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.
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stencils for Art with Stampers Anonymous: Dots & Stripes Border
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stencils: Sunburst, Checkmake
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Crackled Texture Paste
scrap 2×4 wood cut into house shape
1. Cut scrap wood into house shape.
2. Working on top of a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, brush a coat of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso on all sides. Set aside to dry.
3. Place a piece of Tissue Wrap on the craft sheet. Add a small amount of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Sky onto the non-stick craft sheet. Use a brayer to pick up paint and then run brayer over the Tissue Wrap.
4. Repeat this process using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints in Lime, Lapis and Night. Using the craft scrapper, add more paint and make some marks on the tissue wrap. NOTE: Make sure to dry each layer of color before adding another color. Set aside.
5. Using a craft tag, repeat steps 3 – 4.
6. Place Dylusions Triangles stencil over tag and using a Mini Blending Tool apply Red Geranium Archival ink over half of the tag.
7. Covering the other half of the tag with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink.
8. To add more color, swipe Distress Stain in Peacock Feathers along the edges of the tag and mist with water. Place a book page over tag to pick up excess ink and water.
9. With Archival Ink in Forget-Me-Not, add texture to tag by stamping Dylusions Bags of Bunting stamp randomly over tag.
Cut window and door shapes from craft tag adding paint to cut edges. Set aside. NOTE: Use old book pages to clean paint off craft sheet and brushes and cut these into small window pieces too.
10. Tear the colored tissue wrap and glue torn pieces over the wooden house using Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium. Be sure to apply a coat over the tissue pieces too.
11. Apply Tangerine with the craft scrapper randomly on all the sides for color contrast.
12. Using Gel Medium, glue windows and door to wood piece.
13. Mix Black Gesso with Umber paint using a palette knife.
14. Using palette knife, apply paint to the “roof” of the house. Dry with Heat-It Craft Tool.
15. With brush, dab white gesso through Wendy Vecchi’s Checkmake stencil onto the roof of the house and along sides.
16. Mix a small amount of Lemon paint with Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste.
17. Place Wendy Vecchi’s Sunburst stencil over “roof” and add texture paste with palette knife. You should have a little colored texture paste left, mix some Umber into it and add it through Wendy Vecchi Dots & Stripes Border stencil on front of house.
18. Using stamps from Tim Holtz’ Classics #6, Spills and Splatters and Dylusions Basic Backgrounds, randomly stamp sides of house using Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Red Geranium, Olive, Leaf Green and Watering Can.
19. Outline windows and door with black Fude Ball pen. Take a slightly damp #4 brush and blend pen lines.
20. Paint curtains on windows using #4 brush. Once dry, use Fude Ball pen to outline curtains.
Add a little white gesso to your finger and run finger lightly over door, windows, edges. Dry with Heat-It tool.
Using Distress Markers in Broken China, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans, add depth by applying marker around windows, door, edges and lightly blending with finger.
21. Randomly add Idea-ology Remnant Rubs – Numbers to sides and roof of house.
22. Choose word stickers from Idea-ology Chitchat and apply to door and windows as desired.
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!
A Kastan: “Finally some foam tape adhesive. I raise a lot of images up and I’m excited especially about the black one since you won’t see the white edge that you can sometimes see from the side.”
Robin Orewiler: “I love the new Dina Wakley and dylusions. The adhesive strips look cool too.”
Nancy Noble: “Love the make your own stamp pad.”
Diana: “Transfer foil sheets – always loved those but they have been challenging to find. It’s like comfort food for the crafting soul. Glad to see that they have them in many different colors.”
Denise Bryant: “I’m all excited about the newest Mini Distress Ink pad sets! Can’t wait to get them… set #11 is top on my list! LOVE Festive Berries…. perfect color for holiday creating”
Joan Setree: “Love the Dina Wakely and Dylusions stencils and stamps!”
Brenda Lubrant: “I just put some of Dina Wakley’s new stamps and stencils and the ball pens on my wish list.”
Virginia Allen: “I love all the releases, but really love Dyan’s Strength stamp set. Would love to watercolor them and use on tags and ATC’s. I also like the new paintbrushes. I need new ones and I love that the set includes flats and rounds.”
Dana Cavanaugh: “It’s hard to pick only one! The foil sheets and the Dina Wakely stamps and stencils are great!”
Linda L in Tennessee: “Happy to see the Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets! These have been gone from the stores for years!”
Carole Ford: “Love the new Dylusions stamps and stencils.”
Jen Clark: “Oh my, do I really have to choose??? I love Dyan’s new Strength women stamps, and I love Dina’s new Scribbly Insects and Primitive Icons stamps and her new Swirly Mosaic stencil. And I *STILL* haven’t gotten my hands on the black or red Fude ball pen, but I SUPER DUPER want them in ALL the colors, including the new blue!!! I am BEYOND THRILLED that all 48 colors of Distress are now in mini (must get them…and desperately need those little storage tins, because my lids keep falling off!!!), and I cannot wait to try all of the new adhesives, especially combining the Adhesive Sheets, with die cutting, with the Foil Transfer Sheets…I foresee some gorgeous fall and Christmas cards coming!!!”
Renee M.: “The little ink sets are one of my favorites of the new releases because they’re what I would use the most. I’m limited on space so is nice that they’re small. “
Lisa M: “I’m stoked about the adhesive foam in black! I use adhesive foam quite a bit and usually end up coloring the edges with a permanent marker so they blend into the background when the piece is viewed from an angle. The black foam will save me so much work – genius idea!”
Barbara Albrecht: “I’m excited about so many of the new things! On the top of my list would be Dina and Dyan’s stamps and stencils. Then there’s the Fude pens…in colors, too! And…lovin’ the black foam adhesive….have wanted black for several years but could never seem to find it anywhere…now Ranger has it!!”
You’ll receive an email from us shortly with information on how to claim your prize. Congrats again and a big thank you to everyone that participated!
At Ranger, the inspiration continues with another release of fantastic new products from our Signature Designers and Ranger Brand that are sure to excite your creativity.
First off, we have the much anticipated final release of the Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad Kits completing the palette of 48 colors. The introduction of the Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin last month makes organizing these little inks functional and convenient.
These products will begin shipping later this month! We hope you are as excited as we are about them, and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below telling us which new release you’re most excited about and why! On Monday we’ll select 15 winners who each will receive something from our awesome collection of new product!
Paint wooden frame with Peeled Paint Distress Paint.
Paint wooden fence with Barn Door Distress Paint.
Paint wooden eggs with Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw, and Iced Spruce Distress Paint.
Spritz Walnut Stain Distress Marker onto eggs to create speckles using the Marker Spritzer tool.
(Close-up view of speckled eggs)
Cut Wallflower paper to cover front of frame, inking edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before adhering with Multi-Medium. Cut an image 5” x 7” for inside of frame. Paint the frame’s edges with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
Spritz the fence with Dylusions Postbox Red spray. Set aside to dry completely.
Using a Cut N’ Dry nib, apply Archival re-inkers to metal adornments.
(Close up of coloring the metal pieces)
Embellish the frame with flowers, nest, eggs and fence as desired. Adhere metal pieces to frame using Glossy Accents. Let dry completely for a strong hold.
Have you been taking a bunch of photos this summer, and don’t know what to do with them? Tara Nixon Cox has a great solution. This super cute, quick and easy tag book is the perfect place to save those precious memories.
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Cling Stamps: Camera from Travel Blueprint Set
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Elements Tissue Tape, Tiny Attacher with staples, Crinkle Ribbon, Filmstrip Ribbon, Seasonal Chitchat Stickers
Other: Adhesive Foam Square, Paint palette
Here’s how it’s done:
Stamp camera blueprint twice on a manila tag in Black Archival Ink. Use Dylusions Ink Sprays to paint the images. If you have water brushes filled with ink, use those. (*budget tip* If you don’t, simply pour a small amount of your desired colors into a paint palette and paint with a brush.) Add multiple layers of color to darken and White Dylusions to add highlights. Don’t waste the extra ink. Pour it on your Craft Sheet and ink up some Crinkle Ribbon with it! Crumple up and set aside the ribbon to dry. It will be used to tie up your booklet later.
Place a Dylusions stencil over a tag and apply Distress Paint over it onto the tag. Lift the stencil and flip over onto another tag and ‘stamp’ off the excess paint. Allow both tags to dry and select your favorite to be the front of your tag booklet. I used the ‘stamped’ kraft tag.
Cut out the colored cameras, layering the lens portion of the image with adhesive foam squares. Ink the edges of the camera image and the tag with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Select some words from the Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, stick them on your Craft Sheet and ink part of each of them with Distress Ink. Adhere to opposite corners of the tag.
Embellish your tag with Tissue Tape and lay bits of Film Strip Ribbon over it. Adhere with Mini Attacher.
Spritz Dylusions Ink Spray in London Blue in the center of the blank space on your tag and allow to dry. If you’d like some extra thickness, brush Matte Medium to a second tag and adhere to the back of this tag to stabilize it. Once dry, adhere the camera image over the ink spot in the center of your tag.
Before you clean up, use the sprays, inks and stencils to add simple decorations on additional manila and kraft tags. These will be the pages of your tag booklet. Fill them with photos, memories & ephemera from your summer holiday! Tie it all together with the Crinkle Ribbon you inked up earlier.
Wow! We are overwhelmed and so happy to hear how excited you are about our new products. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Here are the 15 lucky winners who will be receiving a little something from this awesome new product release:
“My creative juices have an outlet and have been reignited. The paste medium is so exciting to me because I love stencil work and the ability to easily obtain results with Ranger products. I am not defeated at any step I am pushed and I conquer. It feels so rewarding. Thank you.” -Terry Fest
“I am very excited about them all!!!!! The texture paste sounds so fun, though! I love adding different textural elements to my art, so bring it on!!!!” -Christi Levesque
“Inkable! Paintable! And it Doesn’t Crack!! Love the new Texture Paste!!” -Kim Potts
“I’m most excited about the ink minis and the storage tin! I love using distress inks on everything.” -Suzanne Bernier
“It is difficult to choose which I am most excited about! I am totally digging the new Pearl colors (love!!!) but the Stickles colors are awesome (especially the Seafoam). I would have to say the Stickles.“ -Kathy Jo Wood
“You know that sweet lil’ tin…filled with those wonderful lil’ distress inks is a MUST HAVE! How perfect for traveling! And I’m dying to try the SS paper now that I’ve seen some examples with the new paste! Great new products Ranger! Keep up the good work!” -Roxanne
“i love the stickles and would love to expand my collection!!” -Heather Thompson
“Just one? Okay Stickles! No pearls! No the tin! who am I kidding? Stickles!”-Elizabeth Schlosser
“All of the new products sound like must haves. You can never have too many Stickles and Liquid Pearls.”-Barbara Howell
“My favorites are the Texture Paste and super yummy Juniper and Garnet Liquid Pearls. Gorgeous colors!“-Ava Stone
“I hate to say I just can’t pick one-I am obsessed with the Liquid Pearls and Stickles and LOVE to see new colors! Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing these AWESOME products!“-Tracy Paese
“I am super excited about all the new products but want to try the Texture paste first! I just love all of your products!“-Leslie Kiley
“Ohhhh, I’m having palpitations just thinking about the mini distress tins”-Patty.
“The TEXTURE PASTE is what caught my eye…. AWESOME…“-Louie
“I love organization so, of course, I’m loving the new storage tin. Thanks for making it!“-Paula Holub
Congrats to all the winners, you’ll receive an email from us shortly on how to claim your prize!
It’s summer time and what better way to celebrate than with some new, innovative craft products from Ranger! As you can see in the photo above, we’re introducing an all new storage option for those Tim Holtz Distress Ink Minis that you love so much. Each tin holds up to 12 Mini Distress Ink Pads and includes a divider that keeps you organized and allows easy accessibility. Crafting on the go has never been so easy! Head over to Tim’s Blog to watch an exclusive video introduction!
We’re excited to announce the addition of new colors into both the Stickles and the Liquid Pearls lines! Liquid Pearls are now also available in Ballerina, Garnet, and Juniper, while your next project can shine brighter than ever with new Stickles colors Tickled Pink, Rose Gold, and Seafoam.
With new mediums, you need new surfaces… so we’re also introducing Tim Holtz Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Ranger Black Cardstock. Head over to our press release page here to read more about these and all our new products.
That’s not all! We’ve saved the best for last: Ranger Texture Paste! This new texture paste is ideal for adding dimensional layers onto a variety of surfaces and works with a variety of other Ranger products, enabling you to create endless custom looks. Want to learn more? Check out this demo by Tim Holtz to see why this is the summer’s must-have for your craft arsenal!
Excited? We know you are, so that’s why we’re giving away some of these new goodies to get you started! We have 3 sets of new Stickles, 3 sets of new Liquid Pearls, 3 Distress Ink Mini Storage Tins, and 6 Texture Pastes to give to you, our loyal online community! Leave a comment below telling us which new release you’re most excited about and why! On Monday we’ll select 15 winners who each will receive something from our pool of new product goodness!