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,
jj

19 comments:

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

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

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

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  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 :)

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  5. Super idea! That butterfly is beautiful!!

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  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!

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  14. STUNNING, JJ! Thanks for sharing!

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  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!!

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  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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