Friday 6 June 2014

Wax crayon resist technique

A little while ago Sarn made this gorgeous card using wax crayons to resist water based inks - it was a weekly 'pick' in the Playground too. So, being me, off I trotted to buy a packet of wax crayons, just the ones that kids use (Crayola from Sainsbury's). Then I started to look at how to use the crayons and found a slightly different twist here shown by Meryl Holland - but still based on the principle that the wax resists the water based inks.

This is what I made:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- snippets of black card for matting/layering

- a snippet of patterned SU card from the snippets folder

- a piece of Clarity White Coated/Silk card, an Anita's stamp which is many years old and just happened to be on a shelf right in front of me and an Adirondack Black Archival ink pad (Stayzon would work as well). Stamped the image onto the piece of card and left it to try - you can speed things up with a heat gun, which you need for the next step anyhow.

- wax crayon, happened to pick a red one but in truth the colour doesn't matter as it won't show in the final article. Then coloured in the hearts on the stamped image using the crayon and making sure the hearts had a really good coating just as if you were doing normal colouring in

- then took a fairly stiff bristled paintbrush and whisked off any stray speckles of wax which had just crumbled and gone onto the remainder of the image before gently heating it with a heat gun to melt the wax where I'd coloured the hearts (any melted stray pieces of wax would leave you with speckles at the end of the whole process of course)

- then I used a makeup sponge to whisk TH 'Tumbled Glass' and 'Milled Lavender' Distress inks over the whole image - just picking the ink up from ink pads, although you can use daubers and of course you can use colours as strong as you like to get better contrast

- lastly, I took a paper tissue and rubbed all over the image - that lifted any red colour from and left the hearts clear white

- oh, then I trimmed the image and assembled the card of course

If what I just said is as clear as mud, the link to Meryl's tutorial is at the top of this post - I do like that she's so down to earth.

Of course, am now looking at other stamps to check out possibilities and still want to try Sarn's wax resist technique :)

Len sometimes says that the time will come when there's nothing new to try - how wrong can you be?!



  1. This is gorgeous - I love this - especially those black splatters!

  2. Very effective and a lovely card - must check out that technique

  3. Simply smashing - a cool technique to try.


  4. Lovely card Di and a great technique


  5. Ooh lovely! Tres chic!


  6. Fab take on Sarn's technique and I need to get DH to get wax crayons on his next supermarket trip! Thank you for sharing your beautiful card Karen xx

  7. What a fun technique you used, and a great resulting card! I haven't done the crayon resist in eons, so thanks for the reminder! It's such a fun way to create!

  8. Love coming across new techniques and I'll have to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Creative Em

  9. WOW - I love what you did with the wax crayons. Fab technique and so effective. I'll have to have a go at this sometime soon. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  10. That was quite fascinating to read and imagine, Di. The card is brilliant and I'll bet even more so IRL! I've yet to try this technique so thank you for another inspiration to put in that folder. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  11. I don't think I'll ever catch up to all the wonderful techniques out there! This looks like a fun technique and a use for those snippets of crayons that seem to fill up the kid's crayon box! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  12. Great resist technique, and a super card. I love the stamp you used and the backing paper.
    Jean x

  13. Super card Di, love the design and fabulous stamp xx

  14. Smashing card Di! it's really lovely have a great weekend huggles Sue xx

  15. Clear as sand !! Hugs me.

  16. I do LoVe that card Di! Way too technical for me but enjoyed reading how you achieved it! Love Debbie xXx


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