by Jenn Balcer
Create a beautiful pin by adhering several layers of an image on top of each other and embossing. Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kelli Purkey made this look popular.
- Stamps Floral images are especially pretty. Flourishes' Poinsettia and Boxwood was used here.
- Patterned paper or cardstock
- Detail scissors
- Dimensional adhesive
- Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and a Melting Pot or try Crystal Effects, or Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze
- Heat resistant craft mat
- Heat tool
- Jewelry findings and accessories such as pin backs and rhinestones
Stamp image three or four times on patterned paper.
Closely trim around all images with detail scissors.
Trim image differently for each layer. This will give the finished project dimension.
Use a sponge to ink edges of paper, front and back.
Repeat above steps if necessary. Here, leaves were stamped, trimmed, and inked.
Using dimensional adhesive, adhere layers.
The smallest layer should be on top.
The bracts of the poinsettia were staggered for a fuller look.
Apply adhesive to back side and add smaller, non-layered items (like the leaves here).
Follow directions included with Melting Pot and add UTEE to pan. Heat according to directions.
One UTEE is heated, immerse layered item in liquid. CAUTION: This stuff is HOT.
Alternate Instructions: If you are using Glossy Accents or Krylon spray, apply now until coated and glossy, and add jewelry findings and pin back with E6000 or other strong adhesive.
Using tools, spoon heated UTEE over item. Use tweezers to lift and separate layers, making sure everything is coated.
Remove to Craft Sheet (or other non-stick, heat-resistant surface) and allow to harden. If needed, use skewers to lift and separate layers.
Smooth edges and remove stringy glaze by using a heat tool. You can also apply rhinestones or other embellishments by heating the top layer and placing them into the still-hot glaze.
Either glue or heat glaze to attach pin to back.