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Be Thankful Card

October 28th, 2014

Liquid Pearls Be Thankful Card

We have an awesome tutorial by Michelle McCosh to share with you today.  You will learn how to make this Be Thankful Card that features Liquid Pearls! This card is perfect to send to friends for a lovely fall or Thanksgiving greeting.  You could even use the ideas and look to create stunning Thanksgiving place settings!

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Wendy Vecchi Archival Creativity Tag

November 15th, 2013

Finished Tag

Materials List

By Wendy Vecchi


1. Cut a #8 kraft tag to 5 1/2 inches tall.

2. Use the Blending Tool with the Distress Inks, to create a background. Add Gathered Twigs to heavily shade the left side & the bottom of the tag.

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3. Shake the Antique Linen Distress Paint & apply a small amount onto the craft sheet. Pick up the paint with the Blending Tool and stencil the polka dot border as shown. Clean the stencil before the paint dries.

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4. Tap the Blending Tool onto the Fern Green Archival pad & stencil the 2 medium flourishes.

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5. Tap the Blending Tool onto the Watering Can pad and stencil the stripes to create a border on the left side of the tag. Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment on the bottom right. Use Cornflower Blue on the Vintage Mesh background to stamp several random areas over the background. Shake the Distress Stain & with a fairly dry dabber top, edge the tag & dry.

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6. Apply a thin layer of Glue N’ Seal to one side of Clearly For Art, then add a vintage dictionary page over the Glue N’ Seal. Brayer and dry.

7. Die cut one Movers & Shapers Flower & 2 of the smallest flowers from the Tattered Florals die. Drip alcohol ink onto the Clearly For Art (plastic) side of the flowers, tilt the flowers to cover. It will only take 2 or 3 drops of the alcohol inks. Heat the flowers to soften the Clearly For Art, and shape the flowers, while warm. Drip alcohol inks over the metal foliage flowers and use pliers or a hemostat to bend the flower petals.

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8. Use a push pin to create holes in the flowers. Assemble the flowers by putting the Long Fastener thru the metal flower, then thru the Clearly For Art flower. Use a push pin to create holes in the tag for the fasteners & add the flowers.

9. Here’s a closer look at the dimensional alcohol inked (adorable) flowers.

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Things to note

1. Rubbing alcohol will remove the Archival Ink from the stencil.

2. Distress Paint is removable from stencils (with water) while it’s wet. When dry, Distress Paints are permanent.

3. Use other colors for stenciling and background stamping, then use Jet Black Archival Ink for the main image or sentiment. It pops!

4. Clearly For Art can be heated, reheated & reshaped many times.

5. If you’re not happy with the Alcohol Ink colors you chose, Alcohol Blending Solution will remove the color from the Clearly For Art.

6. When using Distress Stains to edge a tag, make sure the dabber top is fairly dry, not saturated.

STAMPtember® Special Guest: Wendy Vecchi

September 27th, 2013

Simon Says Stamp

Happy Friday! Everyone know the old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” As you probably know the same can be said for art! Today, Wendy Vecchi is the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® Special Guest… in her post, she shows how she made an amazing tag from this piece of manila cardstock that was used to wipe up some excess distress stain a few weeks early that was almost *GASP* thrown away.

Wendy's Tag

Head on over to Simon Says Stamp’s blog by clicking here to see the rest of the transformation! If you’re looking for more inspiration from Wendy, take a look at this So Very Happy Tag we published yesterday that features her new Designer Series Archival Inks!

CHA Summer 2013 Sneak Peek: Wendy Vecchi Designer Series Archival Ink

July 17th, 2013

Archival Ink Wendy Vecchi

For today’s sneak peek, we’d like to welcome our newest Signature Designer, Wendy Vecchi! Wendy has spent the last several years teaching and demonstrating Ranger products across the nation. A self-professed “lover” of all things Ranger, Wendy’s signature style is the perfect complement to Ranger’s product lines.

With that being said, we are excited to announce a new line of Designer Series Archival Inks that feature a palette inspired by a vintage country garden. Take a look at the press release here, then head on over to Wendy’s blog for more information!

Inspiration: Retro Halloween Box

October 26th, 2012

Bats Halloween Blog Header

We wanted to share this awesome Retro Halloween Box Candy Colwell made with Tim Holtz Distress Products, Embossing Products, Archival Inks and more. Use it for a centerpiece on your Halloween Party Table, display it on your mantle, or how about using it as a treat holder for those all the little tricksters that visit your home. Another idea suggested by Candy is to pick a favorite side of the box and make a card. Can’t pick a favorite? We understand, you’ll just have to make them all! :)

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Collage stamping with Jacquiline from LaBlanche Stamps

September 10th, 2012

LaBlache Stamps at CHA Summer 2012

So many exciting things happened this year at the CHA Summer show. put together this amazing video that showcases Jacquiline from LaBlanche Stamps sharing some easy and amazing techniques on collage stamping and inking.

If you’ve seen the video, you may be wondering what products she used to create this look. We have the video, along with a materials list, available here so you can use these techniques on your next project.

Can’t get enough of LaBlanche’s videos? Check out this one that uses Distress Metallic Stains on the Specialty Stamping Paper too!

Project: Specialty Stamping Paper ATC

May 30th, 2012

New on Wendy Vecchi shares a beautiful new project using Inkssentials Specialty Stamping Paper along with Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Distress Markers and Archival Inks!

Ranger’s Easter Egg Designer’s Challenge! Day 2

April 4th, 2012

This week, we are presenting the results from Ranger's Easter themed Designer's Challenge: we gave craft eggs to some of our favorite designers and crafty employees, and asked them to decorate the eggs for Easter using Ranger products.

Jenni Bowlin:

Jenni painted wooden eggs with her Malted Milk Acrylic Paint Dabber, and accented them with colorful butterflies.  The butterflies were made by mixing various reinkers with water in the Mini Mister and giving them a spritz.

Terry Horvath:

Terry started out with a styrofoam egg and paper mached it with Glue n' Seal and Tissue Tape.  She then gave it a wash of Antique Linen Distress Stain and used Picket Fence Distress Stickles to add some sugary sparkle to her flowers.

Wendy Vecchi started out with a paper mache egg and used the following to make her magnificent creation:

If you are still scrambling, trying to come up with some ideas for Easter décor of your own, never fear!  We have even more egg-citing creations to share tomorrow!

Get your Ranger Green on!

March 16th, 2012

With spring and St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, it's time to get your Ranger Green on!  On Specialty Stamping Paper, Tags, Gloss Paper, Shrink Plastic and Sticky-Back Canvas, that is!

Check out all the amazing products we have that come in shades of green, perfect for projects at this time of year!


Kermit the Frog had it wrong.  It IS easy being green… thanks to Ranger!

Project: Inkssentials Shrink Plastic Joyful Butterfly ATC

January 13th, 2012


Check out this beautiful new project by Richele Christensen on the Ranger website!  You will learn how to create a stunning ATC using Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Inkssentials Surfaces Sticky-Back Canvas ATCs, Archival Ink, Liquid Pearls, and everyone's favorite: Inkssentials Surfaces Shrink Plastic!