!

Fall Discoveries Texture Paste Tag

September 18th, 2014

Fall Discoveries Texture Paste Tag by Tammy Tutterow |

Hello Ranger friends! It is Tammy Tutterow here with you today.  You may have read recently that I have joined the Ranger family as the new Social Media Manager.  Talk about a fun job!  One of the best parts of my job is creating with Ranger products and sharing what I create with you!  Today I am excited to share a fun tag project that includes new Distress Spray Stains, Texture Paste, and the new Texture Tools!

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September New Product Winners!

September 15th, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Thank you to all who commented on our new product releases for September.  We loved reading all of the comments and seeing all of the excitement you had for all of the new products.

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New Products from Ranger!

September 12th, 2014

New Products from Ranger September 2013 |

Ranger is excited to bring you new releases in September from our Signature Artists and Ranger Brand.

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Announcing a New Addition to the Ranger Team!

September 5th, 2014

Tammy Tutterow PRClick here to download the press release.

Dina Wakley Media Whimsical Wood House – Tutorial

August 28th, 2014


While searching the web one day, we stumbled upon the talented Mixed Media Artist Micki Harper. Her vibrant colorful artwork immediately caught our attention, so we asked if she would share her talents with our fans.

Micki takes you step-by-step on how to make this fanciful house out of a scrap 2 x 4 wood piece, Dina Wakley Media Paints, Mediums and Accessories, and a little something from all of our Signature Designers.

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

August 26th, 2014

NOTEBOOK COVERS (repurposed from display headers) by Teresa Natividad

  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife
  • Ranger Watercolor Paper
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks/Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Iced Spruce, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap
  • Ranger Mister Bottle
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn
  • Ranger Adhesive Strips
  • Ranger Multi-Medium, Matte
  • Ranger Artist Brush

Wish Tag by Kathy Paglia

  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Walnut Stain
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Raspberry, Wild Plum
  • Tim Holtz Distress Glitter – Picked Raspberry
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry,
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Black Soot, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn
  • Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Surfaces  #8 Tag – Manila
  • Ranger Mister
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Felts and Foams
  • Ranger Multi Medium – Matte
  • Ranger Foam Adhesive -White
  • 1/4″ Wonder Tape
  • Ranger Texture Paste

Monogram Wall Hanging by Diane Spiak

  • Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads – Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon
  • Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • Texture Paste
  • Dylusions Stencil – Circles 9×12
  • Dina Wakley Media Paint – White

Surprise Tag by Daniela Mozo

  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs, Picked Raspberry
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints – Forest Moss, Milled Lavender
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder – Aged Mahogany


Contest Winners Announced!

August 18th, 2014


Thank you for all your comments about our latest release!!   We know how hard it is to choose your favorites.  We love them all, too!

Here are the lucky fans who will be receiving a surprise sampling of our new products.  Congrats!

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