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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!

Ranger U Class of 2012!

May 8th, 2012

For the past two weekends in a row, we’ve hosted two great new Ranger U classes full of students eager to learn about all the awesome techniques and effects that can be achieved with Ranger products.  Both classes were three days long, jam-packed with information taught by Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth, and our newest signature designer, Dyan Reaveley.

Here are some snaps from our April and May sessions.  Enjoy!

Tim teaching.

A student learns the "Perfect Distress" technique.

Adirondack Dye Ink Archival Resist technique.

Moving on to Melt Art!

Working with UTEE, the Melting Pot, and Texture Treads along with Inkssentials Memory Frames.

The tags completed on Day One.

Time for Studio techniques with Claudine!

We have the most enthusiastic students! Heat-It Craft Tool in the left hand, Mister in the right!

The artist at work!

Studio tags!

Dyan teaches techniques for using her Dylusions Ink Sprays along with her Dylusions Stencils.

Dyan shows the students some of her art journaling.

Dylusions tags!

Using Vintaj Patinas on metal.


Congrats to our April 2012 Ranger U Class...

... and congrats to our May 2012 Ranger U Class!

Distress Markers On Their Way!

April 19th, 2012

We at Ranger have been working 'round the clock and shipping out our fantastic Tim Holtz Distress Markers as quickly as they can be made!  Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of our fabulous staff preparing the 37-color canisters for shipment to your local craft shop!

Picking one of each color…

Filling the canisters…

Ready to go!

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….

Greetings from CHA!

January 31st, 2012

Greetings from CHA Winter 2012!  We have a few pictures from the Ranger booth that we wanted to share with you today:

Our fabulous "What's New" wall, featuring Dylusions, Distress Markers, Liquid Pearls, Inkssentials Clear Fabric Medium, Inkssentials Collage Glue Stick, Ice Stickles, Inkssentials Surfaces Specialty Stamping Paper, Melt Art Texture Treads, Vintaj Patinas and more!

Our Designer Challenge for this show was to decorate a paper mache dress form with Liquid Pearls and Stickles.  (Those of you who watched Alain's Extreme Stickling episode will no doubt recognize the dress form on the far right!)

The other side of our Designer Challenge display.

Wendy Vecchi demos in the Ranger booth.

Debbie Tlach demonstrates Melt Art.

Tim Holtz's demo was mobbed!!

If you're at CHA, please stop by Booth #1338 and say hello!  We always love to hear from our fans.

Behind the Scenes: Ranger Craft Night

September 27th, 2011

Every once in a while, the employees in Ranger's front office and art department get together for a fun-filled night of crafting.  The purpose, aside from having fun and socializing with our co-workers, is to create projects using both new and old products for future blog posts, ads, CHA sample boards, and more.  Sometimes we even test new products and discover cool new techniques for using them!

We recently had a Craft Night where we were focusing on fall and holiday projects.  Stay tuned to this blog and to to see the fabulous results!

Greetings from CHA Summer 2011!

July 20th, 2011

Hello from Chicago!  We thought you'd like to see some photos of the goings-on from CHA Summer 2011 so far!

Ranger booth set-up:

The new Archival Ink pads.

The new Picket Fence Distress Stain and Mini Acrylic Paint Sets from Claudine Hellmuth Studio.
The new look of Melt Art.

(Apologies for the blurry shot here, but we thought it was too cool not to show… this is a picket fence where each plank was stained with a different color of Distress Stain!  The sign reads "Whoever dreams of just a white picket fence… doesn't have Distress Stains!")

On Monday we held a "Ranger Avenue" class in which participants decorated identical canvases in the styles of Ranger Signature Designers Jenni Bowlin, Claudine Hellmuth and Tim Holtz.  Here are some shots from that class:

After the Ranger Avenue class, Tim presented a workshop called "The Many Ways of Melt Art."  This workshop focused on several different Melt Art techniques, including creating faux porcelain flowers and shrink mosaic tiles. 

Whew!  So as you can see, we've had a very busy couple of days.  Stay tuned, because in the next day or two we will be sharing two Make-It-Take-It projects straight from our CHA booth, complete with instructions!  And if you are reading this from CHA, be sure to stop by booth #731 to see what's new and say hello!

Video: A Day In The Life At Ranger

June 23rd, 2011

Ever wonder what happens in a typical day at Ranger Industries?  Watch this video for a fun virtual tour of our Art Department, Warehouse, Pick & Pack, Shipping and Production areas!

NEW!! Archival Inks

May 6th, 2011

Guess what?


That's right!  Ranger is thrilled to announce some exciting updates to the Archival Ink line! Sixteen brand-new artistic colors have been added to the palette, complimenting the rich original Archival colors, and bringing the total number of hues to 24! All 24 colors are available in #0 standard stamp pads, and 6 of those colors are also available in #3 jumbo pads. The updated Archival Ink line also showcases a new label design with a bold stylish look.

Nice, right??  Here are the 8 original Archival colors that have remained in the line:

…and here are the 16 brand-new colors that will be joining them!

(Anything marked with an *asterisk is available in both #0 and #3 stamp pads; all other colors are available as #0 pads only. Half-ounce re-inkers are available for all 24 hues.)

As always, Archival Inks are non-toxic, acid free, waterproof, and permanent on many surfaces including glossy and matte papers!

The new Archival Ink line is shipping now, so keep an eye out for it at your favorite arts and crafts shop!  To learn more about the new Archival Inks, check out the official press release at

So… how excited are you to play with the new Archival Inks??

Behind-the-Scenes Video: Alcohol Ink Filling

April 21st, 2011

We've got a special treat for those of you who are fans of shows such as "Unwrapped" and "How It's Made"… and fans of all things Ranger, of course!

Check out this behind-the-scenes video of our Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks being filled!  You'll see every step of the process as an empty bottle gets filled, capped, labeled, and ready to be shipped out to an arts and crafts shop near you.