Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One-of-a-Kind Background and Giveaway Friday Winner!

Each week in May the Crafter's Companion Design Team will be giving away a wonderful prize from Crafter's Companion on their blogs - this is the last week!!  All the DT blog links are posted on the bar to the right.  Be sure to read the rules for each team member's giveaway.   This week I have added one more step!

For my project this week, I'm sharing another cool background technique with one of Sheena Douglass's new designs. I'm really excited to play with Sheenas' new images!  You'll get to see several projects over the next few weeks, so be sure to come right back here each day!

I pulled out my iron - my Encaustic iron that is.  Have you ever tried it?! Stacy shared a project last week with a really cool frame that looked like it was painted with wax - you can see it here.  I tried it last year at a stamping retreat and fell fast for it. My stampin' sister Barb G showed me how to use it and gave me lots of tips.  I had ordered the started kit before the retreat was over. :o) I'm sure you have those dear friends - enablers - that help you spend your art & craft allowance. :o)

There's two styles of Encaustic painting that I know of, (1) using paint brushes and tin tubs of heated wax, and (2) using an iron and small pieces of wax directly onto the iron.   There is a short learning curve to producing some really cool one-of-a-kind backgrounds.   That's what got me excited!

I used semi-gloss card stock - the wax glides smoother with some type of glossy finish.  You can also use other type papers and card stock.  To stamp you can use StazOn or a dye based ink.   While I was stamping, I stamped several.  When I'm using my iron, I like to spread a lot of wax at one time and have them ready for a project.  I may use them for a background or cut out the image.

Before spreading color, I use a layer of Beeswax to coat the card stock. Next, I chose wax colors that are in sun flowers, melted them together on top of the iron and spread onto the background.  Another tip Barb G taught was to use metallic crayons with your wax to get a cool bubble/sparkle effect.  After spreading the background,  I came back in with my stylus brush and spread a little dark brown wax in the center of each sunflower.  I gently buffed with a tissue when I was finished.

Next I fussy cut one of the sun flowers out and trimmed a rectangle around the remaining ones. 

On the inside I added a strip of the design card stock and punched out a couple butterflies with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Here's what the iron, stylus, and wax look like:

The card is ready to send!  If you don't want to invest in the tools yet, try a craft iron and crayons - same idea.  You can get a feel for the thrill. :o)

 Announcing last weeks SWALK Stamp Set Giveaway winner!!

Congratulations Nitasha!

This is adorable! I would love to send out cards to my besties with this cute image on it! Thanks so much for the chance!

Nitasha, please email your full name, snail mail address and stamp set won to: bindy@crafterscompanion.com.
Be sure to:
  1. Visit the Design Team members and follow directions for a chance to win!
  2. Scroll down to see the new Customer Appreciation Giveaway on Stacy's post today - last one for May!!

Thank you for visiting!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!


Bhawana said...

Love the tutorial. and bookmarked it. Thanks for sharing.

Paula Huiras said...

Love it and gotta try it.

ScrappyRae10 said...

LOVE LOVE the card! Congrats Nitasha!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is great!

Kathy said...


Kathy S. said...

Great card!

sharon g said...

Wow, that is gorgeous. I love the marbely effect.

Linda W. said...

GULP! Do I ever love this technique........I've never done it but you've sold me! Your work is just fantastically gorgeous!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Sometimes you just blow me away with all the techniques you do...love it sweetie

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Congrats Nitasha!

Hi Trena. I've never heard of this technique before. It turned out pretty.

Nitasha said...

I totally love this stamp! Thank you so much!