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My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! Do you have a favorite season? I love fall but summer is a fun time because we get to spend a lot of time outside and I love the longer days. Most of my love of summer has to revolve around food, fresh fruits like watermelon and cherries, then of course there are all the cookouts and my favorite grilled corn on the cob. Yum! Growing up on Florida’s west coast, we had some of the most beautiful sunsets around. I loved going to the beach at sunset. You get some of the most beautiful colors at sunset (and sunrise) and that is the inspiration for my art journaling I’m going to share with you.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. I started by spreading a thin layer of Dina Wakley White Gesso all over the page. I’m working on what I think might be one of the watercolor papers but I’m not sure. Regardless, I knew I was going to be working with Heavy Body Acrylic Paints so I wanted a good primed surface to begin. Once that was dry, I used Dina Wakley Glazing Medium on my entire page before laying down my colors so they would blend more easily. I pulled out the colors of a sunset knowing I wanted the top and the bottom of my page to be dark with Night, then I just randomly squirted paint directly on my page using Magenta, Blushing, Lemon, Turquoise and Ruby. I just used my fingers to spread the colors and lightly blend them together until I was happy. I used my Heat Tool a little to speed up the drying time but mostly I just let it air dry. The paints can take a little longer to dry with the Glazing Medium so it’s best to be patient before moving on.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Remember, how I said to be patient? Well, that just isn’t my nature so I moved to the next step a little too soon but I’m so happy with the result! I took a flat palette knife and spread some Night paint on it and started scraping in some mountains – this is when I realized my paint was still super wet but I loved the instant highlights I was getting as I moved my palette knife across the page to create valleys and peaks. I was channeling my inner Bob Ross with this step!

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Now, once that was fully and completely dry I wanted to add my quote “My Favorite Color is Sunset.” I started by lightly sketching it out with a Stabilo all purpose pencil so I could wipe it away (or so I thought, it didn’t really remove the way I wanted but oh well!) Then I took my Fude Ball pen (this is the best pen for journaling – it writes over paint beautifully and is super dark) to go over my sketch and add my thicker downstroke lines. After I did this, I added a little texture with Dina’s stamps but I didn’t like the way it looked so I attempted to cover it with more of the same paints I originally used. I got rid of most of it but you can still see some of it, which doesn’t bother me. Finally, I wanted my quote to pop more so I used the Ranger White Opaque Pen to outline my words. This takes a little bit of practice and patience (eeeek, for such a simple page, I sure did need a lot of patience) you can definitely get it working over the paint. I love how a white outline just makes the entire quote pop off the page.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed art journal page. I love this page so much I can’t wait to transfer it to a large canvas! That is one of the beautiful things about art journaling – you get to practice different ideas and techniques without the pressure of making something perfect.

My Favorite Color is Sunset by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. This is one of my most simple art journal pieces but it has become one of my favorites. I love the colors and the texture of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints.

Carisa ZglobickiCarisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and watercoloring enthusiast.  You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m really looking forward to sharing my ‘Constellation’ journal page with you. There were a few things that influenced this page…I love using silhouettes – particularly when I’m working on a black background – I think they add real impact. This ‘Jay’ silhouette looked quite pensive, and having lost my dad unexpectedly to cancer at the end of last year, it really resonated with me. Dad’s star sign was Leo, so I put the constellation together with the beautiful words of an Eskimo Proverb and made this page. Dylusions paints look stunning when they’re used on the black journal and journaling tags – or a solid Black Marble painted background. If you haven’t experimented with them on a black surface yet, then I’d really recommend it. I hope this journal page inspires you to give it a go!

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 1: Choose your background colour scheme. I wanted the colours to suggest a night sky, however didn’t want it to be too dark, so included Bubblegum Pink to lighten the overall effect. I decided to use my black journal for this spread because it mirrors the black of the silhouette in a way that makes the figure really stand out.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 2: Using a palette knife, add some Bubblegum Pink onto your Craft Mat; put some on your brayer, and then gently roll it onto your journal page in horizontal and vertical ‘stripes’. The aim is to get a textured, patchy background, so use a light touch; not too much paint, and avoid blending the paints by ensuring that each layer is dry before adding the next. I left a border of untouched paper round the edge of the page so that I can add my quote later.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 3: I pressed a manila tag into the leftover paint before cleaning my Craft mat – it makes a great textured background. Clean your brayer and mat, and let the first layer of paint dry (or use a heat tool) before adding the next colour.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 4: Repeat the process with your second colour – in my case, London Blue…

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 5: …followed by After Midnight…

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 6: …and Crushed Grape. I deliberately left the two darker colours to the end so that the colours in the top layer were more reminiscent of a night sky. You can see how the Bubblegum Pink really pops against the black journal page, and therefore stops the overall effect being too dark.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 7: Stencil over your background using a selection of the same colours you have already used. I used After Midnight and Bubblegum Pink, and then added some stencilling and marks in Black Marble to bring together the black journal page and silhouette.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 8: Position the ‘Jay’ silhouette stencil on the page (I’m using the middle figure)…

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 9: …and then put the mask in. Use a pencil to draw an outline of the figure’s legs on your page, and then carefully take the mask back out.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 10: Stencil the silhouette with Black Marble paint using a Mini Blending Tool, taking care to stay within the pencil outline of the legs you’ve just drawn. You can always correct any slips with a Black Marble Paint Pen when the stencil is dry.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 11: Print out a copy of your chosen constellation. The hand-written note is my chosen quote – an Eskimo Proverb that I love.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 12: Using Archival Jet Black ink, stamp the largest circle – as many as you’re going to need for your constellation plus a couple of spares! – and one of the smaller hearts from the ‘I Love Lucy’ set onto a Dylusions Journal Kraft Tag, and cut them out.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 13: Place your ‘stars’ on your journal page, using your reference image as a guide. When you’re happy with their positions, stick them down with collage matte medium. When the collage medium is completely dry, cut-off the edge of any of the stars that overlap your page, and then use Black Marble paint to add a subtle shadow around the edge of the stamped circles to help them integrate into your background. I applied the paint with a small round paint brush and blended it with my fingertip.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Step 14: Stick on your stamped heart with collage medium. Draw round the stencilled silhouette with a Dylusions White Linen paint pen – I added a broken line to make the silhouette really stand out against the background. Join up the stars in your constellation with the same paint pen, and finally, add your text. I decided to add the text at each side of the spread so that as you read the words, your eye is drawn from the silhouette over to the end of the constellation.

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Constellation by Victoria Hills

Victoria Hills I’m Victoria Hills…I’m from Yorkshire, where I live with my husband, two boys and Black Labrador, Larry. I’m a newcomer to all things art, design and mixed media; in 2014 I left a career of 20+ years in the corporate world to focus on bringing up our boys. Shortly after, I was wandering round a craft shop and found a mixed media magazine – I bought it, and was immediately hooked. I started designing and making cards, and then in 2016 bought my first Dylusions products and began art journaling. I love creating designs that bring together words and images that catch my imagination, and am continually inspired (and a bit intimidated!) by the amazing work that I see out there. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger blog today! I just love all the beautiful flowers and colors of summertime. Today I thought I would share a bright happy card tutorial with you, featuring Distress Crayons and Ranger Foil.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: To start with, cut 2 pieces of Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock 4 1/2 x 6 and another Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock 1 1/4 x 3. Die cut the Tim Holtz Sizzix Paper Cut Bird image from the Heavystock.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Paint a thin layer of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso onto all three Heavystock pieces. Then dry with the Heat It Tool. This is going to give a sealed surface to apply all those great Distress Crayons.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Gather the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. The colors I choose were Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Mustard Seed. Apply some Twisted Citron to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Pick up color with your finger and smudge onto desired area of cutout. To intensify color, apply directly to image and smudge with finger.

Step 4: Continue to apply selected colors to various sections of cutout, smudging colors with finger.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Using Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon, apply color to Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Pick up color with finger and smudge onto branches. If you feel there is too much color in one area, just wipe off with towel.

Step 6: It’s also really great for shading other areas to add depth.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Using Pumice Stone Distress Crayon, apply to other two gessoed Mixed Media Heavystock. Then smudge crayon with finger, to create a very subtle background.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Select the gold foil sheet from the Vintage Foil Sheet package. Apply a little Collage Glue to various areas of colored cutout. Working quickly, lay dull side of gold foil sheet to collage glued area. Press foil with fingers then lift off of image. Small areas of gold foil will stick to image. Repeat till happy with coverage..

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Apply Collage Glue Stick to outer edge of colored card front. Working quickly, lay dull side of gold foil sheet to collage glued area. Press foil with fingers then lift off card front. Small areas of gold foil will stick to card front. Repeat till happy with coverage to create a foiled edge.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp “hello friend” from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk Stamp Set onto the gessoed Heavystock strip. Dry with Heat It Tool. Cut small banner from stamped sentiment and black Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Cardstock.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Cut some small squares from Black Adhesive Foam using Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snips. Adhere to stamped banner. Tie a small bow to end of banner with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread to create a cute accent.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Adhere cutout to background using Glossy Accents.
The detail nozzle is perfect for the thin lines of the cutout. Cut a piece of black Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Cardstock 9 1/2 x 6 1/4. Working on a scrap piece of paper, use sanding grip on black cardstock to expose the kraft. Fold in half 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 to create card base. Attach card front and banner with Glossy Accents to card base.

Hello Friend Summertime Card by Bobbi Smith

I love the combination of bright fun colors with the gold foil, just reminds me of summer. Thank you so much for joining me today!

Bobbi SmithMy name is Bobbi Smith. I’ve been a crafter all my life, however I really found my niche in paper-crafting about 20 years ago, when my children were young and have never looked back. I love all forms of Art, but really gravitate towards vintage, distress and grunge styles. I live in Illinois and love to hunt for vintage finds, when I’m not paper crafting!  Check out my blog at Vintage Muse Designs.

Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here to share another project with Dina Wakley Media products. I don’t know about you, but I love to go on vacation in the summer. After a few days I do seem to miss my art supplies. This year I plan to make a kit with a few basic things that I can travel with to be able to create in my art journal everyday.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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These new bottles of Dina Wakely Media paints are the perfect size to take along with my journal on a road trip.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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It’s so easy to pack a tote with my journal and fill up my designer accessory bags with paints, a few favorite stamp sets and a few stencils. You could even bring a bunch of pre-stamped images and tags to use as well.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 1: To begin the page, apply some gesso with a palette knife and let it dry. I did not cover the entire page, but instead left areas blank here and there.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 2: Add some paints onto each side of the journal spread, scraping them down with the palette knife.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 3: Begin to create layers by removing paint with a baby wipe through the Pinwheel stencil.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 4: Continue to use various stencils to add and subtract paint and build even more layers.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 5: Add a layer of Night paint across the center of the page. Subtract some paint with the stencil to reveal the layers underneath.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 6: Add some words to the page using white paint through the Affirmation stencil.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 7: Stamp one of the Silhouetted Women onto a piece of tissue wrap using Jet Black Archival Ink and cut it out.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 8: Paint and stencil a Distress Heavystock tag, then adhere the Silhouetted Woman image to the tag. Cut a phrase from the Scribbly Wings set and adhere it to the tag.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 9: Add tag into journal using Printed Media Tape.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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Step 10: To finish the page, add some stars by stenciling Gilt paint through the Variegated Stars stencil, layering some of the stars onto the tag.

 Summer Journal Page by Cheiron Brandon
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audrey pettit My name is Cheiron Brandon. I live in Bayonne, New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day and love to play with stamps, ink and paint at night in my studio. I teach monthly card making and mixed media classes in NYC. You can find me on my blog at www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com and posting more often @cheiron on Instagram!

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Step 1: I’ve used Fresh Lime, Calypso Teal & Pure Sunshine Dylusions paints, to fill in the blank page on the left and connect it with already colorful image on the right, choosing the similar colors.

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Step 2: Using the same color ( Calypso Teal), I’ve decided to add more pattern to the center of the spread, with Dylusions Small Stars Stencil.

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Step 3: To add numbers, dates & images on the page, I’ve used the Creative Dyary Stamp Set.

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Step 4: Then I used Anatomy of a Page Stamps and Black Marble Permanent Mixed Media Archival Ink to stamp a design across the pages.
I wanted to make circles of the dates pop up, so I’ve made highlights and shadows using Dylusions Paint Pens.

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Step 5: To finish off the page, I’ve added quotes using Shut up & Color Stamps.

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Step 6: Next, I added Creative Dyary Stick Its.
With White Linen Dylusions paint and a Fan Brush, I’ve added splatters over the flowers and decided to frame the page, by adding Black Marble Dylusions paint on the edges of the paper.

Creative Dyary Inspiration by Nika Rouss

Nika Rouss Self taught Mixed Media Artist from Greece. Also known as Nika in Wonderland on YouTube.
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Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 1: Cut Distress Watercolor Card 3 5/8” x 8 1/2”. Stamp Illustrated Garden Flowers with Black Soot Archival Ink. Stamp the Flowers at the bottom as if they were growing up from the bottom of the card.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 2: Stamp Butterflies from the Flutter Set using Black Soot Archival Ink. Keep in mind the message will be stamped in the middle of the card later.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 3: Color the Flowers and Butterflies with Distress Markers. Color the Distress Marker onto your Craft Sheet, pick up the ink with the Detail Waterbrush and color the images. Dry with a heat tool between layers.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 4: Shade the flowers as you see in nature for a more natural look. Dry with a heat tool.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 5: Apply a thin layer of Micro Glaze with your finger only over the Flowers and Butterflies. The Micro Glaze with act as a resist. Be careful not to get the Micro Glaze to far out as it will create a halo effect.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 6: Position Layering Stencil over the background randomly. Apply a small amount of Micro Glaze to an Ink Blending Tool with Foam, work the Micro Glaze into the Foam using a swirling motion on your Craft Sheet then apply Micro Glaze through the stencil. DO NOT HEAT. Throw away foam when done so not to contaminate your Ink Pads.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 7: Spray background with water using the Distress Sprayer then spray background with Distress Spray Stain. Let sit for a few several seconds. 

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 8: Blot off excess spray with a dry cloth. Dry with a heat tool. Once you heat the Micro Glaze it will dissipate into the cardstock and the resist effect will no longer work.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 9: Spitz background with Distress Mica Spray for a little added sparkle. Dry with a heat tool.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 10: Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Step 11: Stamp message with Black Soot Archival Ink. Assemble card with a black mat, add stitching, tie twine around card with a bow and adhere to folded card.

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

Flower Garden Card by Richele Christensen

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

‘Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott

Hey there this is Tracy Scott here all the way from London in the UK with a project for you in my black Dylusions journal. How can you not fall in love with all of the Dylusions paints, stamps and stencils, the colours are so vibrant and the stamps and stencils so versatile. Grab a cuppa tea, sit down and let me take you through how I created this fabulous art journal page in my black Dylusions journal using my favourite Dylusions supplies…

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Gather up your favourite Dylusions paint colours and your black Dylusions square journal.
Using your fingers start to spread the paint colours on the page. Do not worry if the paint is thicker in some areas. Use the same finger painting process for all your colours until the page is covered with yummy color.
Dry with your Ranger Heat Tool and don’t worry if some of the thicker paint bubbles (this just adds some texture to your page)

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Grab your favourite Dylusions stencil (I’ve gone for large alphabet) White Dylusions paint and the Ranger blending sponge and handle. Stencil the pattern randomly all over the page to break up some of the color.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Next I grabbed one of my Dylusions quotes stamps sets and a Ranger Black Archival Ink Pad. I randomly chose one of the quote stamps and stamped in various places across the page. Do not try to get a perfect stamped image of the quote you just want parts of the quote to show in the background.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I chose to use the lemon zest paint for the next step as I wanted to create some random paint marks on the background (I found a piece of old foam tube that was perfect but you could use bottle lids and found items around your home for this)
Make random painted stamp marks all over your page.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Using the same technique and black Dylusions paint I repeated the process with a cardboard tube adding random marks over the page. I just love Dyan’s doodle bloom flowers and for my next step chose my favourite and a Ranger black archival ink pad. I stamped the flower randomly across my background.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Going back to the yellow paint I added some painted dots to my background using my fingers. Switching to the White Dylusions paint I then fingerpainted a large white circles onto my page. I then continued finger painting the large white circles randomly over the entire page.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Next, I grabbed my Ranger Fudeball pen and began to outline my white circles with scribbles. I painted black smaller circles were added to the inside of the white circles. I repeated that until all of the white circles were finished.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: I love the small Dina Wakley Media Line paint bottles. The applicator tip is perfect for drawing or scribbling. I chose white. I scribbled some messy flowers into my background using the White Dina Wakley paint. I repeated the previous step but this time chose to scribble circles onto my background.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Look how beautiful our background is now that we have all these lovely details together!!!

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: For the next step I took the fabulous Dylusions survivor stamp and stamped it twice onto white card using Ranger black archival ink. I used a circle punch and punched out various parts of one of the ‘survivor’ images I placed my 2nd ‘survivor’ image on my page(do not glue down at this point) and drew a border around it which I filled in with black Dylusions paint then adhering my stamped image down on top, I added some red pen to her lips using the red Fudeball. I also adhered the punched circles at this point randomly to the page. Using my white Dylusions paint pen I edged my black shadow area with a stitched design around the outside.

Survivor’ Art Journal Page by Tracy Scott | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: For my quote I use Tim’s worn text alphabet and stamped and embossed using Rangers embossing ink pad and Ranger black embossing powder. The quote reads ‘She stood in the storm and when the wind changed she adjusted her sails’. Each letter of the quote was cut out individually and adhered to my page before outlining with black pen. I also outlined my punched circles with black pen to make them pop.

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

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit

Hi Everyone, it’s Audrey! I am super excited to be here, sharing a bright and happy watercolor Distress birthday card with you today. Oftentimes when I am working with Distress, I tend to gravitate to the darker colors, mixing in lots of brown and dark tones for that vintage aged look that I love. But today I am keeping things light and bright to show the more summery side of Distress in this fun Crazy Cats birthday design.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I made this card for my sweet Mom’s birthday this month, as she is a huge lover of the Tim Holtz Crazy things collection, and I think she’s really going to like this bold and festive design. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps for you, so let’s take a closer look.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, cut a 4” x 5.25” panel of Mixed Media Heavystock paper. Place a Vine & Roses background cling stamp face up onto your work surface, and ink it up with Distress Clear Embossing Ink. Press the Heavystock panel onto the stamp surface, pressing all over the paper to ensure even ink coverage. Pour Super Fine White Embossing Powder onto the paper, and heat set the powder with a Heat Tool.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Brush clean, clear water over the embossed panel using a flat artist’s brush. Press Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, and Twisted Citron Distress Ink onto your Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Mix the ink with a bit of water, and then apply the color onto the wet paper, working in small sections at a time. Continue to add color until the entire panel is covered, and then set it aside to dry.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Spritz the remaining inks on your craft mat with water using the Distress Sprayer. Cut a 15” length of crinkle ribbon, and drag and mop the ribbon through the ink mixture. Set the ribbon aside to dry.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Adhere the water-colored panel to a slightly larger piece of Distress Cardstock. Die cut a Stitched Oval from the center of the panel. Machine stitch around the edge of the panel and oval frame, if desired. Add Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the edge of the frame using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Die cut a second oval from Heavystock paper.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Wrap the ribbon around the right side of the oval frame, tying into a bow at the top. Trim the ends of the ribbon as needed.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Place the die cut oval onto the Craft Sheet and cover it with the Feather Layering Stencil. Apply Twisted Citron ink over the stencil using an Ink Blending Tool. Add ink to the edge of the oval, too. Add water droplets to the stenciled pattern using the Distress Sprayer, and then set the die cut aside to dry.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Cut a .5” strip of the Distress cardstock. Die cut the Celebrate sentiment word onto the strip. Set aside the positive letter shapes for another project, but be sure to keep all the tiny inner pieces to the letters. Lightly ink a strip of Heavystock paper with Twisted Citron ink, and adhere the die cut strip onto the inked paper using Multi Medium Matte. Add the small inner pieces, too. Trim the strip, as needed.
Adhere the sentiment strip down the center of the card, to the right of the ribbon. Cut the end into a V-notch.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Stamp a Crazy Cat image onto Heavystock paper using Potting Soil Archival Ink, and then watercolor the image using Distress Inks. For my cat, I started with Antique Linen ink, and then accented with Fossilized Amber and Ripe Persimmon.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Die cut the cat with the matching Thinlits die. Apply Glossy Accents to the eyes. Tuck the cat into the frame opening, and adhere it in place with Multi Medium Matte and a bit of foam adhesive behind the head.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Stamp, watercolor, and die cut a party hat for your cat. Accent the spots and pompom top with Glossy Accents, and adhere the hat behind the cat’s head using Multi Medium Matte.

Crazy Cats Celebrate Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Enjoy!

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

Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki

Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! I am kinda super nerdy patriotic so I jumped at the chance to create a patriotic theme page in my art journal.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. I chose the watercolor paper today and started out thinking I would only do a single page spread, but it turned into a double. I put White Gesso on both pages and dried with my Heat Tool.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Patriotic for me means pulling out my blues and reds for my background. I knew I wanted to use the Scribbled Faces stencil and thought it would be pretty cool if one of the faces was red, the other white and then blue since there are three total faces in the stencil. I had this in mind as I laid down the Ruby and Lapis colors being careful not to blend them too much because I wasn’t looking to create purple.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Next I wanted to bring in some texture by sponging the Jumbled Numbers Stencil onto my background using Archival Ink in Hickory Smoke. However, I realized about halfway through that my background still wasn’t completely dry so you can see I ended up getting some contamination and it also got on my ink pad which is a bummer. So, my tip is to make sure your background paint is completely dry before moving on to any kind of stenciling with ink!

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: I love gold whenever I think of our flag so I decided rather than use Scribbled Faces with black paint, I grabbed Gilt and sponged the stencil with an Ink Blending Tool then used the excess paint around the edges of my journal to tie in the color.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: When I thought about what I would create today, I knew I wanted to incorporate poppies on it. Dina’s Abstract Blooms stamps were great for this. I started by masking off the leaves on the stamp and then inking it with Night Archival Ink to stamp on the bottom left and upper right corners of the left side of the spread. I love how it looks as if that is just a bed of poppies to compliment my red, white and blue faces on the right side. I love how it turned out.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: I added some additional color using Ruby, Blushing and Lemon to the flowers and once that was (almost completely) dry, I used the Fude Ball pen to dark up the stamping a bit. I also added my journaling here and found some stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk Occasions pack to create a title on my page.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed USA inspired art journal page. I really enjoyed creating this page. Most of the Dina Wakley products I used for the first time and that always helps jumpstart creativity for me. Plus, this page will always remind me how much I love this country and how so many people have fought and died for it over the years. Men like my dad and my uncles served and lost their lives in other ways even though they still came home so I have huge respect for all of our men and women serving or who have served. This page really is in honor of all of those heroes.

 Land That I Love by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. They truly are some of my favorite mediums I turn to again and again as I continue my journey as an artist. I hope you have been inspired today to pull out some new supplies and see what you can create!

Carisa ZglobickiCarisa is a mixed media artist, card maker and watercoloring enthusiast.  You can find her blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on Instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper’s Sampler , Take Ten and Scrapbook and Cards Today.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Apply various colors of Distress Oxide to Craft Sheet by pressing pad onto the surface.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Generously spray inks with water to create droplets of color.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Press tag into inks – do not swipe.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Dry inked layer with Heat Tool.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Tap tag into remaining ink droplets on Craft Sheet and dry with Heat Tool.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: The layered Distress Oxide ink begins to create an oxidized look.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Mist stencil with water.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Wipe away water from outer edge of stencil.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Place stencil water side down on to inked tag and blot with paper towel to press the stencil pattern on to the tag.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Remove the stencil and blot wet ink from the tag.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: The wet stencil lifts the Distress Oxide color creating a faded effect.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Stamp image with Archival Ink.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Ink edges of tag with Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Step 14: Adhere tag to folded cardstock and embellish.

Faded Fragments by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com