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Holiday Ornament with Wendy Vecchi

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Shake the Tarnished Brass stain then stain the ornament top.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Place the polka dotty stencil over the ornament and use the mini blending tool to stencil with Red Geranium. Sprinkle with Red Geranium embossing powder while wet, Heat to melt the embossing powder.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Mask off the ornament top with masking tape.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Spray over the ornament with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain & then Broken China Distress Spray Stain and dry.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink, using the blending tool.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Swipe the Tarnished Brass dabber along the edge of the ornament and dry.  Use Watering Can Archival Ink with the polka dot stamp to stamp over the ornament top.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the sentiment at the bottom of the ornament.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Swipe the Letterpress onto the Fern Green Archival ink pad, then sprinkle with Fern Green Embossing powder and heat to melt the powder.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the polka dots over the Letterpress and dry.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Paint a thin layer of Glue N Seal over a piece of Clearly For Art (CFA) cover with vintage dictionary page, brayer and dry.  Use Jet Black to stamp the holly on the paper side of the CFA.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Place the coordinating stencil over the stamped image.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Use Fern Green Archival with the mini blending tool to ink the leaves.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Reposition the stencil and use Red Geranium Archival to ink the berries.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Cut out holly. Heat to soften the CFA & shape the leaves.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Test drive the holly placement to determine where to stamp the flourish two times, using Jet Black Archival.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Add adhesive foam to the back of the holly and glue over the stamped flourishes.

Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Use MultiMedium to glue the Letterpress above the sentiment.  Lightly ink a piece of the trimmings with Gathered Twigs. Tie a small bow and glue to the top of the ornament.  Sign and date the ornament on the back.

This ornament can hang on your tree or can be used as a holiday gift box embellishment for a special someone.

Want to see the same wood ornament done another way?  Pop over to my blog at www.studio490art.blogspot.com I have another tutorial thereto share.

Things to note:

  • Embossing powders can be used on any surface that can “take the heat”.
  • Glue N Seal is THE BEST adhesive for gluing paper to any surface.
  • Use archival inks to stamp OVER embossing powder & heat to make permanent.
  • Distress Spray Stains make it super easy & FAST to ink bare wood.

Wendy

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 on her blog Studio 490 Art.  You can view upcoming classes and events with Wendy on our events page.

Merry Christmas Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

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Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Dab Wild Honey and Peeled Paint Distress Stain randomly onto a non-stick craft sheet, and spritz the stain liberally with a Mister Bottle.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Take a #10 manila tag and press the tag down into the stain mixture, moving and swiping the tag to make sure it is fully covered in the stain. Take a second manila tag and swipe it through the remaining stain. Cut approximately 2.5’ of crinkle ribbon, and use the ribbon to mop up any remaining stain mixture on your sheet. Dry both tags and the crinkle ribbon with a heat tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Make a slit in the crease of the Woodgrain Texture Fade embossing folder, so that the top of the tags can slide through the opening and poke about ½” out the top of the folder. Emboss both tags in this fashion using a Vagabond die cutting machine.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Highlight the raised embossed pattern by applying Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the raised portion of the tags using an ink blending tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Add Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to just the edges of both tags using an ink blending tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Spritz a generous amount of water into your hand using the Mister Tool, and then flick the water onto the tags. This is a subtle detail, but water reacts with the Distress Ink to create some really amazing droplets and splatters.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Apply some random stripes of Star Dust Stickles to both tags….

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

…and working quickly before the glitter dries, drag a scrap piece of chipboard across the tags from top to bottom, filling in some of the recessed areas with glitter and removing the excess. Allow the Stickles to dry for a few minutes, and then you can finish up the process with the heat tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Lightly adhere the tags side-by-side to a piece of cotton batting that is slightly larger than the tags. Use a strong tacky glue or red-line adhesive for this step, but only place the adhesive in the center of the tags, leaving the edges adhesive-free for sewing.

Use a Zig-zag stitch to stitch around the edges of the tags, as well as down the center where the two tags meet. Trim around the batting using a pinking shear, leaving about a ¼” allowance all around.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Cut two pieces of the dyed crinkle ribbon large enough to span the front of the hanging and tie into a knot. Wrap one end around to the back of the hanging, about a third of the way down from the top, and secure the ribbon end with the Tiny Attacher staples. Attach the other piece to the other side of the hanging in the same fashion, and then tie the two pieces together in the front. Cut about 8” of the ribbon off to use as the hanger, and then loosely create a figure 8 with the remaining ribbon by wrapping it around your fingers. Pinch the ribbon together in the center, then tie the loops into the knot on the front of the hanging.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Cut a piece of recycled cardboard that is slightly larger than the tags and batting, and peel off the top layer of the cardboard to reveal the corrugation underneath. Using the Adirondack Sandal Paint Dabber, apply paint to the very edges only of the cardboard.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Adhere the tags and batting layer to the cardboard base using a strong adhesive or tacky glue. Punch holes through the top of the tags, and tie the remaining crinkle ribbon through the holes to create the hanger.

Now the base of the hanger is done and it’s time to move onto the leaves.

First we need to add color to some pieces of manila cardstock using a variety of fall Distress colors.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Dab Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink onto the craft sheet and mist with water. Dip one piece of cardstock into the ink mixture and dry with a heat tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Dab Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain and Fired Brick Distress Ink onto the craft sheet and mist with water. (Either stain or ink would work here. I’m just using what I have on hand.) Dip a second piece of manila cardstock into the mixture and dry with a heat tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Repeat the process one more time with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain and a third piece of manila cardstock.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Die cut a variety of both big and small leaves from the cardstock pieces using the Bigz L Tattered Leaves Die and the Movers & Shapers Tattered Leaves Dies.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Ink the edges of all the leaves with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Lightly fold the leaves in half and ink the crease to create center vein lines on the leaves.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Die cut some branches from kraft cardstock using the Spring Greenery Decorative Strip Die. These die cuts are super thin and fragile, but you can lightly ink them by pouncing Frayed Burlap Distress Ink in an up and down method using the ink blending tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Apply a medium to heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to all the leaves, and while the paint is still wet, sprinkle each leaf with a bit of Rusty Hinge Distress Glitter. Set the leaves aside and allow them to dry completely.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Cut three 1×6 strips of kraft cardstock, and cut V-notches into the ends of all three strips. Stamp sentiment onto one of the strips using the Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Ink the edges of all three pieces using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and the ink blending tool.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Arrange the leaves and die cut branches into and around the bow, and adhere using tacky glue.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Tuck the sentiment strip and another kraft strip up under the bow and adhere. Cut the remaining kraft strip into two pieces, and tuck them into the top of the bow, behind the leaves and branches. Adhere in place.

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Adhere three acorns to the center of the bow using strong tacky glue.

This piece is such a lovely addition to your fall home decor.  It would also be a wonderful hostess gift for your Thanksgiving dinner hostess!  Enjoy!

Audrey

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

Thankful Hanging by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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Frosty Winter Glass Votive

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comTo embellish the votive, die cut 3-4 holly leaves (die: Tim Holtz Holly Branch) from an aluminum can.  Be very careful as you cut the can open, the edges can be very sharp.  After die cutting the edges will be safe to handle.

For this votive, I also die cut three small snowflakes (Tim Holtz Mini Snowflakes Movers & Shapers) from the scraps of the shrink plastic from the snowflake card in the Alcohol Ink + Canned Air tutorial.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comAlthough the mini snowflakes don’t match exactly, you can place them in the Snow Flurries Texture Fade to add embossed texture just like we did for the larger snowflake using the Layered Snowflake die in the canned air and shrink plastic tutorial.  The snowflake in the upper left corner is the best match in size and shape for the die cuts.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com Use an ink applicator tool with felt to apply assorted shades of green alcohol ink to the silver side of the die cuts.  I used 2 drops of Pesto, 1 drop of Lettuce, and 1 drop of Meadow Alcohol Inks.  Tap the ink onto the metal.  Allow the ink to dry before tapping on a second layer.  You will see the fresh ink react with the first layer creating interesting patterns.  At first, while the ink on the felt is wetter, the reaction will be bigger and the colors will be more blended.  As the ink on the felt dries, each application and reaction will be smaller and more defined.  With several several layers the ink will look like it does above.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com You can add texture to the holly leaves by placing them ink side down on a piece of foam and drawing a center vein on them with an embossing stylus.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com To make the vein more defined, pinch it between your fingers to gently crimp it.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com Rub the embossed and crimped lines with a Jet Black Archival Ink pad to make the lines more bold.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com In the colorizing embellishments tutorial I showed you how you can colorize embellishments by simply dripping alcohol ink onto them.  I used that same technique to colorize small wired pearl stems.  The pearl stems I used are vintage millinery supplies, but you can find stems like these pre-made in floral and wedding supply sections of craft stores.  You can also create them fairly easily by placing beads on thin wire and twisting into a stem shape.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comIn the Shimmery Holiday Card Tutorial I mentioned that I had colored my Crinkle Ribbon with Alcohol Ink.  The trick to using alcohol ink on ribbon is that you have to start with really wet ribbon.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com Alcohol Ink will not wick and spread through ribbon as much as dye inks.  If you place it on dry ribbon it will dry very quickly without spreading creating a spot of color.  When dripped on very wet ribbon it will wick out but not as much as other inks.  Unless you apply enough ink to completely cover the ribbon you will get soft bleeds of color that fade out like shown above.  I really like this look and like being able to keep some areas of the ribbon white.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com When you are done applying ink, wring the ribbon out well with a dry cloth.  Dry the ribbon with your heat tool.  Remember, alcohol inks in the bottle are flammable so take extra caution and keep your bottles of ink away from your heat tool.  The ink of the ribbon is safe to heat since the alcohol has been exposed to air and evaporated.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com To add a bit of aging to the ribbon, tap over the ribbon lightly with a brown Distress Ink on an ink blending tool.  I use the ink already on my foam without reinking so that the color will be softer.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com Tie the ribbon around the glass votive and add a bow.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.com Use a strong quick drying glue to adhere the leaves, stems, and snowflakes to the votive under the bow.

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comThe votive was also colored with Alcohol Ink.  To see how it was created, check out the tutorial I shared on Tim’s blog- Sugar Crackled Glazed Votives.  They are so easy to create using bargain glass votives!

Frosty Winter Votive by Tammy Tutterow | www.rangerink.comI simply adore the way this votive turned out.  It began with a glass votive I picked up in the Dollar Spot at Target this spring and adds in scraps from other projects, and a can from my recycling bin along with ribbon and inks I already had in my crafty stash and vintage pearl stems gifted to me from a friend.

I wish you could see it with a candle glowing inside, it is simply stunning!

Tammy

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Tammy Tutterow is the Social Media Manager for Ranger Ink.  She lives near St. Louis, MO.  Tammy is a two time Ranger U graduate.  She is big fan of inky hands and loves writing tutorials online and teaching classes in stores.  

You can learn more about Tammy on her blog: Tammy Tutterow- Tutorials for Inky Hands.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comThe first step is cutting the aluminum cans so that you end up with rectangular sheets you can run through the die cut machine. (If you don’t have a die cut machine, there are tons of free poinsettia shape templates you can download, print and trace onto the can to cut by hand).

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comBe very careful when cutting cans. The exposed edges can be sharp! Begin by inserting scissors into the mouth of the can and cutting through it down to the can’s side. My favorite scissors for cutting cans, and everything really, are Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snips. They go right through the aluminum, no problem.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comCut around the can as shown to remove the top.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comNext, cut down the side of the can to the bottom.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comCut around the can to remove the bottom as shown.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comYou are left with a rectangular sheet that can be die or cut by hand.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comThe die cuts 4 layers for each flower.  I used 12 flowers to create the wreath.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comOnce your shapes are cut, it is time to color them! I love alcohol inks for this. They are so vibrant, and are made for non-porous surfaces like metal. I started with the bottom (largest) flower layer using Oregano for the leaves as shown. Working in a non-stick craft sheet, just place a line of ink on the felt applicator and dab the color onto the leaves.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.com

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comColor the red petals the same way, using Red Pepper. Use this on the remaining 2 petals on the bottom layer, and the entire top three layers.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comPoke holes in the 3 bottom layers using the needle tool.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comAttach the 3 bottom layers together with Tim Holtz Long Fasteners.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comUse Glossy Accents to glue top layer onto the Long Fastener as shown.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comApply Gold Ice Stickles to the top layer for the yellow center of the poinsettia.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comHot glue the finished poinsettias onto the wreath form.  This one I found on a recent dollar store trip.  Add burlap ribbon to the top before placing flowers there.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comThis “Merry Christmas” decoration I found at the dollar store was screaming for some distress paint to make it perfect for my poinsettia wreath! It had a felt snowman that was easily removed. I went over it with 2 coats of Antique Linen and attached it to the burlap ribbon with clear string.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comAdhere the decoration to the wreath.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comNot in the market for a wreath? These recycled can poinsettias are great for embellishing your art projects too! Just adhere it onto your piece with a foam square or Glossy Accents.

Johnnie

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Johnnie Lanier a crafter and DIYer that blogs at SavedByLoveCreations.com.  Johnnie is a master at using reclaimed materials to make something new.  You can find more of Johnnie’s projects and tutorials at: Blog , FacebookPinterestTwitter, Instagram, and Google+.

Merry Christmas Home Decor with Wendy Vecchi

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk over the base with Fern Green on a blending tool. While the ink is wet, sprinkle on Fern Green Embossing Powder.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comWipe some of the powder from the edges & heat to emboss.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the spatter stamp with Snow Cap and stamp over the cooled embossing powder to create a faux graniteware effect. Dry.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Ink the vintage pricing chart stamp with Watering Can and stamp over the base, then dry.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the base edges with Potting Soil.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the trimmings with Gathered Twigs to age, then glue to the left side of the base as shown.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comTrace the large heart stencil onto the back of the cardboard & cut out. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Lightly swipe the Red Geranium pad over the raised ribs on the front of the heart & sprinkle with Red Geranium Embossing Powder while the ink is wet.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Heat to melt the powder.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Add an Adhesive Strip to the front of the hear.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Add several rows of tinsel twine that has been inked with Watering Can (to age).

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse the label die to cut the label from a cardstock scrap. Use Jet Black with the mini blending tool to stencil MERRY CHRISTMAS. Add Gathered Twigs to accent the label edges. 

Cover a piece of Clearly for Art with a vintage text, using Glue N Seal & dry. Stamp the holly with Jet Black and cut out the holly. Heat to shape the leaves.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the reverse dots background stamp with Red Geranium & stamp onto a cardstock scrap.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comPunch 3 circles from the red polka dot background to create the berries for the holly. These are a perfect fit inside the small Custom Fasteners.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe 2 small custom fasteners over the Fern Green pad, then sprinkle with Fern Green Embossing Powder & heat to melt.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe 2 Mini Fasteners and 2 Long Fasteners over the Red Geranium pad, sprinkle with Red Geranium Embossing Powder & heat to melt the powder.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe the tip of the small Arrow & a part of a hinge clip over the Red Geranium pad & sprinkle with Red Geranium Embossing Powder, then heat to melt.

Ink the Plaquette with Tree Branch and dry.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAdd black Adhesive Foam to the back of the heart & add to the base. 

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAssemble the pieces as shown. The Mini Fasteners accent the label and the Long Fasteners attach the Plaquette to the lower right corner.

Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

NOW…Sit back & admire the art YOU created!

Things to Note:

  • Glue N Seal is the BEST adhesive for paper in the whole USA…no WORLD…NO…UNIVERSE!
  • Adhesive foam adds just the right amount of LIFT & the adhesive is quite strong!
  • If it can take the heat, it CAN be embossed with embossing powders. It’s an easy way to customize embellishments to perfectly coordinate with your project. It’s also an excellent way to update things we’ve had for a bit.
  • Heated metal (from embossing) is H O T!  Be careful! Tweezers or a hemostat make it easy to hold metal embellishments & keep your fingers safe.
  • Snow Cap stamped dots over embossing powders (any color) creates an authentic looking faux graniteware effect.
  • Clearly For Art can be heated & RE-HEATED many times to create the perfect dimension.
  • Remember that some stencils can make awesome templates.
  • This little art can sit in an easel or since it’s lightweight, a magnet could be added to the back…OR…it could easily be changed to the cover for a mini holiday album.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wendy

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 on her blog Studio 490 Art.  View upcoming classes and events with Wendy on our events page and see more projects featuring Wendy‘s collection on our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comCut shapes from manila cardstock and adhere them (glue ‘n seal works great!) to a canvas.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comTo add more texture, use a stencil and texture paste to add designs to the background.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comRepeat as desired – this will all be colored (and covered) in the process so have fun and really get some texture going.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comAnother great product for texture is multi-medium. I used a mini sized multi-medium to write out “let it snow”. You could also add shapes or even utilize with a stencil.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comAdd an assortment of embellishments to the corner of the project.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comLet It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comUse gesso to cover the embellishments you just added as well as the manila shapes.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comAllow the entire project to dry. Using a Ranger Heat Tool can help speed up the process for this.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comPull out Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains and Dylusions ink sprays and go wild!

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comSpray as much as you’d like – you can’t mess this up. Use the white spray to lighten or help blend as needed.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.com

Tip: If you dislike the results just rinse this with water and blot with a paper towel. These two color mediums are very forgiving!

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comNot enough contrast? If the mediums are still damp, or even slightly tacky go ahead and sprinkle embossing powder onto your project, then set with a heat tool. On my project it gives a fun texture and snow-like effect this can also add the look of rust, sparkle, or simple pop of color depending on the shade that you use.

Tip: embossing powder won’t react or blend with the fluid color mediums so it is a great choice when you want a pure color to be added without any bleeding or color mixing.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comSpray more color (if desired). Once dry add a light misting of brushed pewter distress spray stain to add silver droplets that will sparkle in the sunlight.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comUse the chipped sapphire distress mini ink pad to add some dark blue to the raised areas, especially the snowman.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comIf some parts need to be lightened, use a palette knife and gesso or white paint. Use a light touch – you just want to hit the highest points to really add contrast.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comTake a detail water brush filled with the blue spray medium (dylusions and distress work great!) of your choice and add pops of rich color as needed. I used salty ocean distress spray stain for this.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comApply glitter glue one of two ways: directly in a thick line over the letters, and them blend around the snowman. 

Tip: Need more stencil work, white, or otherwise a finishing touch with another color? This would be a great time to add another round with paint or texture paste. This would also be a great time to work in some archival inking/stamping as finishing touch accents.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.comTo finish off my snowman I attached a bit of twine and holly, and painted his nose orange. To color the nose orange I first applied a few drops of water and used a paper towel on the area which removed all the blue. Then I used a detailed water brush with squeezed orange Dylusions ink spray to add just a hint of orange to this wintery project.

Let It Snow Mixed Media Canvas by May Flaum | www.rangerink.com

May

May FlaumMay Flaum is a craft blogger, designer, instructor, and author.  She is passionate about sharing what she creates and about having fingers that have ink, paint, or mists on them.  May describes herself as an all around paper crafter and lover of messy creative fun.  You can learn more about May on her blog- May Flaum: No Rules, Just Happy Crafting and on her online class site Craft with May.

Canvas Valentine with Resist by Stephenie Haman

Canvas Valentine with Resist by Stephenie Haman

I love Valentine’s Day and creating fun décor to brighten up my home in the heart of the winter.  This little project is simple, colorful, and all your own.  I hope you enjoy creating it! Continue reading

Faux Graniteware on Glass with Wendy Vecchi

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comRanger Signature Artist Wendy Vecchi joins us today with a tutorial demonstrating her Faux Graniteware technique on glass.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com1. Choose a small clear glass jar or vase.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
2. Choose one color of Archival Ink and the coordinating embossing powder.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
3. Use the mini blending tool to add archival ink to a portion of the vase (just tap it on), then sprinkle with the embossing powder while the ink is wet.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
4. Use the embossing gun to melt the embossing powder.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com5. Allow the glass to cool before proceeding. Heated glass gets HOT. Continue adding archival ink to the vase & adding embossing powder. Heat the powder to melt. Continue to cover the vase. I did this in 3 sections.

6. Add a second layer of archival ink, then embossing powder (if desired) to create a smoother finish. This is optional..sometimes I do, sometimes not.
Allow the glass to cool completely.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com7. To create an aged effect, use Potting Soil on a blending tool to add ink in random areas, starting at the top.

DO NOT DRY the Potting Soil ink. The Glacier White will absorb some of the Potting Soil and make it less stark.

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8. Use the unmounted spatter stamp with Glacier White to add dots to the top of the vase as shown. Dry with the Heat-It tool.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com9. Continue adding Potting Soil to the rest of the vase. DO NOT DRY.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com10. Use the unmounted spatter stamp with Glacier White to stamp over the vase & dry with the Heat-It tool.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com11. Choose remnant rubs and add to the vase with the Remnant Rub Tool.

IGNORE that red heart! I decided not to use it…lol.

Faux Graniteware on Glass by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
Here’s the completed vase all ready for some fresh flowers. (IMG 2905) & (IMG 2909)

  • THINGS TO NOTE:
    If it can “take the heat” it CAN be embossed. This technique can be used on multiple surfaces including bare wood, glass, metal, art parts, Magic Matboard, die cuts, Grungeboard, cardstock, manila tags, chipboard and more.
  • This technique is a great way to transform a discarded glass jar or simple vase. Repurposing and giving a new life to older items is fun.
  • ALWAYS use archival ink for this technique, especially when using metal, wood or glass. The archival ink bonds the embossing powder to the surface. Embossing inks will not work.
  • An unmounted stamp works well and can easily conform to the shape of your surface.
    Since the vase is glass and the embossing powder is waterproof, this makes a great usable vase for fresh flowers. ***Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!*** and then there’s Mother’s Day. Be ready!
  • Vintage graniteware comes in many colors, so the sky is the limit for color choices.
    This makes a great gift and can be color customized to coordinate with any decor.
    Check your stash for metal embellishments and change them to coordinate with your project.

TRUST ME…try this technique just once and you’ll be on the lookout for things that can “take the heat”!

Wendy 

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 on her blog Studio 490 Art.  View upcoming classes and events with Wendy on our events page and see more projects featuring Wendy‘s collection on our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board.

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Be Strong Panel by Dina Wakley

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com1. First, coat the whole panel with a thin coat of gesso. If you don’t have a panel, you can use a large tag, a canvas panel, or even an art journal page.

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com2. When the gesso is dry, Paint a little bit of Lime paint on the panel (cover about 60%, leave some white space!).

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com3. Paint around the long vine mask from the Organic Shapes mask set with Turquoise paint. Repeat this about three times over the Lime paint layer.

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com4. Don’t wash your brush, but wipe it off a bit. Paint around the mask again, but this time with Night paint. Do this about three more times, overlapping shapes as you go.

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com5. Water down some Night paint and use it to splatter on the entire board.

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com6. While your paint dries, stamp one of the stamps from the Positive Women stamp set onto a manila tag, and cut out the image. I used Ruby paint to paint a heart on the girl, and also to give her some rosy cheeks (I watered the paint down to make it look like watercolor for the cheeks).

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com7. Paint Ruby and White paint on the remainder of the tag, and cut out hearts from the red/pink area.

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com8. Use gel medium to glue a torn piece of dictionary paper onto the panel.

Be Strong by Dina Wakley | www.rangerink.com9. Glue the girl over the text paper.  Glue on the red hearts.

Dina

Dina WakleyDina Wakley is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her Dina Wakley Media line includes artist quality opaque paints, gesso and gel mediums, tools, stamps, and stencils.  You can learn more about Dina on her website DinaWakley.com.  View upcoming classes and events with Dina on our events page and see more projects featuring Dina’s collection on our Dina Wakley Media Pinterest board.

 

 


Sticky-Back Canvas Mother’s Day Wreath

Cut two large leaf stems and 4 small leaf stems out of grungeboard.

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Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, paint all of the leaf stems with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint. Set aside to dry. Ink the edges with Pine Needles Distress ink using the Mini Ink Blending Tool with foam.

Cut 20 of the smaller 6-petal flower, 3 of the large 6 petal flower, 6 of the small 5-petal flower out of Sticky- Back Canvas using the Jumbo Tattered Florals Die.

To make the big purple flower:

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Place the two big flowers and one small on the Non-Stick Craft sheet.

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Spray all the flowers with water to get them wet enough so the color will bleed, and then spray Funky Fuchsia toward the middle of each flower.

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Spray all the flowers with water again, and then spray Crushed Grape toward the outer edges of the flowers. Add more water and blot with a paper towel if needed. Set aside to dry.

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Once the flowers have dried, remove the release paper from the flowers and place them sticky-side up on a piece of scrap paper.

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Pour Seedless Preserves on top of the sticky flowers and remove the excess by gently rubbing with your fingers. Return the excess glitter to the jar.

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Cut slits into the center of each flower.

Grab three stamens and fold them in half.

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Start with the smallest flower, glitter side up. Wrap the flower around the stamen and glue it closed with the glue gun.

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Take the large flower and place it spray side up under the first layer.

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As you wrap the flower around the stamen, you are going to twist every other petal to expose the glitter, and glue the last petal down with hot glue.

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Apply small dots of hot glue to the center front of random petals and pinch closed.

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Take the next petal and repeat.

Insert a 10” length of wire into the folded stamens and fold in half. Set aside.

Repeat same procedure to make a large pink flower.

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To make small “purple” flowers, place three of the smaller 6-petal flowers and one 5-petal flower on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. (Note: You will need to make three of these flowers, but these are the instructions for one at a time.)

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Spray all the flowers with water to get them wet enough so the color will bleed, and then spray Funky Fuchsia toward the middle of each flower.

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Spray all the flowers with water again, and then spray Crushed Grape toward the outer edges of the flowers. Add more water and blot with a paper towel if needed. Set aside to dry.

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To make the “pink” flowers spray the middle of the flower with Bubblegum Pink and the outer edges with Funky Fuchsia. You will need three of these, as well.

Once the flowers have dried, remove the release paper from the flowers and place them sticky-side up on a piece of scrap paper. Pour Seedless Preserves on top of the sticky flowers and remove the excess by gently rubbing with your fingers. Return the excess glitter to the jar.

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Cut a slit in each flower by starting at any petal and going into the center.

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Take three stamens and fold them in half. Start with the smallest flower. Place it spray side up. Wrap it around the stamen and adhere with the glue gun.

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Take one of the remaining flower diecuts and place it glitter side up. Wrap it around the first layer and adhere it to the first layer and itself with the glue gun. Next, randomly add a small dot of hot glue to the center of various petals and pinch it closed. Alternate by adding a dot of hot glue to the back of the petals. At this point it does not look much like a flower, but it will as you continue to add the layers.

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Take another diecut flower, place it spray side up. Repeat the same technique or gluing this layer on.

Take the last diecut flower, place it glitter side up. Glue as before.

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Add length of wire through the folded stamens and set aside.

Make 2 more purple flowers. You can try starting with the spray side up this time.

Repeat the same procedure to make the three pink flowers. (Note: you can try to make some flowers with less or more layers as desired.)

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To make bow: Cut a 28” length of white ribbon for the double bow and a 34” length of white ribbon for the tail. Place on the Non-Stick Craft sheet and spray with Crushed Grape Ink Spray. Blot off any excess with a paper towel. Let dry.

Take the 28” length of the ribbon and make a loop that is 5” wide for the top layer of the bow and then continue by making a loop that is 7” wide. Pinch the loops in the center and take the 34” length of ribbon and tie a knot in the center and toward the back to create the tail. Trim the edges of the tail as desired.

Finished photo-To Finish: Attach the flowers to the wreath as shown with the wire and secure with more hot glue. Add in the garden greens as shown and attach with hot glue. Adhere the bow as shown with hot glue.

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