Paper Pin

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.

Supplies

  • Stamps Floral images are especially pretty. Flourishes' Poinsettia and Boxwood was used here.
  • Ink
  • Patterned paper or cardstock
  • Detail scissors
  • Adhesive
  • 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

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Stamp image three or four times on patterned paper.

  2. Step 2

    Closely trim around all images with detail scissors.

  3. Trim image differently for each layer. This will give the finished project dimension.

  4. Step 3

    Use a sponge to ink edges of paper, front and back.

  5. Step 4

    Repeat above steps if necessary. Here, leaves were stamped, trimmed, and inked.

  6. Step 5

    Using dimensional adhesive, adhere layers.

  7. The smallest layer should be on top.

  8. Step 6

    The bracts of the poinsettia were staggered for a fuller look.

  9. Apply adhesive to back side and add smaller, non-layered items (like the leaves here).

  10. Step 7

    Follow directions included with Melting Pot and add UTEE to pan. Heat according to directions.

  11. Step 8

    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.

  12. Using tools, spoon heated UTEE over item. Use tweezers to lift and separate layers, making sure everything is coated.

  13. Step 9

    Remove to Craft Sheet (or other non-stick, heat-resistant surface) and allow to harden. If needed, use skewers to lift and separate layers.

  14. Step 9

    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.

  15. Step 10

    Either glue or heat glaze to attach pin to back.

  16. Step 11

    Finished pin.

  17. Step 12

    Try a miniature pizza box for presenting larger pins. Find instructions here.

  18. Finished present.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Pin. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I don't have a melting pot so glad someone has used glaze for this project. I shall definitely be trying this. I usually make beaded brooches but this will provide me with some very different presents for my girlfriends this coming season.
Barbara  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 9:55 PM
Loved the idea. These would also make beautiful Christmas tree decorations. Some are talking about the crystal lacquer. I have used the crystal effects, is the crystal lacquer the same or does it come in a spray?
becwh  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 2:14 AM
I absolutely love this flower, and the box idea is just wonderful too. How come no one asked what clear stamp set that is??? I am trying to read it, but can't quite see what brand it is. That is the most beautiful poinsettia. Thanks for the good pics and explanation on the tute.
Dee  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 6:14 AM
delight idea! Thank you for sharing it.
Laura C.  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 7:21 AM
NM, I just needed to read all of the tute.
Dee
Dee  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 7:29 AM
JENN, THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL TUTORIAL. I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO TRY THIS TECHNIQUE . IF IT TURNS OUT YOU HAVE SAVED ME ALOT OF WORK COMING UP WITH GIFTS FOR MY DAUGHTERS AND GIRLFRIENDS. I HAVE NOT BEEN STAMPING LONG BUT I AM ENJOYING EVERY MOMENT OF IT. YOUR A REAL TALENTED LADY. JUDY
Judy  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 10:15 AM
Just wanted to say what a beautiful pin you have created. Great tutorial.
Ruth  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 12:18 PM
Great idea, but I'm chicken to place the whole thing in the pot. What would happen if I did each layer individually and then mounted them? I can just see myself trying to keep the layers from sticking and making a mess while I was at it.
Alice  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 3:27 PM
Hi, I have been trying to do this, but my utee is not melting all the way, and my project gets bubbles on it, can you offer any more advice?
Thanks
Also I have the melting utee in a tray, do I need to do it in the bottom tray that is attached to the melting pot, or in a seperate tray, it took it over an hour to liquify.
Thanks
Kristine
Kristine  |  Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Oh these are beautiful! Just finding them though - and don't have the items to make one. I'd loved to have made these for a few friends; especially the one who buys her cards from me. Oh well. thanks for sharing - maybe next year I'll make some.
Wanda  |  Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 4:56 AM

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