This week we’re thrilled to bring you Ranger week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog! Throughout the course of this week we’ll be focusing on Tim Holtz Distress Stains and sharing a TON of different free video tutorials on a range of different techniques using Distress Stains, we’ll also show you some examples of projects incorporating these techniques. To top off the week, Ranger has graciously donated five sets of twelve Distress Stains. Each day this week someone will win this fabulous collection of Distress Stains. All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST. You can keep up to date on what’s going on at Ranger by visiting their blog, and their Facebook Page.
For those of you that may be unfamiliar with Ranger, here’s a little bit of background:
Ranger was founded in 1929 and originally manufactured an exclusive line of commercial ink products for the U.S. banking industry. In 1979, Ranger developed the first art stamp pads in unique, vibrant colors. Until 1998, Ranger’s primary business was private label products for stamp manufacturers. Ranger then began marketing product lines of its own beginning with inks and eventually developing embossing powders. With a continuous focus on innovation, they have developed numerous additional successful lines, which have become popular worldwide.
Ranger is well known for bringing quality inks, embossing powders and innovative craft products to the arts and crafts market worldwide. Their company has a proven track record of excellence in product development and has won several awards of achievement in the industry. Their mission is to provide a fun, creative and successful experience for artists and crafters, and they accomplish this by continuously developing exciting new products, combined with a comprehensive program of educational support.
Ranger prides itself on the education they offer about their products. To start, their packaging is filled with an abundance of information, techniques and ideas to spark the creative imagination. Additionally, extensive information for projects, tips and techniques is available on their website at www.rangerink.com.
Ranger is very proud of the fact that all of their inks, embossing powders, paints, dimensional glitters, glues and stamp cleaners are manufactured in the USA. Their products are made in their facility located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey as well as a satellite location in Montrose, Pennsylvania.
First off, we wanted to start by giving you a good overview of Distress Stains – what they are, what they are used for and how to use them:
Introduction To Distress Stains
Because Distress Stains were designed for quick and easy coverage of backgrounds and large areas, we wanted to start off the week with a simple background technique using one color of Distress Stain. This background technique was used in the card you see pictured below, but as I show you in the video, it can be used on canvases, in art journals…really anything you can imagine.
Creating a Distress Stain Background
Here’s another example of a super simple application of Distress Stains. This project was created by Tracy, one of our Paper Crafter’s Library Designer/Educators. It involves simply swiping different colors of Distress Stain onto a wet water-colour paper background. The video for this card is available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members. As the week progresses, you’re going to see all sorts of different ideas and techniques featuring Distress Stains, with projects that increase in complexity.
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through my series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, I began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 I launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in the library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
Here at Paper Crafter’s Library, we make a great effort to provide tons of FREE content in the form of video tutorials. You can access our free videos from our Public Video Library Page by clicking on the categories that say “this section contains one or more complimentary videos” underneath the link. By signing up for our free email newsletter, you’ll also receive a free weekly video tutorial. Another great source of ongoing inspiration and information is the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page. Access to the FULL library and to our premium content is a members-only benefit, for which there is a monthly fee (like signing up for an ongoing online class). If this interests you, you can check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.
Distress Stain Give-Away
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, every day this week we’ll be giving away one set of 12 Distress Stains – to a total of 5 winners. All you have to do to enter is to leave us a comment on each day’s post. You can expect the posts to be published before 12 pm EST each day this week. All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST.
P.S. We’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word about Ranger week on your blog, FB and/or Twitter! The more people that visit and comment, the more we have companies like Ranger sponsoring our site with great products we can give away to you!
P.P.S. We encourage you to stop by the Ranger Blog to thank them for their great give-away, and let them know we sent you!
If you are interested in purchasing the products we are featuring this week, they are all carried by our trusted partner Simon Says Stamp. They have fantastic customer service and great shipping rates. Simply click on any image below to be directed to the product.