Wax Paper Resist

Today I am combining an old technique with sketch challenges from Splitcoaststampers for the past two weeks.

The technique is known variously as Wax Paper Resist or Wax Paper Embossing Resist. It is quite simple:

  1. Take a piece of waxed paper and emboss it with your favourite embossing folder.
  2. Cut two pieces of a neutral card stock slightly larger than the waxed paper.
  3. Insert the waxed paper between the two pieces of card stock.
  4. Heat your iron to a warm NON STEAM setting and iron the card stock. This will transfer the embossed design from the waxed paper to both of the pieces of card stock.
  5. Allow the card stock to cool and discard the wax paper.
  6. Using the direct to paper method, take your desired colour ink pad and rub it across the card stock until it is full covered.
  7. Take a piece of paper towel and rub the excess ink off. (If you don’t like lots of ink on your hands, I would recommend wearing gloves.) You will be left with a beautiful background piece.

This is a great way to get two pieces of background paper.

For my first card, I used the Petals-a-Plenty EF and Perfect Plum ink. The base card stock is Naturals Ivory. Marina Mist was punched with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, and Very Vanilla was punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. The large butterfly from Kindness Matters was stamped in Perfect Plum on the vanilla circle. A Sentiment from Apothecary Art was added with Rose Red. A piece of Rose Red 1″ Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon was cut to a point and added to complete the sketch.

My second card uses the Manhattan Flower EF and Concord Crush Ink. The base card is Whisper White. A strip of Pear Pizzazz runs across the background, topped with a layer of Peach Parfait and Whisper White which has been stamped in Peach Parfait with the flourish image from Elements of Style. The bird from the same set was inked with Concord Crush and stamped on Whisper White and cut out with the Labels Framelits. The peach layer and the bird are attached with dimensionals.


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