Melting Pot Valentines

By  Lynn Roberts 

sizes: 4-1/4"x5-1/2" or 4-1/2"x6-1/4"

  • Bank of True Love Card
  • Think Happy Thoughts Card


  • For pair of featured cards
  • Cardstock: red; black; white
  • Coordinating Wild Asparagus Collection patterned (My Mind's Eye)
  • Sheer plaid ribbon


  • Melting Pot*
  • Melt Art UTEE*: Fuchsia Brightz; Flex
  • Emboss it Clear Ink Reinker*
  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Collection Love Collage (Stampers Anonymous); Harlequin Diamonds (Postmodern Design); One Penney Plates 2 and 4 (Paper Artsy)
  • Ink pads*: Jet Black Archival; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed
  • Perfect Pearls*: Perfect Gold; Perfect Bronze
  • Inkssentials Matte Accents*
  • Suze Weinberg's Beadazzles*: Tango; Hot Pants
  • Inkssentials tools*: Non-Stick Craft Sheet; Heatit Craft Tool; Blending Foam
  • Niji Waterbrush (Yasutomo)
  • Small scalloped oval punch
  • *Products by Ranger

Basic Supplies

  • scissors
  • Melting Pot Basics
  • 1. Preheat empty Melting Pot with lid on at UTEE setting (340º) for five to ten minutes.
  • 2. Fill pot with UTEE to MAX line and heat with lid on; to avoid air bubbles, do not stir while melting.
  • 3. Once UTEE is melted, add 1/8 to 1/4 scoop of Melt Art UTEE Flex to provide projects extra strength and flexibility. Stir melted Flex into melted UTEE with Melt Art Kool Toolz spatula.
  • 4. For marbled effect, melt colors in separate areas of pot without stirring. Gently marble colors with tip of spatula.
  • 5. Always work over an Inkssentials Non- Stick Craft Sheet.
  • 6. UTEE is easily removed from cool Melting Pot when new. To clean older pot, use spatula to scrape UTEE onto non-stick craft sheet. Wipe pot thoroughly with paper towels before turning off.
  • General Instructions
  • 1. To create heart on Bank card, use finger to ink inside of cookie cutter with embossing ink. Follow Basics above to melt and pour UTEE into cookie cutter, filling 1/8" to 1/4" deep.
  • 2. To create cutout heart on Happy card, follow Basics above to melt and pour UTEE directly onto craft sheet. Immediately press cookie cutter into UTEE; no need to ink cookie cutter first. When UTEE begins to cool, gently push down on cutter and up from center bottom to release cutter and shape.
  • 3. To add texture to heart, gently heat shape with Craft Tool and stamp un-inked image into melted surface; remove stamp when UTEE is cool. Highlight texture using Niji Waterbrush and Perfect Pearls.
  • Bank of True Love Card
  • 1. Make 4-1/4"x5-1/2" top-fold black card. Cut 3"x4-1/4" patterned paper piece and stamp Jet Black collage image at center. Mask left side of image and stamp Jet Black diamonds.
  • 2. Use Blending Foam to sponge Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed inks over images. Mat panel on red, then white, cardstock. Adhere to card.
  • 3. Cut ribbon length and adhere to lower right corner of stamped panel. Adhere UTEE heart over ribbon.
  • Think Happy Thoughts Card
  • 1. Make 4-1/2"x6-1/4" side-fold red card. Cut slightly smaller patterned paper piece and adhere to card. Cut 3-1/4"x5" patterned paper piece and stamp with Jet Black images.
  • 2. Use Blending foam to sponge Worn Lipstick and Mahogany inks around edges of stamped panel. Mat panel on black, then red, cardstock. Adhere to card.
  • 3. Apply Matte Accents to top of UTEE cut-out heart; sprinkle with beads. Punch small oval from patterned paper and stamp Jet Black sentiment. Sponge Distress Inks around edges.
  • 4. Place UTEE cut-out heart on craft sheet with paper oval overlapping one edge. Use spatula to drizzle UTEE over edge to seal paper in place; let cool completely. Adhere UTEE element to card.