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Mini Misters by Ranger

Reported by Heather Strenzwilk

Inkssentials Mini Misters by Ranger are a handy, portable way to apply water, ink, stamp cleaner, or other media. The misters are sold individually or in packs of three and there is an optional storage stand which holds 12 misters. The misters are constructed of sturdy plastic and have tight fitting caps.

Portable misters and spray bottles are not a new idea. What makes this product unique is its size- at 4 inches tall and 1/2″ in diameter- they’re portable and perfect for crops or travel. They also come in assorted colors for easy organization. Artists Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi, among others, use the Mini Misters and other Ranger products frequently in their video tutorials. I attended a recent rubber stamp convention where several demo artists created metallic inks and were using the Mini Misters to apply them.

Several Ranger artists have created technique tutorials using the Mini Misters and they have provided recipes for custom metallic inks using Perfect Pearls and Distress Ink refills. After watching two videos, I mixed my own batch and it was perfect. I used it to create some vintage style tags and I was very pleased with how the Mini Mister sprayed. I also use it with rubbing alcohol, water, and stamp cleaner.

Stamp Credit: Repeat Impressions

Pros:

  • Convenient, portable size makes it good for travel or crops
  • Value-priced, so you can keep several on hand for multiple projects
  • Widely available at major chain craft stores
  • Assorted color product makes it easier to identify contents

Cons:

  • This is not the product to use if you need a large quantity of a custom color
  • Cap fits so snugly that it was sometimes difficult to remove
  • Optimally stored standing up

Inkssesentials Mini Misters by Ranger are available in packs of three at major chain craft stores such as Michael’s ($4.99) and AC Moore ($5.49). They are also available singly from online retailers such as Stampers Anonymous ($1.75 each) and Ellen Hutson, LLC ($1.75 each). The storage block holds 12 Mini Misters, retails for $9.95, and will be available in November.

Bottom Line: I liked this new twist on a spray bottle. The small, compact size was easy to handle and it was easy to make a small batch of custom ink. These would be very handy for a crop or travel. The assorted colors are helpful. The reasonable price makes these a must have tool- buy a few for your staples such as water or rubbing alcohol, and a few extra to mix up some custom inks!

Have you tried the new Mini Misters by Ranger? Share your opinions and suggestions with our readers!

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8 Responses to Mini Misters by Ranger

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    Etha October 29, 2008 at 7:59 am #

    oh wow your tags came out beautiful! totally love them! now the misters, my pressing question is always: do they really MIST or do they spray… how washable are they? I say that because if they are fine misters the mechanism is bound to clog cause I put something wrong in them 😉 Most of the time for water techniques I do need more water than a mister can provide and use a laundry spray bottle LOL, no mist there…
    it would be great to see “misters” with several different spray patterns, one really fine mist, one coarser like droplets etc etc for different effects.

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    Irene Lenihan October 29, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    I first tried the misters when Tim used them in his series of Christmas tags last year. I really enjoyed using them. I’ve experimented and put cosmetic glitter in them and they worked great.

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    Nevis October 29, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Lovely tags!

    I would love to try something like this. I’ll definatly have to look this product up when I’m at Hobby Lobby nextime.

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    I would like to see a review of the Stamp Factory next year!

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    Rosie October 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    I’d also love to see a critique on the Fiskars Stamp Factory. Pretty please

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    cheribella October 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    I would like to see a critique on the new Fiskars corner scissors that are supposed to make three different corner shapes.

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    NANCY October 30, 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    YOU CAN PURCHASE THESE AT SOCALSCRAP.US STORE FOR $1.58 EACH.

    http://socalscrap.us/store/

    IF YOU’RE A FIRST TIME CUSTOMER YOU GET 20% OFF YOUR INTIRE ORDER

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    Marissa November 4, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    Another great misting bottle that is larger than the Ranger mister is Hero Art’s mister, http://www.misterart.com/store/view/003/group_id/5563/Hero-Arts-Water-Mist-Bottle.htm

    I’ve also found larger (still travel size) spray bottle at Christmas Tree Shop for $2 and also at Sally’s Beauty Supply.

    You can also try mixing Acrylic Ink’s in spray bottles (I love the results on water color paper).