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Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi

December 2nd, 2016

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Signature Designer Wendy Vecchi shares with us how to make these quick, easy, and adorable holiday towels using her Archival Ink!

Find Wendy’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi

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Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap under the area to be stenciled. This prevents ink from being transferred thru the towel.

Choose your Archival Inks. Place the “Merry Christmas” stencil over the striped area and use Painter’s Tape to mask off the surrounding area. This also holds the stencil in place.

Use Watering Can with the Mini Blending Tool to stencil.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Position the larger pine tree slightly to the left of center and stencil with Garden Patina. Use a Q-Tip to transfer Potting Soil ink to the tree trunk area.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place tape over the stripe to mask it off. Turn the stencil over to get a slightly different version of the tree. 

Position the tree so that the bottom is on the tape, allowing a shorter tree to be stenciled. Stencil the tree with Fern Green.

With the tape still in place, stencil a shorter tree to the left, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now switch to the small tree stencil. With tape in place, stencil a short small tree, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Now stencil the full small tree to the right, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Position the Polka Dotty stencil and line up a row of dots, directly under the striped border. Mask off the area above and below the dots and stencil one row of dots, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stencil a large and small star using Watering Can on the right side. Stencil a small star to accent the small tree on the far left.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Tap the spatter stamp onto the Watering Can pad and lightly add “snowflakes” around the trees.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Dry and heat set the inks with the Heat-It Tool or iron.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Additional Example: If you prefer more traditional holiday colors, here’s another example. 
This uses Fern Green, Jet Black, and Buttercup archival ink for the stars.

Tips & Hints:

  • Archival Ink is the ink of choice for stenciling on fabric, since it is waterproof and permanent when dry. These can be washed with no problem. As long as the ink is dry, the design is permanent.
  • Choose a towel with a small amount of texture. This adds to the texture of the trees.
  • Painter’s Tape holds the stencil securely in place and also keeps the background protected.
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  • The Mini Blending Tool is my choice for stenciling. The smaller footprint is perfect.
  • When stenciling on fabric, I find it best to tap, twist and turn the Blending Tool over the stencil. This seems to work perfect and it doesn’t stretch or move the fabric. Rubbing sometimes moves the fabric under the stencil.
  • Think holiday hostess gifts! I’m thinking these would be fun to send instead of a card!
  • These can be customized to fit any decor. Use traditional holiday colors or change it up like this towel. These can be created in 10 to 15 minutes. SERIOUSLY…it’s much quicker than writing the instructions!
  • Wendy Studio490 

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham

    November 28th, 2016

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Guest Designer Sandra Botham shares with us how to make this Winter Wishes Card using her favorite Dylusions products!

    Find Sandra’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com When it comes to Christmas I am quite traditional in my colour scheme. I tend to go with Red and Green most of the time and that is what I have done with this journal page.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 1: Gather together your journal page, paints and brayer.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 2: Taking your Postbox Red Paint and apply a small amount to your craft mat with a spatula and run your brayer over the paint to cover your brayer. Then brayer over your page. Do not worry if there is white showing it does not matter, in fact it is best if there is some. Repeat the above instructions but with the Cutgrass paint. (You do not need as much green paint as the red.)

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 3: Using the Journal Block and a pencil create a border all the way around your page. The depth of the border is up to you.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 4: Using the Holly border stamp from Christmas Borders set; add some holly coming down from the top of the page. I used Archival ink in Jet Black for this.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 5: Using Dylusions Black Marble Paint, paint the border in that you created earlier. Now leave your page to one side to dry thoroughly.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 6: Stamp, cut out and colour your images. I used: Ruby Rainbow – Body and legs. Christmas Accessories – Santa hat. Holly days – Hair. Escape – Head and bowtie. Puddy Cats – Cat. One Two Tree – Swing base. Dear Santa – Robin and presents.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 7: Using your Dylusions inks in a waterbrush, colour the holly leaves and berries at the top of the page. I used the same coloured inks as paints I used. (Postbox Red and Cut Grass)

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 8: Create your swing – Sit your strip across the page where you would like it. Once happy with where it is to go, stick it down. Create the chain part with a Dylusions black paint pen. (It’s up to you what type of doodle you do).

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 9: To create the crossed legs for the swing, cut the legs from your character and cross them over each other and stick down. Stick down all your other stamped images.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 10: Using the white Dylusions paint pen add some white pen work around the black border.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 11: Using the black Dylusions paint pen add a sentiment or saying to your page.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 12: Add a touch of Glossy Accents to the holly berries.

    Winter Wishes by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Sandra Botham

    My name is Sandra Botham and I am from Yorkshire, England, where I live with my Husband and 2 children. I am a coffee addicted, book loving, Art Journaler. Where my art is concerned I do not mind trying anything but I totally love the Dylusions range by Dyan Reaveley. I love to art journal, doodle, colour and create photo books too. I started my art journal journey taking classes at Dyan’s studio – Art From The Heart – in Harrogate, England. I am now totally honoured to be a tutor at this studio where I regularly teach workshops.

    My Blog:  http://redkittybcreates.blogspot.co.uk/
    My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/Sandra-Botham-Red-Kitty-B-Creates-204709782932926/
    My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/redkittybcreates/?hl=en
    I also run a Dylusions Facebook Challenge page with the backing of Dyan:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/708335769240903/

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston

    November 22nd, 2016

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Guest Designer Anita Houston shares with us how to make this Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card using Ranger products!

    Find Anita’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 1: Cut a piece of Watercolor Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 (or A6 size). You will be using the smooth side of the paper. Rub the Cool Graphite Dye Ink Pad over the back side (side with no wording) of the Quilted Texture Fade, and quickly place the Watercolor Cardstock, smooth side up, into the Texture Fade, so that the inked area will show on it. Run this through a die/embossing machine. Remove the cardstock from the Texture Fade, and clean it with a damp towel. You should see the stitched pattern on the cardstock.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 2: Tap the Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Powder (PPP) jar one time on the Craft Sheet, so that when you open it the powder is settled and doesn’t plume out. Rub Perfect Medium over the quilted surface on the card, and then pick up some of the powder with the smaller brush and add it to several areas on the card. Use the larger brush and tamp the powder down over the whole card. Brush off the excess, and clean the brushes with a soft cloth.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 3: Take a sheet of Kraft Cardstock, and mist it very well with Distress Refresher (You can also use Ink Refresher.). Let it sit for about 30 seconds, and then start crumbling up the paper in your hand to create wrinkles. Mist more Refresher as you go. Open the paper up. Cut about a 3×6 inch piece off and set that aside for a bit.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 4: Take the larger piece of Kraft, and begin applying Pink Bubblegum, then Merriment Red, and then Forever Red PPP onto the cardstock using the smaller brush, randomly over the Kraft. Use the larger brush and pounce the powder over the paper. Brush off excess, and clean the brush and Craft Sheet.

    Repeat the same technique steps from the larger piece, but using the smaller piece of Kraft and the Forever Green and Festival Green. Dry both pieces with the Heat Tool.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 5: Die cut the red PPP sheet with the Tattered Poinsettia Die. Cut several flowers to have on hand. Die cut the green PPP sheet with the Ivy portion of the Mixed Media Christmas Thinlit. Take some of the green PPP scraps and die cut a few petals of the poinsettia to use as leaves. Set these aside.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 6: Take the three Black Surfaces Tags and add Adhesive Sheet to the back of them.  Coat them with Black Pearl Liquid Pearls using a Palette Knife on the front side, as smooth as you can. Let these dry, and clean the Palette Knife. Die cut these with the Lattice Frameworks Bigz Die, as well pieces of Kraft and Watercolor Cardstock with Adhesive Sheet on the backs (Both 2.5×5.5). Set all these aside.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 7: Take a small piece of Kraft Cardstock (2×3), add Adhesive Sheet to the back, trimmed to size, and coat it with Garnet Liquid Pearls with a Palette Knife on the front. Tap over it once coated with the Palette Knife to create texture on it. It will dry like this. Clean the Palette Knife, and once the piece is dry, die cut it with the Noel word from the Vintage Tidings Thinlits. Set aside.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 8: Add an Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Quilted Watercolor piece, and mount this onto red cardstock. Add more Adhesive Sheet onto the back of the red to be ready for later. Take the Onyx Pearl Lattice pieces, and arrange them in a triangular shape along the left side of the card, cut off extra pieces. Peel off the backing and adhere them to the card so that they look like one solid piece. Add diamond pieces of the Onyx Pearl, Kraft, and Watercolor into some of the openings of the lattice, and peel off the backing to stick down. You will have lots of pieces left over for more cards or future projects, so save them. Peel off the backing of the Noel and stick it down to the upper right portion of the card.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Step 9: Ink over the wrinkles of the poinsettias directly from the pad of the Classic Cherry Dye Ink. Using an Ink Blending Tool to ink the edges of all the petals. Ink the edges of the ivy and leaves with Electric Lime and an Ink Blending Tool. Punch three small holes in the middle of the smallest flower with the hole punch. Affix three Tiny Fasteners in the holes. Layer the poinsettia pieces biggest to smallest and use Black Foam Tape between them to give the flower depth.

    Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Anita HoustonMy name is Anita Houston, aka, The Artful Maven, and I have been crafting ever since Jr. High School along with my mother. Touching, manipulating, and creating pieces to make something wonderful makes me happy! I love everything paper, paint, wax, metal, wood, and all things Ranger. I was fortunate to be selected to go to Ranger U in 2012, and have been teaching and designing Mixed Media Art ever since. You can see my work on my website at : http://www.artfulmaven.net/.

    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.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

    November 16th, 2016

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga | www.rangerink.com

    Looking for a personalized and simple DIY gift this holiday season? Taylor Huizenga shares with us how to make one-of-a-kind coasters using your very own photographs and ICE Resin®!

    Find Taylor’s tutorial in our Projects Library: ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

    With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gift ideas for those special people in our lives. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, so why not make a set of personalized coasters using your very own photographs this year!

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 1: Begin by choosing the images you would like to use. For this project, I used 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” glazed white tiles, so I made the photos 3 5/8” w x 3” h. Once the images are sized, print on cardstock and cut out.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 2: Working on a craft sheet, coat the cut out images with ICE Resin® Paper Sealer. Be sure to evenly coat the front, back and sides of the paper. Let Paper Sealer dry completely before continuing on.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 3: Once your images have completely dried, grab your tiles and place them on your craft sheet. Before working on your tiles, wipe them down with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to make sure the surfaces are clean. Paint a coat of Paper Sealer on the back of the images. Once painted, turnover and place on the tile. Repeat for each tile. Let dry.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 4: Mix ICE Resin® according to the instructions on the labels. Begin with adding 1 oz. of Part A Resin to your mixing cup, followed by 1 oz. of Part B Hardener. Slowly fold the two parts together until well mixed. Continue mixing thoroughly for 2 minutes until the resin becomes slightly opaque. Let rest for 5 minutes before using.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 5: Slowly pour a small amount of ICE Resin® into the center of your coaster. Be sure to not over pour, remember it is easier to add more if needed then it is to remove if you’ve added to much. Using your stir stick slowly push the resin out to the edges. ICE Resin® is self-doming which allows for it to be worked all the way to the edges and not overflow, as long as the resin is not over poured and there is too much.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 6: Once all coasters have been coated in ICE Resin® set aside. Let dry overnight.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 7: When your ICE Resin® coasters have fully hardened, attach vinyl bumpers to the four bottom corners of the tiles to help prevent the tiles from scratching any surfaces while using the coasters.

    Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley

    November 14th, 2016

    Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com

    Signature Designer Dina Wakley shares with us how to make this adorable Autumn Leaves Mini Book from her Dina Wakley Media line products!

    Find Dina’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Autumn Leaves Mini Book by Dina Wakley