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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.

Mom You Are Loved by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

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.

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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

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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?

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Step 5: Die cut two additional frames from white cardstock

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.