I’m so excited! What you are looking at in this picture are the things that Phyllis and I made using a melting pot, UTEE, Flex and some stamps.
Click on the picture and take a closer look at the embellishments. This is so much fun. So, it will probably take a couple of days to go through all the different things we discovered.
It starts out with this product called Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). Now UTEE comes in various colors (black, gold, bronze, platinum, clear and something called interlocking blue). There is also a product called Flex and this is added to the UTEE to make it more flexible. More about how all of these work together later but these are some of the things you need to get started.
This is a melting pot, some plastic utensils and Teflon coated small cake pans. The melting pot I found at M’s and used my 50% coupon. These melting pots run about $39.95 each and they can be used for melting UTEE or candles or candy wafers. I love getting things half off, so I got mine for around $20.00. The utensils run around $6.00 and my suggestion would be just buy a small spatula because the spoon-tweezer combo is not that great, it is very flimsy. A spatula is a very handy item to have to use with this project.
You can purchase additional melting pot trays (they’re around $6 each when you can find them). I went to the cake decorating section and got 3 of these small cake pans for $5. The only draw back is they slide around in the melting pot tray and they limit the size of the item you can dip in them.
We discovered that the $1 stamps from M’s work really well when making this type of embellishment. You can use the stamps that are really simple or even the intricate ones.
When you look back at the first picture, you can see these are the stamps we used in making some of the embellishments.
Finally, for this post you need to us pigment ink or you can use color markers (like Zig). The pigment ink is “wetter” and when you remove the UTEE off the stamp the ink adheres better to the UTEE. When you use the color markers, paint the various items and then “huff” on the stamp before you dip it in the UTEE. This will rehydrate the markers on the stamp and allow for a nice transfer of color.
It doesn’t matter the brand name of the pigment ink, the $3.99 ink pad worked just as good as the $7.99 ink pad.
So to recap quickly, you will need: 1) Extra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) you pick the color. We started out with clear. 2) A melting pot of some sort. 3) Pigment ink or color markers. 4) Rubber Stamps, my suggestion is to use the red rubber stamps first. 5) A heat resistant craft mat.
We’ll explore more UTEE tomorrow, so stay tune. Oh and the cute little album in the first picture is a paper-bag album that Phyllis made. Yes, I said paperbag album made out of regular brown paper lunch bags. So, cute!!!!