Dry Embossing and Wax Resist with 6×6 Stencils

Hi there!

Did you know that you can dry emboss with a 6×6 stencil? You can!

Most standard die-cutting and dry embossing machines have an opening that is just over 6 inches wide, which means a 6×6 stencil will fit through. Today I’m going to share my “stencil embossing sandwich” and show you a fun wax resist technique that I used to make this card!

Hello Baby Card

Stencil embossing sandwich

For this project, I used the Artistcellar 6×6 Brain Coral Stencil. Use the basic sandwich for dry embossing for your machine, plus a tan embossing mat for thin die cuts. Since I am using the Cuttlebug, my recipe is:

  • A plate
  • B plate
  • tan embossing mat
  • paper to be embossed
  • stencil
  • 4 paper shims
  • B plate

When you set up your sandwich, it helps to remember that you want the paper and embossing mat together, and close to the center of the sandwich. The embossing mat on the one side and the shims on the other help the sandwich to have enough “flex” and “grip” to allow the stencil to emboss your project.

Stencils are not as thick as traditional dry embossing folders, so the embossing results are thinner. The embossing would be hard to accent with ink, for example. But this is a great way to add subtle texture to your paper projects!

Wax resist technique

For this faux batik technique, you will need 1 piece of waxed paper and 2 pieces of glossy cardstock cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″. Dry emboss the waxed paper using the Artistcellar Brain Coral Stencil. Don’t worry if it wrinkles a little as you emboss it – that will only add to its artistic charm!

Next, sandwich the waxed paper between two pieces of glossy cardstock, so the glossy parts are to the inside and touch the waxed paper. Then iron the sandwich using a craft iron set to the highest setting without steam. The heat from the iron transfers the wax from the waxed paper to the glossy cardstock and creates a resist.

Be sure to lift and place the iron using a vertical motion – set it in one spot, lift it, and move it to another. If you try to wiggle the iron you will end up wiggling the papers and you won’t get a clean result.

Stencil Wax Resist

The way that the wax transfers, it creates two different papers that are mirror images of each other.

Once the papers have been ironed and cooled, apply a dye ink like Pickled Raspberry from the Summer 2012 Limited Edition Distress Ink Set directly to the glossy cardstock. Rub the ink on in a circular motion until the design appears. Then use a paper towel to buff off the excess ink.

Your wax resist, faux batik paper is now ready to use in your project!

For the baby card shown at the top of this post, I stamped a teddy bear onto watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Ink in black. Then I used Derwent Inktense Blocks and a paintbrush with water to color the bear. I picked the Ranger Archival Ink because it is waterproof when dry and won’t smear when used with the Derwent Inktense Blocks.

Photograph of Anne Gaal

A little background about me

If you haven’t met me yet: Hello! My name is Anne Gaal (rhymes with “smile”), of Gaal Creative. I am an exploratory mixed-media artist, photographer and mentor.

When my friends, Lisa & Michael Cousineau, of Artistcellar.com, recently asked me to be part of their inaugural Design Team, I was so excited! I am an active Artistcellar customer and have always been pleased with their stellar service. I like art journaling, mixed media, and paper crafting and I love the Artistcellar product line including their line of stencils. It fits well with the type of art I like to make.

And, like Lisa and Michael, I believe that Art is Not Optional! Creating is as necessary to me as breathing. It’s what relaxes and calms me. It’s where I can let the to-do lists and internal voices go and just “be.” Art making is essential. And I think that our shared philosophies and our love for art journaling and mixed media means we’ll be a good fit.

Please share your projects with us!

If you make a project by dry embossing a stencil or using the wax resist technique, please let us know! Just leave us a comment below with a link to your project! We’d love to see it!

And thanks for stopping by!

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About Anne Gaal

Anne Gaal (rhymes with "smile"), of GaalCreative.com, is a writer, exploratory mixed-media artist, jewelry maker, teacher, and coach. She loves to create; discover new people, places, and things; and to share what she learns with others. Her specialty is experimenting, playing, and trying new things, using traditional, digital, and hybrid techniques. You never know what she will come up with next!

8 thoughts on “Dry Embossing and Wax Resist with 6×6 Stencils

  1. CONGRATULATIONS Anne…doing a happy dance for you! How exciting to be a part of Artistceller’s inaugural Design Team! And I must say they selected a fabulous team member! OH fun is ahead of you..as I see so many scrumptious and luscious products on Artistceller’s site I know you will creating night and day!
    I love your use of the stencil to make the waxed batik background…can’t wait to give it a try! And as well can’t wait to see your creation in the week’s ahead.
    Sending happy inky hugs!

  2. Congrats on being selected as the first AC designer, for the ER (emboss/resist) tech and your intro. Will put that in my list of techs to try!! Thank you.

  3. YAY Anne! Welcome and congratulations. Artist Cellar is in my top 3 companies so you could not be in better company (pun intended). Can’t wait to get to know you through your work here. Lori W at Art Camp for Women

  4. Welcome Anne! How exciting for you to be asked to be part of the very first design team for Lisa’s site! I will be looking forward to new ideas and inspirations from you in the coming months. Though I don’t have a Cuttlebug or other embossing machine, I am anxious to try out the wax resist technique you described in this post. It looks like it would be lots of fun. Thanks!

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