Ever wanted to know how to make things look glossy like epoxy stickers? Well, I have found a way! Behold, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (aka UTEE)!!
You can find this at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. A bottle is about $12.99 and is 8 oz. I used a 50% off coupon at Michael’s and got it for about $7.09. It is very easy to use. All you need is something you want to have glossy (flat objects are better, such as paper, chipboard, or flower embellishments), a heat gun, a Versamark stamp pad, tweezers, and the UTEE.
For this example, I used a circle that I punched out of cardstock with a circle punch.
- Use the tweezers to hold the circle while you ink it up (on one side) with the Versamark pad. For my experiment, I cut out a strip of paper and stuck it to the back of the circle so my tweezers had something to hold onto other than the actual circle.
- Dip or pour the UTEE on the inked side and heat it up with the heat gun. Tweezers prevent you from burning your fingers!
- QUICKLY dip or pour another layer of the UTEE on top of the first layer and heat it up.
- Again, quickly add another layer of UTEE and heat it up.
- Let it cool down.
- You should now have a clear, glossy film over the circle.
The key to adding layers is to make sure the previous layer is still hot enough for the powder to cling to. The more layers you add, the thicker it becomes. One layer usually has a rough, bumpy texture. By the 3rd layer it should be smooth. If you add 4-5 layers, you can stamp on it and make an impression! However, because it is gets rather thick, it may start becoming watery and start drooping (similar to hot glue) if you hold it at an angle. Just tilt the paper around and move the excess where you want it to and let it cool down. Also, it does get a bit messy. Little powders that don’t stick will fly off when the heat gun blows on it so you’ll see random bits of powder all over the place. Make sure to have newspaper or a craft sheet in your workspace so you can easily clean it up.
As you can see from below, the circle has a gloss over it. The strip is the cardstock I used to experiment with.
Experiment with different things and see what you get!
Thanks for reading!