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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!

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!

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….

More Ranger Craft Night Projects

October 19th, 2011

We have some more BOO-tiful Ranger Craft Night projects to give you ideas for Halloween cardmaking!


Eek Card by Cindy Rescorl:   Cindy used an Ink Blending Tool  to apply Fall Seasonal Distress Ink colors in the background, embossed the image using a Tim Holtz Texture Fade, then swiped Jet Black Archival Ink over the embossed image.


Poison 31 Card by Cindy Rescorl:  A cool technique to try!  Start with a piece of Kraft Glassine and brush on Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders until fully covered. Use a Heat It Tool to melt the pearls into the glassine. Let cool. Put the glassine piece into a texture fade to emboss.












Haunted Card by Susan Baldwin:  Spray Die Cuts with Perfect Pearls Mists and use Picket Fence Distress Stains to color the candles, then Stickles for the flames and spider eyes. "Haunted" was stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Powder.

Hope this gives you some inspiration!  Would love to hear what you have brewing for your Halloween projects.

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 Asbury Park! (via Tinton Falls)

August 16th, 2011

As New Jersey-based manufacturers, we here at Ranger Industries are fiercely proud of our state — particularly of its beautiful beaches which are only a hop, skip and a jump from our factory doors!  We know that the Jersey Shore may not have the best of reputations these days, thanks to certain reality shows, so we thought we'd take all of our fans on a virtual tour to the nearby Asbury Park beach to show how awesome it really is.  (And we promise, no fist-pumping!)

The famous Asbury Park casino.

Colorful umbrellas on the beach!


Water splash park for the kiddies.

Baywatch, NJ style!

Walking the boards.

Young musicians.

Browsing the shops!

Hot dog stand outside the Pinball Museum.

Parasailers, up up and away!

What is your favorite spot for spending these long, lazy summer days?