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Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Creating handmade home décor pieces is an easy and fun way to add a bit of spirit to your home for the holidays and seasons. Join me today as we create a whimsical vignette box for spring and St. Paddy’s Day using lots of fabulous Tim Holtz Distress products.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Let’s get started!

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, prime the sides of an Idea-ology Vignette Box with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Allow the paint to dry completely, and then cover all four sides and the top edge of the box frame with a variety of Design Tape. You can skip painting the box first, if you wish. But I find that the white paint underneath really helps emphasize the design elements on the tape.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Cut patterned paper to fit all four inside edges of the box, as well as the back panel. Adhere the papers using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and a foam brush.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dab a bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink into the box using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. And then spread Vintage Distress Collage Medium generously all around the inside and outside of the box. Set the box aside to dry completely.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Paint Multi Medium Matte into all four inside corners, and cover the adhesive with Distress Glitter Dust. Shake all excess glitter into a coffee filter, and pour it back into your container. Set the box aside to dry.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Select a Clippings or Small Chat sticker and apply it to a piece of raw chipboard. Trim around the sticker and then age it a bit with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Cut a few thin strips of paper to use as brackets for the sentiment. Fold the strips into an “L” shape, and cut the length to fit the depth of your box. Adhere the foot of the strip to the back of the sentiment, and then adhere the back of the strips onto the bottom of the box. Pour Distress Glitter onto any exposed adhesive.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Color a Found Relatives die cut with Distress Markers, and watercolor using an Tim Holtz Waterbrush.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Apply Picket Fence to the clover Adornments charm, and allow the paint to set for a minute before wiping away the excess. Color the clover with a Distress Marker. Cover the charm with Glossy Accents, and set it aside to dry.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Apply a variety of green Distress Inks to a piece of watercolor cardstock using the waterbrush. Let the paper dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Die cut the three smallest hearts from the Heartfelt Bigz Die several times from the inked watercolor paper to create clovers. You need three hearts for each clover. Cover the hearts with Crazing Distress Collage Medium. Set them aside to dry.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Scribble a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Crayon onto your Craft Sheet. Pick up the pigment using your waterbrush, and apply it to the crazing. Let the pigment soak into the cracks, and then wipe off the excess with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Punch clouds from Watercolor Cardstock. Ink with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, and then coat the edges with Vintage Collage Medium. Once the medium is dry, adhere the clouds to the back of the vignette box. To create depth, adhere some pieces flat to the box with Multi Medium Matte adhesive, and pop some up with thicknesses of foam tape. Adhere moss to the bottom of the box. Adhere the clover charm to the girls neck using Multi Medium Matte, and once the adhesive has set for a minute, stitch a small bow around the charm using a needle and thread. Apply four thicknesses of foam tape to the backside of the girl die cut. Adhere her into the box.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: To create the clovers, place a small dot of Multi Medium Matte adhesive at the points of the hearts, and glue three hearts together. Gather some small twigs from your yard, and adhere pieces to the back. Place foam onto the back of the clovers, and add them to your box.

Lucky is a State of Mind Box by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Using a piece of Woodgrain Cardstock and Distress Crayons, color in a Mustard Seed circle in the middle of the card. Smudge it out with a warm finger. Color Twisted Citron around that, and again smudge in and blend with the Mustard Seed. Repeat again, using Mowed Lawn, and finishing with Broken China until all the card is colored.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Shave off about 1/8 inch of Mustard Seed with a palette knife. Add two squirts of water, and grind it up with the palette knife until a thick paint-like paste is made. Using a clean Blending Tool, soak up the paste. Lay the Industrial Stencil at the top of the card, and stencil in the word “Lucky.” The crayon blends with the color underneath, and make a yellow border around the word. Clean the foam with water. Do the same with Twisted Citron, and the word “Found” along the right side, and again with Broken China and the series of “numbers” along the bottom edge.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Again, slice off 1/8 inch of Picket Fence, add two squirts of water, and grind up with the palette knife. Soak it up with a clean foam, and lay the Arrows stencil in the upper right corner next to the word Lucky, and stencil in an arrow. Take the Splotches stencil and stencil in three larger circles on the left side, and one smaller in the lower right corner. Clean the foam.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Grind up some Mowed Lawn, and soak it up with the foam, and stencil in the smaller portions of the Chevron Stencil as shown. Clean the foam.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Lay the Bubble Stencil over the card, and this time scribble Mustard Seed randomly over the stencil, not moving it. Use your warm finger to stencil in the color. Dry the card thoroughly.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Shake and prime the White Paint Pen. Trace around the words on the card to make them pop.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Using a scrap of Watercolor Cardstock the length of the card, color it with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron, and blend together with the Broad Waterbrush. Trim off about 1/4 inch and use scissors to fringe the piece, creating a grass-like look. Punch out about four of the shamrocks with the rest. Ink the edges of both of these with Vintage Photo Archival.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Trim the card into four random pieces, making sure the words and numbers are complete on each piece. Trim another piece of Watercolor Cardstock 4.25×5.5 inches to be used as a backing. Add strips of adhesive to the back of the four pieces of card, and adhere them on the Watercolor backing as shown, so now the card is horizontal. Use a Craft Pick to make holes for the Long Fasteners, which go between the letters of “Lucky,” along the rest of the top of the card, and along the bottom edge. Using a Detail Waterbrush and the Broken China Distress Crayons to color in the edges of the white Watercolor backing.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Stamp the bulldog in Black Soot Archival onto more Watercolor Cardstock twice, color in the bulldog and coordinating pieces with Distress Crayons and the Detail Waterbrush using the Craft Sheet as your palette, by directly scribbling on the Crayons and picking it up with the brush.

Lucky Dog St. Patrick’s Day Card by Anita Houston | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Die cut the pieces out using the coordinating Framelits, and assemble with Foam Tape. Color in the Typed Token with Mowed Lawn, and rub off the Crayons that are not in the recessed areas. Attach this to the collar using another Long Fastener. Attach the dog to the card using Foam Tape, and the grass to the bottom edge using Multi Medium. Mount this on a black card backing cut 4.5×5.75 inches using Adhesive Strips. Add the shamrocks to the circles using Multi Medium, and one next to the dog using Foam Tape.

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/.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Gather supplies, including Distress Oxide Ink, Distress Crayons and Mixed Media Heavystock Tags.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Add Distress Oxides Iced Spruce and Fossilized Amber plus Distress Ink Aged Mahogany to a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Make sure inks do not touch. Spray droplets of water over the inks using a Distress Spray bottle.

NOTE: Because ink is suspended in the pad, you must press down on the ink pad when applying it to the Craft Sheet.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Press or swipe a Mixed Media Heavystock Tag through the inks, picking up a little of each color. Begin drying the tag with Heat It Tool. Before the tag is completely dry, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets over the tag and begin drying again. The additional water will make the ink separate and wick out to and create a chalky oxidized look. Very cool!

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Repeat steps until you are satisfied with the color.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Create at least three tags that are similar in coloring.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, stamp over one tag using the Vines & Roses stamp set.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Use the Distress Sprayer to add water over the stamped image. Watch the Distress Oxide ink start to blur and separate. Start the drying process right away to control the spread of the ink.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Once all tags are dry, cut them up into different size pieces.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Use a Distress Brush and Distress Collage Medium to adhere the paper pieces to the back of a Framed Panel that has been previously painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Set aside to dry.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Use your finger tip to smear a thin layer of Distress Grit-Paste on the edges of a Mini Cabinet Card Frame. Let dry completely.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Once dry, scribble over the Grit-Paste and frame with Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress Crayons. Spritz with a light mist of water and rub the crayon into the frame. If you rub too much away, you can always add more.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Use Distress Markers to tint a Paper Doll by coloring the image and then rubbing away the excess ink with a cotton swab.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Spray at least two bunches of paper flowers from the Bouquet pack with Antique Linen Distress Stain Spray. Make sure the front and back are covered. Let dry completely.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 14: Slip a small piece of linen from the Textile Surfaces pack into the Mini Cabinet Card Frame. Adhere Paper Doll, Clippings Stickers and Adornments wand to the Framed Panel with Collage Medium. Drop all the paper flowers onto frame and glue where they fall to create an organic look. Add string that has been colored with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the flowers using Collage Medium.

Distress Oxide Framed Panel by Paula Cheney | www.rangerink.com

Step 15: Once paper flowers are secure, add a bit of Stickles Platinum onto each flower stamen for a little bit of sparkle.

Paula Cheney

I have been a “maker” all my life. Sewing, stamping, paper arts, I love it all. Creating and teaching is a passion for me, whether it is in the classroom or on my blog, One Lucky Day. I have worked in the scrapbooking/mixed media field since 2005 and for the last five years I have worked as the Creative Coordinator for Tim Holtz Brands, a dream job if there ever was one. On a personal note, I live on the Central Coast of California with my husband, Jay. I love to travel to new places to look for old junk and am willing to pack a bag at a moment’s notice. On an ordinary day you can find me working away in my craft room with the windows wide open and music playing in the background.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Galaxies have been a widely popular design element in the last couple of years. Their beautiful blend of color makes them a wonderful background on which to write or stamp an inspirational greeting. Below, I’ll guide you through the simple steps of layering Alcohol Inks to make a stunning galaxy background and then add a hand- lettered sentiment.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working on a Craft Sheet, apply the first layer of color. Beginning with Sunshine Yellow, add a couple drops of Alcohol Ink onto the Ink Applicator and swipe it onto the cardstock. Repeat with the remaining colors, working from light to dark in a random pattern and using a clean felt for each.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Add several drops of Alcohol Blending Solution to a clean felt. Apply it over the entire surface of the cardstock using a dabbing motion only. This will cause the layer of color to lighten and blend slightly.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Again, using a dabbing motion only, apply another layer of each of the Alcohol Ink colors from lightest to darkest. Dabbing instead of swiping on the color ensures a mottled, celestial effect is achieved for the final result.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Dab on another layer of Alcohol Blending Solution. The colors should now be quite blended with no harsh lines between neighboring colors.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Continue adding more color and blending with Alcohol Blending Solution until the galaxy is to your liking. Here, I wanted a darker effect, so I added more Indigo.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: To create background stars, lightly dampen the bristles of an old toothbrush and dip them into the pigment ink pad. Pointing the head of the toothbrush at your page, run your thumb over the bristles to splatter the cardstock.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: To complete your masterpiece, add a hand-written sentiment with the Dylusions paint pen. To create the look of modern calligraphy, first write in a flowy script style. Then thicken up the downstrokes, which are any lines that were made by moving the pen in a downward motion (toward your body). Use the paint pen to dot on some foreground stars as a final detail.

Alcohol Ink Galaxy by Kim Haskell | www.rangerink.com

Kim Haskell

Hello! My name is Kim Haskell and I am a lettering, mixed media, and watercolor enthusiast living in Nova Scotia, Canada. My love of art started so young that my mom jokes that I was born with a pencil in my hand. While I grew up drawing and painting, my creative life took a brief hiatus in adulthood while I pursued a technology career. In 2015, I fell in love with the art of calligraphy and hand lettering and my fingers have been perpetually inky ever since. When I am not lettering you can find me near the ocean enjoying time with my hubby and our French Bulldogs.

My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/wednesdayswelldesign/

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working on a craft sheet. Stamp the Frida stamp onto the Media Board using the Archival Ink in Jet Black. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: To get a light wash, scribble onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet with a Scribble Stick. Then use the Waterbrush to add water and pick up color to make a wash.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

To get a darker application, Use Scribble Sticks, in one or more colors, to accent areas on the stamped Media Board, then use the Waterbrush to liquefy the Scribble Sticks to create watercolor and colorize the image.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

For a very intense application, color can be lifted directly from the crayon with the Waterbrush.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Dip the crayon directly into water to draw with watercolor.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Scribble & sketch without adding water to achieve a drybrush look. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Turn Media Board over and position pin. Adhere a strip of Washi Tape vertically to the board, over the back bar of the pin, to anchor it horizontally ¼” from the upper edge of the board.

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Place four more strips of Washi Tape horizontally to cover the back of the board and the sides, trim the excess. Pin onto your clothes & wear!

Media Scribble Sticks Frida Pin by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Working on a Craft Sheet, apply Distress Oxide Ink to half (the right side) of the Distress Tag by swiping the pad directly onto the tag. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Step 2: Apply Oxide Ink to the Flourish stamp, spray inked stamp with water using the Distress Sprayer. Stamp onto the Distress Tag. Using a paper towel quickly blot the previously inked side (the right side) of the tag to lift up the ink that was just stamped. (Do not blot the left side.) Let dry or use a Heat Tool. Tip: To lift more ink, spay the stamp again and stamp only the right side of the tag. Blot with a paper towel and dry the tag.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Spray tag lightly using the Distress Sprayer. Blot with paper towel as desired to remove ink, or let water dry, creating splatter patterns. Let dry or use Heat Tool.

Step 4: Rub ink from the Oxide pad onto the Craft Sheet, add a tiny bit of water and mix with the bristles of the Splatter Brush. Splatter ink onto tag and blot as desired with a paper towel.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Color with Distress Crayon directly onto a blending foam. Use the Blending Tool to add the color to the tag where desired. Apply more Distress Crayon to the foam as needed. Edge tag with the Distress Oxide Pad.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Stamp a letter from the Cirque Alphabet onto a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock using the Oxide Pad. Let Dry or use a Heat Tool.
Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Using a Distress Crayon (Shabby Shutters was used in the example) scribble on the Craft Sheet and use the Waterbrush to liquefy the Crayon & apply around the initial. Use the Waterbush to rewet and blend the edges of the stamped initial and create blurred edges in areas. Color directly with the Crayon for a darker varied color. Edge with the Oxide pad. Let Dry or use Heat Tool.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Use Adhesive Foam to attach the initial to the tag. Cut 7” of Linen Ribbon and loop through tag. Flare the ribbon as pictured.

Distress Oxide Initial Tag by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Apply strips of Adhesive Foam to the canvas, creating a frame shape. Peel the protective paper from the foam. Apply a coat of Opaque Crackle paste to the top & sides of the Foam Tape.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dry with a Heat Tool. Note: Keep Heat Tool about 8” from the surface and keep it moving. As the paste dries and becomes matte you can move the Heat Tool closer to the canvas. We want the paste to dry not bubble. As the paste dries, it will crackle, and the black foam will show from between the Crackle Paste. Let cool completely.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Paint the inside of the frame with Black Gesso. Let dry. Apply various colors of the Foil Sheets to the cracks by randomly pressing sheets of foil onto the sticky, exposed areas of foam, colored side up.

Cracked & Foiled Frame by Debbie Tlach | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Cut a Dyary Die Cut in half. Color the Die Cut with Dylusions Paint Pens. Attach the Die Cut with an Adhesive Strip to the inside, bottom of the frame.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

I love getting and sending letters. An email is quick and easy but a handmade card or handwritten letter is more personal; don’t you think so too? The only bad thing is that the cards I receive are lying around everywhere. I don’t have a proper place to store them. So time to make myself a Dylusions style letter rack.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: I started with adding a thin layer of gesso to the letter rack. The letter rack is made of MDF which is brown. The colours won’t come out so brightly if you don’t add a layer of gesso first. Untreated, the MDF will absorb a lot of the paints also, which is a waste of paints. Pick out some nice Dylusions colours (I’ve used Cherry Pie , Crushed Grape, Tangerine Dream and Bubblegum Pink) and add the paints with a Mini Blending Tool to the surface of your letter rack. Mind that you don’t blend the Tangerine Dream (orange) with the Crushed Grape…you will create mud if you do. I’ve used the red and pink as a border between the orange and the purple, because both the red and pink go well with either the orange or the purple. Choose a few stencils and use the Mini Blending Tool to add some structure to all the sides of the letter rack. Use one stencil with White Linen, white will make the colours pop. Let all the sides dry and assemble the letter rack.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Now that the painting is finished, I start with decorating the letter rack. I stamped a lot of the Doodle Blooms with Archival Ink (Jet Black) and recoloured all the black parts of the stamped image using the Dylusions Paint Pen in Black Marble. I hardly ever think that the stamped image is black enough so I normally colour all the black parts again with a paints pen. Glue all the flowers to the letter rack using gel medium (matte). I drew some stems with the Dylusions paint pens Black Marble and White Linen. For the leaves I used the Branching Out stamp set. Cut out the leaves in pairs or singles and glue them on the stems of the flowers. And the letter rack is finished.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Here you see all sides of the letter rack. In the end I decided to add a little birdy and a caterpillar from some older Dylusions stamps sets.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: For this project I also made a card (a5 size). I have painted the background in exactly the same way as shown in Step 1. I stamped the flowers of the Anatomy of a Page set on my background and on a separate piece of watercolour cardstock. I coloured the flowers on the watercolour cardstock with coloured pencils. Cut out all the flowers and glue them to the stamped ones on the background. This way I don’t have to cut out all the stems and tiny leaves.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: For the rest of my card I stamped a variety of stamps and just started colouring.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: For this background I used Tangerine Dream, Bubblegum Pink and Funky Fuchsia. In the end I used one of the Doodle Blooms, a Puddy Cat and at the top I used the new Foliage set.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: I have decorated an envelope, as well. Kept it quite simple just by using a stencil (Flower Pop) and the Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Mica Spray. I might add some doodling later, if I know to whom I will send the card. Make the envelope a bit more personal too.

You’ve Got Mail by Miranda van den Bosch | www.rangerink.com

And this is the letter rack with the card and envelope.

Miranda van den Bosch

My name is Miranda van den Bosch and I live in Ridderkerk, which is a small town in the Netherlands. I have been painting and drawing since I was 4. I mainly painted portraits and animals. In 2010 I discovered art journaling and the fabulous world of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions and I got hooked ever since. I love the many possibilities you have with the stamp sets. You can create new images over and over again by combining new sets with older sets…..and the colours of the inks and paints aren’t they just dylucilious???

My Blog:  http://mirandascardcreations.blogspot.nl/
My Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/miranda.vandenbosch.94
My Instagram :  https://www.instagram.com/macbo27/
Pinterest:  https://nl.pinterest.com/mirandav/

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

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 love the Face in the Crowd stamp set and thought I could pair it beautifully with Scribbly Wings and create a valentine note to myself in my art journal so that is the inspiration behind my page today.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Today I’m working in the Creative Journal Black so I started prepping my page with Dina Wakley Media Clear Gesso. I was curious to see how the colors would show against the dark background, that’s why I chose clear gesso over white. I pulled out all my red colors of Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic which included Ruby, Fuchsia, Magenta and Blushing. Then using the 1″ flat brush, added color randomly on my page without cleaning my brush in between picking up colors. This created different shades and tones of each color on my page. I also created some texture by dipping the end of my paintbrush into white paint and tapping on my page. I used a paper towel to lift up some of the extra and also leave behind more texture. Some got on my fingers so I just swiped that on the page as well! Nothing is wasted here!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: While I wanted the primary color of my page to be the different shades of reds, I also wanted to break that up some so I pulled out the Factured Circles stencil. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, I added some Elephant paint through the stencil. I love the way this breaks up the intensity of the red on my background. I also sprayed a bit of the Lapis Mica Spray on my page and soaked it up with my paper towel since my paint was dry, it was mostly pooling on my page and I didn’t want the blue to be too noticeable.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: While the previous step was drying, I layed out some of my Printed Dina Wakley Media tapes onto my Ranger Craft Sheet. I added color with the 1/2″ flat brush using the colors I already laid down on my background although this time I did wipe off my brush on a paper towel so the color would be more true.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Using the tapes once they were dry, I layered them into a very abstract heart shape and then added additional texture with the Scribbled Text Elements stamp set. I stamped them with the Dina Wakley Media Permanent Mixed Media Ink Palette in Ruby and Night. It was interesting to see the Ruby react to the other layers on my page because it almost looks reddish orange in different lights. I love happy surprises as I’m playing in my art journal!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: I knew I wanted to create a heart on my page, so I just painted it on using the 1/2″ flat brush and adding some glazing medium to the white paint that I already had on my Craft Sheet. I watered that down and also added some paint splatters here.

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Finally, I added my main focal images. I stamped the girl from Face in the Crowd first using Night ink and then I placed the wings around her from the Scribbly Wings set also stamping in Night. I highlighted the wings a bit the Ranger White Opaqu Pen and added some Fairy Dust stickles. I love coloring and just had to add a little bit of color to my girl so I pulled out Distress Crayons in Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick and Broken China just to bring her to life. Using the Fude Ball pen in Black I loosely outlined my heart because it was getting lost. I added a little bit of white paint just under my girl and stamped my sentiment You Are Enough on Blank Dina Wakley Media tape to add as my love note. Just a gentle reminder to us all. One of the things I love most about Dina Wakley’s art is the emotion it evokes in me as I look at each piece she creates and the sentiments that are included in her sets embody that beautifully!

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

You Are Enough by Carisa Zglobicki | www.rangerink.com

Here are some close ups of my completed love letter art journal page. It is fun to create using one color in different shades. It’s slightly monotone even though I brought in some neutrals to soften it up just enough. {final}Thank you, Ranger, again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. I hope you have been inspired to pull out your art journals and see what you can create with just one color family! Also, I think we could all use a little more love letters from ourselves, so I encourage you to give that a try – art journals are the perfect place to practice a little more self love.

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.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

February is here and love is in the air! Hearts, red and pink scream everywhere you go and they just make me happy! This time of the month I get to create sweet Valentine’s for loved ones, they want special cards, notes, packages to show their loved ones how much they mean to them. Personally, I love to add a new entry in my art journal that will for sure inspire a card and with so many products to choose from well it’s easy to be excited about crafting!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 1: The Scribbly Girls stamps by Dina Wakley has some scribbly heart goodness and my palette is Ruby, Bubblegum Pink, White Linen and Gold.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 2: Using an old credit card, a Craft Scraper or a spatula, scrape some paint in a random pattern across your page. We are creating a happy background here, just get messy and free!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 3: Grab one of Dyan’s stencils and using the White Linen and your brush, in my case, my fingers, fill some random circles in your background. I’ve chosen to go on a diagonal for eye movement!

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 4: Using your Emboss it Ink Pad, along with some Gold Embossing Powder, stamp the scribbly hearts in your journal page.

Always and Forever by Milagros Rivera

Step 5: The fun part about using a Fude ball pen is that you get to write over acrylic paint! Take advantage of the curves. Dyan’s acrylic block is not just for stamping. It’s made for a lot of things, one of them journaling! Using your pen, draw curvy lines to write in your page.
Once your lines are written go over your chosen words in long and short strokes filling up your lines.
You can finish it up by adding some small talk stickers!

Milagros RiveraHello! My name is Milagros C Rivera and I’m a mixed media artists who loves to explore and experiment with all kinds of mediums. I was raised in a creative home, everybody did something ceramics, sewing, baking, jewelry, wood, glass, no medium was off limits! I continue to play and learn without having to restrict myself to just one thing! I live in the sunny island of Puerto Rico with my husband, 2 amazing kids and a menagerie of pets that make my life complete! I’m currently on the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Relics and Artifacts. You can find me on my blog as well as follow me on Instagram, Snapguide, and YouTube.