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Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit

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Creating handmade home décor pieces is an easy and fun way to add a bit of spirit to your home for the holidays and seasons. Join me today as we create a whimsical vignette box for spring and St. Paddy’s Day using lots of fabulous Tim Holtz Distress products.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Let’s get started!

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, prime the sides of an Idea-ology Vignette Box with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Allow the paint to dry completely, and then cover all four sides and the top edge of the box frame with a variety of Design Tape. You can skip painting the box first, if you wish. But I find that the white paint underneath really helps emphasize the design elements on the tape.

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Cut patterned paper to fit all four inside edges of the box, as well as the back panel. Adhere the papers using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and a foam brush.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dab a bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink into the box using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. And then spread Vintage Distress Collage Medium generously all around the inside and outside of the box. Set the box aside to dry completely.

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Step 3: Paint Multi Medium Matte into all four inside corners, and cover the adhesive with Distress Glitter Dust. Shake all excess glitter into a coffee filter, and pour it back into your container. Set the box aside to dry.

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Step 4: Select a Clippings or Small Chat sticker and apply it to a piece of raw chipboard. Trim around the sticker and then age it a bit with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

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Step 5: Cut a few thin strips of paper to use as brackets for the sentiment. Fold the strips into an “L” shape, and cut the length to fit the depth of your box. Adhere the foot of the strip to the back of the sentiment, and then adhere the back of the strips onto the bottom of the box. Pour Distress Glitter onto any exposed adhesive.

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Step 6: Color a Found Relatives die cut with Distress Markers, and watercolor using an Tim Holtz Waterbrush.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Apply Picket Fence to the clover Adornments charm, and allow the paint to set for a minute before wiping away the excess. Color the clover with a Distress Marker. Cover the charm with Glossy Accents, and set it aside to dry.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Apply a variety of green Distress Inks to a piece of watercolor cardstock using the waterbrush. Let the paper dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

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Step 9: Die cut the three smallest hearts from the Heartfelt Bigz Die several times from the inked watercolor paper to create clovers. You need three hearts for each clover. Cover the hearts with Crazing Distress Collage Medium. Set them aside to dry.

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Step 10: Scribble a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Crayon onto your Craft Sheet. Pick up the pigment using your waterbrush, and apply it to the crazing. Let the pigment soak into the cracks, and then wipe off the excess with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Punch clouds from Watercolor Cardstock. Ink with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, and then coat the edges with Vintage Collage Medium. Once the medium is dry, adhere the clouds to the back of the vignette box. To create depth, adhere some pieces flat to the box with Multi Medium Matte adhesive, and pop some up with thicknesses of foam tape. Adhere moss to the bottom of the box. Adhere the clover charm to the girls neck using Multi Medium Matte, and once the adhesive has set for a minute, stitch a small bow around the charm using a needle and thread. Apply four thicknesses of foam tape to the backside of the girl die cut. Adhere her into the box.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: To create the clovers, place a small dot of Multi Medium Matte adhesive at the points of the hearts, and glue three hearts together. Gather some small twigs from your yard, and adhere pieces to the back. Place foam onto the back of the clovers, and add them to your box.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

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/.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! I love the Face in the Crowd stamp set and thought I could pair it beautifully with Scribbly Wings and create a valentine note to myself in my art journal so that is the inspiration behind my page today.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Creative Journal Black so I started prepping my page with Dina Wakley Media Clear Gesso. I was curious to see how the colors would show against the dark background, that’s why I chose clear gesso over white. I pulled out all my red colors of Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic which included Ruby, Fuchsia, Magenta and Blushing. Then using the 1″ flat brush, added color randomly on my page without cleaning my brush in between picking up colors. This created different shades and tones of each color on my page. I also created some texture by dipping the end of my paintbrush into white paint and tapping on my page. I used a paper towel to lift up some of the extra and also leave behind more texture. Some got on my fingers so I just swiped that on the page as well! Nothing is wasted here!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: While I wanted the primary color of my page to be the different shades of reds, I also wanted to break that up some so I pulled out the Factured Circles stencil. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, I added some Elephant paint through the stencil. I love the way this breaks up the intensity of the red on my background. I also sprayed a bit of the Lapis Mica Spray on my page and soaked it up with my paper towel since my paint was dry, it was mostly pooling on my page and I didn’t want the blue to be too noticeable.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: While the previous step was drying, I layed out some of my Printed Dina Wakley Media tapes onto my Ranger Craft Sheet. I added color with the 1/2″ flat brush using the colors I already laid down on my background although this time I did wipe off my brush on a paper towel so the color would be more true.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Using the tapes once they were dry, I layered them into a very abstract heart shape and then added additional texture with the Scribbled Text Elements stamp set. I stamped them with the Dina Wakley Media Permanent Mixed Media Ink Palette in Ruby and Night. It was interesting to see the Ruby react to the other layers on my page because it almost looks reddish orange in different lights. I love happy surprises as I’m playing in my art journal!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I knew I wanted to create a heart on my page, so I just painted it on using the 1/2″ flat brush and adding some glazing medium to the white paint that I already had on my Craft Sheet. I watered that down and also added some paint splatters here.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Finally, I added my main focal images. I stamped the girl from Face in the Crowd first using Night ink and then I placed the wings around her from the Scribbly Wings set also stamping in Night. I highlighted the wings a bit the Ranger White Opaqu Pen and added some Fairy Dust stickles. I love coloring and just had to add a little bit of color to my girl so I pulled out Distress Crayons in Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick and Broken China just to bring her to life. Using the Fude Ball pen in Black I loosely outlined my heart because it was getting lost. I added a little bit of white paint just under my girl and stamped my sentiment You Are Enough on Blank Dina Wakley Media tape to add as my love note. Just a gentle reminder to us all. One of the things I love most about Dina Wakley’s art is the emotion it evokes in me as I look at each piece she creates and the sentiments that are included in her sets embody that beautifully!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed love letter art journal page. It is fun to create using one color in different shades. It’s slightly monotone even though I brought in some neutrals to soften it up just enough. {final}Thank you, Ranger, again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to pull out your art journals and see what you can create with just one color family! Also, I think we could all use a little more love letters from ourselves, so I encourage you to give that a try – art journals are the perfect place to practice a little more self love.

Carisa ZglobickiCarisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and watercoloring enthusiast.  You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I have made a spread in my large Dylusions journal. I started with creating the background using the Dylusions Paints. The theme of my spread will be Winter Wonderland, so I choose some cool colours like London Blue, Calypso Teal, After Midnight, Crushed Grape and White Linen. Add the paints to the page using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: After applying the paints, I start blending them together by adding some more paint, going back and forth to the colours that are next to each other.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: After the first layer is finished I’ll start on the second layer. I pick out some nice Dylusions stencils from my stash and the cute stencil from the new “Dear Santa” stamp and stencil set.
Just take some of the colours you have used before for layer 1 and apply a little through the stencil using the Mini Ink Blending Tool. Just use the paint that is still on the Blending Tool (that will be quite enough), if you use too much paint it will smudge your page.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: After using the stars and the fresh dots stencils, the page will look like this.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: At this stage I decided to add some stamps. I used the holly background stamp from the “Holly Days” stamp set and the snowflake stamps from the “ Dear Santa” stamp and stencil set. I stamped with Calypso Teal from the Mixed Media Archival Ink Palette and the Glacier White Ranger Pigment Ink. Choose the same colours as the paints you’ve used before, because if you add a new colour (beside white or black) it will draw too much attention. White and black work differently, they will make the colours pop.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: For decorating my pages I used a variety of stamps: Dear Santa stamp and stencil set, Puddy Cats, Holly Days, Always and Oh Deer! I stamped all the images on smooth watercolour paper using the Jet Black Archival Ink.

I have coloured all images with Waterbrushes filled with Dylusions Ink Sprays and coloured pencils.

With a ruler and the Dylusions Black Marble Paint Pen I drew a few lines so the bulbs hang down from the trees.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: The journal block is one of my favorite items to use (what would I do without it?). So this time I used it to make a few guidelines for my quote (which I found on the internet).

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: I wrote a few basic letters first and start filling them to make them look bolder. I’ve used the Dylusions Paint Pens for my lettering. The Dylusions Paint Pens are another favorite item to use.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Glue down all the images to your page with the Ranger Collage Glue Stick and my page is finished.

Winter Wonderland Journal Page by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

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/

Holiday Present Box by Milagros Rivera

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The holidays bring the maker in all of us, suddenly we need to create, and sometimes what we have done needs a special packaging. Something that conveys just how special the recipient is and how much love you put into creating what’s inside. When you create the packaging you can customize it with stamps, stencils, paint, ink. There’s really no limits into embellishing it. So let’s deconstruct some journaling tags and add a notch to the things you can do with the amazing Dylusions Journaling tags, best thing is you only need 3!

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Step 1: Grab your tags and center them on a scoring table, score at 2 3/8 on each side, on all 3 tags vertically.
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Step 2: Horizontally score your tags at  4 ½ and 9” respectively.

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Step 3: Fold and cut notches wherever you see a mark intersecting.

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Step 4: Since you already have two tags that will serve as the body of the box, you will cut the third into 2 pieces of  4 ½ x 4 ½.

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Step 5:  Using your chosen stencil, fill it up with the yummy Distress Grit-Paste! I took a photo of the placement of your stencil just so you’re able to see that some will look backward, but when you fold the complete box they will align perfectly and nothing will look out of place!

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Step 6: Time to assemble the piece, I wanted the top of the tag as my closure since that gave me the opportunity to thread a ribbon and stamp a sentiment!

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Step 7:  After you thread your ribbon and some charms into a jump ring, using your Distress Crayon paint the words on your charm, then wipe off the excess, I tell you I can’t get over how easy and effective this quick little technique is! Plus there are so many colors to choose!!!

Can you imagine making sweet tiny boxes with the same technique and smaller tags!!! Happy creating everyone!

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.

Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott

Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Hey there, 
My name is Tracy Scott and I’m a mixed media artist from East London in the UK and I’m here today with a ‘Holiday’ themed tutorial using Dyan’s most fabulous Dylusions Paints and products…. 
Holiday preparations are well and truly underway in our house, present shopping and wrapping is happening as we speak and plans for all the lovely home cooked goodies we will be having this season to share with family and friends. 

For my tutorial today I wanted to show you how easy it is to paint your own holiday welcome sign (Dyan Style of course !!!) for when all of those guests come to visit !! 

Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 1: I chose an 11×9 wood panel for my substrate but you could easily adapt this to use one of Dina’s fabulous mixed media boards (it wouldn’t be quite so heavy to hang !!) I coated the whole board with gesso and then using a mix of Dylusions paint, I used Fresh Lime, White, Vibrant Turquoise and Dirty Martini, I spread these randomly over the board with my fingers blending the colours together as I went. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 2: I force dried with a Heat it Tool allowing the paint to blister and bubble slightly to add a little texture to my piece (I didn’t want too much texture as this would be harder to paint over later) 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 3: My favourite colour combination at the moment is Dylusions Pomegranate, Cherry Pie and Bubblegum Pink, they are just so totally rich when used together on a project and when used against the greens in this background it is just stunning !!! 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 4: Starting with the Pomegranate first I used my fingers to paint this on in a circle on my board, layering the Cherry Pie on top and then the Bubblegum Pink on top of that, allowing the colours to slightly blend together as they are applied, thinking about where the light and shadow will fall and which direction the light is coming from I finally added white for a highlight. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 5: I repeated this process in several places over my board paying attention to the ‘light source’ to add shadow and highlights with the paints. (I partially overpainted one of the circles so that it appeared to be tucked into the background to add some more depth) 
light is coming from I finally added white for a highlight. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 6: Using a mix of the green and blues paints again I added some shadows to my board using the same ‘light source’ as used for the circles. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 7: Moving on to the Black Dylusions paint and a small paint brush I painted in the top of my baubles, down the left hand side (again paying attention to my light source) and added some line details to some to give added interest. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 8: Using the black and white Distress Crayons I began adding more shadow and light details both on the baubles rubbing in with my finger but also using the black underneath to add even more depth. 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 9: Using Dyan’s fabulous paint pens I started to add some finer details to my painting, adding the strings to my baubles so that they can hang in the tree.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 10: Next I took the small Dylusions Stars Stencil and some White Linen Dylusions paint and added randomly to my background, I masked off the baubles with some washi tape and used a blending tool to get a good coverage on the white.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 11: Of course you can’t have baubles without a bit of glitter and the Mercury Glass Stickles is just perfect to add a little touch of sparkle. I added randomly on the baubles and then added touches around the board.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 12: Water down some White Dylusions Paint and use the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush, add randomly all over the board, force dry with a Heat Gun so that the drips bubble.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
Step 13: To frame the edge of my board I used the Black Distress Crayon and started to layer on, smudging with my fingers and building up the layers.  
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott
To finish my project I just had to choose one of Dyan’s ‘fabulous’ quotes and I knew that this one was just perfect….a holiday welcome sign…’Dyan’ style !!! 

Thank you for stopping by today. I’ve had an absolute blast creating this project and know that you will too. Give it a go and have a very happy holiday xx 
Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott

Tracy ScottMy name is Tracy Scott and when not at the day job as a finance officer in East London UK I love nothing better than getting inky and painty. Colour is my passion and as long as it’s completely bright and over the top then I’m all over it. The brighter the colours the more I love it…nothing dull and brown for this girl I’m afraid !! I am passionate about art journalling and mixed media and love to share my knowledge with all like minded arty friends!
Find me at my blog: www.heartistry@studio7.blogspot.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/myjournallingjourney
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Tr4cy1973 

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

The Holiday season is officially here! It’s time to create handmade cards, tags, gifts and all kinds of yummy projects to give our friends and loved ones! And that brings a smile to my face!

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 1: Grab your supplies and let’s create some fun! Cut a piece of 8.5” x 11” Watercolor Paper in half, then using your bone folder, crease and fold your card. Stamp the frame in Jet Black Archival Ink using the frame from the Dina Wakley Media Scribbly Vintage Holiday Stamp & Stencil stamp set.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 2: Using a craft knife, carefully cut inside your stamped frame. See the piece you removed? It’s the perfect size for a tag, put it aside for later.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 3: Stamp Santa’s image inside the frame.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 4: The new Distress Grit-Paste is amazing to create textures with! Add dimensional texture to Santa’s face, including his hat, his eyebrows, mustache, and beard. To reach the tiny places in the stamp like the eyebrows and mustache it helps to have a wood skewer to help you move the paste in place! You’re going to have fun creating fun textures with it!

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 5: Using a mini stencil, add a fun textural element to your card using the Distress Grit-Paste. As you can see I used the Enamel Accents to paint Santa, the berries, and leaves. I have a nifty trick for you, keep a pin nearby and use it to help you move the accents into the smaller places.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 6: Now that the card is completed, grab those small pieces that you removed from the inside of the frame. Stamp some toys from the Scribbly Vintage Holiday stamp set, you can take your pick, boy or girl!

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 7: Punch a hole at the top of your tags and measure a piece of 12” ribbon to thread.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 8: Using a Distress Crayon of your choice scribble over the ribbon, then mist with water to customize your trim.

Happy Christmas Card by Milagros C Rivera

Step 9: I can’t get over how fun the Enamel Accents are! I had the very first ones in Glacier White and Black Tie and loved them, now I have the whole rainbow to play with! You can squirt directly on to your surface, or use the pin to help you move the accents into smaller spaces of your stamped images.

Milagros RiveraHello! My name is Milagros C Rivera and I’m a mixed media artists who loves to explore and experiment with all kinds of mediums. I was raised in a creative home, everybody did something ceramics, sewing, baking, jewelry, wood, glass, no medium was off limits! I continue to play and learn without having to restrict myself to just one thing! I live in the sunny island of Puerto Rico with my husband, 2 amazing kids and a menagerie of pets that make my life complete! I’m currently on the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Relics and Artifacts. You can find me on my blog as well as follow me on Instagram, Snapguide, and YouTube.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 1: Using pliers take the Assemblage Clock apart. Die cut snowflakes using Metal Foil Tape Sheets. Peel and stick the snowflakes to the clock and bell pieces. Apply Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative to a felt pad with a few drops of Blending Solution and pounce all over the clock pieces (clock body, bells, feet, hands, etc.). Apply Cloudy Blue and Aqua Alcohol Ink and a few drops of Blending Solution to the felt pad and randomly pounce over the snowflakes. Reassemble clock. Trace the back of the clock onto Tiding Paper Stash of your choice. Cut inside traced line to fit clock backing. Attach paper to the backing of the clock using foam tape.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 2: Stamp cabin with Distress Black Soot Archival Ink. Color image with Distress Crayons or Distress Markers, blend color with a Detailer water brush and let dry. Cut image out with scissors. Apply Glossy Accents to roof, snow and trees, pour Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over image, shake off excess and let dry. Attach game pieces, or the like, to the back of the cabin to elevate it off the back of the clock.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 3: Cut off the base of the trees and trim the back so they are flat. Spray Woodland Trees with Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain and let dry. Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint with fingers to the tips of the tress and let dry. Apply Glossy Accents with finger to the tips of the tress, sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Glitter, shake off excess and let dry. Adhere trees to the back using hot glue.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 4: Adhere cabin to the clock with hot glue. Apply a few drops of Gold Metallic Alcohol Ink Mixative and a few drops of Blending Solution to a cotton swab. Rub the color on the deer and then use the dry end of the cotton swab to rub off the high point to create shaded areas. Trim the deer’s front legs as needed. Adhere deer to the clock with hot glue. Color Type Token with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and wipe off excess. Crayon will remain in the letters.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 5: Die cut greenery from green cardstock, sand and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an Ink Blending Tool. Apply Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative to the metal pieces (jingle brads, pinecones, ice skates, jump rings and swivel clasp and chain). Apply Clear Rock Candy Glitter to greenery and metal pieces with Glossy Accents, let dry. Install twinkle lights around the face of the clock if desired.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Step 6: Adhere greenery to clock using Glossy Accents. Attach jingle bells, ices skates, and pinecones to swivel clasp with jump rings and attach to handle. Tie Crinkle Ribbon around the clock handle with a big bow. Apply Remnant Rubs snowflakes to glass front and the inside as desired. Add Clear Rock Candy Glitter to the inside of the clock for snow and put backing on clock.

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.