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Creativation 2017 | Evolution of Distress Designer Challenge

March 2nd, 2017

In 2004 Tim Holtz and Ranger debuted Distress Ink in the craft industry, and for the past 13 years more innovative products have been added to this collection. For this year’s challenge Ranger and Tim Holtz wanted to celebrate this versatile line by showcasing all of the products that now make up its unique assortment. Instead of all the designers being given the same product as in previous years, they were all given various Distress products and their focus was to highlight the great features of their assigned product. All the artists were challenged to be as creative and unique as possible while using their assigned Distress product, all while still reflecting their own personal style. Check out what beautiful and inspiring pieces we received this year from our very talented group of designer artists!

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com

Tim Holtz

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Oxide
Visit Tim’s Blog: http://www.timholtz.com

Dyan Reaveley

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Stain
Visit Dyan’s Blog: http://www.dyan-reaveley.blogspot.com

Dina Wakley

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Paint
Visit Dina’s Blog: http://www.dinawakley.com

Wendy Vecchi

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Crayons
Visit Wendy’s Blog: http://www.studio490art.blogspot.com

Amy Tangerine

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Ink
Visit Amy’s Blog: http://www.amytangerine.com/blog

Anita Houston

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Mica Spays
Visit Anita’s Blog: http://www.artfulmaven.net

Debi Adams

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Ink
Visit Debi’s Blog: http://www.debi-adams.com

Emma Williams

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Crayons
Visit Emma’s Blog: http://www.stickydots.blogspot.co.uk

Jenn Shurkus

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Ink
Visit Jenn’s Blog: http://www.shurkus.com

Jennifer McGuire

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Ink
Visit Jennifer’s Blog: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com

Kassa Hayselden

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Paint
Visit Kassa’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karen.hayselden/

Kath Stewart

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Crayons
Visit Kath’s Blog: http://kath-allthatglitter.blogspot.com

Kaz Hall

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Crayons
Visit Kaz’ Blog: http://thelittleshabbyshed.blogspot.com

Kristina Werner

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Markers
Visit Kristina’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starofmay/?hl=en

Mou Saha

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Paint
Visit Mou’s Blog: http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com

Paula Cheney

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Oxide
Visit Paula’s Blog: http://www.oneluckyday.net

Richele Christensen

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Markers
Visit Richele’s Blog: http://californiaartgirl.blogspot.com

Shari Carol

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Ink
Visit Shari’s Blog: http://shari-design.blogspot.com

Vicki Evans

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Stain
Visit Vicki’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dig_tcc/

Zoe Hillman

Designer Challenge | www.rangerink.com
Distress Medium: Distress Stain
Visit Zoe’s Instagram: http://www.igirlzoe.com

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach

February 27th, 2017

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach  | www.rangerink.com

Debbie Tlach shares with us how to make this Creativation 2017 Make It Take It Homage to Frida Pin using the Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks!

Find Debbie’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working on a craft sheet. Stamp the Frida stamp onto the Media Board using the Archival Ink in Jet Black. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: To get a light wash, scribble onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet with a Scribble Stick. Then use the Waterbrush to add water and pick up color to make a wash.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

To get a darker application, Use Scribble Sticks, in one or more colors, to accent areas on the stamped Media Board, then use the Waterbrush to liquefy the Scribble Sticks to create watercolor and colorize the image.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

For a very intense application, color can be lifted directly from the crayon with the Waterbrush.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Dip the crayon directly into water to draw with watercolor.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Scribble & sketch without adding water to achieve a drybrush look. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Turn Media Board over and position pin. Adhere a strip of Washi Tape vertically to the board, over the back bar of the pin, to anchor it horizontally ¼” from the upper edge of the board.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Place four more strips of Washi Tape horizontally to cover the back of the board and the sides, trim the excess. Pin onto your clothes & wear!

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach

February 23rd, 2017

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach  | www.rangerink.com

Debbie Tlach shares with us how to make this Creativation 2017 Make It Take It Distress Oxide Initial Tag using new Distress products!

Find Debbie’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working on a Craft Sheet, apply Distress Oxide Ink to half (the right side) of the Distress Tag by swiping the pad directly onto the tag. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Step 2: Apply Oxide Ink to the Flourish stamp, spray inked stamp with water using the Distress Sprayer. Stamp onto the Distress Tag. Using a paper towel quickly blot the previously inked side (the right side) of the tag to lift up the ink that was just stamped. (Do not blot the left side.) Let dry or use a Heat Tool. Tip: To lift more ink, spay the stamp again and stamp only the right side of the tag. Blot with a paper towel and dry the tag.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Spray tag lightly using the Distress Sprayer. Blot with paper towel as desired to remove ink, or let water dry, creating splatter patterns. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Step 4: Rub ink from the Oxide pad onto the Craft Sheet, add a tiny bit of water and mix with the bristles of the Splatter Brush. Splatter ink onto tag and blot as desired with a paper towel.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Color with Distress Crayon directly onto a blending foam. Use the Blending Tool to add the color to the tag where desired. Apply more Distress Crayon to the foam as needed. Edge tag with the Distress Oxide Pad.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Stamp a letter from the Cirque Alphabet onto a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock using the Oxide Pad. Let Dry or use a Heat Tool.
Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Using a Distress Crayon (Shabby Shutters was used in the example) scribble on the Craft Sheet and use the Waterbrush to liquefy the Crayon & apply around the initial. Use the Waterbush to rewet and blend the edges of the stamped initial and create blurred edges in areas. Color directly with the Crayon for a darker varied color. Edge with the Oxide pad. Let Dry or use Heat Tool.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Use Adhesive Foam to attach the initial to the tag. Cut 7” of Linen Ribbon and loop through tag. Flare the ribbon as pictured.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach

February 20th, 2017

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Debbie Tlach shares with us how to make this Creativation 2017 Make It Take It Crackled and Foiled frame using Ranger and Dylusions products!

Find Debbie’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Apply strips of Adhesive Foam to the canvas, creating a frame shape. Peel the protective paper from the foam. Apply a coat of Opaque Crackle paste to the top & sides of the Foam Tape.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dry with a Heat Tool. Note: Keep Heat Tool about 8” from the surface and keep it moving. As the paste dries and becomes matte you can move the Heat Tool closer to the canvas. We want the paste to dry not bubble. As the paste dries, it will crackle, and the black foam will show from between the Crackle Paste. Let cool completely.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Paint the inside of the frame with Black Gesso. Let dry. Apply various colors of the Foil Sheets to the cracks by randomly pressing sheets of foil onto the sticky, exposed areas of foam, colored side up.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Cut a Dyary Die Cut in half. Color the Die Cut with Dylusions Paint Pens. Attach the Die Cut with an Adhesive Strip to the inside, bottom of the frame.

Creativation 2017 | Ranger Brand and Wendy Vecchi Recap

February 3rd, 2017

It’s the fifth and final day of our Ranger Recaps! We’ve had so much fun this past week sharing with you our experiences and photos from this year’s Creativation Show. We hope you have enjoyed following along with us as we recapped these show days. The fun isn’t over yet though, today we’re showing you more from the Ranger booth including new Ranger Brand products as well as new products form Wendy Vecchi!

Six new colors from Stickles™ and Liquid Pearls™ were just a few things that were new to the Ranger brand this year. Visitors loved looking at the new products, especially the Mini Archival Ink Kits which offer the same unique, fade resistant dye as the full size ink pads, but in a convenient mini ink pad.

Those who stopped by the booth on Saturday enjoyed learning more about Ranger’s new Opaque Crackle Texture Paste as they made their own Make It Take It projects with Debbie.

The last day of the show, people made their way to the booth to fill out their own color charts of our very popular Archival Inks.

Signature Designer Wendy Vecchi also had some new releases this year, including two Mini Archival Ink Kits, available in her signature designer color palette. She also expanded her brand with the addition of her own set of Wendy Vecchi Enamel Accents, which are the same great formula as the Ranger Enamel Accents, but now available in her signature colors as well.

Watch Scrap Time’s video of Wendy Vecchi demo her new Enamel Accents from Creativation 2017 below!

Watch Scrap Time’s video of Wendy Vecchi introducing her new Mini Archival Ink Kits.

Watch this interesting and easy embossed foil technique from Wendy Vecchi in this video from Pega Papel o Tijeras.

Creativation 2017 | ICE Resin® & Vintaj® Recap

February 2nd, 2017

On to day four of our Ranger recaps! Today’s product recap will feature Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® and Vintaj®.

With so many uses of ICE Resin®, there were two separate workshops offered this year at Creativation, one focusing on jewelry techniques and the other on applying ICE Resin® into mixed media projects. The first workshop, ICE Resin® Transparent Illusions, Susan taught her students how to make resin paper to achieve translucent effects using ephemera, tissue, and more. Once the resin paper was made, students applied their paper into a mixed media journal.

Jewelry and mixed media pieces made the perfect accent pieces along the worn, wooden doors that made up the ICE Resin® display booth this year. The booth included colorful swatch charts of ICE Resin® Tints, German Glass Glitter and the new German Glass Glitter Shards, the Tissue Paper Assortment, and so much more. The displayed jewelry made such to give and inspirational touch just to show just how much could be created with this great product!

ICE Resin® Tissue Paper, the ICE Resin® Squeegee, and ICE Resin® German Glass Glitter were just a few of the products showcased in the Innovations display case.

For jewelry makers, or those who wanted to learn more about the process, there was an opportunity to learn more from the master metalsmith herself, Susan Lenart Kazmer. The second workshop offered was ICE Resin® Alchemy, where students learned how to use ICE Resin® Bezels, ICE Resin® Inclusions and more to design and create wearable works of art.

During the show, as visitors stopped by the booth, they were able to watch live demos to learn more about the newly released products and the many uses.

Watch Susan Lenart Kazmer introduce a few of her new products in the videos below:

Vintaj® also had a new release this year of 5 new colors, including 2 new metallic patina colors. The new release of colors included Malachite, Deep Turquoise, Pyrite, Rose Gold, and White Gold. The Ranger booth displayed these new colors as well as the entire palette and the Vintaj® product line. Final pieces were displayed to show the beauty of the patinas and how they work.

Creativation 2017 | Dina Wakley Media Recap

February 1st, 2017

It’s day three of our Ranger recaps and today we’re going to be sharing with you all the fun and excitement of the new products in the Dina Wakley Media line!

On the Friday night of our education day, we ended the day with Dina Wakley’s Mixed Media Mischief, where students were able to watch and learn how Dina applies her free spirit approach to color and composition when creating her mixed-media pieces. Her workshop students used her new products, including the Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks and the Dina Wakley Media Journal, to create personalized altered journal spreads.

The Ranger booth made sure to show many finished examples using both the Scribble Sticks and Media Journal. The booth included all the newest additions to the Dina Wakley Media line, including new stamps and stencils, Media Brushes and Media Tools, as well as your favorite Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints which are now available in 1 oz. bottles!

Dina’s Media Journal, Scribble Sticks, and 1 oz. Acrylic Paint bottles made their appearance in the Creativation Innovations showcase display as well!

The first day of the show, visitors of the Ranger booth were invited to play with the new Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks and color in Dina Wakley Media Board pins stamped with an image from her new Homage to Frida stamp set.

Applying the directly to surface or pulling pigment from the sticks themselves, there are so many ways to use Dina’s Scribble Sticks! Dina made sure to spend her time at her demo table teaching these uses and techniques, as well as explaining all the new products the Dina Wakley Media line has to offer.

Don’t forget about the Evolution of Distress Designer Challenge, Dina’s colorful artist abilities shined through using Distress Paints.

On the last day of the show, people made way to Dina’s demo table to fill out their color charts to bring home swatch samples of the Scribble Sticks.

Watch Dina Wakley’s product demo here: