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Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

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Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

Own Your Dreams by Milagros Rivera

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

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

Winter Wishes Card by Audrey Pettit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

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

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

Hand Painted Vintage Inspired Christmas Card by Carisa Zglobicki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Around the holidays, one of my favorite projects to create is tags. I love to add tags to my gift wrapping and packaging, and they look great added to a simple card base for a quick and easy card design. Plus, they make excellent gift ideas for just about everyone on your holiday gift giving list, too.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I love that Ranger has tons of premade tags in a wide variety of sizes and surfaces. For my project today, I wanted to create a set of tags for my holiday packages this year that are quick, easy to reproduce in mass, and of course look great. And for that, the #5 Manila tags were just what I was looking for. Not too big, and not too small. Just the perfect size for gift-giving.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

These tags have a great Distress inked background in a red and green color palette for the holidays. I embossed the tags with a new Tim Holtz embossing folder, and added a variety of die cuts to finish them off. I love how each tag looks similar, but is a little bit different, thanks to the magic of Distress. Better yet, you can create a whole set of these sweet tags in no time at all.
Let’s take a closer look.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, dab a variety of red Distress Ink colors onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. For my project, I used Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, and Candied Apple. Spritz the inks liberally with clear water using the Distress Sprayer. Then press and drag Manila #5 tags through the ink mixture. Continue this process until you have inked the desired number of tags. Set the tags aside to dry.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: When the tags are dry, apply Crushed Olive Distress Ink to the outside edges of the tags using a mini Ink Blending Tool.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Insert each tag into the Stitched Plaid Embossing Folder one at a time, and emboss them using this standard embossing sandwich: Multipurpose Platform (open to Tab 1), Standard Cutting Pad, Embossing Folder (with tag inside), Standard Cutting Pad.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Gently swipe Picket Fence Distress Paint (with the dabber top) across the raised embossed areas, and along the edges of each tag. Set aside to dry.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: For the focal point of the tags, die cut a pair of candy canes from watercolor cardstock. You’ll need one pair of canes for each tag. Watercolor the candy using the same red Distress Inks we used for the background. Let the red ink dry, and then add a bit of shading using Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Apply Crushed Olive Distress Ink to a piece of white cardstock using an Ink Blending Tool. Cover a piece large enough to cut ½” strips for the sentiments, as well as some extra to die cut greenery from. Die cut the sentiment from the ½” strips. Adhere the strips onto matching Distress Cardstock and trim to fit. Adhere the little negative pieces from the inside of the letters onto the strips using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Adhere the sentiment to the bottom of the tag. Die cut a variety of holiday greens from both the inked cardstock and the matching Distress Cardstock. Place greens onto the center of the tag, adhering with a drop of Multi Medium Matte in the center only. Criss Cross two candy canes, and adhere them over the greenery. Apply Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen to both the candy canes and holly greens.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Continue tucking and adhering greens under and around the candy canes. Add a red button to the center of the canes. Thread the tag with Christmas Jute String. And finally, splatter the tags with Picket Fence Distress Paint using a Ranger paintbrush.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 1: Cut a piece of Watercolor Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 (or A6 size). You will be using the smooth side of the paper. Rub the Cool Graphite Dye Ink Pad over the back side (side with no wording) of the Quilted Texture Fade, and quickly place the Watercolor Cardstock, smooth side up, into the Texture Fade, so that the inked area will show on it. Run this through a die/embossing machine. Remove the cardstock from the Texture Fade, and clean it with a damp towel. You should see the stitched pattern on the cardstock.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 2: Tap the Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Powder (PPP) jar one time on the Craft Sheet, so that when you open it the powder is settled and doesn’t plume out. Rub Perfect Medium over the quilted surface on the card, and then pick up some of the powder with the smaller brush and add it to several areas on the card. Use the larger brush and tamp the powder down over the whole card. Brush off the excess, and clean the brushes with a soft cloth.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 3: Take a sheet of Kraft Cardstock, and mist it very well with Distress Refresher (You can also use Ink Refresher.). Let it sit for about 30 seconds, and then start crumbling up the paper in your hand to create wrinkles. Mist more Refresher as you go. Open the paper up. Cut about a 3×6 inch piece off and set that aside for a bit.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 4: Take the larger piece of Kraft, and begin applying Pink Bubblegum, then Merriment Red, and then Forever Red PPP onto the cardstock using the smaller brush, randomly over the Kraft. Use the larger brush and pounce the powder over the paper. Brush off excess, and clean the brush and Craft Sheet.

Repeat the same technique steps from the larger piece, but using the smaller piece of Kraft and the Forever Green and Festival Green. Dry both pieces with the Heat Tool.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 5: Die cut the red PPP sheet with the Tattered Poinsettia Die. Cut several flowers to have on hand. Die cut the green PPP sheet with the Ivy portion of the Mixed Media Christmas Thinlit. Take some of the green PPP scraps and die cut a few petals of the poinsettia to use as leaves. Set these aside.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 6: Take the three Black Surfaces Tags and add Adhesive Sheet to the back of them.  Coat them with Black Pearl Liquid Pearls using a Palette Knife on the front side, as smooth as you can. Let these dry, and clean the Palette Knife. Die cut these with the Lattice Frameworks Bigz Die, as well pieces of Kraft and Watercolor Cardstock with Adhesive Sheet on the backs (Both 2.5×5.5). Set all these aside.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 7: Take a small piece of Kraft Cardstock (2×3), add Adhesive Sheet to the back, trimmed to size, and coat it with Garnet Liquid Pearls with a Palette Knife on the front. Tap over it once coated with the Palette Knife to create texture on it. It will dry like this. Clean the Palette Knife, and once the piece is dry, die cut it with the Noel word from the Vintage Tidings Thinlits. Set aside.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 8: Add an Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Quilted Watercolor piece, and mount this onto red cardstock. Add more Adhesive Sheet onto the back of the red to be ready for later. Take the Onyx Pearl Lattice pieces, and arrange them in a triangular shape along the left side of the card, cut off extra pieces. Peel off the backing and adhere them to the card so that they look like one solid piece. Add diamond pieces of the Onyx Pearl, Kraft, and Watercolor into some of the openings of the lattice, and peel off the backing to stick down. You will have lots of pieces left over for more cards or future projects, so save them. Peel off the backing of the Noel and stick it down to the upper right portion of the card.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
Step 9: Ink over the wrinkles of the poinsettias directly from the pad of the Classic Cherry Dye Ink. Using an Ink Blending Tool to ink the edges of all the petals. Ink the edges of the ivy and leaves with Electric Lime and an Ink Blending Tool. Punch three small holes in the middle of the smallest flower with the hole punch. Affix three Tiny Fasteners in the holes. Layer the poinsettia pieces biggest to smallest and use Black Foam Tape between them to give the flower depth.

Faux Suede Poinsettia Noel Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Anita HoustonMy name is Anita Houston, aka, The Artful Maven, and I have been crafting ever since Jr. High School along with my mother. Touching, manipulating, and creating pieces to make something wonderful makes me happy! I love everything paper, paint, wax, metal, wood, and all things Ranger. I was fortunate to be selected to go to Ranger U in 2012, and have been teaching and designing Mixed Media Art ever since. You can see my work on my website at : http://www.artfulmaven.net/.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 1: Stamp Leaf Prints onto Watercolor Cardstock with Vintage Photo Archival Distress Ink. Tip: You can create your own pad using a DIY Archival Ink Pad and Reinker or use the Tim Holtz Distress® Archival Mixed Media Palette.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 2: Apply a thickish coat of Distress Collage Medium Crazing with a Distress Brush.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 3: As the Crazing dries small cracks will appear. Let dry completely.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 4: Work in small sections and color the background using the Distress Crayons. Draw the Crayon on the background, add a tiny bit of water to your finger, blend the color on the surface and let dry. Think fall colors like Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, and Peeled Paint. Darken the outer edge with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 5: Randomly stamp over background areas with the Newsprint stamp using Vintage Photo Archival Ink and before the ink dries wipe off the leaves with a dry cloth. Tip: Do not mount the stamp on a block and use your fingers to press down in a small area. Turn the stamp different directions to make it more interesting.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 6: Die cut the leaf from the Tattered Leaf Bigz Die using Watercolor Paper. Repeat steps 1-4 to color the leaf.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 7: Add stitching around the edge, assemble card by adhering layers together, embellish with Quote Band, Textured Surfaces and Mini Corners.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 8: Tie twine around die cut leaf with a bow and adhere with foam tape.

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 more of her work when you visit her at her blog, California Art Girl.

Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow

Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Capture the look and feel of fall with this quick and easy mixed media card. It combines Archival Ink colors perfect for fall leaves, a bit of shimmer for early morning frost, and a punch of foil for the warm fall sun.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Choose an assortment of fall colored Archival Inks. Scribble the ink pads randomly onto a Craft Sheet. (Colors shown: Potting Soil, Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Library Green, and Red Geranium.)

Pour rubbing alcohol into a small bowl. Use a Distress Splatter Brush to pick up the rubbing alcohol. Splatter the rubbing alcohol onto the Craft Sheet. The rubbing alcohol will react with the ink and create droplets of color. (Remember, Archival Inks are not water reactive so you cannot substitute water for the alcohol.)

Lay manila cardstock on the wet ink. (I used an extra large tag, but you could use a cardstock sheet or smaller tag.) Lift the cardstock up out of the ink, taking care to not drag the cardstock through the ink. The result will be a watercolor-like random speckling and dots of color.

If you have areas that need more color, continue blotting the cardstock onto the ink.

When you are happy with the coverage, set the cardstock to the side to air dry. Clean the Craft Sheet with more rubbing alcohol on an art rag.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Add shimmer by misting assorted colors of Mica Mist onto the cardstock. Blot the excess with a dry cloth. (Colors shown: Pearl, Evergreen, and Buttercup.)
Dry the cardstock with a Heat Tool.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Die cut two leaves from the cardstock.

Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the edges of the leaves using an Ink Blending Tool.

Lightly brush over the embossed design of the die cut with the ink pad.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Cut one piece of Kraft Cardstock 11” x 5 1/2”. Fold in half to create a 5 1/2” top fold square card.
Cut one piece of copper Vintaj Arte Foil to 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”.
Cone one piece of pattern paper to 5” x 5”.
Cut one piece of vellum to 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”.

Tear a corner off of the piece of vellum.
Ink the edges of the Kraft Cardstock card, pattern paper, and vellum with Potting Soil Archival Ink using an Ink Blending Tool.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Adhere the Copper Arte Foil to the center of the card front. Adhere the pattern paper to the center of the foil and then the vellum to the center of the pattern paper.

Die cut a banner from the inked cardstock. Be sure to look at the back side of the cardstock. The bleed through on the back of the cardstock can have a really wonderful watercolor look. It is a nice choice for bringing in the same colors as the leaves without having too much of the same look.

Adhere the banner to the lower left corner of the card front on top of the vellum. Add a Tiny Attacher Staple to the end of the banner as an embellishment.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Mist one yard of Crinkle Ribbon with water. Tap over the ribbon lightly with assorted colors of the Archival Inks. Although the Archival Ink doesn’t generally react with water, you will get a light color bleed on the wet ribbon. It is just enough to make the color soft and vintage looking.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Dry the ribbon with a Heat Tool. Create a bow with the ribbon.
(Need help learning how to tie a great bow? Check out my easy bow making tutorial: http://tammytutterow.com/2014/12/tutorial-fluffy-bow-and-template/

Adhere the die cut leaves and bow to the left edge of the card.

Gather a few small twigs from outside. Tuck them around the leaves and bow. Secure with liquid glue.

 Happy Fall Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Finish the card by stamping a sentiment on the banner.

tammytutterow2014Tammy Tutterow is a mixed media designer and instructor from St. Louis, MO.  Tammy is a two time Ranger U graduate.  She believes inky hands equal happy hands.  She loves writing tutorials to share online and teaching classes in stores.  You can learn more about Tammy on her blog: Tammy Tutterow- Tutorials for Inky Hands.

Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wendy Vecchi’s Blog

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