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Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh

October 20th, 2014

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Ranger Ink welcomes guest designer Michelle McCosh to the blog today.  Michelle shares a great tutorials for a fall themed canvas that is perfect for your fall decor.  She also shares a great tip for customizing your Texture Paste.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Supplies:

  • Surfaces: Tim Holt Burlap Panel; Kraft Core Cardstock – Nostalgic Collection; chipboard
  • Mediums: Dina Wakley Gesso; Texture Paste; Glossy Accents
  • Archival Reinkers: Tree Branch, Potting Soil
  • Archival Ink: Orange Blossom, Tree Branch, Potting Soil
  • Distress Paint:  Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon
  • Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Pumpkin Parts, Ribbon Flag, and Honeycomb
  • Embossing Folders: Tim Holtz Texture Fade Collage & Notebook
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz Chitchat Sticker, Jute;
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil- Doily
  • Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous
  • Tools: Sanding Grip,  Palette Knife, Tonic Paper Distress Tool, Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • Adhesive: Ranger Foam Tape

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Using the palette knife spread gesso onto the center of your canvas and let dry.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Die cut the Pumpkin using chipboard, cover with gesso and dry.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Shake the distress paint (Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Ripe Persimmon) and dab some onto your non stick craft sheet, spritz with water.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Press and smear the chipboard through the paint mixture.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Dry with heat tool and repeat until you are satisfied with the color.  The stalk of the pumpkin gets colored with walnut stain distress paint.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Use the mini ink blending tool and tree branch archival ink to edge the individual pieces of the pumpkin. Assemble using foam tape in the centers of the chipboard.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Add glossy accents to the edges of the pumpkin pieces and hold down till the glue grabs.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Using your finger add Potting Soil Archival ink over the pumpkin to highlight some of the areas.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Put some texture paste onto your non stick craft sheet and add two drops of Tree Branch Archival Ink and one drop of Potting soil and mix thoroughly with the palette knife.

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Scrape the colored paste through the stencil.  Lift the stencil up and wash immediately.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Allow the paste to dry (about 5-10 minutes depending on the humidity) and dry brush some Antique Linen distress paint across the top of the texture paste.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Using Potting Soil ink stamp Be Thankful in the margin of a sheet of old music paper and cut out making a fish tail edge on the one side, distress the edges.  Use some Glossy Accents to adhere to the pumpkin.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Spritz Perfect Pearls spray onto the wheat and let dry.  Adhere to canvas when dry using Glossy accents.  Pop Pumpkin over the wheat using foam tape.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Cut three banner pieces and three hexagons from the kraft core cardstock and the hexagon & banner die.  Emboss the banners using texture fade and distress using the sanding grip.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Ink the edges of the chit chat stickers and pop up on the green hexagons and adhere them to the banners.  Fold over the edges of the banners and adhere to Jute String.  Glue the banner to the top of the canvas using Glossy Accents, attaching on the back of the canvas.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh | www.rangerink.com

Learn more about Michelle on her blog: Michelle McCosh.


Distress Halloween Box

October 13th, 2014

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

For many crafters, fall and Halloween is their favorite time of the year because it means getting to create projects that are spooky and creepy!  This fun Halloween theme box by Carolyn Ross combines a bit of both.  We shared it with you last year and loved it so much that we thought you would enjoy seeing it again this fall.

Supplies:

  • Surfaces: Tim Holtz Configurations 5.5″ x 5.5″; Halloween Pattern Paper
  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Collection CMS139 Halloween Cutouts
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil THS008 Star
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations- Plaque & Postage On the Edge, Graveyard On the Edge, Branch Tree, Mini Crescent Moon, Mini Raven, and Mini 31
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
  • Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs,Peacock Feathers
  • Distress Stains: Brushed Pewter, Tarnished Brass
  • Distress Paint: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss
  • Distress Crackle Paint: Clear Rock Candy 4oz. jar
  • Distress Glitter: Seedless Preserves
  • Distress Stickles: Mustard Seed
  • Archival Ink: Jet Black
  • Mediums: Glossy Accents, Media Black Gesso, Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Translucent Embossing Paste
  • Tools: Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Craft Scraper, Ink Blending Tool & Foam, Mister
  • Adhesive: Adhesive Foam Tape

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Using Tim Holtz Alteration dies from Sizzix, cut out two plaque edges, crow, moon, graveyard edge, branch tree, 31 and cut two ¾ x 4 ¼ strips from grunge board.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Glue plaque edges and strips to the edge of a small configuration box. Paint with Black Gesso. When dry, coat with Rock Candy Crackle Paint (do not use heat gun to dry crackle paint).

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Dab Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint on frame.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Mist with water allowing the paint to go into the crackles. Dab excess off with paper towel. Brush paint around the edges.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Using Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss And Mustard Seed Distress Paint, paint the moon, branch tree and “31” grunge board pieces. Paint crow with Black Gesso.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Apply the metallic brushed pewter and tarnished brass distress stain to the graveyard edge piece.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Sand grunge board pieces and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using a Blending Tool with Foam. Ink edges of graveyard piece with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Cover crow with Glossy Accents. It will look milky but will dry clear, do not use heat gun to dry.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Apply Mustard Seed Distress Stickles to the moon, spread with your finger.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Cut one 5 x 5, one 1 ½ x 7 and four 1 ½ x 5 stripes of pattern paper. Stamp (CMS139) “trick or treat” on 7 inch strip of paper.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Using stencil stars (THS008), tape with tissue tape to 5 x 5 papers to secure. Using tissue tape, tape over stars that you do not want to show. Using Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste and Ranger Craft Scraper apply embossing paste to stencil.

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Apply Seedless Preserves Distress Glitter to paste, shake excess onto a scratch piece of paper and pour back into glitter jar.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Glue strips of paper in the insides of the box and the 5 x 5 piece in the bottom of the box. Using Ranger Pop-It Shapes, glue moon to upper right hand corner. Glue crow in the branch tree, glue graveyard edge and branch tree in the box creating a 3-D effect.

Distress Halloween Box by Carolyn Ross | www.rangerink.com

Put cover on and glue “31” to the center top of the frame. Banner fold the stamped paper, snip ends and glue to the bottom of the frame.

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Distressed Pumpkin Fall Decor

October 8th, 2014

Distressed Pumpkin Fall Decor by May Flaum | www.rangerink.com

We shared this project from Guest Designer May Flaum with you last October, but it is so good, we wanted to share it with you again in case you missed it the first time around.

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DIY Fall Tattered Leaf Napkins

September 26th, 2014

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

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.

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Dina Wakley Media Whimsical Wood House – Tutorial

August 28th, 2014

House-all-sides

While searching the web one day, we stumbled upon the talented Mixed Media Artist Micki Harper. Her vibrant colorful artwork immediately caught our attention, so we asked if she would share her talents with our fans.

Micki takes you step-by-step on how to make this fanciful house out of a scrap 2 x 4 wood piece, Dina Wakley Media Paints, Mediums and Accessories, and a little something from all of our Signature Designers.

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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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Give Halloween a crafty twist with this Distressed Pumpkin by May Flaum

October 11th, 2013

Distressed Pumpkin Home Décor Project

My local craft store is full of leaves, flowers, and home décor items that could really use some better coloring. My solution? Get out my Ranger color mediums and customize! This project is quick, easy, and requires no adhesive. Thanks to my paints, stains, and mists I have a unique home décor piece that will grace my mantle this fall – and for many years to come. -May Flaum

For this project you will need:

 

Instructions

1. Cover the pumpkin with a thin coat of Distress Paint in Picket Fence.

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2. Once dry, use Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge paints to cover the pumpkin.

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Claudine Hellmuth Studio Spring Nest

March 15th, 2013

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Spring Nest Finished

Here is a great home décor project that works for either Easter or spring. Claudine Hellmuth shows you how to make this amazing Spring Nest out of recycled paper and Multi-Medium. You can then accent it with some wooden eggs painted with your favorite colors! Click here for full instructions and step out photos.

Also, as you probably know, Little Yellow Bicycle has been posting a project a day for the last 2 weeks that feature their new Naturals line and inks from Ranger. Today is the last day, but they sure do have a good one! Be sure to head on over to their blog to check it out and catch up on any of the projects you may have missed!

Finally, our Seasonal Palette contest for March is still going on until Thursday, March 21st, 2013. You can swing by this blog entry to submit your project for a chance to win.

Project: Summer Blooms Canvas

June 29th, 2012

New on Rangerink.com: learn how to create a lovely canvas blooming with the beautiful colors of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints in a new project by Tara Nixon!

New for June on Rangerink.com!

June 4th, 2012

We’ve got some great new features on Rangerink.com for the month of June:

Learn the easiest way to tint photos using Ranger’s Inkssentials Craft Nibs & Nib Holder along with Distress Ink pads in this video by Ranger’s Creative Director, Tim Holtz.

Discover how to use Vintaj Glaze to seal metal jewelry with these tips and techniques courtesy of Jess at Vintaj Natural Brass Company!

Create this bright, inspirational wall hanging made with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas, Tim Holtz Distress and Inkssentials products, in this project by Candy Colwell.