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Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger blog today! I just love all the beautiful flowers and colors of summertime. Today I thought I would share a bright happy card tutorial with you, featuring Distress Crayons and Ranger Foil.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: To start with, cut 2 pieces of Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock 4 1/2 x 6 and another Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock 1 1/4 x 3. Die cut the Tim Holtz Sizzix Paper Cut Bird image from the Heavystock.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Paint a thin layer of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso onto all three Heavystock pieces. Then dry with the Heat It Tool. This is going to give a sealed surface to apply all those great Distress Crayons.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Gather the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. The colors I choose were Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Mustard Seed. Apply some Twisted Citron to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Pick up color with your finger and smudge onto desired area of cutout. To intensify color, apply directly to image and smudge with finger.

Step 4: Continue to apply selected colors to various sections of cutout, smudging colors with finger.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Using Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon, apply color to Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Pick up color with finger and smudge onto branches. If you feel there is too much color in one area, just wipe off with towel.

Step 6: It’s also really great for shading other areas to add depth.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Using Pumice Stone Distress Crayon, apply to other two gessoed Mixed Media Heavystock. Then smudge crayon with finger, to create a very subtle background.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Select the gold foil sheet from the Vintage Foil Sheet package. Apply a little Collage Glue to various areas of colored cutout. Working quickly, lay dull side of gold foil sheet to collage glued area. Press foil with fingers then lift off of image. Small areas of gold foil will stick to image. Repeat till happy with coverage..

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Apply Collage Glue Stick to outer edge of colored card front. Working quickly, lay dull side of gold foil sheet to collage glued area. Press foil with fingers then lift off card front. Small areas of gold foil will stick to card front. Repeat till happy with coverage to create a foiled edge.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp “hello friend” from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk Stamp Set onto the gessoed Heavystock strip. Dry with Heat It Tool. Cut small banner from stamped sentiment and black Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Cardstock.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Cut some small squares from Black Adhesive Foam using Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snips. Adhere to stamped banner. Tie a small bow to end of banner with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread to create a cute accent.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Adhere cutout to background using Glossy Accents.
The detail nozzle is perfect for the thin lines of the cutout. Cut a piece of black Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Cardstock 9 1/2 x 6 1/4. Working on a scrap piece of paper, use sanding grip on black cardstock to expose the kraft. Fold in half 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 to create card base. Attach card front and banner with Glossy Accents to card base.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

I love the combination of bright fun colors with the gold foil, just reminds me of summer. Thank you so much for joining me today!

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.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 1: Cut Distress Watercolor Card 3 5/8” x 8 1/2”. Stamp Illustrated Garden Flowers with Black Soot Archival Ink. Stamp the Flowers at the bottom as if they were growing up from the bottom of the card.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 2: Stamp Butterflies from the Flutter Set using Black Soot Archival Ink. Keep in mind the message will be stamped in the middle of the card later.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 3: Color the Flowers and Butterflies with Distress Markers. Color the Distress Marker onto your Craft Sheet, pick up the ink with the Detail Waterbrush and color the images. Dry with a heat tool between layers.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 4: Shade the flowers as you see in nature for a more natural look. Dry with a heat tool.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 5: Apply a thin layer of Micro Glaze with your finger only over the Flowers and Butterflies. The Micro Glaze with act as a resist. Be careful not to get the Micro Glaze to far out as it will create a halo effect.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 6: Position Layering Stencil over the background randomly. Apply a small amount of Micro Glaze to an Ink Blending Tool with Foam, work the Micro Glaze into the Foam using a swirling motion on your Craft Sheet then apply Micro Glaze through the stencil. DO NOT HEAT. Throw away foam when done so not to contaminate your Ink Pads.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 7: Spray background with water using the Distress Sprayer then spray background with Distress Spray Stain. Let sit for a few several seconds. 

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 8: Blot off excess spray with a dry cloth. Dry with a heat tool. Once you heat the Micro Glaze it will dissipate into the cardstock and the resist effect will no longer work.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 9: Spitz background with Distress Mica Spray for a little added sparkle. Dry with a heat tool.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 10: Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 11: Stamp message with Black Soot Archival Ink. Assemble card with a black mat, add stitching, tie twine around card with a bow and adhere to folded card.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

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

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit

Hi Everyone, it’s Audrey! I am super excited to be here, sharing a bright and happy watercolor Distress birthday card with you today. Oftentimes when I am working with Distress, I tend to gravitate to the darker colors, mixing in lots of brown and dark tones for that vintage aged look that I love. But today I am keeping things light and bright to show the more summery side of Distress in this fun Crazy Cats birthday design.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I made this card for my sweet Mom’s birthday this month, as she is a huge lover of the Tim Holtz Crazy things collection, and I think she’s really going to like this bold and festive design. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps for you, so let’s take a closer look.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, cut a 4” x 5.25” panel of Mixed Media Heavystock paper. Place a Vine & Roses background cling stamp face up onto your work surface, and ink it up with Distress Clear Embossing Ink. Press the Heavystock panel onto the stamp surface, pressing all over the paper to ensure even ink coverage. Pour Super Fine White Embossing Powder onto the paper, and heat set the powder with a Heat Tool.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Brush clean, clear water over the embossed panel using a flat artist’s brush. Press Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, and Twisted Citron Distress Ink onto your Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Mix the ink with a bit of water, and then apply the color onto the wet paper, working in small sections at a time. Continue to add color until the entire panel is covered, and then set it aside to dry.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Spritz the remaining inks on your craft mat with water using the Distress Sprayer. Cut a 15” length of crinkle ribbon, and drag and mop the ribbon through the ink mixture. Set the ribbon aside to dry.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Adhere the water-colored panel to a slightly larger piece of Distress Cardstock. Die cut a Stitched Oval from the center of the panel. Machine stitch around the edge of the panel and oval frame, if desired. Add Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the edge of the frame using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Die cut a second oval from Heavystock paper.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Wrap the ribbon around the right side of the oval frame, tying into a bow at the top. Trim the ends of the ribbon as needed.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Place the die cut oval onto the Craft Sheet and cover it with the Feather Layering Stencil. Apply Twisted Citron ink over the stencil using an Ink Blending Tool. Add ink to the edge of the oval, too. Add water droplets to the stenciled pattern using the Distress Sprayer, and then set the die cut aside to dry.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Cut a .5” strip of the Distress cardstock. Die cut the Celebrate sentiment word onto the strip. Set aside the positive letter shapes for another project, but be sure to keep all the tiny inner pieces to the letters. Lightly ink a strip of Heavystock paper with Twisted Citron ink, and adhere the die cut strip onto the inked paper using Multi Medium Matte. Add the small inner pieces, too. Trim the strip, as needed.
Adhere the sentiment strip down the center of the card, to the right of the ribbon. Cut the end into a V-notch.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Stamp a Crazy Cat image onto Heavystock paper using Potting Soil Archival Ink, and then watercolor the image using Distress Inks. For my cat, I started with Antique Linen ink, and then accented with Fossilized Amber and Ripe Persimmon.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Die cut the cat with the matching Thinlits die. Apply Glossy Accents to the eyes. Tuck the cat into the frame opening, and adhere it in place with Multi Medium Matte and a bit of foam adhesive behind the head.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Stamp, watercolor, and die cut a party hat for your cat. Accent the spots and pompom top with Glossy Accents, and adhere the hat behind the cat’s head using Multi Medium Matte.

Crazy Cats Celebrate 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.

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.

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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit

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

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

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Let’s take a closer look.

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

Step 1: To begin, stamp your images onto Ranger Watercolor cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. For this card you will need three Crazy Cats, one set of bunny ears, and a sentiment. Die cut the cats and ears using the matching Framelits dies. Cut the sentiment into a thin strip.
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Step 2: Watercolor the cats and ears using a variety of Distress Inks. To watercolor with Distress, simply press the ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Mix the inks with a bit of water using a Ranger Artist Brush, and apply the color to your image. For the cats, start with the lightest color of ink on the first cat, and gradually deepen the color of the images as you go.

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

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

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Step 5: Die cut two additional frames from white cardstock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Easter, Everyone! Enjoy!

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 7: Try different color combinations for fun. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

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