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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???

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/

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 1: To begin, coat your crafting egg with a layer of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso. By adding the layer of gesso, it helps create a smooth surface that the paint can adhere to evenly.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Paint the egg a solid color of your choice, I chose Blushing mixed with White to create a more pastel pink. I gave the egg 2-3 coats of paint (depending on how light the color was). Allow the paint to dry before adding the next coat.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

For the other two eggs, I used Lime and Turquoise, both mixed with White to create a pastel.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 3: Using the Dina Wakley Media Tape, I taped off the bottom of the egg, about 1/3 from the bottom. The tape will help keep a straight and even line when you move to the next step.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 4: Using a Dina Wakley Media Metallic paint, coat the bottom third of the egg. This is where the tape comes in handy, don’t worry about hitting the tape with the paint. It will not be staying on the final product. Give each metallic paint 2-3 coats, or until evenly coated.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 5: Once your metallic paint has been fully coated and dried completely, gently remove the Dina Wakley Media tape.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 6: Using the easy flow applicator tip, create polka dots on the top of the egg where the pastel color is still showing.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Step 7: When creating your polka dots, do one side of the egg, and then place in back into the egg crate that they came in to dry. Once the one side has dried completely, turnover and repeat on the other side.

Pastel and Metallic Easter Eggs by Taylor Huizenga

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dab Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink randomly onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz the inks liberally with water using the Distress Sprayer. Press the front of the cards down into the ink mixture. Dry the inks with a heat tool, or allow them to dry naturally. Repeat the process if you wish to intensify the colors.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Insert the front card panel into the Zig Zag embossing folder, and run the card through your die cutting machine.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Apply Spun Sugar Distress Ink to the raised embossed areas using a mini ink blending tool. Apply Brushed Corduroy ink to the edges of each card.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Rub a bit of Vintage Distress Collage Medium onto the edges of the cards using the tip of your finger. Set the cards aside and allow them to dry completely.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Cut .5” strips of brown Distress Cardstock. Lightly sand the paper, and then adhere them to the bottom flaps. Trim off the excess from the sides. Fold the flaps up, and place a Tiny Attacher staple along the bottom edge. Note: * You may need to trim off about a .25” from the bottom of the front card panel so that it will lay flat once tucked under the bottom stapled flap.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stamp the Mini Crazy Dogs onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Watercolor the images using Distress Inks. To color with your ink pads, simply press them onto your non-stick craft sheet, mix them with a bit of water, and pick up the color using a wet paintbrush. Allow the ink to dry. Add Glossy Accents to eyes, noses, and dog tags. Set aside to dry. Die cut the images using the matching Crazy Dogs Framelits dies.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Stamp a Valentine sentiment from the Crazy Talk stamp set inside the card using Jet Black Archival Ink. Stamp the dog images again onto the inside, as well.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere die cut dogs onto the front of the cards using foam adhesive. Stamp sentiment onto watercolor cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Trim out the sentiments by hand, and adhere next to the dogs using foam adhesive. Tie natural jute string around the top of the card front and tie into a simple bow.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Ink a piece of watercolor cardstock with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Die cut the three smallest hearts from the Heartfelt Bigz Die from the inked watercolor paper. You will need two hearts for each card. Apply Crazing Distress Collage Medium to each heart die cut, and set aside to dry.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Apply Vintage Photo Distress Crayon to the heart die cuts, and smooth the pigment into the crazing cracks using the tip of your finger. Wipe away any excess crayon pigment. Cover the hearts with Glossy Accents, and allow them to dry completely. Add hearts to the card fronts using foam adhesive.

Enjoy!

audrey pettitMy name is Audrey Pettit. I live in Cary, North Carolina and have two wonderful kiddos, Peter and Nicole. I started scrapbooking and card-making about a decade ago after being invited to a friend’s house for a stamping party. That party opened my eyes to a whole new world of paper-crafting, and I have never looked back.  Visit Audrey’s blog at: AudreyPettit.Wordpress.com.

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???

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