Friday 17 February 2023

Waxing Lyrical

My turn to set the challenge at Daring Cardmakers this week and I’d like to see wax incorporated somehow, further details on the blog.

As ever when you set a challenge, it proves to be harder than tackling somebody else’s! To help me along a bit, I looked for extra inspiration and found it in the current Hero Arts challenge where the theme is “animal crackers” — use any sort of creature. That gave me the perfect excuse to pull out the lovely detailed octopus and make a watery scene. 

I started by splashing melted candle wax* onto my paper and giving it a minute to harden. Then I brushed on a few shades of blue and scraped off the wax (an old credit card is perfect for this) to reveal the splashy resist pattern. It was only after stamping the octopus I decided I’d like something extra so I stencilled carefully to avoid going over the white bits. 

*It probably goes without saying but if you’re doing this, do be extremely careful with a lit candle in your craft space — all those papercrafting supplies are very flammable!

Layering Octopus (Hero Arts)

Bristol board

Hero Arts (Soft Granite, Charcoal)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean)

Tea light
Fibres stencil (Visible Image)
Enamel Accents by Ranger
Stitched rectangle dies A6 size (Paper Rose)


ionabunny said...

I am a little concerned cos when I give warnings like 'don't try this at home' it's usually because I did and it was a bad idea. What a cool card and fun technique. My iron is dead but I might give this challenge a whirl. Hugz

Wavejumper said...

It never occurred to me to use hot wax as a resist. Interesting and cool looking! thanks! hugs Margot

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow - love the effect with the wax, Joanne! I used crayons before but never drips from candles. Must try it!! I'll bet little birthday candles would work well for this!

Kanan Pandya said...

Amazing card. Love the effect with wax, so fabulous. Thanks so much for playing along with the Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero Challenge.