Do you ever have the need for a simple card that packs a "punch?" Here's a background that is easy and fun to make while looking beautiful. This is called Wax Paper Resist or Wax Paper Embossing. It looks a bit like batik to me as well! Maybe we should call it Batik Embossing! Whatever we call it, it's a great technique to know!
Follow along with the pictures to see how you can do this! Once you make your first batch.....oh, did I mention you make two backgrounds at once? ... you'll be able to do this without any directions! It's that simple!
Start with a piece of wax paper and an embossing folder. I chose the Winter Snow Embossing Folder in the example below. Cut or tear your wax paper so it's about an inch longer and wider than the embossing folder. Crumple the wax paper into a small ball so that it is all wrinkled. Smooth it out, place it inside the embossing folder, and run it through your Cut & Emboss machine.
Then remove the wax paper and sandwich it between two pieces of whisper white card stock. (Each piece was cut 5 1/4" x 4".) You want a piece of card stock on the bottom and the top with the wax paper in the middle. Place the wax paper sandwich inside a folded piece of clean copy/printer paper. Then IRON it with a hot iron- flipping it once to iron both sides.
Now carefully open up the folded piece of copy paper and take the top piece of white card stock off the wax paper. ***IMPORTANT*** The side of the paper that was touching the wax paper is the side you want facing up. So flip the top piece over and place on your work surface. Next remove the wax paper and keep the bottom piece as it is. (The side that was touching the wax paper is already facing up.) Now you are ready to sponge ink onto the cards. The embossed pattern will magically appear. Continue to apply ink until you have it as dark as you'd like. You can blend more than one color as well.
Next, to assemble your card - Trim the piece you just sponged to 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" and mat it on a 5 1/4" x 4" coordinating piece of card stock. Then wrap with your favorite ribbon. I love the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding or the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. I tend to reach for those the most these days.
Here is my finished card. On this card I used Seaside Spray ink and card stock with a Basic Black mat. I wrapped the mat and sponged piece with Misty Moonlight Bakers twine and then embellished it with Blue Adhesive Backed Gems.
I hope you will give this technique a try! I think you will love it! I can't wait to see what you create.
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Lorraine is an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator who loves to cut paper (really, it's true), create cards, and help others to discover how much happiness comes from making cards and sending them!
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