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Handmade Gifts for Every Mom : The Mom Who Loves to Dress Up

May 4th, 2017

The Mom Who Loves to Dress Up |

Is your mother a natural born fashionista? Every time she goes out, she knows how to take her outfits from drab to fab! She knows just how to pair a statement necklace with a simple dress to dress up, but also knows how to create a simple, effortless look without even trying. Why not make her an original piece of jewelry this year for Mother’s Day that is unique, just like her! Follow today’s tutorial to learn how you can make your special lady a handmade ICE Resin leather bracelet that she’s not going to want to take off! Plus, every time she wears it, she’ll be reminded of how much you love and appreciate her!

Find this tutorial in our Projects Library: Knotted Resin Bracelet by Debbie Tlach

Handmade Gifts for Every Mom : The Mom Who Loves to Plan

May 2nd, 2017

The Mom Who Loves to Plan |

She’s never missed an appointment, she loves having things to plan and she’s the most organized woman you know. Sound familiar? If this describes your mom, then today’s gift idea is perfect for her. Surprise your mother this year with a Dylusions Creative Dyary bundle! Start with the Creative Dyary itself and then add on the Dylusions Dyary accessories for her to personalize and make it her own. Any mom who loves planning and staying on task will love the flexibility and fun this planner has to offer!

The Mom Who Loves to Plan |

The Creative Dyary includes weekly agenda pages, which are perfect for her to keep track of her busy schedule, and they’re undated which allows her to start planning right away. The Dyary also includes patterned background pages in bright colors and black and white, which are ideal for her running to-do lists, keeping extra notes, or art journaling. Sometimes she’s going to want a break from all of her planning, additional black and white Dylusions coloring pages allow her an extra creative outlet all wrapped bound into one single hardcover journal.

The Mom Who Loves to Plan |

What’s a planner without fun ways to make it your own? Not only does the Dyary provide a great creative base for her to start her planning adventures, but it also has a full line of added accessories to help take her planning style above and beyond. Stamp out the dates and months with the Creative Dyary Stamp Set and Dyary Ink or add borders, lists, notes, bullets, sayings and more with stickers from the Creative Dyary Stickers. Keep track of to-do lists, notes and reminders using Dyary Stick-Its, color in or just use the Dyary Die Cuts as is to embellish the page, and tape them in with Dyary Tape. Be sure she won’t lose her spot with the help of the adorable heart shaped Dyary Clips. With so many fun elements, she’s going to want to keep her Dyary with her at all times!

The Mom Who Loves to Plan |

Thanksgiving Placecards

November 18th, 2016

Thanksgiving Placecards

Thanksgiving Placecards

Step 1: Die cut Distress Heavystock and co’redinations cardstock in pumpkin, leaf and name shapes.
Step 2:  Emboss leaves in your favorite embossing folder.
Step 3:  Apply perfect medium to leaves and dust with perfect pearl powders.
Step 4:  Apply Distress inks to pumpkin, stem and name and heat emboss the name.
Step 5:  Assemble using matte medium and foam tape.

Thanksgiving Placecards

Step 1: Using Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen, letter the word “Thankful for” on the top half of the birch wood round.
Step 2: Using the Ranger Emboss It Pen in Clear, use the open space below the words to fill in a name.
Step 3: Sprinkle the birch wood round where you just wrote with Ranger Copper Embossing Powder. Tap off excess powder.
Step 4: Heat Embossing Powder with Ranger Heat It Tool.

Thanksgiving Placecards

Step 1:Prime pinecone or pinecone tips with Dina Wakley Media White Gesso.
Step 2:Paint using metallic paint of choice. I used Ranger Paint Dabber in Gold Metallic & Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold mixed with Garnet. Allow to dry.
Step 3:Cut a strip of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and create mottled background using Distress Spray Stains and water.
Step 4:Using the Ranger Embossing Pen and Embossing Powder to create metallic edging around place card. Write name with Embossing Pen and emboss with color of choice.

Thanksgiving Placecards

Step 1: Die cut two leaves out of Mixed Media Cardstock.
Step 2: Press inkpads onto the Craft Sheet to transfer blocks of ink next to each other.  Mist ink with water and drag die cut leaves through to color them.  Set aside to dry.
Step 3:  Cut one of the tags to 4” wide.  Use the embossing dabber to edge both of the tags as shown.  Pour Orange Blossom Powder over the ink, remove excess and heat emboss.  Repeat using accents of Gold Embossing Powder.
Step 4:  Score the untrimmed tag 1” from the bottom and fold the 1” tab up toward the top of the tag.  On the back side of the trimmed tag, place a 1” strip of Wonder Tape along the bottom and two sides.  Adhere the trimmed tag onto the 1” folded tab and around the back to form a pocket.
Step 5:  Cut a piece of burlap to 7” x 3” and fray the edges a bit. Adhere to the center of the Pocket and around the back. Glue the leaves down with Adhesive Strips.
Step 5:  Print name on cardstock and cut as shown. Ink edges using Ink Blending Tool and foam.  Glue down with Adhesive Strips.

Dylusions Paint Pens Tips & Tricks

July 27th, 2016

Ranger Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley joins us today with a video showing some tips for using her Paint Pens!

Introduction to ICE Resin® Molding Putty

April 27th, 2016

ICE Resin®’s Director of Education Jen Cushman shows us how to use the Molding Putty for casting and creating custom shapes with ICE Resin®! Jen also describes the benefits of working on the Studio Sheets with Resin.

Take a look at some of these examples made using the Molding Putty with ICE Resin®!

Faux Sea Glass

Made from ICE Resin®, Molding Putty, & Tints

Lock Pendant by Susan Lenart Kazmer

Made from ICE Resin®, Molding Putty, ICED Enamels

Heart Pendant by Susan Lenart Kazmer

Made from ICE Resin®, Molding Putty, Foils & Tints

Liquid Pearls Watercolor Technique with Patti Behan

April 13th, 2016

Our very out Patti Behan shares with us this great tutorial showing how to use Liquid Pearls with water to create a watercoloring pearlescent effect!


Liquid Pearls: Daffodil, Watermelon, Key Lime, Baby Blue, Onyx Pearl
Ranger Cut-N-Dry Foam
Ranger Dye Ink Pad: Black Tie
Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Adhesive Strips
Ranger Multi Medium: Matte
Ranger Surfaces: Gloss Paper
Ranger Surfaces: Black Cardstock
Ranger Surfaces: Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz by Ranger Waterbrush: Wide Brush Tip
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection by Core’dinations: Black
Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix: Vagabond Machine; Thinlits: Detailed Butterflies.
Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous: Botanical Sketch Stamp Set; Grid Blocks

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! 🙂

ICE Resin® Mixed Media Tag with Jen Cushman

March 16th, 2016

ICE Resin® Director of Education Jen Cushman shares how to make a mixed media tag using ephemera & resin paper!

How to Make Resin paper with ICE Resin®

March 2nd, 2016

ICE Resin® Director of Education, Jen Cushman shares with us this quick technique video on how to make resin paper using ICE Resin®!

Distress Crayon Butterfly Tag with Debbie Tlach

February 23rd, 2016

Learn how to make this super fun butterfly tag using the new Distress Crayons with our very own Debbie Tlach!