Melt Art with Ranger Ink – Special CHA segment DIY Craft

Heat It Ink and Utee Mixed Media Canvas

Debbie Tlach at Ranger Ink shared her mini mixed media canvas design with us when we were at CHA. I was amazed at how many cool techniques were loaded into this wonderfully tiny project! You can make all kinds of awesome art and embellishments with Ranger’s line of Melt Art products.

Watch the Ranger Mixed Media Canvas YouTube video tutorial!

You have a chance to win your own Melting Pot, UTEE, Heat It Inks and a Texture Tread!! Leave a comment here on this post to enter by 4/14/13.


Ranger Melting Pot
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (aka UTEE)
Heat It Inks
Texture Treads
Tim Holtz Distress Paint
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paint
Perfect Pearls 
Mini stretched canvas
Decorative tissue paper
Craft glue and glue stick
Heat gun and non-stick craft mat
Water in mister bottle
Small heart-shaped cookie cutter
Metal accent embellishments

1.  Pour some UTEE powder into the Melting Pot, add a few drops of ink to color, and allow 10-12 minutes to melt (follow package directions) while you prepare the base of the canvas

2.  Wrap canvas with tissue paper, adhering with glue stick.

3.  Mist some water on to the canvas and dab some Distress Paints on top, mist again and allow colors to swirl together; allow to dry (use heat tool if desired).

4.  Dip one corner of the painted canvas into the melted UTEE, flip it over on to your mat and immediately press a Texture Tread into the UTEE for about a minute; remove tread.

5. Use your finger to brush a little acrylic paint over the raised areas of the UTEE to enhance the tread pattern.

6. To make the heart embellishment, pour a puddle of melted UTEE on to a Texture tread and place the cookie cutter in the center of the puddle; allow a few minutes to harden.

7. Press the cookie cutter against the tread to cut through the hardened UTEE and remove the heart.

8.  Use your finger to brush a little Perfect Pearls over the raised areas of the heart to enhance the tread pattern.

9. Glue the heart and desired accent embellishments opposite the dipped corner and trim away excess UTEE as desired.

P Heat It Ink and Utee Mixed Media Canvas




  1. bettymaasdam says:

    I knew I needed a melting pot! this is so cool

  2. I’d truly love to win this Melting Pot, Utee prize package!

  3. Karen Borusiewicz says:

    What a cool end result. I would love to win this and create some amazing new projects… thanks for the chance. UTEE is amazing!

  4. kim beldowski says:

    I would love to win this! The artwork is amazing. I think I could make some awesome stuff with this!!!

  5. Becky White says:

    I loved the project and tutorial! I’ve never played with these products before. It looks like so much fun! I would love to win so I can get started. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  6. Wow, what a simple yet beautiful craft. I am decorating my husbands new office as a Marriage and Family Therapist and using almost all handmade crafts not only for the theme but also due to limited funds! This is another great idea to keep the aura without blowing the bank – but only if I’m lucky enough to win! Thank you for a great idea and fingers crossed!

  7. Thank you very much for this great tutorial. It is so inspiring that I really wished I would win these crafting goodies. Thanks for the opportunity! Greets,

  8. What a fabulous giveaway! It’s absolutely fantastic! I would so love to have all of these wonderful products to work with!

  9. Carole RB says:

    OMG I’ll cross my fingers…..Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  10. I have never heard of this before. Sandra Strait shared it on her facebook page and I am so excited she did. Yet another addition to my “must have art wish list.”

  11. OH MY GOSH after watching the video I really really really need to win!!! I have been dying to play with UTEE and the melting pot… this has just got my creative mind turning!!!!! I would love to play with a Melting Pot, UTEE, Heat It Inks and a Texture Tread!! LOVE the texture tread!!! What will they think of next!

  12. Wow! Fantastic project. I’ve been lusting after a melting pot and accessories. Perhaps this will be my lucky day!

  13. wow wow wow I so love the Utee how can I craft without it its amazing I’ve never used it but watching this video has given me so many ideas I could do with it I’m disabled and crafting is my life Utee has opened up a new craft for me so I’ll have to get saving by this time next year I might be able to buy some hehe its just amazing thank you for showing me something new I love it thanks cool2craft and best wishes to all that enter the competition. I know whoever wins will have a great time with it xx

  14. Chrissie Decker says:

    This idea opens up a whole new way of looking at crafting. These are NOT my grandma’s ways of crafting anymore, this is sophisticated, elegant and looks like so much fun. Layers upon layers of ideas and colors, materials and methods. Oh, I would so like to win the outfit, but know that whomever does win will have lots of fun with it. I am amazed at the new things coming out…thank you for this channel of information. Blessings to each,

  15. Robin Neff says:

    Love this look, lots of textures to pay with.
    thank you for showing this video

  16. Love this definitely interested in playing with these tools!

  17. Corey Rigoni says:

    Beautiful and creative….really expanded my thinking!!!


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