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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.

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.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Still like to pass out Valentines to those you near and dear? Then check out these sweet and silly Crazy Dogs matchbook style Valentines cards you can make yourself in no time at all. I absolutely love Tim Holtz’s line of Crazy critters, and with cats, dogs, and birds to choose from, you have tons of fun options for notecards for all the animal lovers in your life.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

These matchbook style cards add a fun interactive element, very reminiscent of those fold-and-seal boxed Valentines cards you may have had as a child. Simply tuck and un-tuck the front flap to open and close. The simple staple at the bottom is all you need to keep them sealed. Super easy and so fun.
Let’s take a closer look.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: For each Valentine, cut a 3 x 8.5 piece of Distress Heavystock cardstock. Using a scoring board or bone folder, score the long side at 4” and 8”. Fold along the crease lines, creating a top folding card with a thin bottom flap and folds up and over the front.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Dab Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink randomly onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz the inks liberally with water using the Distress Sprayer. Press the front of the cards down into the ink mixture. Dry the inks with a heat tool, or allow them to dry naturally. Repeat the process if you wish to intensify the colors.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Insert the front card panel into the Zig Zag embossing folder, and run the card through your die cutting machine.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Apply Spun Sugar Distress Ink to the raised embossed areas using a mini ink blending tool. Apply Brushed Corduroy ink to the edges of each card.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Rub a bit of Vintage Distress Collage Medium onto the edges of the cards using the tip of your finger. Set the cards aside and allow them to dry completely.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Cut .5” strips of brown Distress Cardstock. Lightly sand the paper, and then adhere them to the bottom flaps. Trim off the excess from the sides. Fold the flaps up, and place a Tiny Attacher staple along the bottom edge. Note: * You may need to trim off about a .25” from the bottom of the front card panel so that it will lay flat once tucked under the bottom stapled flap.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stamp the Mini Crazy Dogs onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Watercolor the images using Distress Inks. To color with your ink pads, simply press them onto your non-stick craft sheet, mix them with a bit of water, and pick up the color using a wet paintbrush. Allow the ink to dry. Add Glossy Accents to eyes, noses, and dog tags. Set aside to dry. Die cut the images using the matching Crazy Dogs Framelits dies.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Stamp a Valentine sentiment from the Crazy Talk stamp set inside the card using Jet Black Archival Ink. Stamp the dog images again onto the inside, as well.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere die cut dogs onto the front of the cards using foam adhesive. Stamp sentiment onto watercolor cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Trim out the sentiments by hand, and adhere next to the dogs using foam adhesive. Tie natural jute string around the top of the card front and tie into a simple bow.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Ink a piece of watercolor cardstock with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 12: Die cut the three smallest hearts from the Heartfelt Bigz Die from the inked watercolor paper. You will need two hearts for each card. Apply Crazing Distress Collage Medium to each heart die cut, and set aside to dry.

Crazy Dog Matchbook Valentines by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 13: Apply Vintage Photo Distress Crayon to the heart die cuts, and smooth the pigment into the crazing cracks using the tip of your finger. Wipe away any excess crayon pigment. Cover the hearts with Glossy Accents, and allow them to dry completely. Add hearts to the card fronts using foam adhesive.

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.

Holiday Present Box by Milagros Rivera

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The holidays bring the maker in all of us, suddenly we need to create, and sometimes what we have done needs a special packaging. Something that conveys just how special the recipient is and how much love you put into creating what’s inside. When you create the packaging you can customize it with stamps, stencils, paint, ink. There’s really no limits into embellishing it. So let’s deconstruct some journaling tags and add a notch to the things you can do with the amazing Dylusions Journaling tags, best thing is you only need 3!

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Step 1: Grab your tags and center them on a scoring table, score at 2 3/8 on each side, on all 3 tags vertically.
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Step 2: Horizontally score your tags at  4 ½ and 9” respectively.

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Step 3: Fold and cut notches wherever you see a mark intersecting.

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Step 4: Since you already have two tags that will serve as the body of the box, you will cut the third into 2 pieces of  4 ½ x 4 ½.

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Step 5:  Using your chosen stencil, fill it up with the yummy Distress Grit-Paste! I took a photo of the placement of your stencil just so you’re able to see that some will look backward, but when you fold the complete box they will align perfectly and nothing will look out of place!

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Step 6: Time to assemble the piece, I wanted the top of the tag as my closure since that gave me the opportunity to thread a ribbon and stamp a sentiment!

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Step 7:  After you thread your ribbon and some charms into a jump ring, using your Distress Crayon paint the words on your charm, then wipe off the excess, I tell you I can’t get over how easy and effective this quick little technique is! Plus there are so many colors to choose!!!

Can you imagine making sweet tiny boxes with the same technique and smaller tags!!! Happy creating everyone!

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.

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

Holiday Assemblage Clock by Richele Christensen

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

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

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Around the holidays, one of my favorite projects to create is tags. I love to add tags to my gift wrapping and packaging, and they look great added to a simple card base for a quick and easy card design. Plus, they make excellent gift ideas for just about everyone on your holiday gift giving list, too.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

I love that Ranger has tons of premade tags in a wide variety of sizes and surfaces. For my project today, I wanted to create a set of tags for my holiday packages this year that are quick, easy to reproduce in mass, and of course look great. And for that, the #5 Manila tags were just what I was looking for. Not too big, and not too small. Just the perfect size for gift-giving.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

These tags have a great Distress inked background in a red and green color palette for the holidays. I embossed the tags with a new Tim Holtz embossing folder, and added a variety of die cuts to finish them off. I love how each tag looks similar, but is a little bit different, thanks to the magic of Distress. Better yet, you can create a whole set of these sweet tags in no time at all.
Let’s take a closer look.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, dab a variety of red Distress Ink colors onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. For my project, I used Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, and Candied Apple. Spritz the inks liberally with clear water using the Distress Sprayer. Then press and drag Manila #5 tags through the ink mixture. Continue this process until you have inked the desired number of tags. Set the tags aside to dry.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: When the tags are dry, apply Crushed Olive Distress Ink to the outside edges of the tags using a mini Ink Blending Tool.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Insert each tag into the Stitched Plaid Embossing Folder one at a time, and emboss them using this standard embossing sandwich: Multipurpose Platform (open to Tab 1), Standard Cutting Pad, Embossing Folder (with tag inside), Standard Cutting Pad.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Gently swipe Picket Fence Distress Paint (with the dabber top) across the raised embossed areas, and along the edges of each tag. Set aside to dry.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: For the focal point of the tags, die cut a pair of candy canes from watercolor cardstock. You’ll need one pair of canes for each tag. Watercolor the candy using the same red Distress Inks we used for the background. Let the red ink dry, and then add a bit of shading using Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Apply Crushed Olive Distress Ink to a piece of white cardstock using an Ink Blending Tool. Cover a piece large enough to cut ½” strips for the sentiments, as well as some extra to die cut greenery from. Die cut the sentiment from the ½” strips. Adhere the strips onto matching Distress Cardstock and trim to fit. Adhere the little negative pieces from the inside of the letters onto the strips using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Adhere the sentiment to the bottom of the tag. Die cut a variety of holiday greens from both the inked cardstock and the matching Distress Cardstock. Place greens onto the center of the tag, adhering with a drop of Multi Medium Matte in the center only. Criss Cross two candy canes, and adhere them over the greenery. Apply Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen to both the candy canes and holly greens.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Continue tucking and adhering greens under and around the candy canes. Add a red button to the center of the canes. Thread the tag with Christmas Jute String. And finally, splatter the tags with Picket Fence Distress Paint using a Ranger paintbrush.

Peace Tag Set by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 1: Stamp Leaf Prints onto Watercolor Cardstock with Vintage Photo Archival Distress Ink. Tip: You can create your own pad using a DIY Archival Ink Pad and Reinker or use the Tim Holtz Distress® Archival Mixed Media Palette.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 2: Apply a thickish coat of Distress Collage Medium Crazing with a Distress Brush.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 3: As the Crazing dries small cracks will appear. Let dry completely.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 4: Work in small sections and color the background using the Distress Crayons. Draw the Crayon on the background, add a tiny bit of water to your finger, blend the color on the surface and let dry. Think fall colors like Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, and Peeled Paint. Darken the outer edge with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 5: Randomly stamp over background areas with the Newsprint stamp using Vintage Photo Archival Ink and before the ink dries wipe off the leaves with a dry cloth. Tip: Do not mount the stamp on a block and use your fingers to press down in a small area. Turn the stamp different directions to make it more interesting.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 6: Die cut the leaf from the Tattered Leaf Bigz Die using Watercolor Paper. Repeat steps 1-4 to color the leaf.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 7: Add stitching around the edge, assemble card by adhering layers together, embellish with Quote Band, Textured Surfaces and Mini Corners.

Falling Leaf Card by Richele Christensen
Step 8: Tie twine around die cut leaf with a bow and adhere with foam tape.

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 more of her work when you visit her at her blog, California Art Girl.

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
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Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan

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Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, paint birdhouse with a layer of White Gesso. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Cut four pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock to 3” x 6”. Place a small dot of Turquoise Paint onto one of the pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock and use the Brayer to color the entire piece.
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Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Repeat with Magenta, Lemon and Lime Paint. Set aside to dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Once painted cardstock is dry, run each piece through the Vagabond Machine with the trellis die. Reserve two of the negative frameworks to use as template to adhere the mosaic tiles later on.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Use masking tape to mask the center shingles on the roof. Paint the roof peak with Lemon Paint.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Paint the bottom shingle with Turquoise Paint. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Remove the existing tape and retape to expose the center roof shingles. Paint center shingles with Lime Paint. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Mask off the rooftop edges, top front and top back of the birdhouse. Paint the trim, ledge by the entryway, sides and back of the birdhouse with Magenta Paint. Let dry.
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Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Mask the ledge and under the trim. Paint front with Paper Mosaic Grout. Let dry.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Find the reserved frameworks and use two pieces to make a template that will fit on the front of the birdhouse. (Note: There is no need to adhere the template. If you make it flush it will stay in place).Using the frameworks template as a guide, adhere the painted tiles with the Distress Paper Mosaic Glue to the front of the birdhouse.

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 11: Remove the template after you have finished adhering all the tiles. Just in case you got some glue on the template, you want to remove it before it dries. Now let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Trim excess tiles from the birdhouse opening and apply Paper Mosaic Glaze on top of each tile. Let dry.
Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.com

Distress Paper Mosaic Bird House by Patti Behan | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Glue on some faux greenery using a hot glue gun.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 1: Spray Mini Burlap Panels with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain – let dry.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 2: Place Layering Stencil over burlap and apply Texture Paste in random areas using Palette Knife.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 3: Repeat for all panels using various patterns – let dry.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 4: Ink Texture Paste with various colors of Distress Ink using Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 5: Stamp Mini Blueprint Images on to Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Archival Ink.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 6: Color images with various colors of Distress Markers and blend using a Distress Detailer Waterbrush – let dry.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 7: Tear off bottom edge of cardstock and ink with Distress Ink using Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 8: Lightly spritz over images with Black Soot Distress Marker using Distress Marker Spritzer.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 9: Adhere images to burlap using Multi-Medium – let dry.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 10: Attach two nails through top of images for effect.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 11: Paint Word Bands with your finger and rub away excess for a worn effect.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 12: Cut various colors of Jute String.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 13: Tie Word Band on burlap with Jute String and trim excess.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 14: Cover Wood Panel with decorative paper using Multi-Medium, let dry.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 15: Ink edges with covered panel with Distress Ink using Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Halloween Burlap Panels by Tim Holtz | www.rangerink.com
Step 16: Adhere burlap panels to wood panel using Multi-Medium. Embellish wood panel with Label Pull and Mini Corners.