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Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet

Editor’s Note: Please welcome Beth to our reporting team… you may know her as Myprecious on SplitcoastStampers. Here’s her first article for Craft Critique!

Reported by Beth Silaika

Hello fellow crafters! If you are like me, you have probably invested thousands of dollars a lot of money in your craft area. You see the latest and greatest “must have” item and you rush out with your 40% off coupon or head over to your favorite online store and grab up the tool which will turn you into the next Nichole, Becky, Tim or Martha!

I find myself drawn to the latest and greatest crafting tools – because when you have the *right* tools – it makes the job so much easier. One of the tools which I use EVERY time I craft is the 15″x18″ Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet. It sits on my desk to protect my work surface. Sure, it is usually buried under layers of paper scraps and ink pads, but I know it is there protecting my surface! It is the one layer I sweep the scraps off each time I stamp!

The craft sheet is infused with some type of glass material, so do not FOLD the sheet or you will “break/crack” the surface, and the ink *can* seep into the cracks. Either leave the craft sheet flat on your crafting surface or roll up the craft sheet and store it back in the box. Don’t use the craft sheet as a cutting surface because it is not resistant to scissors or an exacto knife! I leave it on my craft table all the time since I never know when I will be using an ink or other type of crafting material that could harm my work surface.

The craft sheet is the perfect size for card making and scrapbooking as it will hold a 12″x12″ piece of paper with room on each side to “catch” your messies! The non-stick surface is WONDERFUL if you are heat embossing because it withstands high temperatures. You can pour melted UTEE from your Melting Pot directly on the mat and it will not stick to it! It is great for when you are using alcohol inks {which can be *so* messy}. The inks wipe off with a paper towel or baby wipe when you are done with your project. Use it when you are working with Staz-on or other permanent inks to make sure your craft area stays clean!


Anytime I used my Ranger alcohol inks {which is OFTEN} I work on my craft sheet. I simply put the item I am altering right on the craft sheet and pounce the alcohol inks directly to the item with the ranger felt tool. The alcohol ink will dry to the surface of the craft sheet, but I simply wash off the sheet with a damp paper towel when I am done!

I have also used it as a layer to protect my cookie sheet when I have to bake craft items items {tiles, shrink plastic, polymer clay}. I simply lined the cookie sheet with the non-stick craft sheet. It is heat resistant to 400 degrees! (wow!) Spritzing the craft sheet with ink and water and smashing the paper directly to the sheet to get a really grungy background for your cards or scrapbook page is a great look. It also makes a great paint pallate when I am using acrylic paints. Simply pour your paint directly to the craft sheet – wipe the surface when you are done. It is useful for blending watercolors (add some water, then pick up your colors from ink pads, reinkers, watercolor crayons). I have even used it with my copics. Color directly on the craft sheet with copic markers and used the copic blender pen to grab colors to get a lighter look!


Pros:

  • easy to use, just take it out of the box and set it on your crafting surface
  • protects your craft surface from a large variety of messy crafting materials, such as ink, glue, paints and even heat (up to 400 degrees)
  • cleans with non-toxic materials – wipe up with a damp cloth
  • eco-friendly – one time purchase versus using large paper mats

Cons:

  • you can “break” it by creasing or cutting it
  • it will not ensure that your craft area will remain free of clutter (it’s only there to protect your work surface, not make you June Cleaver)
  • there are no grids or lines to allow you to line up your cards and make sure that things are “even-steven” (maybe I should contact Ranger about this — that would make the product EVEN BETTER!)

I purchased my original craft sheet from Starlitstudio and then got a back up craft sheet at Eclectic Paperie. It is also available at most brick & mortar stores that sell Ranger brand products. The product retails for around $17.99.

In my opinion, this is a fantastic investment for any crafter. Save your work surface, buy a craft sheet! What do you use? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Happy Crafting!

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23 Responses to Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet

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    Christine May 5, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    I have seriously considered buying this craft sheet, but I wasn’t too sure how well it would work. I’m constantly making a mess of my cutting mat since I stamp on it as well. I like having that mat on my work surface 24/7 since I can easily cut if I need to and it also protects my desk from getting any ink stains. However, I’ve noticed I sometimes have accidental smudges on my work if some ink gets onto it and doesn’t dry out before I use it again. I like the cutting mat for the versatility it gives me whenever I need to cut or pound on anything, but this craft mat and the ease of clean-up sounds like a great investment. It just might be on my next shopping list.

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    twinklescrapbooks May 5, 2009 at 8:35 am #

    Thanks for the review. I have often wondered about this mat. 🙂
    tina

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    angie May 5, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    i have one of these and i absolutely love it! i leave mine out on my desk. it is so easy to clean – even dried-on glue comes right off!

    i have to agree with the exacto blade warning though – i sliced mine. i’ve been thinking of getting a back-up!

    thanks for the great review, and no i am not affiliated with Ranger!

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    Christina May 5, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    This sounds like the Silpat for bakers only it’s a larger size (12×12).

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    Tona May 5, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    I have this mat & love it!I use it for all the messy stuff, ink, glimmer mist, water colors, & I’ve have used it when I’m painting with acrylics…& even dried paint comes off easily 😉

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    ms.cheryl May 5, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    I’ve thought about buying this but so far I still use wax paper. It’s easy to use and I throw it away after each use. I don’t use my oven when I craft so the heat issue is a non issue. I will get a craft mat one day but for now it’s wax paper. ms.cheryl

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    Melissa Norris May 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    I LOVE this product and think that everyone should have one. I just have the smaller size (now I have to add the bigger one to my list) and always stick it under whatever I’m working on. You never know when you will drop a marker, spill some paint, etc. I used to work with an old desk calendar on my table, but if I spilled something it would take forever to dry. I feel the craft mat is a great GREEN alternative, because you are just wiping stuff off, not wasting sheets of paper.

    Everyone should get one of these!

    ~Melissa

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    Francie Horton May 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    excellent article! if i had known about this 5 years ago i wouldn’t have a wooden tabletop so full of “character”. hehe

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    Tamikko May 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    Thanks for the review for this, I’ve been wanting to know a little more about it. I’ve been using wax paper :(. Not very green of me. I’ll be getting this at Michaels with a coupon now 🙂

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    Linda F. May 5, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    IMHO, this is a necessity…right up there with a good trimmer and a sharp pair of scissors. I have 2: one is permanently taped to my scrap table. (Too bad I didn’t have it sooner. The table USED to be white!) And I have one I carry to all my crops.

    Definitely a worthwhile purchase! And if they could add the June Cleaver aspect, I’d be in heaven!

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    Bogner's May 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Welcome Beth, and good job on your first report. This article was interesting since I had only read a tidbit in a blog about this product once, and it wasn’t enough to really peak my interest. I currently just have my Fiskars’ Two Sided Mat on my table (which is just pressed wood for shelving!) If I am stamping or inking, I try to keep a scrap paper under my project. I am not TOO worried about mucking up my work surface since it isn’t all that special, but I don’t want anything on there that will ruin the backs of my projects, so I might have to just add this to my wish list for 2009! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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    Jess May 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Wow I didn’t even know this existed! This is wonderful thanks so much!

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    "S" May 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Every time I go to JoAnn’s or Michael’s, with or without a coupon, I always look at this product. Yet, I always leave it at the store.

    I have been using a large sheet (about five feet long!) of waxed butcher paper. The price is right (! free !) and works well. Of course, I can’t put it in the oven, but it really catches my messes.

    What I like best about this (other than the fact that it is ! free !) is the size. What holds me back from buying Ranger’s is that it seems so small to me. I make messes far greater than 12″x12″ … yet someday I just may cave in and buy one!

    For any of you gals out there that haven’t bought one yet, ask your butcher to tear off a sheet of butcher paper and give it a try. Just remember to roll it and not fold it to get it home. Then just tape it to your work surface.

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    Sharron May 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    What a great review! I’ve seen it at JoAnn’s Crafts but wondered what I would use it for. I always just “have” to have all of the latest tools of the trade ya know…LOL.

    Thanks for enlightening me……I’ll be sure to pick it up on my next trip……with coupon in hand, of course! LOL

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    Janet L. May 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Great review and totallly on the mark! I, too, use this craft sheet. I’ve had mine for about 3 years and love it. It still looks just like new, no thanks to me!

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    scrappypug May 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    i have one but can’t really recommend it over the other teflon sheets I have been able to buy online for less than half the price. There is nothing wrong with the Ranger one, but I can’t find any reason to pay more for one sheet when I can get two or more for same price. You can check ebay for teflon baking sheets. I use mine (which ever one I grab) all the time!

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    Jen May 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    I’m like you and have mine on all the time. Another con I find is trying to keep it ‘in place’ when it hasn’t got a whole lot of heavy stuff on it. Having said that, I really do think it was worth the $ and a good purchase- I couldn’t do some of my favourite inking techniques without it.

    I have heard of other stampers using non stick mats designed for BBQs, not sure how good they are but I think they are a little cheaper.

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    Vina May 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    I’ve been using this craft sheet for a few months now & I love it! It truly does the job of protecting my table when I use alcohol inks, glue or anything else. I bought it using a Joann’s coupon which made it more affordable. I wouldn’t craft without it!! Thanks for the review!

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    JessicaK May 5, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    What a cool product – I hadn’t seen it before. I know my LSSes don’t carry it, but I’ll have to check it out online. Thanks!

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    Christine May 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Wow, this is an amazing product. I have never heard of it before so I am glad to get so much great information. Thanks for the great review!!!
    xoxo, Christine

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    Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama May 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    Wonderful first review, Beth! I’ve heard about the craft sheet, but had never seen a review before. I’ve thought about getting one to protect my desk and this was just what I needed to make that decision. 🙂

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    Cathy May 6, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    I agree with Christina. Sounds like the same stuff as Silpat although I am certain that the craft sheet is much less expensive.

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    Cindy F May 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    One of my favorite uses for the craft mat hasn’t been mentioned yet… it is a great surface for working ink into the edges of things. I use an Inkssential Ink Blending Foam tool by Ranger, load it up with some Tim Holtz distress ink then press the tool into the mat to unload ink, then with circular motions start working the ink onto edges of paper or chipboard or whatever. Repeated “layers” of ink will intensify the effect but the key really is having the mat to work the color off of and onto your element. Kind of like a painter’s pallette, kwim? Great review – love my craft sheet.