* Photo with a light background
* Designer Paper cut to the size of your copied photo
* UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)
* Glue Stick (it has to be a glue stick as any other type of adhesive will not work)
* Versamark ink
* Heat Gun
1. Copy your photo onto ordinary copy paper (the kind you use with your computer printer). Cut the copied photo from the paper.
2. Cut a piece of Designer Paper to the exact size of your copied photo.
3. Apply glue using the Glue Stick to the back of the copied photo--cover the entire back
4. Attach the copied photo to the top of the Designer Paper. The pattern of the designer paper should be facing up. Trim excess paper from around the photo.
5. Apply Versamark Ink to the entire surface of the photo. Check to make sure you don't have any 'dry' spots. You might have to tilt it to see where you might've missed.
6. Immediately cover the surface with UTEE and shake off the excess onto a paper towel or scrap of paper. Set the paper/paper towel to the side or pour it back in the bottle.
7. Next, place the photo in a pan (I used an old baking pan). This helps keep the photo in place so the photo doesn't 'fly' around while heating.
8. Apply heat to the photo using a heat gun specifically made for embossing. DO NOT use a hairdryer! If you're unsure of how to heat emboss, please read the manufacturer's instructions. Just hold the heat gun a few inches from the surface and move it around your surface as the UTEE melts.
9. Repeat steps 6-8 two to four times. You should start to see the image of the designer paper showing through the photo. In my photo, the vintage writing can be seen through the white of the jacket and of the bridal gown. NOTE: I had to do this project over using a different photo:
10. Can you see it? These are my parents when they were married in 1955. Today (the 9th) is their 55th anniversary! Note: Your paper may curl as your add the layers of UTEE. If you want to create a distressed look, just curl the upturned edges and the UTEE will crack. (after 4 layers) If you only use 2 layers, you can set your photo beneath some heavy books to flatten it, but it shouldn't crack.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Share any comments you might have!