Stickles Dry Glitter Blog Hop with Dreamweaver Stencils

June 27th, 2013

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The good folks over at Dreamweaver Stencils have another exciting blog hop going on today. The star of their show is none other than Stickles Dry Glitter! If you’re in the market for some Stickles inspiration, be sure to head over to the following blogs to see some fun and exciting products!

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Cherylynn Moser
Leadonna Kimmel
Laura Drahozal
Louise Healy
Jessica Griffin
Caroline Duncan&nbsp
Stacey Rumsby
Pam Hornschu
Heidi Erickson
Cyndi Bundy
Terrece Siddoway
Lyn Bernatovich
Jennifer Dove


Ranger’s Inspired by Tim’s 12 Tags of 2013: June

June 19th, 2013

Hey Everyone! Welcome back to another edition of Ranger’s Inspired by Tim’s 12 Tags of 2013. The June tag is all about achieving a watercolor look with Distress Markers. Head on over to Tim’s post to see his June Tag and to read a few “Did You Know”s about Distress Markers!

Time by Kelly Kronowski

  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers- Stormy Sky, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Barn Door
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Tea Dye, Picked Raspberry
    Tim Holtz Distress Paint: WIld Honey and Picked Raspberry
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Stormy Sky
  • Perfect Pearls Mists-Perfect Pearl
  • Tim Holtz Water Brush
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Manila Craft Tag #10
  • Archival Ink- Jet Black
  • Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Tool

Kathy Paglia

DragonFly Tag

  • Archival Ink Pad-Jet Black
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints-Broken China, Salty Ocean
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains- Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Picked Raspberry, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers- Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Tool

Telephone Tag

  • Archival Ink Pad-Jet Black
  • Distress Paints: Broken China, Picked Raspberry
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Broken China
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint
  • Tim Holtz Perfect Pearls: Perfect Pearl, Interference Green
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Tool

I Adore You Tag by Brianna DeVita

  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Pine Needles, Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Spiced Marmalade, Broken China
  • Archival Ink Pads- Jet Black and Espresso
  • Ranger Surfaces #8 Kraft Tag
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger POPit Shapes

Father’s Day Card by Teresa Natividad

  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint- Mowed Lawn
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain- Squeezed Lemonade
  • Ranger Manila Cardstock

Beautiful Roses Tag By Susan Baldwin

  • Ranger Surfaces #8 Manila Tag
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Barn Door, Fired Brick, and Pine Needles
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pad Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint Salty Ocean
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain Fired Brick
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool with Foam
  • Tim Holtz Detailer Water Brush
  • Ranger Mister Bottle
  • Ranger Heat It Tool
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet

Distress Graduation Scrapbook Page

June 17th, 2013

Distress Graduation Scrapbook Page

If you have a recent grad in your life, you probably have some great photos from their milestone achievement. That means it is the perfect time to assemble them in a great layout that celebrates this significant accomplishment. This Distress Graduation Scrapbook Page by Patti Behan is a simple, yet great way to do just that.

For this project you’ll need:



1. Working on a piece of scrap paper, use the Sanding Grip to lightly sand the entire piece of the Chipped Sapphire Cardstock. Then sand around the edges with a heavier hand.

2. Lightly paint the edges with Wild Honey and then highlight with a small amount of Chipped Sapphire. Set aside.

3. Paint the Muse Token with Wild Honey paint and a small piece of ball chain with Picket Fence. Set aside to dry.

4. Emboss a 4” x 5” piece of Manila Cardstock in the compass embossing folder.

5. Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, paint the entire piece of embossed cardstock with Scattered Straw Distress Stain, letting a small amount of the manila to still show through.

6. Place some Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet and use your finger to apply the paint onto the raised areas. Use the dabber top to apply the paint to the edges. Set aside to dry.

7. Stamp the saying, “CLASS OF” and “2012” onto a piece of manila cardstock. Dry with the Heat it Tool and then use a paper trimmer to cut the three pieces as shown. Graze the edges with Chipped Sapphire and Wild Honey paint. Dry with Heat it Tool.

8. Mat photos with Kraft Core Paper using Wonder Tape.

9. Glue all the pieces as shown. Adhere bottom left photo, stamped manila pieces and Muse Token with Pop it Shapes.

10. Glue the Ball chain down with Multi-Medium to highlight a portion of the photo.


Distressed Father’s Day Card

June 15th, 2013

There is still a day left to make that perfect Father’s Day card. Today we have this awesome Distressed Father’s Day Card by Annette Green. The techniques used in this card can also be used to make a birthday card for Dad.

For this project you will need:


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1. Cut Kraft Glassine in half to measure 4 x 5 inches. Emboss with Blueprint Texture Fade. Distress the outer edges by curling and bending with your fingernail. Lightly rub Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint over raised edges with your finger. Let dry.

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2. Cut a piece of Brown Kraft Core cardstock 4-3/4” x 6 3/4” and sand the outer edges lightly to reveal kraft core. Cut a blue piece of Kraft Core Cardstock 1 1/2 x 4”, sand to reveal kraft core. Stamp Artful Tools image with Archival Black ink onto blue cardstock. Add 8” piece of tissue tape along left edge of card front, wrapping excess around to the back side. Rub Walnut Stain Ink with a Blending Tool and Foam over the surface of the tissue tape.

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3. Adhere blue piece to brown piece. Ink edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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4. Using the tiny attacher, adhere the embossed kraft glassine to the card front, above the blue piece, then distress the top by rubbing Black Soot Distress Ink over the raised areas.

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5. From Grungeboard, cut the mini alarm clock, two gears, and a key. Paint the clock with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, the larger gear with Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint, and the smaller gear and the key with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Let dry.

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6. Distress the tops of each grungeboard piece with Black Soot Distress ink.

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7. To assemble clock, layer the larger grungeboard gear behind the grungeboard clock and insert a large brad (from the buckle Idea-ology pack) through both to secure. Glue a sprocket gear on top and let dry.

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8. Ink the edges of a journaling ticket with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

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9. Adhere ticket to card. Insert ribbon into buckle and slide into place near the right edge. Adhere the buckle and ribbon to the card with Wonder Tape, folding over excess to the back side. Adhere clock and key to card as desired. Add Alpha Parts letters above buckle.

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10. Using a 1/2 inch circle punch, punch out a small clock face from the 2 x 2 page in the Lost & Found paper pack. Adhere to a type charm using Glossy Accents. Affix a clear bubble over the top. Tie a piece of black waxed twine into the type charm and tied into a bow. Adhere type charm to small grungeboard gear and adhere to card. Layer two mini gears and insert brad through card front.

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11. Make the card base by cutting black cardstock to 10” x 7” and fold it in half to 5” x 7”. Adhere the card front to the black card base using Pop-it Shapes to pop it up.


Studio “Moments with Dad” Mini Book

June 14th, 2013


Have a few photos that you’d like to share with Dad this Father’s Day? Michelle McCosh shows you how to make an easy mini book that you can add all of your special memories to.

For this project you will need:




1. Cut two pieces of Manila cardstock to 6×9 inches. Use the Movers and Shapers Moments Tim Holtz die to cut a window in the center of one of the pieces of cardstock. Use a ruler to draw a line above and below the word, then draw a half oval above the word and below word. Cut out window using a craft knife and self- healing mat. Working on the Non-Stick Craft sheet, use a Craft Scraper and add some molding paste to one side of each piece of cardstock. This will become your front and back covers. Applying molding paste unevenly will create texture marks. Dry with the Ranger Heat-It tool. Use Studio Gesso to completely cover the front and back of both pieces of cardstock. Again, dry with the Heat-It tool.


2. Using a baby wipe, first rub Butterscotch paint over the entire cover in a circular motion. Let dry, then using the same baby wipe add a little Espresso paint randomly. Let dry. Rub a little with a fresh baby wipe. You can let the paint dry a little and then rub some of the paint off in areas.


3. This photo shows a closeup of the texture you will get from using this technique. Repeat for the back side of the front cover and both sides of the back cover.


4. To color the watercolor pages: Add various Distress Inks in shades of brown to the Craft Sheet and spray them with water. Smoosh the watercolor paper through the ink and dry with the heat tool. Repeat as many times as necessary to get the look you want. Do this for all the pages in the book.


5. To transfer printed image: Apply a thin layer of Matte Multi-Medium to the inked watercolor paper. Do not use too thick of a layer or too thin. It should still be shiny (wet) when you have finished applying the Multi-Medium. Place your photocopy face down onto the Multi-Medium and burnish well with the craft scraper. While your image is still damp peel up one corner of the photocopy. Your image will have transferred to the watercolor paper. If the image is still too wet it will not transfer, lay the photocopy down, burnish again and wait another minute. If the multi-medium is too dry, pulling the photo copy paper will be difficult work. In this case, spray the photocopy paper with water and rub lightly with your finger to remove the paper backing which will reveal your transferred image.


6. This image is from the town in England where I was born and this is the image that you see through the window of the front cover.


7. The second page of the book also features a transferred photo. I attached a photo of my Dad and me and accented with some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pieces and a Ranger ATC Manila card.


8. Diecut letters with chipboard and cardstock using the Tim Holtz Alterations dies. Paint the chipboard and cardstock letters with the paint Dabbers in Butterscotch, Espresso and Terra Cotta paint dabbers. Adhere to the front cover with Glossy Accents. Use the Archival Ink to accent the edges of the pages and cover. Bind the book using Manila cardstock and an accordion fold, cover the cardstock accordion folds with Tissue Tape.


Watermark Resist/Distress Stain “Daddy and Me” Card

June 13th, 2013

Watermark Resist/Distress Stain "Daddy and Me" Card

As promised we have another great Father’s Day Card for you. Today, Linda Ledbetter shows you how to use Watermark Resist Ink and Distress Stains to create this Daddy and Me Card!

For this project you will need:



Foreground Panel:


Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, stamp letters from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Worn Text set onto Specialty Stamping Paper using Watermark Resist Ink. Allow the ink to air dry or heat-set it with a Heat Tool.


Apply Iced Spruce, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Wild Honey Distress Stain in both vertical and horizontal stripes across the paper, including the areas you’ve stamped with Watermark Resist. Mist the inks lightly with water from a Mister Bottle. Use a soft rag or damp paper towel to gently blot the ink off the stamped areas. Watch those letters pop!


Stamp the concentric circles from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge set randomly over the paper using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Again, gently blot away the ink that covers the stamped letters.


For more impact, trace the letters with a Crushed Olive Distress Marker, then use the fine-tipped Tim Holtz Water Brush around the letters to smear the ink a bit.


Use a Tonic Paper Distresser to rough up the edges, then color them with Mowed Lawn Distress Stain. Once this dries, add a thin line of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint along the outer edges.

Background Card:


Fold a large #12 Manila Tag so that the bottom edge just meets the bottom of the reinforcer. The tag should open like a book, with the longer edge in back and the reinforcer to the right. Stamp what’s now the front of the card with the same concentric circles stamp using Iced Spruce Distress Ink. Place a sheet of scrap paper inside the folded card so the stamping doesn’t touch to the back edge of the card.


Darken the edges of the card using Walnut Stain Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.


Open the card, and use a piece of masking tape to create a straight edge right where the front edge of the card lines up. Use Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint on the un-masked edge. Let the paint dry, then remove to masking tape to reveal a nice, even line.


Photocopy (or scan and print) a photo onto Sticky-Back Canvas. Run it through your ink jet printer as you would any thick cardstock– it takes ink beautifully!
Trim the Sticky-Back photo to size, peel off the backing and attach it to the foreground panel. Then, use Pop-It Squares to attach the foreground to the background card.


Mist a piece of Trimming ribbon with water and color it with Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn and Iced Spruce. Once it dries, thread it through the reinforcer on the back of the tag/card.


Double Embossed Father’s Day Card

June 12th, 2013

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16th. To help inspire you to make the perfect card for Dad, we’ll be posting a masculine project or technique everyday until then. In our first project by Linda Cain, you’ll learn how to add extra dimension to your projects by using this double embossing technique!



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Seasonal Color Palette: June

June 11th, 2013

Seasonal Color Palette: June

After taking a month off for Melt Art Mania, we’re back with the Seasonal Color Palette Challenge! For most of us, June officially kicks off summer. Whether that means days at the beach, nights around the campfire, or just more time with friends and family – it always marks the beginning of Summer Memories.

That’s what this month’s challenge is all about. Our InLinkz contest will be open until noon Eastern on Friday, June 28, 2013. We want to see your interpretation of “Summer Memories.” Feel free to create any type of project that you feel embodies summer using the colors featured in the photo above. We’ve been asked in the past for a list of the products in the image, so this time we are including that as well.

We will select a few projects at random to receive prize packs comprised from the products in the photo. Winners also may receive some complimentary grains of Jersey sand as well. 🙂 We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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New Web Features for June

June 5th, 2013

no1dad_PROMOWe hoped you enjoyed Melt Art Mania over the past few weeks. Now that June is here, it’s time to share some new web features with you. On the homepage, you’ll see a couple new items in the slider at the top!

First, we have an Adirondack Plaid Father’s Day Card by Patti Behan. This project features step-out photos on how to create a masculine plaid background. Just in time for Father’s Day, this technique can easily be adapted to a male graduation card too! It’s a great technique to keep in your bag of tricks, so head on over to this post to see how it’s done!

Distress Captured Scrapbook LayoutNext up, Dyan Reaveley shares her Glue Stick Resist technique in this informative video. By simply using a glue stick with your favorite stencils and Dylusions Ink Sprays you can create a dynamic background that is perfect for an art journal, tag, card, or layout.

Finally, Ronda Palazzari details how to create this Distress Captured Scrapbook Layout. In this project you’ll learn how to use Distress Ink with a brayer to create a splash of background color that makes your special photos really shine on the page.


UTEE Flowers

June 1st, 2013


While Melt Art Mania is technically over, we have a few more things to share with you. Since it’s the weekend, we figure you can never have too much Melt Art!

If you’re new to following Tim’s 12 tags, you may have missed the tag from May 2012. In this tutorial, Tim shows how you can make an amazing mini-bouquet embellishment with paper flowers, Distress Ink, and UTEE. Be sure to check out this post over at and scroll down to the bottom where you can view all of the blogger submitted projects that also feature similar techniques to see just how versatile it really is!