Ranger Blog: Melt Art
It’s been a little bit since we shared a Melt Art Mania project. Luckily, we came across this GREAT video by Stephenie Hamen from Fiskars! Stephenie is a recent Ranger U Grad who is now a Melt Art pro… in this video tutorial, Stephenie shows you how to use Melt Art Mold-n-Pour with the plates from the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System to create your own custom embellishments! Take a look:
Now, as promised we have 3 winners from our Tim Holtz Distress Glitter contest! The response was overwhelming and we are really excited that so many of you watched, enjoying, and learned all about Distress Glitter from Tim’s videos! The 3 lucky winners each receiving an entire set of Tim Holtz Distress Glitters and a Ranger apron are… ::drumroll::
While Melt Art Mania is technically over, we have a few more things to share with you. Since it’s the weekend, we figure you can never have too much Melt Art!
If you’re new to following Tim’s 12 tags, you may have missed the tag from May 2012. In this tutorial, Tim shows how you can make an amazing mini-bouquet embellishment with paper flowers, Distress Ink, and UTEE. Be sure to check out this post over at TimHoltz.com and scroll down to the bottom where you can view all of the blogger submitted projects that also feature similar techniques to see just how versatile it really is!
Beeswax and Texture Treads can be combined to create an interesting, dimensional background for any canvas. Take a look at this tutorial by Lisa Pace to learn how!
You can find more information about all of the Melt Art products we offer by clicking here.
As you learned yesterday, Melt Art and Shrink Plastic can be combined to create some pretty amazing pendants. Today, Richele Christensen shows you another way to use Shrink Plastic with UTEE. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Melt Art with a variety of other mediums to create a dimensional embellishment for this card!
If you combine UTEE and Shrink Plastic you can create an amazing glass look. That’s exactly what Tammy Tutterow is going to teach you how to do in her Faux Fused Glass Pendants Tutorial.
In this tutorial, you’ll die cut, sand, stamp, and color shrink plastic before dipping it in UTEE to create a myriad of different pendants like you see below. You can visit Tammy’s blog by clicking here. Also, make sure to leave a comment on her post to be entered in her Melt Art giveaway!
One of the most wonderful things about Melt Art is that it is just so versatile! Today, Margot Potter has a tutorial on her blog that shares how she created Melt Art Gatsby Inspired Jewelry!
This jewelry was created with Mold-n-Pour, Tim Holtz Facets acrylic gems, Platinum, White, and Clear UTEE, and a ton of creativity! You can take a look at the instructions for this project and enter Margot’s giveaway by clicking here.
Hels Sheridan sent us some photos of this lovely Beeswax Curiosity project she made for Melt Art Mania. This project has quite a few Melt Art features! Hels told us, “I painted a wooden chest with Distress Paints and then set about using Beeswax and stamped tissue collage. Once this was done, I added Perfect Pearls to the edges of the wooden chest to add a little sparkle. The contents of the “curiosity” are made from various UTEE’s. I adopted a lot of marbling methods and also mixed up white UTEE with Heat It Ink Emerald and then added a smidge of Platinum to make a faux jade look.“
Take a moment to visit her blog, http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/, to learn more about this exciting project and how she made it!
It’s Memorial Day weekend and that means we have a very special day of Melt Art Mania for you today. We were given the oppertunity to create a card for Operation Write Home as a part of their Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop.
Operation Write Home supports our nation’s armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as “AnyHero” cards of gratitude to encourage them. Operation Write Home has over 150 sketches available on their website to spur your creativity and that is exactly what Ranger’s Patti Behan used to come up with this amazing Melt Art Patriotic Thank You Card!
Patti was inspired by this sketch to make her card.
- Melt Art Melting Pot with Spatula
- Melt Art UTEE-Clear
- Melt Art Heat It Ink-Sapphire
- Tim Holtz Distress- Paint Brushed Pewter
- Ranger Gloss Paper
- Ranger Wonder Tape
- Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
- Archival Ink Pad- Colbalt Blue
Tim Holtz idea-ology Sanding Grip
Tim Holtz by Tonic Studios Paper Distresser and Kush Grip Snips
Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix
- Mini Old Glory and Sized Circles Dies
- Vagabond Machine
Core’dinations Distress Cardstock-Fired Brick, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans
Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous Stamp –Americana Words
Hero Arts Thank You Sayings Stamp Set
To Make UTEE Piece:
Step 1: Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, turn the Melting Pot onto the UTEE setting, add Clear UTEE into the pot halfway to the Max Fill line. Place lid on and let melt.
Step 2: Once the UTEE has melted, add two drops of Sapphire Heat It Ink into the pot.
Step 3: Stir with the spatula until combined. (Note: You can add more Heat It Ink one drop at a time until the desired color is achieved.)
Step 4: Pour the melted UTEE onto the stamp in a random pattern and let harden.
Step 5: Once hardened but still warm, remove the UTEE from the stamp and and trim off any excess with scissors.
Step 6: To paint the UTEE piece, place Brushed Pewter Distress Paint onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet.
Step 7: Use your finger to lightly paint the top of the UTEE so that the letters stand out.
Step 8: Let painted piece dry, and then follow the instructions below to finish making the card.
To Make Card:
- Fold an 8.5”x 11” rectangle of Chipped Sapphire cardstock in half to create a 4.25” x 5.5” card. Sand edges with sanding grip.
- Cut a big circle from the sized circle die set out from Faded Jeans cardstock. Sand lightly with sanding grip.
- Cut out a Fired Brick star.
- Cut a 3.75”x 2.5” rectangle from Gloss Paper and use paper distresser around the edges.
- Stamp Thank You in Cobalt Archival Ink onto matte side of Gloss Paper and cut out close to the letters.
- Use Wonder Tape to attach all the pieces as shown.
Flowers can be the perfect embellishment for a project. Today, Lynne Forsythe shows how she bring Petaloo flowers to life with Distress Ink, Dylusions Ink Sprays, and Beeswax!
Ready to try out this technique? Head over to her blog post here to watch a video tutorial on how to create these amazing flowers and then leave a comment on her blog to be entered into her Melt Art giveaway!
Wendy Vecchi has two great Melt Art techniques to share with you. In the 1st half of her blog post, she shows you how to create a textured UTEE embellishment by making the piece you see below, which features a textured UTEE flower!
Next, Wendy details how to create distress UTEE art parts. As you can see in this close up, the thin layer of distress paint, covered with UTEE makes the flowers look faded & very vintage. For more information on these techniques and to enter Wendy’s giveaway, head on over to this blog post!