Saturday, April 21, 2012

Waxed paper technique

This makes a fun background look on your regular white cardstock. You can use any colors that you want to try together to come up with some fun looks. Different shades of greens can give you a nice garden look while yellows, oranges & browns can make your paper look like suede. Thanks to my friend Gail Goodman for directing me to this cool technique.

1. Take a piece of waxed paper slightly larger than the cardstock you are working with. Crumble it up into a small ball; then smooth it back out.

2. Place this waxed paper between 2 sheets of cardstock. I used cardstock 4 ¼” x 5 ½” to use as my card background.

3. Place a clean sheet of plain paper on your surface to protect it. Lay your cardstock sandwich on top of it.

4. Run a hot iron over the top of piece of cardstock for about 15-20 seconds to give the waxed paper time to melt. Throw away the waxed paper. You now have to cards to do this technique with.

5. Place one of the pieces of cardstock on top of a piece of scrap paper to protect your work surface.

6. Choose 2 shades of the same color ink, one light and one darker. Exp. Certainly Celery and Old Olive Rub the light colored ink directly on the cardstock and rub ink all over the cardstock with the waxed paper. Give the ink about a minute to dry. Do the same with the dark ink. (Be sure to use the light color first or you will have a mess with your ink pad.) The dark ink does not have to totally cover the lighter ink. You will want to leave some of the light ink showing in spots.

7. Use a dry paper towel to wipe the wax off of the card to make your texture really show.

Try this technique with just one color or with 3 colors to see the effect that you get.

It makes a fun background for a garden, wild animals, leather look, etc depending on the colors that you use.

Come back Monday to see a card made using this technique for the background.

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