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.
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
Using the palette knife spread gesso onto the center of your canvas and let dry.
Die cut the Pumpkin using chipboard, cover with gesso and dry.
Shake the distress paint (Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Ripe Persimmon) and dab some onto your non stick craft sheet, spritz with water.
Press and smear the chipboard through the paint mixture.
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.
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.
Add glossy accents to the edges of the pumpkin pieces and hold down till the glue grabs.
Using your finger add Potting Soil Archival ink over the pumpkin to highlight some of the areas.
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.
Scrape the colored paste through the stencil. Lift the stencil up and wash immediately.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
Dab Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint on frame.
Mist with water allowing the paint to go into the crackles. Dab excess off with paper towel. Brush paint around the edges.
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.
Apply the metallic brushed pewter and tarnished brass distress stain to the graveyard edge piece.
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.
Cover crow with Glossy Accents. It will look milky but will dry clear, do not use heat gun to dry.
Apply Mustard Seed Distress Stickles to the moon, spread with your finger.
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.
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.
Apply Seedless Preserves Distress Glitter to paste, shake excess onto a scratch piece of paper and pour back into glitter jar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.