Friday, October 24, 2008

Stamping Into Beeswax

I got my car back yesterday and it feels so much better to have a set of wheels again. It been cold and rainy most of the day so I spent most if it in my workshop. I am currently hosting a swap for one of the lists I belong to called the monthly techniques swap. This month it is beeswax, so I have been working on those cards. (I like to make everyone a card that participates in my swaps.) At first I wasn't too keen on using beeswax because I wasn't very successful with it, but this time I had better luck. I like working with making impressions in UTEE with a rubber stamp so I decided to try it with beeswax. After much trial and error I came up with the 10 cards that you can see in the slideshow on the left. In case anyone wants to try it here's what I found works best.

Working with beeswax
1. You want to use stamps that have big lines and "crevices" in between the lines that are pretty widely spaced. 

2. Get your card all ready by gluing down all the images where you want them. (Be sure and leave a space for the rubber stamp imprint.) 

3. Brush on a coat of beeswax and then hit it with a heat gun to even out the layer. 

4. Place your card on no stick craft mat as close to your melted wax as you can get it.

5.  Spritz your stamp with a good amount of water. (You don't want to completely fill all the crevices but you want it good and wet.) Now hold the stamp in the hand that you aren't going to apply the wax with. 

6. Use a good sized brush that will hold a lot of wax and brush it on where you want the imprint. I do one quick coat, dip again really quick and drip some on the same spot. 

7. Drop your brush very quickly and stamp IMMEDIATELY with the other hand. When I say immediately I mean  "do-it-so-quick-that-your-hand-is-a-blur". 

8. Let the stamp sit on the wax a few seconds then slowly and gently pull it up. If it doesn't come up on it's own then let it set a few more seconds to cool. If it is cool and still doesn't come up then you didn't use enough water. 

9. If it's stuck then peel it up, scrap off the excess wax from your card, and use the heat gun to even the layer out again. Try the same process all over again until you get it the way you like it.

10.   To bring out the imprint I rubbed on antique gold Rub-N-Buff with a make up wedge. (I rubbed it around the whole edge of the card too.) 

Don't be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get a good imprint. There was only one card that I got it on the first try. All the others I had to do at least 3 or 4 times. One card even had to be done 8 times. If it takes more then 3 or 4 tries then you may want to consider the fact that the stamp you chose is not a good imprint candidate. 

Give beeswax a try and see if you like it. I plan on playing with it plenty more since I have heard about many other things to try. I heard you can color it with oil pastels, wax crayons, wax dye, ink for dyeing UTEE in a melting pot and oil paints. 

Have fun and if you have any questions just email me. (vbrincheck@comcast.net)

1 comment:

di said...

Thank you for explaining how you did that _ I can't wait til the swaps come back! Di