Guest Designer Audrey Pettit shares with us how she made decorated a plain journal cover using a Distress Oxide designed tag!
Guest Designer Audrey Pettit shares with us how she made decorated a plain journal cover using a Distress Oxide designed tag!
Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, and I’m so excited to be here today sharing a spring-inspired art tag project with you featuring lots of different ways to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!
I know you’ve all been as excited about the new ink pads as I have, and if you don’t own them yet, I know you’re going to love them! This fun tag uses the Oxide Inks in many different ways, including ink blending, water blending, water coloring, and even stamping. Let’s take a closer look.
Step 1: To begin, die cut a tag shape from Mixed Media Heavystock paper, or select one of Ranger’s many ready-made tags. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, blend Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks onto the tag. This puts down a nice base layer of color as a starting point.
Step 2: Swipe both Distress Oxide Ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spray the inks with water using a Distress Sprayer. Dab the front of the tag into the ink mixtures. You can repeat this process as many times as you wish to achieve the color intensity you are looking for. Just be sure to dry the tag with a Heat Tool between each layer of ink.
Step 3: Place the Latticework stencil over the top of the tag, and blend Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink onto select areas of the tag using an Ink Blending Tool with foam.
Step 4: Place the Dot Fade stencil onto the tag, and blend Broken China Oxide Ink onto other areas of the tag. You can spray the tag with the Distress Sprayer after these steps to get the ink to blend and oxidize.
Step 5: Ink up a Reflections stamp with the Broken China Oxide Ink, and repeatedly stamp partial images onto random areas of the tag.
Step 6: Die cut a second tag from Memoranda Paper Stash Paper. Trim off a 2” wide section to add as a layer on your tag. Be sure to save the hole re-inforcer shape from the die, too. Using a palette knife, apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges and corners of both the tag and the patterned paper section. Set the paper aside to dry.
Step 7: Blend brown Distress Crayon onto the crackle paste, and blend the pigment into the cracks, wiping away any excess. If the pigment doesn’t move for you, try dipping the tip of your finger into water and rub it over the crayon to blend. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using the Ink Blending Tool. Adhere lace trim to the bottom of the patterned paper piece using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Then adhere the paper to the bottom of the tag (Don’t place adhesive along the very top edge of the patterned paper, though). Stitch across the bottom edge of the paper, if desired. Adhere the hole reinforcer to the top of the tag.
Step 8: Lightly ink the Quote Chips with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Adhere them to the patterned paper section using Multi Medium Matte. Slip an Idea-ology Index Clip onto the top edge of the patterned paper. Tie a small piece of natural hemp twine around the clip, trimming off the ends into a small knot. Ink a Clipping Sticker sentiment with brown Distress Ink to add to the right side of the tag.
Die cut a variety of Scroll and Wildflower shapes from Ranger Watercolor Paper. Ink the scroll shapes with green Distress Inks using the Ink Blending Tool. I used Cracked Pistachio Oxide and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for mine. Apply a bit of Brushed Corduroy Ink around the edges. Spritz with the Distress Sprayer, and blot dry. Apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges, and set aside to dry. Add Distress Crayon to the leaves to bring out the crackle pattern.
Watercolor the Wildflower shapes using a mixture of Distress Markers and Oxide Inks. Apply Gloss Accents to some of the flowers, and set them aside to dry.
Step 9: Ink a section of lace with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Thread the lace through the top of the tag, and tie a double length of natural twine around the lace to secure it in place. Tie the twine into a bow, and trim the ends as needed.
Step 10: Adhere the Scroll leaves and Wildflowers to the tag, tucking the ends behind the strip of patterned paper. Use foam adhesive behind sections of the foliage to help define the layers. Outline the chipboard and sticker sentiment pieces with Wild Honey Distress Marker. Highlight portions of the tag edges and corners with the marker, too. Smooth out the ink using a wet paintbrush.
Guest Designer Cheiron Brandon shares with how she created this Frida inspired multiple art journal spreads!
I love the Homage to Frida stamps from Dina Wakley, and I could not wait to play with these stamps in the new Mixed Media Journal. The substrates in this journal are amazing, there are four different surfaces to play on. For this post, I am working on the cotton rag watercolor paper pages and the canvas page to create a cutout window. Follow along below to see all the steps I took to create this page.
Step 1: To create the focal image, stamp the Frida stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink, and use a black Fude Ball pen to “extend” the lines of the stamp image to make the image look a bit longer. Then color around the image with a wash of watered down Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Turquoise paint.
Step 2: Color the face and hair of the image in with Scribble Sticks, and use the detail brush from the short handled Dina Wakley Media Brushes with some water to blend the color.
Step 3: To create the textured look on Frida’s dress, apply paint in White, Gilt and Elephant. Use the Dina Wakley Media Tool to create texture in the paint.
Step 4: Now it’s time to create the garden! Stamp the Sketched Fronds in various colors (Lime, Evergreen, Lemon, Cheddar) using both the solid and outline frond stamps. To apply paint to my stamps, I used an Ink Blending Tool with Foam and picked up the paint that I had applied onto my Non-Stick Craft Sheet. (Be sure to wash the paint off your stamps as soon as you are done).
Step 5: Once the garden is complete, add some splatter by watering down Ocean, Cheddar and White paint, flicking each color on the page using a Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush. (You may want to cover up your focal image with a mask so you don’t get any unwanted splatter on it).
Step 6: To create the canvas window, cut a heart in the page so Frida’s face will show through. Then add a piece of deli paper between the pages to protect the completed garden page. Brush on paints in Magenta, Fuchsia, Ruby, White and Mandarin using the largest paintbrush from the Dina Wakley Media Brushes until you achieve a blended look. Let it dry and do the same on the opposite side of the canvas page.
Step 7: To give the window added texture press the Spaced Dots stencil into the paint remaining on your palette then press it onto the canvas for a monoprint effect. Let it dry and do the same on the opposite side of the canvas page.
Step 8: Once the paint is dry, ink the inside of the heart with Black Archival Ink using an Ink Blending Tool with Foam to make the image inside the heart pop even more.
Step 9: I did not want to leave a blank two page spread, so I completed the left side page very similar to my first garden page by adding a wash of Turquoise paint, stamping a garden and creating splatter.
Step 10: Once this page is dry, add a few butterflies from the Scribbly Flowers and Insects set. Color them with Scribble Sticks, then cut them out and adhere them with Collage Medium to complete the two-page spread.
Here’s a shot of the completed page.
And another shot of the backside of the cutout page.
I hope you will try to create a garden scene or cut out page for yourself!
Guest Designer Miranda van den Bosch shares with how she crafted this lovely Spring inspired art journal spread using Dylusions products!
Now that SPRING is here, the days are slowly getting longer and on some days it feels a bit warmer, it inspired me to make a spread about spring in my journal.
Step 1: I wanted the word SPRING to cover the whole page. Because it’s always hard to rub away pencil-lines on backgrounds painted with acrylic paints, I did the handlettering first. When I was satisfied with the size and shape I went over to paint the background.
Step 2: I used Dylusions paints for creating the background. I used London Blue, Lemon Zest and White Linen. The London Blue and Lemon Zest blend to a lovely colour green. By using the White Linen while I was blending, I was able to create more pastel-like colours.
Step 3: When you look closely to the background, you will still be able to see the word spring. I traced the lines with Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen and coloured the letters using Black Marble Paint and a brush.
Step 4: Now that the word is coloured, I started on decorating the borders using the Oodles of Foliage Set. The new leaf set is really very cool. Don’t you think so, too? I love using leaves, they always add a little extra to your pages. You can colour the leaves green or black…they always look fabulous.
Step 5: I took 6 images from both the Mini Me and Mini Moo stampsets. I wanted an image for every letter in the word spring. The new images are so lovely and quite a few of my favorite ones from older sets are now available as a mini. I decided to give one new arms, so I could make her climb down the letter N.
Step 6: I also cut off the legs and glued them down again, this time a slightly bit tilted.
Cut out all the images and glue them down to your page with the Ranger gluestick.
Step 7: After I glued down all the images, I thought there was something missing in the background. I found this cute flower in the How Does your Garden Grow set. I coloured all the flowers using a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and the Dylusions Paints Cherry Pie, White Linen, Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Tangerine Dream.
Step 8: After colouring all the flowers, I traced the line again using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen.
Step 9: For the final touch, I wrote down “is in the air” with the Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen. Now I am satisfied with the result. I really enjoyed making this spread and I hope you will, too. Happy Spring!
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/
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Guest Designer Bobbi Smith shares with us how she made this Tim Holtz Oxides Vignette box inspired by spring time!
Hi everyone, Bobbi here! I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger Blog today! I’ll be creating this Vignette Tray perfect for spring!
Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet white wash the Vignette Tray and Vignette Panel front, back and sides using some watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint. You want the paint to be somewhat transparent on the wood. Allow to air dry or you can speed up the process with the Heat It Tool. After dry, splatter the Vignette Tray and Vignette Panel with Picket Fence Distress Paint using the Distress Splatter Brush. Load bristles with the paint then pullcback bristles with fingers and release to create the splatters. That is such a fun tool. Allow to air dry or use Heat It Tool.
Step 2: Take a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack. Trim it down to 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 with non-stick scissors. Paint a thin layer of Dina Wakley Media Black Gesso on burlap leaving some areas still exposed. Allowed to air dry thoroughly or use Heat It Tool. Place the Flourish Layering Stencil over top of gessoed burlap and tack down with tape to Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using a Mini Ink Blending tool with foam, pick up Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink from pad. Working in a circular motion, apply Oxide Ink with Blending Tool over layering stencil to the burlap. Move layering stencil to the right to continue the pattern.
Step 3: Carefully lift the layering stencil and dry inked burlap with Heat It Tool. To really activate that oxide look, spray droplets of water using Distress Sprayer onto inked surface of burlap. Then dry with Heat It Tool. Add splatters for additional interest using Picket Fence Distress Paint and the splatter brush to burlap. Then dry with Heat It Tool.
Step 4: Cut a piece of Ranger Kraft Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5. Apply Flourish pattern with Layering Stencil using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and blending foam to Ranger Kraft Cardstock, moving stencil to continue pattern. Lift stencil and dry Ranger Kraft Cardstock with Heat It Tool. Spray droplets of water using Distress Sprayer onto inked background to activate oxide look then dry with Heat It Tool. I just can’t help but say it…“that is so cool”!
Step 5: Using the Quilted Texture Fade, run the Ranger Kraft Cardstock through a diecut machine to create the raised texture on the surface. Cut Ranger Kraft cardstock in half, so you have two 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 pieces. Then shade edges of cardstock with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool. Then dry with Heat It Tool.
Step 6: I added a few more water spots with just a bit more water droplets using the Distress Sprayer onto the Ranger Kraft Cardstock. Then dry with Heat It Tool. I have so much fun adding layers upon layers of interest to a piece. Swoosh a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide onto the Non-Stick Craft sheet along with water droplets using the Distress Sprayer and pick up color with splatter brush. Splatter ink onto Kraft Cardstock and dry with Heat It Tool. Distress edges of cardstock with Ranger Bone Folder.
Step 7: Adhere both pieces of Ranger Kraft Cardstock to the top and bottom of the Vignette Tray with Glossy Accents. Then take the paper backing off of the burlap exposing the adhesive. Adhere burlap to center of Vignette Tray, leaving equal distance from top to bottom.
Step 8: Add Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Sprayer. Press or swipe a Distress Watercolor Cardstock through the ink, picking up the color.
Step 9: While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.
Step 10: Add additional colors separately to add more definition to each color. Swipe Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distressed Oxides onto Non-Stick Craft Sheet, making sure the colors do not to touch. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping). While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool.
Step 11: Color four or five different sheets of Distress Watercolor Cardstock with the various Distress Oxide Ink colors combinations, using the same coloring techniques. You can also accent your Distress Oxides with original Distress Inks too. Here I used Fossilized Amber Distressed Oxide Ink alongside Wilted Violet Distress Ink. They work beautifully together.
Step 12: Cut a piece of Ranger Kraft Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Using the Stampers Anonymous Newsprint Stamp and Fossilized Amber Distressed Oxide Ink, stamp the image onto Ranger Kraft Cardstock. Dry with Heat It Tool.
Step 13: Spray large droplets of water using Distress Sprayer on stamped image, then dry with Heat It Tool.
Step 14: Repeat steps using various Distress Oxide Inks on additional Ranger Kraft. Cardstock.
Step 15: Using the Distress Watercolor Cardstock that you colorized and the Ranger Kraft Cardstock that you stamped, die cut wildflower images using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Thin dies. Swipe Broken China Distressed Oxide Ink onto Non-Stick Craft Sheet, then add droplets of water to ink. Pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the die cut wildflowers, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.
Step 16: Add shading to wildflowers with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool with foam. Dry with Heat It Tool, if needed.
Step 17: Start layering all of the wildflowers using small pieces of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam adhered to back of the largest part of flower. Making sure not to add any flowers past the bottom portion of the burlap. You can tack the bottom of the stems to the burlap with a little Glossy Accents.
Step 18: Add Design Tape to edge of Vignette Tray and burnish with Ranger Bone Folder. Snip the corners of the tape with scissors and fold along all edges.
Step 19: Use Distress Markers to tint Paper Doll by coloring the image and then blotting with towel or rubbing away the excess ink with a cotton swab. Then dry with Heat It Tool.
Step 20: Color Typography using a little Pumice Stone Distress Paint. Then let air dry or dry with the Heat It Tool. Diecut the word “happy” from small strip of black Kraft Core Cardstock. On a scratch piece of paper, sand the black Kraft Core to expose the underlying kraft. Cut a small V on right side of word strip, to create a banner. Back with a small piece of silver Deco Sheet.
Step 21: Adhere some Design Tape to the Vignette Panel. Then tie off a little Eclectic Elements Craft Thread to the Vignette Panel. Flip the panel over and build up 3 stacks of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam in each corner, for height.
Step 22: Attach the “enclosed” Snippet Ephemera with the craft thread to the wildflowers. Attach the Vignette Panel. Then adhere the banner, Typography, Paper Dolls and Butterfly Snippets using Glossy Accents.
I just love the dimension this sweet little Spring Vignette Tray creates. Distress Oxide Inks are so much fun to experiment with, I truly hope you give it a try!
Guest Designer Audrey Pettit shares with us how she made this crazy bunny Distress card just in time for Easter!
With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter Bunny version of the Crazy critters for a super sweet and shabby Distress holiday card. What a great way to send a holiday greeting to your loved ones, right?
Let’s take a closer look.
Step 1: To begin, stamp your images onto Ranger Watercolor cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. For this card you will need three Crazy Cats, one set of bunny ears, and a sentiment. Die cut the cats and ears using the matching Framelits dies. Cut the sentiment into a thin strip.
Step 2: Watercolor the cats and ears using a variety of Distress Inks. To watercolor with Distress, simply press the ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Mix the inks with a bit of water using a Ranger Artist Brush, and apply the color to your image. For the cats, start with the lightest color of ink on the first cat, and gradually deepen the color of the images as you go.
Step 3: Apply Glossy Accents to the eyes and noses of the cats. Set the images aside to dry.
Step 4: Create a side-folding standard A2 card base from white cardstock. Cut a piece of Memoranda patterned paper to fit. Round the two right corners of the card base and patterned paper using a corner rounder punch. Nestle the two largest Stitched Rectangle Framelits dies, and hold them in place with a bit of washi tape. Die cut the frame from gold metallic cardstock.
Step 5: Die cut two additional frames from white cardstock
Step 6: Adhere the patterned paper to the card base. Distress the edges using a Tim Holtz Paper Distressor. Ink the edges with brown Distress ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Adhere the three frame die cuts together using Ranger Multi-Medium Matte. Sand the frame, and then ink the edges.
Step 7: Remove the washi tape from the two rectangle dies, and then die cut the smaller shape from Watercolor Cardstock. Dab Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pads onto the Craft Sheet, and spritz the inks liberally with water using a Distress Sprayer. Press the rectangle die cut into the ink mixture. Dry the paper with a Heat Tool, or allow it to air dry. Repeat this process to intensify the colors, if desired.
Step 8: Place the Measured stencil over the inked rectangle, and apply Victorian Velvet to the stencil using an Ink Blending Tool.
Step 9: Adhere a strip of text-print patterned paper across the bottom of the card base. Cut a piece of black Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than the gold frame. Adhere the frame to the cardstock, and then nestle and adhere the smaller rectangle shape inside the frame. Finally, adhere the finished frame to the card base.
Step 10: Adhere the ears behind the head of the darkest Crazy Cat image using multi medium matte. Position all three cats inside the frame, and adhere them in place. Use the Multi Medium adhesive to adhere the cats, but place a bit of foam adhesive behind the head of the focal cat, for a bit of extra dimension.
Step 11: Ink the sentiment strip with Fossilized Amber and Victorian Velvet ink. Layer onto a strip of sanded black Distress Cardstock. Cut the right ends of both strips into a banner V-notch. Ink a piece of Crinkle Ribbon and a Bouquet blossom with Victorian Velvet ink. Tie the ribbon around the left side of the sentiment strip, and then adhere the strip across the bottom of the cats. Adhere the Bouquet blossom to the ears of the focal cat.
Happy Easter, Everyone! Enjoy!