My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel) with Cricut and stamping!!

Two pins made with UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel). 

**The pin on the left is created using a Cricut cut, Spellbinders Nesties, and Cuttlebug embossing folder.

**The pin on the right is creating by stamping with pigment ink.

Step-by-step directions with photos...I will be showing how to create the stamped image pin.  Follow the same directions for using a Cricut cut to create a pin.

Supplies and equipment used for this project.
**Selected stamp
**Foam to cushion the stamping
**Pigment ink
**Clear Ultra-Thick Embossing Powder
**Container to store used UTEE
**Heat gun for embossing
**Art tray
**Ceramic tile (use to protect surface and help heat emboss)
**Pin Back
NOT SHOWN, but needed...
**Watermark stamp pad (new or slightly used)
**Hot glue gun

Before going any further, please add this step....
Turn the project over and put at least one layer (2 is better) of UTEE ON THE BACK of the project!
This will prevent the project from crackling and breaking!
Edited...Turn the image over.  Spread VersaMark Watermark stamp ink over the back of the project.  Cover with UTEE and heat emboss.  I usually put 2 layers on the back.  Let it completely dry/cool.  Then continue with the following steps.  This prevents the project from crackling and breaking.

Stamp image using clear pigment ink on a good quality, heavy cardstock. I use VersaMark Watermark stamp ink.

 Immediately cover the stamped area with UTEE and heat.  This sets the image and protects it from the next steps.

When using a watermark stamp pad and clear UTEE, it is important to use a clean pad.  The pad on the right has been used many times and refilled with ink.  It is discolored and a closer look reveals tiny specks of trash.  This will transfer to your project.

A project that is white or light in color works best with a new or slightly used stamp pad, such as the one on the left.

Fresh UTEE should be used on white or light projects.  Used UTEE will have specks of trash, also. The stamped image on the left was created using an old stamp pad and used UTEE.  The stamped image on the right was created using a new stamp pad and clean UTEE.
Cover the project with the watermark stamp pad and UTEE.  Then heat emboss until the embossing crystals melt.  Let the project cool and repeat.  You can do this as many times as you wish, I usually cover the project three (3) times.

I cut a piece of gold cardstock (Stampin Up) slightly larger than the project and glued the two pieces together.  Then covered the project with watermark ink and UTEE and heat embossed the pin two more times.

The next step is to add the pin back and I am finished!

I used a hot glue gun to attach a pin back.

Completed projects!

The polar bear pin was made from extra Cricut and Spellbinders cuts that I glued together and covered with UTEE as described above!


Jodie R said...

Great instructions! These pins are so cute!! I think I am going to have to make some of these for the girls at work.

kimberlyann207 said...

These are adorable! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the awesome instructions :)

ScrappyKats said...

Thanks for the instructions.mim going to have to try this technique.

Ohhh Snap said...

Now I understand what I did wrong :D. I didn't know to UTEE the back! Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!