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Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Now that SPRING is here, the days are slowly getting longer and on some days it feels a bit warmer, it inspired me to make a spread about spring in my journal.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I wanted the word SPRING to cover the whole page. Because it’s always hard to rub away pencil-lines on backgrounds painted with acrylic paints, I did the handlettering first. When I was satisfied with the size and shape I went over to paint the background.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: I used Dylusions paints for creating the background. I used London Blue, Lemon Zest and White Linen. The London Blue and Lemon Zest blend to a lovely colour green. By using the White Linen while I was blending, I was able to create more pastel-like colours.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: When you look closely to the background, you will still be able to see the word spring. I traced the lines with Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen and coloured the letters using Black Marble Paint and a brush.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now that the word is coloured, I started on decorating the borders using the Oodles of Foliage Set. The new leaf set is really very cool. Don’t you think so, too? I love using leaves, they always add a little extra to your pages. You can colour the leaves green or black…they always look fabulous.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I took 6 images from both the Mini Me and Mini Moo stampsets. I wanted an image for every letter in the word spring. The new images are so lovely and quite a few of my favorite ones from older sets are now available as a mini. I decided to give one new arms, so I could make her climb down the letter N.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I also cut off the legs and glued them down again, this time a slightly bit tilted.

Cut out all the images and glue them down to your page with the Ranger gluestick.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: After I glued down all the images, I thought there was something missing in the background. I found this cute flower in the How Does your Garden Grow set. I coloured all the flowers using a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and the Dylusions Paints Cherry Pie, White Linen, Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Tangerine Dream.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: After colouring all the flowers, I traced the line again using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: For the final touch, I wrote down “is in the air” with the Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen. Now I am satisfied with the result. I really enjoyed making this spread and I hope you will, too. Happy Spring!

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/

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here! I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger Blog today! I’ll be creating this Vignette Tray perfect for spring!

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet white wash the Vignette Tray and Vignette Panel front, back and sides using some watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint. You want the paint to be somewhat transparent on the wood. Allow to air dry or you can speed up the process with the Heat It Tool. After dry, splatter the Vignette Tray and Vignette Panel with Picket Fence Distress Paint using the Distress Splatter Brush. Load bristles with the paint then pullcback bristles with fingers and release to create the splatters. That is such a fun tool. Allow to air dry or use Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Take a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack. Trim it down to 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 with non-stick scissors. Paint a thin layer of Dina Wakley Media Black Gesso on burlap leaving some areas still exposed. Allowed to air dry thoroughly or use Heat It Tool. Place the Flourish Layering Stencil over top of gessoed burlap and tack down with tape to Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using a Mini Ink Blending tool with foam, pick up Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink from pad. Working in a circular motion, apply Oxide Ink with Blending Tool over layering stencil to the burlap. Move layering stencil to the right to continue the pattern.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Carefully lift the layering stencil and dry inked burlap with Heat It Tool. To really activate that oxide look, spray droplets of water using Distress Sprayer onto inked surface of burlap. Then dry with Heat It Tool. Add splatters for additional interest using Picket Fence Distress Paint and the splatter brush to burlap. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Cut a piece of Ranger Kraft Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5. Apply Flourish pattern with Layering Stencil using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and blending foam to Ranger Kraft Cardstock, moving stencil to continue pattern. Lift stencil and dry Ranger Kraft Cardstock with Heat It Tool. Spray droplets of water using Distress Sprayer onto inked background to activate oxide look then dry with Heat It Tool. I just can’t help but say it…“that is so cool”!

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Using the Quilted Texture Fade, run the Ranger Kraft Cardstock through a diecut machine to create the raised texture on the surface. Cut Ranger Kraft cardstock in half, so you have two 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 pieces. Then shade edges of cardstock with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: I added a few more water spots with just a bit more water droplets using the Distress Sprayer onto the Ranger Kraft Cardstock. Then dry with Heat It Tool. I have so much fun adding layers upon layers of interest to a piece. Swoosh a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide onto the Non-Stick Craft sheet along with water droplets using the Distress Sprayer and pick up color with splatter brush. Splatter ink onto Kraft Cardstock and dry with Heat It Tool. Distress edges of cardstock with Ranger Bone Folder.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Adhere both pieces of Ranger Kraft Cardstock to the top and bottom of the Vignette Tray with Glossy Accents. Then take the paper backing off of the burlap exposing the adhesive. Adhere burlap to center of Vignette Tray, leaving equal distance from top to bottom.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Add Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Sprayer. Press or swipe a Distress Watercolor Cardstock through the ink, picking up the color.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Add additional colors separately to add more definition to each color. Swipe Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distressed Oxides onto Non-Stick Craft Sheet, making sure the colors do not to touch. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping). While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Color four or five different sheets of Distress Watercolor Cardstock with the various Distress Oxide Ink colors combinations, using the same coloring techniques. You can also accent your Distress Oxides with original Distress Inks too. Here I used Fossilized Amber Distressed Oxide Ink alongside Wilted Violet Distress Ink. They work beautifully together.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Cut a piece of Ranger Kraft Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Using the Stampers Anonymous Newsprint Stamp and Fossilized Amber Distressed Oxide Ink, stamp the image onto Ranger Kraft Cardstock. Dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Spray large droplets of water using Distress Sprayer on stamped image, then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 14: Repeat steps using various Distress Oxide Inks on additional Ranger Kraft. Cardstock.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 15: Using the Distress Watercolor Cardstock that you colorized and the Ranger Kraft Cardstock that you stamped, die cut wildflower images using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Thin dies. Swipe Broken China Distressed Oxide Ink onto Non-Stick Craft Sheet, then add droplets of water to ink. Pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the die cut wildflowers, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 16: Add shading to wildflowers with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool with foam. Dry with Heat It Tool, if needed.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 17: Start layering all of the wildflowers using small pieces of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam adhered to back of the largest part of flower. Making sure not to add any flowers past the bottom portion of the burlap. You can tack the bottom of the stems to the burlap with a little Glossy Accents.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 18: Add Design Tape to edge of Vignette Tray and burnish with Ranger Bone Folder. Snip the corners of the tape with scissors and fold along all edges.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 19: Use Distress Markers to tint Paper Doll by coloring the image and then blotting with towel or rubbing away the excess ink with a cotton swab. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 20: Color Typography using a little Pumice Stone Distress Paint. Then let air dry or dry with the Heat It Tool. Diecut the word “happy” from small strip of black Kraft Core Cardstock. On a scratch piece of paper, sand the black Kraft Core to expose the underlying kraft. Cut a small V on right side of word strip, to create a banner. Back with a small piece of silver Deco Sheet.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 21: Adhere some Design Tape to the Vignette Panel. Then tie off a little Eclectic Elements Craft Thread to the Vignette Panel. Flip the panel over and build up 3 stacks of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam in each corner, for height.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 22: Attach the “enclosed” Snippet Ephemera with the craft thread to the wildflowers. Attach the Vignette Panel. Then adhere the banner, Typography, Paper Dolls and Butterfly Snippets using Glossy Accents.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

I just love the dimension this sweet little Spring Vignette Tray creates. Distress Oxide Inks are so much fun to experiment with, I truly hope you give it a try!

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.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter Bunny version of the Crazy critters for a super sweet and shabby Distress holiday card. What a great way to send a holiday greeting to your loved ones, right?

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Let’s take a closer look.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, stamp your images onto Ranger Watercolor cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. For this card you will need three Crazy Cats, one set of bunny ears, and a sentiment. Die cut the cats and ears using the matching Framelits dies. Cut the sentiment into a thin strip.
Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Watercolor the cats and ears using a variety of Distress Inks. To watercolor with Distress, simply press the ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Mix the inks with a bit of water using a Ranger Artist Brush, and apply the color to your image. For the cats, start with the lightest color of ink on the first cat, and gradually deepen the color of the images as you go.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Apply Glossy Accents to the eyes and noses of the cats. Set the images aside to dry.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Create a side-folding standard A2 card base from white cardstock. Cut a piece of Memoranda patterned paper to fit. Round the two right corners of the card base and patterned paper using a corner rounder punch. Nestle the two largest Stitched Rectangle Framelits dies, and hold them in place with a bit of washi tape. Die cut the frame from gold metallic cardstock.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Die cut two additional frames from white cardstock

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Adhere the patterned paper to the card base. Distress the edges using a Tim Holtz Paper Distressor. Ink the edges with brown Distress ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Adhere the three frame die cuts together using Ranger Multi-Medium Matte. Sand the frame, and then ink the edges.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Remove the washi tape from the two rectangle dies, and then die cut the smaller shape from Watercolor Cardstock. Dab Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pads onto the Craft Sheet, and spritz the inks liberally with water using a Distress Sprayer. Press the rectangle die cut into the ink mixture. Dry the paper with a Heat Tool, or allow it to air dry. Repeat this process to intensify the colors, if desired.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Place the Measured stencil over the inked rectangle, and apply Victorian Velvet to the stencil using an Ink Blending Tool.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Adhere a strip of text-print patterned paper across the bottom of the card base. Cut a piece of black Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than the gold frame. Adhere the frame to the cardstock, and then nestle and adhere the smaller rectangle shape inside the frame. Finally, adhere the finished frame to the card base.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere the ears behind the head of the darkest Crazy Cat image using multi medium matte. Position all three cats inside the frame, and adhere them in place. Use the Multi Medium adhesive to adhere the cats, but place a bit of foam adhesive behind the head of the focal cat, for a bit of extra dimension.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Ink the sentiment strip with Fossilized Amber and Victorian Velvet ink. Layer onto a strip of sanded black Distress Cardstock. Cut the right ends of both strips into a banner V-notch. Ink a piece of Crinkle Ribbon and a Bouquet blossom with Victorian Velvet ink. Tie the ribbon around the left side of the sentiment strip, and then adhere the strip across the bottom of the cats. Adhere the Bouquet blossom to the ears of the focal cat.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Happy Easter, Everyone! 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.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Today I want to show you how you can brighten up your Easter decorations by using the Dylusions paints. I made some cheery decoration for my Easter branches.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I bought some plastic easter eggs and gave them a nice layer of gesso using Dina Wakley’s White Gesso.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: After the gesso is dry, use the Dylusions paints to colour all the eggs. I used Pure Sunshine, Tangerine Dream, Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Zest.

For decorating the eggs, I use the Ranger Enamel Accents and Dylusions Paint Pens.

I used the Enamel Accents to make dots, stripes and circles. The Enamels are thick acrylic paint, so you really get some nice structure when you use them on your eggs.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: The ribbon on the eggs get another colour with the Dylusions Ink Sprays. I used Bubblegum Pink, Pure Sunshine and Tangerine Dream. Just spray some ink on the ribbon and let it dry.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: The new die cuts have a perfect size for using them as decoration in your Easter branches. I picked out a few different designs and coloured them with Distress Markers, Dylusions Paint Pens and a little Distress Crayons.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: To make a skin colour I used Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber and blend them together with water. If you use too much Coral your skin gets to pinky and to yellowish if you use too much amber. I always try out on a little piece of paper first to see if the colour turns out ok.

I usually add 3 to 4 layers of colour before I am satisfied with the result.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Punch out some circles and take some pieces of ribbon or rope. Furthermore you’ll need some glue and tape.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Tape down the rope and glue a circle on top of it so the backside of the image looks nice too.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Decorate your Easter branches with the eggs and coloured die cuts and have a cheery Easter this year.

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/

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 1: Apply Distress Oxide Inks directly to Craft Sheet, spritz with water until ringlets form. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 2: Swipe Heavyweight Mixed Media Cardstock through the ink, slowly spray water droplets over ink with Distress Sprayer and dry with a heat tool. Repeat to create beautiful layers of ink always drying between layers.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 3: Spray the back of the Trellis Layering Stencil with water using the Distress Sprayer and wipe off the edges of the stencil with a dry towel. Place Layering Stencil on background, blot with a towel, carefully remove Layering Stencil wait a few seconds for the ink to react and blot off water. Repeat if desired and dry with a Heat it Tool. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 4: Ink through Cargo Layering Stencil with an Ink Blending Tool using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink. Stamp Ledger Script with Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Ink randomly over background. (Make a DIY Archival Ink Pad using a Hickory Smoke Archival reinker.)

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 5: Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink using an Ink Blending Tool. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 6: Add a little texture in the background using a Distress Spritzer with Hickory Smoke Distress Marker. Optional: Sew around the edge of the card if desired.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 7: Try different color combinations for fun. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 8: Die cut Wildflower #2 Thinlits Set from Black Cardstock and adhere to card with Collage Medium. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 9: Adhere background to black mat, tie thin jute string around layers and adhere to card. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 10: Cut a strip 3/4” x 5” using Textile Surfaces then die cut message using the Sentiments Thinlits Set and a Vagabond. Cut a 7/8” x 5” strip the same color as the base card then adhere the sentiment to strip. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 11: Punch butterflies from one of the colored pieces, Ink the edges and body with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 12: Add sentiment to cards with foam tape and trim excess with scissors.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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.

Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi, everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! I love painting flowers, especially tulips, and I want to show you how I created this page. When I’m thinking about art journaling for a particular season or mood, I turn to Pinterest where I search for quotes. Once I find a quote that speaks to me in this case: “Even flowers have to push past the dirt.” I’m ready to get started.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Large Dylusions Creative Journal. To break the blank page syndrome, I start with adding some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap using Multi Medium Matte. This helps give me a base so I can start adding color and texture with paint.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: To prepare my page for all the layers that are coming, I added a thin watered down layer of Dina Wakely Media White Gesso all over to my page. I wiped up the excess to reveal the collage paper below with a baby wipe and dried this before moving on.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Spring reminds me of bright blue skies, so I added shades of blue to my page with Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint in Sky, Lapis, and Elephant. I spritzed my page with water and then started to spread the paints around blending them together. I wiped parts up with a baby wipe to reveal the print below and worked it until I was happy with the background.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Next, I wanted to add some texture, so I pulled out the Textures stamp and used Dina Wakley Archival Ink palette in the colors Night and Ocean to add some dots on my background keeping it to the upper left and bottom right corners. I would love a full-size ink pad of archival ink in Hickory Smoke (my favorite Distress Ink color), so I got a DIY Archival Ink pad with a Hickory Smoke reinker and created my own. Using this I added the screen background stamp from the Textures stamp to add a little more interest in my background. I love the subtle, shadow-like color of Hickory Smoke.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Now it was time to paint my flowers. I love tulips. To me, they are the epitome of springtime. I used the 1/2″ flat brush to very roughly paint the shape of a tulip. I blended colors right on my Craft Sheet using Ruby, Lemon, and Magenta. I didn’t worry about cleaning my paintbrush in between colors as I just wanted them to blend, creating the illusion of shadows and highlights. I also added some green stems using just my fingers with the colors Lime and Evergreen. Then to outline my shapes I used a Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks and a Stabilo All Purpose Pencil blended with water. I also added a bit of texture using a stamp from Scribble Text Elements in the color Night to the outside of my tulips.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I wanted to add my quote now, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do that. Originally, I wanted to journal it right on my page, but I didn’t think I had a large enough space. I had a moment of wishing I had a printer set up or a typewriter when I glanced at my supplies and saw my Dina Wakley Blank Media Tapes. Inspiration hit as I decided to write directly on the tape with a permanent pen and then add it to my page. It was an epiphany!

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Once I was happy with that, I made sure they were dry and added a bit of white paint to my page so it would better stand out when I added the tape. I also added some white paint splatters here to add a bit of texture over my tulips. I laid down the tape and added a layer of Multi Medium Matte to make sure they wouldn’t lift up. I dried that and then doodled on top with the Fude Ball pen to make the words stand out more.

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Spring Media Art Journal by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed spring-inspired art journal page. I really enjoyed creating this page. One of the reasons I love this quote so much is because spring time is a thing of beauty and awe as everything comes back to life. However, it’s also a time of invisible struggle as it’s not easy to bloom, and like the flowers, we all have some dirt to push past, but when we do, it is a beautiful sight to behold!

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.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch

Be different is the name of this creation. Being different as in “ standing out of the crowd,” but it has another meaning also. With the Dylusions stamps you create new images over and over again and those will be different than the ones you’ve used before…LOL. Well, that is what I like about the Dylusions stamps. You can swap heads and bodies over and over again to make new fabulous images.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I’ve started my creation with trimming the pages using the journal block and and an extra sheet from the large journal inserts (picture 1). Colour the extra page with Pomegranate Seed, Tangerine Dream and Bubblegum Pink (picture 2). Use the Mini Ink Blending Tool by Ranger to blend the colours on your page (picture 3). Add structure to your page using the Cobwebs, Holes and Direction Stencils. For adding the arrows of the Direction Stencil I used White Linen. For a background I normally I use the same colours I already have used before. Adding a new colour will draw too much attention and this colour will be part of the foreground instead of the background. White and black are always ok to add. The will make the colours pop (picture 4).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: I used the leaves from the Doodle Parts stamp set to stamp some leaves at the top and bottom. Allthough I used the Archival Ink Jet Black, I always colour the black part again using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen. Add a little highlight with the Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen.

Stamp the toadstools and image on the smooth side of the Watercolour Paper. Start with a wash of colour using either watercolour pencils or distress crayons or Dylusions ink (anything soluble in water will be fine). After the 1st wash I add more colour and depth using colouring pencils.

Cut out all the images and glue them on your page with the Ranger Glue Stick.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: For the next page I used Polished Jade, Crushed Grape and London Blue Paints. Add the paints with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and blend all colours together (picture 1). Add structure to the page using the following stencils Circles, Hearts and Number Jumble. (picture 2).
After adding the stencils your pages will look like this (picture 3). Use the Journal Block and the Dylusions Paint Pens to draw a border (picure 4).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I taped the extra page to the large spread using Dina Wakley’s Mixed Media Tape. I add a border using the flowers from the Anatomy of a Page Stamp Set (picture 1). I coloured all flowers using colouring pencils. Cut out all the flowers and glue them to your page (picture 2). The rest of the border will be made with a stamp from the Ocean Backgrounds Stamp Set and coloured with the Dylusions paint pen Black Marble (picture 3).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: The colours reminded me of the ocean so I decided to add a catfish or should I say a mercat. Well, this is just the fun of using the Dylusions stamps, isn’t it. You can create new creatures. For my mercat I used the head of the Puddy Cats, the body of Always and tail of Doodle Delights.

I also used the tiny fish background stamp and a squid from the Under the Sea stamp set. All images are coloured with colouring pencils, cut out and glued to my pages with the Ranger gluestick. The image on the left is made with the passage of time stamp set.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: For the middle page I used the Slate Grey, Funky Fuchsia and Pure Sunshine paints. The stencils are Cobwebs, Fresh Dots and Flower Pop Used the same colours as for the background and added a little Black Marble (picture 1).

I love the flowers in the Anatomy of a Page stamp set, so I used them again. Stamped them on the page and on a separate sheet of watercolour paper. I coloured all flowers with colouring pencils, cut them out and glued them to the page (picture 2).

For the flowers and toadstools I used the same colours as in the background (picture 3).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: The toadstools are from the Shrooms stamp set. I like the combination of Toadstools and Flowers, so I had a great time colouring these (picture 1). The body is from the Shrooms stamp set too. The head is from the Oh, Deer stamp set. It’s so funny to swap all the heads with the different bodies in the Dylusions stamp collection (picture 2 and 3).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: I love the combination of Slate Grey, Funky Fuchsia and Pure Sunshine. It ‘s one of my favorite colour combinations of this moment. The colours really look lush, don’t they.

At the top of the page I stamped the leaves from the Branching Out stamp set and coloured all the leaves again, using the Dylusions paint pen, Black Marble.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: The paints that I used for this spread are Postbox Red, Funky Fuchsia and Crushed Grape. The stencils are Direction, Raining Cats and Squares. Again, I used the same colours of paints and added a little white to make it a bit more interesting (picture 1).

The trees are from a older Christmas stamp set, called One, Two Tree. I stamped on a piece of watercolour paper and coloured them using colouring pencils. Cut the trees out and glue them to the page (picture 2).
For the image I used 2 different sets, the Eyes Have It and I Can See Clearly (picture 3).
Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: On this page I used other elements of the Analomy of a Page stamp set, but I admit I was tempted to use the flowers again, because they are so awesome.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: And here are all the pages toegther again. The quotes are from Dyan’s sweet sayings on the How About Never stamp set. The other quotes were found on the internet and handwritten with the Dylusions Paint Pens.

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/

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 1: To begin, coat your crafting egg with a layer of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso. By adding the layer of gesso, it helps create a smooth surface that the paint can adhere to evenly.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Paint the egg a solid color of your choice, I chose Blushing mixed with White to create a more pastel pink. I gave the egg 2-3 coats of paint (depending on how light the color was). Allow the paint to dry before adding the next coat.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

For the other two eggs, I used Lime and Turquoise, both mixed with White to create a pastel.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 3: Using the Dina Wakley Media Tape, I taped off the bottom of the egg, about 1/3 from the bottom. The tape will help keep a straight and even line when you move to the next step.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 4: Using a Dina Wakley Media Metallic paint, coat the bottom third of the egg. This is where the tape comes in handy, don’t worry about hitting the tape with the paint. It will not be staying on the final product. Give each metallic paint 2-3 coats, or until evenly coated.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 5: Once your metallic paint has been fully coated and dried completely, gently remove the Dina Wakley Media tape.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 6: Using the easy flow applicator tip, create polka dots on the top of the egg where the pastel color is still showing.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 7: When creating your polka dots, do one side of the egg, and then place in back into the egg crate that they came in to dry. Once the one side has dried completely, turnover and repeat on the other side.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Insert 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch heavy stock base into the corner of the Stamp Platform. I cut this a little larger to allow for room for the magnets. Position the rectangle collage background stamp in place in the platform.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Ink the stamp with both Potting Soil and Watering Can. The mini pads work great for this!

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Position the Select-A-Sentiment stamp over the base. Ink the leaf areas with the mini Leaf Green pad and stamp.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Ink the whole stamp with Jet Black, then wipe away the ink from the leaves with a towel. Stamp and repeat as needed to have a fully inked image. DRY. Trim the excess cardstock, using the stamp edges as a guide. Ink the cardstock edges lightly with Potting Soil.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Use the Blending Tool to ink the base with Sky Blue, leaving the label area uninked. Position the stripes stencil toward the left and use Sky Blue again to stencil stripes above & below the label.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Make a loop of painter’s tape to hold the card base securely to the craft sheet. Choose the sentiment from the Select-A-Stencil (I chose thank you) and position in the label area. I moved it to the far right, to leave room for the flower. BUT…you could center it and use no flower or you could position the sentiment far left & add the flower on the right.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Move the rotating window in place and use a post-it to mask off the heart area in the bottom rotating window. Ink the Blending Tool with Jet Black, place it over the stencil, then twist & turn to add ink. The stencil protects the background. DRY.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Ink the mat mini leaves with Leaf Green, then ink the herringbone stamp with Fern Green & stamp over the leaves.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Ink the mat mini flower with Forget-Me-Not, then add polka dots with the stencil and Watering Can. Add shading to the petal edges with Potting Soil.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Place a piece of the Tape Strip on the Craft Sheet and it will hold the rose in place. Paint the rose with a paint brush and Forget-Me-Not Enamel Accents and allow to dry. When dry (about 2 minutes) swipe the mini Potting Soil pad over the raised edges to add more detail. Glue the rose to the center of the mat mini flower with Multi Medium.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Use the Forget-Me-Not Enamel Accents to fill in the dots on the stamped image & allow to dry. I also added dots to the ends of the flourish on the left.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Add the card base to a slightly larger black cardstock base & then to a heavy stock card.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Add the black mat mini heart, the leaves & flower as shown, to the left side.

Things to Note:

  • The small size of the Archival pads makes it very convenient to add ink to small areas. Multiple colors on one stamp really makes it even more interesting & changes the look of the stamp.
  • Hooray for coordinating Enamel Accents! Sticking with a color palette make it foolproof.
  • Since the stenciling was done with Archival Ink, clean your stencil with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. Archival Inks are waterproof, so water will not remove ink from the stencil.
  • Enamel Accents have multiple uses. Painting embellishments with them is an easy way to coordinate them with your project & give them new life. The dots add shine & texture. Clean the paint brush with water before the Enamel Accents dry.
  • Every sentiment on the stencil fits in the label area of the stamp. It’s also fun to combine words for different sentiments. The stamp can be rotated and used vertically too.
  • Wendy Studio490 

    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!

    Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

    Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

    Do you sometimes wonder about the possibilities your stamps may bring your way? I do and with the new Fronds stamps by Dina I kinda had this butterfly vision in my head that I had to put to the test! You see Spring is coming over, not much changes over in my island but I’ve seen pictures of crocus breaking ground and it’s exciting! Pretty soon the ground will be filled with blooms and butterflies and that is the inspiration for my project.

    Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

    Step 1: Grab your supplies, stamp the big and medium open fronds over your tissue paper. I’m using embossing powder in black because my intention is to flip them over to create a mirror image, the darker the better! Once you have all the pieces, hand cut them and with the Gel Medium adhere them to your journal page. I have a confession: the new Ranger and Ice Resin Squeegee is my new addiction! It will help eliminate any pockets of air between your tissue and your surface, it’ll run so smooth you’ll start wondering where it was all your life!

    Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

    Step 2: Using your Squeegee, yes, again, apply Gesso over your page to set the stage for your paints. You will notice you use less product, it dries faster and is more efficient. Since my inspiration is springtime I wanted to subdue Dina’s bold colors into a pastel palette by using white. And guess what Mr. Squeegee, you’ll use it to mix and apply the paint, it also works to apply paint over stencils too!

    Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

    Step 3: By prepping your media board with gesso you have made it easy to use a baby wipe to remove paint using your stencils, that same paint can be smeared over the stencil in a different color base or even on the plain gessoed surface. Now it’s time to collage the wings using Gel Medium and prep them with the Clear Gesso. Then clean your stamp by ghosting the images directly on your journal. Using the Scribble Sticks, give her color and cheeks some color.

    Springtime Media Board by Milagros Rivera

    Step 4: Use a watercolor brush to work the watercolor magic of the new Scribble Sticks. Use the Enamel Accents to give the coat some buttons and give the shoes some patent leather look. Using some wipes “clean” the pink color over your stencils to give a subtle floral effect in your background. Then play with your alpha stencil to write your quote with the Fudeball, I loved mixing the different heights in the letters to give the words some movement.

    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.