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Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Still like to pass out Valentines to those you near and dear? Then check out these sweet and silly Crazy Dogs matchbook style Valentines cards you can make yourself in no time at all. I absolutely love Tim Holtz’s line of Crazy critters, and with cats, dogs, and birds to choose from, you have tons of fun options for notecards for all the animal lovers in your life.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

These matchbook style cards add a fun interactive element, very reminiscent of those fold-and-seal boxed Valentines cards you may have had as a child. Simply tuck and un-tuck the front flap to open and close. The simple staple at the bottom is all you need to keep them sealed. Super easy and so fun.
Let’s take a closer look.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: For each Valentine, cut a 3 x 8.5 piece of Distress Heavystock cardstock. Using a scoring board or bone folder, score the long side at 4” and 8”. Fold along the crease lines, creating a top folding card with a thin bottom flap and folds up and over the front.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dab Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink randomly onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz the inks liberally with water using the Distress Sprayer. Press the front of the cards down into the ink mixture. Dry the inks with a heat tool, or allow them to dry naturally. Repeat the process if you wish to intensify the colors.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Insert the front card panel into the Zig Zag embossing folder, and run the card through your die cutting machine.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Apply Spun Sugar Distress Ink to the raised embossed areas using a mini ink blending tool. Apply Brushed Corduroy ink to the edges of each card.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Rub a bit of Vintage Distress Collage Medium onto the edges of the cards using the tip of your finger. Set the cards aside and allow them to dry completely.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Cut .5” strips of brown Distress Cardstock. Lightly sand the paper, and then adhere them to the bottom flaps. Trim off the excess from the sides. Fold the flaps up, and place a Tiny Attacher staple along the bottom edge. Note: * You may need to trim off about a .25” from the bottom of the front card panel so that it will lay flat once tucked under the bottom stapled flap.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stamp the Mini Crazy Dogs onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Watercolor the images using Distress Inks. To color with your ink pads, simply press them onto your non-stick craft sheet, mix them with a bit of water, and pick up the color using a wet paintbrush. Allow the ink to dry. Add Glossy Accents to eyes, noses, and dog tags. Set aside to dry. Die cut the images using the matching Crazy Dogs Framelits dies.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Stamp a Valentine sentiment from the Crazy Talk stamp set inside the card using Jet Black Archival Ink. Stamp the dog images again onto the inside, as well.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere die cut dogs onto the front of the cards using foam adhesive. Stamp sentiment onto watercolor cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Trim out the sentiments by hand, and adhere next to the dogs using foam adhesive. Tie natural jute string around the top of the card front and tie into a simple bow.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Ink a piece of watercolor cardstock with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Die cut the three smallest hearts from the Heartfelt Bigz Die from the inked watercolor paper. You will need two hearts for each card. Apply Crazing Distress Collage Medium to each heart die cut, and set aside to dry.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Apply Vintage Photo Distress Crayon to the heart die cuts, and smooth the pigment into the crazing cracks using the tip of your finger. Wipe away any excess crayon pigment. Cover the hearts with Glossy Accents, and allow them to dry completely. Add hearts to the card fronts using foam adhesive.

Enjoy!

audrey pettitMy name is Audrey Pettit. I live in Cary, North Carolina and have two wonderful kiddos, Peter and Nicole. I started scrapbooking and card-making about a decade ago after being invited to a friend’s house for a stamping party. That party opened my eyes to a whole new world of paper-crafting, and I have never looked back.  Visit Audrey’s blog at: AudreyPettit.Wordpress.com.

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Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Looking for some winter inspiration in an island with no snow can be quite the task! So I searched my head and remembered one of my dreams, that of seeing the Northern Lights at least once in my lifetime! When Ranger put together an Alcohol Ink Kit I decided to jump in to have it all, again with the island situation, alcohol inks don’t fly so I patiently waited five weeks for them to come by boat! But I was soooo happy, in it was a set of stamps that had the perfect sentiment: Own your Dreams!
Tim Holtz has this quote in another set of stamps “Out of limitations comes creativity,” it’s one I’ve used quite a number of times because of the truth it carries. So back to my card, I wanted to create the Aurora Borealis but my kit only provided Stream, Sunshine Yellow and Red Pepper… Sooo here comes creativity to the rescue, I decided to experiment with Ice Resin tints since I had Lolite and Beryl and they looked like the thing I needed!

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 1: Squirt a line of beryl and lolite in your applicator tool with felt.

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 2: Swipe the applicator down your paper, I was going for the Northern Lights so I swirled and gave it some movement.

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 3: Squirt the Stream Alcohol Ink on your applicator tool and finish that sky!

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 4: Add some Blending Solution to help you shade the blue in the sky.

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 5: Add Archival Ink to your pine trees stamp. Check out the swirl I created at the bottom of the stamp by using the Applicator Tool to remove some of the ink and in doing so decrease the line that the stamp has. I did not follow protocol here, I started stamping some of the trees on the left and some of the trees on the right, varying the height and leaving my northern lights to be the star. We’re going for a forest vibe here!

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 6: Now you’re ready for a blizzard! Load an old brush with the Distress Grit Paste (insert addicted to the stuff here) and spray those trees away!

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 7: I used some Distress Rock Candy Glitter over the wet paste. Then I stamped Own your Dreams inside my card.

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 8: Here comes experiment #2! I squirted Ice Resin tints Lolite and Beryl and Stream Alcohol Ink along with some mixative over my Craft Sheet.

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 9: Using my stamp I swirled the colors together.

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Step 10: I hand stamped over a blank porcelain mug!

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

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com I love to create things just because and this is one of those projects. This project can however be made into a card if you wished.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Gather together, all 4 tags, paints and blending tools.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Using the Postbox Red cover areas of your tag with the blending too. Then add the Bubblegum Pink to areas left. Keep going over in turn until you are happy with the depth of colour and the blend.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Taking a brayer and the same 2 coloured paints cover your washi tape with the paint.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Attach them together both front and back with the Journaling tape. Fold in concertina style.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Using a pencil and the Dylusions Journal Block, create a border going all the way around your tags.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Using Dylusions Black Marble Paint, colour in the border. Leave to once side to full dry.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stamp out the images you want and cut them out. Colour your images using Ink Spray filled waterbrushes.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Taking the small Hearts Dylusions stencil and White Dylusions Paint Pen, go around the outside black border adding the hearts.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen doodle dashes around the inside of the border.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Using the Ranger Glue Stick, adhere your images where you would like them.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Using the Bubblegum Pink area of the Dylusions Mixed Media Ink Palette and a small Dylusions heart from the Lovestruck Lucy stamp set, add a few random hearts in the background. Also stamp out some of the small hearts onto card with the black section, to add to your piece using your glue.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Sandra Botham

My name is Sandra Botham and I am from Yorkshire, England, where I live with my Husband and 2 children. I am a coffee addicted, book loving, Art Journaler. Where my art is concerned I do not mind trying anything but I totally love the Dylusions range by Dyan Reaveley. I love to art journal, doodle, colour and create photo books too. I started my art journal journey taking classes at Dyan’s studio – Art From The Heart – in Harrogate, England. I am now totally honoured to be a tutor at this studio where I regularly teach workshops.

My Blog:  http://redkittybcreates.blogspot.co.uk/
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/Sandra-Botham-Red-Kitty-B-Creates-204709782932926/
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/redkittybcreates/?hl=en
I also run a Dylusions Facebook Challenge page with the backing of Dyan:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/708335769240903/

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I have a serious soft spot for snowmen. Love them for the holidays, but what’s even better is that they can be used for lots of different projects throughout the holidays and all winter long. Perfect excuse to pull out one of my favorite snowmen dies, and just play.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

This sweet Assembly Snowman just makes me smile. I usually think Christmas when I look at this die, but today I want to show how easy it is to convert this holly jolly guy into a winter wonderland snowman with a few easy modifications.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

By simply omitting some of the images from the die, and adding in a few snowflakes and an icy Distress color palette, you can completely change the look from holiday to winter. Great way to stretch the use of some of your seasonal supplies.
Let’s take a closer look.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, create a 5×7 side-folding card base from white cardstock. Cut a 4.5 x 6.5 piece of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock. Using an Ink Blending Tool, apply blue Distress inks onto the watercolor paper. Start with Tumbled Glass ink at the bottom, and then gradually blend in Salty Ocean ink in the middle, ending with Stormy Sky ink at the top.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Spritz water onto the inked watercolor panel using a Distress Sprayer. Let the water set for about 30 seconds, and then dab the paper with a clean paper towel to remove the water droplets.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place a small amount of Picket Fence Distress paint onto the craft sheet, and mix it with a bit of water from the Distress Sprayer. Pick up the paint mixture with a paintbrush, and flick the paint onto the watercolor panel. Set the paper aside to dry.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Cut a 5×7 piece of blue Distress cardstock to add to the card base. Using a white Distress crayon, draw an outline around the edge of the Distress cardstock, and smudge the pigment a bit with your fingertip. Distress the edge of the watercolor panel using a paper distresser tool.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Cut two 3 x 4.5 pieces of Specialty Stamping Paper. Leave one piece as is, and cut a curved slope across the top of the second piece. These will be snowbanks for our scene.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Using a palette knife, add Texture Paste to the top edge of both snowbank pieces. Set them aside to dry.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Die cut a variety of snowflakes from Specialty Stamping Paper using the Paper Snowflakes, Mini Thinlits die set. I ended up using three snowflakes for my card.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Brush the snowflakes with Crazing Distress Collage Medium, and set them aside to dry. Once they are dry, add a bit of Ice Stickles or clear Stickles Glitter Glue. Smooth the glitter glue out with the tip of your finger or a paintbrush.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Cut a 1 x 5 strip of Distress cardstock. Die cut the sentiment from the strip using the Holiday Words: Thin Thinlits die set. Outline the edge of the strip with white Distress crayon. Adhere the strip onto Specialty Stamping Paper, and trim out. Apply Stickles to the top of the strip and set aside to dry.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Die cut the snowman body from Watercolor cardstock. Using an ink blending tool, apply Tumbled Glass Distress ink to the edges of each body shape. Die cut the arms from brown Distress Cardstock, the nose from orange, and the eyes from black. Apply a bit of the Stickles glitter glue to the top of the nose and arms. Apply Stickles to the tops of the snowbank pieces. Set aside to dry.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Adhere the larger, rectangular snowbank to the bottom of the watercolor panel. Using Multi Medium Matte, adhere the largest snowman section to the top of the curved snowbank piece. Add foam adhesive to the bank of this section, and then adhere it to the bottom of the watercolor panel.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Adhere the snowman head to the middle section using Multi Medium Matte. Adhere the eyes and nose, and draw a small smile using a fine-tipped black pen. Tie a strand of blue hemp string around the snowman’s neck. Dab Picket Fence Distress paint onto two small Idea-ology Pinecone Adornments, and let dry. String the pinecones onto the cord, and tie into a small bow. Place foam adhesive behind the snowman shapes, and adhere to the card base.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Apply Multi Medium Matte to the back of the die cut snowflakes, and adhere them to the card base. Place foam adhesive onto the back of the sentiment strip, and adhere it across the snowman’s body. Add Multi Medium to the back of the die cut arms, and tuck them under the sentiment strip to look like they are holding up the strip.

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Enjoy!

audrey pettitMy name is Audrey Pettit. I live in Cary, North Carolina and have two wonderful kiddos, Peter and Nicole. I started scrapbooking and card-making about a decade ago after being invited to a friend’s house for a stamping party. That party opened my eyes to a whole new world of paper-crafting, and I have never looked back.  Visit Audrey’s blog at: AudreyPettit.Wordpress.com.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I have made a spread in my large Dylusions journal. I started with creating the background using the Dylusions Paints. The theme of my spread will be Winter Wonderland, so I choose some cool colours like London Blue, Calypso Teal, After Midnight, Crushed Grape and White Linen. Add the paints to the page using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: After applying the paints, I start blending them together by adding some more paint, going back and forth to the colours that are next to each other.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: After the first layer is finished I’ll start on the second layer. I pick out some nice Dylusions stencils from my stash and the cute stencil from the new “Dear Santa” stamp and stencil set.
Just take some of the colours you have used before for layer 1 and apply a little through the stencil using the Mini Ink Blending Tool. Just use the paint that is still on the Blending Tool (that will be quite enough), if you use too much paint it will smudge your page.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: After using the stars and the fresh dots stencils, the page will look like this.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: At this stage I decided to add some stamps. I used the holly background stamp from the “Holly Days” stamp set and the snowflake stamps from the “ Dear Santa” stamp and stencil set. I stamped with Calypso Teal from the Mixed Media Archival Ink Palette and the Glacier White Ranger Pigment Ink. Choose the same colours as the paints you’ve used before, because if you add a new colour (beside white or black) it will draw too much attention. White and black work differently, they will make the colours pop.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: For decorating my pages I used a variety of stamps: Dear Santa stamp and stencil set, Puddy Cats, Holly Days, Always and Oh Deer! I stamped all the images on smooth watercolour paper using the Jet Black Archival Ink.

I have coloured all images with Waterbrushes filled with Dylusions Ink Sprays and coloured pencils.

With a ruler and the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen I drew a few lines so the bulbs hang down from the trees.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: The journal block is one of my favorite items to use (what would I do without it?). So this time I used it to make a few guidelines for my quote (which I found on the internet).

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: I wrote a few basic letters first and start filling them to make them look bolder. I’ve used the Dylusions Paint Pens for my lettering. The Dylusions Paint Pens are another favorite item to use.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Glue down all the images to your page with the Ranger Collage Glue Stick and my page is finished.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Miranda van den Bosch

My name is Miranda van den Bosch and I live in Ridderkerk, which is a small town in the Netherlands. I have been painting and drawing since I was 4. I mainly painted portraits and animals. In 2010 I discovered art journaling and the fabulous world of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions and I got hooked ever since. I love the many possibilities you have with the stamp sets. You can create new images over and over again by combining new sets with older sets…..and the colours of the inks and paints aren’t they just dylucilious???

My Blog:  http://mirandascardcreations.blogspot.nl/
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/miranda.vandenbosch.94
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/macbo27/
Pinterest:  https://nl.pinterest.com/mirandav/

Holiday Present Box by Milagros Rivera

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The holidays bring the maker in all of us, suddenly we need to create, and sometimes what we have done needs a special packaging. Something that conveys just how special the recipient is and how much love you put into creating what’s inside. When you create the packaging you can customize it with stamps, stencils, paint, ink. There’s really no limits into embellishing it. So let’s deconstruct some journaling tags and add a notch to the things you can do with the amazing Dylusions Journaling tags, best thing is you only need 3!

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Step 1: Grab your tags and center them on a scoring table, score at 2 3/8 on each side, on all 3 tags vertically.
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Step 2: Horizontally score your tags at  4 ½ and 9” respectively.

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Step 3: Fold and cut notches wherever you see a mark intersecting.

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Step 4: Since you already have two tags that will serve as the body of the box, you will cut the third into 2 pieces of  4 ½ x 4 ½.

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Step 5:  Using your chosen stencil, fill it up with the yummy Distress Grit-Paste! I took a photo of the placement of your stencil just so you’re able to see that some will look backward, but when you fold the complete box they will align perfectly and nothing will look out of place!

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Step 6: Time to assemble the piece, I wanted the top of the tag as my closure since that gave me the opportunity to thread a ribbon and stamp a sentiment!

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Step 7:  After you thread your ribbon and some charms into a jump ring, using your Distress Crayon paint the words on your charm, then wipe off the excess, I tell you I can’t get over how easy and effective this quick little technique is! Plus there are so many colors to choose!!!

Can you imagine making sweet tiny boxes with the same technique and smaller tags!!! Happy creating everyone!

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

Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott

Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Hey there, 
My name is Tracy Scott and I’m a mixed media artist from East London in the UK and I’m here today with a ‘Holiday’ themed tutorial using Dyan’s most fabulous Dylusions Paints and products…. 
Holiday preparations are well and truly underway in our house, present shopping and wrapping is happening as we speak and plans for all the lovely home cooked goodies we will be having this season to share with family and friends. 

For my tutorial today I wanted to show you how easy it is to paint your own holiday welcome sign (Dyan Style of course !!!) for when all of those guests come to visit !! 

Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 1: I chose an 11×9 wood panel for my substrate but you could easily adapt this to use one of Dina’s fabulous mixed media boards (it wouldn’t be quite so heavy to hang !!) I coated the whole board with gesso and then using a mix of Dylusions paint, I used Fresh Lime, White, Vibrant Turquoise and Dirty Martini, I spread these randomly over the board with my fingers blending the colours together as I went. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 2: I force dried with a Heat it Tool allowing the paint to blister and bubble slightly to add a little texture to my piece (I didn’t want too much texture as this would be harder to paint over later) 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 3: My favourite colour combination at the moment is Dylusions Pomegranate, Cherry Pie and Bubblegum Pink, they are just so totally rich when used together on a project and when used against the greens in this background it is just stunning !!! 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 4: Starting with the Pomegranate first I used my fingers to paint this on in a circle on my board, layering the Cherry Pie on top and then the Bubblegum Pink on top of that, allowing the colours to slightly blend together as they are applied, thinking about where the light and shadow will fall and which direction the light is coming from I finally added white for a highlight. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 5: I repeated this process in several places over my board paying attention to the ‘light source’ to add shadow and highlights with the paints. (I partially overpainted one of the circles so that it appeared to be tucked into the background to add some more depth) 
light is coming from I finally added white for a highlight. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 6: Using a mix of the green and blues paints again I added some shadows to my board using the same ‘light source’ as used for the circles. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 7: Moving on to the Black Dylusions paint and a small paint brush I painted in the top of my baubles, down the left hand side (again paying attention to my light source) and added some line details to some to give added interest. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 8: Using the black and white Distress Crayons I began adding more shadow and light details both on the baubles rubbing in with my finger but also using the black underneath to add even more depth. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 9: Using Dyan’s fabulous paint pens I started to add some finer details to my painting, adding the strings to my baubles so that they can hang in the tree.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 10: Next I took the small Dylusions Stars Stencil and some White Linen Dylusions paint and added randomly to my background, I masked off the baubles with some washi tape and used a blending tool to get a good coverage on the white.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 11: Of course you can’t have baubles without a bit of glitter and the Mercury Glass Stickles is just perfect to add a little touch of sparkle. I added randomly on the baubles and then added touches around the board.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 12: Water down some White Dylusions Paint and use the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush, add randomly all over the board, force dry with a Heat Gun so that the drips bubble.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 13: To frame the edge of my board I used the Black Distress Crayon and started to layer on, smudging with my fingers and building up the layers.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
To finish my project I just had to choose one of Dyan’s ‘fabulous’ quotes and I knew that this one was just perfect….a holiday welcome sign…’Dyan’ style !!! 

Thank you for stopping by today. I’ve had an absolute blast creating this project and know that you will too. Give it a go and have a very happy holiday xx 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott

Tracy ScottMy name is Tracy Scott and when not at the day job as a finance officer in East London UK I love nothing better than getting inky and painty. Colour is my passion and as long as it’s completely bright and over the top then I’m all over it. The brighter the colours the more I love it…nothing dull and brown for this girl I’m afraid !! I am passionate about art journalling and mixed media and love to share my knowledge with all like minded arty friends!
Find me at my blog: www.heartistry@studio7.blogspot.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/myjournallingjourney
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Tr4cy1973 

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

The Holiday season is officially here! It’s time to create handmade cards, tags, gifts and all kinds of yummy projects to give our friends and loved ones! And that brings a smile to my face!

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 1: Grab your supplies and let’s create some fun! Cut a piece of 8.5” x 11” Watercolor Paper in half, then using your bone folder, crease and fold your card. Stamp the frame in Jet Black Archival Ink using the frame from the Dina Wakley Media Scribbly Vintage Holiday Stamp & Stencil stamp set.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 2: Using a craft knife, carefully cut inside your stamped frame. See the piece you removed? It’s the perfect size for a tag, put it aside for later.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 3: Stamp Santa’s image inside the frame.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 4: The new Distress Grit-Paste is amazing to create textures with! Add dimensional texture to Santa’s face, including his hat, his eyebrows, mustache, and beard. To reach the tiny places in the stamp like the eyebrows and mustache it helps to have a wood skewer to help you move the paste in place! You’re going to have fun creating fun textures with it!

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 5: Using a mini stencil, add a fun textural element to your card using the Distress Grit-Paste. As you can see I used the Enamel Accents to paint Santa, the berries, and leaves. I have a nifty trick for you, keep a pin nearby and use it to help you move the accents into the smaller places.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 6: Now that the card is completed, grab those small pieces that you removed from the inside of the frame. Stamp some toys from the Scribbly Vintage Holiday stamp set, you can take your pick, boy or girl!

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 7: Punch a hole at the top of your tags and measure a piece of 12” ribbon to thread.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 8: Using a Distress Crayon of your choice scribble over the ribbon, then mist with water to customize your trim.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 9: I can’t get over how fun the Enamel Accents are! I had the very first ones in Glacier White and Black Tie and loved them, now I have the whole rainbow to play with! You can squirt directly on to your surface, or use the pin to help you move the accents into smaller spaces of your stamped images.

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 1: Using pliers take the Assemblage Clock apart. Die cut snowflakes using Metal Foil Tape Sheets. Peel and stick the snowflakes to the clock and bell pieces. Apply Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative to a felt pad with a few drops of Blending Solution and pounce all over the clock pieces (clock body, bells, feet, hands, etc.). Apply Cloudy Blue and Aqua Alcohol Ink and a few drops of Blending Solution to the felt pad and randomly pounce over the snowflakes. Reassemble clock. Trace the back of the clock onto Tiding Paper Stash of your choice. Cut inside traced line to fit clock backing. Attach paper to the backing of the clock using foam tape.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 2: Stamp cabin with Distress Black Soot Archival Ink. Color image with Distress Crayons or Distress Markers, blend color with a Detailer water brush and let dry. Cut image out with scissors. Apply Glossy Accents to roof, snow and trees, pour Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over image, shake off excess and let dry. Attach game pieces, or the like, to the back of the cabin to elevate it off the back of the clock.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 3: Cut off the base of the trees and trim the back so they are flat. Spray Woodland Trees with Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain and let dry. Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint with fingers to the tips of the tress and let dry. Apply Glossy Accents with finger to the tips of the tress, sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Glitter, shake off excess and let dry. Adhere trees to the back using hot glue.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 4: Adhere cabin to the clock with hot glue. Apply a few drops of Gold Metallic Alcohol Ink Mixative and a few drops of Blending Solution to a cotton swab. Rub the color on the deer and then use the dry end of the cotton swab to rub off the high point to create shaded areas. Trim the deer’s front legs as needed. Adhere deer to the clock with hot glue. Color Type Token with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and wipe off excess. Crayon will remain in the letters.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 5: Die cut greenery from green cardstock, sand and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an Ink Blending Tool. Apply Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative to the metal pieces (jingle brads, pinecones, ice skates, jump rings and swivel clasp and chain). Apply Clear Rock Candy Glitter to greenery and metal pieces with Glossy Accents, let dry. Install twinkle lights around the face of the clock if desired.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 6: Adhere greenery to clock using Glossy Accents. Attach jingle bells, ices skates, and pinecones to swivel clasp with jump rings and attach to handle. Tie Crinkle Ribbon around the clock handle with a big bow. Apply Remnant Rubs snowflakes to glass front and the inside as desired. Add Clear Rock Candy Glitter to the inside of the clock for snow and put backing on clock.

Richele Christensen I’m a California girl and currently live in the Sacramento area with my husband Del. Our children are both married and live close by with their families! I have four beautiful grandchildren.
Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for art, sewing, quilting, and crafting. I’ve been working in the paper crafting industry since 2001 and it has lead me on an unforgettable journey. I currently have the job of my dreams working as the Project Manager for Tim Holtz. My designs have been displayed by Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, Stampers Anonymous, Advantus, Sizzix, Hero Arts and I have been published in several papercrafting and quilting magazines. You can visit her at her blog, California Art Girl.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be on the Ranger blog sharing a Christmas card I made using the brand new Dina Wakely Media Scribbly Vintage Holiday stamps! I fell in love with this stamp set as soon as I first saw it. I love all the vintage inspired images – especially that Santa and Reindeer! As I thought about my project for today, I knew I wanted to create a Christmas card and thought it would be fun to do a little watercoloring with you as well.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: First, I started by stamping all the smaller images in Sepia Archival Ink to create a background panel for my card. I originally thought the toy images were all separate but it is actually a cute border stamp of images but for what I had in mind, I wanted it to look more random (perhaps like vintage wrapping paper) so I cut the stamp in half so that I could create that more easily. Don’t be afraid to cut your stamps to suit your needs. You can easily place them back together on your stamping block to use as a border if you want later. I also stamped the frame and Santa image to get ready to watercolor later.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: When I first started crafting, I started by making cards and coloring is my favorite thing about card making. So, I decided to use my Distress Inkers as my watercolor for this card. I wanted to create a card that is easily reproduced and I think stamping a lot of backgrounds and then sitting down to watch my favorite holiday movie while coloring is the perfect thing to do with this design. I also used a Distress Crayon to lightly fill in the areas between the images just to soften my background panel a bit.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Next I pulled out my Blank Dina Wakley Media Tapes. These are perfect for customizing to suit any project you are working on. I knew I wanted to create a border for my Santa image as well as stamp the Happy Christmas sentiment from the stamp set. I started by painting the medium tape with Dina’s Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, and then used my Distress Inks to add color to the other two sizes. Once the Gilt paint was dry, I stamped Happy Christmas twice using Black Archival Ink and then layered them onto my background panel.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I decided to layer my background panel on the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock but first I added color around the edges with the Gilt paint to tie everything together. I love how adding paint or ink to the woodgrain cardstock really brings out all that pretty texture.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: At this point, I realized the frame I stamped with the Santa image was just too busy and big for my card so I decided to fussy cut my Santa out since I already watercolored that. I then used foam tape to adhere my background panel as well as the Santa image to my card.

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: As a finishing touch, I pulled out my new Yuletide Stickles & Liquid Pearl set and used the Poinsetta color to add a bit of sparkle to the darker areas of the Santa hat. I also used Stardust Stickles on the white areas of my image. I don’t think a Christmas card is complete without a little shimmer!

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com
Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my finished card and all the watercoloring. I think coloring is so relaxing and it was fun to create this vintage inspired Christmas card for you today!

I filmed the entire process for you as well so you can see each step as it comes together. I love sharing my process and letting you see the entire project come together. Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to pull out your Ranger holiday stamps and have a little coloring fun as you create your holiday cards!

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