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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/.

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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!

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Cut manila cardstock to 4 x 5 inches. Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Use the Blending Tool with Foam to ink the top portion with Sky Blue Archival Ink and the lower half with Leaf Green Archival.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Stencil the picket fence with Potting Soil Archival. With the stencil in place, ink the unmounted “cracks” stamp with Watering Can Archival & stamp thru the stencil to create cracks in the wood fence. The stencil allows the “cracks” to be added to the fence only and it protects the background.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Use a scrap of Clearly For Art, that is covered with Newsprint Paper. Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the flower two times, onto the Newsprint side. Cut out both flowers.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Use the flower as a guide to determine where to stencil the leaves. Stencil two large sets of leaves and one small set of leaves as shown using Fern Green.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment toward the top right corner.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Use Cornflower Blue with the “lots of dots” stencil to add dots above the fence.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Use Watering Can with the flourish stamp and add the flourish at the top left of the leaves.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Ink the unmounted “vintage text” stamp with Tree Branch Archival and stamp randomly above the fence.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Shake the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint dabber & use it to edge the piece.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Ink over the two flowers with Sunflower Archival Ink.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 11: With a moist Detailer Waterbrush, touch the tip to the Festive Berries Distress Crayon to pick up color and add shading to the flowers. Add most of the color to the centers.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Use the Heat-It Tool to soften the flower petals. While the Clearly For Art is warm, shape the flower petals. Use an awl to add a hole to the flower centers. To create the flower center, insert the long fastener thru the fluted collar, then thru the gear. Use black adhesive tape between the flower layers. Assemble the flower a little offset to allow the bottom petals to show.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Ink the bird portion of the stamp and press the coordinating mat mini bird onto the inked stamp. DRY, then ink the bird with Potting Soil, Sunflower and Red Geranium.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 14: To create a banner, mask off the “repeating quilt” stencil as shown. Stencil the border at the top of the card with Fern Green.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Use Red Geranium to stencil berries in 3 areas on the leaves. Use the white paint pen to add accent dots. Use the black paint pen to add pen stitching detail.

Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Assemble the card. Use Black Foam Adhesive to add the flower and Multi Medium to add the bird. Add black glaze pen dots to add the bird’s eye & to accent the banner at the top. Add to a black base. This can be a card or a little art to set in an easel.
Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Things to note:

1. Because Archival is a permanent waterproof ink, the Distress Crayons can be used to add shading over the Archival Inks. They work well together…Pretty cool!
2. Masking a portion of a stencil creates a whole NEW stencil. Look at what you have (both stamps & stencils) to see how it can be used for a different effect. This banner looks nothing like the original repeating quilt stencil.
3. If your stencil is clean, you can see exactly where you’re adding stenciling & avoid sentiments or areas that you prefer not to stencil over. Sorry Dina…for me…clean is good!
4. Using a red rubber stamp unmounted is an easy way to add small areas of stamping to a background. Just bend it to fit the selected area. This works great even with large background stamps.
5. The black Foam Tape is an awesome adhesive for Clearly For Art. It provides a very strong adhesive and just the right amount of dimension between layers.

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!

Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 1: Cut two pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock, one to 4.5” x 5.75”, the other to 1” x 5.75. Coat both cut pieces of cardstock with an even coat of Pumpkin Liquid Pearls paint. Set aside to dry.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 2: On a non-stick craft sheet, place a small amount of Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls and spray below water with a Distress Sprayer. Mix the paint with the water and brush onto a piece of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 3: Using a piece of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock and Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Fall Foliage, die cut 8-10 different leaves.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 4: Squeeze a small amount of the Avocado, Gold Pearl, Buttercup, Cantaloupe, Brass, and Garnet Liquid Pearls on to your craft sheet. Next, with a Detailer Waterbrush, begin water coloring the leaves. Once all are painted, set aside to dry.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 5: On a piece of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock diecut with Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Styled Labels, water color with Liquid Pearls Avocado and the Water Brush.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 6: Dry the die cut label with a Heat-It Craft tool. Once dry, using the Water Brush and the Avocado Liquid Pearl paint, brush letter the word “thanks.” When writing, be sure to use more paint on the Water Brush than you did for the background to make sure there is enough contrast between shades.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 7: While the leaves and thanks labels are drying, take your pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock and Distress Woodgrain Cardstock and start assembling the pieces together. Glue the Woodgrain paper in the center of the large piece of Mixed Media Cardstock using Ranger Glossy Accents. Then glue the small Mixed Media Cardstock band to the bottom third of the Woodgrain paper.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 8: Next, using the Brass Liquid Pearl paint, embellish the edge of the label with little dotted accents.

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 9: Once the leaves are finished drying, attach Ranger’s Fine Tip Applicators to your Avocado, Garnet, and Copper Pearl Liquid Pearl bottles. Begin drawing in the veins on the larger leaves.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Thank You Card by Taylor HuizengaStep 10: When all the pieces are completely dry, begin laying out and gluing down the leaves as seen below. When all the leaves are glued down, glue down the thank you label on top, making sure it lines up with the orange band going across.
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga
Thank You Card by Taylor Huizenga

Distressed 4th of July Card by Bobbi Smith

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here! I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger Blog today! I’ll be using lots of Tim Holtz Distress product to create this fun patriotic card. Hope you can join me!

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 1: Cut a piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock 6.75 x 4.75. Apply thin coat of Dina Wakley MediaWhite Gesso to the manila surface, then let dry. Add a few small pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape to the cardfront as an accent. Squeeze a couple drops of Pumice Stone Distress Paint onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water. Press the gessoed side of the Ranger Manila Cardstock into the paint mixture until covered. Dry with a Heat it Tool.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 2: To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the gessoed manila cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Place the Rays Layering Stencil over the top of the colored manila cardfront (I like to tape mine down with a little tissue tape). Apply a couple drops of Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using a clean piece of Blending Foam on the tool, pick up the color and apply a little (using a pouncing motion) concentrating on the lower portion of the rays. While stencil is still in place and paint is still wet, move the color around a little with a moist baby wipe. Now remove the layering stencil and dry wet distressed paint on manila cardstock with the Heat it Tool.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 3: Place the Stars Layering Stencil over the top of your colored manila cardfront and repeat the process in step 2, using Candied Apple Distress Paint. I think the Rays & Stars Layering Stencils go perfectly together for a great patriotic theme!

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 4: Die cut the United States, using the Tim Holtz United States Thinlits Sizzix die and a piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock. Pop out all of the states carefully and reserve them for another project. Apply a drop of Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress Paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using a clean piece of Blending Foam on the tool, pick up the color and apply a little (using a pouncing motion) to the United States manila silhouette diecut. Then dry with Heat it Tool. Using the multiple colors will give more dimension to the final piece.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 5: Apply a thin layer of Distress Collage Medium to manila cardfront. Then while still wet attach the United States silhouette/outline to cardfront and apply a second layer of Distress Collage Medium over the top. Not only am I using the Distress Collage Medium as a glue, I’m also using it as a sealant over the entire cardfront. Then set aside to air dry. This won’t take long at all. Stamp the
Bird Crazy and the Crazy Things on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then diecut stamped images, using Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit coordinating dies.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 6: Stamp your Bird Crazy image onto a sticky note with Jet Black Archival Ink, then diecut using coordinating die. Cut head from body to use for a masking technique. Apply sticky note Bird Crazy body over the coordinating Distress Watercolor Bird Crazy image. Using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a Blending Tool with foam, gently buff color onto bird. Now remove sticky note body mask and apply head sticky note mask to Bird Crazy. Buff color onto Bird Crazy body using Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks and a Blending Tool. Remove mask and dry with Heat Tool. The diecut wing is also colored with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink using a Blending Tool. Then dry with Heat it Tool.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 7: Color the beak using Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink and a Blending Tool. The hat is colored with Candied Apple and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks and a Blending Tool. The fine tip of Hickory Smoke, Blueprint Sketch and Candied Apple Distress Markers were used to color the flag. * TIP* an Ranger White Opaque Pen can be used to touch up any of the white portions of the flag.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 8: Smear a little bit of Black Soot Distress Crayon onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with finger to smear and smudge onto the surface around the states and corners of card for shading.

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 9: Apply a couple drops of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet and lightly mist the paint with water. Pick up watered down Picket Fence paint with Distress Splatter Brush. Pull loaded bristles back with finger and let splatter over cardfront and Bird Crazy images. Then dry with Heat it Tool. Distress edges of cardfront with Ranger Paper Creaser. Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Black Cardstock 7×10, then sand with sanding grip to expose a little of the kraft core (always protect Non-Stick Craft Sheet when sanding). Fold cardstock in half to create a 7×5 card (basic A7 size).

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithStep 10: Attach card front to card with adhesive. Then assemble Bird Crazy bird with accessories, using Ranger Black Foam Adhesive. Cover a scrap piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock with a matching sized piece of Ranger Adhesive Sheet. Diecut “celebrate” using Tim Holtz Handwritten Celebrate Sizzix Die from the manila/adhesive sheet. Peel backing off top of wording to expose the adhesive. Sprinkle Distress Glitter generously on exposed adhesive then shake off excess. Adhere the glittered wording to lower right corner of cardfront using Glossy Accents as adhesive. It’s so hard to capture glitter in a photo, but boy does it ever sparkle!!!

Distress 4th of July Card by Bobbi SmithThere you have it, now you’re ready for 4th of July celebrations! I hope you enjoyed todays card and thanks for stopping by!

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 Patti Behan

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 1: Cut Navy Cardstock to 6-1/4” x 9”; Kraft Cardstock to 4” x 5-3/4”, Green Cardstock to 4” x 2” and Mixed Media Cardstock to 3-1/2” x 8” and 3-3/4” x 4-1/2”. Save scraps from Green and Navy Cardstock to cut out the letters.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 2: Score Navy Cardstock in half to make a 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” card. Working on a piece of scrap paper, use the Sanding Grip to distress the edges. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo ink using the Blending Tool with Foam. Distress and ink the edges of the 4” x 2” green cardstock the same way.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 3: Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, ink the Halftone Stamp with Olive Archival Ink and stamp onto Kraft Cardstock.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 4: Apply a medium coat of Crazing Medium with the Collage Brush. Set aside to dry.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 5: Ink the Antique Car stamp with Cobalt Archival Ink and stamp image onto the 3-3/4” x 4-1/2” Mixed Media Cardstock.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 6: Cut out the image and ink the edges with Vintage Photo using the Blending Tool.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 7: Place the argyle stencil over the 3-1/2” x 8” Mixed Media Cardstock. Place Pine Needles Marker into Spritzer and lightly spritz in a random fashion through the stencil. Repeat with Chipped Sapphire Mustard Seed Markers until you are satisfied with your background. I chose to have a background that wasn’t heavy on the ink.

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Step 8: Cut a 1-1/2” x 5-3/4” rectangle from the argyle background, and ink the edges with Vintage Photo. Ink the edges and all over the crazed Kraft background with Vintage Photo.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 9: Paint Trinket Pin and Typed Token with Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint. Wipe excess off with a paper towel and let dry.

Fathers Day Card by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com
Step 10: Cut out the words “Happy” and “Day” from Navy cardstock. Use the Daily words dies to cut out “Father’s” from green cardstock. Glue the pieces together as shown. Use Multi Medium for the letters and Adhesive Strips for the rest.

patti behanHi, Everyone! My name is Patti Behan. I am married to my best friend and mom of three children who make me very proud. I have been a crafter my whole life and have worked in the craft industry for 15 years. I have found my dream job being the Marketing Coordinator here at Ranger, which gives me the opportunity to create and share all the fun things you can do with Ranger products. Hopefully I will inspire you to play along with me. Visit Patti’s blog at: http://www.pattibehan.com/blog/.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com

Summer is coming and with it there will be BBQs and picnics and lots of red, white, and blue! One of my favorite treats for holiday cook outs are the cupcakes! My local grocery store always has cupcakes with white frosting with hints of red along the edges. They are topped off of with sparkly blue stars on picks.

Today I am sharing a quick and easy card that borrows inspiration from those cupcakes. You could use this for cards, invitations, or even party decor!

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Scribble Blue Yonder paint onto a 4” x 6” piece of watercolor cardstock.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Spray water onto the paint. Water will help blend out and soften the look of the paint.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Blot the excess water with a dry cloth. (My towel had red paint on it that transferred onto my card. I decided to embrace it rather than start over.) Dry the cardstock with a heat tool.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Use a palette knife to spread Texture paste on the cardstock over the blue paint.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Dab Classic Cherry paint generously on a Texture Tool.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Drag the Texture Tool through the Texture Paste in a wave pattern. The paint should be on the side of the tool that is facing the direction you are dragging. The paint will transfer onto the edges of the Texture Paste design. Set the cardstock aside to dry.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Spread Blue Bayou Stickles on a scrap piece of watercolor cardstock. Set aside to dry.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 8: When the Texture Paste is dry, you can add additional paint color if desired. To apply the paint, dab paint onto your craft sheet. Place a clean foam on an ink blending tool. Pick up the paint with the foam. Skim the paint onto the raised areas of Texture Paste. Use a light hand and don’t push down on the foam to keep the paint on the raised areas only.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 9: To add a bit of sparkle, you can add Stickles over the paint. Squeeze the Stickles onto the craft sheet. Add a clean foam to an ink blending tool. Pick the Stickles up with the blending tool and skim over the paint.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Die cut stars from the cardstock with Stickles on it.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Use an ink blending tool to apply Blue Ribbon ink to the edges of the stars and the piece of cardstock. (I trimmed my cardstock down slightly to remove the excess white border I had and to be sure it fit well on my card front.)

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Adhere the stars to the cardstock.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Use letter stamps to add a sentiment to the cardstock piece using Blue Ribbon ink. (YES! You can stamp on Texture Paste!)

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 14: Adhere the finished cardstock piece to the front of a blank card.

Textured Freedom Card by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 15: How fun and simple was that? I don’t know about you, but I am hungry for one of those cupcakes now!


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.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Tim Holtz’s Bird Crazy collection has been all the rage this past year, and now we have the fabulous Crazy Cats joining in. Today I have a fun birthday card to share, featuring these adorable cats along with the new Distress Collage Mediums.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

These cats have such fun expressions, and I love that there are matching dies for all the cats, including detail dies for layering individual pieces. I added my cats against a bright Distress background, made with stamps, Distress Inks, and the new Collage Mediums. Let’s take a closer look.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Cut a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper slightly smaller than a standard A2 sized card base. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, blend Shaded Lilac Distress Ink onto half of the panel. And then add Wilted Violet Distress Ink to the other half, blending the two colors together in the middle when they meet.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Lay the Wallpaper background stamp face up on your work surface, and ink the image with Wilted Violet Distress Ink. Spritz the stamp several times with the Distress Sprayer to get the ink fairly wet. Press the inked watercolor panel down onto the inked stamp, pressing lightly against the middle of the paper while not applying much pressure against the edges. Lift the paper up, and allow the ink to dry.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Using a paintbrush, or just the tip of your finger, apply a light coat of Vintage Distress Collage Medium to the edges of the stamped panel. The Collage Medium works beautifully over the top of the Distress Inks, and adds a great aged look to the paper.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Cut a piece of Ranger Black Cardstock to the size of an A2 card base. Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Metallic Cardstock just slightly larger than the stamped watercolor panel, but then cut about an inch off of the height. Cut another strip of black cardstock that is about 1.25” wide. Stamp birthday sentiment onto Stamper’s Select Cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Trim out sentiment. Ink over the sentiment using the Ink Blending Tool and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Begin to assemble the card base. Lightly sand over the Metallic Cardstock, and then adhere it to the bottom of the black cardstock base. Adhere the stamped panel next. Wrap strips of gold Deco Tape across the strip of black cardstock, leaving equal borders between the strips.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Wrap Paper String around the center of the black cardstock strip, tying the string into a bow on the left hand side. Using your Ink Blending Tool, swipe Shaded Lilac Distress Ink over the white portions of the string. Cut a piece of Stamper’s Select Cardstock that is slightly larger than the sentiment. Ink it with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, and then add a coat of Vintage Distress Collage Medium to the edges. Once the Collage Medium is dry, adhere the sentiment to the center, and pop the piece onto the right side of the black strip using foam adhesive. Adhere the black strip to the top of the card base.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stamp a pair of Crazy Cats onto the smooth side of the Watercolor Paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Watercolor the cats using Distress Inks. To do so, press the inks onto the surface of your Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and pick up the inks with a wet paintbrush. I colored my front cat with Antique Linen, and then added details with Brushed Corduroy and the darkest shadows with Frayed Burlap.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: The back cat was colored with Pumice Stone, and details were added with Black Soot. I colored both noses and the inside of the ears with Picked Raspberry. The eyes got a very light coat of Pumice Stone.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Die cut the cats using the matching Framelits die set.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: You can see how close the dies cut to the image, which is really amazing. There is still a slight white border around parts of the images, like around the whiskers, so to mute the white edges a bit, go over the edges of the die cuts with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: I then added a bit more detail to my cats by painting on a bit of Vintage Collage Medium to the stripes on my front cat. And then I added Crazing Collage Medium to the eyes.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: To adhere the cats, add a bit of foam adhesive on the back of the images at the top only. Apply Matte Collage Medium to the bottom of the images. This will give some great dimension behind the cats, while still grounding them to the background.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 14: And finally, apply Glossy Accents to the eyes.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I just love how the Collage Mediums add another level of age and distress to the finished look. The Vintage finish edge blends beautifully into the gold cardstock below. And I really like how it looks different over the different colors of inks below. And the little bit of crazing in the eyes adds such quirky character to those cats.

Crazy Cats Happy Birthday Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

That shabby Wallpaper background makes me think of old Victorian parlor. How great would that be at Halloween in some old haunted mansion? Oh, the ideas!

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.