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50 Shades of Distress…(Well 64 to be Exact!) by Kassa Hayselsen

September 26th, 2016

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Our Guest Designer Kassa Hayselden shows us how to use Distress Paints to create this 50 Shades of Distress project!

Find Kassa’s tutorial in our Projects Library: 50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen

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50 Shades of Distress…(Well 64 to be Exact!) by Kassa Hayselsen

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen

Hi there everyone, uber excited to be back sharing more art using amazing stash with you all…
I looooves and adores color, so I often just get my paints out and ‘practice’ – the first part of today’s tutorial is just that, a cool way to fill a page with beautiful color whilst experimenting laying color down, whether it’s laying wet paint next to wet paint, wet paint over dry paint, similar colors together or opposites together, and not forgetting the Distress Splatter Brush fun! By the way, I have challenged myself to use the full range of Distress paints/reinkers on this piece but, like I said it’s a practice piece, an exercise in experimenting and having fun so you choose your colors and how many but I do like to throw in colors that I shy away from to stretch my capabilities…
As I take you through this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial, I share my tips and techniques of how I emulate ‘watercolor art’ using the amazing Distress Paints and Inks and I take the page further with a beautiful bee! _ whether you go with the bee too is up to you!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 1: Trim the watercolor paper to 8″x 8″ and stamp out on the smooth side of the paper the small patchwork pieces using the Hydrangea Ink, I only ink up the edges of the stamps giving a beautiful random edge to the patterns.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 2: I work 2 to 3 squares at a time but that’s not always the rule! I wet the area to be painted with clean water, then dab a little paint into it.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 3: Whilst the paint is still wet I add another color into it, with the wet on wet paint method I add similar colors together so that the paints mix they create a happy harmonious blend rather than creating mud. To add an opposite/complementary color I wait for the paint to dry (wet on dry method).

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 4: I’ve added a touch of red here, only a touch though because stronger colors will take over and swamp everything.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 5: I like to add the re-inkers cos the color is soooo intense, I use it at any stage, as the basecoat or like here mid-way through.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 6: If you need your colors to mix more simply add a couple of drops of clean water and let the water move your paints/inks.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 7: Here’s a mix of the greens/blues, the combinations are endless and sooo amazing.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 8: This one I’m sharing to show I even used my Distress Spray Stain – you can use any of the ‘Distress’ family products! And wow can you see how the tiny drop of the purple ‘Wilted Violet’ pops against the pinky hues!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 9: I’m quite happy for the paints/inks to spill out over the edges into the whitespace, splashing with clean water can help this to occur in a pleasing and easy way. 

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 10: When everything is dry, I love to add a little texture and pattern with my Distress Crayons and Mini Layering Stencils. Holding the stencil firmly in place I press the crayon firmly down over the stencil, scratching it up and down, this enables the crayon to be caught in the stencil holes.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 11: Still holding the stencil firmly down I then rub over the stencil which rubs the crayon through and onto the page, an easy and wowzer technique!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 12: Once I have added various shades of the crayons, I randomly doodle around some of the patchwork and crayon to emphasis them (the Fude Ball pen is so cool cos it loves to write over the crayons without clogging up!)  

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 13: So I have a little addiction to splats hahaha – Tim’s Splatter Brush is a dream for this or simply a brush but I prefer the random-ness of the splatter brush (and the fun eeeep!)

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 14: At this stage you can step back and call it finished, it is a standalone piece of art in itself or you can use it as a background too!!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 15: I used the smooth side up of watercolor paper to diecut the bee from. These dies and folders are so easy to use and the results are amazing. The texture is so deep!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 16: I wet the wings with water before adding various hues of paint.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 17: I add more and more thin layers of paints, whilst the wings are wet and also when dry.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 18: I did not wet the body and legs before painting. I add the color haphazardly so the lines remain soft.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 19: Gradually I add more and more layers a little at a time to give the bee depth, shading and highlight. The bee slowly comes to life!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 20: The bee’s wings look perfect with a flash of the shiny foil. Simply swipe the glue stick over the wings and press down the shiny foil (shiny side up), leave for a couple of minutes then carefully peel away to reveal the magical sparkle!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 21: Between the raised areas on the wings doodle in the “skeleton” lines of the wings with the Fude Ball pen.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 22: Add another layer to the wings with the Newsprint text stamp and Black Archival Ink.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 23: This next step is for the mini ‘honeycombs’ that the bee sits on. I spritz with water the leftover watercolor paper, then add dabs ‘n splats of paint. Spritz again if the paint isn’t merging.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 24: Whilst the paints are wet, pop the papers together and quickly peel apart to reveal an awesome background.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 25: And it’s more awesome with splats!!!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 26: Once the “honeycomb” background is dry die cut with the Sizzix “Honeycomb” Frameworks die. I also stamped a few of the die cuts with the “Newsprint” stamp and black ink.

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 27: For the final touches I sew round the edges of the multi-colored background, adhere the loose lengths of yellow/black cottons along with the bee and die-cut honeycombs. Then add a magical sparkle with three or four sprays of Mica spray. More splats and doodles of course and then cover your bee before spraying under him with the Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain. Hold the paper vertical so that the spray forms LUSH drips!

50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen
50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen
50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen
50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen

Awe thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ve had so much fun creating this little busy bee piece of summer, I’m at my happiest when I’m doin’ HAPPY ART – color spilling onto my paper = BIG SMILES all round 😀
mwah xoxo Kassa


Kassa Hayselden

My name is Karen Hayselden (Kassa). I’m from a glorious part of England – Yorkshire, where I loooves to drink copious amounts of Yorkshire tea swaperoo’d for red wine in the evenings. I live there with my hubby, beautiful daughter Chloë and my furry gang of 3, a pug named Sammy and my 2 large breed boisterous Leonbergers, Leo and Ruby…..lol Ruby the Leonberger often likes to get involved with ‘our’ art, tis her big nose she manages to shove into most projects, and more often than not her swishy tail is covered with gesso, paints and glitters! oozing colorful girliness! When it comes to art, I’ll give anything a go but my real love is mixed media filled with tiny detail….details that take me into my own little world and imagination – a happy place to be…..creating what I call my ‘Happy Art’……oh not forgetting coloring in, sooooo relaxing! And oh, doodles have to be in there too! – Sharing with lovely friends has to be the best part! How lucky am I – I only live 15 minutes away from the home of Dyan Reavely – Art from the Heart – and how exciting I’m teaching regular monthly workshops there – you can guess what we get up to…………we have Fun! Fun! Fun! with amazing Ranger Ink Lush Stash eeeeek! Up to our elbows and knee deep in it – YeY!!!!
My Blog:  http://kassadh.blogspot.co.uk
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/kassa.hayselden
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/karen.hayselden/
My Pinterest:  https://uk.pinterest.com/kxoxoh/

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

September 13th, 2016

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Learn how to create this festive Harvest Tablescape using Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks!

Find Taylor’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 1: Cut a length of Crinkle Ribbon to 50”. Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain to the ribbon. Set aside to dry.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Add a mixture of about 90% Valencia Alcohol Ink and 10% Blending Solution inside the jar. Swirl it around the inside until covered with ink. Spill out the excess into a disposable cup. Let dry. Repeat with additional layers of ink if needed.

 Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 3: Diecut some Tattered Leaves from White Yupo. You will need four leaves for each jar that you are making.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 4: To color the leaves, place a clean piece of felt on the Ink Blending Tool. Add several drops of Alcohol Ink in the colors desired on to the felt. Pounce the tool on the leaves until desired look is achieved. Start with a clean piece of felt for each additional leaf that you would like to make.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 5: Fold the leaves in half and curl the edges to give them some interest.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 6: Group four leaves together, one on top of the other. Punch a 1/8” hole into the group just below all the stems.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 7: Center the length of ribbon around the back of the jar and wrap it around so you have three layers. Insert the ribbon into the pile of leaves as shown.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 8: Tie a bow in the ribbon and trim edges if needed. Arrange the leaves so they are spread out a bit. Repeat the steps above for each jar that you would like to make.

Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

September 6th, 2016

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Signature Designer Wendy Vecchi shares with us this Cheers Card tutorial today featuring her Archival Inks!

Find Wendy’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton

August 15th, 2016

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Today we are featuring this Summertime Flowers tutorial by our guest designer Jade Sutton.

Find Jade’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton

Inspirational Media Board by Jenn Shurkus

August 1st, 2016

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Today we are featuring this Inspirational Media Board tutorial by our guest designer Jenn Shurkus.

Find Jenn’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Inspirational Media Board by Jenn Shurkus

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!

Find Wendy’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi

Crazy Patriotic Panels by Anita Houston

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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