Monday, 12 March 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - Ranger challenge - cards

It’s Helen with you today sharing my second Design Team project for the 
Scrap Matrix Ranger challenge.

I love to send hand made cards and Ranger products are just the thing to kick start my mojo. The first card has a masculine theme; I think it would be fine for any occasion, Birthday, Father's Day, Retirement etc.

I began with an ivory coloured card blank, added some hessian from my stash and then puddled around with Ranger’s Distress Oxides to make the background of the card on smooth white 300 gsm card stock.  
It's a messy process but I love the unpredictable nature of Oxides; I can never replicate a background, so each piece is original. 

These are the oxide colours I used.
Frayed Burlap
Antique Linen
Iced Spruce
Walnut Stain 

Looking for more detail, I sponged some Vintage Photo distress ink, through a Tim Holtz stencil “Measured THS012”

Then I stitched the background to a darker piece of card stock.

All our Sons and Grandsons are dog lovers, so this Gent with his top hat and his dog, looked perfect for a bloke’s card.  He came from a collection of Idea-ology Paper Dolls.   They are great for card making, art journalling and scrapbooking; super versatile. I added a Idea-ology Journalling Ticket for extra dimension and interest.

I tucked some Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon  under the Metal Word Band similar to those in the store and tied the metal on with some sting. 


Finally I rubbed some Moss coloured, Ranger Patina onto the metal, to create an aged effect.

The second card is a girly one.
We have a little Grand daughter learning ballet 
and I thought this would suit her perfectly.

I've used the Ranger Distress Oxides again to create the background.
These are the colours I used.
Salty Ocean
Wilted Violet
Picked Raspberry

The Ranger texture paste was added through one of my 
favourite flower stencils Tim Holtz Roses THS075

The dancing girl is from the same set as the spiffy gent in the top card,
she was in the pack of Idea-ology Paper Dolls.

Her dress looked rather brown, so I coloured it with Ranger Distress ink, Spun Sugar, then added Ranger embossing pad and heat embossed it with
Ranger glitter embossing powder.

The stamping was done with Ranger archival ink, Majestic Violet

The stamps are Dylusions inbetweenies DYR34575

I added a few strips of torn Tim Holtz washi tape.

The metal band is from Ranger Idea-ology word bands, similar to the
 Metal Word Band in the store.

Finally and using the Idea-ology Paper Dolls again,
I created a wedding card.

The cream brocade fabric is from my Mother's stash and I used her 
old pinking shears to cut the edges.

This time I used Ranger Texture Paste Matte 4oz first through a Tim Holtz Stencil, Flourish THS032, then I dried it off and used the Ranger Distress Oxides  to create a resist effect.
These are the colours I used.
Peeled Paint
Cracked Pistachio
Antique Linen

Then I tucked some Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon at the bottom, topped it with some Cream lace from Scrap Matrix, before adding a Tim Holtz Word Key.
It was a bit shiny, so I altered it with Ranger Patina for all metal, 
Moss and Jade colours, before rubbing in a bit of Ranger Black archival ink.

The bunched ribbon is some seam binding from my stash.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you found something to inspire you.
You still have a few days, to enter the challenge; 
I'd love to see what you create with Ranger products from the 
Scrap Matrix store. 
You can add your entry at Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Page



  1. Fantastic back grounds on your amazing cards, I love the images you have used too..

  2. Oh Helen, those are three of the most stunning cards I've seen in ages, I love them, and you've made me want more Distress Oxides and some of those paper dolls!! :o)

  3. Stunning cards all three of them, I could not pick a favourite, each one is usinque in its own way and beautifully put together, - stunning work with those Ranger products!!

  4. Wow Helen! What beautiful cards! Love all the inky details and fun techniques that you have used! So unique and artsy!

  5. Wow! Wow! Wow! These cards are amazing Helen! The backgrounds are stunning .. such fabulous colours and textures .. and I adore the paper dolls! The little ballerina is especially gorgeous with her sparkly pink skirt! Love, love, love them all!! hugs xx

  6. Your work is just amazing, Helen! So artistic--love the elements! I have my mom's pinking shears on the shelf, but so far haven't used them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I love all these cards so much Helen, beautiful work . I couldn't pick a favourite, love them all and the background work looks fabulous .
    Mary x

  8. WOW Helen! Oh I love each of these beautiful cards so very much. I love how you've styled the photos too, perfection! Your stitched borders really set off each card and I love your background work. Isn't it terribly fun to play with these pads?! Hugs, Autumn

  9. Stunning cards, love all the details! xx

  10. These are gorgeous cards and those oxide backgrounds are awesome! ;-) Love the vintage images....just perfect! ;-)

  11. Gorgeous cards Helen...each one so different. I think I need to purchase some of those inks and give it a try. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration. xx