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Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap behind the area that will be stenciled. This will prevent ink being transferred thru the fabric to the back.

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Determine the center of the onesie and place a Post-it in place. This will be the GUIDELINE we use to keep the letters straight. Painter’s tape can also be used to create the straight line.

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Starting with the center letter “T,” line up the bottom of the T with the Post-it. Move the rotating window in place over the T. You’ll see that the area is masked off and the background is protected by the rotating window.

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Ink the Mini Blending Tool with Violet, then place the blending tool over the “T.” Twist and turn to add ink. The window was designed to be used with the Mini Blending Tool and it’s a perfect fit.

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Position the “I,” again, lining it up on the Post-it, as the guide. Move the rotating window in place & stencil the “I.”

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Continue with the “E.”

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Now moving to the left of the “T,” position the “A” and stencil.

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Position the “K” and stencil.
Position the bottom portion of the wreath stencil, centering it below “KATIE.”

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Mask off any areas outside the area to be stenciled with post-its. Good safety measure!
Stencil the wreath with Leaf Green.

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Use the Heat-It Tool to dry and heat set the Archival Ink. This makes it permanent and washable. You could IRON, but that’s a 4 letter word here. The Heat-It tool is quick and easy!

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Sew a button on to accent the wreath.

Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Stencil the name, following the steps as above. Make sure to use Archival Ink. I switched it up and used a different ink color for each letter. This time I added his birthdate below the name, using the numbers from the inner circle of the stencil. They’re stenciled with Black Soot Archival.

Tips:

  • One of the benefits of Archival Ink is that it is permanent when dry. This allows us to stencil on fabric, to create these custom onesies. What a fun unique keepsake! 
  • Stenciling with Archival inks is great for custom home decor projects too. I’ll be back with some holiday stenciling soon.
  • Using the Select-a-Stencil, you can stencil ANY word. It’s great for names with a unique spelling. You’ll never run out of any letter!
  • You can also stencil your chosen name/word on a scrap first. This will help with placement/centering. Use the scrap as a stenciling/centering guide for perfect placement every time.
  • The stenciling can be done horizontally, vertically and even around curves.
  • Because Archival Ink is waterproof, clean the stencil with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.
  • 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!

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    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/

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Journal Page by Anita Houston

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comCombine older and newer Dina Wakley Media stencils and stamps to create an Autumn scene in your art journal, using lots of Ranger’s coordinating Paint Dabbers and Dye Ink Pads.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Use a two-page spread in the Large Dylusions Creative Journal, and add strips of Dina Wakley Media Tape along the length of both right and left sides. Add more strips in groups of threes along the bottom. Take the Mighty Wave stencil and lay it across the upper portion of page, and lightly rub the Java Bean Paint Dabber through only the top two rows of the waves. Do not squeeze too hard…think of it like dry brushing. Do the same on the other page.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Take the positive portion of the Sun Rays from The Basics stencil, and line it up in a dip between hills on the left page. Paint that in with Pearl Metallic. Remove the stencil, and paint in the rest of the rounded area to complete the sun. Let that dry.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Place the negative portion of the sun rays stencil on the sun, and ink around it first using Lemon Twist, then Buttered Popcorn, and then Cheese Puff carrying it over to the right page. Ink with Pink Gumball from the bottom of the sky on the right page, and then ink Grape Soda, Blue Yonder, and finishing with Blue Ribbon at the very top edge of the right-hand sky.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Ink over the land portion first with Electric Lime, and then add Emerald Isle and Java Bean randomly over several areas especially up by the hills and the borders of the pages. Ink over all the land area with Lemon Twist.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Take the brown cardstock and die cut the Twisted Edge first on the left side of the paper. Then turn the paper upside down and die cut it again while lining it up with the first die cut, so that it resembles a tree. Do the same thing again so that you have two trees. Trim them from the paper, and then cut off some of the swirl branches so that you have a definite looking trunk. Adhere the swirl branches you just cut to other areas on the top of the tree, or even roots, using Gel Medium. Take one of the trees and cut it in half down the middle of the trunk, so that you now have three. Pounce Java Bean paint over the trees, creating texture with the paint. Let them dry.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Ink over the #12 tag with Lemon Twist, Cheese Puff, and Classic Cherry Die Inks, creating a marbled look. Stamp the two images of the people and two sets of wings onto the tag with Black Tie ink. Cut these out, and ink the edges of all the pieces with Classic Cherry. Adhere the wings to the people using Gel Medium.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Adhere the trees to the journal pages with Gel Medium, the whole tree in the upper middle, and the half trees each on the upper borders of the pages along the paper tape. Apply about a 1/2 teaspoon of White Gesso to the Craft Sheet, and mix in the same amount of Lemon Twist Paint. Mix this up, and apply it to the branches of all the trees in circular shapes using a paintbrush. Let this dry, and clean the Craft Sheet and brush.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Take the Layered Tree Stencil and place it below a tree, and lightly (think dry brushing) pounce Buttered Popcorn paint through some parts of the leaf portion of the stencil. Move the stencil and keep pouncing so that it looks like scattered falling leaves are under the tree. Do the same to the other trees, then randomly and ever so lightly pounce the paint around the land area. Pounce the same paint, more heavily now over the circular gessoed areas in the trees.  Lay the same stencil over the yellow leaves you just created, and repeat using the Cheese Puff paint, but pouncing it very lightly over the yellow leaves so there are just dots on the yellow leaves. It’s tricky to find the same portion of the stencil you used the first time, so try to remember how you’ve laid it. Again, pounce the Cheese Puff lightly over the land, and then over the trees. Repeat all the same steps using the Classic Cherry paint. Add in a little bit of Lily Pad paint to the trees and land as well. Let this dry, and clean your stencil.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Adhere the people to the pages, the one with closed wings on the left bottom page, and the one with open wings in the middle of the right page, using Gel Medium. Lay the walnut/onion looking portion of the Basics Stencil, underneath the person on the left page, so that half the stencil is on the journal and paint that in with Buttered Popcorn, and make sure her feet are in it so that it will look like she is standing in the middle of a pile of leaves. Do the same underneath the other person, so it looks like they have just jumped up from the pile of leaves. Let this dry.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Lay the Leafy stencil over the pile you just created, and tape off a border over the stencil using washi tape so that you don’t accidentally stencil in where you don’t want it. Pounce Java Bean paint over the stencil. Do the same to the other pile. Tape off another area of the Leafy Stencil so that it looks like flames from a torch (best description I could think of) and stencil this in above the flying person’s hands, so that it looks like they have thrown leaves in the air, using Buttered Popcorn. Add a few more of those leaves around that pile of leaves so that it looks like they were rustled when the person jumped up. Add Cheese Puff paint and then Classic Cherry very lightly through the same stencil over the same leaves you just created. Let this dry. Clean your stencil, but don’t remove the tape yet.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Place the Leafy Stencil back over the same areas, and apply Transparent Gloss Texture Paste through it with a palette knife, over the leaves. Clean the stencil, and now remove the tape. Place the Layered Leaf Stencil over the trees and randomly stencil in some leaves using the Transparent Gloss Texture Paste as well. Let this dry, and clean the stencil.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Shake the Buttercup Mica Spray until all the mica is dispersed, and pour a small amount out onto the Craft Sheet. Pick it up with the paintbrush, and paint it over the leaves underneath the trees, around the borders of the tree branches, and in the areas around the leaves on the piles. Then splatter the Mica Spray all around the land by tapping the end of the paintbrush. Let this dry and clean your paintbrush.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Stamp the three sentiments using Black Tie ink, and add the word Autumn to the ‘celebrate life’ sentiment as well as exclamation points to the ends of each, using the Label Letters. Use a Red Fude Ball Pen to trace around the people, and trace around some of the leaves on the ground, and a few in the trees. Use the Black and White Paint Pens to doodle around the sentiments and the wings of the people.

    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com
    Playing in the Autumn Leaves Art Journal Spread 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://www.artfulmaven.net/.

    Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley

    Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley

    Happy October! I am excited about the limited edition holiday stamp and stencils sets. I used mine to create this cute little treat holder. Here’s how I did it!

    Happy October! I am excited about the limited edition holiday stamp and stencils sets. I used mine to create this cute little treat holder. Here’s how I did it!

    I took one sheet of Dina Wakley Media Board and cut it in half, so I had a piece that is 4.5″x12″. I scored the media board (on the canvas side) with a paper cutter at 3″, 6″, and 9″. When I say “score,” I mean I used a paper trimmer to cut the board half-way through its total thickness. That sounds complicated but really, it’s easy because a typical paper trimmer can’t cut all the way through the board with one cut. Just cut once, and you’ll have the perfect score mark.

    Now you can fold the board on the score marks to create a little box. I painted the box with White, Lime, Night, and Blackberry paints, and added writing with Sterling and the Fine Line Tip applicator. I folded the box and sealed it up with Dina Wakley Media printed tape. I had an old painted tag that didn’t look too great, so I cut it into small circles and used them as a collage element on the box. I stamped images from the stamp set onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Jet Black Archival, then I painted them in with diluted paint colors (Black, Umber, Magenta).  I used the stencil to create the word strips “caution: bat crossing.” I cut everything out and used both Multi Medium and Ranger Foam Tape to adhere the collage to the box. I filled it with a yummy Halloween treat.

    Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley
    Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley
    Halloween Treat Box by Dina Wakley

    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.

    Trick or Treat Pillow Box by Taylor Huizenga

    Trick or Treat Box by Taylor Huizenga
    Step 1: Cut out a pillow box shape using a pillow box cutting tool or die.

    Step 2: Write out the word “trick” with the Ranger Emboss It Pen and cover with Ranger Orange Embossing Powder. Shake off excess powder and return to the jar. Heat the Embossing Powder.

    Step 3: Continue with “or” and decorative lines in the Emboss It Pen and cover with Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder. Again, heat with Ranger Heat It Craft Tool.

    Step 4: Finish with spelling out “treat” and cover with Ranger Purple Embossing Powder. Once again, heat powder with Heat It Craft Tool. Assemble pillow box. Fill with your favorite treats!

    Trick or Treat Box by Taylor Huizenga

    50 Shades of Distress…(Well 64 to be Exact!) by Kassa Hayselsen

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen

    Hi there everyone, uber excited to be back sharing more art using amazing stash with you all…
    I looooves and adores color, so I often just get my paints out and ‘practice’ – the first part of today’s tutorial is just that, a cool way to fill a page with beautiful color whilst experimenting laying color down, whether it’s laying wet paint next to wet paint, wet paint over dry paint, similar colors together or opposites together, and not forgetting the Distress Splatter Brush fun! By the way, I have challenged myself to use the full range of Distress paints/reinkers on this piece but, like I said it’s a practice piece, an exercise in experimenting and having fun so you choose your colors and how many but I do like to throw in colors that I shy away from to stretch my capabilities…
    As I take you through this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial, I share my tips and techniques of how I emulate ‘watercolor art’ using the amazing Distress Paints and Inks and I take the page further with a beautiful bee! _ whether you go with the bee too is up to you!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 1: Trim the watercolor paper to 8″x 8″ and stamp out on the smooth side of the paper the small patchwork pieces using the Hydrangea Ink, I only ink up the edges of the stamps giving a beautiful random edge to the patterns.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 2: I work 2 to 3 squares at a time but that’s not always the rule! I wet the area to be painted with clean water, then dab a little paint into it.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 3: Whilst the paint is still wet I add another color into it, with the wet on wet paint method I add similar colors together so that the paints mix they create a happy harmonious blend rather than creating mud. To add an opposite/complementary color I wait for the paint to dry (wet on dry method).

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 4: I’ve added a touch of red here, only a touch though because stronger colors will take over and swamp everything.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 5: I like to add the re-inkers cos the color is soooo intense, I use it at any stage, as the basecoat or like here mid-way through.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 6: If you need your colors to mix more simply add a couple of drops of clean water and let the water move your paints/inks.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 7: Here’s a mix of the greens/blues, the combinations are endless and sooo amazing.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 8: This one I’m sharing to show I even used my Distress Spray Stain – you can use any of the ‘Distress’ family products! And wow can you see how the tiny drop of the purple ‘Wilted Violet’ pops against the pinky hues!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 9: I’m quite happy for the paints/inks to spill out over the edges into the whitespace, splashing with clean water can help this to occur in a pleasing and easy way. 

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 10: When everything is dry, I love to add a little texture and pattern with my Distress Crayons and Mini Layering Stencils. Holding the stencil firmly in place I press the crayon firmly down over the stencil, scratching it up and down, this enables the crayon to be caught in the stencil holes.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 11: Still holding the stencil firmly down I then rub over the stencil which rubs the crayon through and onto the page, an easy and wowzer technique!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 12: Once I have added various shades of the crayons, I randomly doodle around some of the patchwork and crayon to emphasis them (the Fude Ball pen is so cool cos it loves to write over the crayons without clogging up!)  

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 13: So I have a little addiction to splats hahaha – Tim’s Splatter Brush is a dream for this or simply a brush but I prefer the random-ness of the splatter brush (and the fun eeeep!)

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 14: At this stage you can step back and call it finished, it is a standalone piece of art in itself or you can use it as a background too!!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 15: I used the smooth side up of watercolor paper to diecut the bee from. These dies and folders are so easy to use and the results are amazing. The texture is so deep!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 16: I wet the wings with water before adding various hues of paint.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 17: I add more and more thin layers of paints, whilst the wings are wet and also when dry.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 18: I did not wet the body and legs before painting. I add the color haphazardly so the lines remain soft.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 19: Gradually I add more and more layers a little at a time to give the bee depth, shading and highlight. The bee slowly comes to life!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 20: The bee’s wings look perfect with a flash of the shiny foil. Simply swipe the glue stick over the wings and press down the shiny foil (shiny side up), leave for a couple of minutes then carefully peel away to reveal the magical sparkle!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 21: Between the raised areas on the wings doodle in the “skeleton” lines of the wings with the Fude Ball pen.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 22: Add another layer to the wings with the Newsprint text stamp and Black Archival Ink.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 23: This next step is for the mini ‘honeycombs’ that the bee sits on. I spritz with water the leftover watercolor paper, then add dabs ‘n splats of paint. Spritz again if the paint isn’t merging.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 24: Whilst the paints are wet, pop the papers together and quickly peel apart to reveal an awesome background.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 25: And it’s more awesome with splats!!!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 26: Once the “honeycomb” background is dry die cut with the Sizzix “Honeycomb” Frameworks die. I also stamped a few of the die cuts with the “Newsprint” stamp and black ink.

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen Step 27: For the final touches I sew round the edges of the multi-colored background, adhere the loose lengths of yellow/black cottons along with the bee and die-cut honeycombs. Then add a magical sparkle with three or four sprays of Mica spray. More splats and doodles of course and then cover your bee before spraying under him with the Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain. Hold the paper vertical so that the spray forms LUSH drips!

    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen
    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen
    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen
    50 Shades of Distress by Kassa Hayselsen

    Awe thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ve had so much fun creating this little busy bee piece of summer, I’m at my happiest when I’m doin’ HAPPY ART – color spilling onto my paper = BIG SMILES all round 😀
    mwah xoxo Kassa


    Kassa Hayselden

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

    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.

    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    My best studio days involve trying new techniques. This is what I truly LOVE. I like to discover new ways and different combos, when using Ranger products. Today’s technique is all about using Glacier White Pigment ink with my gorgeous archival colors to change them from transparent to chalky/pastel colors. Ready…set…GO!

    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Use manila cardstock to die cut an oval and a rectangle. The oval I chose is 2-3/4 inches and the rectangle is 4-3/8 x 3 inches.
    Step 2: Tap the Glacier White pad over both pieces, to cover them with ink and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Use the Blending Tool with Foam to ink the rectangle with Garden Patina and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Use the Blending Tool with Leaf Green to ink the oval and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Since Archival Inks are waterproof, any techniques using Archival Ink will use rubbing alcohol.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Here’s a little tip…I like to make a loop of tape with painters tape or washi tape. Place that on the Craft Sheet and place the surface over it. Now it’s nice and secure and it stays in place perfectly, giving you two hands to work with!
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 7: With the rectangle in place over the tape, place the Cable Knit stencil over the rectangle and keep it in place with a piece of tape. MOISTEN the Blending Tool with rubbing alcohol and rub over thru the stencil to remove/lighten the Archival Ink. Dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Now the rectangle looks like this.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Place the oval over the tape, then the Yikes Stripes stencil and again, with an alcohol MOIST Blending Tool, rub over the stencil to remove the Archival ink. Dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Step 10: Use about a 2-1/2 inch square of Clearly For Art that has been covered with Newsprint Paper. Tap the Glacier White Pad over the Newsprint and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Step 11: Use Jet Black to stamp the large flower onto the Newsprint and dry.
    Step 12: Cut out the flower, then ink with Red Geranium. Heat the flower to soften the CFA, then shape the flower to create dimension.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Ink the holly stamp with Jet Black, then place the coordinating Mat Mini Holly onto the stamp, press, remove and dry. Ink over the leaves with Fern Green, then add dots with the Lots of Dots stencil, using Fern Green and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Step 14: Use the Tarnished Brass paint dabber to edge the oval and the rectangle and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Test drive the placement of the components and this will determine where to stamp CHEERS! Use Jet Black to ink the stamp and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Ink a small portion of the Les Roses background stamp with Watering Can and press the Mat Mini butterfly onto the inked stamp. Dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 17: Ink the butterfly with Sunflower and dry. Use the Distress Marker to color the body of the butterfly.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 18: Ink the flourish stamp with Jet Black and stamp in the corners as shown. Dry.
    Step 19: To assemble, add foam adhesive under the oval and under the flower. Use Multi Medium to glue the holly to the oval. Use the black paint pen to draw antennae for the butterfly, then glue the butterfly in place with Multi Medium.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 20: Cut another piece of manila cardstock about 1/4 inch larger than the die cut rectangle. Edge the base with the Tarnished Brass Paint and dry. Add to a black cardstock card.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Things to note:
    1. Archival inks are a permanent, transparent, waterproof ink. When applied OVER Glacier White pigment ink, they change to a very cool cloudy pastel ink. The Glacier White pad basically doubles your Archival color options! They can be transparent or pastel/cloudy.

    2. The Glacier White is a GREAT white ink for stamping over dark surfaces.

    3. Pigment pads dry out quicker than distress or archival pads. You’ll want the reinker FOR SURE! TRUST me on this one!

    4. Anytime Archival Ink is applied OVER Glacier White, remember to dry the ink with each application. The pigment ink slows the drying time of the Archival Inks.

    5. So, are holly leaves just for holidays? I think not! When used in a non-holiday project, they look like every day leaves!

    6. When moistening the Blending Tool with rubbing alcohol, make sure it’s MOIST, not super saturated. Excess fluid will seep under the stencil if it’s too wet.

    7. Keep in mind that alcohol evaporates rather quickly, so depending on the size of the surface, more alcohol may be needed to be added to the Blending Tool. Any percentage of rubbing alcohol will work with Archival Ink techniques. Whatever you get is fine.

    8. Using just a part of a rubber stamp gives so many options. This flower is really a tiny part of the stamp I chose. Look at what you have and how it can be used in another application to totally change it up.

    Wendy Vecchi’s Blog

    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!

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com

    Today I want to share with you a fun summertime journal page. I hope you’ll create a page with me!

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
    Step 1: Gather your supplies. Stamp two pieces of copy/printer paper (or any other thin paper) with Dylusions stamps using Jet Black Archival Ink.

    Step 2: Tear the two pieces of paper into collage size pieces.

    Step 3: Glue the collage pieces onto one Dylusions Journal Insert Sheet with Ranger’s Gel Medium.

    Step 4: Cut off the excess collage papers from the edges of the Journal Insert Sheet and apply Dylusions Fresh Lime Paint all over the page with a baby wipe.

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
    Step 5: Add Dylusions Cut Grass and Vibrant Turquoise Paint around the edges of the journal page with a baby wipe. Let the page air dry or dry with a Heat Tool.

    Step 6: While the journal page is drying, let’s make the flowers. Add some Ranger Texture Paste and Dylusions Postbox Red paint to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with a Palette Knife. You will need more texture paste than paint.

    Step 7: Mix the Dylusions Postbox Red Paint and Ranger Texture Paste together. Apply the texture paste to a 5 X 8 inch piece of white cardstock through the Dylusions Flower Shape Stencil. Repeat for all three flowers.

    Step 8: Remove the stencil and wash the stencil immediately because the texture paste will harden on the stencil. Let the flowers air dry.

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
    Step 9: After the flowers are dry, cut them out with Tim Holtz’ scissors and add the flowers’ centers with a Stabilo pencil.

    Step 10: While the flowers are drying, Let’s make the vase. Spray a piece of 5 X 7 inch white cardstock with Dylusions Fresh Lime Spray. Let it dry.

    Step 11: Spray your favorite colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays through the 9 X 12 Dylusions “Shattered” Stencil. I used Squeezed Orange, Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue, Cherry Pie, and Crushed Grape. Let the paper air dry or dry with a Heat Tool.

    Step 12: Draw black lines where the Shattered Stencil was laying using a Black Fine Point Sharpie and Tim Holtz’s Ruler.

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
    Step 13: Trace the Dylusions Keyhole Mask on the area that you like the best.

    Step 14: Cut out the keyhole/vase using Tim Holtz’s scissors.

    Step 15: Cut a piece of 6 X 12 inch white cardstock into two 6 X 6 inch pieces. Spray one piece of cardstock with Dylusions Squeezed Orange and Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Sprays, and the other with Bubblegum Pink and Cherry Pie sprays.

    Step 16: Die cut the large Tim Holtz Corner Die from each piece of sprayed 6 X 6 inch paper using your Die Cutting Machine.

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com
    Step 17: Glue the corner pieces and vase to the background with Glossy Accents.

    Step 18: Add accents to the flowers with Avocado Liquid Pearls and a Posca black pen. Then add highlights to the center of the flowers with a White Uni-ball Signo pen.

    Step 19: To make the leaves, add Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, and London Blue Dylusions Paint to a piece of white cardstock with a baby wipe.

    Step 20: Stamp the large leaf rubber stamp on the painted cardstock with Archival Ink. Cut out the leaves.

    Summertime Flowers by Jade Sutton | www.rangerink.com

    Step 21: Glue the three flowers and leaves to the journal background. Add Avocado Liquid Pearl to the stems. Now the project is complete.

    Jade SuttonHi, My name is Jade Sutton. I live in North Carolina with my wonderful husband and two beautiful feline girls. Creating art is my passion. About nine years ago a friend invited me to a scrapbooking crop. I loved creating scrapbook pages, but I wanted more. It was then I discovered the world of mixed media. Since then I have attended many mixed media classes, which have influenced and inspired my art. I enjoy creating ATCs, cards, art journaling pages, mixed media projects, and photography. You can find more of my art on my Blog: https://jadesuttonart.com/, Instagram, and Facebook.

    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.