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Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch

June 22nd, 2017

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Guest Designer Miranda van den Bosch dives into season with this bright Dylusions inspired Summer Flowers journal spread!

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Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch

After a long chilly winter and spring it’s time for some warm weather, warm colours, flowers, holidays, picnics, outdoor activities…it is time for SUMMER. My project for today is all about summer. So let us dance in the sun and wear flowers in our hair…

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Step 1: I have made a spread in the new Dylusions flip journal (large). I start with the background and some warm and cheery Dylusions colours. I use Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie, Tangerine Dream, Funky Fuchsia and Pomegranate Seed and add the paints with the Mini Ink Blending Tool to my page. I add the paints quickly, not bothering about blending the colours yet.

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Step 2: In the next step I start blending the colours with the Blending Tools by switching between the colours until I am satisfied with the result.

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Step 3: After all the paints are blended, it is time to use some stencils. Use colours you already used in your background. If you introduce a new colour this will be the focal point of your creation and that is not what you want. Add some stenciling to the background using a Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam with Pure Sunshine paint and the Fresh Dots stencil.

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Step 4: The next stencil is Leaves together with Funky Fuschia. My last stencil is Old School Numbers with White Linen. White and black are not considered as new colours but they make the other colours pop. The background is ready for now. I use about 3 to 4 different stencils. You might be tempted to use more, but it is still a background and if you use too many stencils your background will be too distracting.

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Step 5: Time to pick out the stamps and start colouring. I stamped some images from Puppy Dog Tales, Cat Among the Pigeons, Always and I Can See Clearly on some Watercolour Paper. I coloured all the images with the Dylusions Paint Pens, Distress Markers and Distress Crayons.

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Step 6: I love the Fancy Florals (an older stamp set, but still available), stamp several flowers with Jet Black Ink and some of the images from Doodled Delight, on some watercolour paper and colour them with Dylusions Ink Spray in Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie and Tangerine Dream.

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Step 7: Let the ink dry and start doodling on your flowers with the paint pens colours, Black Marble and White Linen. Make sure the ink is completely dry before you use the paint pens to get the best results. The flowers really look beautiful when you add some doodling in black and white. Cut them out and now you have a large stack of coloured images ready to glue onto the page page.

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Step 8: Before I glue down the images I thought that the page needs something extra, a border. I decide to use this border from the small Arrow Border stencil set. The page looks so much better with the border. Add the border using the Mini Ink Blending Tool and some Black Marble Paint.

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Step 9: Glue down all the images with the Dina Wakley gel medium and collage glue stick. I found this lovely quote about the summer on the internet. I wrote it down on my page with the White Linen paint pen.

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Step 10: For the finishing touch I decided to doodle around the border.

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Close up of Page 1 of the journal page

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Close up of Page 2 the journal page

Miranda van den Bosch

My name is Miranda van den Bosch and I live in Ridderkerk, which is a small town in the Netherlands. I have been painting and drawing since I was 4. I mainly painted portraits and animals. In 2010 I discovered art journaling and the fabulous world of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions and I got hooked ever since. I love the many possibilities you have with the stamp sets. You can create new images over and over again by combining new sets with older sets…..and the colours of the inks and paints aren’t they just dylucilious???

My Blog:  http://mirandascardcreations.blogspot.nl/
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/miranda.vandenbosch.94
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/macbo27/
Pinterest:  https://nl.pinterest.com/mirandav/

Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

June 19th, 2017

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Debbie Tlach shows how she spruced her garden up with these adorable garden identifiers using Dylusions Paint Pens!

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Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

Step 1: Begin your project by finding an assortment of rocks. They can vary in size and in color, but ideally, the smoother the surface, the easier it will be to write on. If you choose to stamp out an image on the rock, use Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and use a clear stamp. Do not use an acrylic block to apply the stamp, just ink the clear stamp and press directly onto the rock. By not using the acrylic block, it makes it easier to press the image down, especially if the rock is not a completely smooth surface. Once the ink is completely dry, go in with your Dylusions paint pens and begin coloring in. If your stamping becomes smudged when you go to take your clear stamp off, simply use the Ranger Solvent Cleaner to remove the ink before it dries, and begin again.

 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

Step 2: You can also choose to freehand your images! If you don’t want to stamp out an image, you can just go ahead and draw your own original images using the fine tip nib of the Dylusions Paint Pens! Decorate small rocks and use them as garden identifiers, just as I have done here! I labeled the rocks with the fruit or vegetable that it corresponds to, and then drew and fun image to match. I’ll use these rocks to remember what I planted and where, it also brightens up my garden with fun colors!

 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

The rocks don’t have to be used as harden identifiers, you can decorate your rocks with inspirational messages too!
 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

June 12th, 2017

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Guest Designer Bobbi Smith shares with us how she used Distress products to make this helicopter themed card for Father’s Day!

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Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. I’m really happy to be with you on the Ranger blog today! Father’s Day is going to be here before we know it, so let’s get ready for it by making a card just for Dad!

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet swipe some Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Sprayer bottle. Press or swipe a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock through the ink, picking up the color. While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool. To add more Distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Repeat the above steps to a second sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Fired Brick Distress Oxide.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Squeeze a couple drops of Pumice Stone Distress Paint onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water. Press the smooth side of the Distress Watercolor Cardstock into the paint mixture until covered. Dry with a Heat it Tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Swipe some Distress Oxide Broken China onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Pick up color with Distress Splatter Brush for additional interest to colorized Spiced Marmalade Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Place the Dot Fade Layering Stencil over the top of your colored Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I like to secure mine with washi or painters tape. Spread a thin layer of Distress Grit Paste sporadically through stencil. Carefully lift and remove layering stencil. Set Distress Watercolor Cardstock aside to air dry. Make sure to immediately clean your layering stencil and Ranger Pallet Knife right after use.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: Create a banner for card front from a 2×4 piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Cut a notch out of bottom. Die cut the word “best” in banner using Tim Holtz Sizzix Sentiment Words thin die set. Cut a 3.50×4.75 sheet of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Die Cut “Happy Father’s Day” using same die set as above.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Die cut the base helicopter and the word “you” x2 (Sentiment Words) from Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. All helicopter parts are from Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute die set. Die cut overlay helicopter blades from colored Pumice Stone Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Die cut the helicopter body and the word “dad” x2 from Fired Brick Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Save all those extra pieces for a future project.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and fold in half to create cardbase. Distress all black cardstock with sanding grip to expose the underlying kraft.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Shade all paper pieces with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool with Foam around edges. Further distress paper edges with paper creaser. To create the X, cut the end of 2 Y’s and glue together with a little Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Glue helicopter body and blades to helicopter base with Glossy Accents. Adhere a few small pieces of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of helicopter. Glue a small piece of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread about 3/4 inch long to X using Glossy Accents the attach to back of helicopter.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Adhere Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of banner and Happy Father’s Day insert. Attach banner to top left side of colorized Spiced Marmalade sheet. Then adhere to card base with Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Adhere “Dad” to banner using Glossy Accents. Attach helicopter and XO with Glossy Accents as well. Wrap a little Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread around an index clip and attach to top of banner.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Last but not least, attach the “Happy Father’s Day” insert to inside of card.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Bobbi SmithMy name is Bobbi Smith. I’ve been a crafter all my life, however I really found my niche in paper-crafting about 20 years ago, when my children were young and have never looked back. I love all forms of Art, but really gravitate towards vintage, distress and grunge styles. I live in Illinois and love to hunt for vintage finds, when I’m not paper crafting!  Check out my blog at Vintage Muse Designs.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron Brandon

June 8th, 2017

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Guest Designer Cheiron Brandon shares with how she uses Dina Wakley Media products to create this adorable card you can make just in time for Father’s Day!

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Father’s Day Card by Cheiron Brandon

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here and today I am playing with some of my favorite Dina Wakley stamps and paints to create a fun Father’s day card. Don’t worry if you’ve never made a card before, it’s as easy as creating a journal page or tag and it’s a piece of artwork you can pass on to the recipient! I’m “inking” up a lot of stamps with paint for this project using foam daubers, and as I work I make sure to wash the paint off of my stamps so it does not dry on them.

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Step 1: To create the background, I started by taking a Dina Wakley Media Brush and randomly applying Lapis paint to a Distress Heavystock panel.

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Step 2: To add some interest and texture to the painted panel, I placed the Mesh stencil over it and removed some of the paint through the stencil with a baby wipe.

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Step 3: I keep building up the background layer by adding a stamped image from the Funky Journal Shapes set using Elephant paint. Repeat this step to create a pattern. Use Cheddar paint to add some more images, this time from the Assorted Borders set.

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Step 4: Take the Circles Paint Comb and apply lime paint to it with a foam blending tool. Spray the paint with some water using a Distress Sprayer.

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Step 5: Use the painted stencil to make a print on your panel by pressing the stencil onto your panel.

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Step 6: Stamp and cut an image from the Scribbly Fellas set. Color it in with Distress Crayons, and then go over the colored image with a water brush.

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Step 7: HINT: To create a skin tone color, I scribbled lemon, tangerine, umber and white onto my craft sheet and added some water and mixed them together to get a skin tone color. Cut out the Scribbly Fella..

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Step 8: Paint a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Cheddar paint then stamp “DAD” with the Scribbly Alphabet using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out the letters.

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Step 9: Stamp the heart from the Collaged Hearts Set using Fuchsia paint. Cut out the hearts.

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Step 10: Once everything is stamped and cut out, adhere it to your card with Adhesive foam, and add a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

audrey pettit My name is Cheiron Brandon. I live in Bayonne, New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day and love to play with stamps, ink and paint at night in my studio. I teach monthly card making and mixed media classes in NYC. You can find me on my blog at www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com and posting more often @cheiron on Instagram!

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit

June 5th, 2017

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Guest Designer Audrey Pettit shares with us how she crafted this cityscape card using Tim Holtz Distress® products just in time for Father’s Day!

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Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, here today with a Father’s Day project to share. I know creating masculine cards can sometimes be intimidating, and that’s when I’m always extra thankful for the world of Distress. As all that inky, grungy, aged, collage-style goodness is perfect for all those guy projects you may need.

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There are some images that always strike me as masculine in design, and the fabulous new Cityscape die collection from Tim Holtz and Sizzix are definitely one of those products. I have used the fun Cityscape Skyline die for my card today, along with lots of inky Distress techniques. I think the overall look is very graphic and masculine, perfect for my Dad’s Father’s Day card this year.

I’ve got the full tutorial to share, so let’s take a closer look.

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Step 1: To begin, create a side-folding standard A2 card base, and cover the front with patterned paper. Lightly distress some of the card edges using a distress tool, and then ink the edges with Brushed Corduroy and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.
Cut a 4.25” x 4” panel of blue Distress Cardstock. Randomly stamp the panel with label stamps using Chipped Sapphire Distress ink.

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Step 2: Spread Opaque Crackle Texture Paste around the edges of the blue cardstock panel using a palette knife. Set the paper aside to dry.

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Step 3: Once the paste is dry, add a bit of brown Distress Crayon to the crackled areas, and smooth the pigment into the cracks using a bit of water and the tip of your finger. The stamping underneath adds a very subtle design through the crackle paste that adds another layer of dimension. Stamp a few additional label images on top of the crackle paste, too. Adhere this panel to the left side of the card base. Wrap twine around the right edge, tying the ends into a simple knot. Leave the ends of the twine long.

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Step 4: Die cut the Cityscape Skyline from Ranger Watercolor Paper. Watercolor the buildings using a variety of Distress inks mixed with water, applied with a wet paintbrush.

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Step 5: Apply thin pieces of clear vellum to the backside of the die cut using collage glue stick. Trim away any vellum that extends off the edges of the buildings. Color the backside of the vellum in the window openings using Wild Honey Distress Marker.

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Step 6: Die cut a middle-sized Stitched Rectangle from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Using a wide paintbrush, brush clean clear water over the entire die cut rectangle. Press Distress Inks onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and mix the colors with a bit of water. Pick up the inks with a wet paintbrush, and apply the color to the die cut rectangle, letting the water move the inks. Allow the paper to dry a bit, and then add more ink color, if desired. Then allow the paper to dry completely. Apply Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to the edges of the rectangle using the Ink Blending Tool. Cut a piece of blue Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than the rectangle, sand it lightly, and adhere the rectangle onto the cardstock.

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Step 7: Cut a thin strip of the sanded blue Distress cardstock, and die cut the Father’s Day sentiment from the strip. Be sure to keep the small pieces that go inside the letters. Adhere the strip to patterned papers, and then add the small inner letter pieces using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. Cut the ends of the strips into a V-notch.

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Step 8: Adhere the Cityscape die cut to the bottom of the watercolored panel, cutting off the excess from the ends as needed. Add a bit of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the corners of the rectangle, and age with Distress Crayon once dry. Add foam adhesive to the back of the sentiment strip, and place it along the bottom edge of the panel. Place additional foam adhesive behind the finished panel, and adhere it to the center of the card base.

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Hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day! Enjoy!

audrey pettitMy name is Audrey Pettit. I live in Cary, North Carolina and have two wonderful kiddos, Peter and Nicole. I started scrapbooking and card-making about a decade ago after being invited to a friend’s house for a stamping party. That party opened my eyes to a whole new world of paper-crafting, and I have never looked back.  Visit Audrey’s blog at: AudreyPettit.Wordpress.com.