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You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch

February 16th, 2017

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Guest Designer Miranda van den Bosch shares with us how how to make a Dylusions inspired letter rack to dress up your work space!

Find Miranda’s tutorial in our Projects Library: You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch

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You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

I love getting and sending letters. An email is quick and easy but a handmade card or handwritten letter is more personal; don’t you think so too? The only bad thing is that the cards I receive are lying around everywhere. I don’t have a proper place to store them. So time to make myself a Dylusions style letter rack.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I started with adding a thin layer of gesso to the letter rack. The letter rack is made of MDF which is brown. The colours won’t come out so brightly if you don’t add a layer of gesso first. Untreated, the MDF will absorb a lot of the paints also, which is a waste of paints. Pick out some nice Dylusions colours (I’ve used Cherry Pie , Crushed Grape, Tangerine Dream and Bubblegum Pink) and add the paints with a Mini Blending Tool to the surface of your letter rack. Mind that you don’t blend the Tangerine Dream (orange) with the Crushed Grape…you will create mud if you do. I’ve used the red and pink as a border between the orange and the purple, because both the red and pink go well with either the orange or the purple. Choose a few stencils and use the Mini Blending Tool to add some structure to all the sides of the letter rack. Use one stencil with White Linen, white will make the colours pop. Let all the sides dry and assemble the letter rack.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Now that the painting is finished, I start with decorating the letter rack. I stamped a lot of the Doodle Blooms with Archival Ink (Jet Black) and recoloured all the black parts of the stamped image using the Dylusions Paint Pen in Black Marble. I hardly ever think that the stamped image is black enough so I normally colour all the black parts again with a paints pen. Glue all the flowers to the letter rack using gel medium (matte). I drew some stems with the Dylusions paint pens Black Marble and White Linen. For the leaves I used the Branching Out stamp set. Cut out the leaves in pairs or singles and glue them on the stems of the flowers. And the letter rack is finished.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Here you see all sides of the letter rack. In the end I decided to add a little birdy and a caterpillar from some older Dylusions stamps sets.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: For this project I also made a card (a5 size). I have painted the background in exactly the same way as shown in Step 1. I stamped the flowers of the Anatomy of a Page set on my background and on a separate piece of watercolour cardstock. I coloured the flowers on the watercolour cardstock with coloured pencils. Cut out all the flowers and glue them to the stamped ones on the background. This way I don’t have to cut out all the stems and tiny leaves.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: For the rest of my card I stamped a variety of stamps and just started colouring.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: For this background I used Tangerine Dream, Bubblegum Pink and Funky Fuchsia. In the end I used one of the Doodle Blooms, a Puddy Cat and at the top I used the new Foliage set.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: I have decorated an envelope, as well. Kept it quite simple just by using a stencil (Flower Pop) and the Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Mica Spray. I might add some doodling later, if I know to whom I will send the card. Make the envelope a bit more personal too.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

And this is the letter rack with the card and envelope.

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/

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki

February 13th, 2017

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Guest Designer Carisa Zglobicki shares with us how how to make this Dina Wakley Media art journal spread just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Find Carisa’s tutorial in our Projects Library: You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! I love the Face in the Crowd stamp set and thought I could pair it beautifully with Scribbly Wings and create a valentine note to myself in my art journal so that is the inspiration behind my page today.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Creative Journal Black so I started prepping my page with Dina Wakley Media Clear Gesso. I was curious to see how the colors would show against the dark background, that’s why I chose clear gesso over white. I pulled out all my red colors of Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic which included Ruby, Fuchsia, Magenta and Blushing. Then using the 1″ flat brush, added color randomly on my page without cleaning my brush in between picking up colors. This created different shades and tones of each color on my page. I also created some texture by dipping the end of my paintbrush into white paint and tapping on my page. I used a paper towel to lift up some of the extra and also leave behind more texture. Some got on my fingers so I just swiped that on the page as well! Nothing is wasted here!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: While I wanted the primary color of my page to be the different shades of reds, I also wanted to break that up some so I pulled out the Factured Circles stencil. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, I added some Elephant paint through the stencil. I love the way this breaks up the intensity of the red on my background. I also sprayed a bit of the Lapis Mica Spray on my page and soaked it up with my paper towel since my paint was dry, it was mostly pooling on my page and I didn’t want the blue to be too noticeable.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: While the previous step was drying, I layed out some of my Printed Dina Wakley Media tapes onto my Ranger Craft Sheet. I added color with the 1/2″ flat brush using the colors I already laid down on my background although this time I did wipe off my brush on a paper towel so the color would be more true.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Using the tapes once they were dry, I layered them into a very abstract heart shape and then added additional texture with the Scribbled Text Elements stamp set. I stamped them with the Dina Wakley Media Permanent Mixed Media Ink Palette in Ruby and Night. It was interesting to see the Ruby react to the other layers on my page because it almost looks reddish orange in different lights. I love happy surprises as I’m playing in my art journal!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I knew I wanted to create a heart on my page, so I just painted it on using the 1/2″ flat brush and adding some glazing medium to the white paint that I already had on my Craft Sheet. I watered that down and also added some paint splatters here.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Finally, I added my main focal images. I stamped the girl from Face in the Crowd first using Night ink and then I placed the wings around her from the Scribbly Wings set also stamping in Night. I highlighted the wings a bit the Ranger White Opaqu Pen and added some Fairy Dust stickles. I love coloring and just had to add a little bit of color to my girl so I pulled out Distress Crayons in Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick and Broken China just to bring her to life. Using the Fude Ball pen in Black I loosely outlined my heart because it was getting lost. I added a little bit of white paint just under my girl and stamped my sentiment You Are Enough on Blank Dina Wakley Media tape to add as my love note. Just a gentle reminder to us all. One of the things I love most about Dina Wakley’s art is the emotion it evokes in me as I look at each piece she creates and the sentiments that are included in her sets embody that beautifully!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed love letter art journal page. It is fun to create using one color in different shades. It’s slightly monotone even though I brought in some neutrals to soften it up just enough. {final}Thank you, Ranger, again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to pull out your art journals and see what you can create with just one color family! Also, I think we could all use a little more love letters from ourselves, so I encourage you to give that a try – art journals are the perfect place to practice a little more self love.

Carisa ZglobickiCarisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and watercoloring enthusiast.  You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

February 10th, 2017

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Guest Designer Milagros Rivera shares with us how how to make this Valentine’s Day inpsired art journal spread using Dylusions and Dina Wakley Media products!

Find Milagros’ tutorial in our Projects Library: Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

February is here and love is in the air! Hearts, red and pink scream everywhere you go and they just make me happy! This time of the month I get to create sweet Valentine’s for loved ones, they want special cards, notes, packages to show their loved ones how much they mean to them. Personally, I love to add a new entry in my art journal that will for sure inspire a card and with so many products to choose from well it’s easy to be excited about crafting!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 1: The Scribbly Girls stamps by Dina Wakley has some scribbly heart goodness and my palette is Ruby, Bubblegum Pink, White Linen and Gold.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 2: Using an old credit card, a Craft Scraper or a spatula, scrape some paint in a random pattern across your page. We are creating a happy background here, just get messy and free!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 3: Grab one of Dyan’s stencils and using the White Linen and your brush, in my case, my fingers, fill some random circles in your background. I’ve chosen to go on a diagonal for eye movement!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 4: Using your Emboss it Ink Pad, along with some Gold Embossing Powder, stamp the scribbly hearts in your journal page.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 5: The fun part about using a Fude ball pen is that you get to write over acrylic paint! Take advantage of the curves. Dyan’s acrylic block is not just for stamping. It’s made for a lot of things, one of them journaling! Using your pen, draw curvy lines to write in your page.
Once your lines are written go over your chosen words in long and short strokes filling up your lines.
You can finish it up by adding some small talk stickers!

Milagros RiveraHello! My name is Milagros C Rivera and I’m a mixed media artists who loves to explore and experiment with all kinds of mediums. I was raised in a creative home, everybody did something ceramics, sewing, baking, jewelry, wood, glass, no medium was off limits! I continue to play and learn without having to restrict myself to just one thing! I live in the sunny island of Puerto Rico with my husband, 2 amazing kids and a menagerie of pets that make my life complete! I’m currently on the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Relics and Artifacts. You can find me on my blog as well as follow me on Instagram, Snapguide, and YouTube.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch

February 6th, 2017

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Guest Designer Miranda van den Bosch shares with us how how to make this Valentine’s Day themed journal spread using Dylusions products!

Find Miranda’s tutorial in our Projects Library: My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Every year on February 14th many people send cards and presents to their loved ones in honour of St. Valentine. Dylusions has quite a few products that you can use to make something special for your Valentine. I decided to dedicate my journal pages to all the animals, because I just looooooove animals.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: For this blogpost, I went back to the wonderful Dylusions Inks. You can put paints exactly on the spot you want it to be, with the inks you can’t. Inks live a life of their own and that is what I love about the inks, you can’t control them. So you’re in for some unexpected treasures when you start using them.
For my project I used Pure Sunshine, Bubblegum Pink, Cherry Pie, White Linen and bubblegum pink micas pray.
I also used a spray bottle of water and a large flat brush.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Spray some water on your page. Spray the inks in the water, slap your brush in the ink and splatter the ink around and then hold your journal straight up so the ink runs down onto the other page. I didn’t cover the whole page with ink, but I left quite a bit white which is always a bit scary….

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Take a stencil (I used flowers) and spray water through the stencil (1). Pick up your stencil and flip it and press onto your page. This way you will get a negative and positive print of your stencil (2).

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: For the next step, I used 2 other stencils (cobwebs and hearts) and spray some ink through your stencil (1). Flip over your stencil and press the ink on your page (2).

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: This is how the page looks now. Ready for the next few steps.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I have used the Bubblegum Pink Mica Spray as well. The Mica Spray give your project a lovely shimmer. I tried to take a photograph of the shimmer, but I’m not sure if you can see it clearly this way.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Now it is time to start decorating the pages. I stamped the images on smooth watercolour paper using Jet Black Archival Ink. I coloured all the images with coloured pencils (different brands). Before I glue down the images to the page, I use the Dylusions Paint Pen (Black Marble) to trace all the black parts of the images. The paint in the paint pens is the same as the Dylusions paint jars and it dries quickly. So to keep your pen going, clean the nib regularly with a baby wipe. You also have to shake the pen now and then and press down the nib to fill the reservoir with paint. Don’t bang the nib on the table, because this will break your pen.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: All the images are coloured and cut out. Now it’s time to decorate the rest of the page.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: For the border I used a stamp from the ‘Around the Edge’ stamp set (1) . Don’t worry if you are not able to stamp it neatly, you can always correct that later with a paint pen. For the dangling hearts I used this lovely heart stamp from the ‘Inbetweenies’ stamp set (2). I use a sticky note to protect the border while stamping the hearts.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: I used Dylusions paints (Black Marble), a mini ink blending tool and a heart stencil (from the suits stencil set) to add a few hearts to the page. And this is how the page looks so far. Now it’s time to glue down the images.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: The stamp sets I used are Passage Of Time (body), Oh Deer! (head), Puddy Cats and Puppy Dog Tales. Glue down all the images to your page using the Ranger Glue Stick. For the finishing touch I journaled a little in the black hearts using the Dylusions paint pen (White Linen). The anonymous quote was found on the internet.

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/

Bloom by Tracy Scott

January 26th, 2017

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Guest Designer Tracy Scott gets your creative juices flowing with this bright spring inspired project using Dylusions products!

Find Tracy’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Bloom by Tracy Scott

Bloom by Tracy Scott

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Hey there beautiful people…I am thrilled to have been asked back by the amazing Ranger team to share another project with you today.
It’s very cold in the UK at the moment but that doesn’t stop me thinking about the coming of Spring and the long lazy days of summer. With that in mind I wanted to create a bright and cheerful project for you to get those creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed creating it…

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Gather fabric scraps, I used old pieces of lace and ribbons as well as a pack of the Dylusions Blank Self Adhesive Canvas.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Take a sheet of the self-adhesive canvas, peel off the backing and press the sticky side against an old piece of cloth a few times to get rid of the stickiness then cut some slits in the end approx. ¼ inch apart. Hand tear each strip (some will curl more than others).

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Arrange the pieces of lace, fabric and ribbons onto the canvas gluing down with Matte Medium and then glue the torn canvas strips at one end only allowing them to hang loose on the canvas. Once all the fabric is on using Texture Paste and your palette knife I added some texture with the Dylusions large leaf stencil.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now cover the whole canvas including the fabric scraps with a coat of white gesso.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Gather up your chosen paint colours and a water mister bottle.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Take your first colour (I chose Vibrant Turquoise mixed with White Linen) and spritz with water to give a runny consistency.
Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Hold the canvas at 90 degrees and start adding the colour to the canvas allowing it to start to run. If it’s not running as much as you’d like, then spritz directly with some more water.

**please note I like to dry with a Heat Tool between each paint colour**

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Repeat step 7 with more colours (this time I chose Melted Chocolate and Funky Fuchsia mixed with a little white) For the lace and fabric along the bottom of the canvas I turned the board on its side so the drips are running in line with the direction of the fabric.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: I then went back in with some of the Vibrant Turquoise, Funky Fuschsia and Fresh Lime, but this time I didn’t mix with any white so I would get bolder brighter colours. Repeat step 7 until you are happy with the result.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Dry the canvas completely and then using the Vibrant Turquoise and Funky Fuchsia I mixed the colours with water and loaded up a paint brush. Lightly tap off over the canvas to create splatters.

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Step 11: Next I stamped the roses from the ‘Branching Out’ stamp set directly onto the canvas board in various places along the edges of the fabric. I then painted with a mix of Pomegranate Seed, Funky Fuchsia and Bubblegum Pink.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped out some more of the roses and also one of the flowers from the ‘Doodle Blooms’ stamp set into smooth white card.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: I painted the flowers, again using a mix of Pomegranate, Funky Fuchsia and Bubblegum Pink. I then cut out the flowers and adhered to the canvas using 3D foam.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 14: Next I mixed some of the white paint with water so that it was runny and loaded up a brush, tapping it over the canvas and flowers to create more splatter.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 15: Next I used a fine brush and some Matte Medium to add areas of glue to the canvas, I then sprinkled with the Enchanted Gold Embossing Powder and heat set to add some sparkly accents.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 16: For the next step I used Tim’s alphabet stamps and stamped the word ‘Bloom’ onto smooth white card using the Embossing Ink Pad.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 17: I covered the stamped word with the Black Embossing Powder and heat set to give a glossy raised finish.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 18: For the finishing touch, using Tim’s scissors (they have a nice sharp point which is perfect for cutting out small shapes) I cut around the letter and then adhered to my canvas using the 3D foam tape.