Monday, April 20, 2015

Get Your Wax On: Laminated Wax "Paper"

Hello, hello, hello everyone!  I had such a good weekend and I even had time to squeeze in a new technique:)  Like a lot of folks out there, I've been playing around with foil and my heat laminator.  This is *not* that post, lol!  

Instead, I've been playing with an alternative use for that heat laminator.  I took advantage of the heat of the laminator and decided to laminate crayons!  Well, slivers of crayons at least.  I used my microplane to grate crayons into a laminating pouch before running it through the machine.  The resulting "paper" is perfect for die cutting and backgrounds.  For this card, I use a large piece inside a die cut aperture.  

Altenew Label Love stamps, Sizzix Branch with Leaves die

It's hard to really capture the soft beauty of the melted wax, but here's a close up..

For the card, I die cut a piece of the same laminated "paper" with a butterfly die.  Then I layered the butterfly on some vellum.  I wish I knew how to get better pics of this.  The color is just so soft and pretty!

Avery Elle Weather It stamps, Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet die

Here's a little closer view of the butterfly...

After some experimentation, here are my suggestions if you want to try this technique out for yourself:
1) Resist the urge to load up with the grated crayons.  A little really goes a long way since the wax really thins out when it's melted.
2) Don't use too many colors.  Similar colors blend well, but too many colors can start to get brown/muddy.  If you want to use many different colors, space them out over the pouch.
3) Use the 3 mil pouches.  For this technique to work best, you want the contents of the pouch to heat up.  The 5 mil pouches are a bit too thick.  

If you want to see how I created the laminated wax "paper" that I used in the cards above, check out this video...

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful week!

Mahalo and Aloha,


  1. What a great idea! Can't wait to try it...

  2. This is a genius idea! I remember doing this as a kid with an iron between sheets of wax paper!

  3. What a wonderful idea and how kind of you to share it! It does make beautiful creations.

  4. Gorgeous effect with this technique, JJ...your cards are really beautiful! Thanks so much for the video! I would love to see one working with foils, if you have the time to do that :)

  5. Super idea! That butterfly is beautiful!!

  6. Utterly beautiful butterfly! Love both the cards and thinking I need to run out and get myself a laminator and a box of Crayolas!

  7. Love your video tutorials. This one is no exception! I don't have a laminator, but might have to get one. How do you clean your grater? Thanks for sharing your talent.

  8. That is way too cool! I love it, and I love how you used the papers too!

  9. What a fabolous idea! Now I have to go buy some crayons.

  10. What a fabolous idea! Now I have to go buy some crayons.

  11. JJ you are GENIUS!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. What a brilliant idea, JJ! And the resulting cards are SO beautiful!!!

  13. FUN. These are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing JJ!

  14. STUNNING, JJ! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love this JJ! It would be a great recyle for all of those broken crayons! But I will be using the carrier folder to keep my laminator clean because it's the only one I have and I make book marks for gifts and laminate things for my hubby. So, I don't dare gunk it up. LOL Thanks so much for sharing this, Paulette S.
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  16. Such a neat look! Need to search for some broken crayons now!!

  17. I still get a kick out of hearing your voice... like talking with my pal on the phone :) Great technique - of course you would think of new ways to multi purpose your laminator - and it looks beautiful. Gives a really soft and dreamy look. Why did I throw out all those broken crayons???


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