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.


  • 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


  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!

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Questions and Comments

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

Wow! What a great project...thanks so much for sharing. This will make a great gift for some friends and co-workers. Happy Holidays!!
Tracey  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 8:35 AM
Wow Jenn! Beautiful!
Nadine  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 8:46 AM
That looks so beautiful and rich and glossy and luxurious.
Cook22  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 9:16 AM
Wow, this is gorgeous, Jenn -- *almost* makes me want a melting pot!!
Sharon Harnist  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 10:44 AM
WoW! beautiful Jenn!!! are you taking orders?!!
Dawn  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 11:04 AM
Carolyn King  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM
This is fantastic Jenn, will have to dig out my melting pot and try this!
Lee-Anne  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM
Très jolie, le rendu est vraiment magnifique !
nicole  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 12:34 PM
Hi , Your piece is georgous...
I have done something simular but instead of Utee....I coated each of the layers of paper with crystal laquer before I assembled them. I allowed them to dry then layered them. You would never know it was paper.
Thanks for sharing you piece.
Terri  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 12:48 PM
Super great!!! I just love the idea. You are truly amazing
Sandyca60  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 1:13 PM
This is OUTSATNDINGLY the idea, looks so beautiful..
question, do you need a special melting pot just to do this??? and where can I buy this??? also is there any alternative to the whole melting pot majic that will give the same glossy effect and beauty???
great work!!!!
Jackie  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 1:18 PM
Beautiful!!! I was thinking of using crystal lacquer instead of the UTEE and melting pot - then saw Terri's comment that she did that. Will definitely try it. Thanks.
Candy  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM
This is beautiful. Like getting two gifts in one when presenting on a card.
Another great use for all my floral stamps. Thanks
Marci  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM
Fantastic idea!!! Love the pin - it's gorgeous!!!
Silke Ledlow  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 4:58 PM
Girl....awesome tutorial! Gorgeous pin, beautiful box! You rock!
Beate  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 5:07 PM
the Melting Pot I used is made by Ranger, and it was so much easier than using spray or Crystal Effects or even the Envirotex Lite that I'd used prior to the UTEE. It did take some practice, but the heat gun fixed any UH OHs. smile We've listed a few alternatives, and there are some in the comments, too. Have fun!
Jenn  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 5:10 PM
WOW! This is one amazing project, Jenn! Your tutorial is awesome ... great photos and wonderful instructions!
Nancy Riley  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 6:13 PM
this is a fantastic flower. What is UTEE and where do you buy this. I have used gloss spray would that work if I did each layer before they are assembled? Thank you
Valerie  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 7:24 PM
UTEE is Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. I've picked it up at Hobby Lobby and Michael's. Beate used gloss spray after everything was assembled, but I think you might have more success doing it as you've said. smile
jenn  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 7:31 PM
A true work of art!! I need to go dust off my melting pot now!!
qbee  |  Wed Nov 5, 2008 at 8:12 PM

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