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Art Journaling with Dylusions Paint & Sprays!

I’ve recently taken up art journaling as another way to play with color and paper, and my favorite stamps and stencils. It’s been a nice change of pace from working with photos on layouts and pocket scrapbooking! (To see my first layout or a licensed counselor’s explanation of the therapeutic effects of art journaling , visit Scrapbook Update.)

Art Journal full layout

This set of journal pages was created over several days during the week of my 44th birthday last month. They were my first pages working in my new Dylusions journal. My first experimental set of pages was done in a spiral bound journal from another company, but since I’m using so many Ranger products I wanted to use their chosen paper products as well.

Art Journal left

I used a combination of Dylusions sprays and inks on these pages. The blue and turquoise background was done with sprays, and if you look closely there is some white (Linen) mixed in as well. Some of the stencils were done with a spritz of water.

This was my first attempt at using the new Dylusions paints. I applied them with the new round Ranger foam applicators, and was very happy with both the ease of use and the results that I achieved. They were simple to use and the results were beautiful. A little of the Dylusions paint goes a long way for an application like this, even though these paints are quite thin. The consistency makes it easy to load the applicator lightly and rub the paint into a stencil or other item without flooding the paper or making the stencil overflow.

Art Journal right

I used some stickers and rub-ons as additional layers on the right hand page.

Art Journal close up 1

This silver heart was made with Ranger’s foil tape. The tape was die cut and embossed, before having some black Dylusions paint rubbed into the texture of it to grunge it a bit and knock down the shine.

Art Journal 44 close-up

The only pink thing on the two pages is the number 44. That makes is stand out, as it is the focus of my thoughts on this layout.

Art Journal layout subtitle

While most of my journaling was done with white gel pen, I liked for some reason adding the quote stickers as a third person voice on the page. It was kind of like my page was speaking back to me.

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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.

Review | Introduction to Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Reported by Deena Ziegler

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Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Here’s another winner in the deep product line from Tim Holtz and Ranger Industries, which is always well thought out with perfectly matching colors and attractive packaging.

Distress Glitter comes in 24 different colors and coordinates with the nostalgic palette of other Distress products . Somewhere between a fine glitter and a glass glitter, the blend is best described as a vintage mica creating a unique glitter product. MSRP is $5.49, in my opinion a good value for a quality product that will last you quite a long time!

Apply this glitter with a wet adhesive such as glossy accents, with gel medium, or you can even use tacky glue like I did on the edges of the flower above. The wet adhesive allows the Distress Glitter to stand up and attach the the adhesive at different angles giving the sparkle even more interest.

I’m a little impatient and really appreciated that this glitter can be heated to dry the glue faster and the glitter did not melt or fly off.

And here’s a bonus feature – Distress Glitter is inkable! It’s amazing… just add a little contrasting Distress Ink with a blending tool and you’ll achieve some beautiful shading.

This glitter doesn’t disappoint… give it a try, you’ll love it just like I do!

Pros:

  • Coordinates with the Distress palette of products
  • Unique sparkle
  • Heat Stable
  • Inkable

Cons:

  • Not available in every Distress color (yet!)

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter is available in 24 colors, and has an MSRP of $5.49.