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Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap under the area to be stenciled. This prevents ink from being transferred thru the towel.

Choose your Archival Inks. Place the “Merry Christmas” stencil over the striped area and use Painter’s Tape to mask off the surrounding area. This also holds the stencil in place.

Use Watering Can with the Mini Blending Tool to stencil.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Position the larger pine tree slightly to the left of center and stencil with Garden Patina. Use a Q-Tip to transfer Potting Soil ink to the tree trunk area.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place tape over the stripe to mask it off. Turn the stencil over to get a slightly different version of the tree. 

Position the tree so that the bottom is on the tape, allowing a shorter tree to be stenciled. Stencil the tree with Fern Green.

With the tape still in place, stencil a shorter tree to the left, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now switch to the small tree stencil. With tape in place, stencil a short small tree, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Now stencil the full small tree to the right, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Position the Polka Dotty stencil and line up a row of dots, directly under the striped border. Mask off the area above and below the dots and stencil one row of dots, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stencil a large and small star using Watering Can on the right side. Stencil a small star to accent the small tree on the far left.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Tap the spatter stamp onto the Watering Can pad and lightly add “snowflakes” around the trees.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Dry and heat set the inks with the Heat-It Tool or iron.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Additional Example: If you prefer more traditional holiday colors, here’s another example. 
This uses Fern Green, Jet Black, and Buttercup archival ink for the stars.

Tips & Hints:

  • Archival Ink is the ink of choice for stenciling on fabric, since it is waterproof and permanent when dry. These can be washed with no problem. As long as the ink is dry, the design is permanent.
  • Choose a towel with a small amount of texture. This adds to the texture of the trees.
  • Painter’s Tape holds the stencil securely in place and also keeps the background protected.
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  • The Mini Blending Tool is my choice for stenciling. The smaller footprint is perfect.
  • When stenciling on fabric, I find it best to tap, twist and turn the Blending Tool over the stencil. This seems to work perfect and it doesn’t stretch or move the fabric. Rubbing sometimes moves the fabric under the stencil.
  • Think holiday hostess gifts! I’m thinking these would be fun to send instead of a card!
  • These can be customized to fit any decor. Use traditional holiday colors or change it up like this towel. These can be created in 10 to 15 minutes. SERIOUSLY…it’s much quicker than writing the instructions!
  • Wendy Studio490 

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

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    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap behind the area that will be stenciled. This will prevent ink being transferred thru the fabric to the back.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 2: Determine the center of the onesie and place a Post-it in place. This will be the GUIDELINE we use to keep the letters straight. Painter’s tape can also be used to create the straight line.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 3: Starting with the center letter “T,” line up the bottom of the T with the Post-it. Move the rotating window in place over the T. You’ll see that the area is masked off and the background is protected by the rotating window.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 4: Ink the Mini Blending Tool with Violet, then place the blending tool over the “T.” Twist and turn to add ink. The window was designed to be used with the Mini Blending Tool and it’s a perfect fit.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 5: Position the “I,” again, lining it up on the Post-it, as the guide. Move the rotating window in place & stencil the “I.”

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 6: Continue with the “E.”

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 7: Now moving to the left of the “T,” position the “A” and stencil.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 8: Position the “K” and stencil.
    Position the bottom portion of the wreath stencil, centering it below “KATIE.”

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 9: Mask off any areas outside the area to be stenciled with post-its. Good safety measure!
    Stencil the wreath with Leaf Green.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 10: Use the Heat-It Tool to dry and heat set the Archival Ink. This makes it permanent and washable. You could IRON, but that’s a 4 letter word here. The Heat-It tool is quick and easy!

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 11: Sew a button on to accent the wreath.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Stencil the name, following the steps as above. Make sure to use Archival Ink. I switched it up and used a different ink color for each letter. This time I added his birthdate below the name, using the numbers from the inner circle of the stencil. They’re stenciled with Black Soot Archival.

    Tips:

  • One of the benefits of Archival Ink is that it is permanent when dry. This allows us to stencil on fabric, to create these custom onesies. What a fun unique keepsake! 
  • Stenciling with Archival inks is great for custom home decor projects too. I’ll be back with some holiday stenciling soon.
  • Using the Select-a-Stencil, you can stencil ANY word. It’s great for names with a unique spelling. You’ll never run out of any letter!
  • You can also stencil your chosen name/word on a scrap first. This will help with placement/centering. Use the scrap as a stenciling/centering guide for perfect placement every time.
  • The stenciling can be done horizontally, vertically and even around curves.
  • Because Archival Ink is waterproof, clean the stencil with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.
  • Wendy Studio490 

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi

    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    My best studio days involve trying new techniques. This is what I truly LOVE. I like to discover new ways and different combos, when using Ranger products. Today’s technique is all about using Glacier White Pigment ink with my gorgeous archival colors to change them from transparent to chalky/pastel colors. Ready…set…GO!

    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Use manila cardstock to die cut an oval and a rectangle. The oval I chose is 2-3/4 inches and the rectangle is 4-3/8 x 3 inches.
    Step 2: Tap the Glacier White pad over both pieces, to cover them with ink and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Use the Blending Tool with Foam to ink the rectangle with Garden Patina and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Use the Blending Tool with Leaf Green to ink the oval and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Since Archival Inks are waterproof, any techniques using Archival Ink will use rubbing alcohol.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Here’s a little tip…I like to make a loop of tape with painters tape or washi tape. Place that on the Craft Sheet and place the surface over it. Now it’s nice and secure and it stays in place perfectly, giving you two hands to work with!
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 7: With the rectangle in place over the tape, place the Cable Knit stencil over the rectangle and keep it in place with a piece of tape. MOISTEN the Blending Tool with rubbing alcohol and rub over thru the stencil to remove/lighten the Archival Ink. Dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Now the rectangle looks like this.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Place the oval over the tape, then the Yikes Stripes stencil and again, with an alcohol MOIST Blending Tool, rub over the stencil to remove the Archival ink. Dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Step 10: Use about a 2-1/2 inch square of Clearly For Art that has been covered with Newsprint Paper. Tap the Glacier White Pad over the Newsprint and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Step 11: Use Jet Black to stamp the large flower onto the Newsprint and dry.
    Step 12: Cut out the flower, then ink with Red Geranium. Heat the flower to soften the CFA, then shape the flower to create dimension.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Ink the holly stamp with Jet Black, then place the coordinating Mat Mini Holly onto the stamp, press, remove and dry. Ink over the leaves with Fern Green, then add dots with the Lots of Dots stencil, using Fern Green and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com
    Step 14: Use the Tarnished Brass paint dabber to edge the oval and the rectangle and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Test drive the placement of the components and this will determine where to stamp CHEERS! Use Jet Black to ink the stamp and dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Ink a small portion of the Les Roses background stamp with Watering Can and press the Mat Mini butterfly onto the inked stamp. Dry.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 17: Ink the butterfly with Sunflower and dry. Use the Distress Marker to color the body of the butterfly.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 18: Ink the flourish stamp with Jet Black and stamp in the corners as shown. Dry.
    Step 19: To assemble, add foam adhesive under the oval and under the flower. Use Multi Medium to glue the holly to the oval. Use the black paint pen to draw antennae for the butterfly, then glue the butterfly in place with Multi Medium.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 20: Cut another piece of manila cardstock about 1/4 inch larger than the die cut rectangle. Edge the base with the Tarnished Brass Paint and dry. Add to a black cardstock card.
    Cheers Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Things to note:
    1. Archival inks are a permanent, transparent, waterproof ink. When applied OVER Glacier White pigment ink, they change to a very cool cloudy pastel ink. The Glacier White pad basically doubles your Archival color options! They can be transparent or pastel/cloudy.

    2. The Glacier White is a GREAT white ink for stamping over dark surfaces.

    3. Pigment pads dry out quicker than distress or archival pads. You’ll want the reinker FOR SURE! TRUST me on this one!

    4. Anytime Archival Ink is applied OVER Glacier White, remember to dry the ink with each application. The pigment ink slows the drying time of the Archival Inks.

    5. So, are holly leaves just for holidays? I think not! When used in a non-holiday project, they look like every day leaves!

    6. When moistening the Blending Tool with rubbing alcohol, make sure it’s MOIST, not super saturated. Excess fluid will seep under the stencil if it’s too wet.

    7. Keep in mind that alcohol evaporates rather quickly, so depending on the size of the surface, more alcohol may be needed to be added to the Blending Tool. Any percentage of rubbing alcohol will work with Archival Ink techniques. Whatever you get is fine.

    8. Using just a part of a rubber stamp gives so many options. This flower is really a tiny part of the stamp I chose. Look at what you have and how it can be used in another application to totally change it up.

    Wendy Vecchi’s Blog

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 1: Cut manila cardstock to 4 x 5 inches. Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Use the Blending Tool with Foam to ink the top portion with Sky Blue Archival Ink and the lower half with Leaf Green Archival.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 2: Stencil the picket fence with Potting Soil Archival. With the stencil in place, ink the unmounted “cracks” stamp with Watering Can Archival & stamp thru the stencil to create cracks in the wood fence. The stencil allows the “cracks” to be added to the fence only and it protects the background.
    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 3: Use a scrap of Clearly For Art, that is covered with Newsprint Paper. Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the flower two times, onto the Newsprint side. Cut out both flowers.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 4: Use the flower as a guide to determine where to stencil the leaves. Stencil two large sets of leaves and one small set of leaves as shown using Fern Green.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 5: Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment toward the top right corner.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 6: Use Cornflower Blue with the “lots of dots” stencil to add dots above the fence.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 7: Use Watering Can with the flourish stamp and add the flourish at the top left of the leaves.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 8: Ink the unmounted “vintage text” stamp with Tree Branch Archival and stamp randomly above the fence.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 9: Shake the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint dabber & use it to edge the piece.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 10: Ink over the two flowers with Sunflower Archival Ink.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 11: With a moist Detailer Waterbrush, touch the tip to the Festive Berries Distress Crayon to pick up color and add shading to the flowers. Add most of the color to the centers.
    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 12: Use the Heat-It Tool to soften the flower petals. While the Clearly For Art is warm, shape the flower petals. Use an awl to add a hole to the flower centers. To create the flower center, insert the long fastener thru the fluted collar, then thru the gear. Use black adhesive tape between the flower layers. Assemble the flower a little offset to allow the bottom petals to show.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 13: Ink the bird portion of the stamp and press the coordinating mat mini bird onto the inked stamp. DRY, then ink the bird with Potting Soil, Sunflower and Red Geranium.
    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 14: To create a banner, mask off the “repeating quilt” stencil as shown. Stencil the border at the top of the card with Fern Green.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 15: Use Red Geranium to stencil berries in 3 areas on the leaves. Use the white paint pen to add accent dots. Use the black paint pen to add pen stitching detail.

    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStep 16: Assemble the card. Use Black Foam Adhesive to add the flower and Multi Medium to add the bird. Add black glaze pen dots to add the bird’s eye & to accent the banner at the top. Add to a black base. This can be a card or a little art to set in an easel.
    Give It All You’ve Got Card By Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Things to note:

    1. Because Archival is a permanent waterproof ink, the Distress Crayons can be used to add shading over the Archival Inks. They work well together…Pretty cool!
    2. Masking a portion of a stencil creates a whole NEW stencil. Look at what you have (both stamps & stencils) to see how it can be used for a different effect. This banner looks nothing like the original repeating quilt stencil.
    3. If your stencil is clean, you can see exactly where you’re adding stenciling & avoid sentiments or areas that you prefer not to stencil over. Sorry Dina…for me…clean is good!
    4. Using a red rubber stamp unmounted is an easy way to add small areas of stamping to a background. Just bend it to fit the selected area. This works great even with large background stamps.
    5. The black Foam Tape is an awesome adhesive for Clearly For Art. It provides a very strong adhesive and just the right amount of dimension between layers.

    Wendy Vecchi’s Blog

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    Holiday Gift Box by Wendy Vecchi

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiWith the holidays fast approaching, I thought I’d share a quick way to jazz up a generic cardboard box. I love these little boxes for gift cards, small trinkets and also for gifting $$$. It’s an inexpensive super quick project…just what we need at this busy time of the year! These boxes come in lots of sizes and they’re handy to have on hand, because they can be quickly altered for lots of special occasions. Gift cards are popular and this is an easy way to make them a little more personal and special.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 1: Ink the holly stamp with Jet Black and press the coordinating holly leaves onto the stamp. Ink the stamp again and press the berries over the berries portion of the stamp. Dry.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 2: Ink over the holly leaves with Fern Green, using the Blending Tool with Foam. Ink over the berries with Red Geranium on the Blending Tool. Dry.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 3: Ink the polka dot background stamp with Watering Can and press the holly leaves onto the inked stamp. Dry.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 4: The berries will fit into the holly leaves. Two pieces makes it simple to use two ink colors.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 5: Lay the stencil horizontally over the box top and use the Blending Tool to stencil with Red Geranium. Dry and clean the stencil with rubbing alcohol.
    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy Vecchi

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 6: The box looks like this.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 7: With the clean stencil, position it over the box top vertically and stencil the stripes again with Fern Green. Dry. This creates a multicolored plaid.
    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy Vecchi

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 8: Ink the polka dot background with Red Geranium and press the box top sides onto the inked dots. It’s easiest to work with the opening toward you and press your finger along the inside of the box to transfer the ink.
    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy Vecchi

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 9: To create a sturdy stamping surface, place the box top over a closed distress ink pad.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 10: Lay the holly in place to determine where to stamp the flourish. Ink the flourish stamp with Jet Black and stamp in the top left corner. Dry.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 11: With the Distress pad still under the box top, ink the MERRY CHRISTMAS stamp with Jet Black and stamp it at the bottom of the lid, toward the far right. Dry.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 12: Shake the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, then press onto the craft sheet to make sure the dabber top is moist. Use the dabber to edge the box top and the corners. Dry.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 13: Use the waterproof pen to add pen stitching details to the box top edges. Every detail matters!

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 14: Add Black Foam Adhesive to the back of the holly and add over the stamped flourish.

    Holiday Gift Box By Wendy VecchiStep 15: Here’s the quick transformation…the finished gift box.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy Vecchi

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy Vecchi

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiA trip to the home improvement store with my hubby, inspired this little holiday home decor piece. These are the other pieces I bought and today I’ll show you how to totally transform one.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 1: Create an authentic custom brick embossing powder by mixing 1 part of Red Geranium embossing powder, 1 part Orange Blossom embossing powder, 2 parts Frosted Crystal embossing powder and 1/2 part of Watering Can embossing powder. Stir to mix the colors well.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 2: Sand the metal piece to add some tooth for the embossing powder to stick to. Use the Blending Tool with Foam to add Sky Blue Archival Ink to the metal piece. While the ink is wet, sprinkle with Sky Blue embossing powder and heat with the embossing gun to melt the embossing powder. ***THIS GETS VERY HOT.*** ALLOW about 5 minutes for the piece to cool. Work in sections to cover the entire metal piece.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 3: When the metal has cooled, ink the vintage text background stamp with Watering Can Archival and stamp the piece as shown. Use the Heat-it Tool to dry the ink.
    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy Vecchi

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 4: Use Potting Soil with the Blending Tool to add shading to the edges. Dry the ink.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 5: Shake the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and use the dabber top to edge the metal piece. Allow this to air dry.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 6: Spray the wreath with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain and allow to dry.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 7: Snip the Jingle Brad prongs from the bells. Drop them into a sandwich bag and add a few drops of Red Pepper Alcohol Ink, Squish the bag to cover the bells. Remove and allow to dry. When dry, use Multi Medium to add them to the dry wreath.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 8: Remove the antlers from the deer head, then ink over the head with Potting Soil.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 9: Paint the antlers with a thin layer of Glue N’ Seal, then dip the antlers into the jar of Distress Glitter Dust and set aside to dry. I found it easier to use a hemostat (yes…old surgery nurse!) to hold them. Replace the antlers into the head, when the glue is dry.
    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy Vecchi
    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy Vecchi

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 10: Swipe each of the Letterpress onto the Red Geranium pad. Dip each letter into the custom brick embossing powder and heat to melt the powder.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 11: Snip a 1 1/2 inch piece of the Alpha Parts Frozen and paint on a thin layer of Glue N’ Seal. Sprinkle with the Frosted Crystal Embossing powder and allow to dry. No need to melt the powder. The Glue N’ Seal holds it in place to create the frosted effect.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 12: Repeat with another section of the Frozen icicle, cut to fit the bottom of the metal piece. Add a strip of Wonder Tape to the back of both sections.

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 13: Ink the Mat Mini Pine Trees with Fern Green and sprinkle them with Fern Green embossing powder, while the ink is wet. Heat to melt the powder. Use the spatter stamp with Glacier White to stamp over both trees. Dry.
    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy Vecchi

    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy VecchiStep 14: Add a drop of Mushroom Alcohol Ink to each of the Mirrored Stars. Allow to dry.
    To assemble, remove the release backing from the small Frozen icicle and add it to the top right corner. Add the wreath to the top left corner with hot glue. Add the deer head to the center of the wreath. Layer the Pine Trees with Black Foam Adhesive and add them to the right side, over the Frozen icicle.
    Add a strip of Wonder Tape under the Letterpress and add them to the base, making sure to cover the holes. Make sure to leave room for the Frozen. Remove the release backing from the tape and add the icicle in front of the Letterpress, so that the icicle hangs off the edge.
    Use Multi Medium to add the Mirrored Stars to the Pine Trees and add one to accent the Letterpress.
    A Little Holiday Art By Wendy Vecchi

    Won’t this look cute sitting on a shelf or on your holiday table? It also makes a fun hostess gift.
    And there you have it…proof that inspiration is everywhere…even the home improvement store.

    To see how I used the “fence post top” with the new Distress Paper Mosaic kit, check out this blog post: www.studio490art.blogspot.com

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi

    There’s nothing that I love more than discovering a new technique and a new way to combine Ranger products, to create something different. Today’s art focuses on a new technique called…GLITTERED EMBOSSING POWDER.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 1. Use 3 fillable jars to mix equal parts of Rock Candy Distress Glitter with these 3 embossing powders…Tiger Lily, Violet and Fern Green. Add 1 scoop of Rock Candy Glitter to each fillable jar, then mix in an equal amount of the colored embossing powder.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 2. Die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix pumpkin from studio 490 black Magic Mat Board. Ink the stem with Fern Green Archival Ink, then sprinkle with the “Fern Green glitter embossing powder”. Heat to melt the powder.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 3. Ink all 4 pieces of the pumpkin with Tiger Lily archival ink, then sprinkle with “Tiger Lily glitter embossing powder”. Ink, sprinkle, then heat each piece. Glue the pieces together to assemble the pumpkin.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 4. Die cut the mini Tim Holtz/Sizzix cup and saucer from studio 490 black Magic Mat Board. The saucer was cut from a scrap, which allowed me to use the cup that is not attached to the saucer.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 5. Ink the cup with Violet Archival Ink, sprinkle with “Violet glitter embossing powder”, then heat to melt the powder. Ink the saucer with Violet, and sprinkle with Violet embossing powder. Add a tiny bit of Potting Soil to accent the saucer edges. Cut the handle from the spoon, ink with Potting Soil, DRY, then insert into the cup opening.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 6. Cut a piece of Tim Holtz Yuletide paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches and glue to a 4 3/4 x 6 inch black Magic Mat Board base. Add pen stitching to the edges with a waterproof pen.
    Step 7. Use painters tape to mask off the stem/leaves of the studio 490 prairie flower.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 8. Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the flower in the top left corner.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 9. Place the coordinating prairie flower stencil over the leaves/stem and ink with Leaf Green, using the Blending Tool with Foam.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 10. Position the stencil over the stamped dots and ink thru the stencil with Tiger Lily.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 11. Use Glue N’ Seal to adhere studio 490 Newsprint to clear, Clearly for Art (CFA). Stamp the large hosta leaves onto the Newsprint side, using Jet Black. Cut out the leaves and cut off the flower/stem. Ink the leaves with Fern Green, Leaf Green and a tiny bit of Tiger Lily. Use Fern Green to stamp the studio 490 polka dot background stamp over the leaves. Heat the leaves to soften the CFA and shape the leaves.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 12. Add a piece of Yuletide tissue tape about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the patterned paper. Test drive the placement of the pumpkin and the leaves. This will show you where to stamp the studio 490 flourish. Stamp the flourish 3 times, using Jet Black.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 13. Remove the antlers from the Tim Holtz deer. Ink the deer with Tree Branch Archival and accent the ears with Potting Soil. Dry.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 14. Create a textured matte finish embossing powder by mixing equal parts of Tree Branch embossing powder with Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder. Ink the antlers with Tree Branch Archival, then sprinkle with the “frosted Tree Branch Embossing Powder”, and heat to create the authentic velvet on the deer antlers. Pop the antlers back in the deer head.
    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 15. Add a piece of Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to Black Cardstock. Die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix word. Cut out a label from the Yuletide Paper stash. Ink the cut edges with Fern Green, using the Blending Tool with Foam.

    Step 16. To assemble, glue the pumpkin to the left side. Use Black Foam Adhesive under the CFA leaves. Glue the tea cup/saucer over the left side of the pumpkin. Add a tiny bit of Tree Branch over a chit chat seasonal word. Add the word to a scrap of black Magic Mat Board and glue to the cup. Add the label to the base, then remove the backing paper from the word & it’s a sticker. This is VERY CONVENIENT for thin dies. Glue the deer in place.

    Enjoy Fall Card by Wendy Vecchi
    Step 17. Cover a scrap of Manila Cardstock with Violet Ink, then sprinkle with Violet Embossing Powder. Heat to melt the powder. Use a punch to punch 3 tiny flowers. Add to accent the flourishes.

    Step 18. To create the COOKIES on the saucer, use the HOLES from the reinforcer from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix tag die. Ink with Tree Branch, sprinkle with Tree Branch Embossing Powder and heat to melt. Glue the LOW CALORIE COOKIES on the saucer.

    Because the glitter is hard to photograph…here’s a mini video to show how the Rock Candy Glitter combines with the embossing powders. It’s a sparkly effect and the glitter is cooked into the powder, so it stays in place! Watch here >

    Things to note:

    1. Archival Inks are versatile. For this piece, I used them to stamp, to stencil, to emboss, to create custom embellishments and to alter the deer and the spoon handle.
    2. Water will not remove the Archival Ink from the stencil, since it is a waterproof ink, but rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) will remove it easily.
    3. Embossing cardstock scraps is a great way to USE them to create custom embellishments. This works well with punches and dies. The Fillable Jars are perfect for storing small pieces.
    4. By combining Rock Candy Glitter with colored embossing powders, it changes the embossing powder surface from smooth and shiny to textured with subtle sparkle. It DOUBLES your embossing powders! It’s a jar of MAGIC!
    5. By combining Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder with colored embossing powders, the embossing powders are changed from smooth and shiny to textured with a matte finish. It too doubles your embossing powders. It too is a jar of MAGIC!
    6. I say this with every post…but I’ll say it again. Glue N’ Seal is THE BEST paper adhesive in the whole wide world!
    7. This little art can be displayed on an easel or you could punch holes at the top, add wire and make it a hanging piece.
    8. PS…don’t eat the LOW CAL cookies!

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi1. Die cut the watering can from white Magic Mat Board. Swipe Tiger Lily and Cornflower Blue onto the Craft Sheet. Sprinkle with about 3 drops of rubbing alcohol. DO NOT MIX. Place the watering can die cut onto the ink/alcohol & wiggle around to pick up the color. Dry.
    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi2. Ink the spatter stamp with Watering Can, then stamp over the watering can to add pit marks. Dry.

    3. Add shading to the edges of the watering can & the trim piece with Hickory Smoke, using the Blending Tool. Use the Hickory Smoke marker to cover the white edges.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi4. Use an awl to create a hole to accept the washer and long fastener in the handle area. After inserting the washer with the long fastener, “smack” the fastener with the Texture Hammer to dent & age it. Glue the trim strip in place. Use the black glaze pen to add dots to resemble holes in the sprinkler area.

    5. Paint a thin layer of Glue N Seal onto Clearly for Art, add Newsprint & burnish to Adhere the Newsprint to the CFA. Give it a quick dry.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi6. Stamp 2 flowers onto the Newsprint side, using Jet Black. Dry and cut out.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi7. Swipe the Tiger Lily and Red Geranium pads onto the craft sheet. Drip 3 drops of alcohol over the inks. DO NOT MIX.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi8. Place the Newsprint side onto the inky solution & wiggle to cover the flower with ink. Dry. Repeat with second flower to use up the ink. Your flowers will look something like this.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi9. Ink the Polka Dot background stamp with Red Geranium and stamp over both flowers. Heat the flowers to soften and shape. Layer the flowers, using Foam Adhesive.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi10. Add a drop of Cranberry Alcohol Ink to color the gumdrop. Allow to dry. Add the gumdrop to the center of the flower.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi11. Swipe the Tree Branch & Orange Blossom pads close to each other on the Craft Sheet and sprinkle on rubbing alcohol. The manila cardstock will absorb the fluid, so use plenty.

    Use a palette knife or craft stick to mix the ink and alcohol together. Place the manila cardstock into the inky fluid to cover the cardstock and dry.

    12. Lightly ink the Old Wood Floor stamp with Watering Can and stamp over the card, starting at the top. The bottom will not be stamped.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi13. Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment about 1/2 inch from the top and a bit to the right.

    14. Ink the vintage text stamp with Tree Branch and use the unmounted stamp to randomly add text to the background.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi15. Use Jet Black to stencil 4 rows with the Checkmate stencil at the bottom of the card. Stencil 2 rows at the top, using Jet Black.

    16. Use a blending tool with Gathered Twigs to shade the edges of the card.

    17. Test drive the placement of the watering can. That will help you decide where to stamp the flourishes. Use Watering Can to stamp the flourishes, so they appear to be sticking out of the can.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi18. Use Red Geranium to stencil 3 small areas, using the Old Ledger Stencil.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi19. Use a Post-It to mask off the top right border of the card, Use Jet Black to stamp the spider & remove the Post-It. (that’s the BLUE in the photo).

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi20. To create the custom Archival pad…see photo…add a thin strip of Potting Soil, then a strip of Tree Branch, then Fern Green and then Leaf Green.

    21. Use the custom Archival pad to stamp the leaves and stem onto the Newsprint side of the CFA. Cut out, cutting off the stem. Add Fern Green to shade the edges, using a blending tool.

    22. To assemble the card, glue the watering can in place, add the leaves, then add the flower over the leaves and watering can.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi23. Add to a black card base. Add pen stitching detail to the card edges.
    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi

    Things to Note:
    1. Archival inks are versatile. In this project they were used to stencil, to stamp, to create a fluid inky background for the manila cardstock and they were used to create a more “splotchy” effect on the watering can and on the flowers.
    2. This is interesting…even though the manila cardstock is completely saturated, because the archival inks were mixed with rubbing alcohol, there is no bubbling, warping or pilling of the manila cardstock or the Newsprint.
    3. Rubber stamps and inks are a match, made in heaven. You can totally change the look of the stamp by changing the ink color. The spatter stamp that creates the “pit” marks on the watering can for this card is the same stamp I use with Glacier White pigment ink for the Faux Graniteware technique.
    4. The stem/leaves stamp gets transformed by changing it from vertical to using it horizontally & chopping off the stem!
    5. Since Archival inks are waterproof, water will not clean the ink from the stencil, but rubbing alcohol works like a charm. Any alcohol percentage is OK. They all work the same.
    6. Incase you didn’t know…Glue N Seal is THE BEST paper adhesive in the entire world! Trust me…it doesn’t bubble even very thin papers like my Newsprint.

    Here are some little TIPS…
    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi1. When creating custom pads, mask off the case with painters tape, then swipe the inked pad over the label to use as a reference. Remove the tape & the case is clean.

    Every Moment Matters Card by Wendy Vecchi2. I find it very useful to label the bottom of the custom pads with the reinker colors that I used to create the pad. It’s a simple way to prevent re-inking with the wrong color. Re-inkers are dark, since they are a very concentrated ink. This makes it difficult to decide if the color is Fern Green or Leaf Green… The same is true with the other colors…Red Geranium or Carnation Red…a simple label is very helpful.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi

     

    Everyone has scraps and small leftovers from…making art. I like to use as much of these scraps as I can, instead of sending them to the trash. Today I’ll show you how to put those scraps to good use and combine them with embossing powders to create custom embellishments. It’s super quick and easy…Just follow these simple steps.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the black magic mat board scraps with Red Geranium archival ink, then sprinkle on some Red Geranium embossing powder. Heat to melt the powder and allow the powder to cool.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comPlace the embossed scrap embossing powder side down over the chosen dies. I used the Tiny Shapes heart for my sample. PHOTO 1257

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comNow that scrap is changed into some adorable mini embossed hearts. They’re all ready to be used on cards, tags, art journal pages or your mixed media art.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comOur Fillable Jars are a great way to store mini die cuts and embellishments. The clear lid allows us to see the contents and they take up very little space.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comNow let’s use some manila cardstock scraps. I’m using this new cute bird punch.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comGrab the punch, a manila scrap, some Violet embossing powder and some Violet Archival ink.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe the Violet ink pad over the manila scrap, then sprinkle on some Violet embossing powder and heat to melt the powder.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse the punch to punch out 2 birds. You can easily change the orientation of the bird by punching thru the colored side, then turn the scrap over and punch again from the back.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comIt’s easy to give these birds a little more detail. Use the perfect Medium pen to add embossing ink to the bird legs and their beaks. Dip the bird legs and the beak areas into Tree Branch embossing powder and heat to melt the powder.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAdd shading to the belly area with the mini blending tool and Potting Soil archival ink.

    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comHere’s a better look at the birds after the eye was added with the glaze pen.

    THINGS TO NOTE:

    • It’s much easier to emboss the whole scrap and then die cut or use a punch, instead of embossing tiny pieces after they are cut. This is a BIG time saver and you’ll have NO burned fingers!
    • Instead of a pile of scraps laying around, use those scraps to make custom embellishments. It’s so convenient to have them ready for quick use on many projects.
    • Look at your dies and punches and combine them with embossing powders to give you more use from your products.
    • Swipe the ink pad over the scrap instead of using the blending tool. It’s much quicker!
    Here they are, used on 2 tag and a reminder to USE YOUR SCRAPS…don’t toss them!
    Be watching my blog for tutorials for these tags.
    Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Use Your Scraps by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

     


    Wendy Vecchi

    Wendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSignature Designer Wendy Vechhi shares a card featuring her signature collection of Archival Inks and Embossing Powders that is full of techniques and beauty!

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comPaint a thin layer of Glue N Seal onto a piece of Clearly For Art, then add Newsprint Paper. Burnish firmly to the Clearly For Art. MAGIC! NO BUBBLES!

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Jet Black to stamp the pansy two times onto the newsprint side.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comMake a loop with painter’s tape and add it under the pansies to hold it in place on the craft sheet.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comPosition the pansy stencil over the stamped image and use Fern Green on a mini blending tool to stencil and ink the leaves.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Position the stencil over the flower.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Buttercup to add color to the outside edges of the flower.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Reposition the open flower stencil over the pansy and use Violet to ink the flower. With the stencil still in place, ink the polka dot stamp with Watering Can and press the UN-mounted stamp over the flower.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comThis adds polka dots only to the flower center.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comCut out one full pansy and just the flower and leaves from the second. Save the stem for another project. Heat the Clearly For Art to soften, then shape the flower and leaves to add dimension.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse foam adhesive to add the single flower and second set of leaves to the full pansy.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse black Magic Mat Board to die cut 3 mini hearts. Ink the first heart with Fern Green archival and sprinkle on the Fern Green embossing powder while the ink is wet. Heat to melt the embossing powder.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comRepeat these steps with the other 2 hearts, using Buttercup for one and Violet for the other.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comCut a piece of manila cardstock to 3.75″ wide x 5.25″ tall. Swipe the Tree Branch pad onto the craft sheet and add rubbing alcohol.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse the palette knife to mix the archival ink into the alcohol.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comPlace the cardstock into the inky solution and allow the cardstock to absorb the fluid. Dry with the heat tool.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Hydrangea on the blending tool to stencil diagonal stripes at both the top and bottom of the card. Use the full border at the bottom and a thinner border at the top.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Reposition the stencil to cover the Hydrangea stripes, then use Dandelion to add the yellow stripes.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comEASY way to create a multi colored border!

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Jet Black to stamp the sentiment above the bottom border.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comPosition the old ledger stencil over the card and lightly stencil random areas, using Tree Branch.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Brushed Corduroy on a blending tool to add shading to the edges.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comDispense a small amount of Tumbled Glass Distress Stain onto the craft sheet. Pick up the stain with the detailer water brush and tap to add inky dots to the card.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Jet Black to stamp “remember this”, centered in the bottom border.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Watering Can to stamp the lace border under the top border.

    Use the Stabilo pencil to define the stenciled borders. Add pen stitching detail to the card sides.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Assemble the card as shown and then add to a top opening black card. Add Glossy Accents to accent the flower center.

    The Sweetest Card by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comTHINGS TO NOTE…

    1. Glue N Seal is AWESOME for adding paper to any surface. Make sure to burnish it down immediately onto the surface. I like to just rub it with my hand, but you could use a brayer. NO BUBBLES or WARPING!
    2. Did you notice that all the fluid we used did not warp the manila cardstock, even though it was completely saturated? That’s the benefit of using the rubbing alcohol, instead of water.
    3. When adding flower/leaf layers, offset them a bit to allow the bottom layer to show thru.
    4. Combining die cuts and embossing powders allow us to create perfectly coordinated custom embellishments.
    5. Creating a loop of tape allows the surface to stick to the craft sheet, giving you two hands to work with.
    6. It’s easier to use an UN-mounted rubber stamp when stamping thru a stencil.
    7. Clearly for Art can be reheated and reshaped until you are happy with the result.

     


    Wendy Vecchi

    Wendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!