Good morning stampers and crafters! Its Tuesday once again and its Katie here to welcome you to anther day at Clearly iStamp. So does my post heading have you stumped yet?? I'm sure yes for some and no for others :)
Well, guess what?? I'm going to share a a wax technique that I have heard, seen, and read about but have never attempted until now. Imagine... all new to me and wow it sure is fun! Just another great way to add some "spice" to your cardmaking or scrapbooking. I love techniques like this one because its so "magical"
So like I said earlier, I haven't ever tried this technique before and thought I would share my experience with you. It was super fun and super easy! I didn't have wax paper of my own, so I'd like to thank my very good neighbor for letting me borrow hers!
So the first thing you need to do is get your wax paper. I just used scissors to cut approximate sizes. All my sheets were larger than my embossing folder and then I just trimmed the edges.
Here is my cuttlebug sandwich building from the bottom up:
- Plate A
- Plate B
- Embossing Folder with wax paper
- Plate B
Here is the wax paper after being run through. At this point you can just trim up the edges - no need to be precise.
This is where your glossy cardstock comes into play and you will need another sandwich:
- Glossy cardstock (cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" or preferred card size) glossy side UP
- Embossed Wax paper EMBOSSED SIDE DOWN
- Scratch paper on top
Now time for your iron - HOT WITH NO STEAM
It does take a little bit of time to get all the wax transferred so be patient. You can also lift up your layers and peek and see how much has been transferred, just be careful to not move it too much.
Here you can see how the glossy cardstock looks with the wax transferred.
Now its time for the brayer. I am definitely no brayer expert so I like these types of brayering... easy color lay on.
Now that the entire piece has been inked you can really see where the wax transferred differently onto your cardstock. I did several of them and they all turned out slightly different.
Now, just take a tissue, napkin, or paper towel and wipe off the excess ink.
Now its all ready to trim and use to create your card or project. Here I paired up my background with the stamp set called Pretty Perches and the sentiment was created by combining a word from these two sets, Card Categories and Card Categories Too. I literally kept this card to two colors and I think it turned out great. If you love that ribbon, which by the way I do... you can find it HERE. All the satin grosgrain edge ribbon is just so luxurious to work with.
In the picture below, you can see two more examples of the same technique and the same embossing folder but with different inks.
I did want to make a note here... do you notice that the birds are facing different directions on the 2 backgrounds? That is what will happen if you place your embossed (raised side) wax paper facing up versus down against the glossy paper. No big deal here, but it will make a difference if you use an embossing folder with words or numbers.
And one more note. The piece on the right was brayered with 4 different colors of ink. I just inked up the right 1/2 of the brayer and moved to the left after each color change. The blend is so easy and I didn't have to worry about getting any of the colors mixed. Remember, you are talking about the novice brayer here.
And finally, I wanted to show you a nice close up of a different embossing folder. I used a couple of different inks on this one with no rhyme or reason. I also think this photo does a good job of showing how neat the glossy cardstock looks.
Well, I hope you enjoyed today's technique and will give it a try. Seriously, super easy and fun and a cool result to boot.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday and I'll be right back with a winner for last Friday's blog candy, so stay tuned.
This is Katie signing off for Clearly iStamp.