One thing I love to do is look in the $1 section at Target, in Thrift Stores or in the clearance aisle for silicone baking molds. I like to use them to create holiday and seasonal Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) embellishments and small projects. Well, the other day I scored big time in the $1 section at Target. They had these super cute cupcake (Christmas Tree, Snowflake and Gingerbread Man) silicone molds. I grabbed them like they were gold and could not wait to get home and start playing.
To make these soon to be ornaments all you need to do is melt clear UTEE as instructed on the UTEE Melting Pot. Make sure you have the Melting Pot on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and remember UTEE and the Melting Pot are HOT HOT HOT. As the UTEE melts it will turn a gorgeous amber hue which is perfect for a vintage girl like myself. Once the UTEE has completely melted carefully pour the UTEE into the silicone mold to about the 1/4 way mark on the silicone mold. If you want yours thicker pour in more UTEE if you want it thinner pour in less. This is really a personal preference. Just remember, the thicker it is the longer it takes to harden. Let the UTEE in the mold cool completely then just pop the hardened UTEE piece out.
Once the UTEE pieces were cooled I placed vintage book pages or sheet music on the back of each one. First, I traced the item onto the vintage paper with a pencil, cut out the traced shape, applied Glossy Accents to the back of the UTEE piece then attached the vintage paper over the Glossy Accents and smoothed the back to make sure all the air bubbles were removed. After the Glossy Accents dried I then accented the Snowflake using Diamond Stickles and the Gingerbread Man using Jenni Bowlin’s Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Malted Milk, Chili Powder and Seed Packet. I then accented over the painted areas using Diamond Stickles.
So make sure when you’re out and about you’re on the look out for cute cupcake and ice cube silicone molds because they are perfect for UTEE. These can be turned into holiday magnets, ornaments, used as place cards for your holiday table setting, placed among garland or hung on the tree. The possibilities are endless. Just have fun!