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Techniques
Wax Paper Resist Backgrounds

Materials Needed:
Wax Paper
½ Sheets of White Gloss Cardstock
Iron Set on #2 or 3
Scrap Paper
Computer Paper
Brayer
Dye Ink

Instructions:

Basic Technique
Protect the ironing board with a sheet of scrap paper.  Lay a half sheet of gloss cardstock face up on the scrap paper.
Take a sheet of wax paper that is larger than your gloss cardstock and crumple it up.  Smooth it out over the gloss cardstock.
Place a second half sheet of gloss cardstock face down over the wax paper.
Place a regular sheet of computer paper over the second sheet of cardstock and slowly iron across it.  Make sure you iron over the entire sheet of cardstock as this transfers the wax to the cardstock.
Remove the wax paper and discard.  It can't be used again.
Lay the cardstock gloss side up on a piece of scrap paper.  Ink a brayer with dye ink.  Start with the brayer off the cardstock and roll the brayer over the cardstock.  Roll the brayer back and forth until you have attained a rich, glossy finish.  Re-ink your brayer and repeat this step as needed.


Column Background
Fold the wax paper into columns, smooth it out and proceed with ironing. *Don't crumple the wax paper for this variation of the technique.

Square Background
Fold the wax paper into columns and then into squares, smooth it out and then proceed with ironing.  *Don't crumple the wax paper for this variation of the technique.

Hint: The brayering portion of the technique will come out nicer if half sheets of cardstock are used.

Hint: This technique doesn't work well with matte finish cardstock.