No need for stressing over distressing

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One thing I truly enjoy about my paper crafting hobby is learning new techniques. I enjoy taking classes and believe if I come away with only one little new tip or technique it was so worth the price of admission. I’d rather sit in a face-to-face class than view a YouTube video because, personally, I like the interaction between student and teacher. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some of the best instructors in the industry and enjoy sharing those tips and techniques with students in my classes.

Saturday I’ll be teaching some distress techniques in a class using Ranger products – love Ranger products! The class will revolve around distress techniques I’ve learned while attending Ranger U. A myriad of Ranger products such as paint dabbers, Distress Inks, Distress Stickles, Distress Embossing powders, masking, misting with Perfect Pearls will be used and a variety of techniques will be taught including wrinkle-free distress and stamping. The Happy Halloween tag shown here is created by first painting a tag with Ranger’s paint dabber, drying, then applying crackle paint randomly. Once the crackle paint begins to crack dry time can be hurried up with a heat tool. Apply some Distress Stickles, stamp and emboss the cat, stamp out the title, distress and ink the edges and assemble!

The Remember When tag was created using the wrinkle-free distress technique, masking, misting with Perfect Pearls, stamping and more misting. Add a piece or two of ribbon or other embellishment to finish it off. Tags are a great learning tool – the area is small and techniques are easily taught that can be used to make cards or scrapbook pages. These techniques are typically used to age or distress papers to give them an old, worn-out appearance – great if you are into grunge, vintage or heritage-style.