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February Inspiration from Around the Web

February 12th, 2013

While you can certainly find a ton of inspiration, projects, tips, and techniques right here at, we know there is so much out there, so we decided to round up a few awesome posts we’ve come across around the web to share with you!

First up we have an amazing “Love Is In The Air” tag by Paula Cheney. In this project, Paula started out testing how the new Tim Holtz Distress Paints would work as a resist and ends up with a gorgeous tag! Click here to head over to One Lucky Day to check it out.

When it comes to love inspired projects, you can definitely go the Dylusions route as well. That’s exactly what May Flaum decided to do. Over at the Simon Says Stamp blog, May created a Dylusions Valentine’s Card with Dylusions stencils and ink sprays. Want to know how? Of course you do, head on over to Simon Says Stamp to watch May’s video before making your own!

Done with Valentine’s Day and ready for Spring? Richele Christensen has just the thing with her Distress Paints Journey Tag. This tag features an embossed Metal Foil tag, Idea-ology metal embellishments, die cut words and, of course, the Distress Paints. So much fun! Head on over to her blog to get started!

Last, but certainly not least, Claudine Hellmuth has a great technique video over on her blog. In this video she shares her embossed metal foil stencil technique. By combining foil tape, stencils, and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, you can create a vintage, antique look for your next project!

Ranger on the Road in Texas

August 15th, 2012

Night view, downtown section. Dallas, Texas

*Night view of downtown Dallas circa 1942 courtesy of the Library of Congress


Ranger is on the road yet again. This time we are in the ninth most populous city in the United States, home of the Cowboys, and hotbed for great Texas style BBQ – that’s right Dallas, Texas!

Down at the Michaels’ Creative Conference you’ll find the one and only Tim Holtz demoing a variety of Ranger products in our booth. We are excited to announce that we won an award for Continue reading

Greetings from Down Under!

June 20th, 2012

G’day, and greetings from Australia! 

Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi (King of Tweets), and Ranger Sales Director Alain Avrillon have been touring Australia, attending crafting trade shows and educating eager crafters in all things Ranger.  Let’s check out some of the photos they’ve been shooting during their travels!

At the Sydney Quilt & Craft Fair, where Tim demoed for Ranger’s Australian distributor, Stamp-It.

Tim, getting ready to demo in the Ranger booth

Demo time!

Tim demoing products and techniques for retailers in Sydney

Tim educating Kaszazz consultants in Sydney

Tim drawing prizes with Karen and Peter of Kaszazz

Alain, Tim and Mario at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

Greetings from Norway

February 27th, 2012

Here's a glimpse of Ranger's travels to Oslo, Norway.


(Tim and Dyan doing some shopping downtown)


(Outside of Bikuben Getting Ready to Teach)


For more highlights of the trip visit Tim's blog.

Ranger Travels Abroad

February 22nd, 2012

CHA may be over, but our Ranger troupe still travels on. This past weekend was the UK's Craft and Hobby Show.  Ranger was there represented by our Sales Director Alain Avrillon, Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley and Mario Rossi.

Here is a look at some of the goings on…

TMD_at_Stitches (Mario, Dyan and Tim getting ready to enter the show)


(Dyan teaching at the Ranger workshop)

Then it was off to QVC UK…

 (Tim & Dyan getting ready for QVC Training)


 (Call volume spikes during Tim's portion of QVC Show)

Next stop, Norway.  We'll keep you posted….

Tim on QVC UK: Ranger Craft Designers Hour

February 23rd, 2011

Hi everyone!  It seems that a lot of you were able to catch Tim on QVC UK the other day, and a lot of you even made a purchase or two!  For those who weren't able to see the show live, or for those who would just like to experience it all over again, here are some screenshots from the Ranger Craft Designers presentation.

Let's join Tim Holtz and Dawn Bibby for demos and samples of all things Ranger!


First up: it's the Today's Special Value!  The Tim Holtz Inks, Stamps & Surfaces Technique Kit consisted of three bottles of Adirondack Alcohol Ink in primary colors, a bottle of gold Adirondack Metallic Mixatives, a bottle of Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution, a sheet of mini Tim Holtz cling stamps, a Jet Black Archival Ink pad, an Alcohol Ink Applicator and Felt, a pack of Inkssentials Surfaces Shrink Plastic, and Gloss Paper cards with matching envelopes.  Not a bad deal at all!

Tim demonstrates the properties of Adirondack Alcohol Ink by dripping some of the colors along with Metallic Mixatives onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet

… and swiping Gloss Paper through it.


Tim then applied some Alcohol Ink to Metal Foil Tape Sheets with the Alcohol Ink Applicator and Felt.

Tim used one of his rectangular Fragments to make a mini-acrylic block for his mini cling stamps and stamped the Archival Ink onto the newly colored Gloss Paper.

Dawn demonstrated our Shrink Plastic by coloring it with a little bit of Alcohol Ink and heating it with the Heat It Craft Tool.  The color intensified and the shape of the plastic shrunk down…

…which Dawn pressed under a Fragment for a few seconds to help smooth it out…

…resulting in a cool little embellishment!  The color of the Alcohol Ink really intensified during the shrinking process, so Tim noted that you might want to do a test run if you color the plastic before shrinking it to make sure the intense color works for you.  If not, you can color the plastic after shrinking.

You can even stamp onto the Shrink Plastic before shrinking to create the cutest widdle iddy-biddy embellishments!

Tim's mini cling stamps were exclusive to this collection and not available anywhere else!  Wow!

Next up: Distress Stickles!


Tim explained that Distress Stickles are made of a chunky mica instead of a fine, blingy glitter, which allows Distress Stickles (a) to have a subtle nostalgic shimmer similar to crushed glass, and (b) to be heat-set for faster drying times.  Here, Tim points out the wider nozzle of the Distress Stickles bottle to accommodate the chunkier glitter.


Tim also demonstrated that the best technique for using Distress Stickles is to squeeze out a little bit and then spread it throughout the area using the tip of the bottle, rather than piping it out in a thick line.

Tim then presented two of his red rubber stamp collections.  The Going Somewhere kit was comprised of tickets, slogans and other imagery Tim collected throughout his travels.  The Eclectic Palette stamps were large collaged images allowing the stamper to easily create interesting backgrounds for ATCs, cards and tags.

A sample of a background from the Eclectic Palette stamps.

Update: the Distress Stickles are now in limited quantities!

Next up were the Inkssentials Cut n' Dry Foam and Felt, as well as the Cut n' Dry Pen Nibs.

Tim demonstrates how the Cut n' Dry Nibs can be used to add ink to stamped images.

Dawn shows how easily Cut n' Dry can be cut to make custom stamp pads!

The Perfect Pearls Cafe kit was next in the line up.

Tim shows off how Perfect Pearls can be used with stamped images…

…or used to color Grungeboard or chipboard letters!

Then came Claudine Hellmuth's Creative Layers stamps.  These coordinating stamp sets are available in both foam…

…and clear sets!

Tim uses Claudine's Studio Paints to stamp an image using one of the foam stamps from the Dwelling collection…

…then stamps over the dried image with the coordinating clear stamp, making sure to keep the clear stamp slightly off-register for a whimsical effect.

Ta da!  So cute!!

And speaking of Claudine's Studio Paints, QVC was offering a set of five of them, too!

Tim demonstrates how creamy and intensely colored Claudine's paints are, and how perfect they are for painting onto….

Sticky-Back Canvas!  QVC was offering a pack of 10 sheets along with a bottle of Matte Multi-Medium.

Tim shows how Sticky-Back Canvas can be painted on, run through an inkjet printer….

…or even twisted up into flowers!

QVC also offered a Claudine Hellmuth Essentials kit which was comprised of the Craft Bucket, a pack of Studio Craft Sticks, a color mixing chart for Studio Paints, and….

…a pack of Claudine's wonderful paint brushes!

Hooray!  The Distress Stickles set has now sold out!

But never fear, we still have Ice Stickles available! Dawn shows how the Ice Stickles comes in a larger bottle than the standard Stickles due to the large, chunky glitter inside.

…Oh.  Now Ice Stickles have sold out too!  Apparently the UK just loves Stickles!

That was a great hour for Tim and for Ranger on QVC UK!  Thanks to Tim, Dawn, the QVC staff, and to all of you for watching and ordering some wonderful craft products!

“Ice” Stickles

August 27th, 2010

Today's blog post comes courtesy of Lisa, Ranger's web/graphic designer!

Hi everyone!

I've been working for Ranger Industries since November 2009, but prior to my hire, I'd never heard of the company or of any of their product lines before!  I know, I know… I'm sure all of you have your jaws dropped right now!  But it's true. (Don't worry though, I'm learning quickly! :-)

I fancied myself quite a crafter before coming to work for Ranger.  I came from an invitation designing background and my entire wedding was full of DIY-projects running the gamut from screenprinted cocktail napkins to a 75-foot-long hand painted aisle runner. 

But once I came to Ranger, I realized that I was definitely a crafting novice.  I'd never used an ink pad before, let alone a stamp, or embossing powder, or glitter glue. And since I wasn't in-tune with that whole side of the crafting world, I'd never noticed Ranger's products in my local craft stores and art supply shops.

A month after my hire, my husband and I took a long-weekend trip to Reykjavík, Iceland.  While wandering down the main shopping street in the city, Laugavegur, we happened upon an adorable little art supply store. And guess what I found there?



Stickles!  (And our bubble gum scented Stamp Cleaner too!)  I was highly amused that my first encounter with Ranger products outside of the office happened over 2,600 miles from home, in the northernmost capitol city in the world!

(Incidentally, the post-it on the shelf says that the price for "Stickles Límglimmer" was 695 Icelandic krona at the time, roughly $5.77.)

And ever since, I've been noticing Ranger products everywhere!  It makes me wonder how I managed to miss them in my local shops in the past ;-)

How did you first become aware of Ranger products?  What was the first Ranger product you used? Let us know in the comments!