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Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh

October 20th, 2014

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Ranger Ink welcomes guest designer Michelle McCosh to the blog today.  Michelle shares a great tutorials for a fall themed canvas that is perfect for your fall decor.  She also shares a great tip for customizing your Texture Paste.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |


  • Surfaces: Tim Holt Burlap Panel; Kraft Core Cardstock – Nostalgic Collection; chipboard
  • Mediums: Dina Wakley Gesso; Texture Paste; Glossy Accents
  • Archival Reinkers: Tree Branch, Potting Soil
  • Archival Ink: Orange Blossom, Tree Branch, Potting Soil
  • Distress Paint:  Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon
  • Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Pumpkin Parts, Ribbon Flag, and Honeycomb
  • Embossing Folders: Tim Holtz Texture Fade Collage & Notebook
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz Chitchat Sticker, Jute;
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil- Doily
  • Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous
  • Tools: Sanding Grip,  Palette Knife, Tonic Paper Distress Tool, Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • Adhesive: Ranger Foam Tape

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Using the palette knife spread gesso onto the center of your canvas and let dry.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Die cut the Pumpkin using chipboard, cover with gesso and dry.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Shake the distress paint (Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Ripe Persimmon) and dab some onto your non stick craft sheet, spritz with water.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Press and smear the chipboard through the paint mixture.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Dry with heat tool and repeat until you are satisfied with the color.  The stalk of the pumpkin gets colored with walnut stain distress paint.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Use the mini ink blending tool and tree branch archival ink to edge the individual pieces of the pumpkin. Assemble using foam tape in the centers of the chipboard.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Add glossy accents to the edges of the pumpkin pieces and hold down till the glue grabs.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Using your finger add Potting Soil Archival ink over the pumpkin to highlight some of the areas.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Put some texture paste onto your non stick craft sheet and add two drops of Tree Branch Archival Ink and one drop of Potting soil and mix thoroughly with the palette knife.

stencil and paste

Scrape the colored paste through the stencil.  Lift the stencil up and wash immediately.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Allow the paste to dry (about 5-10 minutes depending on the humidity) and dry brush some Antique Linen distress paint across the top of the texture paste.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Using Potting Soil ink stamp Be Thankful in the margin of a sheet of old music paper and cut out making a fish tail edge on the one side, distress the edges.  Use some Glossy Accents to adhere to the pumpkin.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Spritz Perfect Pearls spray onto the wheat and let dry.  Adhere to canvas when dry using Glossy accents.  Pop Pumpkin over the wheat using foam tape.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Cut three banner pieces and three hexagons from the kraft core cardstock and the hexagon & banner die.  Emboss the banners using texture fade and distress using the sanding grip.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Ink the edges of the chit chat stickers and pop up on the green hexagons and adhere them to the banners.  Fold over the edges of the banners and adhere to Jute String.  Glue the banner to the top of the canvas using Glossy Accents, attaching on the back of the canvas.

Be Thankful Canvas by Michelle McCosh |

Learn more about Michelle on her blog: Michelle McCosh.

DIY Fall Tattered Leaf Napkins

September 26th, 2014

Tattered Leaf Napkins by Paula Cheney |

Creating handmade projects is a great way to add unique touches to your home.   Today we are excited to share a guest tutorial from Paula Cheney!  She shares a lovely fall napkin project that takes a simple cloth napkin into a centerpiece fall table settings.

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Fall Discoveries Texture Paste Tag

September 18th, 2014

Fall Discoveries Texture Paste Tag by Tammy Tutterow |

Hello Ranger friends! It is Tammy Tutterow here with you today.  You may have read recently that I have joined the Ranger family as the new Social Media Manager.  Talk about a fun job!  One of the best parts of my job is creating with Ranger products and sharing what I create with you!  Today I am excited to share a fun tag project that includes new Distress Spray Stains, Texture Paste, and the new Texture Tools!

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Dina Wakley Media Whimsical Wood House – Tutorial

August 28th, 2014


While searching the web one day, we stumbled upon the talented Mixed Media Artist Micki Harper. Her vibrant colorful artwork immediately caught our attention, so we asked if she would share her talents with our fans.

Micki takes you step-by-step on how to make this fanciful house out of a scrap 2 x 4 wood piece, Dina Wakley Media Paints, Mediums and Accessories, and a little something from all of our Signature Designers.

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Summer Memories Tag Booklet

July 26th, 2014


Have you been taking a bunch of photos this summer, and don’t know what to do with them? Tara Nixon Cox has a great solution.  This super cute, quick and easy tag book is the perfect place to save those precious memories.

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Woodgrain effect on Specialty Stamping Paper

February 5th, 2013

When it comes to Distress Stains, the combinations are just limitless. Today we wanted to share this amazing technique by Tammy Tutterow. Tammy was able to create this great tag by using Distress Stains to create a fun woodgrain background.

What really makes this technique perfect is that it creates an interesting background that is still subtle enough as to not steal the show from the main subject of the tag. Head on over to Tammy’s blog see step-by-step instructions along with a video on how to duplicate the woodgrain look!

Tammy also used this technique again on her “Wood You Be Mine: Masculine Valentine Card,” proving how versatile it can be!

Collage stamping with Jacquiline from LaBlanche Stamps

September 10th, 2012

LaBlache Stamps at CHA Summer 2012

So many exciting things happened this year at the CHA Summer show. put together this amazing video that showcases Jacquiline from LaBlanche Stamps sharing some easy and amazing techniques on collage stamping and inking.

If you’ve seen the video, you may be wondering what products she used to create this look. We have the video, along with a materials list, available here so you can use these techniques on your next project.

Can’t get enough of LaBlanche’s videos? Check out this one that uses Distress Metallic Stains on the Specialty Stamping Paper too!

Project: Summer Blooms Canvas

June 29th, 2012

New on learn how to create a lovely canvas blooming with the beautiful colors of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints in a new project by Tara Nixon!

Project: Claudine Hellmuth Studio “My Life” Art Journal

June 22nd, 2012

Art journaling is all the rage these days, and is featuring a fabulous new journal project by Ronda Palazzari.  You will learn how to use Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints, Sticky-Back Canvas, Multi-Medium and Creative Layers Foam Stamps to create a picturesque journal cover.

Project: Misted Dylusions Layout

June 7th, 2012

New on check out this fabulous scrapbook layout by May Flaum, perfect for preserving your summertime memories!  May used Dylusions Ink Sprays in conjunction with Dylusions Stencils and Stamps to create a cheerful, colorful look.