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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.

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Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

My best studio days involve trying new techniques. This is what I truly LOVE. I like to discover new ways and different combos, when using Ranger products. Today’s technique is all about using Glacier White Pigment ink with my gorgeous archival colors to change them from transparent to chalky/pastel colors. Ready…set…GO!

Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Use manila cardstock to die cut an oval and a rectangle. The oval I chose is 2-3/4 inches and the rectangle is 4-3/8 x 3 inches.
Step 2: Tap the Glacier White pad over both pieces, to cover them with ink and dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Use the Blending Tool with Foam to ink the rectangle with Garden Patina and dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Use the Blending Tool with Leaf Green to ink the oval and dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Since Archival Inks are waterproof, any techniques using Archival Ink will use rubbing alcohol.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Here’s a little tip…I like to make a loop of tape with painters tape or washi tape. Place that on the Craft Sheet and place the surface over it. Now it’s nice and secure and it stays in place perfectly, giving you two hands to work with!
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 7: With the rectangle in place over the tape, place the Cable Knit stencil over the rectangle and keep it in place with a piece of tape. MOISTEN the Blending Tool with rubbing alcohol and rub over thru the stencil to remove/lighten the Archival Ink. Dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Now the rectangle looks like this.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Place the oval over the tape, then the Yikes Stripes stencil and again, with an alcohol MOIST Blending Tool, rub over the stencil to remove the Archival ink. Dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
Step 10: Use about a 2-1/2 inch square of Clearly For Art that has been covered with Newsprint Paper. Tap the Glacier White Pad over the Newsprint and dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
Step 11: Use Jet Black to stamp the large flower onto the Newsprint and dry.
Step 12: Cut out the flower, then ink with Red Geranium. Heat the flower to soften the CFA, then shape the flower to create dimension.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Ink the holly stamp with Jet Black, then place the coordinating Mat Mini Holly onto the stamp, press, remove and dry. Ink over the leaves with Fern Green, then add dots with the Lots of Dots stencil, using Fern Green and dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
Step 14: Use the Tarnished Brass paint dabber to edge the oval and the rectangle and dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Test drive the placement of the components and this will determine where to stamp CHEERS! Use Jet Black to ink the stamp and dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Ink a small portion of the Les Roses background stamp with Watering Can and press the Mat Mini butterfly onto the inked stamp. Dry.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 17: Ink the butterfly with Sunflower and dry. Use the Distress Marker to color the body of the butterfly.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 18: Ink the flourish stamp with Jet Black and stamp in the corners as shown. Dry.
Step 19: To assemble, add foam adhesive under the oval and under the flower. Use Multi Medium to glue the holly to the oval. Use the black paint pen to draw antennae for the butterfly, then glue the butterfly in place with Multi Medium.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 20: Cut another piece of manila cardstock about 1/4 inch larger than the die cut rectangle. Edge the base with the Tarnished Brass Paint and dry. Add to a black cardstock card.
Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Things to note:
1. Archival inks are a permanent, transparent, waterproof ink. When applied OVER Glacier White pigment ink, they change to a very cool cloudy pastel ink. The Glacier White pad basically doubles your Archival color options! They can be transparent or pastel/cloudy.

2. The Glacier White is a GREAT white ink for stamping over dark surfaces.

3. Pigment pads dry out quicker than distress or archival pads. You’ll want the reinker FOR SURE! TRUST me on this one!

4. Anytime Archival Ink is applied OVER Glacier White, remember to dry the ink with each application. The pigment ink slows the drying time of the Archival Inks.

5. So, are holly leaves just for holidays? I think not! When used in a non-holiday project, they look like every day leaves!

6. When moistening the Blending Tool with rubbing alcohol, make sure it’s MOIST, not super saturated. Excess fluid will seep under the stencil if it’s too wet.

7. Keep in mind that alcohol evaporates rather quickly, so depending on the size of the surface, more alcohol may be needed to be added to the Blending Tool. Any percentage of rubbing alcohol will work with Archival Ink techniques. Whatever you get is fine.

8. Using just a part of a rubber stamp gives so many options. This flower is really a tiny part of the stamp I chose. Look at what you have and how it can be used in another application to totally change it up.

Wendy Vecchi’s Blog

Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com

Today I want to share with you a fun summertime journal page. I hope you’ll create a page with me!

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
Step 1: Gather your supplies. Stamp two pieces of copy/printer paper (or any other thin paper) with Dylusions stamps using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Step 2: Tear the two pieces of paper into collage size pieces.

Step 3: Glue the collage pieces onto one Dylusions Journal Insert Sheet with Ranger’s Gel Medium.

Step 4: Cut off the excess collage papers from the edges of the Journal Insert Sheet and apply Dylusions Fresh Lime Paint all over the page with a baby wipe.

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
Step 5: Add Dylusions Cut Grass and Vibrant Turquoise Paint around the edges of the journal page with a baby wipe. Let the page air dry or dry with a Heat Tool.

Step 6: While the journal page is drying, let’s make the flowers. Add some Ranger Texture Paste and Dylusions Postbox Red paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with a Palette Knife. You will need more texture paste than paint.

Step 7: Mix the Dylusions Postbox Red Paint and Ranger Texture Paste together. Apply the texture paste to a 5 X 8 inch piece of white cardstock through the Dylusions Flower Shape Stencil. Repeat for all three flowers.

Step 8: Remove the stencil and wash the stencil immediately because the texture paste will harden on the stencil. Let the flowers air dry.

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
Step 9: After the flowers are dry, cut them out with Tim Holtz’ scissors and add the flowers’ centers with a Stabilo pencil.

Step 10: While the flowers are drying, Let’s make the vase. Spray a piece of 5 X 7 inch white cardstock with Dylusions Fresh Lime Spray. Let it dry.

Step 11: Spray your favorite colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays through the 9 X 12 Dylusions “Shattered” Stencil. I used Squeezed Orange, Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue, Cherry Pie, and Crushed Grape. Let the paper air dry or dry with a Heat Tool.

Step 12: Draw black lines where the Shattered Stencil was laying using a Black Fine Point Sharpie and Tim Holtz’s Ruler.

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
Step 13: Trace the Dylusions Keyhole Mask on the area that you like the best.

Step 14: Cut out the keyhole/vase using Tim Holtz’s scissors.

Step 15: Cut a piece of 6 X 12 inch white cardstock into two 6 X 6 inch pieces. Spray one piece of cardstock with Dylusions Squeezed Orange and Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Sprays, and the other with Bubblegum Pink and Cherry Pie sprays.

Step 16: Die cut the large Tim Holtz Corner Die from each piece of sprayed 6 X 6 inch paper using your Die Cutting Machine.

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
Step 17: Glue the corner pieces and vase to the background with Glossy Accents.

Step 18: Add accents to the flowers with Avocado Liquid Pearls and a Posca black pen. Then add highlights to the center of the flowers with a White Uni-ball Signo pen.

Step 19: To make the leaves, add Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, and London Blue Dylusions Paint to a piece of white cardstock with a baby wipe.

Step 20: Stamp the large leaf rubber stamp on the painted cardstock with Archival Ink. Cut out the leaves.

Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com

Step 21: Glue the three flowers and leaves to the journal background. Add Avocado Liquid Pearl to the stems. Now the project is complete.

Jade SuttonHi, My name is Jade Sutton. I live in North Carolina with my wonderful husband and two beautiful feline girls. Creating art is my passion. About nine years ago a friend invited me to a scrapbooking crop. I loved creating scrapbook pages, but I wanted more. It was then I discovered the world of mixed media. Since then I have attended many mixed media classes, which have influenced and inspired my art. I enjoy creating ATCs, cards, art journaling pages, mixed media projects, and photography. You can find more of my art on my Blog: https://jadesuttonart.com/, Instagram, and Facebook.

Inspirational Media Board by Jenn Shurkus

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

Hello Everyone! It’s Jenn Shurkus again from Shurkus.com. As always I am wicked exited to be sharing on the Ranger Blog again!

Today I am sharing with you a mixed media inspirational canvas board where we will be playing with a bunch of fun Dina Wakley Media products!

I hope this will inspire you to get a little painty and create an inspiring piece of art!

Let’s get started with today’s tutorial!

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Using a Palette Knife, spread some Gesso around the Media Board. Don’t try and cover it all evenly and feel free to leave some Gesso thicker in some areas. Set aside to dry.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Squeeze a little bit of Ocean Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint onto the canvas board. Spread the paint with a Palette Knife. Note: I misplaced my palette knife in between step 1 and step 2 so I grabbed an old hotel room key.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Lay down the Dina Wakley Media Mighty Wave Stencil and wipe with a baby wipe. Wipe as little or as much as you want. Note: This works better if your Ocean paint is still wet and if your baby wipe isn’t too wet.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Once dry use some Matte Multi Medium and adhere torn strips of Idea-ology Tissue Wrap. Note: Don’t forget to wrap the tissue around the edge to show movement across your canvas board.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Lay down the Mini Favorites Dina Wakley Stencil and spread Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste through it with a Palette Knife. I chose to just use the spilt circles here and there.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

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

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Spritz some Dina Wakley Media Mica Spray in Lapis onto the Textured Paste areas.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Mix a little bit of Fuchsia Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint with Dina Wakley Media Glazing Medium. Using a palette knife spread the glaze onto your canvas. I concentrated on the texture paste and then I did some swipes of paint along the edges. Note: Glazing Medium is a fluid, multi-functional medium that can be used to extend open time of Heavy Body Paints, thin out paint and increase transparency.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 8: This is where I wasn’t loving how my canvas was coming out. It didn’t seem to have a cohesive feel. So I did what Dina Wakley has taught me in classes. I covered the whole thing with Gesso. I then took a baby wipe and wiped away the Gesso as much or as little as I wanted. I fell in love with how this turned out. I got that cohesive feel I wanted.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Next I took one of the stamps from Silhouetted Women and dabbed some Night and Fuchsia Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint directly onto it. I stamped the image onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock, then before cleaning the stamp I gently misted it with water and stamped it again onto the Distress Watercolor Cardstock. You can do this again and again to get multiple images with different looks.

Lastly, ink it up again with the paint and stamp it directly onto the canvas. I did this because I know when I fussy cut out the image I was going to lose some of the details on the edges.

Note: This technique works best with red rubber stamps and be sure to clean your stamp right away so that the paint doesn’t try into the details of the stamp. I just run it under the sink since they are cling and not on a wood block.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Using the circle from Primitive Icons Dina Wakley Media Cling Stamps and Cheddar Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint I stamped a few orange circles here and there. I squeeze a little bit of the paint onto my craft sheet and tap the stamp into it. Note: Again, be sure to clean the stamp right away so the paint doesn’t dry on it.

Step 11: Fussy cut out the Silhouetted Woman and adhere it to your canvas. I used doubled up foam tape and then to be sure it stays on the canvas forever I use Glossy Accents to actually adhere it to the canvas over the previously stamped image.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Lastly I added some inspirational words by dry brushing Black Gesso through Dina Wakley Media’s Hey You 6×9 Stencil. I love using Dina’s Stiff Bristle Brushes for this and be sure to have a dry brush.

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

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

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

Jenn ShurkusJenn lives in New England, with her kitty Mister Harley and her boyfriend Chris. She’s been papercrafting for 15 years, and has played multiple roles in the paper craft industry as an independent store manager, designer and teacher. With a degree in graphic design she is also Copic and Ranger certified. Jenn loves to show people new and clever ideas to design their cards and projects. She has a flair for the “artsy-fartsy” without going over the top. She designs her projects in the way to inspire, but not intimidate. Jenn is eager to share her creative passions with others and encourage their artistic growth. She currently teaches in person and online classes as well as host Loft Art Retreats. You can read more about her, her handsome kitty Mister Harley and wicked cute boyfriend Chris on her blog {creative chick} http://www.shurkus.com/ as well as follow her creative endeavors on Instagram, FacebookYou Tube.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi

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

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Cut manila cardstock to 4 x 5 inches. Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Use the Blending Tool with Foam to ink the top portion with Sky Blue Archival Ink and the lower half with Leaf Green Archival.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Stencil the picket fence with Potting Soil Archival. With the stencil in place, ink the unmounted “cracks” stamp with Watering Can Archival & stamp thru the stencil to create cracks in the wood fence. The stencil allows the “cracks” to be added to the fence only and it protects the background.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Use a scrap of Clearly For Art, that is covered with Newsprint Paper. Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the flower two times, onto the Newsprint side. Cut out both flowers.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Use the flower as a guide to determine where to stencil the leaves. Stencil two large sets of leaves and one small set of leaves as shown using Fern Green.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment toward the top right corner.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Use Cornflower Blue with the “lots of dots” stencil to add dots above the fence.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Use Watering Can with the flourish stamp and add the flourish at the top left of the leaves.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Ink the unmounted “vintage text” stamp with Tree Branch Archival and stamp randomly above the fence.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Shake the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint dabber & use it to edge the piece.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Ink over the two flowers with Sunflower Archival Ink.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 11: With a moist Detailer Waterbrush, touch the tip to the Festive Berries Distress Crayon to pick up color and add shading to the flowers. Add most of the color to the centers.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Use the Heat-It Tool to soften the flower petals. While the Clearly For Art is warm, shape the flower petals. Use an awl to add a hole to the flower centers. To create the flower center, insert the long fastener thru the fluted collar, then thru the gear. Use black adhesive tape between the flower layers. Assemble the flower a little offset to allow the bottom petals to show.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Ink the bird portion of the stamp and press the coordinating mat mini bird onto the inked stamp. DRY, then ink the bird with Potting Soil, Sunflower and Red Geranium.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 14: To create a banner, mask off the “repeating quilt” stencil as shown. Stencil the border at the top of the card with Fern Green.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Use Red Geranium to stencil berries in 3 areas on the leaves. Use the white paint pen to add accent dots. Use the black paint pen to add pen stitching detail.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Assemble the card. Use Black Foam Adhesive to add the flower and Multi Medium to add the bird. Add black glaze pen dots to add the bird’s eye & to accent the banner at the top. Add to a black base. This can be a card or a little art to set in an easel.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Things to note:

1. Because Archival is a permanent waterproof ink, the Distress Crayons can be used to add shading over the Archival Inks. They work well together…Pretty cool!
2. Masking a portion of a stencil creates a whole NEW stencil. Look at what you have (both stamps & stencils) to see how it can be used for a different effect. This banner looks nothing like the original repeating quilt stencil.
3. If your stencil is clean, you can see exactly where you’re adding stenciling & avoid sentiments or areas that you prefer not to stencil over. Sorry Dina…for me…clean is good!
4. Using a red rubber stamp unmounted is an easy way to add small areas of stamping to a background. Just bend it to fit the selected area. This works great even with large background stamps.
5. The black Foam Tape is an awesome adhesive for Clearly For Art. It provides a very strong adhesive and just the right amount of dimension between layers.

Wendy Vecchi’s Blog

Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 1: Cut two pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock, one to 4.5” x 5.75”, the other to 1” x 5.75. Coat both cut pieces of cardstock with an even coat of Pumpkin Liquid Pearls paint. Set aside to dry.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 2: On a non-stick craft sheet, place a small amount of Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls and spray below water with a Distress Sprayer. Mix the paint with the water and brush onto a piece of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 3: Using a piece of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock and Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Fall Foliage, die cut 8-10 different leaves.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 4: Squeeze a small amount of the Avocado, Gold Pearl, Buttercup, Cantaloupe, Brass, and Garnet Liquid Pearls on to your craft sheet. Next, with a Detailer Waterbrush, begin water coloring the leaves. Once all are painted, set aside to dry.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 5: On a piece of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock diecut with Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Styled Labels, water color with Liquid Pearls Avocado and the Water Brush.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 6: Dry the die cut label with a Heat-It Craft tool. Once dry, using the Water Brush and the Avocado Liquid Pearl paint, brush letter the word “thanks.” When writing, be sure to use more paint on the Water Brush than you did for the background to make sure there is enough contrast between shades.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 7: While the leaves and thanks labels are drying, take your pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock and Distress Woodgrain Cardstock and start assembling the pieces together. Glue the Woodgrain paper in the center of the large piece of Mixed Media Cardstock using Ranger Glossy Accents. Then glue the small Mixed Media Cardstock band to the bottom third of the Woodgrain paper.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 8: Next, using the Brass Liquid Pearl paint, embellish the edge of the label with little dotted accents.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 9: Once the leaves are finished drying, attach Ranger’s Fine Tip Applicators to your Avocado, Garnet, and Copper Pearl Liquid Pearl bottles. Begin drawing in the veins on the larger leaves.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 10: When all the pieces are completely dry, begin laying out and gluing down the leaves as seen below. When all the leaves are glued down, glue down the thank you label on top, making sure it lines up with the orange band going across.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Distressed 4th of July Card by Bobbi Smith

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here! I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger Blog today! I’ll be using lots of Tim Holtz Distress product to create this fun patriotic card. Hope you can join me!

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 1: Cut a piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock 6.75 x 4.75. Apply thin coat of Dina Wakley MediaWhite Gesso to the manila surface, then let dry. Add a few small pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape to the cardfront as an accent. Squeeze a couple drops of Pumice Stone Distress Paint onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water. Press the gessoed side of the Ranger Manila Cardstock into the paint mixture until covered. Dry with a Heat it Tool.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 2: To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the gessoed manila cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Place the Rays Layering Stencil over the top of the colored manila cardfront (I like to tape mine down with a little tissue tape). Apply a couple drops of Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using a clean piece of Blending Foam on the tool, pick up the color and apply a little (using a pouncing motion) concentrating on the lower portion of the rays. While stencil is still in place and paint is still wet, move the color around a little with a moist baby wipe. Now remove the layering stencil and dry wet distressed paint on manila cardstock with the Heat it Tool.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 3: Place the Stars Layering Stencil over the top of your colored manila cardfront and repeat the process in step 2, using Candied Apple Distress Paint. I think the Rays & Stars Layering Stencils go perfectly together for a great patriotic theme!

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 4: Die cut the United States, using the Tim Holtz United States Thinlits Sizzix die and a piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock. Pop out all of the states carefully and reserve them for another project. Apply a drop of Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress Paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using a clean piece of Blending Foam on the tool, pick up the color and apply a little (using a pouncing motion) to the United States manila silhouette diecut. Then dry with Heat it Tool. Using the multiple colors will give more dimension to the final piece.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 5: Apply a thin layer of Distress Collage Medium to manila cardfront. Then while still wet attach the United States silhouette/outline to cardfront and apply a second layer of Distress Collage Medium over the top. Not only am I using the Distress Collage Medium as a glue, I’m also using it as a sealant over the entire cardfront. Then set aside to air dry. This won’t take long at all. Stamp the
Bird Crazy and the Crazy Things on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then diecut stamped images, using Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit coordinating dies.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 6: Stamp your Bird Crazy image onto a sticky note with Jet Black Archival Ink, then diecut using coordinating die. Cut head from body to use for a masking technique. Apply sticky note Bird Crazy body over the coordinating Distress Watercolor Bird Crazy image. Using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a Blending Tool with foam, gently buff color onto bird. Now remove sticky note body mask and apply head sticky note mask to Bird Crazy. Buff color onto Bird Crazy body using Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks and a Blending Tool. Remove mask and dry with Heat Tool. The diecut wing is also colored with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink using a Blending Tool. Then dry with Heat it Tool.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 7: Color the beak using Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink and a Blending Tool. The hat is colored with Candied Apple and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks and a Blending Tool. The fine tip of Hickory Smoke, Blueprint Sketch and Candied Apple Distress Markers were used to color the flag. * TIP* an Ranger White Opaque Pen can be used to touch up any of the white portions of the flag.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 8: Smear a little bit of Black Soot Distress Crayon onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with finger to smear and smudge onto the surface around the states and corners of card for shading.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 9: Apply a couple drops of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet and lightly mist the paint with water. Pick up watered down Picket Fence paint with Distress Splatter Brush. Pull loaded bristles back with finger and let splatter over cardfront and Bird Crazy images. Then dry with Heat it Tool. Distress edges of cardfront with Ranger Paper Creaser. Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Black Cardstock 7×10, then sand with sanding grip to expose a little of the kraft core (always protect Non-Stick Craft Sheet when sanding). Fold cardstock in half to create a 7×5 card (basic A7 size).

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 10: Attach card front to card with adhesive. Then assemble Bird Crazy bird with accessories, using Ranger Black Foam Adhesive. Cover a scrap piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock with a matching sized piece of Ranger Adhesive Sheet. Diecut “celebrate” using Tim Holtz Handwritten Celebrate Sizzix Die from the manila/adhesive sheet. Peel backing off top of wording to expose the adhesive. Sprinkle Distress Glitter generously on exposed adhesive then shake off excess. Adhere the glittered wording to lower right corner of cardfront using Glossy Accents as adhesive. It’s so hard to capture glitter in a photo, but boy does it ever sparkle!!!

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithThere you have it, now you’re ready for 4th of July celebrations! I hope you enjoyed todays card and thanks for stopping by!

Bobbi SmithMy name is Bobbi Smith. I’ve been a crafter all my life, however I really found my niche in paper-crafting about 20 years ago, when my children were young and have never looked back. I love all forms of Art, but really gravitate towards vintage, distress and grunge styles. I live in Illinois and love to hunt for vintage finds, when I’m not paper crafting!  Check out my blog at Vintage Muse Designs.

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa Hayselsen

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa Hayselden

Awe hi there everyone, Kassa here, eeeeeep! Excited to be back again – and as the sun is shining over here in the UK (summer is finally on the way hurray!) I thought I’d share a little of it with you all…through my ‘watercolor style’ happy art!

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 Dylusions Acrylic paints, which are perfect for the job!!!I

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 1: Before I start my art I do a sort of plan – not that I stick to it ever – as a rule I don’t, but today I did! Well nearly! I take some scrap paper (cut to the size I will eventually work on) and stamp the various sized daisies. I did this three or four times till I found a ‘shape/flow’ I was happy to work with. As you can see it’s no masterpiece! It’s simply ideas thrown down onto scrap paper (the more you do this the easier it becomes – trust me:-))) Tip:Archival ink is great as it won’t smudge when applying the paint and the color Hydrangea is a soft shade that is perfect for watercoloring as its soft tones sit perfectly under the softness of a translucent paint. When the black Fude ball marker doodle lines are placed over the top of it later to add shade, there’s a much needed ‘pop’ and emphasis.

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 2: Trim the watercolor paper to 8″x 8″. Using the largest daisy from the ‘Fancy Florals’ set, stamp the first daisy off the edge of the paper. Also stamp out another daisy on scrap paper and trim out the petals – these ‘scrap paper’ petals will sit over the corresponding petals on the watercolor stamped daisy and ‘mask’ the daisy when you stamp your second image – this masking technique gives the illusion of one image sat behind another, giving a depth to your art. Remember to stamp the image you want in the foreground first.

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 3: Then taking one of the partial petals stamps carefully ink up just one petal at a time to stamp in the gaps of the large daisy – use all the various-sized petals as it gives the daisy movement not being totally uniform.

Step 4: Now ink up another of the large daisy (I did not ink up three of the petals this time) and I stamped it next to the first daisy – remember to mask the petals again.

Step 5: I took the medium-sized daisy next and stamped then masked, once masked I added more individual petals from the partial petals stamp.

Step 6: The smaller daisy was from the ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ set and just finished off and filled in gaps – so strange because I did an even number of flowers and not my usual odd number, but I did go for a three, two, one combo so that’s why the ‘flow’ works!

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 7: Now I gather all the colors of paints I need as I like to work fairly fast where necessary. I take a little of each paint and mix them with a little water, thinning them down thus giving the ‘watercolor’ effect when laying them down on the paper. You will see that even watered down and translucent the paints do not lose any vibrancy at all! I use three brushes basically, one for mixing the paint, one for laying down clean water on my paper, which I use a separate clean pot of water for too, and one for painting with. I do use finer brushes to add detail at the end. Keep changing your water! Holding your brush towards the brush tip keeps your worm more precise (best for detail) but holding way further down the handle leads to a lovely loose flow…

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 8: First I start with my lighter colors, Lemon Zest in this case. I add a little clean water with a paint brush to where I am about to add paint – the centre of the flower, then…

Step 9: …lightly dab the paint into the watered down flower centre. You will see the paint flow/bleed and spread before your eyes. If you have put too much water down and the paint is flooding into places you don’t want it to, the corner edge of kitchen roll dipped into the ‘flooded’ paint/water soaks up excess nicely. If the paint is too thick, it won’t readily flow and spread. Also, if you don’t put enough water down initially or it dries before you get to it there will be no natural color flow/bleed. (Practice on the scrap of watercolor paper you have trimmed earlier – I always practice on the paper I am about to use as every paper and paint reacts differently)

Step 10: Now quickly, whilst the yellow paint is still wet, drop a tiny amount (less is more. You can always add more) of the Squeezed Orange paint into the yellow centre (brush in more clean water with your clean brush into any areas you wish your paints to flow to. I have added a little between the petals and an odd tiny drop in the middle of the paints to keep the flow/bleed of paint going.

Step 11: I do the same, add the yellow with the rest of the flower centres and between the petals, then add deeper colors, Tangerine Dream, Post Box Red, but very little of these as these colors are so strong they will take over the gentle yellows. Just keep adding the clean water to re-wet any area you are going to work on if it’s dried before you get to it.

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 12: If the reds have taken over – no worries before it dries add a few tiny drops of the yellow into it, and watch the color burst!

Step 13: Now it’s time to extend your background into the surrounding area, simply add the clean water to where you will add the yellow paint, I build this up bit by bit, standing back to see if the shape I’m painting looks balanced as I build the layers.

Step 14: And – exciting bit now! Whilst the background is still wet add a few splats of the light oranges, Simply load your brush with the paint and gently tap the paint into the yellow – the tiny splatters will bloom and look kool!

Step 15: The petals are painted in the same way, adding water but only a touch of the Bubblegum Pink as again being a strong color only a little is needed. Start by dabbing the pink into the inner edges of the petals and as the paint spreads out towards the outer petal edges leave some white space.

Step 16: Now the darker, shading colors are layered over the Bubblegum Pink in the inner petal edges and sometimes to an outer edge. The water will let the paint spread naturally down the petal, so do not use much of the shading paints or you’ll lose too much of the initial bright pink layer. Start with Cherry Pie, then Pomegranate, Crushed Grape, and After Midnight.

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 17: When the petals are dry, I add a touch of water to where I will paint in Fresh Lime as a highlight color (usually in a few of the white spaces and a touch over the Bubblegum Pink) Vibrant Turquoise and After Midnight are added without thinning the paint down so it is dense and rich, which makes for a fabulous contrasting touch.

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 18: Now it’s time to stand back and take a long look at your art, maybe with a cuppa tea so you can see everything with eyes that have rested for a while. Then maybe you may see areas that need more layers of perhaps, brighter color, shading or even highlights – just follow the above steps and layer to your hearts content, the watercolor paper will take the lush layering.

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa HayseldenStep 19: And here is my fav bit where everything pulls together what may look flat and in need of that something you just can’t put your finger on usually happens with the doodle pen. Hold your pen loosely and doodle various sized scribbly circles, dots, dashes, lines, ‘n’ just plain old scribbles! Plus don’t forget the paint splats with the watered down White Linen and Black Marble (if I’m patient enough, I prefer to let the white splats dry before adding the black ones to stop the splats mixing) And use the end of your paintbrush to add big and little dots of the Lemon Zest paint into the big and little scribbly circles and tiny yellow dots throughout the background! Hahaha! I held myself back cos I soooo wanted to add Vibrant Turquoise splats too – but I went for the less is more option, rare for me :-))) and teehee did you notice I decided to turn my picture round!!! Hahaha 😀

Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa Hayselden
Sunshine and Daisies by Kassa Hayselden

Awe thanks so much for stopping by today, I can’t wait to see your watercolour style art using your Dylusions paints. I know you’ll looooves how the color blooms, flows and merges, ‘tis very exciting and makes me soooo happy – 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!!!!
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Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Thanks for stopping by the Ranger blog today for a cool tutorial from Ranger’s Creative Director Tim Holtz using Alcohol Inks and the new Yupo.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 1: Yupo is a versatile surface especially suited for mixed media techniques using Alcohol Inks. Available in White or Translucent, this smooth synthetic heavyweight 86lb surface resist buckling and dries quickly. Unlike Alcohol Ink Cardstock (aka Glossy Cardstock) which is very porous, Yupo has completely different properties allowing you to layer and remove Alcohol Inks to create amazing backgrounds. For this tutorial we are creating three cards using a single sheet of White Yupo.

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Step 2: Before we start, gather several colors of Alcohol Inks to use, a single Metallic Mixative color, and your bottle of Alcohol Blending Solution. Also make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area as these products all contain solvents.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 3: Since Alcohol Inks have a fast drying time (approx. 7-10 seconds) I’m grouping the step-out photos so it’s easier to see the process since once you start, you will need to work quickly. Begin by shaking the Mixative allowing the mixing ball to rattle and apply a scribble to your Craft Sheet. Apply various colors of Alcohol Inks over the Mixative in drips, dashes, etc. (you can use as many colors as you wish, but we will be adding more later so don’t overthink the ink). Next shake on Alcohol Blending Solution over inks (about 3-5 shakes is plenty). Now swipe the Yupo through the mixture in a sweeping motion – not a swirling one.

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Step 4: I’ll be honest that the first swipe usually doesn’t look the greatest, but one thing that makes Yupo so cool is the ability to layer color with ease since this is synthetic and not porous. Add any additional ink colors and a dash of Blending Solution to the same area of your Craft Sheet and swipe again. You’ll notice the new ink color actually replaces what was there so you literally cannot make mud! Continue adding more colors until your desired look is achieved.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 5: *Note: Before we start this part I have a few words of advice – BE PATIENT. You will need to perform these steps several times and if you’re in a rush and use too much Blending Solution, it will seep under the stencil and blur your design. If that happens, you’ll need to start from the very beginning layering your inks again – you can use the same piece of Yupo.

Our background is going to take on a whole new level of depth by adding patterned imagery using stencils. Start by adding a few drops of Blending Solution to the Craft Sheet and pick up the solution using a clean piece of Blending Foam on the tool. Immediately place your stencil on the background, and with a light circular motion, rub the foam through the stencil lifting the color. Once you feel the foam “squeaking” on the surface you will need to add a few more drops of Blending Solution to the Craft Sheet, pick it up with the foam again, and repeat the process. Continue with various stencil designs in different areas, but be sure to leave some of the colorful background alone.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 6: So now we have an awesome, colorful, mixed media background ready to use for our cards. The reason I like to create by backgrounds on a single sheet and then cut it up is that I find it to be less planned and more random. Yupo is 5” x 7” so cut the sheet to three 5” x 2 1/4” sections leaving a 1/4” strip to toss.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 7: Stamp the Wildflower using Archival Ink and immediately cover with Black Embossing Powder. I prefer Archival Ink to stamp on Yupo vs. Embossing Ink since we are stamping on a slick and synthetic surface and I find the Archival doesn’t slide as much.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 8: Heat emboss the image making sure to keep the heat tool moving. Yupo is a plastic so if you stay too long in one area you could risk melting or warping the surface. I’ve found it to be fairly heat stable though and have never had a problem embossing on it.

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Step 9: I like to matte my backgrounds on a black piece of cardstock leaving a thin border which makes the image pop more. Adhesive strips or any double sided tape works best when adhering Yupo vs. liquid adhesives.

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Step 10: Cut three 6” x 6” pieces of Kraft Cardstock and fold each one in half to create a 3” x 6” card. Ink the edges of the cards with Distress Ink using a new piece of Blending Foam. Splatter some water droplets on the inked areas and dry with a heat tool for a cool effect.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 11: Finish the cards by layering over a piece of Textured Surface Burlap, adding some sticking along the edges, and attaching a Word Band as a simple embellishment. Pretty great creating three stunning, colorful, and layered cards from a single sheet of Yupo. I hope you’re inspired to play and give this fun technique a try. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination…

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia

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

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Raid your stash and pull out your favorite 6 – 8 background papers, gelli prints and/or shaving cream prints, printed ephemera sheets or decorative papers.

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Mix the ICE Resin by using the markings on the mixing cups, fill the cup with Part A resin to the ½ oz line. Add an equal amount of Part B hardener on top of the resin and fill to the 1 oz line. Working on a Studio Sheet, use a household sponge to apply a thin coat of resin over the back of the papers. Then flip over and coat the front. Let the papers cure overnight.

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Spray Media Boards on the canvas side with water and then Distress Spray Stains. Dry with Craft Heat it Tool. Spray again to intensify the colors. Dry with the Heat Tool.

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Using Manganese Blue Archival Ink, stamp the Honeycomb image randomly over the covers. Add some texture by putting Translucent Gloss Texture Paste through Flourish stencil with a Palette Knife. Let dry. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink directly to the sides of the board to create a black border.

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Cut two pieces of 3” x 3” resin paper and use Matte Medium to glue a sheet of resin paper to the back of each Media Board to create the covers.

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Tear six pieces of resin paper to approximately 3” x 3” each. Line up torn pages and tape them together on the front and back with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape. Note the placement of the covers – this will help when you go to fold it.

Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Pull together assorted flowers, hearts, birds, buttons and found objects.

Step 8: Decorate pages using die cuts, resin coated ephemera, buttons and brads by gluing with Matte Medium. Here are close ups of all of the pages.
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com
Resin Paper Mini Book by Kathy Paglia | www.rangerink.com

Kathy BioHi! My name is Kathy Paglia and I work on sourcing and product development here at Ranger. I’m married to my very patient husband. We have three fabulous teenagers and one silly dog. I love paper, bright colors, texture, shiny things and dark chocolate.