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The Importance of Repetition in Your Artwork by Dina Wakley

November 12th, 2014

The Importance of Repetition by Dina Wakley |

I have an idea for you try in your work, whether you do cards, tags, journal pages, scrapbook pages, or other mixed-media pieces. The idea is repetition. The idea is to select an image or motif, and then repeat it in several areas of your piece. When you repeat an image, you add visual intensity and interest to your piece. Plus you don’t have to reinvent the wheel and dig for the perfect image.  Continue reading

Vintaj Patinas Techniques with Special Guest Blogger Els Van de Burgt from Elizabeth Craft Designs

November 6th, 2012

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If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen us share some very cool techniques posted by the Elizabeth Craft Designs page. A few weeks ago Els Van de Burgt posted some amazing Vintaj Patinas technique photos that we just had to know more about! We reached out to her and she generously spent some time taking photos and writing up how to achieve each one of these looks.

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of this beautiful work, be sure to “like” the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page here to continue to see all of Els’ amazing work or post on her page to let her know what you think of these techniques! You can also check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to find any supplies you may need for your next project, like the Shimmer Sheetz used in these techniques.

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Collage Glue Stick Resist

September 24th, 2012

Collage Glue Stick Resist Technique Blog Post

Have you heard of the collage glue stick resist technique? The amazingly talented Kaz Hall created this video that details an innovative way to use a collage glue stick with your favorite stamps to resist ink on your surface.

Once you check out the video, you can see how this technique integrates into a full project in Kaz’s Collage Glue Stick Resist Wall Hanging. Finally, we have another incredible project for you by Candy Colwell that was also inspired by Kaz’s technique!

Claudine Hellmuth photo tinting technique

August 28th, 2012

Claudine Hellmuth Photo Tint

In this video Claundine Hellmuth shows us how to use Studio Extra Time slow-dry medium and her popular artist quality Studio Paints to bring a photo to life.

Take a look at this video to see her photo tinting technique in action along with a list of everything you’ll need to do this technique yourself.

New for June on!

June 4th, 2012

We’ve got some great new features on 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.

“Ranger Week” at Paper Crafter’s Library!

April 18th, 2012

Our friends at Paper Crafter's Library have a special treat in store for all fans of Ranger, Tim Holtz and Distress Stains: this week is "Ranger Week" on their blog,  and all week they will be showcasing Distress Stain tips, techniques, projects and videos!

Be sure to stop by and show Paper Crafter's Library some love during Ranger Week, and you might have a chance to win one of five sets of Distress Stains!  They're announcing the winners on Friday, so what are you waiting for?  Go, go, go!! =)


Vintaj Patina Spring Rain Earrings

March 21st, 2012

Create a permanent color on Arte Metal Lily of the Valley embellishments in 6 easy steps…check out Jess' cool Vintaj Patina tutorial on this project.

Distress Illuminated Autumn Place Cards

November 21st, 2011

If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner or another autumn get-together this year, we've got a great new tip & technique for you to check out on!

Using Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Grungeboard and various items from Tim Holtz's idea-ology collection and Alterations by Sizzix dies, you can create these handsome illuminated place cards for your guests!

Do you have any crafty plans for your Thanksgiving décor?  Let us know in the comments!

Tammy Tutterow’s “Frosty Deboss” Technique

November 8th, 2011

Head over to our friend Tammy Tutterow's blog for an awesome technique that would be perfect to use on all your wintery papercrafts this season!  Tammy used a Texture Fade embossing folder along with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint, Distress Stains, Winter Seasonal Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls Mists to create a frosty debossed effect.  You've gotta check this one out!

Video: Claudine Demonstrates Black Gesso at CHA

October 6th, 2011

We're featuring a Halloween card that you can make with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso on our website this October, but perhaps you are wondering what else you can do with Black Gesso?  If so, check out this video Claudine created at CHA, where she demonstrates a great way to give Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape an antique look.  Claudine shows off some other great uses for Studio Black Gesso, too…. like, custom chalkboards!

Have you tried Black Gesso? If so, what are your favorite uses for it?