Thursday, 22 February 2018

All Things Ranger Challenge - Distress Oxides

Hi Everyone,

Monique here with the layout I created for this months Ranger Challenge  at Scrap Matrix.

I don't know about you, but at the moment one of my go-to products are the super awesome Distress Oxide inks.  Found here, in the Scrap Matrix Shop.  They are so versatile.  Dry, they are just like the amazing Distress Inks we all know and love.  Add some water, or add them to some damp paper - and that's when they really come into their own.  They can also be used on dark papers!!  How cool is that?

Anyway, this is what I created:

I created my background work by first applying texture paste onto some 7 Dots Studio Dreamscapes "Twinkle" paper with this 13 Arts stencil.  This is my favourite go - to stencil at the moment.  It is fantastic for grungy boy layouts!

Next, I applied some Distress Oxide ink in Vintage photo to my craft sheet.  I sprayed it with water, and painted the ink on with a thick brush - spraying the paper with water to distribute the ink further.  I dried this, then applied some Distress Oxide ink in Fossilised Amber to my craft sheet, spraying it with water and painting it on - again spraying water onto the paper to distribute the colour evenly.  I dried it all once more, and kept adding layers of colour in this way until I was happy with the result.  Distress Oxide Fossilised Amber and Vintage Photo  inks are a match made in heaven with the 7 Dots Dreamscapes range.

I also coloured a Blue Fern Studios "Ironworks Medley" Chipboard piece with Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo.  First I painted it with Gesso, then I dabbed on some of the Vintage Photo ink straight from the pad.  I then sprayed it with a little bit of water to activate the ink and add a bit of interest.  I did the same with the Prima Wooden Cogs and Gears, using Fossilised Amber instead. 

Here are some close ups:

That's it from me today, I hope I have inspired you to get yourself some Distress Oxides and have a play. If you want to play along with this month's awesome All Things Ranger challenge, don't forget to upload your entry to the correct album on the Scrap Matrix Shares Page.

Here is a full list of materials I have used, with links to the Scrap Matrix shop:


Thank you for stopping by - Hope you all have a glorious time scrapping!!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tammy's first Ranger Challenge post

Hi all

Tammy here today to share my first creation using Ranger products.

I absolutely adore Ranger products, and my absolute favourites are anything by Dina Wakley, and the awesome Dylusions products.

I recently got my hands on Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks, and I have to say at first they terrified me! I honestly didn't know where to start, and I put all this pressure on myself to be really arty with them.

Once I'd calmed down, I decided to just do what I know, stop feeling like I had to create an artistic instead I decided to create a scrapbooking background and go from there.

Here's what I came up with......

Yep, see I used my favourite go to colours!
So I began by applying some white gesso to some black cardstock.

I swiped it where I wanted my colour to go.

Once dry I grabbed a few of the Scribble Sticks and began to simply colour these on quite randomly.
I then added some water and used a brush to disperse the colour, and also sprayed some water directly onto the background, letting it run down the page.
Pretty cool hey?
As I had so much colour and the black background, I decided my layout needed something fresh and white to make it 'pop'.
I stamped some of my favourite Dina Wakley stamps 'Abstract Blooms' onto white cardstock with Ranger Archival Ink, and then cut these out.
I then used the Scribble Sticks to colour  some guaze.

I coloured some white/cream flowers with Dylusions Ink Spray in Polished Jade and Fresh Lime.
I also used the Scribble Sticks to colour some smaller flowers
I then began to layer it all up.
I added a few 7Dots Studio tags behind my photo along with the guaze.
I then tucked in the stamped flowers and added the coloured flowers.
Inbetween these layers I tucked  some German Scrap.
For my title I used these chalkboard look stickers from 'Me and My Big Ideas'.
I also added a few of these randomly to my page for some extra journaling.
I poked some of these Crystal Stems into the clusters.
The final step was to flick some white gesso over the layout and swipe some around the edges.
I hope this has inspired you today.
I can't wait to see what you come up with for the Ranger Challenge.
The challenge runs until the 14th March and the only rules are that it must container Ranger products, and a few of those products must be available from Scrap Matrix.
How easy is that???
So get creating and then load your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares Ranger Album.
Here is where you'll find it.
I'll pop back soon with another Ranger creation soon.
Scrap Matrix products used:
Black Bazzill
White Heavy Gesso



Tuesday, 20 February 2018

love canvas - Lydia

Hello friends, Lydia back to share my first project for February. February!! How is it the second month already? I am very excited for this month in regards to the Scrap Matrix challenge as it is 'Ranger'.

So for my first project this month have made a little canvas featuring my favourite Ranger Dylusions Sprays and of course having the colours of love as it is February.
First thing I did was use my Dylusions Sprays in the colours 'Cherry Ripe', 'Pomegranate Seed' and 'Bubblegum Pink' to colour a paper doily. I love how all three of the colours blended too.
 Next I did a some stenciling using a Tim Holz Ranger stencil called 'Lace'. The medium I used to stencil with was some Dina Wakely Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in the colour 'White'. I coloured the heavy body acrylic with a light pink Dylusions Spray in the colour 'Rose Quartz' which gave the florals in the stencil a nice subtle finish on the white canvas,
Once I had adhered half of the Dylusions Sprayed doily I added some paper flowers which you can find some in the Scrap Matrix store HERE. 
Lastly I added some very cute metal trinket frames and added some small doodling with a fine black pen. You can find a variety of frames and metal trinket frames HERE in the Scrap Matrix store.

 Now for some close ups of the final little Valentine's at inspired canvas.
I hope you all enjoyed this little project of mine and to be sure to head over to the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Group to be able to enter his months challenge.
I also hope you all had a lovely Valentines. I'll be back to share another project soon.
Lydia xxx
Scrap Matrix Products used:
Tim Holz Ranger stencil  'Lace'


Monday, 19 February 2018

'You can never have too much happy' by Elisa Ablett - Monoprinting to make a mixed media background!

Hi everyone, 

Elisa here from the design team with my latest layout based on the new challenge for Scrap Matrix , 'to use all things RANGER' on your layout' 

Now this is a fabulous challenge as there are heaps of lovely Ranger products at Scrap Matrix, from all the Distress Ink range, Dylusions, Dina Wakely and Tim Holtz. 

Click on this link to have a look at all the lovely Ranger goodies that Vicki from Scrap Matrix has in store -

Here is the link to the challenge group - Scrap Matrix Shares

Here is my layout for the challenge :-) 

I wanted to incorporate gelli plate printing which is my new 'love' in the background and as much Ranger as possible, so I pulled out my trusty Dylusions paints in bright colours - London Blue, Lemon Zest, Polished Jade, Squeezed Orange and Fresh Lime with a variety of Dina Wakely stamps and Ranger stencils.


This is how I made the background with my Gel Press Gel Petites.

 Firstly ! gather you supplies, brayer 4 inch hard rubber speedball, your gel press plates, and your chosen colours of paint from Dylusions and definitely a craft messy mat underneath!

Next using your brayer (i smooth a teaspoon amount of paint onto my mat then run the brayer over it til it is covered- you only need a tiny tiny bit of this paint) run your paint filled brayer over your gel plate shapes until the paint is smooth and even.

Next step - you can do it two ways. Firstly you can tip your piece of paper over the top of your shapes and smooth the back with your hand OR you can pick up your gel plate with paint on it and tip gently onto your paper and press gently like a stamp.

Next! this is one of my favourite techniques -  before you load your paint onto your gel shape place a stencil over the top of the gel shape and then brayer your paint over the top, once you have even coverage then gently lift your stencil off and press your paper onto your gel shape.

Another technique is to spray Dylusions sprays over your stencils onto a piece of mixed media cardstock as per the photo above then use your painted gel shapes loaded with paint over the dried sprayed paper as per the photo below.

Gather together your favourite Ranger Dina Wakely stamps!

Load up your stamps with black versafine ink and stamp over the top of your dry monoprints and then fussy cut your shapes out.

Here are all my examples of my stamped monoprints with my gel plate shapes!

Next step - creating your background on your page and putting it all together!

Using your black Dylusions spray and a water spray bottle, take the lid off your black spray. Spray water down the middle of the page and then add drops of the black spray to the water pooled on your page. Then tip your page from side to side gently. Add more black liquid and more water if necessary. Using a heatgun dry your background, add splatters of black dylusions spray by tapping the lid and inner tube of the lid from the spray onto your page.

Layer your fussy cut mixed media shapes until you are happy with the design and stick down.

Add punchinella, a die cut black square and some black cotton. I used 3d foam mounting tape to mount my photo over the frame. Ink your chipboard pieces, I used Scrap Matrix wood cogs and 13 arts Chipboard title.

I also splattered silver watered down mica powder on the layout and painted on my inked title and cogs to give it a little grungy sparkle!  you could try Primary Elements or Opal Magic Mica Powder from Scrap Matrix.

Here are some close ups of final layout.

Thats it from me today!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, make sure you leave me some love :-) 


Elisa Xx