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Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki

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 am kinda super nerdy patriotic so I jumped at the chance to create a patriotic theme page in my art journal.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. I chose the watercolor paper today and started out thinking I would only do a single page spread, but it turned into a double. I put White Gesso on both pages and dried with my Heat Tool.

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Step 2: Patriotic for me means pulling out my blues and reds for my background. I knew I wanted to use the Scribbled Faces stencil and thought it would be pretty cool if one of the faces was red, the other white and then blue since there are three total faces in the stencil. I had this in mind as I laid down the Ruby and Lapis colors being careful not to blend them too much because I wasn’t looking to create purple.

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Step 3: Next I wanted to bring in some texture by sponging the Jumbled Numbers Stencil onto my background using Archival Ink in Hickory Smoke. However, I realized about halfway through that my background still wasn’t completely dry so you can see I ended up getting some contamination and it also got on my ink pad which is a bummer. So, my tip is to make sure your background paint is completely dry before moving on to any kind of stenciling with ink!

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I love gold whenever I think of our flag so I decided rather than use Scribbled Faces with black paint, I grabbed Gilt and sponged the stencil with an Ink Blending Tool then used the excess paint around the edges of my journal to tie in the color.

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Step 5: When I thought about what I would create today, I knew I wanted to incorporate poppies on it. Dina’s Abstract Blooms stamps were great for this. I started by masking off the leaves on the stamp and then inking it with Night Archival Ink to stamp on the bottom left and upper right corners of the left side of the spread. I love how it looks as if that is just a bed of poppies to compliment my red, white and blue faces on the right side. I love how it turned out.

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Step 6: I added some additional color using Ruby, Blushing and Lemon to the flowers and once that was (almost completely) dry, I used the Fude Ball pen to dark up the stamping a bit. I also added my journaling here and found some stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk Occasions pack to create a title on my page.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed USA inspired art journal page. I really enjoyed creating this page. Most of the Dina Wakley products I used for the first time and that always helps jumpstart creativity for me. Plus, this page will always remind me how much I love this country and how so many people have fought and died for it over the years. Men like my dad and my uncles served and lost their lives in other ways even though they still came home so I have huge respect for all of our men and women serving or who have served. This page really is in honor of all of those heroes.

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Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. They truly are some of my favorite mediums I turn to again and again as I continue my journey as an artist. I hope you have been inspired today to pull out some new supplies and see what you can create!

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.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon

Hi there, it’s Cheiron Brandon here with another art journal page tutorial using Dina Wakley Media Products. This time the theme of my page is patriotic and I wanted the woman on the page to resemble Lady Liberty with a dress of inspiring words, as a tribute to all the brave women who have helped shape our country.

Lady Liberty Journal Spread by Cheiron Brandon | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To start my page, I used some pages from an old collage pack that had words about the Statue of Liberty on it. I tore them up and laid the pieces horizontally across the page.

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Step 2: To add some color to the background of my page, I brayered some paint in turquoise and lapis onto the Variegated Stars stencil then pressed the paint onto both sides of my page.

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Step 3: Then I took the Bullseye stencil and added some Clear Gesso through it to add even more texture.

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Step 4: To create my figure, I stamped one of the women from the Positive Women set onto a piece of white paper. I changed her hairstyle up a bit and added a dress.

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Step 5: I created some hair and painted it in with Lemon paint. Her skin was done with a mixture of White, Rosy and Umber. I traced over the pencil lines with my Stabilo All pencil.

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Step 6: To create her clothing, I used some Evergreen paint thorough the Variegated Stars stencil.

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Step 7: I then added some words to the clothing using the Brave, Loyal and Strong stamps from the All The Gals set.

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Step 8: When the clothing was complete, I created another piece of deli paper using various stencils and Ruby, Tangerine, Lemon and Magenta paints.

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Step 9: I continued to add layers of paint through stencils until the paper was mostly covered.

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Step 10: I stamped hearts from the Collaged Hearts set on the printed deli paper using Jet Black Archival Ink and cut out.
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Step 11: I mixed some White and Gilt paints and using my fingers and went over the Bullseye circles I created with Clear Gesso earlier.

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Step 12: Using Distress Collage Medium, I added the figure to the page and used my Stabilo All Pencil to add the lines back to the image. I added the Collaged Hearts to the page. As a finishing touch I added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology stars with Collage Medium then colored them with Gilt paint using my fingertip.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and will try some of these techniques on your own. Wishing everyone a very Happy 4th of July!

audrey pettit 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!

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. I’m really happy to be with you on the Ranger blog today! Father’s Day is going to be here before we know it, so let’s get ready for it by making a card just for Dad!

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet swipe some Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Sprayer bottle. Press or swipe a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock through the ink, picking up the color. While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool. To add more Distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Repeat the above steps to a second sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Fired Brick Distress Oxide.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Squeeze a couple drops of Pumice Stone Distress Paint onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water. Press the smooth side of the Distress Watercolor Cardstock into the paint mixture until covered. Dry with a Heat it Tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Swipe some Distress Oxide Broken China onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Pick up color with Distress Splatter Brush for additional interest to colorized Spiced Marmalade Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Place the Dot Fade Layering Stencil over the top of your colored Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I like to secure mine with washi or painters tape. Spread a thin layer of Distress Grit Paste sporadically through stencil. Carefully lift and remove layering stencil. Set Distress Watercolor Cardstock aside to air dry. Make sure to immediately clean your layering stencil and Ranger Pallet Knife right after use.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: Create a banner for card front from a 2×4 piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Cut a notch out of bottom. Die cut the word “best” in banner using Tim Holtz Sizzix Sentiment Words thin die set. Cut a 3.50×4.75 sheet of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Die Cut “Happy Father’s Day” using same die set as above.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Die cut the base helicopter and the word “you” x2 (Sentiment Words) from Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. All helicopter parts are from Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute die set. Die cut overlay helicopter blades from colored Pumice Stone Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Die cut the helicopter body and the word “dad” x2 from Fired Brick Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Save all those extra pieces for a future project.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and fold in half to create cardbase. Distress all black cardstock with sanding grip to expose the underlying kraft.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Shade all paper pieces with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool with Foam around edges. Further distress paper edges with paper creaser. To create the X, cut the end of 2 Y’s and glue together with a little Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Glue helicopter body and blades to helicopter base with Glossy Accents. Adhere a few small pieces of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of helicopter. Glue a small piece of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread about 3/4 inch long to X using Glossy Accents the attach to back of helicopter.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Adhere Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of banner and Happy Father’s Day insert. Attach banner to top left side of colorized Spiced Marmalade sheet. Then adhere to card base with Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Adhere “Dad” to banner using Glossy Accents. Attach helicopter and XO with Glossy Accents as well. Wrap a little Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread around an index clip and attach to top of banner.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Last but not least, attach the “Happy Father’s Day” insert to inside of card.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Bobbi SmithMy name is Bobbi Smith. I’ve been a crafter all my life, however I really found my niche in paper-crafting about 20 years ago, when my children were young and have never looked back. I love all forms of Art, but really gravitate towards vintage, distress and grunge styles. I live in Illinois and love to hunt for vintage finds, when I’m not paper crafting!  Check out my blog at Vintage Muse Designs.

Father’s Day Card by Cheiron Brandon

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here and today I am playing with some of my favorite Dina Wakley stamps and paints to create a fun Father’s day card. Don’t worry if you’ve never made a card before, it’s as easy as creating a journal page or tag and it’s a piece of artwork you can pass on to the recipient! I’m “inking” up a lot of stamps with paint for this project using foam daubers, and as I work I make sure to wash the paint off of my stamps so it does not dry on them.

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Step 1: To create the background, I started by taking a Dina Wakley Media Brush and randomly applying Lapis paint to a Distress Heavystock panel.

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Step 2: To add some interest and texture to the painted panel, I placed the Mesh stencil over it and removed some of the paint through the stencil with a baby wipe.

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Step 3: I keep building up the background layer by adding a stamped image from the Funky Journal Shapes set using Elephant paint. Repeat this step to create a pattern. Use Cheddar paint to add some more images, this time from the Assorted Borders set.

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Step 4: Take the Circles Paint Comb and apply lime paint to it with a foam blending tool. Spray the paint with some water using a Distress Sprayer.

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Step 5: Use the painted stencil to make a print on your panel by pressing the stencil onto your panel.

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Step 6: Stamp and cut an image from the Scribbly Fellas set. Color it in with Distress Crayons, and then go over the colored image with a water brush.

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Step 7: HINT: To create a skin tone color, I scribbled lemon, tangerine, umber and white onto my craft sheet and added some water and mixed them together to get a skin tone color. Cut out the Scribbly Fella..

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Step 8: Paint a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Cheddar paint then stamp “DAD” with the Scribbly Alphabet using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out the letters.

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Step 9: Stamp the heart from the Collaged Hearts Set using Fuchsia paint. Cut out the hearts.

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Step 10: Once everything is stamped and cut out, adhere it to your card with Adhesive foam, and add a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

audrey pettit 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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Hi, Everyone, Bobbi here! I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger Blog today! I’ll be creating this special Mini Framed Panel just for Mom!

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, apply Antique Linen Distress Paint to the mini frame with a paint brush. Use the Heat It Tool on frame, to speed up the drying process. Apply Distress Crazing sporadically to dried frame with Distress Collage Brush, set aside and let air dry.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: To really bring out those great little cracks, apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink with a paint brush to mini frame. While paint it still wet, spray a clean towel with water to dampen, then wipe off excess Ground Espresso Distress Paint. This will give more of a glazed looked and sink down into the cracks. Then dry with a Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Paint the back and sides of mini panel with Ground Espresso Distress Paint using a paint brush to give it a finished look. Then dry with the Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Add Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Press the sheet of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock on the ink, picking up the color. While the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Using the Stampers Anonymous Newsprint Stamp and Walnut Stain Distressed Oxide Ink, stamp the image onto a scratch piece of paper. There is still a lot of ink on the Newsprint Stamp so we are going to stamp that 2nd image without reinking. It’s called 2nd generation stamping. Gently lay the colored Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper on top of the inked stamp and apply very little pressure sporadically over the surface of the stamp. Very carefully lift the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper off of the stamp and dry with the Heat It Tool. Not all of the stamped image will transfer to the paper and it gives it a lovely vintage distressed appearance.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: Add splatters for additional interest using Distress Oxide Walnut Stain with water droplets and the splatter brush to Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: To further activate the oxide affect in the Distress Oxide Inks, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Using Stampers Anonymous Illustrated Garden CMS295. Stamp 3 of the same floral images onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. Then dry with the Heat It Tool. I chose Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet Distress Markers to paint the blooms. Then I chose Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to paint the stems and leaves.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. Always start with the lightest color first, then medium shade and dark last. I used very little of the Wilted Violet because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool. I like the separation of color it gives.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: I did the same with coloring the stem and leaves. Start with lightest color to darkest. Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. I used very little of the Mowed Lawn because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: I did the same with coloring the stem and leaves. Start with lightest color to darkest. Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. I used very little of the Mowed Lawn because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: After the flowers have all been colored, cut out with scissors or craft knife.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Cut a small strip of black Kraft Core cardstock. Die cut the word “Mother” using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Sentiment Words 661807. The die spells out the word “Mother’s” but the ‘s can stay intact with tape on the back of the cardstock. It will be covered up with a bloom with the finished project.

After die cutting “Mother” and cardstock on a scrap piece of paper to expose underlying kraft core. Cut a small strip of linen from the Textile Surfaces to use as the backing, adhere to cardstock with Glossy Accents.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Apply a little Iced Spruce Distress Paint to the watch cameo using your finger. Then dry paint with Heat It Tool. Apply some Mushroom Alcohol Ink using Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Tool with felt to watch cameo, in a pouncing motion to metal.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 14: Cut an oval to fit inside watch cameo from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Chose a quote from Clipping Stickers. Cut Clipping Sticker to fit in oval. Shade with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool with Foam. Adhere oval to Watch Cameo with a little Glossy Accents. Then attach clear oval sticker over the insert.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 15: Tie a little Craft Thread to neck of watch cameo.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 16: Trim down stamped newsprint to 4 3/8 x 6 3/8. Adhere to panel with Glossy Accents. Adhere “Mother” cut out to bottom left (making sure the wording is as far left as possible) with Glossy Accents. Attach 2 of the flowers with black Adhesive Foam Tape. Only placing the adhesive foam on upper bloom portions (not stem and leaves).

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 17: Apply a little Glossy Accents to back of stems and leaves to hold in place. Attach the watch cameo with black adhesive foam. Cut a few small blooms and petals from 3 flower with scissors or craft knife. Adhere additional blooms with a little Glossy Accents.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Close ups of where the additional blooms were placed.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

I do hope you give this sweet little floral Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel a try.

Bobbi SmithMy name is Bobbi Smith. I’ve been a crafter all my life, however I really found my niche in paper-crafting about 20 years ago, when my children were young and have never looked back. I love all forms of Art, but really gravitate towards vintage, distress and grunge styles. I live in Illinois and love to hunt for vintage finds, when I’m not paper crafting!  Check out my blog at Vintage Muse Designs.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit

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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.

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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.

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I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for you, so let’s take a closer look.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step 4: Ink the embossed raised portion of the pattern using Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.

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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.

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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.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 1: Start with plain, wooden cooking utensils. Remove any packaging, stickers, etc.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Using Dina Wakley Media Tape, tape off the bottom section of the utensils. Leave a decent amount of the wood, close to the top of the utensil, untouched. It’s best to leave space untouched so that it is not by the food.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 3: Coat the bottom of the utensils with a thin layer of Dina Media White Gesso.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 4: Next, coat the bottom of the utensils with Dylusions Paints. For these, I used Calypso Teal, White Linen, and Slate Grey. I created an ombred effect with the Calypso Teal by adding White Linen to lighten up the color and give me the various shades of blue. I gave each color two coats each.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 5: Gently remove the Media Tape to reveal a clean, crisp line.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 6: Once again, using the Media Tape, tape off the top section of color blocked painted section. I used the ¾” size tape and lined the top edge to where to color started. This ensured that all the utensils would have the same size piece of color as well as a straight line.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 7: Using the same selection of colors, paint the bottom of the utensils. I randomly chose how the shades were paired. Once the paint has dried, again, slowly remove the tape.

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 8: Take your Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen and write out the kitchen phrases associated with the utensils. For these I used “Mix, Stir, Taste, Blend, and Scoop.”

Painted Wooden Utensils by Taylor Huizenga

Step 9: Once everything has completely dried, I would recommend sealing the final product with an acrylic sealer. Tape off the entire top half of the utensils, only leaving the painted section exposed. Do not spray the top which comes in contact with food with the sealer. Hand wash only once the project is completed.

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.

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???

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