Mother’s Day ICE Resin® Necklace by Jen Cushman

April 29th, 2016

Mothers Day Necklace by Jen Cushman

In honor of her mother, Jen Cushman shares how to incorporate a family photo into a bezel filled with ICE Resin®! Create a personal necklace in time for Mother’s Day!

Find Jen’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Mother’s Day ICE Resin® Necklace by Jen Cushman


Inspired by Tim | April

April 28th, 2016

Each month members of our team at Ranger HQ sneak in a bit of creative time to create projects inspired by Tim Holtz’s monthly tag.  This month members of the team created projects inspired by his April tag. All of our team member were inspired by the change in season and embracing Spring!

Inspired by Tim | April |

Monogram Wreath By Diane Spiak

  • Dina Wakley Media Gesso-White
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Paper Mosaic Kit
  • Thin Wood letter “S”
  • Burlap Roll
  • Ranger Collage Glue Stick
  • Wire wreath frame
  • Pattern Cardstock
  • Hair spray to stop the wreath from fraying

Inspired by Tim | April |

Inspired by Tim | April |

Little House Canvas by Kathy Paglia

  • Tim Holtz® Distress Paint – Picket Fence
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Ink – Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Paper Mosaic Kit
  • Tim Holtz® Distress MicroGlaze
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Adhesive Foam Tape – Black
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool and Foams
  • Tim Holtz® by Tonic Studios- Kush Grip Snips
  • Tim Holtz® Alterations by Sizzix – Bigz Die – Heartfelt
  • Tim Holtz® by Stamper’s Anonymous Stamps – Love Struck (CMS082)
  • Tim Holtz® idea-ology – Paper String, Jump Rings, Mini Pins, Big Chit Chat Stickers, Label Letters and Tissue Tape – Symphony

Inspired by Tim | April |

Inspired by Tim | April |

Wonderful Life Card by Patti Behan

  • Tim Holtz® Distress Paper Mosaic Kit
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Paint-Antique Linen
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Stain-Weathered Wood
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Reinker-Pumice Stone
  • Ranger Adhesive Strips
  • Tim Holtz® Core’dinations –Kraft-Core Classic Collection
  • Tim Holtz® Alterations by Sizzix-Bigz Watering Can; Sizzlits Spring Greenery, Tattered Flower Garland
  • Tim Holtz® idea-ology-Botanical Remnant Rubs, Hex Fasteners, Mini Fasteners

Inspired by Tim | April |


Introduction to ICE Resin® Molding Putty

April 27th, 2016

ICE Resin®’s Director of Education Jen Cushman shows us how to use the Molding Putty for casting and creating custom shapes with ICE Resin®! Jen also describes the benefits of working on the Studio Sheets with Resin.

Take a look at some of these examples made using the Molding Putty with ICE Resin®!

Faux Sea Glass

Made from ICE Resin®, Molding Putty, & Tints

Lock Pendant by Susan Lenart Kazmer

Made from ICE Resin®, Molding Putty, ICED Enamels

Heart Pendant by Susan Lenart Kazmer

Made from ICE Resin®, Molding Putty, Foils & Tints


Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris

April 25th, 2016

Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris

Our Guest Designer Sharen AK Harris shares with us this beautiful Alcohol Ink Flower Painting tutorial!

Find Sharen’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Alcohol Ink Flower Painting by Sharen AK Harris


Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2016

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! In honor of the day in which we appreciate and work towards taking better care of our environment, we decided to share some fun ideas for reusing your resources in your crafts.

Recycled Paper & Plastic Notepads by Teresa Natividad

Teresa Earth Day

We go through a lot of paper in the office. Most of the paper we use is printed only on one side, so I will often use the blank side as note paper. I thought I would make decorative ones for Earth Day!

Create your own recycled notepads in just a few easy steps:

1. Die cut used copy/office paper using any fun shape that you prefer.
2. Also die cut a coordinating piece of cardboard for the backing, and another out of clear plastic packaging for the front.
3. Decorate the clear front piece as desired. I used Alcohol Ink in various techniques. (For the shield, I dripped Alcohol Ink and tilted the plastic several different ways. For the tag, I used an Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool. For the ticket, I dripped Alcohol Ink, then used the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool to blow the ink around.)
4. Gather all pieces together and hold with binder clips. You can also use Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Tape to hold the pad together.
5. Brush Multi-Medium in Matte across the top and let dry.
6. Remove binder clips and write away!

Teresa Earth Day
Teresa Earth Day
Teresa Earth Day

Organic Materials with ICE Resin® by Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer Earth Day
Susan Lenart Kazmer Earth Day
Susan Lenart Kazmer loves to use organic materials and found objects in her jewelry pieces. You can find her using feathers, sticks, fallen flower buds, pencils, game pieces and many more in a lot of her work.

Dried Flowers Bezel Necklace by Jen Cushman

Jen Earth Day
One of the best things about ICE Resin is that it’s a perfect art medium to use with organic and natural elements. Dried flowers, sticks, stones, bones, wings and more can be embedded and encased in resin for truly unique mixed media jewelry and art.

It’s been said The Earth Laughs in Flowers. For me, ICE Resin smiles when it gets to play with lovely pressed petals and sweet blooms.

The most important step for using real flowers is to make sure they are thoroughly dried and pressed. If any moisture gets trapped in resin, organics can mold. For light colored flowers – whites, pale yellow, etc. it helps to brush a thin layer of Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Paper Sealer on the dried petals before encasing them in resin.

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful and natural recycling project.

If you happen to be at the Bead and Button Show this June in Milwaukee, check out my Floating Petals workshop. Be sure to stop by the ICE Resin booth to see this necklace live and in person.

We hope this inspires you to reuse some of your materials the next time you create! Happy crafting!


Seahorse Faux Druzzy Necklace by Misty Grosse

April 18th, 2016

Seahorse Faux Druzzy Necklace by Misty Grosse

Our Guest Designer Misty Grosse shares with us this faux druzzy Seahorse Charm necklace tutorial!

Find Misty’s tutorial in our Projects Library: Seahorse Faux Druzzy Necklace by Misty Grosse


Dina Wakley Canvas Painting

April 15th, 2016

This week has been a BLAST having Dina Wakley, Tim Holtz & Dyan Reaveley here at Ranger Headquarters! In between all of the playing this week, we were fortunate enough to catch Dina Wakley on video creating this beautiful painted canvas! It was a pleasure to witness Dina work through her creative process and we hope you enjoy this fun video!


Liquid Pearls Watercolor Technique with Patti Behan

April 13th, 2016

Our very out Patti Behan shares with us this great tutorial showing how to use Liquid Pearls with water to create a watercoloring pearlescent effect!


Liquid Pearls: Daffodil, Watermelon, Key Lime, Baby Blue, Onyx Pearl
Ranger Cut-N-Dry Foam
Ranger Dye Ink Pad: Black Tie
Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Adhesive Strips
Ranger Multi Medium: Matte
Ranger Surfaces: Gloss Paper
Ranger Surfaces: Black Cardstock
Ranger Surfaces: Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz by Ranger Waterbrush: Wide Brush Tip
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection by Core’dinations: Black
Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix: Vagabond Machine; Thinlits: Detailed Butterflies.
Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous: Botanical Sketch Stamp Set; Grid Blocks


In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki

April 11th, 2016

In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki

Our Guest Designer Carisa Zglobicki shares with us this great Dina Wakley Media canvas tutorial!

Find Carisa’s tutorial in our Projects Library: In Full Bloom by Carisa Zglobicki


Tim Holtz® Distress Crayons CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop

April 7th, 2016

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog for the CardMaker Blog Hop featuring the Tim Holtz® Distress Crayons! Signature Designer & Creative Director Tim Holtz shares with us this vibrant mixed media card tutorial using the Distress Crayons:

Distress Crayons Tag by Tim Holtz
I’m excited to share one of my favorite techniques using the new Distress Crayons. These water reactive pigments have the unique ability to blend, smudge, and layer providing rich color mixed with just a hint of grunge. This technique can be applied to a variety of surfaces including cardstock, wood, canvas and more so let’s get started…

Distress Crayons Blog Hop

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 1: Tear a piece of Tissue Wrap from the roll large enough to cover your surface.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 2: Adhere the Tissue Wrap to the surface using Distress Collage Medium and Distress Collage Brush. Let dry or dry with Heat Tool.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 3: Apply Texture Paste through a Mini Layering Stencil using a Palette Knife. Select random parts of the stencil to place in various areas on the tag. Let dry or dry with Heat Tool.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 4: Apply a layer of Distress Collage Medium using a Distress Collage Brush covering the entire surface including the Texture Paste. Let dry or dry with Heat Tool.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 5: Gather various colors of Distress Crayons before you start coloring. I find having them at the ready makes the blending and smudging of colors much easier since Distress Crayons actually have a dry time.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 6: Scribble various colors of Distress Crayons on a small section of the tag. Keep in mind that in order to allow the various colors to mix, you need to apply them at the same time like I am showing here.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 7: Immediately smudge the colors using your finger. The smooth consistency of Distress Crayons allow for an amazing “blendability”.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 8: Repeat the previous steps working in small areas at a time to allow the Distress Crayons to smudge. Once they dry, they will no longer smudge with your finger and you will need to either re-apply more Distress Crayons, or use water to re-wet the color.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 9: Mist a paper towel with water using a Distress Sprayer. Note: A baby wipe is just too wet for this technique, so this allows you to control the amount of moisture applied to the surface.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 10: Lightly wipe the paper towel over the Texture Paste areas to react the Distress Crayons and start lifting the color. Note: We are able to lift color because we covered the entire surface with Distress Collage Medium first giving it a waterproof layer.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 11: Place a Layering Stencil over the background and rub through the design using the damp paper towel.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 12: This is the cool effect you get revealing the Tissue Wrap background.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 13: Here I chose another Layering Stencil design…really cool effect.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 14: Stamp an image with Distress Archival Ink and dry with a Heat Tool. It’s important when stamping over Distress Crayons that you use a permanent waterproof ink.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 15: Add a quote using Small Talk stickers by cutting sections apart and adhere directly to the surface.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 16: Add various embellishments to the surface using Matte Multi-Medium. I find this adhesive works best over Distress Crayons.

Distress Crayons Blog HopStep 17: Cut a piece of black cardstock for the card base and adhere the tag using Foam Tape.

Distress Crayons Blog Hop

Close-Up: You see, a tag is simply a surface to work on and makes a great card topper. Try adding scraps of Tissue Tape, Ruler Ribbon, and various metal embellishments to finish your card.

Hope you enjoyed this colorful mixed-media approach to creating a card using the new Distress Crayons. Here’s to your creative journey…tim


  • Tim Holtz® Distress Crayons: Sets #1, #2
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Collage Medium: Matte
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Collage Brush: 1 1/4”
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Mixed-Media Palette Archival Ink Pad
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Sprayer
  • Ranger Texture Paste: Opaque Matte
  • Ranger Palette Knife Set
  • Ranger #8 Manila Tag
  • Ranger Craft Sheet
  • Ranger Heatit Craft Tool
  • Ranger Adhesive Black Foam Tape
  • Ranger Mini Multi-Medium Matte
  • Idea-ology: Tissue Wrap / Melange, Small Talk Stickers, Arrow Adornments, Number Tokens, Star Fasteners, Mini Gears, Ruler Ribbon, Tissue Tape / Symphony
  • Stampers Anonymous: Stamp: CMS267 Dapper, Mini Layering Stencils: THMS002, THMS008, THMS051
  • Tonic: Scissors
  • Black Cardstock

  • Thank you for stopping by! Here is the complete list of all of the blog hop participants:

  • CardMaker
  • Linda Beeson
  • Lisa Silver
  • Kim Klinkovsky
  • Pamela Haskin
  • Carisa Zglobicki
  • Dawn Lusk
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