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DIY Fall Tattered Leaf Napkins

September 26th, 2014

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Creating handmade projects is a great way to add unique touches to your home.   Today we are excited to share a guest tutorial from Paula Cheney!  She shares a lovely fall napkin project that takes a simple cloth napkin into a centerpiece fall table settings.


  • Ranger Sticky-Back Canvas – Natural
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Ripe Persimmon, Iced Spruce and Squeezed Lemonade
  • Ranger Mini Mister filled with water
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix Tattered Leaves Die
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon, Trinket Pins, Seasonal Muse Token, and Paper String
  • Other:  Sewing Machine, Thread, Dish Towels

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Here is a seasonal project using Tim Holtz Distress Stains and the Sizzix Tattered Leaves die.   I picked Ripe Persimmon, Iced Spruce and Squeezed Lemonade.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Before I get to the stains, I cut a few pieces of Sticky Back canvas in natural, the size of the leaf I wanted to die cut (about 2 x 4″).

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

I squeezed a bit of each color onto the craft sheet.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Then spritzed the surface with water from a mini mister.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Then just started swiping the Sticky Back Canvas through the stains.  Gosh, I love the bright colors and the Iced Spruce is perfect to keep the brights from overwhelming.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Continue adding color until you are happy with the coverage.


Use a Heat It Craft Tool to dry the stain.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Color all of the pieces of Sticky Back Canvas.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Once dry I cut the same leaf pattern in each.  Love how random the colors are and the texture of the Sticky Back Canvas is great.
Now what to do with them?

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

I picked up three of these dishtowel sets at Target to use as napkins on Thanksgiving.  I believe it was $3.99 for four, two of each pattern.  The towels are not large, just 14 x 14″ so good for a napkin.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

I peeled the backing off of the leaf and stuck it to the dishtowel.  I stitched the leaf starting at the top of the stem and sewing to the bottom, then put it in reverse to get back to the top.  From there I stitched each part of the leaf, back and forth until I had worked my way to the bottom again.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

This is how it looks stitched to the towel.  I purposefully picked a thread that was a different color than the leaf so the stitching would stick out like the veins in the leaf.
Remember,  Distress Stains are reactive to water so the most important step is to heat set the leaf.  I used a dry iron (no steam) and heat set it for 45 seconds or so…then I probably did it again for good measure.  I tested this napkin under running water and rubbed it quite a bit.  No color washed out, not even the thread was discolored.

I tied the top of the napkin together with Crinkle ribbon dyed with Frayed burlap stain and a Trinket Pin.


Then I thought, what if you have napkins already or you don’t want something so permanent?

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |
Here is how you can do it…

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Adhere the leaf to a piece of muslin and stitch the leaf down.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |


Cut out the leaf.  No need to be perfect…a little of the muslin showing is good.  Just use your fingernail to fray it a bit.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Use your paper piercer to make a small hole a the the base of the stem.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

View of the back side.


This time, tie the leaf to a napkin with paper string.  I also added a Seasonal muse token.

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And one more idea for the leaves…a fall card.  A great time of year to tell someone how much they mean to you.

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |
I used the mini baroque die to cut a piece of old book paper (inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink).  I glued it to a District Market Notecard from the Merriment set.  I tied the stem of the leaf with a bit of leftover Crinkle ribbon.  Then glued the leaf to the card with a bit of glossy accents.  Finally, I added the word “simplify” from the chitchat sticker book.  I love how that turned out!

NOTE: if you wanted to skip the stitching part of this one, just adhere the Sticky Back Canvas leaf directly to the book paper.

Well, I love how the leaves turned out and I love the Distress Stain Colors.  Glad that I mixed a dull iced spruce with two very brights like Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon.  Can’t wait to experiment more.

Cheers for a good productive week



Fall Discoveries Texture Paste Tag

September 18th, 2014

Fall Discoveries Texture Paste Tag by Tammy Tutterow |

Hello Ranger friends! It is Tammy Tutterow here with you today.  You may have read recently that I have joined the Ranger family as the new Social Media Manager.  Talk about a fun job!  One of the best parts of my job is creating with Ranger products and sharing what I create with you!  Today I am excited to share a fun tag project that includes new Distress Spray Stains, Texture Paste, and the new Texture Tools!

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New Products from Ranger!

September 12th, 2014

New Products from Ranger September 2013 |

Ranger is excited to bring you new releases in September from our Signature Artists and Ranger Brand.

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Distress Paint Botanical Picture Frame

August 12th, 2014

Botanical_FrameHere is a tutorial to make a charming home decor piece created by Annette Green.

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Distress Mini Inspiration and #LoveDistress Photo Challenge Winners

June 16th, 2014


These new Distress Minis are too much fun not to share, so Tim Holtz has kicked off an amazing and inspirational designer blog hop. Check out each link below for a tutorial, some inspiration, and another chance to win!

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Now onto the winners of our contest… We had some great entries this weekend. Thank you to everyone that shared a #LoveDistress photo. It’s great seeing so much creativity! As promised, we’ve selected a few lucky winners to receive one of the new Distress Mini Kits. Take a look:

Denisse Diaz via Facebook

See your photo above? Congrats! Simply send us an email to blog (at) with your full name and mailing address and we’ll mail you some brand new distress minis!

3 more kits of Tim Holtz Distress Minis are shipping on Monday! #LoveDistress

June 12th, 2014


Since their debut back in January, all we’ve been hearing is how much everyone loves Tim Holtz Distress Ink Minis. While you all have been enjoying getting crafty on the go with your 24 colors, we know you can always have MORE! We are super excited to announce that 3 more kits are ready to go and will begin shipping to local craft stores on Monday.

Can’t wait to get your hands on Stormy Sky, Frayed Burlap, Dried Marigold, Forest Moss, Old Paper, Weathered Wood, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, and Dusty Concord? Call your local store today and let them know to place their orders today!

Did you know we are now on Instagram too? Check out this video of the team hard at work makin’ minis, then give us a follow:

To celebrate we have 9 kits of new Distress Minis to give away. To be entered to win, simply show us that you #LoveDistress. Post a photo of you, your Distress products, your Distress projects, you with your Distress Products, etc… with the hashtag #LoveDistress on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and we’ll be picking photos from each social media channel on Monday to win! We’ll announce the winners on our blog on Monday, so be sure to swing back to see if you won and to get instruction on how to claim your prize.

We can’t wait to see how much you #LoveDistress !

New Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer is shipping NOW!

February 10th, 2014


It’s been about a month since we debuted the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer at CHA 2014 and we are super excited to announce that it is shipping now!!!

Winner of a CHA Hot 20 Award, the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer is a hand-operated, lightweight and easy to use tool that can be used with all of your existing markers, not just Distress Markers, to create an airbrushed effect… take a look at this great video filmed by of Tim demoing at CHA 2014!


Can’t wait for the shipment of this awesome new product to arrive at your local craft store?!? You’re in luck… we are giving away 3 brand new Spritzers to our loyal online community! Simply watch the video above then tell us in the comments below why you’re excited to own a Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer. We’ll select 3 lucky winners on Monday, February 17th!

Distress Paint “I Love You” Valentine’s Day By Mou Saha

February 7th, 2014



1. Cut 8½ x 11″ Manila Cardstock in half. Use Paper Creaser to fold one half to make a 5.5″ x 4.25″ card. Cut the other half into a 5.25″ x 4″ piece.


2. On Non-Stick Craft Sheet, dab some Barn Door, Broken China, Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick Distress Paints.


3. Spritz water over the paints using Ranger Mister.


4. Swipe the cardstock pieces from step 1 and the lace trim over the diluted Distress Paints on the Craft Sheet. Repeat till the surfaces are fully colored. Spray a bit of water with the Mister to help spread the colors on the lace trim.


5. Leaving the Papillon stamps on their backing sheet, generously ink the background stamp with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink Pad. Press the 5.25″ x 4″ piece of cardstock colored face down on the stamp carefully. Lift off and set aside. Spritz a little water with Mister on the inked stamp. Press the card face down to get a faded second impression of the background stamp.


6. Ink the edges of the 5.25″ x 4″ piece using Barn Door Distress Ink Pad and Ink Blending Tool.


7. Attach the colored lace trim along the left edge of the 5.25″ x 4″ piece using Collage Glue Stick. Be sure to use very little glue to avoid your sewing machine needle gunking up. Trim off any excess lace with Kushgrip Snips scissors.


8. Attach the piece at about the center of the card. Machine stitch in place.

9. Put the remaining cardstock from Step 1 inside the Dot Matrix embossing folder and following your machine instructions, run it through.


10. Free hand cut a heart out of the embossed piece using Kushgrip Snips scissors.

11. Brush on some Barn Door Distress ink with an Ink Blending Tool on the heart. Also brush on some Distress paints for more color.


12. Attach the heart to the card as shown using Popit Shapes.


13. Using Jet Black Archival Ink™ Pad, stamp a butterfly from the Papillon set and #iloveyou from the Hashtag set on cardstock. Draw borders with pencil around the sentiment. Cut out the stamped images with Kushgrip Snips scissors and attach to the card with Popit Shapes.

Festively Distressed Blog Hop with Ranger & Dreamweaver Stencils

November 7th, 2013

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Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team at Dreamweaver Stencils have been playing with Tim Holtz Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well…paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off color and texture better than great designs. Follow their hop and leave some love for an opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! The hop starts at the Dreamweaver Blog. Enjoy!

Halloween Crafting Contest

October 25th, 2013

Distress Halloween Headstones

We’ve been sharing some great fall and Halloween projects lately and will continue to do so all next week. Today we have a Distress Halloween Headstones tutorial by Candy Colwell! Check out the project page here for a full materials list, instructions, and step-out photos!

Now we want to see what you’ve been making. From now until noon eastern time on Halloween you can submit a photo of your fall or Halloween themed project for a chance to win some awesome Ranger products! What are you playing for you ask? Well… While getting ready for the big Warehouse Sale tomorrow, we found 3 leftover VIP bag from the CHA Summer Show. Each bag contains a mix of the new products we launched at the show and an awesome Ranger apron.


Ready to craft? Great! Submit your project using the InLinkz form below:

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