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Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi

July 11th, 2016

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Signature Designer Wendy Vecchi shares with us this Give It All You’ve Got Card tutorial today featuring her Archival Inks!

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Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com It’s so awesome that Ranger has Acrylic Paints and Dye Inks that coordinate, and their color names are so fun. They are wonderful by themselves, but work beautifully together. The Dye Inks are permanent, waterproof, and translucent for great layering. I have used both of these products for these patriotic projects, and the bold colors are so striking, and really make this feel more festive. I made two because the stencils and stamps just worked so well together, and I thought both ideas would inspire you. The easels allow for easy set up and take down, and you can make different panels for all the special occasions in your life using the paints and inks, and of course change them out all year as needed. Happy Independence Day Ranger lovers!

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Glue the frame to the backing piece Multi Medium. Use the Glacier White Paint Dabber to paint the frame and sides of the back piece. Let this dry about 10 minutes, and then use the opposite end of a paintbrush (the side without the bristles) to make dots of paint around the beaded border of the frame, alternating Classic Cherry and Blue Ribbon. While the paints are out, lightly paint the letters ‘U’, ‘S’, and ‘A’ from the Letterpress Blocks, each one a different color…red, white, and blue. Let all of this dry.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Take two of the sheets of Distress Specialty Stamping Paper (SSP), or one if you are only making one panel. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool with clean foam, ink it up with Blue Ribbon Dye Ink, and color in both pieces of the paper, really coating it darkly and completely. The Ink glides nicely over this paper. Dry this with a Heat Tool. Anytime you use SSP, always dry wet ink mediums with a Heat Tool.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Lay the cat and/or bird stencil over the paper. Apply some Glacier White Paint to the Craft Sheet. Using another piece of clean foam on the Ink Tool, pick up some of the paint. Pounce it a little to even out the paint in the foam, but don’t get too much paint. If it’s coming out of the end of the foam where it meets the velcro on the tool, then you have too much. Hold the stencil securely so it doesn’t move, and pounce over the stencil with the paint. Go over it a few times to make sure your images are opaque. Let this dry naturally, and clean the foam and stencils with water immediately after use, since it’s paint.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Trim the piece of SSP into two pieces (or one) of about 5.5 x 7.75 inches, which is what the inside of the Framed Panel should be, but measure to make sure, and make adjustments. Lay the paper over a clean area of the Craft Sheet. Use some Tissue Tape that you have extra of, that is about 7/16 of an inch wide (just under a 1/2 inch), and begin equally taping down strips of the tape over the paper, leaving the first row white, and ending with a white row. You should have six rows of tape and seven rows of white area, 13 stripes in all, which is what the American flag has. Use another clean foam on the Ink Tool, and ink over the masked paper with Classic Cherry Ink, completely and darkly. Dry this with the Heat Tool.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Take the patriotic words stamp, and ink it with Classic Cherry. Stamp over the masked paper twice, side by side, reinking between each. Dry with a Heat Tool. Even though you used the same color ink over the stripes, the stamped ink can still be seen over the blended ink, because of the concentration of ink used. It’s a great look that is not too bold, but really adds impact to a background. Dry this with the Heat Tool, and while the paper is warm remove the tape slowly so you don’t tear the paper underneath. Heat helps it come off smoothly.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Take the patriotic words stamp again, and tape off the areas around the words ‘red, white, and blue’. Ink the words with Black Tie ink, and stamp the Letterpress pieces each with their corresponding colors. You won’t see what it says on the pieces, but the stamping gives a cool distressed look to them. Dry with the Heat Tool.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Take a craft pick and poke one hole in the top center of each Letterpress, moving the craft pick round and round and going deeper to make enough room for the string to go in, so they look like firecrackers. Take the red, white, and blue Tissue Tape, and wrap it around the sides of each piece. Repoke the hole through the pieces. Take the Paper String, and cut different lengths of the string no longer than an inch and a half. Fill the holes with Multi Medium, and push the strings in. Unravel the ends a bit. Lay the pieces down, and dab a little Glossy Accents over the letters. Let dry.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Take the red, white, and blue Tissue Tape, and stick it into the inside groove of the frame, pressing well. You can use a little Multi Medium on the areas that overlap on the tape to reinforce the adhesion. Take the red stars Tissue Tape, and wrap it around the outside of the frame edges, again using Multi Medium on the overlapping. Make sure all the Tissue Tape is stuck down well. Take Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain, and mist it over the edges and inside of the frame piece, making sure it goes into all the cracks of the frame. This will give it a more distressed look, and really bring out the beading on the frame. Dry this a little with the Heat Tool.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Take the blue and white stenciled pieces of SSP, and trim them down to 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches. Save the scraps. Ink the edges with Blue Ribbon ink. Add the adhesive strips to the back of the pieces, and adhere this to the upper left corner of the red and white striped pieces, to form the flag. Add more adhesive strips to the back of the flag, and adhere it to the frame backing. The flag was very bold in color, and to get it a bit more toned down and vintage looking, I spread a little bit of Vintage Collage Medium over the whole flag with a Collage Medium Brush. If you like it brighter, then skip that part. Let this dry, and clean the brush.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Take the scraps of the blue and white stenciled SSP, and use the Large Banner Paper Punch to cut out eight pieces to make the word ‘AMERICAT’ from the cat piece, or nine pieces from the bird piece to make the word ‘ABIRDICAN’. Of course they are not real words, but the play on them makes the whole theme of the flags come to life, and it’s fun! Take some scrap SSP from the larger piece used to make the flags, and ink over it with Classic Cherry Ink. Dry it. Add Adhesive Strips to the back, and then punch out stars for each banner piece. Remove the adhesive backing, and stick the stars to the bottom center of the banner pieces.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Ink the edges of the banner pieces with Blue Ribbon. Using Black Tie Ink and the Alphabet stamps, stamp the letters in the center of stars, pressing firmly so that the letter that hangs off the star will be seen. Dry all the pieces with the Heat Tool. Making sure your Dylusions Paint Pens are primed (pushing the nib down lightly until the paint is seen in the clear reservoir), trace around the letters with the white pen. If any black areas of the letters need filling in, use the black pen. Let these dry naturally.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Take the other two sheets of Distressed SSP, and stamp the cat twice and his accessories on one sheet, and the bird and his accessories on the other, using Black Tie Ink. Dry with the Heat Tool. To color in the images, you can use the Dye Ink with a Water Brush while the ink is wet, but you don’t get a blended water color look…it’s more clouded and distressed looking, and very interesting. To do this, apply the ink directly to the Craft Sheet straight from the pad. Quickly pick up the ink with the Water Brush, and paint over the areas you want, continuing to pick up ink, and not squeezing the Water Brush. It spreads nicely and takes layers well, but as you will see the ink doesn’t blend like it would if the ink was water based. Wherever this ink is, it stays and cannot be lifted up with water, because this ink is permanent. It allows for great layering though, without mudding up, which is why I like this technique. To change colors of ink though, you must use alcohol to clean the brush bristles between colors. The Water Brush does not take in any ink or alcohol in its reservoir, so it’s ready to use again with a new color of ink. Do this until all the images are colored, one color at a time. Dry with a Heat Tool.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Die cut the images with their corresponding Framelit Dies. Note: To add the hats on each figure, you need to use a craft knife to cut around the closest ear of the cat, and cut the opening of the hat that goes on the bird, and then adhere the hats in place. Use Foam Tape to layer the pieces onto each other, and then foam tape the backs of the finished figures to have them ready to go.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 14: To connect the banner pieces to the string, cut about a foot of Paper String to use, and tear off about one and a half inches of red and white striped Tissue Tape for each banner piece. Press the ends of each piece of tape on the backs of the banner pieces. Turn them over, and make sure the word will be read correctly, and space them out about 1/4 inch apart in a straight line. Lay the Paper String on top of the tape in the middle of the tape pieces, and centered so that there is about three inches of extra string on each side, and then fold over the tape pieces and adhere them onto themselves and on the top of the edges of each banner piece. The banner pieces should look like they are dangling.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Punch out more banner pieces but this time use black cardstock. Apply foam tape to the back of the blue banner pieces, and stick the black banner pieces to them but not centered, so you get a shadow look. Apply more foam tape to the back of all the banner pieces, except the first and last pieces, as they will be adhered with Multi Medium. Attach the banner to the frame with the foam tape, so that it’s rounded over the upper right corner of the frame, and the first and last banner pieces are hanging off of the frame, and adhere them. Take the extra string, and tie it in a knot, curl it up and secure it to the frame with Multi Medium. Glue on the Letterpress firecrackers with Multi Medium, and stick on the cat and/or bird figures. Adhere a large Mirrored Star next to the Letterpress, and smaller ones on the corners of the frame. Print out the sentiment ‘Proud to be an…’ using a computer, cut it out and mount it to black cardstock. Foam Tape the sentiment onto the frame inside the banner area, and adhere more Mirrored Stars around it.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Use red, silver, and blue Stickles to adorn the frame and figures. Let this dry a while, and then attach the frame to the completed Adjustable Easel. Wrap Paper String around the easel for more festive goodness.

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Crazy Patriotic Panels 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://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com/.

Distressed 4th of July Card by Bobbi Smith

June 27th, 2016

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi Smith

Today we are featuring this festive Distress 4th of July Card tutorial by our guest designer Bobbi Smith.

Find Bobbi’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Distressed 4th of July Card by Bobbi Smith

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz

June 24th, 2016

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Our Signature Designer & Creative Director Tim Holtz shares this great Alcohol Ink tutorial featuring the new White Yupo®. This mixed media project demonstrates how to blend Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks, add patterned imagery using stencils and Blending Solution, and also the process of how to heat emboss on this surface!

Find Tim’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa Hayselsen

June 20th, 2016

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa Hayselden

Our Guest Designer Kassa Hayselden shows us how to use Dylusions Paints with water to create this Sunshine and Daisies project!

Find Kassa’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa Hayselsen

Media Paint Combs with Dina Wakley

June 15th, 2016

Ranger Signature Designer Dina Wakley joins us today with a video showing some fun tips and techniques for using her Paint Combs!

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia

June 13th, 2016

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com

Our very own Kathy Paglia shares with us this Resin Paper Mini Book tutorial!

Find Kathy’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia

Father’s Day Card by Patti Behan

June 10th, 2016

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Our very own Patti Behan shares with us this Father’s Day Card tutorial!

Find Patti’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Father’s Day Card by Patti Behan

Scribbly Fellas Journal Spread by Denise Lush

June 6th, 2016

Scribbly Fellas Journal Spread by Denise Lush

Our Guest Designer Denise Lush shares with us this Scribbly Fellas Dylusions Journal spread tutorial!

Find Denise’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Scribbly Fellas Journal Spread by Denise Lush

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden

May 31st, 2016

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden

Our Guest Designer Kassa Hayselden shows us how to make this mixed media Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board!

Find Kassa’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden