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Holiday Welcome Sign by Tracy Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Richele Christensen I’m a California girl and currently live in the Sacramento area with my husband Del. Our children are both married and live close by with their families! I have four beautiful grandchildren.
Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for art, sewing, quilting, and crafting. I’ve been working in the paper crafting industry since 2001 and it has lead me on an unforgettable journey. I currently have the job of my dreams working as the Project Manager for Tim Holtz. My designs have been displayed by Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, Stampers Anonymous, Advantus, Sizzix, Hero Arts and I have been published in several papercrafting and quilting magazines. You can visit her at her blog, California Art Girl.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap under the area to be stenciled. This prevents ink from being transferred thru the towel.

Choose your Archival Inks. Place the “Merry Christmas” stencil over the striped area and use Painter’s Tape to mask off the surrounding area. This also holds the stencil in place.

Use Watering Can with the Mini Blending Tool to stencil.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Position the larger pine tree slightly to the left of center and stencil with Garden Patina. Use a Q-Tip to transfer Potting Soil ink to the tree trunk area.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place tape over the stripe to mask it off. Turn the stencil over to get a slightly different version of the tree. 

Position the tree so that the bottom is on the tape, allowing a shorter tree to be stenciled. Stencil the tree with Fern Green.

With the tape still in place, stencil a shorter tree to the left, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now switch to the small tree stencil. With tape in place, stencil a short small tree, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Now stencil the full small tree to the right, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Position the Polka Dotty stencil and line up a row of dots, directly under the striped border. Mask off the area above and below the dots and stencil one row of dots, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stencil a large and small star using Watering Can on the right side. Stencil a small star to accent the small tree on the far left.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Tap the spatter stamp onto the Watering Can pad and lightly add “snowflakes” around the trees.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Dry and heat set the inks with the Heat-It Tool or iron.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Additional Example: If you prefer more traditional holiday colors, here’s another example. 
This uses Fern Green, Jet Black, and Buttercup archival ink for the stars.

Tips & Hints:

  • Archival Ink is the ink of choice for stenciling on fabric, since it is waterproof and permanent when dry. These can be washed with no problem. As long as the ink is dry, the design is permanent.
  • Choose a towel with a small amount of texture. This adds to the texture of the trees.
  • Painter’s Tape holds the stencil securely in place and also keeps the background protected.
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  • The Mini Blending Tool is my choice for stenciling. The smaller footprint is perfect.
  • When stenciling on fabric, I find it best to tap, twist and turn the Blending Tool over the stencil. This seems to work perfect and it doesn’t stretch or move the fabric. Rubbing sometimes moves the fabric under the stencil.
  • Think holiday hostess gifts! I’m thinking these would be fun to send instead of a card!
  • These can be customized to fit any decor. Use traditional holiday colors or change it up like this towel. These can be created in 10 to 15 minutes. SERIOUSLY…it’s much quicker than writing the instructions!
  • Wendy Studio490 

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga

    With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gift ideas for those special people in our lives. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, so why not make a set of personalized coasters using your very own photographs this year!

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 1: Begin by choosing the images you would like to use. For this project, I used 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” glazed white tiles, so I made the photos 3 5/8” w x 3” h. Once the images are sized, print on cardstock and cut out.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 2: Working on a craft sheet, coat the cut out images with ICE Resin® Paper Sealer. Be sure to evenly coat the front, back and sides of the paper. Let Paper Sealer dry completely before continuing on.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 3: Once your images have completely dried, grab your tiles and place them on your craft sheet. Before working on your tiles, wipe them down with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to make sure the surfaces are clean. Paint a coat of Paper Sealer on the back of the images. Once painted, turnover and place on the tile. Repeat for each tile. Let dry.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 4: Mix ICE Resin® according to the instructions on the labels. Begin with adding 1 oz. of Part A Resin to your mixing cup, followed by 1 oz. of Part B Hardener. Slowly fold the two parts together until well mixed. Continue mixing thoroughly for 2 minutes until the resin becomes slightly opaque. Let rest for 5 minutes before using.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 5: Slowly pour a small amount of ICE Resin® into the center of your coaster. Be sure to not over pour, remember it is easier to add more if needed then it is to remove if you’ve added to much. Using your stir stick slowly push the resin out to the edges. ICE Resin® is self-doming which allows for it to be worked all the way to the edges and not overflow, as long as the resin is not over poured and there is too much.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 6: Once all coasters have been coated in ICE Resin® set aside. Let dry overnight.

    ICE Resin® Polaroid Coasters by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 7: When your ICE Resin® coasters have fully hardened, attach vinyl bumpers to the four bottom corners of the tiles to help prevent the tiles from scratching any surfaces while using the coasters.

    Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham

    Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com Hi there everyone I have a canvas, Dylusions style, to share with you today. I love to create with Dylusions and I am hoping that you will join me to create this autumn style canvas.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 1: Gather together your paint colours, your canvas board and 3 different sized brushes.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 2: Taking your lightest colour (Lemon Zest) and your largest paint brush randomly brush paint all over your canvas board. No need to totally cover it, so do not worry if you leave white patches. With your medium sized brush, paint your middle colour (Squeezed Orange) randomly over your canvas, making sure you join to some of your lightest colour.

    Now take your smallest brush and add some of the darkest colour (Pomegranate Seed) to small areas of the canvas. Again joining and blending with the 2 previous colours.

    Go back in and go over all the colours again to deepen the colour, starting with the lightest and working up. Where the colours meet, rub the area with your finger to blend them together better. Keep going until you are happy with your depth of colour and blend.

    If you feel some of your areas are too bright you can go over them with a very small amount of White Linen paint, blending in as you go.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 3: Take a small amount of Black Marble paint and add it to your craft mat. Add a spritz of water to make the paint runny, and mix together with your small brush. Flick the brush over your whole canvas in random areas.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 4: Using the Branching Out stamp set and a Jet Black Archival ink pad, stamp the closed leaf stamp around the top of your canvas and a small amount down the sides.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 5: Due to the nature of a canvas board the black is not a deep black and so I colour over all the leaves with a Black Dylusions paint pen. This gives a much deeper coverage and helps your background colours to stand out.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com
     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 6: Using the black paint and a Mini Blending Tool go through the Cobwebs stencil on the bottom left of your canvas. Taking the smaller cobweb stencil from the Dylusions Halloween stamp/stencil set, repeat the step above but this time on the right hand side.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 7: Add some tissue tape to the bottom right slightly up from the bottom (this is to ground your character). Using the Stabilo pencil, create some shading along the tissue tape. Simply draw a rough line and the smudge the line to blend.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 8: Using the Dylusions white paint pen add any highlights you would like to do. I added highlights to the cobwebs and the leaves.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 9: Taking some blank canvas use a baby wipe to add some Squeezed Orange paint in random areas.
    In the same way add some Melted Chocolate paint to the areas left and blend with the orange. Leave them to dry.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 10: Using the Larger leaf stamp from Around the Edge stamp set and archival ink, stamp the top 2 leaves all over your pieces of canvas.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 11: Cut the leaves out, leaving a tiny border around.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 12: Taking some white card, stamp out the stamps you wish to use. Cut the clock part from the head stamp.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 13: Colour your images with the medium of your choice. Stick your characters down with a glue stick but leave a slight gap at the top of each head so you can tuck your leaves in.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 14: Cut half the backing from your canvas leaves. Add some canvas leaves to one head.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com
     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 15: Then add some leaves to the other head and to the bottom right of your canvas.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 16: Taking your mini blending tool with a tiny amount of Black Marble paint on, gently edge the whole of the outside of your canvas.

     Dylusions Autumn Leaves by Sandra Botham | www.rangerink.com

    Step 17: Your project is finished.

    Sandra Botham

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

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

    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.

    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
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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/.