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Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. I’m really happy to be with you on the Ranger blog today! Father’s Day is going to be here before we know it, so let’s get ready for it by making a card just for Dad!

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet swipe some Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Sprayer bottle. Press or swipe a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock through the ink, picking up the color. While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool. To add more Distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Repeat the above steps to a second sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock using Fired Brick Distress Oxide.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Squeeze a couple drops of Pumice Stone Distress Paint onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and lightly mist the paint with water. Press the smooth side of the Distress Watercolor Cardstock into the paint mixture until covered. Dry with a Heat it Tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Swipe some Distress Oxide Broken China onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Pick up color with Distress Splatter Brush for additional interest to colorized Spiced Marmalade Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Place the Dot Fade Layering Stencil over the top of your colored Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I like to secure mine with washi or painters tape. Spread a thin layer of Distress Grit Paste sporadically through stencil. Carefully lift and remove layering stencil. Set Distress Watercolor Cardstock aside to air dry. Make sure to immediately clean your layering stencil and Ranger Pallet Knife right after use.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: Create a banner for card front from a 2×4 piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Cut a notch out of bottom. Die cut the word “best” in banner using Tim Holtz Sizzix Sentiment Words thin die set. Cut a 3.50×4.75 sheet of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. Die Cut “Happy Father’s Day” using same die set as above.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Die cut the base helicopter and the word “you” x2 (Sentiment Words) from Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock. All helicopter parts are from Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute die set. Die cut overlay helicopter blades from colored Pumice Stone Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Die cut the helicopter body and the word “dad” x2 from Fired Brick Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Save all those extra pieces for a future project.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Classic Kraft – Black Cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and fold in half to create cardbase. Distress all black cardstock with sanding grip to expose the underlying kraft.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Shade all paper pieces with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool with Foam around edges. Further distress paper edges with paper creaser. To create the X, cut the end of 2 Y’s and glue together with a little Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Glue helicopter body and blades to helicopter base with Glossy Accents. Adhere a few small pieces of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of helicopter. Glue a small piece of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread about 3/4 inch long to X using Glossy Accents the attach to back of helicopter.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Adhere Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to back of banner and Happy Father’s Day insert. Attach banner to top left side of colorized Spiced Marmalade sheet. Then adhere to card base with Glossy Accents.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Adhere “Dad” to banner using Glossy Accents. Attach helicopter and XO with Glossy Accents as well. Wrap a little Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread around an index clip and attach to top of banner.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Last but not least, attach the “Happy Father’s Day” insert to inside of card.

Father’s Day Card by Bobbi Smith

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.

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, here today with a Father’s Day project to share. I know creating masculine cards can sometimes be intimidating, and that’s when I’m always extra thankful for the world of Distress. As all that inky, grungy, aged, collage-style goodness is perfect for all those guy projects you may need.

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There are some images that always strike me as masculine in design, and the fabulous new Cityscape die collection from Tim Holtz and Sizzix are definitely one of those products. I have used the fun Cityscape Skyline die for my card today, along with lots of inky Distress techniques. I think the overall look is very graphic and masculine, perfect for my Dad’s Father’s Day card this year.

I’ve got the full tutorial to share, so let’s take a closer look.

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Step 1: To begin, create a side-folding standard A2 card base, and cover the front with patterned paper. Lightly distress some of the card edges using a distress tool, and then ink the edges with Brushed Corduroy and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.
Cut a 4.25” x 4” panel of blue Distress Cardstock. Randomly stamp the panel with label stamps using Chipped Sapphire Distress ink.

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Step 2: Spread Opaque Crackle Texture Paste around the edges of the blue cardstock panel using a palette knife. Set the paper aside to dry.

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Step 3: Once the paste is dry, add a bit of brown Distress Crayon to the crackled areas, and smooth the pigment into the cracks using a bit of water and the tip of your finger. The stamping underneath adds a very subtle design through the crackle paste that adds another layer of dimension. Stamp a few additional label images on top of the crackle paste, too. Adhere this panel to the left side of the card base. Wrap twine around the right edge, tying the ends into a simple knot. Leave the ends of the twine long.

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Step 4: Die cut the Cityscape Skyline from Ranger Watercolor Paper. Watercolor the buildings using a variety of Distress inks mixed with water, applied with a wet paintbrush.

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Step 5: Apply thin pieces of clear vellum to the backside of the die cut using collage glue stick. Trim away any vellum that extends off the edges of the buildings. Color the backside of the vellum in the window openings using Wild Honey Distress Marker.

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Step 6: Die cut a middle-sized Stitched Rectangle from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Using a wide paintbrush, brush clean clear water over the entire die cut rectangle. Press Distress Inks onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, and mix the colors with a bit of water. Pick up the inks with a wet paintbrush, and apply the color to the die cut rectangle, letting the water move the inks. Allow the paper to dry a bit, and then add more ink color, if desired. Then allow the paper to dry completely. Apply Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to the edges of the rectangle using the Ink Blending Tool. Cut a piece of blue Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than the rectangle, sand it lightly, and adhere the rectangle onto the cardstock.

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Step 7: Cut a thin strip of the sanded blue Distress cardstock, and die cut the Father’s Day sentiment from the strip. Be sure to keep the small pieces that go inside the letters. Adhere the strip to patterned papers, and then add the small inner letter pieces using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. Cut the ends of the strips into a V-notch.

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Step 8: Adhere the Cityscape die cut to the bottom of the watercolored panel, cutting off the excess from the ends as needed. Add a bit of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the corners of the rectangle, and age with Distress Crayon once dry. Add foam adhesive to the back of the sentiment strip, and place it along the bottom edge of the panel. Place additional foam adhesive behind the finished panel, and adhere it to the center of the card base.

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Hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day! 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.

Distress Crayon Backgrounds by Cheiron Brandon

I love experimenting with my Distress Crayons and Ranger Mediums and often create many different panels at a time. One of my favorite uses for these backgrounds is incorporating them into my card making.

Today I will walk you through three of my favorite background techniques with Distress Crayons and Ranger Mediums including collage medium resist, Picket Fence Distress Crayon resist and Distress Grit paste on panels of Mixed Media Heavystock.

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Step 1: Create the first panel by applying Opaque Matte Texture paste through the Splash stencil. Let air dry.

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Step 2: Once the texture paste is dry, add a layer of the Distress Collage Crazing Medium and let dry. The medium will allow the next layer of Distress Crayons to glide over the texture.

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Step 3: Apply Distress Crayons, one color at a time to small areas of the surface with your finger, blending each small area as you go.

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Step 4: Continue building layers, until you achieve the desired effect.

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Step 5: Trim background panel and apply to card. Add colored images from Sea Life and Simple Sayings Set.

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Step 6: To create the Mosaic background, use Picket Fence Distress Crayon to color through the Mosaic stencil. I like to build up some texture here.

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Step 7: Remove the stencil and let dry.

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Step 8: Spray the panel with Distress stains in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin. Let dry, then gently wipe over raised areas with a damp (but not too damp) baby wipe.

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Step 9: Trim panel and add to card. Add Paper Dolls with Distress Collage Medium. Stamp sentiment from Mini Motivation in Vibrant Fuchsia, and adhere sentiment to card with Adhesive Foam.

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Step 10: For the third card panel, apply Grit Paste through the Slate stencil and let dry.

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Step 11: Once the grit paste is dry, color in the panel with Distress Crayons, again working in small areas and blending with your finger as you go. On this one, I like to start with
lightest color, and work the darker in as I go.

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Step 12: Continue adding Distress Crayon, layering and blending until you achieve the desired effect.

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Step 13: Once the layer is complete, trim and add to card panel. Stamp Hipster Goat, sentiment and cut out. Add cut out Sizzix Heartfelt hearts.

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Thanks for following along today with my tutorial. I hope this inspires you to take some of your experiments with Distress Crayons and turn them into happy mail that you can send to family and friends!

Cheiron Brandon 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!

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Hi, Everyone, Bobbi here! I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger Blog today! I’ll be creating this special Mini Framed Panel just for Mom!

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, apply Antique Linen Distress Paint to the mini frame with a paint brush. Use the Heat It Tool on frame, to speed up the drying process. Apply Distress Crazing sporadically to dried frame with Distress Collage Brush, set aside and let air dry.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: To really bring out those great little cracks, apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink with a paint brush to mini frame. While paint it still wet, spray a clean towel with water to dampen, then wipe off excess Ground Espresso Distress Paint. This will give more of a glazed looked and sink down into the cracks. Then dry with a Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Paint the back and sides of mini panel with Ground Espresso Distress Paint using a paint brush to give it a finished look. Then dry with the Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Add Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Press the sheet of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock on the ink, picking up the color. While the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Using the Stampers Anonymous Newsprint Stamp and Walnut Stain Distressed Oxide Ink, stamp the image onto a scratch piece of paper. There is still a lot of ink on the Newsprint Stamp so we are going to stamp that 2nd image without reinking. It’s called 2nd generation stamping. Gently lay the colored Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper on top of the inked stamp and apply very little pressure sporadically over the surface of the stamp. Very carefully lift the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper off of the stamp and dry with the Heat It Tool. Not all of the stamped image will transfer to the paper and it gives it a lovely vintage distressed appearance.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: Add splatters for additional interest using Distress Oxide Walnut Stain with water droplets and the splatter brush to Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: To further activate the oxide affect in the Distress Oxide Inks, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Using Stampers Anonymous Illustrated Garden CMS295. Stamp 3 of the same floral images onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. Then dry with the Heat It Tool. I chose Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet Distress Markers to paint the blooms. Then I chose Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to paint the stems and leaves.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. Always start with the lightest color first, then medium shade and dark last. I used very little of the Wilted Violet because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool. I like the separation of color it gives.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: I did the same with coloring the stem and leaves. Start with lightest color to darkest. Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. I used very little of the Mowed Lawn because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: I did the same with coloring the stem and leaves. Start with lightest color to darkest. Scribble a little of the Distress Marker onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Then pick up the color with a Detailed Waterbrush and paint the stamped image. I used very little of the Mowed Lawn because it is such a strong, bright, powerful color. Stop between each shade and dry with Heat It Tool.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: After the flowers have all been colored, cut out with scissors or craft knife.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Cut a small strip of black Kraft Core cardstock. Die cut the word “Mother” using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Sentiment Words 661807. The die spells out the word “Mother’s” but the ‘s can stay intact with tape on the back of the cardstock. It will be covered up with a bloom with the finished project.

After die cutting “Mother” and cardstock on a scrap piece of paper to expose underlying kraft core. Cut a small strip of linen from the Textile Surfaces to use as the backing, adhere to cardstock with Glossy Accents.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Apply a little Iced Spruce Distress Paint to the watch cameo using your finger. Then dry paint with Heat It Tool. Apply some Mushroom Alcohol Ink using Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Tool with felt to watch cameo, in a pouncing motion to metal.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 14: Cut an oval to fit inside watch cameo from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Chose a quote from Clipping Stickers. Cut Clipping Sticker to fit in oval. Shade with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool with Foam. Adhere oval to Watch Cameo with a little Glossy Accents. Then attach clear oval sticker over the insert.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 15: Tie a little Craft Thread to neck of watch cameo.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 16: Trim down stamped newsprint to 4 3/8 x 6 3/8. Adhere to panel with Glossy Accents. Adhere “Mother” cut out to bottom left (making sure the wording is as far left as possible) with Glossy Accents. Attach 2 of the flowers with black Adhesive Foam Tape. Only placing the adhesive foam on upper bloom portions (not stem and leaves).

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Step 17: Apply a little Glossy Accents to back of stems and leaves to hold in place. Attach the watch cameo with black adhesive foam. Cut a few small blooms and petals from 3 flower with scissors or craft knife. Adhere additional blooms with a little Glossy Accents.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

Close ups of where the additional blooms were placed.

Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel by Bobbi Smith

I do hope you give this sweet little floral Mother’s Day Mini Framed Panel a try.

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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit

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For me, Mother’s Day is all about the flowers. Perfect excuse to break out some favorite flower dies and lots of beautiful Distress products to create a super sweet and feminine card for Mom.

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I don’t usually get too girly with my card-making, but Mother’s Day is definitely the exception to that rule. I love mixing a touch of glamour in flowers, gold, and glitter, with the rugged beauty of Distress. It’s a great shabby chic combo that’s always a big hit in my family.

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I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for you, so let’s take a closer look.

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Step 1: To begin, trim a 3.75” x 5” piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper. Ink the paper with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Ink the edges of the paper with Vintage Photo Oxide. Spritz the panel with clean clear water using a Distress Sprayer. Set the paper aside to dry, or speed up the process with a Heat Tool.

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Step 2: Select the medium oval from the Stitched Ovals die set. Die cut the oval from the center of the inked panel. Ink the edges of the oval shape, and the inside of the oval frame, with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.

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Step 3: Place the die cut frame inside the Lace Texture Fade embossing folder, and run it through your Big Shot or die cutting machine to emboss.

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Step 4: Ink the embossed raised portion of the pattern using Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.

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Step 5: Trim a piece of brown kraft-core Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than your frame. Adhere the frame to the center of the cardstock. Place the oval die back into the frame opening, and die cut the panel again. Use a Paper Distressor to distress the edges of the framed panel.

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Step 6: Cut a piece of crinkle ribbon that is about 15” long. Dab Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray the ink liberally with water using the Distress Sprayer. Drag and swipe the crinkle ribbon through the ink mixture, and then set it aside to dry.

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Step 7: Trim two small pieces of ribbon to wrap around the top and bottom of the frame panel. Secure the ribbon on the backside with a bit of tape. Tie the remaining portion of ribbon into a bow, trimming the ends as needed. Attach the bow to the bottom right corner of the frame using an Idea-ology Index Clip. Place the frame down on the card base to act as a guide, and then adhere the oval shape perfectly in the center of the card.

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Step 8: Trim a 5” strip of green Distress cardstock. Sand the paper. Die cut the Mother’s Day sentiment from the strip. Adhere the negative die cut strip to the inside of the card base. Keep the M and O letters to use on the front of the card. Die cut the Mother’s word die one more time to get an additional M for the MOM sentiment.

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Step 9: Die cut some Scrolls from gold Deco paper. Die cut several wildflowers from the Wildflower #2 die set from Mixed Media Heavystock paper. Watercolor the stems and leaves with Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint Oxide. Watercolor the flowers with Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Arrange the flowers and scrolls into a cluster, and adhere them to the right side of the frame with the stems tucked behind the frame using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. Place foam adhesive onto the backside of the frame, and adhere it to the center of the card base.

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Step 10: Adhere the MOM letters to the left side of the frame opening using Multi Medium Matte. Ink the edges of a Quotations sticker with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. Place foam behind the sticker, and adhere it just under the die cut letters.

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Step 11: Add an additional Quotation sticker to the inside of the card to finish it off.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms out there! 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.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit

Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, and I’m so excited to be here today sharing a spring-inspired art tag project with you featuring lots of different ways to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!

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I know you’ve all been as excited about the new ink pads as I have, and if you don’t own them yet, I know you’re going to love them! This fun tag uses the Oxide Inks in many different ways, including ink blending, water blending, water coloring, and even stamping. Let’s take a closer look.

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Step 1: To begin, die cut a tag shape from Mixed Media Heavystock paper, or select one of Ranger’s many ready-made tags. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, blend Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks onto the tag. This puts down a nice base layer of color as a starting point.

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Step 2: Swipe both Distress Oxide Ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spray the inks with water using a Distress Sprayer. Dab the front of the tag into the ink mixtures. You can repeat this process as many times as you wish to achieve the color intensity you are looking for. Just be sure to dry the tag with a Heat Tool between each layer of ink.

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Step 3: Place the Latticework stencil over the top of the tag, and blend Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink onto select areas of the tag using an Ink Blending Tool with foam.

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Step 4: Place the Dot Fade stencil onto the tag, and blend Broken China Oxide Ink onto other areas of the tag. You can spray the tag with the Distress Sprayer after these steps to get the ink to blend and oxidize.

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Step 5: Ink up a Reflections stamp with the Broken China Oxide Ink, and repeatedly stamp partial images onto random areas of the tag.

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Step 6: Die cut a second tag from Memoranda Paper Stash Paper. Trim off a 2” wide section to add as a layer on your tag. Be sure to save the hole re-inforcer shape from the die, too. Using a palette knife, apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges and corners of both the tag and the patterned paper section. Set the paper aside to dry.

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Step 7: Blend brown Distress Crayon onto the crackle paste, and blend the pigment into the cracks, wiping away any excess. If the pigment doesn’t move for you, try dipping the tip of your finger into water and rub it over the crayon to blend. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the edges of the tag using the Ink Blending Tool. Adhere lace trim to the bottom of the patterned paper piece using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Then adhere the paper to the bottom of the tag (Don’t place adhesive along the very top edge of the patterned paper, though). Stitch across the bottom edge of the paper, if desired. Adhere the hole reinforcer to the top of the tag.

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Step 8: Lightly ink the Quote Chips with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Adhere them to the patterned paper section using Multi Medium Matte. Slip an Idea-ology Index Clip onto the top edge of the patterned paper. Tie a small piece of natural hemp twine around the clip, trimming off the ends into a small knot. Ink a Clipping Sticker sentiment with brown Distress Ink to add to the right side of the tag.

Die cut a variety of Scroll and Wildflower shapes from Ranger Watercolor Paper. Ink the scroll shapes with green Distress Inks using the Ink Blending Tool. I used Cracked Pistachio Oxide and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for mine. Apply a bit of Brushed Corduroy Ink around the edges. Spritz with the Distress Sprayer, and blot dry. Apply Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the edges, and set aside to dry. Add Distress Crayon to the leaves to bring out the crackle pattern.

Watercolor the Wildflower shapes using a mixture of Distress Markers and Oxide Inks. Apply Gloss Accents to some of the flowers, and set them aside to dry.

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Step 9: Ink a section of lace with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Thread the lace through the top of the tag, and tie a double length of natural twine around the lace to secure it in place. Tie the twine into a bow, and trim the ends as needed.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere the Scroll leaves and Wildflowers to the tag, tucking the ends behind the strip of patterned paper. Use foam adhesive behind sections of the foliage to help define the layers. Outline the chipboard and sticker sentiment pieces with Wild Honey Distress Marker. Highlight portions of the tag edges and corners with the marker, too. Smooth out the ink using a wet paintbrush.

Field Notes Tag by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Field Notes Tag 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.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here! I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger Blog today! I’ll be creating this Vignette Tray perfect for spring!

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 1: Working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet white wash the Vignette Tray and Vignette Panel front, back and sides using some watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint. You want the paint to be somewhat transparent on the wood. Allow to air dry or you can speed up the process with the Heat It Tool. After dry, splatter the Vignette Tray and Vignette Panel with Picket Fence Distress Paint using the Distress Splatter Brush. Load bristles with the paint then pullcback bristles with fingers and release to create the splatters. That is such a fun tool. Allow to air dry or use Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 2: Take a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack. Trim it down to 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 with non-stick scissors. Paint a thin layer of Dina Wakley Media Black Gesso on burlap leaving some areas still exposed. Allowed to air dry thoroughly or use Heat It Tool. Place the Flourish Layering Stencil over top of gessoed burlap and tack down with tape to Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using a Mini Ink Blending tool with foam, pick up Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink from pad. Working in a circular motion, apply Oxide Ink with Blending Tool over layering stencil to the burlap. Move layering stencil to the right to continue the pattern.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 3: Carefully lift the layering stencil and dry inked burlap with Heat It Tool. To really activate that oxide look, spray droplets of water using Distress Sprayer onto inked surface of burlap. Then dry with Heat It Tool. Add splatters for additional interest using Picket Fence Distress Paint and the splatter brush to burlap. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 4: Cut a piece of Ranger Kraft Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5. Apply Flourish pattern with Layering Stencil using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and blending foam to Ranger Kraft Cardstock, moving stencil to continue pattern. Lift stencil and dry Ranger Kraft Cardstock with Heat It Tool. Spray droplets of water using Distress Sprayer onto inked background to activate oxide look then dry with Heat It Tool. I just can’t help but say it…“that is so cool”!

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 5: Using the Quilted Texture Fade, run the Ranger Kraft Cardstock through a diecut machine to create the raised texture on the surface. Cut Ranger Kraft cardstock in half, so you have two 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 pieces. Then shade edges of cardstock with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 6: I added a few more water spots with just a bit more water droplets using the Distress Sprayer onto the Ranger Kraft Cardstock. Then dry with Heat It Tool. I have so much fun adding layers upon layers of interest to a piece. Swoosh a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide onto the Non-Stick Craft sheet along with water droplets using the Distress Sprayer and pick up color with splatter brush. Splatter ink onto Kraft Cardstock and dry with Heat It Tool. Distress edges of cardstock with Ranger Bone Folder.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 7: Adhere both pieces of Ranger Kraft Cardstock to the top and bottom of the Vignette Tray with Glossy Accents. Then take the paper backing off of the burlap exposing the adhesive. Adhere burlap to center of Vignette Tray, leaving equal distance from top to bottom.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 8: Add Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Sprayer. Press or swipe a Distress Watercolor Cardstock through the ink, picking up the color.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 9: While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It tool. To add more distress, pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 10: Add additional colors separately to add more definition to each color. Swipe Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distressed Oxides onto Non-Stick Craft Sheet, making sure the colors do not to touch. Spray droplets of water onto the ink using a Distress Spray bottle. Pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the Distress Watercolor Cardstock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping). While the Distress Watercolor Cardstock is still wet, slowly pull the trigger of the Distress Sprayer to add larger water droplets. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 11: Color four or five different sheets of Distress Watercolor Cardstock with the various Distress Oxide Ink colors combinations, using the same coloring techniques. You can also accent your Distress Oxides with original Distress Inks too. Here I used Fossilized Amber Distressed Oxide Ink alongside Wilted Violet Distress Ink. They work beautifully together.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 12: Cut a piece of Ranger Kraft Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Using the Stampers Anonymous Newsprint Stamp and Fossilized Amber Distressed Oxide Ink, stamp the image onto Ranger Kraft Cardstock. Dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 13: Spray large droplets of water using Distress Sprayer on stamped image, then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 14: Repeat steps using various Distress Oxide Inks on additional Ranger Kraft. Cardstock.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 15: Using the Distress Watercolor Cardstock that you colorized and the Ranger Kraft Cardstock that you stamped, die cut wildflower images using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Thin dies. Swipe Broken China Distressed Oxide Ink onto Non-Stick Craft Sheet, then add droplets of water to ink. Pick up droplets of color off the Non-Stick Craft Sheet with the die cut wildflowers, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 16: Add shading to wildflowers with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool with foam. Dry with Heat It Tool, if needed.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 17: Start layering all of the wildflowers using small pieces of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam adhered to back of the largest part of flower. Making sure not to add any flowers past the bottom portion of the burlap. You can tack the bottom of the stems to the burlap with a little Glossy Accents.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 18: Add Design Tape to edge of Vignette Tray and burnish with Ranger Bone Folder. Snip the corners of the tape with scissors and fold along all edges.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 19: Use Distress Markers to tint Paper Doll by coloring the image and then blotting with towel or rubbing away the excess ink with a cotton swab. Then dry with Heat It Tool.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 20: Color Typography using a little Pumice Stone Distress Paint. Then let air dry or dry with the Heat It Tool. Diecut the word “happy” from small strip of black Kraft Core Cardstock. On a scratch piece of paper, sand the black Kraft Core to expose the underlying kraft. Cut a small V on right side of word strip, to create a banner. Back with a small piece of silver Deco Sheet.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 21: Adhere some Design Tape to the Vignette Panel. Then tie off a little Eclectic Elements Craft Thread to the Vignette Panel. Flip the panel over and build up 3 stacks of Ranger Black Adhesive Foam in each corner, for height.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

Step 22: Attach the “enclosed” Snippet Ephemera with the craft thread to the wildflowers. Attach the Vignette Panel. Then adhere the banner, Typography, Paper Dolls and Butterfly Snippets using Glossy Accents.

Spring Vignette Tray by Bobbi Smith

I just love the dimension this sweet little Spring Vignette Tray creates. Distress Oxide Inks are so much fun to experiment with, I truly hope you give it a try!

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.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter Bunny version of the Crazy critters for a super sweet and shabby Distress holiday card. What a great way to send a holiday greeting to your loved ones, right?

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Let’s take a closer look.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: To begin, stamp your images onto Ranger Watercolor cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. For this card you will need three Crazy Cats, one set of bunny ears, and a sentiment. Die cut the cats and ears using the matching Framelits dies. Cut the sentiment into a thin strip.
Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Watercolor the cats and ears using a variety of Distress Inks. To watercolor with Distress, simply press the ink pads onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Mix the inks with a bit of water using a Ranger Artist Brush, and apply the color to your image. For the cats, start with the lightest color of ink on the first cat, and gradually deepen the color of the images as you go.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Apply Glossy Accents to the eyes and noses of the cats. Set the images aside to dry.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Create a side-folding standard A2 card base from white cardstock. Cut a piece of Memoranda patterned paper to fit. Round the two right corners of the card base and patterned paper using a corner rounder punch. Nestle the two largest Stitched Rectangle Framelits dies, and hold them in place with a bit of washi tape. Die cut the frame from gold metallic cardstock.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Die cut two additional frames from white cardstock

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Adhere the patterned paper to the card base. Distress the edges using a Tim Holtz Paper Distressor. Ink the edges with brown Distress ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Adhere the three frame die cuts together using Ranger Multi-Medium Matte. Sand the frame, and then ink the edges.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Remove the washi tape from the two rectangle dies, and then die cut the smaller shape from Watercolor Cardstock. Dab Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pads onto the Craft Sheet, and spritz the inks liberally with water using a Distress Sprayer. Press the rectangle die cut into the ink mixture. Dry the paper with a Heat Tool, or allow it to air dry. Repeat this process to intensify the colors, if desired.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Place the Measured stencil over the inked rectangle, and apply Victorian Velvet to the stencil using an Ink Blending Tool.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Adhere a strip of text-print patterned paper across the bottom of the card base. Cut a piece of black Distress cardstock that is slightly larger than the gold frame. Adhere the frame to the cardstock, and then nestle and adhere the smaller rectangle shape inside the frame. Finally, adhere the finished frame to the card base.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 10: Adhere the ears behind the head of the darkest Crazy Cat image using multi medium matte. Position all three cats inside the frame, and adhere them in place. Use the Multi Medium adhesive to adhere the cats, but place a bit of foam adhesive behind the head of the focal cat, for a bit of extra dimension.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Step 11: Ink the sentiment strip with Fossilized Amber and Victorian Velvet ink. Layer onto a strip of sanded black Distress Cardstock. Cut the right ends of both strips into a banner V-notch. Ink a piece of Crinkle Ribbon and a Bouquet blossom with Victorian Velvet ink. Tie the ribbon around the left side of the sentiment strip, and then adhere the strip across the bottom of the cats. Adhere the Bouquet blossom to the ears of the focal cat.

Hippity Hoppity Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Happy Easter, Everyone! 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.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 1: Apply Distress Oxide Inks directly to Craft Sheet, spritz with water until ringlets form. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 2: Swipe Heavyweight Mixed Media Cardstock through the ink, slowly spray water droplets over ink with Distress Sprayer and dry with a heat tool. Repeat to create beautiful layers of ink always drying between layers.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 3: Spray the back of the Trellis Layering Stencil with water using the Distress Sprayer and wipe off the edges of the stencil with a dry towel. Place Layering Stencil on background, blot with a towel, carefully remove Layering Stencil wait a few seconds for the ink to react and blot off water. Repeat if desired and dry with a Heat it Tool. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 4: Ink through Cargo Layering Stencil with an Ink Blending Tool using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink. Stamp Ledger Script with Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Ink randomly over background. (Make a DIY Archival Ink Pad using a Hickory Smoke Archival reinker.)

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 5: Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink using an Ink Blending Tool. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 6: Add a little texture in the background using a Distress Spritzer with Hickory Smoke Distress Marker. Optional: Sew around the edge of the card if desired.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 7: Try different color combinations for fun. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 8: Die cut Wildflower #2 Thinlits Set from Black Cardstock and adhere to card with Collage Medium. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 9: Adhere background to black mat, tie thin jute string around layers and adhere to card. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 10: Cut a strip 3/4” x 5” using Textile Surfaces then die cut message using the Sentiments Thinlits Set and a Vagabond. Cut a 7/8” x 5” strip the same color as the base card then adhere the sentiment to strip. 

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 11: Punch butterflies from one of the colored pieces, Ink the edges and body with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Step 12: Add sentiment to cards with foam tape and trim excess with scissors.

Wildflower Cards by Richele Christensen

Wildflower Cards 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.

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.