Wild & Sweet
Welcome back, my friends! I hope you’ve had an amazing week. I have enjoyed getting back into my stamp room and creating again. I’ve had several friends tell me they’re also been in a creative slump. Maybe it’s the weather? I’m just glad my slump is over.
This week was our Technique Class. It’s a Zoom class open to anyone, and this week, the technique was “Waxed Paper Resist.” It’s an older – but no less fun – technique. In a nutshell, you emboss a piece of waxed paper with any embossing folder. If you don’t have a folder, simply crumple a piece of waxed paper, then flatten it back out (but not too flat!) and go to the next step.
Next, place the embossed waxed paper between two sheets of Basic White Cardstock. I use quarter sheets (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″), making sure the waxed paper is a little larger than the card stock. Iron the cardstock/waxed paper sandwich to transfer the wax to the card stock. For my iron, I use the Linen setting, place a piece of copy paper over the card stock/waxed paper sandwich, and iron for about five or six passes over the paper. I cover the card stock/waxed paper because Mike gets a little miffed if I mess up his iron with my craft projects. (But I think waxed paper makes the iron work more smoothly, so he should thank me, right?)
Finally, use a Blending Brush or Stamping Sponge to add color to see the embossing appear. So fun! It’s like the Magic Pictures we played with as kids. Here’s a double embossed card I made using the Timber 3D Embossing Folder and the Wild & Sweet Stamp Set.
I think I used the Timber 3D Embossing Folder to create this background. It’s been awhile, and, honestly, it doesn’t look like Timber. But the paper flattens out as it’s ironed. After I ironed it, I used a Blending Brush to add Pear Pizazz to the Basic White Cardstock. Then, I embossed it again with the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder and brushed with Old Olive Classic Ink.
This seemed like a very “Nature-esque” background, so I stamped the panda from the Wild & Sweet Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock. Then I colored the areas around the panda with Crumb Cake Old Olive, and Balmy Breeze Stampin’ Blends.
To minimize bulk, I die-cut the panda image using the Layering Diorama Dies. I used the same die to die-cut a piece of the background, then adhered the background to a Very Vanilla card base. I placed the stamped image inside the negative and adhered it to the card. Next, I created a frame from Old Olive Cardstock by die-cutting both the original Layering Diorama die and the next larger one together. I placed the frame over the panda image.
The sentiment, from the Cheerful Basket Stamp Set, is stamped in Night of Navy on Balmy Breeze Cardstock. The last touch was to add a few 2022-2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots to the card. I know they don’t match the Balmy Breeze sentiment layer, but it’s close – and they’re far enough apart it hopefully won’t offend anyone’s sensibilities.
I like the way this turned out, although I’m not quite as happy about the second embossing. I can live with it, though.
You may be asking why don’t you just emboss a piece of cardstock, then sponge/blend the color over the embossing? That’s a great question, and one I’ve asked myself. It would work perfectly with this card, but after playing a bit more, I made a card with the same background (but sponged in Smoky Slate Ink), then stamped over the background. It was perfect! You can’t do that with an embossed image; the stamping will be wonky. Even if you emboss first, the stamped image isn’t a perfect after you emboss it.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. If you’re interested in joining our Zoom technique class, it’s always the last Thursday of the month at 7 pm Eastern. RSVP on my web site and I’ll send you the link and list of supplies you’ll need to create the project. Have a lovely day!