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Old 11-08-2018, 12:29 AM   #1
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Question Ultra Thick Embossing Powder - what is it for?

I have some Ultra Thick Embossing Powder in my stash (it is labelled UTEE on the side of it) which I bought many years ago - but I can't remember what it is used for. Maybe there are new uses for it these days(?). My container seems to have very chunky granules so I can't imagine that you use it for detailed embossing.

Anyone have a clue?

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Old 11-08-2018, 01:24 AM   #2
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It is used to build up layers on a project, like a glaze or to melt in a melting pot for coating things like charms. You can look in the gallery or tutorials for “cracked glass” and “tiling” to see some samples. When I get home from OnStage i can unearth some samples and post photos here.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:04 AM   #3
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Thank you Mary Beth - I appreciate it
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:28 AM   #4
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As Mary Beth says, it works to create a deep layered piece. First off, add Versamark/pigment ink to your piece, then cover with the crystals. Heat set, then either immediately sprinkle on more, or let it cool, add more Versamark, and then more crystals. you'll need probably at least 3 layers to get a smooth finish.
Here are a couple of times I've used it.



Both the heart and the sentiment were done the same way, and the number was stamped into the top layer while still warm. Gold pigment ink used on the stamp, and it doesn't do them any harm. Just be careful, as it's easy for the stamp to slide.

These two hearts had a layer of red glitter EP added in the middle, then another couple of layers of UTEE added on top.
You can also make a really stunning look by sprinkling some Mica Powder onto one layer of crystals, then heat setting that layer. Start up high with the heat gun or it will blow away! As it melts, the mica sort of drifts down into the layers.

On this one, I added red ink to the hearts first, then on a couple I stamped in black ink with a word stamp. Then did the UTEE layers. The top heart, I stamped into the top layer with a flourish stamp and gold pigment ink. You can just stamp with Versamark, so you get an impression, but no new colour.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:57 AM   #5
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UTEE is great for making cheap n cheerful jewellery too! You can pour melted UTEE into silicone moulds or you can add layers to chipboard shapes. The example I’m attaching was made with black powder on a heavy chipboard circle. I’m guessing yours is clear which would give a different effect but if you wanted a black surface you can do three layers of UTEE and then finish with a layer of regular EP in black. I blogged this pendant here if you want any more details.
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Oh wow - I had NO idea that you could make such beautiful things with this embossing powder! Thank you so much for sharing your makes with it - I am blown away!
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UTEE LOVE!!!!!

I bought a melting pot this year. They don't make them any more. I found the elusive unicorn and it's mine. I have been doing a lot of UTEE playing and research.

There seems to be a resurgence for UTEE. If you type in UTEE or Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel at You Tube, sort by year there are a bunch of new videos showing different UTEE techniques.

These are older techniques that have been around for awhile.

-Paper Bead artists adore UTEE to seal their beads.

-Shrinky Dink sealer for the artists version of Shrink Art. I know some of our girls must have that look right now thinking of their kids Shrinky Dinks, lol.

-Polymer Clay artists use UTEE to glaze their work. Still recommend PolyCrylic for that. UTEE does have it's application, especially if you want an aged look.

Some flower artists use UTEE to dip their paper and silk flowers for the most beautiful glass flower pieces. I know some girls have done this over here too.

Do check some of the YouTube videos on how to use UTEE because it is a little gem with so many hidden uses. Hope that helps.
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Thank you Shaz for those great card ideas and instructions on usage. I have a tub of this stuff and forget to use it.
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Thank you Shaz for those great card ideas and instructions on usage. I have a tub of this stuff and forget to use it.
Ditto! And thanks to Lylacfey for her input, as well - I have SO many more ideas now!
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Here's a card I did recently with the enameled leaves technique using UTEE. You ink your die cut leaves as desired, add Versamark over top and heat set with UTEE, repeatedly adding layers of UTEE until you get your desired effect.


WT703, Enamel Leaves by cjzim - at Splitcoaststampers

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What a lovely card. Thanks for sharing it. I like the background too and that’s a great sentiment.
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I love using it for backgrounds on small panels. Apply the UTEE and melt. Then ‘paint’ in with other colours of embossing powder. You get a resin/stained glass look. I tend to do random applications building one colour up on the edges and sprinkling other colours in the center. Then I add a focal point of some kind. It’s super fun! I tend to do it with ATCs mostly but it would make an awesome backdrop for a snowflake this time of year. Off to my studio cuz that’s a great idea...
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Here's a card I did recently with the enameled leaves technique using UTEE. You ink your die cut leaves as desired, add Versamark over top and heat set with UTEE, repeatedly adding layers of UTEE until you get your desired effect.


WT703, Enamel Leaves by cjzim - at Splitcoaststampers

Here's a link to the tutorial:

http://<a href="https://www.splitcoa...ststampers</a>
Thank you so much! Your leaves look amazing!
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