Dylusions Thankful Heart Journal Pages

November 27th, 2013


With Thanksgiving arriving tomorrow, Ranger’s Patti Behan was inspired to create this page in her journal that features Dylusions Ink Sprays and Studio Gloss Multi-Medium. You can use this technique to create your own glossy textured finish in your journal pages! For this tutorial Patti used:

  • Dylusions Small Journal
  • Dylusions Ink Sprays: London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, White Linen, Pure Sunshine, Lemon Zest, Cherry Pie, Postbox Red
  • Ranger Mister Bottle filled with water
  • Tim Holtz Detail Water Brush filled with London Blue Ink Spray
  • Archival Ink-Cobalt
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Studio Multi-Medium-Gloss
  • Ranger Manila Cardstock
  • Dylusions Stencils –Large Diamond of a Border
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Ranger Pop it Shapes
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Collection Stamp Set-Worn Text
  • Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix – Vagabond Machine; Mini Hearts Set and Mini Bird and Cage Set Movers & Shapers
  • White Paint Pen
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Sun Pattern (Click Here to Download)



Step 1: Open journal to work on a two-page spread. Mist both pages with water. Then randomly spray pages with London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise. Blot with a paper towel roll.


Step 2: Place Diamond of a Border Stencil on the right side of the journal and spray water through the stencil. Let the water sit to penetrate the page for about 20 seconds. Flip the stencil over to the other side of the journal and press the wet side against the page to get a negative image. Hold it there for a few seconds and then remove. Blot both pages with a paper towel roll. Dry with Heat it Tool. Next, place stencil over the right side again and spray London Blue Ink through. Repeat on the left side. Use Heat Tool to dry.


Step 3: Use White Linen Ink Spray to make some clouds near the top.


Step 4: Spritz some Pure Sunshine Ink Spray randomly on the pages. Use a water brush filled with London Blue Ink to outline the clouds a little bit.


Step 5: Stamp quote using Worn Text stamp set and Cobalt Archival Ink. Outline letters with a Black Sharpie and apply Glossy Accents on top of the letters. Set aside to dry. (NOTE: Anchor the page down if needed so that it lies flat while the Glossy Accents are drying.)


Step 6: Trace sun pattern onto manila cardstock and cut out. Mist both pieces with water. Then spray Lemon Zest until fully covered. Add a light mist of Pure Sunshine. Dry with Heat Tool. Apply a thick coat of Gloss Medium on the sun rays and semicircle. Make swirls with your finger to add some texture to the pieces. Hold the Heat Tool about 8 inches from the pieces and semi-dry the medium (if you get too close it will start to bubble).


Step 7: Spray some Pure Sunshine so that it catches in the cracks. Heat to dry.


Step 8: Add more Pure Sunshine and dry again if needed.


Step 9: Die cut bird from Manila cardstock. Cut off legs. Repeat the same procedure as above: Spray with Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine; dry; add Gloss Medium; dry and add a little bit of postbox red.


Step 10: Die Cut heart from Manila cardstock. Repeat the same procedure as Steps 6 and 7: Spray with Cherry Pie; dry; add Gloss Medium; Spray with Postbox Red; dry.


Step 11: Once everything is dry, doodle a border around the pages with a Black Sharpie and White Paint pen. Glue the sun rays down with the Gloss Multi-Medium and adhere the rest of the pieces with Pop it Shapes for added dimension.



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

November 22nd, 2013

Acorn Tag by Teresa Natividad

  • Ranger Surfaces – #8 Manila Tag
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints – Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink Pad
  • Ranger Embossing Powder – Frosted Crystal, Seafoam White
  • Adirondack Pigment Ink Pad – Snow Cap
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

Give Thanks Tag by Phil Quagliariello

  • Antiquities Embossing Powder -Frosted Crystal, Sea Foam White
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad -Library Green
  • Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Pad-Potting Soil
  • Ranger Surfaces #8 Tags Manila and Kraft

Winter Wonderland Card by Debbie Tlach

  • Ranger Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
  • Tim Holtz Distress Marker- Black Soot
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

Love Plaque by Patti Behan

  • Archival Ink Pad –Jet Black
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Ranger Embossing Pen
  • Ranger Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink

Check out Patti’s blog for instructions!


From the Heart Tag by Kathy Paglia

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Old Paper, Black Soot
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
  • Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black
  • Antiquities Embossing Powder: Frosted Crystal
  • Perfect Pearls Powders: Perfect Gold, Merriment Red, Mandarin
  • Perfect Medium Ink Pad
  • Ranger Pop it Shapes
  • Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
  • Ranger Surfaces – #8 Black Tag
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet


Wendy Vecchi Archival Creativity Tag

November 15th, 2013

Finished Tag

Materials List

By Wendy Vecchi


1. Cut a #8 kraft tag to 5 1/2 inches tall.

2. Use the Blending Tool with the Distress Inks, to create a background. Add Gathered Twigs to heavily shade the left side & the bottom of the tag.

Photo 1

3. Shake the Antique Linen Distress Paint & apply a small amount onto the craft sheet. Pick up the paint with the Blending Tool and stencil the polka dot border as shown. Clean the stencil before the paint dries.

Photo 2

4. Tap the Blending Tool onto the Fern Green Archival pad & stencil the 2 medium flourishes.

Photo 3

5. Tap the Blending Tool onto the Watering Can pad and stencil the stripes to create a border on the left side of the tag. Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment on the bottom right. Use Cornflower Blue on the Vintage Mesh background to stamp several random areas over the background. Shake the Distress Stain & with a fairly dry dabber top, edge the tag & dry.

Photo 4

6. Apply a thin layer of Glue N’ Seal to one side of Clearly For Art, then add a vintage dictionary page over the Glue N’ Seal. Brayer and dry.

7. Die cut one Movers & Shapers Flower & 2 of the smallest flowers from the Tattered Florals die. Drip alcohol ink onto the Clearly For Art (plastic) side of the flowers, tilt the flowers to cover. It will only take 2 or 3 drops of the alcohol inks. Heat the flowers to soften the Clearly For Art, and shape the flowers, while warm. Drip alcohol inks over the metal foliage flowers and use pliers or a hemostat to bend the flower petals.

photo 5

8. Use a push pin to create holes in the flowers. Assemble the flowers by putting the Long Fastener thru the metal flower, then thru the Clearly For Art flower. Use a push pin to create holes in the tag for the fasteners & add the flowers.

9. Here’s a closer look at the dimensional alcohol inked (adorable) flowers.

Photo 6


Things to note

1. Rubbing alcohol will remove the Archival Ink from the stencil.

2. Distress Paint is removable from stencils (with water) while it’s wet. When dry, Distress Paints are permanent.

3. Use other colors for stenciling and background stamping, then use Jet Black Archival Ink for the main image or sentiment. It pops!

4. Clearly For Art can be heated, reheated & reshaped many times.

5. If you’re not happy with the Alcohol Ink colors you chose, Alcohol Blending Solution will remove the color from the Clearly For Art.

6. When using Distress Stains to edge a tag, make sure the dabber top is fairly dry, not saturated.


Liquid Pearls Be Thankful Card by Michelle McCosh

November 8th, 2013

Liquid Pearls Be Thankful Card

Happy Friday everyone! Today we have an awesome tutorial by Michelle McCosh where you’ll learn how to make this Be Thankful Card that features Liquid Pearls! To get started you will need:



1. Select a rust color of Kraft Core and emboss using the Burlap Texture Fades embossing folder. Next, sand the cardstock lightly to reveal the Kraft Color using the Tim Holtz Sanding Grip. Attach to card base using adhesive.


2. Place a few drops of Liquid Pearls on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, spritz with water and mix slightly with craft stick to separate the paint.


3. Take manila tag and press down into the mixture in various places. Take care not to cover the whole tag. You do need some “un-inked” areas. Dry with Heat it Tool.


4. Then, using an Ink Blending Tool with Foam, rub the two colors of Distress Ink over the tag, covering all bare areas. Wipe the surface of the tag with a rag or paper towel. The ink only sticks to the unpainted areas and creates a very cool contrast with the shimmery Liquid Pearls. Spritz with water droplets and let sit for a few seconds before drying. This gives a nice mottled effect on the Distress Ink. Repeat Steps 2-4 on three additional tags.


5. Use the Sizzix Leaf Blue print stamp set and stamp four leaves using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out the leaves using the coordinating dies and your Sizzix Big Shot.


6. Dab Distress Stains onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spritz with water. Take the watercolor cardstock and swipe through the ink mixture. Dry with Heat Tool and repeat until desired color is achieved. Glue a piece of tissue wrap to the card using Multi-Medium. Again, spritz some water droplets onto the paper and let sit for a few seconds before drying.


7. Using Wendy Vecchi’s Archival Ink Potting Soil, stamp “Be Thankful” from the Acorn Blueprint Stamp Set at the top of the card. Ink the edges of the card using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

8. Next, scrape embossing paste through the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil. Let dry.


9. Use Fiber and Plaquette to embellish the card. (I used Mushroom Alcohol Ink to color the plaquette). Glue the leaves onto background using Glossy Accents. I used two sets of leaves on top of each other to add dimension. Adhere card to Kraft Core base using Pop it Shapes.


Festively Distressed Blog Hop with Ranger & Dreamweaver Stencils

November 7th, 2013

Displayed plaque

Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team at Dreamweaver Stencils have been playing with Tim Holtz Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well…paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off color and texture better than great designs. Follow their hop and leave some love for an opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! The hop starts at the Dreamweaver Blog. Enjoy!


Colorwash Autumnal Faux Batik Scarf by Candy Colwell

November 5th, 2013


As the temperatures continue to drop, bundle up with this custom Colorwash Autumnal Faux Batik Scarf by Candy Colwell! For this project you will need:



  1. Prepare three work areas for this project: one for stamping your images, one for ironing the fabric and one for rinsing out the Color Wash.
    1. The stamping area should have a Non-Stick Craft Sheet underneath and room to stamp several images at a time.
    2. The ironing area should have two pieces of blank newsprint large enough to cover the fabric ready-one will be underneath the wet fabric, the other will be placed over the set fabric. I also put a piece of Parchment Paper or something that is nonporous underneath the newsprint to protect my ironing surface.
    3. The rinsing area should be a deep bowl or a sink that has a little cold water in it. I also like to add a little vinegar to the water to help set the color. (You may need to rinse a few times, so if you can use a sink that is the best option).
  2. Lay the silk or sheer fabric on top of the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. (Use sheer fabric so that the Embossing Ink can soak all the way through and transfer the image to both sides of the fabric).


  3. Ink the foam stamps and press them onto the fabric in a random pattern. You may want to stamp off of the fabric as well so that the design runs off of the fabric. (Foam stamps with larger images work best for this technique). Work in small sections; especially if the weather outside is very hot and dry. This will allow you heat emboss your images before the Embossing Ink dries.


  4. Sprinkle the Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped images. You can either pour the Embossing Powder out of the jar or put the Embossing Powder into a little plastic bottle that allows you to control the spray of Embossing Powder a little better. Start at the top of the images and sprinkle the powder. Then hold up that end of the fabric and allow the Embossing Powder to roll down the fabric, covering the ink stamped images as it passes over them. Have a tray at the bottom to catch the extra Embossing Powder and you can return it to the jar for later use. Or, you can simply have a sheet of paper at the bottom to catch the excess powder and return it to the jar.
  5. Lift the scarf and lightly shake off any remaining powder then lay scarf flat on top of the Non-Stick Craft Sheet.


  6. Using the Heat It Craft Tool, gently heat the embossing powder to melt it. Be careful as the fabric is sheer and will scorch if you leave the heat in one area too long. I like to lift the fabric up and allow the hot air to pass through the scarf as I am heat setting it. If you leave the scarf on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, don’t worry if you see brown coming up from the image. That is simply the Non-Stick Craft Sheet.
  7. Repeat this process until you have stamped and heat embossed the entire scarf.
  8. PUT ON Latex or protective gloves and keep them on for the rest of this technique.


  9. Choose the colors of Color Wash that you want to use on your scarf and begin spraying the colors onto the scarf. Don’t worry about overlapping colors or missing areas of the scarf. You can simply spray more color or spray some water to allow the colors to wick together. You will see that the heat embossed areas are resisting the Color Wash.
  10. As you are working, you can lay sprayed portions of the scarf over other sprayed areas. That will allow the colors to blend even more. Continue spraying until the scarf is covered.
  11. Move to the ironing area and lay the wet scarf directly onto the newsprint piece of paper that is waiting on your ironing board or padded surface. Try to flatten out the fabric as much as possible then place the other piece of newsprint over the top of the scarf.


  12. The iron should be on a hot and dry setting. Run the iron over the top of the newsprint, being careful not to let it set too long in one area. Keep moving the iron over the newsprint until the entire top has been completely ironed (to help set the color). You can lift the newsprint to check on the design. If the newsprint sticks, just run the iron over it some more to further melt the Embossing Powder that is being absorbed into the newsprint. Then lift the paper again.


  13. Keep the scarf in between the pieces of newsprint and turn them over. Repeat the ironing on the underside of the newsprint. Now begin to remove the newsprint as you continue ironing down the scarf. If the Embossing Powder seems to stick to the newsprint as you are lifting it up, just reheat with the iron and remove the paper. Sometimes you can get some really colorful designs ironed into the newsprint. You can use those designs on other craft projects.


  14. Take the ironed scarf over to the rinsing area. Put the scarf down into the bowl or sink and the water will immediately start to change color. This is the excess dye from the Color Wash. Continue rinsing the scarf until the water seems to run fairly clear.


  15. Let the scarf air dry. After it is dried, you can either iron it again or just let it dry naturally and have those awesome wrinkles.


  16. As a finishing touch, you can add trim to the edges. Here, I have hot glued a beaded trim on the bottom of the right side of the scarf and hot glued the eyelash trim on top of that.