Monday, July 19, 2010

No Stranger to Ranger


I recently had some classes at the store (well, one was on Saturday and the other is this evening!) focusing on different products from Ranger. So often in my years of stamping, I have looked at things like Distress Inks, Adirondack Paint Dabbers, and Perfect Pearls and have passed them by, thinking that I just didn't know what to do with them. Other than sponging Tea Dye or Vintage Photo ink on the edges of cardstock to make it more shabby or Vintage, I didn't really do much with the Distress Ink pads that I have. But back in April I worked with my sweet friend Mary Jo Marshall in the Rubbernecker booth at Adventures in Stamping, and we both got some great experience in different technique with Ranger products. I saw quite a few of my Toyrifix customers at the show, and a few of them asked if we'd be doing some of the techniques I was demonstrating at the store, so I decided to have a class so that my customers could no longer be a stranger to Ranger! (LOL... my boss came up with that line!)

This first card uses the Adirondack Paint Dabber to ink up the flourishes, and then Distress Inks are applied. I really liked how this card turned out, especially because so often when we think of using Distress Inks we think of what Tim Holtz does with them.... he makes things kinda' grungy and a little dirty. Who would ever think you could get such a pretty, pastel creation from Distress Inks, right? The flourish stamp on this card is from Impression Obsession, and the sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamps. For this card we also mixed a little bit of Perfect Pearls in pearl with water and spritzed the whole background for shimmer.
On this card, we did the Distress Ink technique you've seen me do on some other cards recently, then applied a Tim Holtz Clockworks mask on the left side, and sponged more ink around it. Isn't that a cool look? The crackle background on this card is an Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp, and I think it really added a neat look to this! The sentiment is from Flourishes. On this card, we mixed Perfect Pearls gold with water and spritzed the whole background for shimmer, too.
The third card we made in class uses Distress Embossing powders, but unfortunately I haven't photographed that card yet, so maybe it'll make an appearance later on!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy stamping!

10 comments:

Jane Wetzel said...

hi Tammy- these are awesome! I thought about trying to get out there- hope you will do another ! jane :)

IrishGirl said...

I love the clean distressed look of these cards!It would be great to be able to learn this version of the distressed technique. I hope you create instructional videos. Please.

Lana said...

Tammy I love the Tim Holtz products but not the dirty grunge look so thank you for doing these they are really nice. I have gotten hooked on his stuff after taking a class with him in Akron WOW I love his products and the vintage or shabby chic look you can do with them they are sooo versatile. Hope you have lots in your store!!

AShu93 said...

I'm excited to make these tonight!

Lin said...

Oooh, LOVE these pretty pastel cards!

Kim Burmeister said...

Wow! These are fantastic!

PatS said...

Tammy, your cards are beautiful! What elegance from the distress inks. Thanks for reminding us that there are many ways of using distressed inks, other than how Tim uses them which is also great.

LeAnne said...

Wow, these are awesome. I love that slightly distressed look, along with the pastel colors. A very pretty antique look!

Robin Perry said...

I would love to see a tutorial on how you made the first card.

Kim said...

Fabulous Tammy! Adore the bright colors with the Distress Inks! I'm a huge Tim fan and we use his products a lot in the store...love your take on "grunge!" So pretty!!