Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink Week

May 14, 2013

All this week on the Petaloo Blog, Petaloo is showcasing guest designers using their Color Me Crazy Line that have been altered with Ranger Ink products. My guest designer post isn’t until Friday so I thought I would show you a few of the other projects I created just to peek your interest until then. You can see a gorgeous card Tammy Tutterow created and has posted on their blog now.

Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink

This mini canvas was a snap to create and altering the Petaloo Color Me Crazy Petites, Butterflies, Fancy Frames and Keys are easy breezy lemon squeezy when using any of the products Ranger Ink has to offer.

To create this mini canvas I first covered the mini canvas using a Paris themed napkin. If you have never used designer napkins as a base for a project fear not as this technique is super simple.

  • First peel the printed napkin from the solid white napkin backing
  • Using a paint brush and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium ~ Matte apply the Multi Medium all over the canvas
  • Place the napkin on top of the wet Multi Medium
  • Gently apply another coat of Multi Medium on top of the napkin
  • Once dry you can accent the images using Diamond Stickles.

I really wanted the Color Me Crazy Petites (1535-000) to match the flower color on the napkin so I could create a pretty 3D effect on the canvas. So using a blending tool I applied Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Scattered Straw and I was super happy to see that Scattered Straw matched the flowers on the napkin PERFECTLY! Once inked I lightly misted each flower with water. Misting them with water makes the ink wick into the Color Me Crazy Petites allowing the ink to blend into the flowers beautifully. Please note the photo below was taken before the water was applied to each flower.  Next, and of no surprise to you all I’m sure, I applied Diamond Stickles to the stamens of each flower.

Color Me Crazy Petites & Distress Ink Scattered Straw

Color Me Crazy Butterflies & Distress Stains

To pull a bit of the dark pink color from the napkin I thought altering a Color Me Crazy Butterflies (1539-000) would be the perfect accent. Again hoping to match another color in the napkin, this time the dark pink, using a paint brush I applied Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Picket Fence over the entire butterfly as I knew if I just applied the Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Fired Brick directly onto the butterfly it would be too red. Next using a paint brush I applied Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Fired Brick… BAM another perfect color match! To outline the butterfly wings I used a Ranger Ink White Opaque Pen and of course Diamond Stickles.

Color Me Crazy Fancy Frames & Distress Stain

Loving the beautiful blue color in the napkin I decided to alter a Color Me Crazy Fancy Frames (1580-004) using Tim Holtz Distress Stain. Again, I knew if I applied Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Faded Jeans directly onto the Fancy Frame it would be too dark. So I first applied a coat of Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Picket Fence then lightly dabbed the Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Faded Jeans on top. The blue  this combination created was PERFECT. I tell ya I was in color matching heaven while creating this mini canvas. I accented the Fancy Frame using Diamond Stickles.

Color Me Crazy Keys & Metallic Gold

To finish off the piece I decided to accent a Color Me Crazy Key (1581-008) using Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber ~ Metallic Gold and of course, Diamond Stickles. Once all the embellishments were dry I attached them to the mini canvas using a Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Color Me Crazy Collage

I really like how the Color Me Crazy Fancy Frame, framed the Eiffel Tower perfectly. These Color Me Crazy embellishments worked perfectly in creating a beautiful Paris themed 3D collage mini canvas. I hope this project has inspired you to try altering any of the awesome Petaloo Color Me Crazy products. They work perfectly with Ranger Ink.

Sneak Peek

Here is a little sneak peek of another tutorial I will be sharing this week using more Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink products.


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  • Tammy Tutterow

    So pretty Lisa! Gorgeous!!

  • Wonderful!!!

  • Buffy Esser

    so pretty, I love how you did the butterfly! Oh and Petaloo sent me :o)

  • S. Patterson

    Wow ! This is just so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing how to use napkins. Now I’ve got to go shopping !

  • Sandra ten Wolde

    great tutorials ! :) ow and Petaloo sent me your way :)

  • Sirpa

    Petaloo sent me:)

  • Petaloo sent me

  • {vicki}

    Petaloo sent me!
    Great blog!