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Ranger Blog: Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m delighted to be here on the Ranger Blog with you today. My journal pages are often inspired by seeing or hearing something that triggers my imagination. I found this great quote by the cinematographer Conrad Hall, and knew it would sit beautifully with an image of an abandoned, rusty American car I’d seen…and the page was born! Dylusions paints are perfect for enabling me to create backgrounds that echo the textures and colours for the images I like to use – I love their versatility.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 1: Choose an image and quote that really inspires or resonates with you. My image was online, so I downloaded and resized it to fit my journal page. Printing it onto normal A4 printer paper ensures it will sit flat on the page, however you could use thicker or textured cardstock if you wanted to add some dimension to your design.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Cut out your image, and choose the Dylusions paints for your background. Your selection should mirror the colours in your image – you can see how mine echo the greens, greys and browns in the car’s paint and rusty bodywork.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 3: Put scrap paper behind your journal pages, and some of your paints onto your Craft Sheet – you’re going to use them dark to light, so it helps to lay them out in this order. Using a larger paintbrush (I used a 1” flat brush), start with the darkest colour and work quickly, applying the paint in long, straight strokes. Clean your brush on kitchen roll after each colour. I started with Black Marble…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 4: …followed by Melted Chocolate…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 5: …Dirty Martini…

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 6: …Fresh Lime, Slate Grey and finally White Linen. Cover all the page, blending the colours as you add them. I added the leftover paint to a couple of tags – one using a palette knife and the other with a brush.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 7: Here’s a closer look at the page after all the paints were applied. Using my image as a visual reference when I’m painting helps me to get the colour balance I want. When I was doing this background for example, I could see that it was turning out to be quite dark, so I needed to add more Slate Grey and White Linen than I’d anticipated, and used an extra flash of Fresh Lime at the end to lighten it up. I also ensured that enough brown/black tones were showing through to mirror those in the image. The key however is to work quickly and not overthink the process.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 8: It’s likely that you will have applied a lot of paint, so leave the page for a few hours to ensure it is completely dry before starting the stencilling. Stencil over the spread using two or three of the paints you used in your background. I did very little stencilling here because there was already a lot happening on the painted surface and didn’t want to distract from the effect I’d created. I stencilled in Dirty Martini and Slate Grey, and then made a few finger marks with the leftover Slate Grey.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 9: Adhere your image with Matte Collage Medium, waiting until it’s dry to trim any excess that overlaps the edge of your page. Add some random marks to the background with Melted Chocolate – I used a palette knife; the paint pot lid and the bottom of a Dylusions ink spray bottle – and use a small paintbrush to splatter Black Marble over the page. In both cases, ensure the marks overlap the image every now and again to add cohesiveness to the page. Some of the black paint splatters may be quite thick (I like the texture this adds), so ensure this paint is completely dry before moving on.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 10: Plan the placement of the text/quote in relation to your image. If you look closely on the photo, you can see that I’ve placed the first letters of each line on the page so that I know I’m spacing the lines equally (and I’m not going to run out of room!)

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 11: Stamp the text with Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. I prefer to stamp one letter at a time – I can place the letters exactly where I want them, and I’m more confident that I’ll get a consistently good quality stamped image. The ‘Clearly Alpha’ stamps have an etched line fill, so I used a fine detail paintbrush and Black Marble to paint over them, giving me a block colour instead, and ensuring they really stand out against the background. Use a Black Marble paint pen to add any definition to the letters’ edges that might be needed, and then add highlights with a White Linen paint pen.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Step 12: Dilute some Slate Grey and Black Marble onto your Craft Sheet using a Mini Mister, and add shading round the edge of your image. The combination of a fine detail brush and my finger works well to create a smudged effect. For the final step, use a Mini Blending Tool with foam to edge the pages with Black Marble.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Here are a couple of close-ups of the completed page – I love the way the Dylusions paints have blended, and the way in which the background mirrors the colours in the car’s paint and rusted metal.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

I really enjoyed creating this for you…I hope it inspires you to create a page like this for a quote or image you love.

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Beauty in Imperfection by Victoria Hills

Victoria Hills I’m Victoria Hills…I’m from Yorkshire, where I live with my husband, two boys and Black Labrador, Larry. I’m a newcomer to all things art, design and mixed media; in 2014 I left a career of 20+ years in the corporate world to focus on bringing up our boys. Shortly after, I was wandering round a craft shop and found a mixed media magazine – I bought it, and was immediately hooked. I started designing and making cards, and then in 2016 bought my first Dylusions products and began art journaling. I love creating designs that bring together words and images that catch my imagination, and am continually inspired (and a bit intimidated!) by the amazing work that I see out there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Now that SPRING is here, the days are slowly getting longer and on some days it feels a bit warmer, it inspired me to make a spread about spring in my journal.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I wanted the word SPRING to cover the whole page. Because it’s always hard to rub away pencil-lines on backgrounds painted with acrylic paints, I did the handlettering first. When I was satisfied with the size and shape I went over to paint the background.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: I used Dylusions paints for creating the background. I used London Blue, Lemon Zest and White Linen. The London Blue and Lemon Zest blend to a lovely colour green. By using the White Linen while I was blending, I was able to create more pastel-like colours.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: When you look closely to the background, you will still be able to see the word spring. I traced the lines with Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen and coloured the letters using Black Marble Paint and a brush.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now that the word is coloured, I started on decorating the borders using the Oodles of Foliage Set. The new leaf set is really very cool. Don’t you think so, too? I love using leaves, they always add a little extra to your pages. You can colour the leaves green or black…they always look fabulous.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I took 6 images from both the Mini Me and Mini Moo stampsets. I wanted an image for every letter in the word spring. The new images are so lovely and quite a few of my favorite ones from older sets are now available as a mini. I decided to give one new arms, so I could make her climb down the letter N.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I also cut off the legs and glued them down again, this time a slightly bit tilted.

Cut out all the images and glue them down to your page with the Ranger gluestick.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: After I glued down all the images, I thought there was something missing in the background. I found this cute flower in the How Does your Garden Grow set. I coloured all the flowers using a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and the Dylusions Paints Cherry Pie, White Linen, Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Tangerine Dream.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: After colouring all the flowers, I traced the line again using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen.

Spring Journal Spread by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: For the final touch, I wrote down “is in the air” with the Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen. Now I am satisfied with the result. I really enjoyed making this spread and I hope you will, too. Happy Spring!

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/

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Today I want to show you how you can brighten up your Easter decorations by using the Dylusions paints. I made some cheery decoration for my Easter branches.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I bought some plastic easter eggs and gave them a nice layer of gesso using Dina Wakley’s White Gesso.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: After the gesso is dry, use the Dylusions paints to colour all the eggs. I used Pure Sunshine, Tangerine Dream, Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Zest.

For decorating the eggs, I use the Ranger Enamel Accents and Dylusions Paint Pens.

I used the Enamel Accents to make dots, stripes and circles. The Enamels are thick acrylic paint, so you really get some nice structure when you use them on your eggs.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: The ribbon on the eggs get another colour with the Dylusions Ink Sprays. I used Bubblegum Pink, Pure Sunshine and Tangerine Dream. Just spray some ink on the ribbon and let it dry.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: The new die cuts have a perfect size for using them as decoration in your Easter branches. I picked out a few different designs and coloured them with Distress Markers, Dylusions Paint Pens and a little Distress Crayons.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: To make a skin colour I used Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber and blend them together with water. If you use too much Coral your skin gets to pinky and to yellowish if you use too much amber. I always try out on a little piece of paper first to see if the colour turns out ok.

I usually add 3 to 4 layers of colour before I am satisfied with the result.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Punch out some circles and take some pieces of ribbon or rope. Furthermore you’ll need some glue and tape.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Tape down the rope and glue a circle on top of it so the backside of the image looks nice too.

Easter the Dylusions Way by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Decorate your Easter branches with the eggs and coloured die cuts and have a cheery Easter this year.

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/

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch

Be different is the name of this creation. Being different as in “ standing out of the crowd,” but it has another meaning also. With the Dylusions stamps you create new images over and over again and those will be different than the ones you’ve used before…LOL. Well, that is what I like about the Dylusions stamps. You can swap heads and bodies over and over again to make new fabulous images.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I’ve started my creation with trimming the pages using the journal block and and an extra sheet from the large journal inserts (picture 1). Colour the extra page with Pomegranate Seed, Tangerine Dream and Bubblegum Pink (picture 2). Use the Mini Ink Blending Tool by Ranger to blend the colours on your page (picture 3). Add structure to your page using the Cobwebs, Holes and Direction Stencils. For adding the arrows of the Direction Stencil I used White Linen. For a background I normally I use the same colours I already have used before. Adding a new colour will draw too much attention and this colour will be part of the foreground instead of the background. White and black are always ok to add. The will make the colours pop (picture 4).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: I used the leaves from the Doodle Parts stamp set to stamp some leaves at the top and bottom. Allthough I used the Archival Ink Jet Black, I always colour the black part again using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen. Add a little highlight with the Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen.

Stamp the toadstools and image on the smooth side of the Watercolour Paper. Start with a wash of colour using either watercolour pencils or distress crayons or Dylusions ink (anything soluble in water will be fine). After the 1st wash I add more colour and depth using colouring pencils.

Cut out all the images and glue them on your page with the Ranger Glue Stick.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: For the next page I used Polished Jade, Crushed Grape and London Blue Paints. Add the paints with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and blend all colours together (picture 1). Add structure to the page using the following stencils Circles, Hearts and Number Jumble. (picture 2).
After adding the stencils your pages will look like this (picture 3). Use the Journal Block and the Dylusions Paint Pens to draw a border (picure 4).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I taped the extra page to the large spread using Dina Wakley’s Mixed Media Tape. I add a border using the flowers from the Anatomy of a Page Stamp Set (picture 1). I coloured all flowers using colouring pencils. Cut out all the flowers and glue them to your page (picture 2). The rest of the border will be made with a stamp from the Ocean Backgrounds Stamp Set and coloured with the Dylusions paint pen Black Marble (picture 3).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: The colours reminded me of the ocean so I decided to add a catfish or should I say a mercat. Well, this is just the fun of using the Dylusions stamps, isn’t it. You can create new creatures. For my mercat I used the head of the Puddy Cats, the body of Always and tail of Doodle Delights.

I also used the tiny fish background stamp and a squid from the Under the Sea stamp set. All images are coloured with colouring pencils, cut out and glued to my pages with the Ranger gluestick. The image on the left is made with the passage of time stamp set.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: For the middle page I used the Slate Grey, Funky Fuchsia and Pure Sunshine paints. The stencils are Cobwebs, Fresh Dots and Flower Pop Used the same colours as for the background and added a little Black Marble (picture 1).

I love the flowers in the Anatomy of a Page stamp set, so I used them again. Stamped them on the page and on a separate sheet of watercolour paper. I coloured all flowers with colouring pencils, cut them out and glued them to the page (picture 2).

For the flowers and toadstools I used the same colours as in the background (picture 3).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: The toadstools are from the Shrooms stamp set. I like the combination of Toadstools and Flowers, so I had a great time colouring these (picture 1). The body is from the Shrooms stamp set too. The head is from the Oh, Deer stamp set. It’s so funny to swap all the heads with the different bodies in the Dylusions stamp collection (picture 2 and 3).

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: I love the combination of Slate Grey, Funky Fuchsia and Pure Sunshine. It ‘s one of my favorite colour combinations of this moment. The colours really look lush, don’t they.

At the top of the page I stamped the leaves from the Branching Out stamp set and coloured all the leaves again, using the Dylusions paint pen, Black Marble.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: The paints that I used for this spread are Postbox Red, Funky Fuchsia and Crushed Grape. The stencils are Direction, Raining Cats and Squares. Again, I used the same colours of paints and added a little white to make it a bit more interesting (picture 1).

The trees are from a older Christmas stamp set, called One, Two Tree. I stamped on a piece of watercolour paper and coloured them using colouring pencils. Cut the trees out and glue them to the page (picture 2).
For the image I used 2 different sets, the Eyes Have It and I Can See Clearly (picture 3).
Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: On this page I used other elements of the Analomy of a Page stamp set, but I admit I was tempted to use the flowers again, because they are so awesome.

Be Different by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: And here are all the pages toegther again. The quotes are from Dyan’s sweet sayings on the How About Never stamp set. The other quotes were found on the internet and handwritten with the Dylusions Paint Pens.

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/

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Apply strips of Adhesive Foam to the canvas, creating a frame shape. Peel the protective paper from the foam. Apply a coat of Opaque Crackle paste to the top & sides of the Foam Tape.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dry with a Heat Tool. Note: Keep Heat Tool about 8” from the surface and keep it moving. As the paste dries and becomes matte you can move the Heat Tool closer to the canvas. We want the paste to dry not bubble. As the paste dries, it will crackle, and the black foam will show from between the Crackle Paste. Let cool completely.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Paint the inside of the frame with Black Gesso. Let dry. Apply various colors of the Foil Sheets to the cracks by randomly pressing sheets of foil onto the sticky, exposed areas of foam, colored side up.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Cut a Dyary Die Cut in half. Color the Die Cut with Dylusions Paint Pens. Attach the Die Cut with an Adhesive Strip to the inside, bottom of the frame.

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/

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

February is here and love is in the air! Hearts, red and pink scream everywhere you go and they just make me happy! This time of the month I get to create sweet Valentine’s for loved ones, they want special cards, notes, packages to show their loved ones how much they mean to them. Personally, I love to add a new entry in my art journal that will for sure inspire a card and with so many products to choose from well it’s easy to be excited about crafting!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 1: The Scribbly Girls stamps by Dina Wakley has some scribbly heart goodness and my palette is Ruby, Bubblegum Pink, White Linen and Gold.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 2: Using an old credit card, a Craft Scraper or a spatula, scrape some paint in a random pattern across your page. We are creating a happy background here, just get messy and free!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 3: Grab one of Dyan’s stencils and using the White Linen and your brush, in my case, my fingers, fill some random circles in your background. I’ve chosen to go on a diagonal for eye movement!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 4: Using your Emboss it Ink Pad, along with some Gold Embossing Powder, stamp the scribbly hearts in your journal page.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 5: The fun part about using a Fude ball pen is that you get to write over acrylic paint! Take advantage of the curves. Dyan’s acrylic block is not just for stamping. It’s made for a lot of things, one of them journaling! Using your pen, draw curvy lines to write in your page.
Once your lines are written go over your chosen words in long and short strokes filling up your lines.
You can finish it up by adding some small talk stickers!

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.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Every year on February 14th many people send cards and presents to their loved ones in honour of St. Valentine. Dylusions has quite a few products that you can use to make something special for your Valentine. I decided to dedicate my journal pages to all the animals, because I just looooooove animals.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: For this blogpost, I went back to the wonderful Dylusions Inks. You can put paints exactly on the spot you want it to be, with the inks you can’t. Inks live a life of their own and that is what I love about the inks, you can’t control them. So you’re in for some unexpected treasures when you start using them.
For my project I used Pure Sunshine, Bubblegum Pink, Cherry Pie, White Linen and bubblegum pink micas pray.
I also used a spray bottle of water and a large flat brush.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Spray some water on your page. Spray the inks in the water, slap your brush in the ink and splatter the ink around and then hold your journal straight up so the ink runs down onto the other page. I didn’t cover the whole page with ink, but I left quite a bit white which is always a bit scary….

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Take a stencil (I used flowers) and spray water through the stencil (1). Pick up your stencil and flip it and press onto your page. This way you will get a negative and positive print of your stencil (2).

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: For the next step, I used 2 other stencils (cobwebs and hearts) and spray some ink through your stencil (1). Flip over your stencil and press the ink on your page (2).

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: This is how the page looks now. Ready for the next few steps.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I have used the Bubblegum Pink Mica Spray as well. The Mica Spray give your project a lovely shimmer. I tried to take a photograph of the shimmer, but I’m not sure if you can see it clearly this way.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Now it is time to start decorating the pages. I stamped the images on smooth watercolour paper using Jet Black Archival Ink. I coloured all the images with coloured pencils (different brands). Before I glue down the images to the page, I use the Dylusions Paint Pen (Black Marble) to trace all the black parts of the images. The paint in the paint pens is the same as the Dylusions paint jars and it dries quickly. So to keep your pen going, clean the nib regularly with a baby wipe. You also have to shake the pen now and then and press down the nib to fill the reservoir with paint. Don’t bang the nib on the table, because this will break your pen.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: All the images are coloured and cut out. Now it’s time to decorate the rest of the page.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: For the border I used a stamp from the ‘Around the Edge’ stamp set (1) . Don’t worry if you are not able to stamp it neatly, you can always correct that later with a paint pen. For the dangling hearts I used this lovely heart stamp from the ‘Inbetweenies’ stamp set (2). I use a sticky note to protect the border while stamping the hearts.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: I used Dylusions paints (Black Marble), a mini ink blending tool and a heart stencil (from the suits stencil set) to add a few hearts to the page. And this is how the page looks so far. Now it’s time to glue down the images.

My Valentines by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: The stamp sets I used are Passage Of Time (body), Oh Deer! (head), Puddy Cats and Puppy Dog Tales. Glue down all the images to your page using the Ranger Glue Stick. For the finishing touch I journaled a little in the black hearts using the Dylusions paint pen (White Linen). The anonymous quote was found on the internet.

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/

Bloom by Tracy Scott

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Hey there beautiful people…I am thrilled to have been asked back by the amazing Ranger team to share another project with you today.
It’s very cold in the UK at the moment but that doesn’t stop me thinking about the coming of Spring and the long lazy days of summer. With that in mind I wanted to create a bright and cheerful project for you to get those creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed creating it…

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Gather fabric scraps, I used old pieces of lace and ribbons as well as a pack of the Dylusions Blank Self Adhesive Canvas.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Take a sheet of the self-adhesive canvas, peel off the backing and press the sticky side against an old piece of cloth a few times to get rid of the stickiness then cut some slits in the end approx. ¼ inch apart. Hand tear each strip (some will curl more than others).

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Arrange the pieces of lace, fabric and ribbons onto the canvas gluing down with Matte Medium and then glue the torn canvas strips at one end only allowing them to hang loose on the canvas. Once all the fabric is on using Texture Paste and your palette knife I added some texture with the Dylusions large leaf stencil.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now cover the whole canvas including the fabric scraps with a coat of white gesso.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Gather up your chosen paint colours and a water mister bottle.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Take your first colour (I chose Vibrant Turquoise mixed with White Linen) and spritz with water to give a runny consistency.
Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Hold the canvas at 90 degrees and start adding the colour to the canvas allowing it to start to run. If it’s not running as much as you’d like, then spritz directly with some more water.

**please note I like to dry with a Heat Tool between each paint colour**

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Repeat step 7 with more colours (this time I chose Melted Chocolate and Funky Fuchsia mixed with a little white) For the lace and fabric along the bottom of the canvas I turned the board on its side so the drips are running in line with the direction of the fabric.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: I then went back in with some of the Vibrant Turquoise, Funky Fuschsia and Fresh Lime, but this time I didn’t mix with any white so I would get bolder brighter colours. Repeat step 7 until you are happy with the result.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Dry the canvas completely and then using the Vibrant Turquoise and Funky Fuchsia I mixed the colours with water and loaded up a paint brush. Lightly tap off over the canvas to create splatters.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Next I stamped the roses from the ‘Branching Out’ stamp set directly onto the canvas board in various places along the edges of the fabric. I then painted with a mix of Pomegranate Seed, Funky Fuchsia and Bubblegum Pink.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped out some more of the roses and also one of the flowers from the ‘Doodle Blooms’ stamp set into smooth white card.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: I painted the flowers, again using a mix of Pomegranate, Funky Fuchsia and Bubblegum Pink. I then cut out the flowers and adhered to the canvas using 3D foam.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 14: Next I mixed some of the white paint with water so that it was runny and loaded up a brush, tapping it over the canvas and flowers to create more splatter.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 15: Next I used a fine brush and some Matte Medium to add areas of glue to the canvas, I then sprinkled with the Enchanted Gold Embossing Powder and heat set to add some sparkly accents.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 16: For the next step I used Tim’s alphabet stamps and stamped the word ‘Bloom’ onto smooth white card using the Embossing Ink Pad.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 17: I covered the stamped word with the Black Embossing Powder and heat set to give a glossy raised finish.

Bloom by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 18: For the finishing touch, using Tim’s scissors (they have a nice sharp point which is perfect for cutting out small shapes) I cut around the letter and then adhered to my canvas using the 3D foam tape.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com I love to create things just because and this is one of those projects. This project can however be made into a card if you wished.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Gather together, all 4 tags, paints and blending tools.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Using the Postbox Red cover areas of your tag with the blending too. Then add the Bubblegum Pink to areas left. Keep going over in turn until you are happy with the depth of colour and the blend.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Taking a brayer and the same 2 coloured paints cover your washi tape with the paint.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Attach them together both front and back with the Journaling tape. Fold in concertina style.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Using a pencil and the Dylusions Journal Block, create a border going all the way around your tags.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Using Dylusions Black Marble Paint, colour in the border. Leave to once side to full dry.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stamp out the images you want and cut them out. Colour your images using Ink Spray filled waterbrushes.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Taking the small Hearts Dylusions stencil and White Dylusions Paint Pen, go around the outside black border adding the hearts.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Using the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen doodle dashes around the inside of the border.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Using the Ranger Glue Stick, adhere your images where you would like them.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Using the Bubblegum Pink area of the Dylusions Mixed Media Ink Palette and a small Dylusions heart from the Lovestruck Lucy stamp set, add a few random hearts in the background. Also stamp out some of the small hearts onto card with the black section, to add to your piece using your glue.

Hearts and Doodles by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

Sandra Botham

My name is Sandra Botham and I am from Yorkshire, England, where I live with my Husband and 2 children. I am a coffee addicted, book loving, Art Journaler. Where my art is concerned I do not mind trying anything but I totally love the Dylusions range by Dyan Reaveley. I love to art journal, doodle, colour and create photo books too. I started my art journal journey taking classes at Dyan’s studio – Art From The Heart – in Harrogate, England. I am now totally honoured to be a tutor at this studio where I regularly teach workshops.

My Blog:  http://redkittybcreates.blogspot.co.uk/
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/Sandra-Botham-Red-Kitty-B-Creates-204709782932926/
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/redkittybcreates/?hl=en
I also run a Dylusions Facebook Challenge page with the backing of Dyan:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/708335769240903/