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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.


Supplies Used:

  • Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints: Sky, Ruby, Magenta, Turquoise, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, Umber, Lapis, Night, White
  • Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium
  • Dina Wakley Media Gesso:  White and Black
  • Dina Wakley Media 1/2” Flat Brush
  • Dina Wakley Media #4 Round Brush
  • Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife
  • Archival Ink Designer Series Wendy Vecchi: Olive, Leaf Green, Forget-Me-Not, Red Geranium, Watering Can
  • Dylusions Stencils: 5×8 Triangles
  • Dylusions Rubber Stamps: Bags of Bunting, Basic Backgrounds
  • Fude Ball Pen Black
  • Ranger Surfaces #5 Manila Craft Tags
  • Ranger Mini Blending Tool
  • Ranger Craft Scraper
  • Ranger Small Brayer
  • Ranger Multi-Medium Gloss
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Tools Mister Bottle
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Cling Mount Stamps: Classics #6, Spills & Splatters
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Peacock Feathers
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans
  • Tim Holtz by Tonic Studios Kushgrip Snips
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology – Chitchat
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs – Numbers
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Tissue Wrap – Melange
  • Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stencils for Art with Stampers Anonymous: Dots & Stripes Border
  • Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stencils: Sunburst, Checkmake
  • Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Crackled Texture Paste
  • scrap 2×4 wood cut into house shape


1. Cut scrap wood into house shape.

house12. Working on top of a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, brush a coat of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso on all sides. Set aside to dry.

house23. Place a piece of Tissue Wrap on the craft sheet.   Add a small amount of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Sky onto the non-stick craft sheet. Use a brayer to pick up paint and then run brayer over the Tissue Wrap.

house34. Repeat this process using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints in Lime, Lapis and Night. Using the craft scrapper, add more paint and make some marks on the tissue wrap. NOTE: Make sure to dry each layer of color before adding another color. Set aside.

house45. Using a craft tag, repeat steps 3 – 4.

house56. Place Dylusions Triangles stencil over tag and using a Mini Blending Tool apply Red Geranium Archival ink over half of the tag.

house67. Covering the other half of the tag with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink.

house78. To add more color, swipe Distress Stain in Peacock Feathers along the edges of the tag and mist with water. Place a book page over tag to pick up excess ink and water.

house89. With Archival Ink in Forget-Me-Not, add texture to tag by stamping Dylusions Bags of Bunting stamp randomly over tag.

Cut window and door shapes from craft tag adding paint to cut edges. Set aside. NOTE: Use old book pages to clean paint off craft sheet and brushes and cut these into small window pieces too.


10. Tear the colored tissue wrap and glue torn pieces over the wooden house using Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium. Be sure to apply a coat over the tissue pieces too.

house1011. Apply Tangerine with the craft scrapper randomly on all the sides for color contrast.

house1112. Using Gel Medium, glue windows and door to wood piece.

house1213. Mix Black Gesso with Umber paint using a palette knife.

house1314. Using palette knife, apply paint to the “roof” of the house. Dry with Heat-It Craft Tool.

house1415. With brush, dab white gesso through Wendy Vecchi’s Checkmake stencil onto the roof of the house and along sides.

house1516. Mix a small amount of Lemon paint with Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste.

house1617. Place Wendy Vecchi’s Sunburst stencil over “roof” and add texture paste with palette knife. You should have a little colored texture paste left, mix some Umber into it and add it through Wendy Vecchi Dots & Stripes Border stencil on front of house.

house1718. Using stamps from Tim Holtz’ Classics #6, Spills and Splatters and Dylusions Basic Backgrounds, randomly stamp sides of house using Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Red Geranium, Olive, Leaf Green and Watering Can.

house18ahouse18b19. Outline windows and door with black Fude Ball pen. Take a slightly damp #4 brush and blend pen lines.

house1920. Paint curtains on windows using #4 brush. Once dry, use Fude Ball pen to outline curtains.

Add a little white gesso to your finger and run finger lightly over door, windows, edges. Dry with Heat-It tool.

Using Distress Markers in Broken China, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans, add depth by applying marker around windows, door, edges and lightly blending with finger.

house20 21. Randomly add Idea-ology Remnant Rubs – Numbers to sides and roof of house.



22. Choose word stickers from Idea-ology Chitchat and apply to door and windows as desired.


Apply several coats of Ranger Multi-Medium Gloss.


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.

Summer-Tag-CropFor this project you will need:

Here’s how it’s done:

Stamp camera blueprint twice on a manila tag in Black Archival Ink. Use Dylusions Ink Sprays to paint the images. If you have water brushes filled with ink, use those. (*budget tip* If you don’t, simply pour a small amount of your desired colors into a paint palette and paint with a brush.) Add multiple layers of color to darken and White Dylusions to add highlights. Don’t waste the extra ink. Pour it on your Craft Sheet and ink up some Crinkle Ribbon with it! Crumple up and set aside the ribbon to dry. It will be used to tie up your booklet later.

SummerTagAPlace a Dylusions stencil over a tag and apply Distress Paint over it onto the tag. Lift the stencil and flip over onto another tag and ‘stamp’ off the excess paint. Allow both tags to dry and select your favorite to be the front of your tag booklet. I used the ‘stamped’ kraft tag.


Cut out the colored cameras, layering the lens portion of the image with adhesive foam squares. Ink the edges of the camera image and the tag with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

SummerTagCSelect some words from the Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, stick them on your Craft Sheet and ink part of each of them with Distress Ink. Adhere to opposite corners of the tag.

SummerTagDEmbellish your tag with Tissue Tape and lay bits of Film Strip Ribbon over it. Adhere with Mini Attacher.

SummerTagESpritz Dylusions Ink Spray in London Blue in the center of the blank space on your tag and allow to dry.  If you’d like some extra thickness, brush Matte Medium to a second tag and adhere to the back of this tag to stabilize it. Once dry, adhere the camera image over the ink spot in the center of your tag.

SummerTagFBefore you clean up, use the sprays, inks and stencils to add simple decorations on additional manila and kraft tags. These will be the pages of your tag booklet. Fill them with photos, memories & ephemera from your summer holiday! Tie it all together with the Crinkle Ribbon you inked up earlier.


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.

Project: Specialty Stamping Paper ATC

May 30th, 2012

New on Wendy Vecchi shares a beautiful new project using Inkssentials Specialty Stamping Paper along with Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Distress Markers and Archival Inks!

Project: Perfect Pearls Thinking of You Card

May 23rd, 2012

New on the Ranger Ink website: Richele Christensen shares with us a beautiful card featuring a bouquet of Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders.  Check out the full project instructions, only at!

Project: Faux Porcelain UTEE Mother’s Day Card

May 11th, 2012

New on Learn how to create the most gorgeous faux porcelain roses using Melt Art Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, and use them to embellish a card for Mother’s Day, in this project by Tammy Tutterow!