Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cupcake Apron... Ranger Style...

Nothing like another challenge to get your creative juices flowing! My most recent assignment was to decorate a white apron—using Ranger products—that I'll be wearing at the booth for the CHA Show. And how shall I decorate it? With cupcakes of course! Here's how I did it...

Colorize the entire (pre-washed) apron using Adirondack ColorWash Spray in Cranberry. When it is completely covered, place in about 2" of water and press out about half of the dye...
and you'll get a nice shade of watermelon.Hang to dry overnight and then throw it in the dryer to set.
I knew I was going to silkscreen the cupcakes, so I made a stencil and used the Inkssentials White Pen to draw them in. Once all the sugary treats were properly positioned, I painted them in using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paints (Hint: when painting over a colored background, use white as a base coat to keep these colors true).

I wanted a little pizzaz for the icing, so I mixed Perfect Pearls—in Perfect Pearl—with water and painted all the cupcake tops. It still allows the color to show through, but gives it an awesome sparkly look!

Next, it was time to silkscreen using Studio Paints. How on Earth can you silkscreen using an acrylic paint, you may ask? Combine it with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Extra Time... a brand new product from Ranger! It increases the "open time" of acrylic paints by 20-30 minutes!
So for silkscreening, I added 2 parts Extra Time to 1 part Studio Paint in Charcoal Black. This gave me enough time to silkscreen about 8-10 cupcakes... washing and drying my screen in-between each pass! I even used Ranger's Craft Scraper as my "squeegee".

And voila! Pretty cupcakes! It still needed a little something to fill the space, so I stamped "i love cupcakes"... again, using the Extra Time/Studio Paint combo, only this time at a 1:1 ratio. After mixing, ink up your Brayer with a nice, thin coat and brayer onto your stamp. Spritz lightly with water using a Mini Mister before the final stamping.
I'm so happy with how my apron turned out... that now I'd like to design fabrics! This was a whole lot of fun. And if you're going to the CHA Show... stop by the Ranger booth, say hi... and see it in person!


  1. this is awesome!! what did you use to make your cupcake screen??

  2. Adorable!!!
    Can't wait to see it in person!


  3. this is wonderful!! I would love to learn more about silkscreening!!!

    Heart Hugs,

  4. Ooooh, cool! I thought you had to have a big frame to do silk screening, I'm a lot more interested knowing it can be more flexible like this... I need to look into this more to learn how to make the screens!!

  5. Very cool! I'll stop by the Ranger booth and CHA to see it in person!-Jenny from

  6. Cute Claudine, can't wait to see it in person at CHA!! I love to screen fun!

  7. This is wonderfull, I love that

  8. Totally flippin' Amazing! LOVE the final results! Would love to know what you used to screen paint the adorable cupcakes with. This is just an awesome display of talent!

  9. Colleen from SquamJanuary 25, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Love this Happy apron! And new Claudine you spose that Ranger someday might make a Gocco type machine too? Oh and you need to come back to New England.... X O


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