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Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit

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

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

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

Let’s take a closer look.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 5: Die cut two additional frames from white cardstock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Easter, Everyone! Enjoy!

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

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.

Archival Ink Thank You Card by Wendy Vecchi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things to Note:

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

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

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 1: Using a piece of Woodgrain Cardstock and Distress Crayons, color in a Mustard Seed circle in the middle of the card. Smudge it out with a warm finger. Color Twisted Citron around that, and again smudge in and blend with the Mustard Seed. Repeat again, using Mowed Lawn, and finishing with Broken China until all the card is colored.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 2: Shave off about 1/8 inch of Mustard Seed with a palette knife. Add two squirts of water, and grind it up with the palette knife until a thick paint-like paste is made. Using a clean Blending Tool, soak up the paste. Lay the Industrial Stencil at the top of the card, and stencil in the word “Lucky.” The crayon blends with the color underneath, and make a yellow border around the word. Clean the foam with water. Do the same with Twisted Citron, and the word “Found” along the right side, and again with Broken China and the series of “numbers” along the bottom edge.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 3: Again, slice off 1/8 inch of Picket Fence, add two squirts of water, and grind up with the palette knife. Soak it up with a clean foam, and lay the Arrows stencil in the upper right corner next to the word Lucky, and stencil in an arrow. Take the Splotches stencil and stencil in three larger circles on the left side, and one smaller in the lower right corner. Clean the foam.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 4: Grind up some Mowed Lawn, and soak it up with the foam, and stencil in the smaller portions of the Chevron Stencil as shown. Clean the foam.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 5: Lay the Bubble Stencil over the card, and this time scribble Mustard Seed randomly over the stencil, not moving it. Use your warm finger to stencil in the color. Dry the card thoroughly.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 6: Shake and prime the White Paint Pen. Trace around the words on the card to make them pop.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 7: Using a scrap of Watercolor Cardstock the length of the card, color it with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron, and blend together with the Broad Waterbrush. Trim off about 1/4 inch and use scissors to fringe the piece, creating a grass-like look. Punch out about four of the shamrocks with the rest. Ink the edges of both of these with Vintage Photo Archival.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 8: Trim the card into four random pieces, making sure the words and numbers are complete on each piece. Trim another piece of Watercolor Cardstock 4.25×5.5 inches to be used as a backing. Add strips of adhesive to the back of the four pieces of card, and adhere them on the Watercolor backing as shown, so now the card is horizontal. Use a Craft Pick to make holes for the Long Fasteners, which go between the letters of “Lucky,” along the rest of the top of the card, and along the bottom edge. Using a Detail Waterbrush and the Broken China Distress Crayons to color in the edges of the white Watercolor backing.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 9: Stamp the bulldog in Black Soot Archival onto more Watercolor Cardstock twice, color in the bulldog and coordinating pieces with Distress Crayons and the Detail Waterbrush using the Craft Sheet as your palette, by directly scribbling on the Crayons and picking it up with the brush.

    Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

    Step 10: Die cut the pieces out using the coordinating Framelits, and assemble with Foam Tape. Color in the Typed Token with Mowed Lawn, and rub off the Crayons that are not in the recessed areas. Attach this to the collar using another Long Fastener. Attach the dog to the card using Foam Tape, and the grass to the bottom edge using Multi Medium. Mount this on a black card backing cut 4.5×5.75 inches using Adhesive Strips. Add the shamrocks to the circles using Multi Medium, and one next to the dog using Foam Tape.

    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/.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Galaxies have been a widely popular design element in the last couple of years. Their beautiful blend of color makes them a wonderful background on which to write or stamp an inspirational greeting. Below, I’ll guide you through the simple steps of layering Alcohol Inks to make a stunning galaxy background and then add a hand- lettered sentiment.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Step 1: Working on a Craft Sheet, apply the first layer of color. Beginning with Sunshine Yellow, add a couple drops of Alcohol Ink onto the Ink Applicator and swipe it onto the cardstock. Repeat with the remaining colors, working from light to dark in a random pattern and using a clean felt for each.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Step 2: Add several drops of Alcohol Blending Solution to a clean felt. Apply it over the entire surface of the cardstock using a dabbing motion only. This will cause the layer of color to lighten and blend slightly.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Step 3: Again, using a dabbing motion only, apply another layer of each of the Alcohol Ink colors from lightest to darkest. Dabbing instead of swiping on the color ensures a mottled, celestial effect is achieved for the final result.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Step 4: Dab on another layer of Alcohol Blending Solution. The colors should now be quite blended with no harsh lines between neighboring colors.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Step 5: Continue adding more color and blending with Alcohol Blending Solution until the galaxy is to your liking. Here, I wanted a darker effect, so I added more Indigo.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Step 6: To create background stars, lightly dampen the bristles of an old toothbrush and dip them into the pigment ink pad. Pointing the head of the toothbrush at your page, run your thumb over the bristles to splatter the cardstock.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Step 7: To complete your masterpiece, add a hand-written sentiment with the Dylusions paint pen. To create the look of modern calligraphy, first write in a flowy script style. Then thicken up the downstrokes, which are any lines that were made by moving the pen in a downward motion (toward your body). Use the paint pen to dot on some foreground stars as a final detail.

    Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

    Kim Haskell

    Hello! My name is Kim Haskell and I am a lettering, mixed media, and watercolor enthusiast living in Nova Scotia, Canada. My love of art started so young that my mom jokes that I was born with a pencil in my hand. While I grew up drawing and painting, my creative life took a brief hiatus in adulthood while I pursued a technology career. In 2015, I fell in love with the art of calligraphy and hand lettering and my fingers have been perpetually inky ever since. When I am not lettering you can find me near the ocean enjoying time with my hubby and our French Bulldogs.

    My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/wednesdayswelldesign/

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    I love getting and sending letters. An email is quick and easy but a handmade card or handwritten letter is more personal; don’t you think so too? The only bad thing is that the cards I receive are lying around everywhere. I don’t have a proper place to store them. So time to make myself a Dylusions style letter rack.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    Step 1: I started with adding a thin layer of gesso to the letter rack. The letter rack is made of MDF which is brown. The colours won’t come out so brightly if you don’t add a layer of gesso first. Untreated, the MDF will absorb a lot of the paints also, which is a waste of paints. Pick out some nice Dylusions colours (I’ve used Cherry Pie , Crushed Grape, Tangerine Dream and Bubblegum Pink) and add the paints with a Mini Blending Tool to the surface of your letter rack. Mind that you don’t blend the Tangerine Dream (orange) with the Crushed Grape…you will create mud if you do. I’ve used the red and pink as a border between the orange and the purple, because both the red and pink go well with either the orange or the purple. Choose a few stencils and use the Mini Blending Tool to add some structure to all the sides of the letter rack. Use one stencil with White Linen, white will make the colours pop. Let all the sides dry and assemble the letter rack.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    Step 2: Now that the painting is finished, I start with decorating the letter rack. I stamped a lot of the Doodle Blooms with Archival Ink (Jet Black) and recoloured all the black parts of the stamped image using the Dylusions Paint Pen in Black Marble. I hardly ever think that the stamped image is black enough so I normally colour all the black parts again with a paints pen. Glue all the flowers to the letter rack using gel medium (matte). I drew some stems with the Dylusions paint pens Black Marble and White Linen. For the leaves I used the Branching Out stamp set. Cut out the leaves in pairs or singles and glue them on the stems of the flowers. And the letter rack is finished.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    Step 3: Here you see all sides of the letter rack. In the end I decided to add a little birdy and a caterpillar from some older Dylusions stamps sets.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    Step 4: For this project I also made a card (a5 size). I have painted the background in exactly the same way as shown in Step 1. I stamped the flowers of the Anatomy of a Page set on my background and on a separate piece of watercolour cardstock. I coloured the flowers on the watercolour cardstock with coloured pencils. Cut out all the flowers and glue them to the stamped ones on the background. This way I don’t have to cut out all the stems and tiny leaves.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    Step 5: For the rest of my card I stamped a variety of stamps and just started colouring.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    Step 6: For this background I used Tangerine Dream, Bubblegum Pink and Funky Fuchsia. In the end I used one of the Doodle Blooms, a Puddy Cat and at the top I used the new Foliage set.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    Step 7: I have decorated an envelope, as well. Kept it quite simple just by using a stencil (Flower Pop) and the Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Mica Spray. I might add some doodling later, if I know to whom I will send the card. Make the envelope a bit more personal too.

    You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

    And this is the letter rack with the card and envelope.

    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/

    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.

    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.