I really enjoy adding texture and patterns to my mixed-media projects- and Melt Art Texture Treads from Ranger Industries does just that. While they were designed to be used with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamels,) they can be used on so much more. Let’s take a look!
Here’s how they are described on the Ranger Ink website:
Texture Treads were designed especially for use with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels) and the Melting Pot®. Create textured embellishments for jewelry making, homedécor, paper crafts and mixed media projects. Pour melted Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels™ (UTEE) directly over Melt Art Texture Treads or pour melted UTEE on anInkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™ and stamp Texture Tread into UTEE. UTEE embellishments can be decorated further with Ranger paints and inks or dusted with Perfect Pearls™ Powders. For even more versatility, use Texture Treads for inking and stamping onto scrapbook pages and cards.
Available in a variety of unique designs, clever reverse images allow for multiple effects from one Texture Tread!
Use with: • UTEE and the Melting Pot
• Dye and Pigment Inks as a stamp
• Embossing ink and UTEE
• Perfect Pearls Powders for highlighting UTEE
• Polymer clay for texture
But of course, you have to experiment and test it out, right? So I played with the Texture Treads for a solid afternoon. I made you a video so you can see the samples I made, as well as hear how I made them.
And here are some still photos:
Polymer Clay Impressions.
Shiva Paintstik rubbings on cotton fabric.
Crayon rubbings, stamped & dusted with Perfect Pearls, print made using a brayer.
And of course, I made a few items incorporating my samples:
Tag featuring Silk Glaze monoprint; Card featuring UTEE embellishment and printed background (dusted with Perfect Pearls.)
I found Texture Treads to be incredibly useful. I like the embossed and debossed mirror images, I like the deep etching, I like the patterns. And at about $8.00, it’s a good price. (Block mounted rubber stamps of this size will run you about three times that much.) I hope they continue to come out with new patterns now that I’ve thought of so many ways to use them!
Disclosure: samples provided for review purposes.
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