I am rediscovering the the fun of sealing wax and wax stampers. I used it when I was in my early teens and wrote letters quite often. I thought it was a fun way to spruce up an envelope. Boy, if I knew then what I know now about sprucing up an envelope, my life might have turned out to be a different story. LoL
BUT!...I do remember it being a bit challenging. This may have been because of my young inexperienced age, but I see it as just as challenging today. So I instructed Amazon to send me some new wax and a stamper and set about to find an easier way to get better results than just "do I feel lucky today". And here's my technique to get a wax seal that I like every single time.
The whole secret is to make them separately and glue them to my envelopes or projects.
Yeah, it's cheating, but I'm never disappointed sending off my mail. The secret ingredient is parchment paper. The wax does not stick to it.
I like the sticks that don't have a wick. I light a tea light candle to melt the wax in a long handled tea spoon. Then push it off the spoon onto the parchment paper, use the wax stick to spread the puddle to fit the stamper. Let it settle for a few seconds, then push the stamper into the wax puddle.
I clean off my spoon with Flushable Wipes while the stamper and wax are doing their thing. Then I life the stamper and the wax is still stuck to it.
But they separate so easily and perfectly.
The stringys just snap off or you can cut them off. I love how imperfect my puddle sizes sometimes are. I've been using these as a signature on the back of cards I've made, so in that case, I don't want globby edges.
Those globby edges trim off so nicely with scissors.
And the extra was will be kept to be remelted for another seal. It's now ready to be glued to the back of my card. Or glued as a faux seal on my envelope. I'm loving this centruries old craft.
There aren't many colors available in the wick-free wax sticks. So I experimented with a stick with a wick with the spoon melting technique. (Normally you would light the wick like a candle then wait for enough wax to melt and drip into a puddle). It works just as well. I keep the wick trimmed down to the wax vbetween uses. The wax takes a bit longer to melt enough for a puddle and is thinner and takes a tad bit longer to set. But I'm glad to know I am not limited by wick or no wick. And colors will only be limited by the companies making the wax sticks.
So many things from my youth are coming back into style again. YIKES!
There's a new challenge in town! Hooray!...I say. And it's the best one of all. Why? Because an artist does not need to use a specific brand or company's own products. I can use MY collection of supplies... no matter who or where they came from. There's more. No specific type of item either. I can make a tag, a postcard, a greeting card, a canvas, something sewn, something inked, stamped, quilted, painted, 3-D, ... gloriously, it can be whatever I want it to be! AND, I have all month to play with the current idea/theme. Here is the link and it's called A Monthly Challenge.
My tag challenge blog has quit. But we were only half way through the challenge numbers. So I'm using the new Monthly Challenge to complete a couple more of the numbers. This month's theme at A Monthly Challenge is "Take Flight".
I'm using my winged friends for tag #1 and tag #8.
If you love a challenge and one that is open to all medias with freedom and time to create, A Monthly Challenge is perfect.
Have a wonderful flight!
Just a little Annie rant here: I think finding a new blogging host is in order. Blogger is not pulling its weight nowadays. There, now don't I feel better.
Halloween art is the most fun for me whether it's with fabric or paper. I love them equally. But I've been obsessed with paper crafts lately. Halloween greetings mostly. My daughter has inspired me to make more cards.
Postcards are still a favorite mail art and I made a few variations of this one, because this raven stamp is such fun.
A couple of postcards were made similar to this one...made from notepaper I purchased in a gift shop for a Ghost Tour in Door County, Wisconsin.
This creepy Skeleton Lady envelope has been my favorite. There are real addresses under the paper bits. Addresses are a fun part of mail art, but privacy is an issue these days. I like the bits as they add interest to the envelope while protecting the privacy of the innocent.