Seek Joy

Jan 20, 2011

I was asked to create a few things for Ranger to display at CHA. One of the products they wanted me to create with was their Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). I had not really played around with this all that much but let me tell you I now have a serious addiction… really, if you have not created with this you need to give it a try. It is FUN and comes in several different colors. I used their Platinum, Black and Gold to create this wall hanging.

Supplies Used: UTEE – Black, Platinum, Gold, Clear, Platinum & Crystal Stickles, Distress Embossing Ink, Maya Road Philadelphia Uppercase Chipboard Alphabet, Maya Road William Mini Chipboard Alphabet, Perfect Medium, Perfect Pearls – Perfect Pearl, Perfect Pearls Mist – Perfect Pearl, Heavy White Cardstock, Archival Ink – Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set (Flower)Live and Make Art (Script), Cuttlebug – Butterflies, Vintage Sheet Music, Gold Self Adhesive Pearls, Cream Self Adhesive Pearls, Foam Squares, Black Trim, Aleene’s Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive, Glossy Accents

Tools Needed: Heat Gun, Scissors, Cuttlebug, Ranger Melt Art Craft Sheet,

Making the flowers: I used my friend Wendy’s Studio 490 flower stamp. I stamped the flowers on heavy white cardstock using Archival ink, cut them out, applied embossing ink, added Black UTEE and melted it with my heat gun. I repeated this process two times on each flower and while the UTEE was still warm on the final layer I placed Wendy’s script background stamp on top. After the  UTEE cooled completely I removed the stamp. Then I applied Crystal Stickles to my finger and rubbed it into the embossed script pattern and let dry.

Please note… I added the tutorial on how to recreate the flower centers to my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop.

Creating the butterfly: I used a Cuttlebug Butterfly die and cut a butterfly out of heavy white cardstock and vintage sheet music. I glued the two together then repeated the same technique as I did with the flowers only I used Clear UTEE instead of black. I accented the head and body of the butterfly using gold self adhesive pearls.

Altering the chipboard letters: I applied Perfect Medium on top of each letter, applied Perfect Pearls in Perfect Pearl then misted over each letter using Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl. Once dry I applied Embossing Ink over the letters then some Clear UTEE. I melted the UTEE with a heat gun and let cool. I only did one layer of the UTEE on each letter.

Creating the heart: I created a heart template to the size desired. Traced it onto heavy white cardstock and cut it out. I then applied Embossing Ink over the entire heart and added Gold UTEE on top, using a heat gun I melted the UTEE until smooth. Next I reapplied Embossing Ink over the entire heart, reapplied the Gold UTEE then heated the UTEE just until it started to melt then I pulled the heat gun away. This is how I got the lumpy bumpy look on the heart and the base of the wall hanging.

Altering the base: I covered a 5.5″ inch wooden puzzle with Embossing Ink and applied Platinum UTEE  on top, using a heat gun I melted the UTEE until smooth. Then I reapplied Embossing Ink over the entire piece, reapplied the Platinum UTEE and heated the UTEE just until it started to melt then I pulled the heat gun away to get the lumpy bumpy look. I then added black trim around the edge.

Once I was finished with all these steps I applied the heart to the base using foam squares. Using Aleene’s Quick Dry adhesive I attached the two top flowers. The bottom flower is attached using several foam squares on top of each other to get the right height. I used the Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the words Seek and Joy and foam squares to attach the butterfly. Each corner was then accented using cream self adhesive pearls.

The reasoning behind my somewhat hiding the word “SEEK” with the butterfly is…  “Seek joy as it is always there. Some days you just have to look harder than others.”

So if you have not played around much with UTEE I say, DO IT!!! It’s a BLAST! I’ll be posting a few super cute Valentine’s Day projects to my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials workshop using the Clear UTEE and Beadazzles -Waltz, Hot Pants & Jazz. If your aren’t signed up you might want to do so… just saying!

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