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Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon

I love experimenting with my Distress Crayons and Ranger Mediums and often create many different panels at a time. One of my favorite uses for these backgrounds is incorporating them into my card making.

Today I will walk you through three of my favorite background techniques with Distress Crayons and Ranger Mediums including collage medium resist, Picket Fence Distress Crayon resist and Distress Grit paste on panels of Mixed Media Heavystock.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Create the first panel by applying Opaque Matte Texture paste through the Splash stencil. Let air dry.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Once the texture paste is dry, add a layer of the Distress Collage Crazing Medium and let dry. The medium will allow the next layer of Distress Crayons to glide over the texture.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Apply Distress Crayons, one color at a time to small areas of the surface with your finger, blending each small area as you go.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Continue building layers, until you achieve the desired effect.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Trim background panel and apply to card. Add colored images from Sea Life and Simple Sayings Set.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: To create the Mosaic background, use Picket Fence Distress Crayon to color through the Mosaic stencil. I like to build up some texture here.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Remove the stencil and let dry.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Spray the panel with Distress stains in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin. Let dry, then gently wipe over raised areas with a damp (but not too damp) baby wipe.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Trim panel and add to card. Add Paper Dolls with Distress Collage Medium. Stamp sentiment from Mini Motivation in Vibrant Fuchsia, and adhere sentiment to card with Adhesive Foam.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: For the third card panel, apply Grit Paste through the Slate stencil and let dry.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Once the grit paste is dry, color in the panel with Distress Crayons, again working in small areas and blending with your finger as you go. On this one, I like to start with
lightest color, and work the darker in as I go.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Continue adding Distress Crayon, layering and blending until you achieve the desired effect.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Once the layer is complete, trim and add to card panel. Stamp Hipster Goat, sentiment and cut out. Add cut out Sizzix Heartfelt hearts.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Thanks for following along today with my tutorial. I hope this inspires you to take some of your experiments with Distress Crayons and turn them into happy mail that you can send to family and friends!

Cheiron Brandon My name is Cheiron Brandon. I live in Bayonne, New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day and love to play with stamps, ink and paint at night in my studio. I teach monthly card making and mixed media classes in NYC. You can find me on my blog at www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com and posting more often @cheiron on Instagram!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

The new media journal by Dina Wakley is an absolute must have in your art supplies. The different textures and papers in each signature give you total creative freedom, the fabric lends even to stitching if you’re so inclined. This mini book is a gift I have prepared for my mom, I want to introduce her to art journaling in a smaller scale and I think this size will be less intimidating for her and she’ll get to play with all the different papers. But it’s also the perfect size to put in your handbag and carry everywhere, you never know where inspiration will strike right!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 1: Using Dina Wakley Media Board in 4”x 6” as a template, draw around it on the Dina Wakley Media Journal pages, you can choose where you will create the windows. I’ve chose to begin right on the very first page. Be advised that the handmade paper is like cloth and when cutting, be careful that you let yourself be guided by the threads of the burlap. You can also add pieces from the Ranger watercolor paper to the mix!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 2: Use two pieces of the media board to make the covers and cut strips of .5” x 6” of Sticky Back Canvas to bind the mini journal.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 3: Use Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp an image on the cover.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 4: Begin painting the cover. I continue to be deeply in love with the new Ranger squeegee and I use it to spread paint and to go over the stencils as well, it helps me cover more ground at the same time!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 5: Use a baby wipe over the stencil to remove some of the color. Add a secondary color over the stencil.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 6: Color in your fashion icon with more of Dina’s paints!

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Step 7: Use The scribble stick in brown for the skin tone.

Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Begin working on your journal as well. I really liked the effect on the opposite side of my window, because it ended up looking like a monoprint!
Bag Essentials by Milagros Rivera

Check out the new size, Ready for you to take in your bag anywhere.

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.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m delighted to be here on the Ranger Blog with you today. My journal pages are often inspired by seeing or hearing something that triggers my imagination. I found this great quote by the cinematographer Conrad Hall, and knew it would sit beautifully with an image of an abandoned, rusty American car I’d seen…and the page was born! Dylusions paints are perfect for enabling me to create backgrounds that echo the textures and colours for the images I like to use – I love their versatility.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 1: Choose an image and quote that really inspires or resonates with you. My image was online, so I downloaded and resized it to fit my journal page. Printing it onto normal A4 printer paper ensures it will sit flat on the page, however you could use thicker or textured cardstock if you wanted to add some dimension to your design.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Cut out your image, and choose the Dylusions paints for your background. Your selection should mirror the colours in your image – you can see how mine echo the greens, greys and browns in the car’s paint and rusty bodywork.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 3: Put scrap paper behind your journal pages, and some of your paints onto your Craft Sheet – you’re going to use them dark to light, so it helps to lay them out in this order. Using a larger paintbrush (I used a 1” flat brush), start with the darkest colour and work quickly, applying the paint in long, straight strokes. Clean your brush on kitchen roll after each colour. I started with Black Marble…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 4: …followed by Melted Chocolate…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 5: …Dirty Martini…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 6: …Fresh Lime, Slate Grey and finally White Linen. Cover all the page, blending the colours as you add them. I added the leftover paint to a couple of tags – one using a palette knife and the other with a brush.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 7: Here’s a closer look at the page after all the paints were applied. Using my image as a visual reference when I’m painting helps me to get the colour balance I want. When I was doing this background for example, I could see that it was turning out to be quite dark, so I needed to add more Slate Grey and White Linen than I’d anticipated, and used an extra flash of Fresh Lime at the end to lighten it up. I also ensured that enough brown/black tones were showing through to mirror those in the image. The key however is to work quickly and not overthink the process.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 8: It’s likely that you will have applied a lot of paint, so leave the page for a few hours to ensure it is completely dry before starting the stencilling. Stencil over the spread using two or three of the paints you used in your background. I did very little stencilling here because there was already a lot happening on the painted surface and didn’t want to distract from the effect I’d created. I stencilled in Dirty Martini and Slate Grey, and then made a few finger marks with the leftover Slate Grey.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 9: Adhere your image with Matte Collage Medium, waiting until it’s dry to trim any excess that overlaps the edge of your page. Add some random marks to the background with Melted Chocolate – I used a palette knife; the paint pot lid and the bottom of a Dylusions ink spray bottle – and use a small paintbrush to splatter Black Marble over the page. In both cases, ensure the marks overlap the image every now and again to add cohesiveness to the page. Some of the black paint splatters may be quite thick (I like the texture this adds), so ensure this paint is completely dry before moving on.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 10: Plan the placement of the text/quote in relation to your image. If you look closely on the photo, you can see that I’ve placed the first letters of each line on the page so that I know I’m spacing the lines equally (and I’m not going to run out of room!)

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 11: Stamp the text with Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. I prefer to stamp one letter at a time – I can place the letters exactly where I want them, and I’m more confident that I’ll get a consistently good quality stamped image. The ‘Clearly Alpha’ stamps have an etched line fill, so I used a fine detail paintbrush and Black Marble to paint over them, giving me a block colour instead, and ensuring they really stand out against the background. Use a Black Marble paint pen to add any definition to the letters’ edges that might be needed, and then add highlights with a White Linen paint pen.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 12: Dilute some Slate Grey and Black Marble onto your Craft Sheet using a Mini Mister, and add shading round the edge of your image. The combination of a fine detail brush and my finger works well to create a smudged effect. For the final step, use a Mini Blending Tool with foam to edge the pages with Black Marble.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Here are a couple of close-ups of the completed page – I love the way the Dylusions paints have blended, and the way in which the background mirrors the colours in the car’s paint and rusted metal.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

I really enjoyed creating this for you…I hope it inspires you to create a page like this for a quote or image you love.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Victoria Hills I’m Victoria Hills…I’m from Yorkshire, where I live with my husband, two boys and Black Labrador, Larry. I’m a newcomer to all things art, design and mixed media; in 2014 I left a career of 20+ years in the corporate world to focus on bringing up our boys. Shortly after, I was wandering round a craft shop and found a mixed media magazine – I bought it, and was immediately hooked. I started designing and making cards, and then in 2016 bought my first Dylusions products and began art journaling. I love creating designs that bring together words and images that catch my imagination, and am continually inspired (and a bit intimidated!) by the amazing work that I see out there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 1: Place dots of Sunshine Yellow and Alcohol Ink Blending Solution on the Alcohol Ink Applicator, with a felt square. Tint the background by moving the tool back and forth over the Yupo paper with a light pressure until a smooth, uniform tint is achieved. If it’s not blending enough, add a couple more drops of Blending Solution to the felt. If you want more color, add more ink.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 2: Add one small dot of Amethyst and one small dot of Raspberry Ink with a slightly larger dot of Alcohol Blending Solution to the Mini Ink Blending Tool with ½ of a felt square attached.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 3: Only one small drop of Amethyst and one small drop of Raspberry with one larger drop of Alcohol Blending Solution created all this texture and color! Experiment with building up the ink by dabbing and pouncing, using the tool flat and on the edge. Keep turning the tool in different directions as you go. If it is too dark, try adding a little more Blending Solution to the felt. The dryer the felt becomes, the smaller the dots will be. Use a
paper towel as a tester and blotter if you need to remove some ink or solution. Just keep
going until you reach your desired results. A dot of ink makes it darker and a dot of
Blending Solution will make it lighter.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 4: I added a couple of drops of Meadow ink to the Meadow inkwell of my Tim Holtz Palette. Dip and wiggle the Blending Pen into the well to pick up the reconstituted color.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 5: To keep track of the colors, I made a chart on Yupo paper with the names of the inks and swatches of all colors corresponding with each well in the palette. I adhered it to the back side of the cover with a glue stick.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 6: Starting with the brush end of the Blending Pen, after dipping it into the Meadow well;  add some loose, leaf-like shapes around the stamped, lilac-like blossoms. As the ink  gets diluted by the Blending Solution in the pen, variations of value and color occur.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 7: After adding the leaf shapes with the brush end of the Blending Pen (the end with the white strip), use the bullet end of the Blending Pen to add darker value color and details with the Meadow ink.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Step 8: After adding the leaves, clean the Blending Pen off by dabbing and wiping the ends on a paper towel until clean. Add a few more dark values and details with the bullet end of the pen dipped in Raspberry ink and then followed by the Amethyst ink.

Lilac Alcohol Ink Painting by Sandy Sandy

Bobbi Smith Named by my parents, Sandra Sandy, I have always been known as Sandy Sandy in everyday life. Self expression through art, has taken many forms through the years, but has always been a lifelong pursuit. Staying loose, discovering new techniques and experimenting with these
inks has brought  more fun and excitement into my life while fostering greater creativity. My wish is that through learning, loving and creating, it will do the same for you!  The advice given to the artists I teach online and in my studio workshops is to lighten up, be your own best friend, live in the moment and get lost in the adventure without worrying so much about the end product.  “It’s art therapy in an itty-bitty bottle!”  See for yourself and give fine art painting with alcohol ink a try. Please visit my website, SandySandyFineArt.com to see more links and information. Thanks for looking and happy creating!

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel 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 special Mini Framed Panel just for Mom!

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, apply Antique Linen Distress Paint to the mini frame with a paint brush. Use the Heat It Tool on frame, to speed up the drying process. Apply Distress Crazing sporadically to dried frame with Distress Collage Brush, set aside and let air dry.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: To really bring out those great little cracks, apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink with a paint brush to mini frame. While paint it still wet, spray a clean towel with water to dampen, then wipe off excess Ground Espresso Distress Paint. This will give more of a glazed looked and sink down into the cracks. Then dry with a Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Paint the back and sides of mini panel with Ground Espresso Distress Paint using a paint brush to give it a finished look. Then dry with the Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Add Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Press the sheet of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock on the ink, picking up the color. While the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock 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.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Using the Stampers Anonymous Newsprint Stamp and Walnut Stain Distressed Oxide Ink, stamp the image onto a scratch piece of paper. There is still a lot of ink on the Newsprint Stamp so we are going to stamp that 2nd image without reinking. It’s called 2nd generation stamping. Gently lay the colored Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper on top of the inked stamp and apply very little pressure sporadically over the surface of the stamp. Very carefully lift the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper off of the stamp and dry with the Heat It Tool. Not all of the stamped image will transfer to the paper and it gives it a lovely vintage distressed appearance.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: Add splatters for additional interest using Distress Oxide Walnut Stain with water droplets and the splatter brush to Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: To further activate the oxide affect in the Distress Oxide Inks, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Using Stampers Anonymous Illustrated Garden CMS295. Stamp 3 of the same floral images onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. Then dry with the Heat It Tool. I chose Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet Distress Markers to paint the blooms. Then I chose Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to paint the stems and leaves.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. Always start with the lightest color first, then medium shade and dark last. I used very little of the Wilted Violet because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool. I like the separation of color it gives.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: I did the same with coloring the stem and leaves. Start with lightest color to darkest. Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. I used very little of the Mowed Lawn because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: I did the same with coloring the stem and leaves. Start with lightest color to darkest. Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. I used very little of the Mowed Lawn because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: After the flowers have all been colored, cut out with scissors or craft knife.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Cut a small strip of black Kraft Core cardstock. Die cut the word “Mother” using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Sentiment Words 661807. The die spells out the word “Mother’s” but the ‘s can stay intact with tape on the back of the cardstock. It will be covered up with a bloom with the finished project.

After die cutting “Mother” and cardstock on a scrap piece of paper to expose underlying kraft core. Cut a small strip of linen from the Textile Surfaces to use as the backing, adhere to cardstock with Glossy Accents.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Apply a little Iced Spruce Distress Paint to the watch cameo using your finger. Then dry paint with Heat It Tool. Apply some Mushroom Alcohol Ink using Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Tool with felt to watch cameo, in a pouncing motion to metal.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 14: Cut an oval to fit inside watch cameo from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Chose a quote from Clipping Stickers. Cut Clipping Sticker to fit in oval. Shade with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool with Foam. Adhere oval to Watch Cameo with a little Glossy Accents. Then attach clear oval sticker over the insert.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 15: Tie a little Craft Thread to neck of watch cameo.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 16: Trim down stamped newsprint to 4 3/8 x 6 3/8. Adhere to panel with Glossy Accents. Adhere “Mother” cut out to bottom left (making sure the wording is as far left as possible) with Glossy Accents. Attach 2 of the flowers with black Adhesive Foam Tape. Only placing the adhesive foam on upper bloom portions (not stem and leaves).

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 17: Apply a little Glossy Accents to back of stems and leaves to hold in place. Attach the watch cameo with black adhesive foam. Cut a few small blooms and petals from 3 flower with scissors or craft knife. Adhere additional blooms with a little Glossy Accents.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Close ups of where the additional blooms were placed.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

I do hope you give this sweet little floral Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel 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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

For me, Mother’s Day is all about the flowers. Perfect excuse to break out some favorite flower dies and lots of beautiful Distress products to create a super sweet and feminine card for Mom.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I don’t usually get too girly with my card-making, but Mother’s Day is definitely the exception to that rule. I love mixing a touch of glamour in flowers, gold, and glitter, with the rugged beauty of Distress. It’s a great shabby chic combo that’s always a big hit in my family.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for you, so let’s take a closer look.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, trim a 3.75” x 5” piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper. Ink the paper with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Ink the edges of the paper with Vintage Photo Oxide. Spritz the panel with clean clear water using a Distress Sprayer. Set the paper aside to dry, or speed up the process with a Heat Tool.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Select the medium oval from the Stitched Ovals die set. Die cut the oval from the center of the inked panel. Ink the edges of the oval shape, and the inside of the oval frame, with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place the die cut frame inside the Lace Texture Fade embossing folder, and run it through your Big Shot or die cutting machine to emboss.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Ink the embossed raised portion of the pattern using Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Trim a piece of brown kraft-core Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than your frame. Adhere the frame to the center of the cardstock. Place the oval die back into the frame opening, and die cut the panel again. Use a Paper Distressor to distress the edges of the framed panel.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Cut a piece of crinkle ribbon that is about 15” long. Dab Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray the ink liberally with water using the Distress Sprayer. Drag and swipe the crinkle ribbon through the ink mixture, and then set it aside to dry.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Trim two small pieces of ribbon to wrap around the top and bottom of the frame panel. Secure the ribbon on the backside with a bit of tape. Tie the remaining portion of ribbon into a bow, trimming the ends as needed. Attach the bow to the bottom right corner of the frame using an Idea-ology Index Clip. Place the frame down on the card base to act as a guide, and then adhere the oval shape perfectly in the center of the card.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Trim a 5” strip of green Distress cardstock. Sand the paper. Die cut the Mother’s Day sentiment from the strip. Adhere the negative die cut strip to the inside of the card base. Keep the M and O letters to use on the front of the card. Die cut the Mother’s word die one more time to get an additional M for the MOM sentiment.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Die cut some Scrolls from gold Deco paper. Die cut several wildflowers from the Wildflower #2 die set from Mixed Media Heavystock paper. Watercolor the stems and leaves with Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint Oxide. Watercolor the flowers with Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Arrange the flowers and scrolls into a cluster, and adhere them to the right side of the frame with the stems tucked behind the frame using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. Place foam adhesive onto the backside of the frame, and adhere it to the center of the card base.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere the MOM letters to the left side of the frame opening using Multi Medium Matte. Ink the edges of a Quotations sticker with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. Place foam behind the sticker, and adhere it just under the die cut letters.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Add an additional Quotation sticker to the inside of the card to finish it off.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms out there! 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.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 1: Begin with plain, glazed tiles. I decided to do a set of four coasters, but the amount you choose, is up to you. Clean off the tiles with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or dust. Tape off the back of the tile with painters tape. Using another piece of tape, tape off the front of the tile creating a diagonal line across the center. Repeat on all the tiles.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Using the Dina Wakley Media White Gesso, give and even coat on the larger portion of the tile which is not taped off. Allow to dry completely before moving on.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 3: Fill a disposable container with water. Add drops of Archival Re-Inker to the water. I started with the Paradise Teal Archival Reinker. The drops will separate within the water, but will not mix with the water. Slowly dip the gesso covered side of the tile in to the container.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 4: Remove the tile from the container and place on a towel to dry. You can use a HeatIt Craft tool to help dry the excess water. Once the first layer has semi-dried, drip tile a second time. I repeated this process until the tile had been dipped in the water three times to give a good amount of color.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 5: Repeat this process with all the tiles. I chose to use different colors on each tile, so I dumped the water, gave the disposable container a quick wipe down and refilled with water to help prevent any cross contamination of colors. For these tiles, I used Majestic Violet, Paradise Teal, Vivid Chartreuse, and Vibrant Fuchsia. Allow the tiles time to dry, I let them sit over night to ensure they were very dry.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 6: When completely dry, slowly remove the painters tape from the coasters top to reveal the straight line you’ve now created.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 7: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Starting on the blank side of the tile, work the ICE Resin all around the tile to evenly coat. You can use the stir sticks to help guide the resin to the edges.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 8: Repeat on each coaster. Allow to dry overnight.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 9: Now that the marbled side of the coaster is completed, tape off the marbled half of the tile and gesso the other half of the tile, where it was blank. Allow gesso to dry.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 10: Coat the tiles with Dina Wakley Media Penny Paint. Allow to dry. Coat a second time for a good, even coverage.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 11: When the paint has dried completely, gently remove painter’s tape.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 12: Again, coat coasters with ICE Resin. Allow to dry overnight.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 13: Once completely dry, flip coasters over and add vinyl bumpers to the four corners of the tiles. This will help prevent scratching when in use.

Marbled Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

DIY Garden Planters by Taylor Huizenga

DIY Garden Planters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 1: Start with terra cotta pots, size is your choice. Remove any packaging, stickers, etc.

DIY Garden Planters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Give the pots a quick coat of Dina Wakley Media Gesso.

DIY Garden Planters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 3: Coat the bottom portion of the pots with Dina Wakley Media Paint. For these planters, I chose to use Night, Umber, and Elephant.

DIY Garden Planters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 4: Let dry. If needed, give multiple coats of each color.

DIY Garden Planters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 5: Using a Dina Wakley Metallic color, paint the top lip of the planters.

DIY Garden Planters by Taylor Huizenga

Step 6: Let dry. If needed, give multiple coats of each color. For the metallic, I used Sterling and Medieval.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 1: Start with plain, wooden cooking utensils. Remove any packaging, stickers, etc.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Using Dina Wakley Media Tape, tape off the bottom section of the utensils. Leave a decent amount of the wood, close to the top of the utensil, untouched. It’s best to leave space untouched so that it is not by the food.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 3: Coat the bottom of the utensils with a thin layer of Dina Media White Gesso.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 4: Next, coat the bottom of the utensils with Dylusions Paints. For these, I used Calypso Teal, White Linen, and Slate Grey. I created an ombred effect with the Calypso Teal by adding White Linen to lighten up the color and give me the various shades of blue. I gave each color two coats each.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 5: Gently remove the Media Tape to reveal a clean, crisp line.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 6: Once again, using the Media Tape, tape off the top section of color blocked painted section. I used the ¾” size tape and lined the top edge to where to color started. This ensured that all the utensils would have the same size piece of color as well as a straight line.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 7: Using the same selection of colors, paint the bottom of the utensils. I randomly chose how the shades were paired. Once the paint has dried, again, slowly remove the tape.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 8: Take your Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen and write out the kitchen phrases associated with the utensils. For these I used “Mix, Stir, Taste, Blend, and Scoop.”

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 9: Once everything has completely dried, I would recommend sealing the final product with an acrylic sealer. Tape off the entire top half of the utensils, only leaving the painted section exposed. Do not spray the top which comes in contact with food with the sealer. Hand wash only once the project is completed.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, and I’m so excited to be here today sharing a spring-inspired art tag project with you featuring lots of different ways to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I know you’ve all been as excited about the new ink pads as I have, and if you don’t own them yet, I know you’re going to love them! This fun tag uses the Oxide Inks in many different ways, including ink blending, water blending, water coloring, and even stamping. Let’s take a closer look.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, die cut a tag shape from Mixed Media Heavystock paper, or select one of Ranger’s many ready-made tags. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, blend Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks onto the tag. This puts down a nice base layer of color as a starting point.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Swipe both Distress Oxide Ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spray the inks with water using a Distress Sprayer. Dab the front of the tag into the ink mixtures. You can repeat this process as many times as you wish to achieve the color intensity you are looking for. Just be sure to dry the tag with a Heat Tool between each layer of ink.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place the Latticework stencil over the top of the tag, and blend Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink onto select areas of the tag using an Ink Blending Tool with foam.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Place the Dot Fade stencil onto the tag, and blend Broken China Oxide Ink onto other areas of the tag. You can spray the tag with the Distress Sprayer after these steps to get the ink to blend and oxidize.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Ink up a Reflections stamp with the Broken China Oxide Ink, and repeatedly stamp partial images onto random areas of the tag.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Die cut a second tag from Memoranda Paper Stash Paper. Trim off a 2” wide section to add as a layer on your tag. Be sure to save the hole re-inforcer shape from the die, too. Using a palette knife, apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges and corners of both the tag and the patterned paper section. Set the paper aside to dry.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Blend brown Distress Crayon onto the crackle paste, and blend the pigment into the cracks, wiping away any excess. If the pigment doesn’t move for you, try dipping the tip of your finger into water and rub it over the crayon to blend. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using the Ink Blending Tool. Adhere lace trim to the bottom of the patterned paper piece using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Then adhere the paper to the bottom of the tag (Don’t place adhesive along the very top edge of the patterned paper, though). Stitch across the bottom edge of the paper, if desired. Adhere the hole reinforcer to the top of the tag.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Lightly ink the Quote Chips with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Adhere them to the patterned paper section using Multi Medium Matte. Slip an Idea-ology Index Clip onto the top edge of the patterned paper. Tie a small piece of natural hemp twine around the clip, trimming off the ends into a small knot. Ink a Clipping Sticker sentiment with brown Distress Ink to add to the right side of the tag.

Die cut a variety of Scroll and Wildflower shapes from Ranger Watercolor Paper. Ink the scroll shapes with green Distress Inks using the Ink Blending Tool. I used Cracked Pistachio Oxide and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for mine. Apply a bit of Brushed Corduroy Ink around the edges. Spritz with the Distress Sprayer, and blot dry. Apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges, and set aside to dry. Add Distress Crayon to the leaves to bring out the crackle pattern.

Watercolor the Wildflower shapes using a mixture of Distress Markers and Oxide Inks. Apply Gloss Accents to some of the flowers, and set them aside to dry.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Ink a section of lace with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Thread the lace through the top of the tag, and tie a double length of natural twine around the lace to secure it in place. Tie the twine into a bow, and trim the ends as needed.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere the Scroll leaves and Wildflowers to the tag, tucking the ends behind the strip of patterned paper. Use foam adhesive behind sections of the foliage to help define the layers. Outline the chipboard and sticker sentiment pieces with Wild Honey Distress Marker. Highlight portions of the tag edges and corners with the marker, too. Smooth out the ink using a wet paintbrush.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Field Notes Tag 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.