Friday, March 2, 2012

Mixed Ranger Media Background Tutorial

Hello!

I hope you all had a great week - I'm so glad the weekend is here!  I was playing around in my studio this week and wanted to do some cool backgrounds.  I love the color palette of the Ranger Color Wash sprays, but I wanted lighter tones, and an idea was born.  I've always been a fan of combining different colors of the same product, but started wondering how I could combine different products as well.  All products are available (or will be very soon!) at Simon Says Stamp.  Here's what I came up with...

I started with the darkest of the color wash sprays, espresso, and combined it with the picket fence distress stain.


I started by applying a generous amount of the picket fence stain to my craft sheet.


Then sprayed the espresso color wash over top of the stain.


Pressed a manila tag into the mixture and "scooched" it around a little bit.


Here's the result after one pressing.  Cool, right?


Then I lightly pressed random areas of the tag into the leftover inks/sprays to get some random spotting.


Did the same thing using cranberry color wash spray and picket fence distress stain.


 I got two tags out of the pressings of inks.


Then I thought... color wash sprays are reactive with water, just like distress inks, so I spritzed some water over the whole tag hoping to get some watermarks.


It worked!


Here's another combination - sailboat blue color wash and picket fence distress stain.  This is just from ONE pressing.


Then I combined dusty concord distress stain with bubblegum pink dylusions ink spray.


Here's the result after one pressing.  Nice, but a little boring, right?  Keep dipping and dripping...


And you get this...


Then, instead of adding random splatters of water, I added splatters of perfect pearl mists.  I misted several squirts of perfect pearls (one color at a time) into the palm of my hand and then splattered it onto the tag, heat drying in between colors) so I got nice big splotches.  I used pink gumball and forever violet.


And, finally, I combined mustard seed distress stain with postbox red dylusions spray inks.


I think this is my *favorite* !!! I used the back of a previous experiment tag that had lots of blue, and the edges still show, and I *love* that!  Did some water splatters on this as well. 


So... if you're stuck for a new color combo, don't limit yourself to one product line - mix it up!  These tag backgrounds are now ready for stenciling, stamping, doodling, etc.  Hope you have a chance to play this weekend!  Let me know what you think!

~ ellen.


30 comments:

Steph said...

These are so cool! Thanks for sharing :)

Jo said...

WOW, love these colour combos and the tutorial has given me loads of ideas - off to play! jo xx

Ana K. said...

Again great tutorial, thank you! I wish I could by all this stuff here in Slovenia. :(
Hugs!

Sue said...

Now that is a lovely creative post to wake up to Ellen. Might have to pop off to my craft room and have a play.

Sarah said...

Yum yum Ellen - these are fab and produce great vibrancy and effects...funny you did this...as last night I used Spiced Marmalade DS and Red Pepper Color wash as I needed burnt orange.
I love all of these big time and can't pick a fave ok the pink, no the blue, or maybe the Grungy....

Candy C said...

Ellen, these are really cool backgrounds. Thanks so much for sharing the tips and ideas....I love them! I can't wait to get my Dylusions sprays. <3 Candy

Debby said...

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I must go play now!

Debby said...

Very cool ideas and thanks for sharing this! Those make some really cool backgrounds. Makes me want to try something like that in my journal pages but the pages are too big to dip. Could put the tags in there.

Kirsten Alicia said...

I love these! Great colour combos.

Sheryl said...

Wow wow really like the look of the color wash and the ink spray ..I can't wait to get some and give it a try on journal that I'm making ..

Weasel said...

Wish I'd seen this earlier today so I could have had a good play - but it's 6pm now and supper time grrr... but just wait til I get home from work tomorrow afternoon! Am loving the colours, really looking forward to having a play with these now!

Gabrielle said...

Such a simple idea and so utterly, brilliantly effective. Why didn't we think of it before?! You are a genius! I love the colour combos - am off to have a go myself!

catherine said...

I love all these you have made and such beautiful effects. Just started playing with Distress stains and Dylusions sprays and this looks fab.Great blog you have
catherine

Lori said...

Very cool Ellen! Love the way the Picket Fence changes things up! Thanks for sharing!

Sara Jansen said...

beautius

Sara Jansen said...

They are beaut-i-us...specially the magenta tag. Yummo.

Terry said...

Love it! Forwarded this post to everyone in Ranger! Super Kool effects!

Olive said...

Thank you for this tutorial and for the inspiration. Gotta go play now!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing. Love it and try it!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I love these. Something new to try.

Carol Q said...

ooh yummy backgrounds!

Alison said...

Brialliant background technique Ellen! Off to try it out! TFS!
Alison xox

Bast said...

Gorgeous! Love the effects. Thanx for the tutorial. :)

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

Véro said...

So cool!I love your tuto!So amazing!

MaRyKaY said...

rock n roll these are so cool. My fav is the mustard seed and also the first one using the brown spray. very cool idea. I love the way the white in the stain looks mixed with color. that is awesome

Rikelle said...

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Annie said...

Thanks for sharing this fab technique Ellen. Will certainly give it a try.

Annie x

Nan G said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this mini tutorial. Mojo is taking a nap so I'll have a play this. Hugs

susie morris said...

I just HAPPENED to come across this post and absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial! Thank you so much!! I had the best time making backgrounds on my tags!

Tami said...

Awesome post! Thank you so much for putting this tutorial together, love your tags!! Definitely pulling out my distress stains & my ink sprays!