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Creativation 2017 Sneak Peek Day 1 | New Tim Holtz Distress® Products

January 16th, 2017

It’s that time of year again- here at Ranger we’ve been working hard to prepare our new product line ups from our well know Designers and Brands. This year we are excited for a change of scenery as we head to Phoenix, Arizona for the Creativation Show by the Craft & Hobby Association!  Every day this week we will be sharing sneak peeks of our show releases- we can’t wait to share all of the new products we have in store for all of you!  Be sure to check in on our blog every day to see what new products we will be launching! 

TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS® OXIDES

The next generation of Distress® Inks has arrived- introducing 12 Tim Holtz Distress® Oxide Ink Pads, a water-reactive dye & pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. Use with stamps, stencils, and direct to surface. Blend using Ink Blending Tools and Foam. All Oxide colors are available in 3” x 3” ink pads and coordinating .5 oz re-inkers.

AVAILABLE IN 12 COLORS OF INK PADS AND COORDINATING RE-INKERS


Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Oxides.


TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS® CRAYON SETS #8, #9, & #10

Introducing three new sets of Distress® Crayons that coordinate with the Distress® palette. Distress® Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed-media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for creating brilliant backgrounds, watercoloring, smudge effects and more! Color directly onto your surface and blend with water then layer with Distress® Inks or Stains for more creative possibilities. Each set contains 6 crayons.

AVAILABLE IN 3 NEW SETS OF 6 COLORS


Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Sets #8, #9, & #10.


TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS® CRAYON SETS OPEN STOCK

Distress® Crayon Sets #6 & #7 and Bundled Sage are now available in open stock! Distress® Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for water coloring, creating smudge effects and more! Color directly onto your surface and blend with water, then layer with Distress® Inks, Stains and more for creative possibilities.

AVAILABLE IN 13 NEW OPEN STOCK COLORS


Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons Open Stock.


TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS® CRAYON TIN

Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Storage Tin is the ideal storage solution for Distress® Crayons. Organize and transport Crayons easily in this convenient tin. Features a clear window & hinged metal closure. The Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Storage Tin holds up to 34 Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons.

*Crayons Not Included in Crayon Tin*


Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Tin.


TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS® COLLAGE MEDIUM

Tim Holtz Distress® Collage Medium is now available in a 1 fl. oz. squeeze bottle. Collage Medium is a gel medium designed for gluing, layering, and sealing mixed-media projects. Dries to a translucent, matte finish. The applicator tip is ideal for applying to smaller objects.

AVAILABLE IN 1 FL. OZ. BOTTLE

Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Collage Medium.


TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS™ STORAGE JARS

Tim Holtz Distress® Storage Jars are the ideal storage solution for small embellishments, glitter, beads, and more. Store and organize all of your tiny crafting elements in these clear plastic jars with metal lids. Use with the Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Storage Tin to hold up to 12 jars for convenient and stylish storage.

STORAGE JARS SOLD IN PACK OF 6 JARS

Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Storage Jars.


TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS® 8.5″ x 11″ WOODGRAIN CARDSTOCK

Tim Holtz Distress® Woodgrain Cardstock is now available in 8.5” x 11”. Woodgrain Cardstock is a textured surface with a detailed woodgrain embossed design. Ideal for Distress® Ink, Paint, and Stain techniques. Woodgrain Cardstock is a heavyweight 111 lb. cover weight cardstock that maintains its texture when altered.

AVAILABLE IN 5 PACK – 8.5” x 11” SHEETS

Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® 8.5” x 11” Woodgrain Cardstock.


TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS® DESIGNER BAG

Whether you are taking them on the go or using them in your creative space, the Tim Holtz Distress® Designer Accessory Bag set is the perfect solution for storing your supplies in style. The Accessory bag features the exclusive artwork from Ranger’s Signature Designer- Tim Holtz. Measuring 10” W x 6” H, 11” W x 8.5” H, and 14” W x 11” H. The 3-piece envelope style sets are ideal for storing stencils, paper and ephemera, pens, markers and much more.

AVAILABLE 3 PIECE ENVELOPE STYLE SET

Download a copy of the press release here: Tim Holtz Distress® Designer Bag.


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Holiday Present Box by Milagros Rivera

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The holidays bring the maker in all of us, suddenly we need to create, and sometimes what we have done needs a special packaging. Something that conveys just how special the recipient is and how much love you put into creating what’s inside. When you create the packaging you can customize it with stamps, stencils, paint, ink. There’s really no limits into embellishing it. So let’s deconstruct some journaling tags and add a notch to the things you can do with the amazing Dylusions Journaling tags, best thing is you only need 3!

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Step 1: Grab your tags and center them on a scoring table, score at 2 3/8 on each side, on all 3 tags vertically.
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Step 2: Horizontally score your tags at  4 ½ and 9” respectively.

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Step 3: Fold and cut notches wherever you see a mark intersecting.

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Step 4: Since you already have two tags that will serve as the body of the box, you will cut the third into 2 pieces of  4 ½ x 4 ½.

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Step 5:  Using your chosen stencil, fill it up with the yummy Distress Grit-Paste! I took a photo of the placement of your stencil just so you’re able to see that some will look backward, but when you fold the complete box they will align perfectly and nothing will look out of place!

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Step 6: Time to assemble the piece, I wanted the top of the tag as my closure since that gave me the opportunity to thread a ribbon and stamp a sentiment!

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Step 7:  After you thread your ribbon and some charms into a jump ring, using your Distress Crayon paint the words on your charm, then wipe off the excess, I tell you I can’t get over how easy and effective this quick little technique is! Plus there are so many colors to choose!!!

Can you imagine making sweet tiny boxes with the same technique and smaller tags!!! Happy creating everyone!

Milagros RiveraHello! My name is Milagros C Rivera and I’m a mixed media artists who loves to explore and experiment with all kinds of mediums. I was raised in a creative home, everybody did something ceramics, sewing, baking, jewelry, wood, glass, no medium was off limits! I continue to play and learn without having to restrict myself to just one thing! I live in the sunny island of Puerto Rico with my husband, 2 amazing kids and a menagerie of pets that make my life complete! I’m currently on the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Relics and Artifacts. You can find me on my blog as well as follow me on Instagram, Snapguide, and YouTube.

Imagine the Possibilities…Tim Holtz Colors with Distress on Real Wood Paper by Et Cetera (ETC) Papers

September 23rd, 2016

Coloring on unique surfaces can often pose a challenge and today we want to showcase two different types of Distress coloring techniques on two different types of Et Cetera Papers wood veneer. Wood veneer is made from real wood with a smooth porous finish. Available in various finishes, we wanted to share how you can achieve vibrant watercolor effects on both light and dark surfaces.

Products used: Distress Crayons, Distress Markers, Distress Ink, Distress Waterbrush/Detailer, Distress Archival Ink, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Craft Sheet, Foam Tape, Et Cetera Papers Birch & Cherry Wood Veneer, Idea-ology Textile Surfaces, Idea-ology Quote Bands, Stampers Anonymous CMS136 Mini Blueprints, Stampers Anonymous Grid-blocks, Cardstock, and Jute.

We are working with basic watercoloring supplies including Distress Markers, Distress Crayons, Detailer Distress Waterbrush, Craft Sheet, and of course Wood Veneer.

To get started, stamp the images directly on the wood veneer using Archival Ink. Since we are watercoloring the images it’s important to stamp in a permanent ink.

Birch Wood Card

This first card features a lighter Birch Wood Veneer so we can use translucent dyes like Distress Markers.

Since this surface is very porous coloring directly on the wood with the marker can cause the ink to absorb immediately making it difficult to blend. The solution is to scribble the markers directly on to the craft sheet and use it as your palette.

Pick up the color with a waterbrush and watercolor directly on to the wood veneer. This applies a light wash of color allowing you to control the intensity and blend.

Continue layering various colors using this technique to create a wash of color. The translucent dyes highlight the grain of the wood veneer. Once finished, allow to dry completely.

Ink the edges with Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool to frame our colorful masterpiece.

Cherry Wood Card

This second card features a darker Cherry Wood Veneer so we need to use pigments like Distress Crayons.

Even though this surface is very porous, coloring directly on the wood with the crayon is not a problem. The pigment will not absorb into the surface right away so it will allow us to blend with water.

Using the waterbrush, blend the crayon directly on to the wood veneer. This applies a vibrant wash of color creating intensity on the darker wood background.

Continue layering various colors using this technique to create a mix of color. The opaque pigment tones down the grain of the wood veneer. Once finished, allow to dry completely.

Ink the edges with Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool to frame our colorful masterpiece.

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September New Product Highlight | Tim Holtz Distress®

September 21st, 2016

Tim Holtz Distress® Mixed Media Spray Stain Kit
Tim Holtz Distress® Spray Stains from Ranger are fluid water-based dyes used to create colorful backgrounds on papers and other porous surfaces. Ranger texture paste is an inkable artist quality paste ideal for adding dimensional layers on a variety of surfaces. This kit includes a guide that shows various techniques to create unique effects for your mixed media projects to unlock your inner artist.


Kit Includes:

  • 3 – Mini Distress Spray Stains
  • 5 – #8 Manila Tags
  • 1 – Mini Texture Paste
  • 1 – Palette Knife
  • 1 – Mini Mister
  • 5 – Sheets Mixed Media Cardstock
  • 1 – Custom Stencil
  • 1 – Technique Booklet


Tim Holtz® Alcohol Ink Kit
Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks from Ranger are fast-drying transparent dye inks specially formulated to create colorful effects on non-porous surfaces. Combine with Metallic Mixatives and Blending Solution for unique polished stone backgrounds. This kit includes a guide that teaches various techniques to create vibrant layered backgrounds for use on cards and mixed media projects with unlimited colorful possibilities.


Kit Includes:

  • 3 – Alcohol Inks
  • 1 – Alcohol Mixative
  • 1 – Mini Blending Solution
  • 1 – Mini Distress Archival Ink Pad
  • 1 – Clear Stamp Set
  • 1 – Acrylic Block
  • 1 – Ink Applicator Tool with 10 Felt Pieces
  • 5 – Sheets of Alcohol Ink Cardstock
  • 1 – Technique Booklet


Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons Open Stock

Distress Crayon Sets #1-3 now available in open stock and display! Distress Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for water coloring, creating smudge effects and more! Color directly onto your surface and blend with water then layer with Distress Inks, Stains and more for creative possibilities.



Introducing the new Tim Holtz Distress® Kits!

August 26th, 2016

Introducing two new kits from Tim Holtz Distress® – the Distress Ink Kit & the Distress Crayon Watercolor Kit!

Tim Holtz Distress® Ink Kit
Tim Holtz Distress® Inks from Ranger are water based dye inks formulated to create aged vintage effects on papers and other porous surfaces. The innovative prop-erties of Distress Ink are unlike any other inks since they react with water and maintain color integrity. This kit includes a guide and the product to teach various techniques that can be achieved with Distress Ink as well as how to use some of the basic tools that allow you to create many different effects on your paper craft and mixed media projects.


Kit Includes:

  • 3 – Distress Mini Inks
  • 10 – #8 Manila Tags
  • 1 – Mini Ink Blending Tool with 3 Blending Foams
  • 1 – Mini Mister
  • 1 – Technique Booklet


Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Watercolor Kit
Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons from Ranger are smooth water reactive pigments formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces to create brilliant backgrounds, water coloring, and more. This kit includes a guide that shows various coloring techniques including blending, shading, and more to inspire your creative palette.


Kit Includes:

  • 6 – Distress Crayons
  • 1 – Mini Distress Archival Ink Pad
  • 1 – Clear Stamp Set
  • 1 – Acrylic Block
  • 1 – Paintbrush
  • 5 – Sheets of Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • 1 – Technique Booklet





Thank you for joining us on this new product highlight! Happy Friday 🙂

Introducing the new Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons Sets #4 + #5

August 22nd, 2016

Introducing two new sets of Distress Crayons that coordinate with the Distress Palette! Distress Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for water coloring, creating smudge effects, and more! Color directly onto your surface and blend with water, then layer with Distress Inks, Stains, and more for creative possibilities.

Watch Creative Director and Signature Designer Tim Holtz introduce the new Distress Crayons sets:

Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Set #4 Swatches

Tim Holtz Distress® Crayon Set #5 Swatches

All of the pastel colors in Set #5 maintain their color on a kraft tag:

Collect all 5 Sets:

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Set #1
Includes: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers

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Set #2
Includes: Festive Berries, Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves

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Set #3
Includes: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Picket Fence
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Set #4
Includes: Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone

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Set #5
Includes: Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Frayed Burlap

July New Product Highlight – Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks

July 26th, 2016

Welcome to our July New Product Highlight for the NEW Alcohol Ink colors!

Ranger and Tim Holtz are very excited to announce the release of 6 new Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks. Alcohol Inks are fast drying, acid free, fade resistant dye inks specially formulated to create gorgeous backgrounds and vivid pops of color on non-porous surfaces. Six new ink colors are available as two 3 piece kits and individually as open stock.

In case you missed it:
Watch our Creative Director & Signature Designer Tim Holtz introduce the new Alcohol Ink colors:

Below are examples of how each new colors complements the existing palette:






These 6 new vivid colors are also available in 2 NEW 3pc. kits:

We hope you enjoyed our New Product Highlight for the new Alcohol Ink colors! Thank you for checking in each day to learn more about these exciting new releases. We cannot wait to see the great projects you create!

July New Product Highlight – Tim Holtz Distress® Grit-Paste

July 22nd, 2016

Welcome to our July New Product Highlight for the NEW Tim Holtz Distress® Grit-Paste!

Tim Holtz Distress® Grit-Paste is a dimensional medium designed to provide a textured effect on a variety of craft and mixed-media surfaces. Apply with a palette knife or paintbrush directly on porous or non-porous surfaces for unique effects. Dries to a textured matte finish that can be colorized with your favorite Distress Ink, Crayon, Paint, or Stain.

Watch Ranger’s Creative Director & Signature Designer Tim Holtz introduce the new Grit-Paste:

This new medium can achieve a variety of textured effects. You can use the Grit-Paste to create a rust texture:

Achieve a wintery snow texture perfect for your holiday crafts:

You can also apply the Grit-Paste through your favorite stencils:

Enhance and colorize using all of your favorite Distress products:

We hope you enjoyed our New Product Highlight for the new Tim Holtz Distress® Grit-Paste! Stay tuned next week for a continuation of our New Product Highlight each day covering all of our recently launched products for July. Have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz

June 24th, 2016

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Our Signature Designer & Creative Director Tim Holtz shares this great Alcohol Ink tutorial featuring the new White Yupo®. This mixed media project demonstrates how to blend Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks, add patterned imagery using stencils and Blending Solution, and also the process of how to heat emboss on this surface!

Find Tim’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz

Distress Splatter Effects: Tips & Techniques

April 5th, 2016

Distress Splatter Effects

Using Splatter effects can add another layer of visual interest to your projects! There are multiple products and techniques you can use to achieve different types of splatter effects. Our Tim Holtz® Distress line offers a few unique tools and products to help you easily create the perfect splatter pattern in your art. Let’s dive in!

Tim Holtz® Distress Splatter Brush

Distress Splatter Brush
The Tim Holtz® Distress Splatter Brush contains flexible synthetic bristles that you can simply dip into your favorite Distress Inks, Paints or Stains and flick onto your project. Using the Splatter Brush creates fun speckles that vary from small to medium in size depending on the distance away from your surface when you apply. The technique below shows the Splatter Brush used with Distress Paint.

TIP: Make sure when flicking the bristles to pull the bristles towards you and then release them.

Distress Splatter Brush
Distress Splatter Brush

Watch Tim’s demo on the Splatter Brush (about 4 minutes in) to learn the correct way to hold the brush and 2 different ways to flick the bristles!

Tim Holtz® Distress Marker Spritzer

Distress Marker Spritzer
The Tim Holtz® Distress Marker Spritzer is the perfect tool to create an airbrushed splatter effect using Distress Markers. Use the Marker Spritzer to create small speckles of ink that can be applied to a small or large area depending on distance away from your surface. You can also use the Marker Spritzer through a stencil to create a soft stenciled pattern.

TIP: The marker insert is adjustable so you can accommodate markers different sizes.
Distress Marker Spritzer
Distress Marker Spritzer

Watch Tim’s demo on the Marker Spritzer to see how to use with a stencil and adjust the insert for use with other markers.

Tim Holtz® Distress Sprayer

Distress Sprayer
The Tim Holtz® Distress Sprayer uses a convenient trigger sprayer with water to create droplets and various sprayed water effects. With Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Paints, Markers and Stains all being water-reactive, the Distress Sprayer uses water to achieve the perfect organic splatters that cause your colors to flow and blend while preserving the droplets.

TIP: For convenient storage and worry-free travel, the Distress Sprayer features a locking trigger button.

Distress Sprayer

Watch Tim’s demo on the Distress Sprayer to see how he creates his signature backgrounds!

Tim Holtz® Distress Spray Stains

Distress Spray Stains
Last but not least are the Tim Holtz® Distress Spray Stains! The Distress Spray Stains feature a quality mist sprayer that is ideal for quick and easy ink coverage. This unique mist sprayer produces both small and larger splatters of ink.

TIP: Press the mist sprayer quickly for a fine mist or simply hold the neck of the bottle and press the mist sprayer to achieve larger droplets of ink.

Distress Spray Stains
Distress Spray Stains

Watch Tim’s demo on the Distress Spray Stains!

Happy splattering! 🙂