Wonderland Ornament Topper with Ranger Ink


Happy Saturday, crafty friends! How are the holiday preparations coming along? My parents arrived for their annual visit on Wednesday evening, and that always marks the true beginning of the Christmas holiday here at my house. The past couple of days have been busy with decorating and shopping. There’s still so much to do, but I’m starting to get a handle on things.


Today I have another holiday project to share, and another one that I like to call a two-fer project because it works both as an ornament or as a gift bag tag topper. I made this sweet wreath with the Deck the Halls Colorize die set from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4 release and a pretty holiday color palette blend of Distress Oxide and Ink.

Not only is this ornament perfect for gifting and decorating, it also looks fabulous tied into the bow of any holiday packaging. Once the package has been opened, simply remove the ornament and hang it on your tree for a holiday keepsake that will last for years to come.

I’m happy to share the complete tutorial for this ornament on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Deck the Halls, ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Peeled PaintRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Fired BrickTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Peeled Paint

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger PEARL POWDER SET 2 Letter It lep59622

Idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers
Stampin’Up: Trim

#Spring Cottontail Rabbit with Ranger Ink


Hi friends! I’m back with a new card today that I have the great pleasure of sharing as a project tutorial on the Ranger Ink blog this week. Of course Easter is coming up this weekend, so it’s a perfect time to be showcasing this adorable rabbit die. He so reminds me of those molded chocolate rabbits I always liked to get my kids for their Easter baskets. Lots of happy memories there. Love that he can also be just a spring rabbit out in the garden, which is how I’ve used the little guy today.

The Cottontail rabbit is such a classic and timeless shape. It looks great just as a simple silhouette, but for this card, I decided to embellish him with lots of Distress inks and add accent details with Distress Crayons. And since this is a Bigz die, you can dress up your project with the texture of fabric or burlap, like I’ve done on the bow here.


The background of the card starts with a layer of watercolor cardstock inked in a soft palette of Milled Lavender and Victorian Velvet Distress ink, which was then softly stenciled in a woven pattern and stitched to my card base. The frame, die cut from kraft stock cardstock, was made with the Stacked Postage die set… a great go-to set for creating easy layers. I added some greenery from the Wildflower Stems #2 die set. The sentiment was made with the new Labels Alphanumeric dies.


I’ve got the full step-by-step project tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope all my friends and family who celebrate have a blessed Easter holiday! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - White CardsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - CottontailSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Wildflower Stems 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - WovenAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - BouquetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Milled LavenderRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Victorian VelvetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Ground EspressoTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Set 3Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Spun SugarRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Crayons - Victorian Velvet

Rawr Means… with Ranger Ink

Hi crafty friends! Before I get started with today’s card share, I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who joined along in the Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop last week. Hope you all enjoyed taking a closer peek at some of the amazing trade show projects as much as I did. The winners randomly chosen from all the comments left along the hop have been posted over on Richele Christensen’s blog CaliforniaARTgirl, so be sure to pop over there to see if one of them was YOU!


Today I have a bit of an nontraditional Valentine card to share with you that I made for the Ranger Ink blog using fun new die sets from Tim Holtz and some new Distress Oxide Spray ink, too. I know dinosaurs might not be your first thought for a Valentine design, but I am pretty smitten with these guys from the new Chapter 1 Prehistoric die set, and think they work for any occasion.


Of course Valentine’s Day needs hearts, so I started the card with a large heart-shaped die cut opening to frame my cute little dinosaur. Since the heart is quite large and symmetrical, I went with a 5×5 square card for my design, and layered the base with inked cardstock in a bit of a different take on Valentine’s colors using Iced Spruce, Spun Sugar, and Candied Apple Distress ink. It’s unusual, but I really love this combo.


The organic “tar pit” look to the window opening was made with the new Chapter 1 Splat die set. At first glance, this die set may seem a little tricky, but I love how it pairs with the dinosaurs, and love that you can use both the positive and the negative shapes it creates. I used just one of the dies from the set here, but there are several more that can stack to build really unique layers. The base and sentiment were stamped with a sentiment from Tim’s Simple Sayings stamp set. The Rawr means stamp and the large stitched heart are from my friend Emma at My Creative Time.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Any special plans in the works?


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - PrehistoricSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - SplatStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dot FadeAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - BouquetRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

My Creative Time: Prehistoric Holidays stamp set, Stitched Hearts die set
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Welcome Winter with Ranger Ink

Hello, hello friends! Long time no see! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year, and that 2019 is off to a good start. It has been crazy town here at my house lately, between Christmas and work and my parents and kids visiting… and more recently, being holed in up my craft room working on secret Creativation (CHA) projects. But probably the biggest time consumer has been this little guy right here.


The sweetest wee baby pup. He’s an American Eskimo (Eskie) dog, 10 weeks old, name still to be decided… and he’s definitely keeping me on my toes, and rather worn out. But I’m smitten. Quite honestly in love.

So I apologize for being a bit MIA lately. I miss you all, and hope to be around to visit soon! CHA work is wrapping up shortly, and little buddy here should be growing in independence, and then things can begin to get back to a more normal schedule.


In the meantime, I wanted to share a winter-inspired card project and tutorial that I have up on the Ranger Ink blog today, featuring some favorite Tim Holtz stamps and dies and lots of beautiful Distress ink and oxide.


The background of the card was heavily inked in colors of a winter stormy sky, and stamped and embossed with large swirly snowflakes. Last year’s snow globe die set was used to create a window opening for my woodland scene.


Several die sets were combined in this snow globe scene, including Festive Greens, Alphanumeric Thin letters, Snowglobe #2, and Winter Wonderland, all from the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix collection. The images were pieced from a variety of cardstock that were sanded, inked, or watercolored. Love the different textures those three mediums bring.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

The puppy is calling me, so off I go. Happy New Year, friends! May 2019 be good to us all!

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‘Tis the Season with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, crafty friends, and happy December! Did you all make any headway on your holiday to-do list this weekend? I broke into a few more tubs of decorations, but made very little progress, I’m afraid. You all know me by now….. you know these halls get decked in more than a few boughs of holly…. and these things just can’t be rushed. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m as slow as a snail. Regardless of all that, I do love this time of year. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!


Today I have the great pleasure of sharing this holiday card and project tutorial over on the Ranger Ink blog. These sweet Christmas characters are from the new Cool Yule die set that Tim Holtz released with Sizzix this year. I just adore the personality on these guys, and have such fun dressing them up with all the different accessories in the set.  I used a mix of Distress watercoloring, sparkly deco tape, and bright red cardstock to create my images, and paired them with some fun new products from Ranger’s Letter It line.


Good grief, those guys are cute, aren’t they? Both Santa and Rudolph seem to have hit the eggnog a bit too hard with those bright red noses. I used a white wax pencil to add highlights in the shiny areas, and white embossing powder adds a bit of fluffy texture to all the white hair, fur, and frame pieces. I die cut some extra pompoms from Santa’s hat and cut them in two to create the little hands…. errrr, mittens…. um, hooves?


The oval window frame is from my well-used and well-loved Stitched Ovals die set. The ivory cardstock, stencil, and holiday stamp are all part of the Letter It collection. The bit of Perfect Pearls splatter is, too. I’ve got all the details and step-by-steps up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful week!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Perfect Cardstock - Grey CardsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Red Velvet - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - ChristmasSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Cool YuleSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Background Stencil - Organic StripesB01CUTQXHWRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ranger PERFECT PEARL Powder PPP17714Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Candied AppleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Spun SugarTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - WhiteRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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A Candy Corn Trick or Treat with Ranger Ink


Spooky greetings, crafty friends, and happy Monday to you all! I am so excited to be starting out the week with a Halloween project tutorial over on the Ranger Ink blog for this set of silly sweet trick or treat goody bag tags.


I’ve mentioned here before my love of candy corn, and I always get a chuckle from the mixed reviews on the confections…. cause seriously, you either love them or you hate them, with very little in between. But to me, candy corn is super yummy and such an iconic fall treat, and also was the inspiration for my tag set today.


These cute tags were made with the new Stacked Tags die set from Tim Holtz/Sizzix (coming soon), along with the fall-released Frightening Faces set and lots of candy corn-colored Distress inks. I made a double layer of tags, die cutting a variety of faces from the layer on top, while the bottom layer was inked in an hombre shading of bright yellow to orange. You may have noticed that I keep returning to this Frightening Faces die set. I really do think that it’s ended up being my favorite set from the Halloween release, as there is just so much you can do with it. If you’re looking for a few other project ideas using this set, check out this post (here) and this one (here).


As always, I’ll have the full step-by-step project tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. And I’ll link you to all of the supplies below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightening FacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Crazy TalkStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - DiamondsAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesHero Arts - Self-Adhesive Googly EyesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Fossilized AmberTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Spiced MarmaladeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Embossing Ink ClearRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - Super Fine - BlackRanger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 OunceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Fall Greetings with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog with the tutorial for this fall-inspired Distress card, and I wanted to share it here with all of you, too. To me, fall is all about woolly sweaters and blankets, and the rich colors of falling leaves, so I tried to capture that feel here with lots of layers of textures and deep autumnal colors using some of my favorite products from Tim Holtz and Ranger.


Growing up on the west coast, I didn’t get to really experience the changing of seasons. But here on the other side of the country is a different story, and one of my top highlights of the fall is seeing the changing of the leaves. It’s amazing how many colors can appear, even on one single individual leaf. And I tried to reproduce that look here on my leaf today. I absolutely adore this big Layered Leaf die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, that comes with a matching embossing folder that creates those realistic impressions and dips in the leaf venation. I die cut the leaf from heavyweight Mixed Media paper so that I could put it through it’s paces with Distress inks, Distress crayons, sanding, and even Ranger Perfect Pearls and embossing powder, too.


To bring in even more texture, I added Idea-ology Textured Surfaces in burlap, corrugate, and cork, with a bumpy background made with the Rosettes Texture Fade embossing folder. The sentiment is a combo of Alphanumeric die cut lettering and a Chit Chat sticker. A bit of kraft paper and flecks of shimmery gold finish my fall design.


As always, you can find the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project over on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more. And thanks so much for stopping by!

HAPPY FALL!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - Kraft Paper PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mixed Media Heavystock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Textured SurfacesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die and Texture Fades - Layered LeafSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric, ThinSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Stitched CirclesTim Holtz Sizzix GIFT TAGS Thinlits Die 662423Tim Holtz Sizzix ROSETTES Texture Fades Embossing Folder 662391Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BUNDLED SAGE Ranger TIM27102Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger tdo55785Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 10 TDBK51800

Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE GOLD EPJ37408Ranger Perfect Pearls SUNFLOWER SPARKLE Powder PPP17868Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO Media MDM41689Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL United States Use HIT00471Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

Idea-ology: Seasonal ChitChat Stickers, Sanding Grip
Stampin’Up: Twine

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A Glorious Bouquet with Ranger Ink


The weather forecast calls for solid rain and thunderstorms over the next 8 days… so things are kind of gloomy here in my neck of the woods right now. Not at all summer-like. I’m already missing the sunshine and blue skies, so thought I would cheer things up here with a summery card to chase away the grey. A sweet floral birthday card that I have the great pleasure of sharing today over on the Ranger Ink blog.


I love this Glorious Bouquet stamp by Tim Holtz, and thought it would be perfect to use for my friend, Paige’s, July birthday. I stamped a portion of the floral image in brown Archival ink onto a panel of watercolor paper, and then colored it in with Distress inks and markers. Added a drop shadow around the branches with marker. And blended things smooth with a wet paintbrush.


A pair of dimensional frames made with some Tim Holtz dies gives a bit of a shadowbox feel to the design. I inked the frames in a pretty Distress combo of Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet, with some Brushed Corduroy thrown in because, well…. that’s my favorite. Ranger opaque crackle paste was rubbed into the corners, then brushed with perfect pearls for a soft shimmery finish.


I love how this card turned out. So perfectly shabby sweet, like only Distress can do. As always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I got together with some of my scrappy gal pals for a day of cropping…. but then found out my car battery was dead. But what’s life without a bit of sweet and a bit of sour, right? Hope you all have lots of sweet in the week ahead!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Glorious Bouquet with Grid BlockSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - TreasuresRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Victorian VelvetTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Aged MahoganyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mowed LawnTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

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Cheers to You with Ranger Ink


Hello everyone, happy Friday! Just like that, another week has zipped by in the blink of an eye. It has been my usual busy here between work and family visiting, and this week, my dad and I have tackled some pretty hefty yard work limbing trees and sawing the branches into bundles. I’m feeling a bit worse for the wear physically, but I love how clean and open things are looking now. My poor parents come for a little vacation, and get put to work instead. Ha!


Today I have the great pleasure of sharing a card that I made for the Ranger Ink blog. My focus this time was Ranger’s fabulous Letter It product line, which I used here mixed with some Tim Holtz stamps and dies.


The Letter It line is a very complete collection of paper crafting products, including cardstock and tags, stamps, inks, markers and mediums, and some of the most beautiful embossing powders and opalescent powders around. Just look at the amazing silver sparkle on that background panel. And I love the handwritten script font of the stamps, too. I combined two of the Letter It stamp sets to create the fun text background here, and then layered the panel with a lacy vellum overlay, die cut with one of Tim’s Mixed Media die sets.


I used the die cut vellum as a stencil first to create the inked pattern on the Letter It tag, and then added a mason jar and floral sprigs from the Flower Jar set to finish off the tag. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - GreyRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Tag AssortmentHero Arts - Layering Paper - Classic VellumRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - BirthdayRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - CelebrationStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Flower JarSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Framelits Dies - Flower JarSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Mixed Media 4Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Ink PadRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Stamping Ink - Set 1Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Embossing Powder - TinselsRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Pearl Powders - Set 1Ken Oliver - Maya Road - Vintage Trims - Seam Binding - 4 YardsDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Letter It Collection - Acrylic Stamping Block - 4 x 3Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Worn LipstickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Picked RaspberryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Festive BerriesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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A Friendly Hello with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog. The focus of my project this time around is Distress Oxides… and I put these fun ink pads through a variety of techniques to make a bright and happy friendship card inspired by the pretty colors of spring.


I think the most notable difference between the Distress Oxides and the regular Distress inks is their opaqueness and chalky finish. To me, they feel almost like a cross between Distress Ink and Distress Paint, and I love that unique look. Best thing is, all the techniques we’ve learned for the regular inks can be used on the Oxides, as well.


To put the Oxides through their paces, I experimented with all my favorite techniques here. There’s ink smooshing and ink blending. I stenciled and stamped, and watercolored with the Oxides, too. I even played around to create some Oxide stripes and polka dots… a little funky touch to go along with these Tim Holtz Funky Florals dies.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We hit 80 here, and yucky green pollen is coating everything. The carpenter bees are in full swing, too. But today we’re back down to a low in the 40’s. What a crazy spring.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
(Affiliate links used where possible at no extra charge to you)

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Stamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Photo Play Paper - Luke 2 Collection - Christmas - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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