After seeing Birgit‘s amazing tutorial on Encaustic painting, I finally got inspired to revamp the Melted Crayon Background tutorial. It was one of the first I wrote for SCS and it needed overhauling BAD!!! I am really enjoying playing with wax. Encaustic wax is nice because you get a thick wax layer…..but Crayons work. The wax layer is thinner, but boy oh boy are Crayons cheaper. My girl LOVES this technique and I don’t mind bringing out glossy cardstock and letting her use all the crayons she wants!
I stamped the road and trees from Flourishes Cottage Home in Jet Black Archival ink directly on top of my background. The ink will have to sit for a minute or so to dry. To keep the focus on the background, I kept the rest of the card simple.
A frame was cut with Rectangle Nestabilities out of Textured Whisper White cardstock. On the bottom right I stamped a sentiment from Cottage Home in Jet Black Archival ink. The frame adhered on top of the background with dimensionals, then layered on a slightly bigger piece of Basic Black cardstock. The card base is a 8 1/2″ x 10″ piece of Blue Bajou cardstock folded in half. The card front was sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Black Kaisercraft Rhinestones on the top left corner finish off the card.
For the inside of the card I layered a Whisper White piece of cardstock on a Basic black one. The same image that was used on the background on the card front was stamped in Tumbled Glass Distress ink on the right hand side.
Get those crayons from your kids or stop by Target and pick some up. This technique is soooo much fun! Here is a video for the visual learner: