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Inspire your creative side with more new releases from Ranger! This launch includes exciting new product from Wendy Vecchi, Ranger Archival™, and ICE Resin®!
WENDY VECCHI EMBOSSING POWDERS
Ranger and Signature Designer Wendy Vecchi are pleased to announce 7 new colors to the Designer Series Embossing Powder product line. Heat embossing can add interesting dimensions and texture to crafting projects of all kinds. These new colors bring the palette to a total of 18 colors, all with a Wendy Vecchi touch and her vintage country garden feel! Wendy’s new embossing powder color palette speaks to that inspiration and coordinates with her line of Designer Series Archival Inks and Enamel Accents.
AVAILABLE IN 18 COLORS OF EMBOSSING POWDERS THAT COORDINATE WITH THE WENDY VECCHI PALETTE
Download a copy of the press release here: Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powders.
ARCHIVAL™ INK CLEANER
Ranger is excited to announce a new addition to our Archival Ink Brand! With Archival Ink Cleaner you’ll be able to clean it all – water-based, permanent, pigment and solvent inks. This specially formulated non-toxic cleaner is safe for use on rubber and clear stamps and Ranger’s Non-Stick Craft Sheet.
AVAILABLE IN 2 OZ DABBER BOTTLE
Download a copy of the press release here: Archival Ink Cleaner.
MINI ARCHIVAL™ INK STORAGE TIN
The Mini Archival Ink Storage Tin is the ideal storage solution for Mini Archival Ink Pads. Organize and transport ink easily in a convenient, clear windowed hinged tin. Dividers make is easy to store and access up to 12 Mini Ink Pads.
CONVENIENTLY HOLDS 12 – 1 ¼” x 1 3/4” MINI ARCHIVAL INK PADS
Download a copy of the press release here: Mini Archival Ink Storage Tin.
ICE RESIN® FINDINGS
Introducing an assortment of findings to the ICE Resin® product line. This complete collection, designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer, includes end caps, jump rings, and closures in two different finishes and a variety of sizes.
AVAILABLE IN 2 FINISHES – ANTIQUE BRONZE & ANTIQUE SILVER; 5 ASSORTED PACKS
Download a copy of the press release here: ICE Resin® Findings.
Guest Designer Sharen Harris shares with us how she used Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks to create this beautiful lighthouse scene!
Find Sharen’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Alcohol Ink Lighthouse by Sharen Harris
I have been painting since I was 3. I have studios and have taught classes from Alaska to Massachusetts. I now reside in Tucson AZ where I paint & teach Alcohol ink painting, oil and watercolor. You can see more wonderful alcohol ink paintings and other work I do at my sites on the World Wide Web. I invite you to my web pages: sakharris.blogspot.com, or on Facebook, and on sharenakharris.com. Thank you and until next time. Love to paint!
Wow, what an great first month of the #showusyourMEdia challenge. You all produced stellar, moving, personal art. Art that matters. Thank you so much for creating and especially for sharing. If you’re new to the challenge, check the bottom of this post for a recap on rules, etc.
Congratulations to our first month’s Challenge winners! Both winners will be receiving a set of Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks!
Facebook Winner: Kezzy Art
Instagram Winner: @amirainoz
Here is our next challenge. It runs from July 20 to August 16, 2017.
If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. ~Jane Travis
Create a piece of art about the things you say to yourself. Are you positive? Negative? Both?
This challenge inspired me. As I have gotten older, I have found that I am kinder to myself. I still have my insecurities, my sadness. But my self-talk tends to be motivational. If I don’t give myself a pep talk, who will? I made several pages because once I got started, I couldn’t stop.
Here’s a little journaling tip. I always have a big drawer full of “art bits.” These are warm ups, pieces of art I don’t like or that just didn’t work, etc. When I sit down to journal and feel stumped for an idea, I dig through my “art bits” drawer and pull out pieces that appeal to me. I cut or tear them up and repurpose them for new pages. I used this process for all of the pages that I made for this challenge. The birds on the Media Board came from a box that I created in a class that I taught. I tore the box apart and used the panels as the focal point for the pages. The tag can from the “art bits” box, too. The woman that I cut in half was a pretty ugly drawing that I did five years ago. It’s out of proportion…I draw better now….but it looked kind of cool cut in half. The orange circles were from a painting that was downright ugly. When I cut the circles out, they were perfect for the page.
The backgrounds on the bird pages are almost entirely Scribble Stick, with the exception of the Cheddar color on the page with the Blackberry and Cheddar background, and the Turquoise paint I put through the Almost Ikat stencil on the face page.
Are you ready? I can’t wait to see your art.
Check out below to see my personal take on this challenge!
Dina Wakley Media Journal
Dina Wakley Media Stamps: Scribbly Birds in Flight
Dina Wakley Media Board
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint in Cheddar, Black, and Turquoise
Dina Wakley Media Tape, White
Dina Wakley Media Comb, Squares
Fudeball Black Pen
Dina Wakley Media stencils, Almost Ikat
Tim Holtz Idea-logy Big Chat stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plain Tissue Wrap
Challenge Rules Recap
I want to put the “me” back in mixed media. All art is personal, whether it be a card or an art journal page or a painting. Join me as we begin a series of monthly challenges and prompts that will fuel your creative spirit and help you delve into the ME of MEdia.
We will announce monthly challenges on the Ranger blog on the third Thursday of each month.
Use at least one Dina Wakley Media product in your project. If your product is not obvious (like paint), please list the colors you used.
You can make anything you like—a card, an art journal page, a tag, a canvas, anything!
Interpret each challenge any way you like. You can be literal or you can use it as a springboard and see where it takes you. Let the challenge inspire you and stretch you.
Try to journal on your piece. Write your thoughts about each prompt. You can write a little or you can write a lot, but do your best to incorporate your thoughts and feelings into the piece.
When you complete a challenge, please share it on your blog and social media (Instagram/Facebook) with the tags #showusyourMEdia and #rangerink.
We will do two random drawings each month for a prize. We will search the hashtag #showusyourMEdia on Instagram for one winner, and then on Facebook for the second winner. To be clear, you must use the hashtag #showusyourMEdia on either Instagram or Facebook in order to show up in the search and to be eligible to win. You have until the third Wednesday of each month to complete the previous month’s challenge.
We will announce the previous month’s winner AND the new challenge on the third Thursday of each month.
Guest Designer Nika Rouss shares with us how she decorated her weekly spread in her Creative Dyary using Dylusions products!
Find Nika’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss
Step 1: I’ve used Fresh Lime, Calypso Teal & Pure Sunshine Dylusions paints, to fill in the blank page on the left and connect it with already colorful image on the right, choosing the similar colors.
Step 2: Using the same color ( Calypso Teal), I’ve decided to add more pattern to the center of the spread, with Dylusions Small Stars Stencil.
Step 3: To add numbers, dates & images on the page, I’ve used the Creative Dyary Stamp Set.
Step 4: Then I used Anatomy of a Page Stamps and Black Marble Permanent Mixed Media Archival Ink to stamp a design across the pages.
I wanted to make circles of the dates pop up, so I’ve made highlights and shadows using Dylusions Paint Pens.
Step 5: To finish off the page, I’ve added quotes using Shut up & Color Stamps.
Step 6: Next, I added Creative Dyary Stick Its.
With White Linen Dylusions paint and a Fan Brush, I’ve added splatters over the flowers and decided to frame the page, by adding Black Marble Dylusions paint on the edges of the paper.
Self taught Mixed Media Artist from Greece. Also known as Nika in Wonderland on YouTube.
Guest Designer Richele Christensen shares with us how she made this lovely floral thank you card using Tim Holtz Distress® products!
Find Richele’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen
Step 1: Cut Distress Watercolor Card 3 5/8” x 8 1/2”. Stamp Illustrated Garden Flowers with Black Soot Archival Ink. Stamp the Flowers at the bottom as if they were growing up from the bottom of the card.
Step 2: Stamp Butterflies from the Flutter Set using Black Soot Archival Ink. Keep in mind the message will be stamped in the middle of the card later.
Step 3: Color the Flowers and Butterflies with Distress Markers. Color the Distress Marker onto your Craft Sheet, pick up the ink with the Detail Waterbrush and color the images. Dry with a heat tool between layers.
Step 4: Shade the flowers as you see in nature for a more natural look. Dry with a heat tool.
Step 5: Apply a thin layer of Micro Glaze with your finger only over the Flowers and Butterflies. The Micro Glaze with act as a resist. Be careful not to get the Micro Glaze to far out as it will create a halo effect.
Step 6: Position Layering Stencil over the background randomly. Apply a small amount of Micro Glaze to an Ink Blending Tool with Foam, work the Micro Glaze into the Foam using a swirling motion on your Craft Sheet then apply Micro Glaze through the stencil. DO NOT HEAT. Throw away foam when done so not to contaminate your Ink Pads.
Step 7: Spray background with water using the Distress Sprayer then spray background with Distress Spray Stain. Let sit for a few several seconds.
Step 8: Blot off excess spray with a dry cloth. Dry with a heat tool. Once you heat the Micro Glaze it will dissipate into the cardstock and the resist effect will no longer work.
Step 9: Spitz background with Distress Mica Spray for a little added sparkle. Dry with a heat tool.
Step 10: Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.
Step 11: Stamp message with Black Soot Archival Ink. Assemble card with a black mat, add stitching, tie twine around card with a bow and adhere to folded card.
I’m a California girl and currently live in the Sacramento area with my husband Del. Our children are both married and live close by with their families! I have four beautiful grandchildren.Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for art, sewing, quilting, and crafting. I’ve been working in the paper crafting industry since 2001 and it has lead me on an unforgettable journey. I currently have the job of my dreams working as the Project Manager for Tim Holtz. My designs have been displayed by Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, Stampers Anonymous, Advantus, Sizzix, Hero Arts and I have been published in several papercrafting and quilting magazines. You can visit her at her blog, California Art Girl.
Guest Designer Tracy Scott shares how she transformed her Dylusions Black Creative Journal page into this bright and fun art journal page!
Find Tracy’s tutorial in our Projects Library: ‘Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott
Hey there this is Tracy Scott here all the way from London in the UK with a project for you in my black Dylusions journal. How can you not fall in love with all of the Dylusions paints, stamps and stencils, the colours are so vibrant and the stamps and stencils so versatile. Grab a cuppa tea, sit down and let me take you through how I created this fabulous art journal page in my black Dylusions journal using my favourite Dylusions supplies…
Step 1: Gather up your favourite Dylusions paint colours and your black Dylusions square journal.
Using your fingers start to spread the paint colours on the page. Do not worry if the paint is thicker in some areas. Use the same finger painting process for all your colours until the page is covered with yummy color.
Dry with your Ranger Heat Tool and don’t worry if some of the thicker paint bubbles (this just adds some texture to your page)
Step 2: Grab your favourite Dylusions stencil (I’ve gone for large alphabet) White Dylusions paint and the Ranger blending sponge and handle. Stencil the pattern randomly all over the page to break up some of the color.
Step 3: Next I grabbed one of my Dylusions quotes stamps sets and a Ranger Black Archival Ink Pad. I randomly chose one of the quote stamps and stamped in various places across the page. Do not try to get a perfect stamped image of the quote you just want parts of the quote to show in the background.
Step 4: I chose to use the lemon zest paint for the next step as I wanted to create some random paint marks on the background (I found a piece of old foam tube that was perfect but you could use bottle lids and found items around your home for this)
Make random painted stamp marks all over your page.
Step 5: Using the same technique and black Dylusions paint I repeated the process with a cardboard tube adding random marks over the page. I just love Dyan’s doodle bloom flowers and for my next step chose my favourite and a Ranger black archival ink pad. I stamped the flower randomly across my background.
Step 6: Going back to the yellow paint I added some painted dots to my background using my fingers. Switching to the White Dylusions paint I then fingerpainted a large white circles onto my page. I then continued finger painting the large white circles randomly over the entire page.
Step 7: Next, I grabbed my Ranger Fudeball pen and began to outline my white circles with scribbles. I painted black smaller circles were added to the inside of the white circles. I repeated that until all of the white circles were finished.
Step 8: I love the small Dina Wakley Media Line paint bottles. The applicator tip is perfect for drawing or scribbling. I chose white. I scribbled some messy flowers into my background using the White Dina Wakley paint. I repeated the previous step but this time chose to scribble circles onto my background.
Step 9: Look how beautiful our background is now that we have all these lovely details together!!!
Step 10: For the next step I took the fabulous Dylusions survivor stamp and stamped it twice onto white card using Ranger black archival ink. I used a circle punch and punched out various parts of one of the ‘survivor’ images I placed my 2nd ‘survivor’ image on my page(do not glue down at this point) and drew a border around it which I filled in with black Dylusions paint then adhering my stamped image down on top, I added some red pen to her lips using the red Fudeball. I also adhered the punched circles at this point randomly to the page. Using my white Dylusions paint pen I edged my black shadow area with a stitched design around the outside.
Step 11: For my quote I use Tim’s worn text alphabet and stamped and embossed using Rangers embossing ink pad and Ranger black embossing powder. The quote reads ‘She stood in the storm and when the wind changed she adjusted her sails’. Each letter of the quote was cut out individually and adhered to my page before outlining with black pen. I also outlined my punched circles with black pen to make them pop.
My name is Tracy Scott and when not at the day job as a finance officer in East London UK I love nothing better than getting inky and painty. Colour is my passion and as long as it’s completely bright and over the top then I’m all over it. The brighter the colours the more I love it…nothing dull and brown for this girl I’m afraid !! I am passionate about art journalling and mixed media and love to share my knowledge with all like minded arty friends!
Find me at my blog: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/myjournallingjourney