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Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch

After a long chilly winter and spring it’s time for some warm weather, warm colours, flowers, holidays, picnics, outdoor activities…it is time for SUMMER. My project for today is all about summer. So let us dance in the sun and wear flowers in our hair…

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I have made a spread in the new Dylusions flip journal (large). I start with the background and some warm and cheery Dylusions colours. I use Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie, Tangerine Dream, Funky Fuchsia and Pomegranate Seed and add the paints with the Mini Ink Blending Tool to my page. I add the paints quickly, not bothering about blending the colours yet.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: In the next step I start blending the colours with the Blending Tools by switching between the colours until I am satisfied with the result.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: After all the paints are blended, it is time to use some stencils. Use colours you already used in your background. If you introduce a new colour this will be the focal point of your creation and that is not what you want. Add some stenciling to the background using a Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam with Pure Sunshine paint and the Fresh Dots stencil.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: The next stencil is Leaves together with Funky Fuschia. My last stencil is Old School Numbers with White Linen. White and black are not considered as new colours but they make the other colours pop. The background is ready for now. I use about 3 to 4 different stencils. You might be tempted to use more, but it is still a background and if you use too many stencils your background will be too distracting.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Time to pick out the stamps and start colouring. I stamped some images from Puppy Dog Tales, Cat Among the Pigeons, Always and I Can See Clearly on some Watercolour Paper. I coloured all the images with the Dylusions Paint Pens, Distress Markers and Distress Crayons.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I love the Fancy Florals (an older stamp set, but still available), stamp several flowers with Jet Black Ink and some of the images from Doodled Delight, on some watercolour paper and colour them with Dylusions Ink Spray in Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie and Tangerine Dream.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Let the ink dry and start doodling on your flowers with the paint pens colours, Black Marble and White Linen. Make sure the ink is completely dry before you use the paint pens to get the best results. The flowers really look beautiful when you add some doodling in black and white. Cut them out and now you have a large stack of coloured images ready to glue onto the page page.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Before I glue down the images I thought that the page needs something extra, a border. I decide to use this border from the small Arrow Border stencil set. The page looks so much better with the border. Add the border using the Mini Ink Blending Tool and some Black Marble Paint.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Glue down all the images with the Dina Wakley gel medium and collage glue stick. I found this lovely quote about the summer on the internet. I wrote it down on my page with the White Linen paint pen.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: For the finishing touch I decided to doodle around the border.

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Close up of Page 1 of the journal page

Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Close up of Page 2 the journal page

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/

Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

Step 1: Begin your project by finding an assortment of rocks. They can vary in size and in color, but ideally, the smoother the surface, the easier it will be to write on. If you choose to stamp out an image on the rock, use Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and use a clear stamp. Do not use an acrylic block to apply the stamp, just ink the clear stamp and press directly onto the rock. By not using the acrylic block, it makes it easier to press the image down, especially if the rock is not a completely smooth surface. Once the ink is completely dry, go in with your Dylusions paint pens and begin coloring in. If your stamping becomes smudged when you go to take your clear stamp off, simply use the Ranger Solvent Cleaner to remove the ink before it dries, and begin again.

 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

Step 2: You can also choose to freehand your images! If you don’t want to stamp out an image, you can just go ahead and draw your own original images using the fine tip nib of the Dylusions Paint Pens! Decorate small rocks and use them as garden identifiers, just as I have done here! I labeled the rocks with the fruit or vegetable that it corresponds to, and then drew and fun image to match. I’ll use these rocks to remember what I planted and where, it also brightens up my garden with fun colors!

 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

The rocks don’t have to be used as harden identifiers, you can decorate your rocks with inspirational messages too!
 Dylusional Rocks by Debbie Tlach

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. I’m really happy to be with you on the Ranger blog today! Father’s Day is going to be here before we know it, so let’s get ready for it by making a card just for Dad!

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet swipe some Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Sprayer bottle. Press or swipe a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock through the ink, picking up the color. 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.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Repeat the above steps to a second sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Fired Brick Distress Oxide.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Squeeze a couple drops of Pumice Stone Distress Paint onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water. Press the smooth side of the Distress Watercolor Cardstock into the paint mixture until covered. Dry with a Heat it Tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Swipe some Distress Oxide Broken China onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Pick up color with Distress Splatter Brush for additional interest to colorized Spiced Marmalade Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Place the Dot Fade Layering Stencil over the top of your colored Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I like to secure mine with washi or painters tape. Spread a thin layer of Distress Grit Paste sporadically through stencil. Carefully lift and remove layering stencil. Set Distress Watercolor Cardstock aside to air dry. Make sure to immediately clean your layering stencil and Ranger Pallet Knife right after use.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: Create a banner for card front from a 2×4 piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Cut a notch out of bottom. Die cut the word “best” in banner using Tim Holtz Sizzix Sentiment Words thin die set. Cut a 3.50×4.75 sheet of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Die Cut “Happy Father’s Day” using same die set as above.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Die cut the base helicopter and the word “you” x2 (Sentiment Words) from Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. All helicopter parts are from Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute die set. Die cut overlay helicopter blades from colored Pumice Stone Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Die cut the helicopter body and the word “dad” x2 from Fired Brick Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Save all those extra pieces for a future project.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and fold in half to create cardbase. Distress all black cardstock with sanding grip to expose the underlying kraft.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Shade all paper pieces with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool with Foam around edges. Further distress paper edges with paper creaser. To create the X, cut the end of 2 Y’s and glue together with a little Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Glue helicopter body and blades to helicopter base with Glossy Accents. Adhere a few small pieces of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of helicopter. Glue a small piece of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread about 3/4 inch long to X using Glossy Accents the attach to back of helicopter.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Adhere Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of banner and Happy Father’s Day insert. Attach banner to top left side of colorized Spiced Marmalade sheet. Then adhere to card base with Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Adhere “Dad” to banner using Glossy Accents. Attach helicopter and XO with Glossy Accents as well. Wrap a little Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread around an index clip and attach to top of banner.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Last but not least, attach the “Happy Father’s Day” insert to inside of card.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

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.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron Brandon

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here and today I am playing with some of my favorite Dina Wakley stamps and paints to create a fun Father’s day card. Don’t worry if you’ve never made a card before, it’s as easy as creating a journal page or tag and it’s a piece of artwork you can pass on to the recipient! I’m “inking” up a lot of stamps with paint for this project using foam daubers, and as I work I make sure to wash the paint off of my stamps so it does not dry on them.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To create the background, I started by taking a Dina Wakley Media Brush and randomly applying Lapis paint to a Distress Heavystock panel.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: To add some interest and texture to the painted panel, I placed the Mesh stencil over it and removed some of the paint through the stencil with a baby wipe.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: I keep building up the background layer by adding a stamped image from the Funky Journal Shapes set using Elephant paint. Repeat this step to create a pattern. Use Cheddar paint to add some more images, this time from the Assorted Borders set.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Take the Circles Paint Comb and apply lime paint to it with a foam blending tool. Spray the paint with some water using a Distress Sprayer.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Use the painted stencil to make a print on your panel by pressing the stencil onto your panel.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Stamp and cut an image from the Scribbly Fellas set. Color it in with Distress Crayons, and then go over the colored image with a water brush.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: HINT: To create a skin tone color, I scribbled lemon, tangerine, umber and white onto my craft sheet and added some water and mixed them together to get a skin tone color. Cut out the Scribbly Fella..

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Paint a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Cheddar paint then stamp “DAD” with the Scribbly Alphabet using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out the letters.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Stamp the heart from the Collaged Hearts Set using Fuchsia paint. Cut out the hearts.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron BRandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Once everything is stamped and cut out, adhere it to your card with Adhesive foam, and add a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

audrey pettit 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!

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, here today with a Father’s Day project to share. I know creating masculine cards can sometimes be intimidating, and that’s when I’m always extra thankful for the world of Distress. As all that inky, grungy, aged, collage-style goodness is perfect for all those guy projects you may need.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

There are some images that always strike me as masculine in design, and the fabulous new Cityscape die collection from Tim Holtz and Sizzix are definitely one of those products. I have used the fun Cityscape Skyline die for my card today, along with lots of inky Distress techniques. I think the overall look is very graphic and masculine, perfect for my Dad’s Father’s Day card this year.

I’ve got the full tutorial to share, so let’s take a closer look.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, create a side-folding standard A2 card base, and cover the front with patterned paper. Lightly distress some of the card edges using a distress tool, and then ink the edges with Brushed Corduroy and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.
Cut a 4.25” x 4” panel of blue Distress Cardstock. Randomly stamp the panel with label stamps using Chipped Sapphire Distress ink.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Spread Opaque Crackle Texture Paste around the edges of the blue cardstock panel using a palette knife. Set the paper aside to dry.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Once the paste is dry, add a bit of brown Distress Crayon to the crackled areas, and smooth the pigment into the cracks using a bit of water and the tip of your finger. The stamping underneath adds a very subtle design through the crackle paste that adds another layer of dimension. Stamp a few additional label images on top of the crackle paste, too. Adhere this panel to the left side of the card base. Wrap twine around the right edge, tying the ends into a simple knot. Leave the ends of the twine long.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Die cut the Cityscape Skyline from Ranger Watercolor Paper. Watercolor the buildings using a variety of Distress inks mixed with water, applied with a wet paintbrush.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Apply thin pieces of clear vellum to the backside of the die cut using collage glue stick. Trim away any vellum that extends off the edges of the buildings. Color the backside of the vellum in the window openings using Wild Honey Distress Marker.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Die cut a middle-sized Stitched Rectangle from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Using a wide paintbrush, brush clean clear water over the entire die cut rectangle. Press Distress Inks onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and mix the colors with a bit of water. Pick up the inks with a wet paintbrush, and apply the color to the die cut rectangle, letting the water move the inks. Allow the paper to dry a bit, and then add more ink color, if desired. Then allow the paper to dry completely. Apply Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to the edges of the rectangle using the Ink Blending Tool. Cut a piece of blue Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than the rectangle, sand it lightly, and adhere the rectangle onto the cardstock.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Cut a thin strip of the sanded blue Distress cardstock, and die cut the Father’s Day sentiment from the strip. Be sure to keep the small pieces that go inside the letters. Adhere the strip to patterned papers, and then add the small inner letter pieces using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. Cut the ends of the strips into a V-notch.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Adhere the Cityscape die cut to the bottom of the watercolored panel, cutting off the excess from the ends as needed. Add a bit of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the corners of the rectangle, and age with Distress Crayon once dry. Add foam adhesive to the back of the sentiment strip, and place it along the bottom edge of the panel. Place additional foam adhesive behind the finished panel, and adhere it to the center of the card base.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day! 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.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch

Animals are agreeable friends. The theme of my project is animals. Dylusions has a fun collection of animals stamps at the moment. They are so cute and adorable and fun to colour. I love to use them over and over again. And they are practically perfect for every occasion.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working in my large Dylusions journal, I used the inks to make the background. I started with spraying some water on the page so the colours blend a little easier. Just spray the colours on one of the pages and make large puddles of ink. Then close your journal and press the cover lightly. Open your journal and you will have two coloured pages. Use a kitchen towel to remove the excess ink and leave your pages to dry.

Place the Circles Stencil on the journal page and spray some water through it. Flip over the stencil and press the wet side of the stencil onto the page. Let the water soak in for a few seconds and dab off the water using a kitchen towel. Instead of adding colour to your page you are removing colour (bleaching technique). This way you can make extra layers and more depth to your pages.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Place another stencil on the page (Diamonds in the Rough) and spray a little ink through the stencil. Flip over the stencil again and press onto your page. This time I used Bubblegum Pink.
The third stencil I used is the Modern Script with White Linen Ink Spray. Instead of flipping over the stencil I moved it up and down a bit to get ink splatters on my page.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

This is how the background turned out.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: At the bottom of the pages I used Dina Wakley Mixed Media Tape and on top of that some of the Dylusions Creative Dyary Tape. This makes a bottom for the animals to sit on.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I stamped the dogs (Puppy Dog Tales), cats and birds (Cat Among The Pigeons) stamps with Archival Ink (Jet Black) on watercolour paper.
Add a thin layer of colour first. I used the Dylusions paint pens. Do not add the colour straight onto the paper but a little on my Craft Sheet and pick up the colour with the waterbrush.

Let the first layer dry and add more layers of colour to create more depth. I keep on adding layers until I am satisfied with the result. That means that I will add six to seven layers of colour.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: You can add the paint pens directly on the stamped image for more colour saturation. Keep a waterbrush nearby. As long as the paint from the paint pen is still wet, you can blend it out easily. Once dry it will be permanent. When all the images are coloured, cut them out using the Tonic Mini Snips.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Glue all your images on your pages with the Ranger Mini Collage Glue Stick.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: At the top of the page I stamped one of the leaves from the Oodles of Foliage Stamp set. Because the background is quite dark I decided to remove some of the ink first using a wet brush. Make one of the leaves wet and dab off the water with a kitchen towel. This is called the bleaching technique.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Now all the leaves are bleached out I let the page dry and colour them using the Bubblegum Pink Ink Spray this time.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: I found this quote about animals by George Eliot on the internet and decided to use it on my pages.
I first wrote down all the words with pencil and then traced them with the White Linen Paint Pen.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Add some extra lines to make the letters more bold. Then colour in all the words with the White Linen Paint Pen.

Animals Are Your Best Friend by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: And voila this is how the finished project looks like.

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/

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!