UTEE Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels from Ranger Inks:
UTEE or Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels from Ranger Inks are a versatile product that can be used in a variety of ways. The UTEE granules are heated to form a shiny enameled surface. This can be used to coat projects, stamped into when melted to produce three dimensional embellishments, heated and poured into molds and much more. UTEE is part of the Melt Art range by Ranger Inks and was developed by Suze Weinberg.
Many UTEE projects call for heating the UTEE granules in the Melt Art Melting Pot, however the granules can also be heated with a heat gun or in an oven. As the name suggests, UTEE is thicker than normal embossing products. Instead of being a fine powder, UTEE is sold in granule form. UTEE can be melted in a vessel and poured over products or into a mold or the granules can be applied directly to paper or cardstock. The method of heating the UTEE will depend on the requirements of the project. The finished UTEE can be cut with normal craft scissors. The surface can also be cracked and inked to give a crackle effect.
Heat Sources for UTEE:
In addition to the Ranger Ink Melting Pot, UTEE can be heated using a normal heat gun or in an oven. When using a heat gun it is best to heat the granules in layers, building up a thick surface by adding a layer of granules, heating these until they have melted, adding a new layer and repeating this until the desired effect is achieved. If the UTEE granules are heated in an oven then they are simply spooned over the surface of the object that is to be covered. The UTEE can be reheated several times and this gives a wide range of creative opportunities.
UTEE is available in 4 and 8 ounce pots. In addition to the standard range of colors, the range also includes UTEE Brightz. This consists of brightly colored and pearlescent UTEE granules. The UTEE granules can be mixed together. Clear UTEE is also available and this can be used as a glaze for other projects. UTEE can be purchased from craft and stamping stores. It is also available from many online retailers. Use this link to Compare Prices and check for good deals on UTEE.
This is a very simple way to start using UTEE and does not require a special melting pot such as the Melt Art Melting Pot - UTEE Embellishments. This is a great way to get familiar with the product before moving on to other techniques. Here is a link to more projects using UTEE:
UTEE is a fun and effective product and is perfect for stampers looking to take their stamping to a new level.