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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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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?

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.