Just like in everything, certain craft supplies and techniques become "trendy." Almost everyone in the early 1990s had to have a bow-making form. More recently vinyl cutting machines are stocked in almost every household (mine included). And now, I'm seeing wax seals having their heyday again. I actually looked into getting some of the supplies needed (a variety of wax colors, melting spoon, spoon holder with candles, and the brass stamps.) I began adding all of them to an online cart before realizing that it was going to cost me at least $50 for this ONE LITTLE THING. I emptied my cart and decided there had to be another method that used materials I already have. And, I came up with this super easy process.
I'm positive this isn't a new technique - someone else out there has already thought of it. But, here's how I approached making my copycat wax seals.
First, gather your supplies.
- A hi-temp mini glue gun and glue sticks
- A non-stick craft sheet or another nonstick surface
- Small rubber stamps (ones that you don't mind if they get damaged. I've linked to one option.)
- Acrylic paint(s)
- Optional: metallic marker
Once you have all your supplies, start by heating up your glue gun.
Press your stamp into the glue glob, making sure you don't press all the way down to expose your surface. Keep in mind that I'm using stamps that I don't mind damaging. I cannot ensure that this method won't hurt your rubber stamps.
Once your glue has had a chance to cool slightly, peel your stamp from the glue. The glue itself may actually have to be peeled from the stamp, but it should come off easily.
From there, paint the top surface and sides of your faux wax seals with acrylic paint. You will likely have to use more than one coat. (The picture below is after only one coat.)
You can use a dry brush technique or a metallic marker to help accent the design in your fake wax seals.
To help you get a better picture of the whole process, I created a short video on How to Make a Wax Seal Dupe on YouTube.
Now, you're ready to add your wax seal to an envelope, art journal page, or other craft projects. Just use a dab of strong glue to your seal and attach. You've got the look of a real wax seal without all the fuss of going out and buying new supplies!
Have fun with this technique and share your results with me here or on Instagram, just tag me @CraftyHope. Oh, and let me know if you have any questions about this process. How are you going to use your Wax Seal Dupes?
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