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Review | Ranger Foil Cardstock

Reported by Maria Soto

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Foil-Cardstock

I love working with Ranger products, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this product. Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock has a shiny, mirror-like quality, and it’s sturdy enough to run through an embossing machine (such as the Big Shot).  You can use mediums like alcohol inks and acrylic paints to embellish its surface.

I decided  to go ahead and bring out my Big Shot – along with some dies, embossing folders, and some Prima chalk inks – to see how well they worked with the foil cardstock. You can see the results in the photos that follow.

I started by embossing with my Big Shot & a Sizzix embossing folders set (Birthday Congrats and Thanks) by Eileen Hull. It embossed perfectly, every little detail, and I only ran it through the machine once.

Ranger Foil Embossed

Next I tried die cutting stars¬†using¬†Spellbinders’ Shapeabilities “Jewel Treasures” set by Julianna Hudgins. They came out great, and I had no problem taking them apart.

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After die cutting the stars, I decided to use some of my Prima chalk ink in Blue Jay and Pastel Blue. Below are two photos showing the stamping on the starts. I love how it worked great, dried fast and all without the need of the heat gun.  I left the outline removed from the die cut in plain silver. These will make great embellishments on any paper crafting project.

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Chalking Ranger Foil

I decided to get out my Quick Snippers and see how well they would cut a design edge. I great results as you can see below.

Cutting Ranger Foil

I can’t wait to use this foil for my holiday card making! I loved the ease of use and the versatility of the product. I can see myself creating all different types of projects with it, not just cards.

Pros:

  • Easy to cut using different types of cutting tools
  • Easy to emboss
  • Holds color great with many different products besides Ranger’s
  • Perfect for card making
  • Great mirror-like quality

Cons:

  • Only available in one consumer package size

Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock is available in a 3 pack of 8.5″ x 11″ sheets for $4.50 MSRP, as well as in a 20 sheet bulk pack for open stock resale.

CHA Summer 2011 | Prima

Reported by Simone Collins

Prima is a very well established company in craft and there’s a reason for it. Their products are always versatile, well made, and trendy. Not only do they produce flowers, flowers, and more flowers for all your crafting needs, but they have papers, ribbons, stamps, stencils, trinkets, and more.

Their entire booth was brand new products. Lots of flowers to see in every size, shape, and color.

Like I said, many flowers everywhere.

And if you like putting birds on things, then you are gonna love putting nests on things too, right?

Their resist canvas pieces are great for customizing with inks, sprays, or paints. And since they can be colored any way imaginable, they will match any project.

Their new Tiny Treasures metal charms are gorgeous in person. They are great for jewelry making as well as other projects. They are sold in a variety of styles.

And if they didn’t already create enough products, they now make tools! The new Comfort Craft Tools by Ingvild Bolme are ergonomic premium papercrafting tools for crafting in comfort. The new tools all feature a soft grip handle. The craft knife comes with four various blades which store right in the end of the tool, which is genius.

The new Multi-Distress Tool looks like a cheese grater or pedicure tool but it is great for detailed distressing on your projects and also includes a Rub On tip and bone folder.

The new Chalk Fluid Edger inks come in 24 colors and their ergonomic design eliminates getting ink on your fingers from the edges of your ink pad.

Also, not to be missed are their new resin and metal treasures which can be customized to your project. And now, what you all have been waiting for, the amazing sample projects from their booth:

We can’t wait to test drive the new Prima tools and bring you the results.
Are you a Prima fan? Love the new products? What would you like to see next from Prima?

CHA Summer 2011: Sizzix

Reported by Simone Collins

Sizzix is always on the cutting edge of the craft industry (yes, pun intended). With the popularity of their Big Shot machine, the new Vagabond and eClips machines, consumers are constantly awaiting new dies and cartridges. The new Framelits are the answer for stampers who don’t enjoy cutting out all those images. These sets include cling stamps and matching dies which can be used in the Big Shot or Vagabond machines.

The new Deco Emboss dies are going to be a huge hit with jewelry makers.

The new Ink-Its Letterpress dies make debossing with ink, simple and elegant.

And let’s not forget a peek at the new Alteration dies from Tim Holtz.

Here’s a look at some of the other amazing projects from Sizzix.

So what do you think? Which dies do you like the most? Are you a Sizzix user?