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Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 1: Cut a length of Crinkle Ribbon to 50”. Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain to the ribbon. Set aside to dry.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor Huizenga

Step 2: Add a mixture of about 90% Valencia Alcohol Ink and 10% Blending Solution inside the jar. Swirl it around the inside until covered with ink. Spill out the excess into a disposable cup. Let dry. Repeat with additional layers of ink if needed.

 Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 3: Diecut some Tattered Leaves from White Yupo. You will need four leaves for each jar that you are making.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 4: To color the leaves, place a clean piece of felt on the Ink Blending Tool. Add several drops of Alcohol Ink in the colors desired on to the felt. Pounce the tool on the leaves until desired look is achieved. Start with a clean piece of felt for each additional leaf that you would like to make.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 5: Fold the leaves in half and curl the edges to give them some interest.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 6: Group four leaves together, one on top of the other. Punch a 1/8” hole into the group just below all the stems.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 7: Center the length of ribbon around the back of the jar and wrap it around so you have three layers. Insert the ribbon into the pile of leaves as shown.

Harvest Tablescape by Taylor HuizengaStep 8: Tie a bow in the ribbon and trim edges if needed. Arrange the leaves so they are spread out a bit. Repeat the steps above for each jar that you would like to make.

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Inspirational Media Board by Jenn Shurkus

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Hello Everyone! It’s Jenn Shurkus again from Shurkus.com. As always I am wicked exited to be sharing on the Ranger Blog again!

Today I am sharing with you a mixed media inspirational canvas board where we will be playing with a bunch of fun Dina Wakley Media products!

I hope this will inspire you to get a little painty and create an inspiring piece of art!

Let’s get started with today’s tutorial!

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Using a Palette Knife, spread some Gesso around the Media Board. Don’t try and cover it all evenly and feel free to leave some Gesso thicker in some areas. Set aside to dry.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Squeeze a little bit of Ocean Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint onto the canvas board. Spread the paint with a Palette Knife. Note: I misplaced my palette knife in between step 1 and step 2 so I grabbed an old hotel room key.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Lay down the Dina Wakley Media Mighty Wave Stencil and wipe with a baby wipe. Wipe as little or as much as you want. Note: This works better if your Ocean paint is still wet and if your baby wipe isn’t too wet.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Once dry use some Matte Multi Medium and adhere torn strips of Idea-ology Tissue Wrap. Note: Don’t forget to wrap the tissue around the edge to show movement across your canvas board.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Lay down the Mini Favorites Dina Wakley Stencil and spread Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste through it with a Palette Knife. I chose to just use the spilt circles here and there.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Spritz some Dina Wakley Media Mica Spray in Lapis onto the Textured Paste areas.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Mix a little bit of Fuchsia Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint with Dina Wakley Media Glazing Medium. Using a palette knife spread the glaze onto your canvas. I concentrated on the texture paste and then I did some swipes of paint along the edges. Note: Glazing Medium is a fluid, multi-functional medium that can be used to extend open time of Heavy Body Paints, thin out paint and increase transparency.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 8: This is where I wasn’t loving how my canvas was coming out. It didn’t seem to have a cohesive feel. So I did what Dina Wakley has taught me in classes. I covered the whole thing with Gesso. I then took a baby wipe and wiped away the Gesso as much or as little as I wanted. I fell in love with how this turned out. I got that cohesive feel I wanted.
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com
Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Next I took one of the stamps from Silhouetted Women and dabbed some Night and Fuchsia Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint directly onto it. I stamped the image onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock, then before cleaning the stamp I gently misted it with water and stamped it again onto the Distress Watercolor Cardstock. You can do this again and again to get multiple images with different looks.

Lastly, ink it up again with the paint and stamp it directly onto the canvas. I did this because I know when I fussy cut out the image I was going to lose some of the details on the edges.

Note: This technique works best with red rubber stamps and be sure to clean your stamp right away so that the paint doesn’t try into the details of the stamp. I just run it under the sink since they are cling and not on a wood block.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Using the circle from Primitive Icons Dina Wakley Media Cling Stamps and Cheddar Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint I stamped a few orange circles here and there. I squeeze a little bit of the paint onto my craft sheet and tap the stamp into it. Note: Again, be sure to clean the stamp right away so the paint doesn’t dry on it.

Step 11: Fussy cut out the Silhouetted Woman and adhere it to your canvas. I used doubled up foam tape and then to be sure it stays on the canvas forever I use Glossy Accents to actually adhere it to the canvas over the previously stamped image.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Lastly I added some inspirational words by dry brushing Black Gesso through Dina Wakley Media’s Hey You 6×9 Stencil. I love using Dina’s Stiff Bristle Brushes for this and be sure to have a dry brush.

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Inspirational Media Board By Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.com

Jenn ShurkusJenn lives in New England, with her kitty Mister Harley and her boyfriend Chris. She’s been papercrafting for 15 years, and has played multiple roles in the paper craft industry as an independent store manager, designer and teacher. With a degree in graphic design she is also Copic and Ranger certified. Jenn loves to show people new and clever ideas to design their cards and projects. She has a flair for the “artsy-fartsy” without going over the top. She designs her projects in the way to inspire, but not intimidate. Jenn is eager to share her creative passions with others and encourage their artistic growth. She currently teaches in person and online classes as well as host Loft Art Retreats. You can read more about her, her handsome kitty Mister Harley and wicked cute boyfriend Chris on her blog {creative chick} http://www.shurkus.com/ as well as follow her creative endeavors on Instagram, FacebookYou Tube.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Thanks for stopping by the Ranger blog today for a cool tutorial from Ranger’s Creative Director Tim Holtz using Alcohol Inks and the new Yupo.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 1: Yupo is a versatile surface especially suited for mixed media techniques using Alcohol Inks. Available in White or Translucent, this smooth synthetic heavyweight 86lb surface resist buckling and dries quickly. Unlike Alcohol Ink Cardstock (aka Glossy Cardstock) which is very porous, Yupo has completely different properties allowing you to layer and remove Alcohol Inks to create amazing backgrounds. For this tutorial we are creating three cards using a single sheet of White Yupo.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 2: Before we start, gather several colors of Alcohol Inks to use, a single Metallic Mixative color, and your bottle of Alcohol Blending Solution. Also make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area as these products all contain solvents.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 3: Since Alcohol Inks have a fast drying time (approx. 7-10 seconds) I’m grouping the step-out photos so it’s easier to see the process since once you start, you will need to work quickly. Begin by shaking the Mixative allowing the mixing ball to rattle and apply a scribble to your Craft Sheet. Apply various colors of Alcohol Inks over the Mixative in drips, dashes, etc. (you can use as many colors as you wish, but we will be adding more later so don’t overthink the ink). Next shake on Alcohol Blending Solution over inks (about 3-5 shakes is plenty). Now swipe the Yupo through the mixture in a sweeping motion – not a swirling one.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 4: I’ll be honest that the first swipe usually doesn’t look the greatest, but one thing that makes Yupo so cool is the ability to layer color with ease since this is synthetic and not porous. Add any additional ink colors and a dash of Blending Solution to the same area of your Craft Sheet and swipe again. You’ll notice the new ink color actually replaces what was there so you literally cannot make mud! Continue adding more colors until your desired look is achieved.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 5: *Note: Before we start this part I have a few words of advice – BE PATIENT. You will need to perform these steps several times and if you’re in a rush and use too much Blending Solution, it will seep under the stencil and blur your design. If that happens, you’ll need to start from the very beginning layering your inks again – you can use the same piece of Yupo.

Our background is going to take on a whole new level of depth by adding patterned imagery using stencils. Start by adding a few drops of Blending Solution to the Craft Sheet and pick up the solution using a clean piece of Blending Foam on the tool. Immediately place your stencil on the background, and with a light circular motion, rub the foam through the stencil lifting the color. Once you feel the foam “squeaking” on the surface you will need to add a few more drops of Blending Solution to the Craft Sheet, pick it up with the foam again, and repeat the process. Continue with various stencil designs in different areas, but be sure to leave some of the colorful background alone.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 6: So now we have an awesome, colorful, mixed media background ready to use for our cards. The reason I like to create by backgrounds on a single sheet and then cut it up is that I find it to be less planned and more random. Yupo is 5” x 7” so cut the sheet to three 5” x 2 1/4” sections leaving a 1/4” strip to toss.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 7: Stamp the Wildflower using Archival Ink and immediately cover with Black Embossing Powder. I prefer Archival Ink to stamp on Yupo vs. Embossing Ink since we are stamping on a slick and synthetic surface and I find the Archival doesn’t slide as much.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 8: Heat emboss the image making sure to keep the heat tool moving. Yupo is a plastic so if you stay too long in one area you could risk melting or warping the surface. I’ve found it to be fairly heat stable though and have never had a problem embossing on it.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 9: I like to matte my backgrounds on a black piece of cardstock leaving a thin border which makes the image pop more. Adhesive strips or any double sided tape works best when adhering Yupo vs. liquid adhesives.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 10: Cut three 6” x 6” pieces of Kraft Cardstock and fold each one in half to create a 3” x 6” card. Ink the edges of the cards with Distress Ink using a new piece of Blending Foam. Splatter some water droplets on the inked areas and dry with a heat tool for a cool effect.

Artful Botanicals by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 11: Finish the cards by layering over a piece of Textured Surface Burlap, adding some sticking along the edges, and attaching a Word Band as a simple embellishment. Pretty great creating three stunning, colorful, and layered cards from a single sheet of Yupo. I hope you’re inspired to play and give this fun technique a try. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination…

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden

Awe hi there Kassa here and sooooo over the moon to be back over here at Ranger sharing with you all again. This piece of art I share with you today can be created as a fast exercise to practice color combos missing out various steps (like the texture paste etc) or as I have done here, you can take your time and slowly build up layers, repeating which ever steps you want to and not necessarily in the order I have written down here, there are no hard and fast rules…heeheehee…

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 1: Take the Media Board and give it a quick light coat of White Gesso.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 2: Once the Gesso is dry add a little ephemera with the Gel Medium then spread a thin layer of Texture Paste through the three stencils: ‘Tracks’ in the bottom right-hand corner; ‘Stripes’ in the midsection, vertical elongated random stripes and ‘Wheels’ in the left-hand side midsection.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 3: Take a selection of Dina Wakley Paints (in my case just about all of ’em) have a little splodge of each ready to dip into, my palette is always a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper because as I keep using the paper palette it layers up into a beautiful kaleidoscope of color I eventually use as a background – never wasting paint. So I start with painted vertical stripes in Lemon and Tangerine.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 4: Quickly while the paints are still wet add in just a small amount of the next color stripes either next to or over the wet paints, I keep to the same color hues so the Blushing, Magenta and Ruby. Remember, leave white space for the cooler tones. (Tip) Be very light with your hands/paint strokes and I like to pick up just a little paint on my brush at a time and 2 to 3 stripes with this – you’ll find this will give beautiful wispy, faded stripes too. Now dry this all with a Heat Tool.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 5: I start to fill in the white space with the lighter Turquoise, Lime and Sky now.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 6: And quickly whilst the paint is still wet I add in next to or over the wet paints a small amount of the darker paints: Ocean,Evergreen, Lapis, Fuchsia – dry with Heat Tool.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 7: Check everything is dry before adding in random stripes of White Gesso, I usually cover the darker areas and each Gesso stripe has two or three coats.

Step 8: I start the whole process over adding new color layers over the previous stripes and Gesso – remembering to use more lighter, brighter shades especially Lemon. Darker tones I use little of, they are great for contrast ‘pops’ and red/Ruby being such a strong color I use as a contrast ‘pop’ color as it can take over the page but it is a must! And Gesso is your friend – it’s like your eraser!

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 9: Paint Turquoise in all the remaining surrounding white space (except the texture paste wheels) Then dry brush over your stripes with the Turquoise paint (dry brushing is using your paint brush with relatively little paint on the brush – I paint on a scrap of paper to get my brush to dry brush ‘perfection’ – a scratchy, paint wash appearance) Dina Wakley’s brushes are the best for dry brushing as they are bouncy and firm!

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 10: I take my biggest Dina Wakley brush and start to paint from the edges inwards of my board with ‘Night’ or Black Gesso. I use very little paint, opting to pick up paint little and often because as you need to do the dry brush technique again to get the soft scratchy fade.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 11: Add color above the wheels finishing off with a layer of ‘Turquoise’.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 12: Paint the ‘raised texture’ of the wheels in ‘Penny & Gilt’ then paint/dab in thick amounts of various colours inside the wheels – I leave this to dry naturally…

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 13: I stamp the two butterflies and words out on old yellowing book pages, approx 14 butterflies and adhere with matte gel medium to a black tag, trim out once the dry. Take the Distress Splatter Brush and add those tiny splats of color to the butterfly wings. Adhere the words and a mix of the butterflies to the board, seven in all.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 14: Add a few ‘bubbles’ of White Gesso through the Dylusions ‘Bubble’ stencil – dry brush the Gesso through the stencil.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 15: Add just a few more ‘Distress splatters’ around the butterflies; doodle & scribble with the Fude Ball Pen around the edges of the board; spritz the Lapis Mica Spray one or two times over the butterflies; scribble just a little Distress Crayon color to the centre stripes and splatter lightly with the Posca pens.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 16: Take the other seven butterflies and dab them randomly with the Collage Glue Stick place the Shiny Transfer Foil (shiny side up) on the glue and firmly press down, wait a few minutes then carefully peel back to reveal the sparkle.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 17: On the board in and around the butterflies randomly stamp with the Scribbly words from the Dina Wakley Textures set, also stamp on the right-hand wing edge of the ‘shiny foiled’ butterflies and quickly before the ink dries sprinkle with the Frosted Crystal embossing powder – when you heat set this powder with your Heat Tool the surface of the embossing powder does what it says – crystallises forming a frosted rough surface, a perfect surface for Distress Crayons to sit on.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 18: I scribble Distress Crayon to the raised rough crystal embossed Scribbly words on the board and butterfly wings holding the crayons vertical to the board so that the flat tip of the crayon catches the rough embossed edges as you lightly pull it over them, I don’t bother to blend but simply add more different colors – so cool! Made for each other!

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 19: Adhere some of the foiled butterflies over corresponding butterflies. Now dry brush Gesso on the board to blend the ‘Night/Black Gesso’ edges into the centre color stripes. I slowly build up the dusty layers and ‘dust’ over the centre stripes lightly too. A wet wipe is handy to ‘dab’ away any over Gesso’d areas. Just let the area dry before dry brushing again.

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa HayseldenStep 20: Finally I add a little more color and detail to pull everything together, highlight the stripes with the bright colors from the Distress Crayons, no need to blend them. Add light dots and dabs of the Crayons in and around the butterflies, also add dots of the Turquoise & Magenta paint there too with the reverse of a paint brush. A few Fude Ball scribbles and splatters with your black and white bullet tipped pens and tah dah finished!

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden

Make Impossible Possible Butterfly Media Board by Kassa Hayselden


Kassa Hayselden

My name is Karen Hayselden (Kassa). I’m from a glorious part of England – Yorkshire, where I loooves to drink copious amounts of Yorkshire tea swaperoo’d for red wine in the evenings. I live there with my hubby, beautiful daughter Chloë and my furry gang of 3, a pug named Sammy and my 2 large breed boisterous Leonbergers, Leo and Ruby…..lol Ruby the Leonberger often likes to get involved with ‘our’ art, tis her big nose she manages to shove into most projects, and more often than not her swishy tail is covered with gesso, paints and glitters! oozing colorful girliness! When it comes to art, I’ll give anything a go but my real love is mixed media filled with tiny detail….details that take me into my own little world and imagination – a happy place to be…..creating what I call my ‘Happy Art’……oh not forgetting coloring in, sooooo relaxing! And oh, doodles have to be in there too! – Sharing with lovely friends has to be the best part! How lucky am I – I only live 15 minutes away from the home of Dyan Reavely – Art from the Heart – and how exciting I’m teaching regular monthly workshops there – you can guess what we get up to…………we have Fun! Fun! Fun! with amazing Ranger Ink Lush Stash eeeeek! Up to our elbows and knee deep in it – YeY!!!!
My Blog:  http://kassadh.blogspot.co.uk
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/kassa.hayselden
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/karen.hayselden/
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Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 1: There are currently 24 gorgeous colors of Perfect Pearls Powders, so there is a color to suit every project you make. In this project, I will show you three different ways to use the powders on a piece of Styrofoam used in a shipping box. Remember to always give your Perfect Pearls Powders a good firm tap on the table before opening them to prevent a plume of powder when opening it. AND as a side note, the Perfect Pearls Powders are sold in packs of four that also come with both the small and medium brushes, as well as a mini Perfect Medium.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Mist the Craft Sheet with about 4 sprays each of Wild Honey, Broken China, and Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stains. Add about 3 dips of Festival Green Perfect Pearls Powders using the smaller paintbrush that comes in the powders kit. Mist all of this with about 3 sprays of water. Take the Specialty Stamping Paper, and run each piece through the wet color one time each. Set these aside. Take the paper towel and lay it into the wet color, and absorb all of it trying to coat the all of the paper towel with color. Clean the Craft Sheet.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Dry the Specialty Stamping Paper and paper towel with the Heat Tool. Set the Specialty Stamping Paper aside.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Take the Styrofoam block and coat it with Multi Medium one side at a time, while pressing the colored paper towel over it, and cover each side and top and bottom. Coat the top of the paper towel as well. Let this dry naturally.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Take the black cardstock and rub Perfect Medium over the whole card. While wet with medium, take Grape Fizz and Forever Violet Perfect Pearl Powders, and tap about 3 small paintbrush dips each over the cardstock. Use the larger paintbrush and move and pounce the powder over all the cardstock. Turn the card on its side and shake off any extra Perfect Pearls Powders. Brush over the card lightly with the same brush to make sure there is no loose powder.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Mount the butterfly trio image from the Classics #17 Stamp Set onto a stamping block. Tap the Perfect Medium over the image coating it well. Stamp the image onto the cardstock. Press firmly, and lift up. The Perfect Pearls Powders should be removed leaving the image of the butterflies from the black cardstock. Clean the stamp with a damp paper towel to remove the powder and medium, and repeat. Do this another time so you have 9 butterflies total. Take the cardstock in one hand, and mist water into the air with the other hand. Run the cardstock through the mist. This helps set the Perfect Pearls Powders so it doesn’t rub off. Dry for a few seconds with the Heat Tool.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Punch the butterflies out with the small and medium Butterfly punches. They don’t line up exactly, but you still get a nice detailed bug. Use a white pen to add in a little detail on each butterfly. Set these aside.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Take the Specialty Stamping Paper, and trim it into two 3×5 inch pieces, two 1×5 inch pieces, and one 1×3 inch piece. Set the 1×3 piece aside. Take the other pieces, and die cut several of the Wildflowers using the Wildflower Thinlits and die cutting machine. Save both the positive and negative parts. Also save a 1/2 x 2 inch piece of the scrap for the sentiment.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Lay the positive parts of the Wildflowers on the Craft Sheet. Squirt a tiny drop of water on the Craft Sheet away from the flowers, and add a dip or two of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Powders using the smaller brush. Mix this up to form a paint. Paint in some of the flower bud parts. Clean the paintbrush with water and paper towel, and repeat painting in the flowers with other colors of Perfect Pearls Powders. Set these aside, and let them dry naturally. Clean the Craft Sheet and paint brushes.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Take the negative portions of the Wildflowers, and stamp the Fig.1 image randomly over all the pieces, including the small 1×3 inch piece, using Cactus Flower Archival. Dry these with a Heat Tool. Specialty Stamping Paper must always be dried when wet is added to it. Ink the edges of all the pieces with the Cactus Flower as well. Dry again. Adhere the 1×3 inch piece to the top of the Styrofoam block centered, using Multi Medium. Stamp images from the Wildflower Stamp Set randomly over all the other pieces using first Sunflower Archival, and then using Garden Patina. Dry the Specialty Stamping Paper. Stamp the Field Notes sentiment to the scrap piece of Specialty Stamping Paper, ink the edges as well, all using Garden Patina. Dry this.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Adhere the Speciality Stamping Paper onto their corresponding sides of the Styrofoam using Multi Medium, centering them. The bottom part of the block will be left blank.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Again, add a drop of water to the Craft Sheet, add Perfect Pearl Powders, and paint in some of the flower buds inside the negative spaces of the flowers that you just adhered to the block. Take the positive parts of the flowers, and add foam tape pieces to the back of them, and randomly adhere these to all the sides of the block, except the top part. Adhere the sentiment onto whatever side you think should be the front.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Shake the Picked Raspberry Distress Paint to mix it up. Add a good amount of it to the Craft Sheet (2 teaspoons), and then add about 3 dips of Perfect Pearls Powder to the middle of it. Mix it up, and then paint the 4 mini finial caps and medium finial top with the paint. You can do this with any acrylic paint to get gorgeous shimmer. Let these dry, and then adhere the 4 mini caps to the bottom of the block for feet, and the medium one to the center top part of the block as an ornate piece, using Multi Medium. Clean the paintbrush. Fold in the wings of the butterflies and then open them up so they have a 3D look. Add Multi Medium to the centers and glue these on randomly on the sides of the block, and one to the top finial.

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Perfect Pearls Powder Spring Chunky Block by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

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://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com/.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
My name is Sharen AK Harris, I’m a master alcohol ink artist. I live in Tucson, AZ where the sky is big and blue and the colors glow like Alcohol Ink and stimulate thoughts of paintings to come.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
I’m so excited to show you how to do fine art flowers with Alcohol Ink. I know you will be so surprised how easy and great your painting will come out. It is truly addicting and so much fun to do. You and your friends will be amazed with your beautiful work.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 1: Pour a two drops of Poppiefield on the Yupo paper.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 2: Take the back of your brush to direct the ink. You may add more ink as you need to make the desired size.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 3: Using your liner brush with a little Poppyfield ink make the edges uneven, like a poppy. You will repeat this step for the other poppies but change the direction of the other 2 poppies as shown below. You can add extra petals for interest.
Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 4: I put Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution in one of the wells and put a good amount of fluid on my brush. It doesn’t matter if there is some red leaking off.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 5: Put a drop from your brush where the center of your flower is. Then get a little more solution but not as loaded. Tap off a bit on the paper towel so your brush is just damp. Make a circle around the inner circle about ¼ inch away from the center, as shown in the example.

The ink will move and do all kinds of magic. You never know exactly how it will turn out, but you can manipulate the ink. Since the ink does have a mind of its own you get a wonderful spontaneous look that is beautiful and realistic. We so often try to make things perfect and things come out stiff and unnatural. With this art form, and the nature of the ink, it helps keep us loose and free like the ink.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 6: For the lower right poppy, I dampen down the liner brush again and start from the front outer edge and pulling to the back. This will lighten up the edge of the petals as shown in the example.
Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Add some Pesto ink to another well on the palette. With your liner brush, dip into the ink and put a couple of brush loads into another well. Swirl your brush into it until it thickens up a bit. It won’t take long.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 7: With the tip of your liner brush just barely touch the brush to the surface. It will begin to break into little circles. Isn’t that so neat how that happens. You can also use the same brush to start pulling stems at this time.
Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
You can darken parts of the stem closest to the flowers. That is where the shadows are. They can be tapped on with a thicker dryer Pesto.
Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Add a bud and some extra stems for additional flowers at this time. Make a squigly line for the stem of the bud. I paint the bud with my liner brush. The bud is only an oval and it isn’t perfect. Nothing in nature is perfect and that’s what makes it look realistic.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 8: This is a good time to clean your liner brush. All you have to do is dip it into the Blending Solution and wipe it out on a paper towel until it comes out clean.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 9: Fill another well with a few drops of Honeycomb ink. Using your liner brush just make 4 or 5 strokes for a little yellow flower along the pesto stem.

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Step 10: Using the sharp point side of the Alcohol Ink Blending Pen, lift paint off of the side you want lighter.

With this pen you can clean up any little areas you like. You can move the paint nicely with this pen to help blend your lights into the dark. Try tapping the tip into the color to break some of the color up. I also use the pen as a painting tool for fine lines. Just put it into some dry ink and draw the stem on. This is a wonderful tool I cannot live without. Below are many examples of these techniques.
Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris
I love the pen especially for signing my work with the color I have been using in the painting.

With the dirty pen put some small dots around the painting for interest. Clean the color off just by wiping the tip off on a paper towel. Walla, you’re done with your beautiful masterpiece! I hope you will enjoy doing this beautiful poppy project.

Sharen AK HarrisI have been painting since I was 3. I have studios and have taught classes from Alaska to Massachusetts. I now reside in Tucson AZ where I paint & teach Alcohol ink painting, oil and watercolor. You can see more wonderful alcohol ink paintings and other work I do at my sites on the World Wide Web. I invite you to my web pages: sakharris.blogspot.com, or on Facebook, and on Sharenakharris.com. Thank you and until next time. Love to paint!

In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki

In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be here on the Ranger blog sharing a mixed media piece using brand new Dina Wakley Media products! It’s no secret how much I love Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylics and I have to say the new colors are amazing. I love the darker, moodier hues and I had a lot of fun using them to create my spring inspired piece on the new Media Boards. I’m slightly obsessed with abstract florals right now and I would love to show you how I created this spring inspired piece today.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 1:
First, I started by spraying the Media Board with some water using the Distress Sprayer. Then, I took some paint and a Dina Wakley Media Stiff Bristle Brush. I have seen Dina Wakley use this technique and it gives you the most unexpected bursts of color. I love how it softens the paint and gives it a more watercolor look in areas. The hardest part for me using this technique is allowing the paint to dry naturally allowing the colors to move and blend more organically rather than trying to speed that up with a heat tool. I’ve learned that it’s worth the wait!

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 2:
Once that layer is dry, I wanted to add more texture and depth to my canvas so I pulled out the Positive Women stamp set because I love the dots texture stamp in this set and inked it up with the new Dina Wakley Media Archival Ink Palette using the color Night. I also used the stencils Dotted Flowers with some Dina Wakley Heavy Body Media in White to bring in some more white into the canvas. I have a hard time leaving white space…it’s one of my things. I just love color so much I have a hard time knowing when to stop!

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 3:
Next I pulled out Stenciled Queenie and using the new color Elephant (which can I just mention how much I love the names of these paints!?) and stenciled the face onto my canvas. Now…I have to admit something here, once I had this on my canvas I tried to outline the face with a Stabilo All pencil in black and kinda made a boo boo. I was almost tempted to start completely over but one of my mottos in mixed media is pushing past the ugly. So I kept moving forward. It was time to start adding some flowers and I gave my girl a crown of flowers by putting some paint on my finger and creating some loose circles, overlapping the colors in places. Then I took out my Distress Sprayer again and generously sprayed the flowers while tilting my Media Board up allowing the colors to blend and drip down the page which is one of my personal favorite techniques and this is when I found my happy in the page because those drips covered up my earlier mistake! I also added some Dina Wakley Media Mica Sprays in areas while the paint was still wet. I love the beautiful pearlescent shimmer it leaves behind.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiStep 4:
Once again, I allowed the paint to air dry…well, mostly – I did try to heat set it a bit, but really wasn’t liking the way the paint was reacting to the heat so I did set it aside to dry the rest of the way. It really is best to let it dry naturally!! I then redefined the bottom of the face as well as outlined the hair and flowers with the Stabilo All pencil to give the shapes a little more definition but not too much because I really was going for a most abstract look. Then I took the Fronds of Foliage stencil to create some leaves around the stencils using Evergreen. Finally, I added my sentiment using a brush pen with permanent ink and I outlined it with a white gel pen.
In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki
It took me a long time to love my own handwriting but I think it adds a personal touch and defining signature that you just can’t get any other way. Play with different pens and styles of writing until you find something that feels comfortable. Now I love adding a fun quote or lyric to complete my page with my own personal touch.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiHere are some close ups of the finished piece. You can see the beautiful mica shimmer here. I love how it mixed with the drips and creates new colors as the light shifts across the page.

In Full Bloom by Carisa ZglobickiAnother close up of the beautiful mix of paint and water. I love the fun bursts and new shades of color that is created as the paint dries. I absolutely love the combination of texture created here with the mix of water and heavy body acrylics with more defined flower centers using the fine tip applicator with Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylics.

I filmed the entire process for you as well so you can see each step as it comes together. I am trying to keep my cool here but this is a huge honor for me to be able to share my love of mixed media here on the Ranger blog and I’m so grateful for the opportunity! I hope you are inspired to get messy, push past the ugly and create beautiful art using the entire Dina Wakley Media Line!

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.

Spring Chicks by Kassa Hayselden

Spring Chicks by Kassa Hayselden

Hi there everyone, Kassa here, so happy to be back again, hope you all had a lovely Easter and the bunnies brought oodles of yummy Easter eggs – Yum! Yum! Yum! (Back on the diet again for me though!)

All this lovely warming sunshine over here in Yorkshire (UK) has totally inspired me to create this happy and colorful ‘Springtime Chicks’ art tutorial. I share how I colorise the fabulous ‘Birdies’ with Dylusions paints, take you through the layers of my background and also a mini tute on how I created the daisies on the new kool ‘Adhesive Canvas!’

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 1: Gesso the ‘mixed media’ journal insert – approx 3 generous coats, once dry apply a thin coat of texture paste through the stencil.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 2: Take the ‘blues and greens’ paints and quickly brush on a thick layer of each, greens towards the bottom for the grass and the blues above for sky. Don’t worry about the blend as the next step sorts that out – the key is to be quick though (have all your lids off your paints ready to dip into each, start with the greens!)

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 3: Quickly before the paints dry using your Mini Mister, spray all your paint with water and then watch the magic happen. The paints will merge and naturally blend.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 4: Soak up the pools of water carefully with the edges of a kitchen roll, and dab the roll here and there to totally lift the paint, this will leave white ‘cloud like’ patterns. Set aside to dry naturally but keep an eye out for any pooling of the colors that you might want to soak up!

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 5: Whilst the background dries naturally, stamp the birdies out on watercolor paper. With a fine brush head paintbrush, paint around the eye with ‘Fresh Lime’ the body with ‘Bubblegum Pink’ but leave some white around the green of the eye. And paint in the boots, remembering to leave ‘white space’ for highlights, I used the new ‘Cherry Pie’ and add a dab of this in for the cheeks too!

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 6: The eyes ‘pop’ more with a hint of ‘Calypso Teal’ and a dab of ‘London Blue’ in the corner, fill in the white space with ‘Lemon Zest’.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 7: Brush a thin coat or 2 of ‘Cherry Pie’ on the underside of the belly, tail feathers, around the neck, under the face and front edge of the face. To help blend, brush out the paint from the edges toward the middle, use very little paint and build your layers. Use a wet wipe for any ‘whoopsie’ moments, and also to help blend, dip your brush in water, wipe nearly dry and blend over the wet paint.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 8: Now apply a thinner band of ‘Crushed Grape’ to all the same areas plus the boots, then an even thinner layer of ‘Pomegranate Seed’ too!

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 9: The head feathers, legs and wing patterns are painted with ‘Calypso Teal’, topped with a thin band of ‘London Blue’ then a dab of ‘After midnight’ for shading. Remember to leave a flash of white for hi-lighting. The wings are colorised with ‘Cherry Pie’ and ‘Pomegranate’ is used to paint the lower shade areas. The ‘After Midnight’ adds a ‘spark’ in the corner of the eye too!

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 10: Paint the spots with ‘Lemon Zest’, plus the white hi-lights on the boots. The legs, head, feathers and wing patterns have a touch of Lemon added too.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 11: For movement and interest on the yellow spots add a swirl of ‘Fresh Lime’, ‘Calypso Teal’ and a spot of ‘After Midnight’. The first layer of the beak is ‘Cherry Pie’, then add the ‘Pomegranate’ on the underside but leave white space near the top for the ‘Lemon Zest’ which is the final touch.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 12: With a dry paintbrush pick up a very small amount of ‘Lemon Zest’, wipe the majority of the paint away on kitchen roll or paint off the excess paint on a scrap of paper, then stipple (lightly dab) around the outer edges of the yellow paint around the eyes and boots. This creates a soft fuzzy blend.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 13: Paint a ‘blue hue’ colorwash to the lower inner eye. Following the curve of the wing body, gradually paint in layered lines of ‘Lemon Zest’ to add flashes of light. ‘White Linen’ paint spots are added to all the yellow paint areas and add a tiny touch to the black area of the eye. Colorise the other chicks applying similar techniques and why not try different colors too!

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 14: Now back to the fully dry background, take the stencil and whilst holding firm and fast down, take a wet wipe and literally scrub away the paint in the openings.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 15: Keep scrubbing away with the wipe through the stencil as the paint will lift leaving a soft, distressed pattern.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 16: With fingertips and a wet wipe for smudges rub onto the raised texture paste shapes ‘Squeezed Orange’, ‘Fresh Lime’, ‘Lemon Zest’, ‘Bubblegum Pink’, ‘Cherry Pie’ in that order and a spot of ‘After Midnight’ here and there. For the final layer add another swipe of the yellow.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 17: On the left side and under side of the texture paste I scribble various coloring pencils.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 18: Now paint 3 of the Adhesive canvas panels, brush on the ‘Lemon Zest’ first and whilst wet brush over with the ‘Squeezed Orange’.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 19: Add the ‘Bubblegum Pink’ quickly before any paint dries. Only pop a little on your brush because you can always layer up more to get the desired ‘pop’ of pink!

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 20: When the pink paint has dried off, to tone down and blend everything add a quick and thin coat of the yellow again.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 21: Take the pink and ‘Calypso Teal’ paint, now paint your craft mat with each color, then take a small stamp from ‘The Write Word’ stamp set, pick up the paints from the mat onto the stamp and in turn to stamp your canvas with color! (mist your stamp with water immediately and clean off the acrylic paint so not to ruin your stamps).

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 22: Splats are so much fun and eye-catching. Water down black, white, pink and ‘Calypso Teal’ paint pick up the paints on a small head paintbrush and either wipe the paint across your canvas with a sharp flick of your wrist or gently but firmly tap the end of your brush for more control. (Always try on a scrap first to see if the color is strong enough and how the paint splats.)

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 23: An old credit card dipped in the paints and stamped onto the canvas looks so kool too.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 24: Once the canvas is dry peel back the backing and adhere the canvas to black cardstock. Stamp on an array of the small to middle sized daisies and trim out. The ‘Cheep Cheep’ words from the birdies stamps are fab on the canvas, but choose a plain area for the words.

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 25: Before adhering the daisies sew the black, neon pink and yellow cotton threads around the edges of the page starting in the bottom left corner so the threads hang loose where the flowers bunch. Adhere the words and flowers with Multi Medium. Spritz the well shaken Mica Spray, pink for the flowers, turquoise in the top left, bottom right corners, the yellow spray is for the top right near the words and I let this drip too. The pink ink I sprayed onto my fingertips and dripped through and around the flowers. Once dry, add the Black Enamel Accents to the flower centres and take the Distress Splatter Brush and dip in the pink paint first, pull back the bristles and splatter from the flowers outwards, repeat with the yellow. (Always practice on a scrap first.)

Spring Chicks by Kassa HayseldenStep 26: Finally add a few doodles, splats and shadows! The birdies look kool with a few scribbles here and there (especially on their bottoms teehee!), ground the birdies feet too with a couple of lines and dots. Add the flowers and doodle stems that the birdies are carrying. The words and birds stand off the page more when shaded on the underside with a scribble of the ‘All’ pencil. And the page comes to life miraculously with a few splats of the white paint!
Spring Chicks by Kassa Hayselden

Spring Chicks by Kassa Hayselden
Spring Chicks by Kassa Hayselden

Thanks so much for stopping by today. It would be totally amazing to see any of your ‘Put a Bird On It’ inspired art up over on the Ranger fb page, don’t be shy 🙂 After all sharing art with friends is the best- Mwah xoxo Kassa


Kassa Hayselden

My name is Karen Hayselden (Kassa). I’m from a glorious part of England – Yorkshire, where I loooves to drink copious amounts of Yorkshire tea swaperoo’d for red wine in the evenings. I live there with my hubby, beautiful daughter Chloë and my furry gang of 3, a pug named Sammy and my 2 large breed boisterous Leonbergers, Leo and Ruby…..lol Ruby the Leonberger often likes to get involved with ‘our’ art, tis her big nose she manages to shove into most projects, and more often than not her swishy tail is covered with gesso, paints and glitters! oozing colorful girliness! When it comes to art, I’ll give anything a go but my real love is mixed media filled with tiny detail….details that take me into my own little world and imagination – a happy place to be…..creating what I call my ‘Happy Art’……oh not forgetting coloring in, sooooo relaxing! And oh, doodles have to be in there too! – Sharing with lovely friends has to be the best part! How lucky am I – I only live 15 minutes away from the home of Dyan Reavely – Art from the Heart – and how exciting I’m teaching regular monthly workshops there – you can guess what we get up to…………we have Fun! Fun! Fun! with amazing Ranger Ink Lush Stash eeeeek! Up to our elbows and knee deep in it – YeY!!!!
My Blog:  http://kassadh.blogspot.co.uk
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Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, paint birdhouse with a layer of White Gesso. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Cut four pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock to 3” x 6”. Place a small dot of Turquoise Paint onto one of the pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock and use the Brayer to color the entire piece.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Repeat with Magenta, Lemon and Lime Paint. Set aside to dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Once painted cardstock is dry, run each piece through the Vagabond Machine with the trellis die. Reserve two of the negative frameworks to use as template to adhere the mosaic tiles later on.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Use masking tape to mask the center shingles on the roof. Paint the roof peak with Lemon Paint.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Paint the bottom shingle with Turquoise Paint. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Remove the existing tape and retape to expose the center roof shingles. Paint center shingles with Lime Paint. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Mask off the rooftop edges, top front and top back of the birdhouse. Paint the trim, ledge by the entryway, sides and back of the birdhouse with Magenta Paint. Let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Mask the ledge and under the trim. Paint front with Paper Mosaic Grout. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Find the reserved frameworks and use two pieces to make a template that will fit on the front of the birdhouse. (Note: There is no need to adhere the template. If you make it flush it will stay in place).Using the frameworks template as a guide, adhere the painted tiles with the Distress Paper Mosaic Glue to the front of the birdhouse.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Remove the template after you have finished adhering all the tiles. Just in case you got some glue on the template, you want to remove it before it dries. Now let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Trim excess tiles from the birdhouse opening and apply Paper Mosaic Glaze on top of each tile. Let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Glue on some faux greenery using a hot glue gun.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com
I enjoy creating small decor pieces that I can give to friends in place of cards. They serve as both a gift and a card and can be displayed easily. This project features the fun new colors added to the Ranger Dabber Paint collection which are perfect for creating a spring flower themed project. By adding water to these versatile paints, I can create a watercolor look project that is a perfect fit for Dina Wakley’s popular Scribbly stamps. This piece can easily be adapted to a card also for cardmakers.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Ink a large background script stamp (stamp shown: Dear Ruby by Tammy Tutterow) with Cool Graphite ink. Cool Graphite is a perfect color for adding subtle detail to a background. Place a 4×6 piece of Watercolor Paper texture side down onto the inked stamp. Run your hand over the back of the paper to transfer the design onto the paper.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Dab Blue Yonder paint onto your Craft Sheet. Mist the paint with water to create a thin watercolor paint wash. The more water you add, the more transparent the paint will become. Use a wide brush to apply the paint in random streaks from top to bottom over the stamped image. The stamped image is meant to be subtle so don’t worry if you cover it completely in places. It should look like it fades in and out.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Dab Pearl Metallic paint onto your craft sheet. Mist the paint with water. Use a wide brush to apply the paint in random streaks over the Blue Yonder streaks and the stamping.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Dry the cardstock with a Heat Tool.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Use an Ink Blending Tool with foam to apply Java Bean ink around the edges of the watercolor paper.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Use an Ink Blending Tool to apply Buttered Popcorn ink to the upper right corner of the cardstock to add a “sunshine” highlight to the background.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Use a sanding grip to sand around the edges to add a distressed defined edge. Remember to never sand on your Non-Stick Craft Sheet as it will damage the surface.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Stamp three flower images and one insect onto a piece of Watercolor Paper using Cool Graphite ink. Cool Graphite will give the images a sketched look similar to a watercolor painting.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Dab an assortment of paint colors onto your Craft Sheet. Mist the paint generously with water to create a watercolor paint wash. Include Glacier Whit vellum e in your color selections so that it can be mixed with the other colors to create additional color shades. (Colors shown: Emerald Isle, Lavender Field, Raspberry Sorbet, and Buttered Popcorn.)

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Use a brush to pick up paint and blot it onto the stamped images. You can vary the intensity and transparency of the color by adding more water or Glacier White. Do not worry about staying in the lines of the images, they will be cut out later. Also don’t worry if you have areas where your stamping is covered, it is meant to look like a light pencil sketch in the background so it should not look particularly crisp.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Add in additional colors of paint to add more detail. You may find it helpful to keep an art towel nearby to blot any especially wet paint spots as you paint. (I often blot after each dab of color to help control the amount of water going onto the paper.)

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Dry the paper with a Heat Tool. Cut out each stamped image with scissors. Use an Ink Blending Tool to lightly brush along the edge of each piece to cover the white edge of the paper. (I used Java Bean on the edges, but Cool Graphite would also be a great choice.)

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Adhere two of the flower pieces to the lower left corner of the cardstock.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 14: Cut the two leaves and flower apart on the third stamped flower image. Adhere the flower behind the first two. Adhere the leaves so that they are tucked in and filling the gaps of the first two sets of leaves.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Dab Buttered Popcorn paint onto your craft sheet. Mist the paint with water. Place a scrap piece of Watercolor Paper texture side down into the paint. Lift the paper up and dry with a Heat Tool.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Stamp a sentiment onto the cardstock using Black Tie ink. Trim the paper as needed to fit the quote.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 17: Adhere the quote and the insect to the piece using adhesive foam.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 18: Rub ink pads directly over the surface of a media board. The direct ink application will color raised areas and leave indented areas white highlighting the texture of the board. Wipe over the board with a dry cloth to remove any excess ink. (Colors shown: Buttered Popcorn and Java Bean.)

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 19: Cut or tear a piece of vellum so that it is slightly larger than the cardstock but smaller than the media board. Adhere the vellum and then the cardstock to the top of the media board.

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comStep 20: Add any additional elements like stitching or embellishments to complete the design. (Yes, you can sew through media boards!

Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com
Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com
Springtime Watercolor Media Board by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com


tammytutterow2014Tammy Tutterow is a mixed media designer and instructor from St. Louis, MO.  Tammy is a two time Ranger U graduate.  She believes inky hands equal happy hands.  She loves writing tutorials to share online and teaching classes in stores.  You can learn more about Tammy on her blog: Tammy Tutterow- Tutorials for Inky Hands.