It’s MELT ART MANIA over at the Ranger Ink blog, and I’m delighted have been invited to share a project I made for the event… and to give away a fabulous prize package to one of my readers, courtesy of my friends at Ranger!
Melt Art is an entire category of Ranger products, included the mighty Melting Pot. In it, you can melt
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (a.k.a. “UTEE”) or beeswax, and create an endless variety of beautiful embellishments for your art projects. Jewelry, cards, home decor… oh, there’s so much fun brewing in that little melting pot!
Below, I’ll give you a quick look at the five Melt Art techniques I used to make my canvas.
But first, let’s talk PRIZE PACKAGE! The lovely folks at Ranger Ink will send a fab Melt Art prize package to one of my readers, just for leaving a comment on this post! I’ll draw a name on June 3rd and announce the winner on my blog.
2 Texture Treads, 1 set of Heat-It Inks, an 8-oz. jar of Clear UTEE, and a Melt Art Project Craft Sheet!
Please be sure to visit the Ranger Ink blog to see all the wonderful projects posted during MELT ART MANIA! There’s a new post each day, and I’ve already learned a ton and been off-the-charts inspired by all the melty goodness.
My canvas features the following products, available at Inspiration Emporium:
Mold ‘n Pour!
Mold ‘n Pour is really kind of magical! It starts off as two jars of putty.
You just knead together equal parts of each until it’s thoroughly blended…
…then mold it around, well, just about anything!
(Poor Dolly had a long night…)
Just carefully pour melted UTEE into your new mold.
It only takes a few minutes to set. Check it with a heat-proof tool, and once the UTEE is hard, you’ve got yourself a custom embellishment!
Adhere it to your project with Studio Multi Medium Matte.
Fancy it up with a touch of Perfect Pearls and some pretty fibers:
One of the latest additions to the Melt Art line, Texture Treads are rubber sheets with cool designs etched into them. You can pour melted UTEE right on top of them, or press them into a pool of UTEE as I did for this project…
Here, I poured bronze UTEE right onto a burlap canvas, then pressed the Texture Tread into the melty puddle.
Once the UTEE cools, just peel off the Texture Tread.
(I decided to add Distress Paint to the canvas after the fact, and just worked around the UTEE)
UTEE takes Perfect Pearls powder wonderfully. Just rub it on the hardened design:
Use regular ol’ computer paper, and stamp onto it using Archival Ink. It’s important that you use Archival, as its oil base will not run in the UTEE. Water- and alcohol-based inks may not give you the results you want.
Quickly dip the paper into melted clear UTEE, using a heat-proof tweezer. Let the excess UTEE drip off before placing the paper on your project.
Once it’s set, you’ll have a wonderfully-textured, slightly translucent paper that’s durable and shiny. I edged mine with bronze Perfect Pearls mixed in water.
SUPER easy! Just dip paper flowers into melted clear UTEE.
Let them harden on a nonstick craft sheet.
Then attach them to your project.
(Not a scientific term…)
This is so much fun! Simply use a heatproof spatula to quickly drizzle melted UTEE onto a nonstick craft sheet.
Once the UTEE has set, you can peel it right off the nonstick craft sheet.
Attach the UTEE squiggles to your project with a teeny bit of Multi Medium.
Thanks so much for visiting. Have a fabulous day!