Wow! Every time I look at this I am just blown away. This is a piece of cardboard dipped in black UTEE and then using Perfect Pearls, a heat gun and an inked up $1 stamp from M’s.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get enough pictures of the above tag to walk you through a step by step process for it; however, I did make another tag so you can get a feel of the process.
For the above tag we (that would be Phyllis and I) used black UTEE without any Flex added. Remember, the UTEE is thicker without the Flex added.
I can take this black UTEE and throw it back in the pan or into the melting pot tray and let it start melting.
Since I didn’t get enough pictures as we made the tag yesterday I reconstructed the process today using a yellow tag and clear UTEE. This allowed me to get pictures for the various steps and to see what it would look like if we made the tag out of colored card stock.
So here we go, threw the UTEE in the pot and it is on the way to melting. Be sure and keep the lid on to help melt it faster.
The Fleur De Lis tag was cut out of chipboard and dipped into black UTEE and then placed on craft mat to dry. Be sure and immerse the entire tag in the UTEE or you will end up with the back of the tag not covered.
In this photo I used a small tag cut out of yellow card stock. I wanted to see how the colored card stock would show through the clear UTEE. I did notice that the card stock tag was a little thin, when I heated the tag later it wanted to curl.
I used a pair of tweezers to hold the tag to dip it into the UTEE. Don’t worry so much that it comes out uneven or gloppy (is that a word?). We are going to use a heat gun on it and it will smooth things out. I think it is better to clean up any drips or strings when the UTEE is still warm. It seems to be easier and more flexible while it is warm.
The next thing we did was use some Perfect Pearls on the tags. On the black UTEE this powder shows up really well. There are so many colors of Perfect Pearls but at this time (did you get that “at this time”) this is all I have so I used them.
I just dipped the brush in the various Perfect Pearls and dotted them on the tag. Don’t be afraid to use enough of the powder to show up.
Do it randomly adding more of the light color if you like it light or more darker colors if you want it more dark.
Using a heat gun, heat up the tag until it looks like the UTEE is flowing or when the UTEE ripples when the heat gun is blowing on it. You will have to heat it long enough to get the air bubbles out. It will start to look pitted but keep heating it will eventually get smooth.
The Perfect Pearls gives the tag a nice shimmer.
Ink up the stamp or stamps you want to use to make an impression on your tag. I’m using a flourish looking stamp and a $1 M’s stamp. One tip I can give you is to dab the stamp on the pigment ink so the stamp gets really saturated with the ink.
Re-heat the tag using the hot gun until tag is really hot and then press the inked up stamp into the hot UTEE on the tag. If you want to change the stamp, follow the same process ink up stamp, re-heat tag, stamp.
I took a pen and free handed the butterfly’s antennae. I also put in an eyelet. This made a stunning tag and I love the color card stock showing through.
This just makes a stunning tag and when you see it in real life you know that your tags will never be the same. The stamps give it texture and variety. I love it when you can take your tools and use them for something other than what they were design for originally.
So Phyllis had me ink up the Fleur De Lis with the silver pigment ink and then she heated up the tag and stamped it in the hot UTEE on the tag.
This looks very French to me and I love the look.
We’ll do one more posting on this product. I want you to see the rest of the items we made and see how many ways you can use this produce.