**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.
**Foam to cushion the stamping
**Clear Ultra-Thick Embossing Powder
**Container to store used UTEE
**Heat gun for embossing
**Ceramic tile (use to protect surface and help heat emboss)
NOT SHOWN, but needed...
**Watermark stamp pad (new or slightly used)
**Hot glue gun
EDITED FOR A FIRST STEP THAT IS NOT SHOWN, BUT IMPORTANT!
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.
The polar bear pin was made from extra Cricut and Spellbinders cuts that I glued together and covered with UTEE as described above!