Wax seals have been around for ages. Ancient civilizations would impress symbols into clay using rings or cylinders. During the Middle Ages the use of wax became more widespread.
I’ve loved wax seals ever since my parents gave me a few vintage seals when I was in high school. I still have those vintage seal stamps, and have since added more wax and stamps to my collection.
I was so excited to see Spellbinders launch their Sealed Collection. This collection is beautifully done, easy to use, and has everything you need to get started with wax seals yourself.
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Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
As seen in the above video, there are some things to keep in mind when working with wax seals:
- Remember that you are using fire, heated metal, and melted wax. These are all very HOT!
- Working in a ventilated area is a good idea. The flame from the candle as well as the smell of the wax can be managed by cracking a window or turning on a fan.
- Seal stamps come in a variety of sizes. The number of wax beads you use will vary.
- I find that the Spellbinders stamps work well with 3-4 wax beads.
- If you are adding wax over ribbon, dried plants, or other things you may want to add 1 to 2 more beads.
- If you make seals on top of a non-stick surface, like the silicone mat that comes with the Spellbinder kit, you can make a number of seals and then add them to projects using adhesive.
- Seals that don’t turn out very well can be cut into smaller pieces and melted again. Don’t be afraid to experiment with seals, the wax can be recycled!
- If you get rough edges to your seal, you can always take your lighter around the edges to melt and smooth it out again.
- Create a marbled effect by adding two different colors into the melting spoon at once.
- To change colors or clean your spoon, take a baby wipe or a paper towel and carefully wipe out your spoon while it is hot.
- You can let leftover wax cool in your spoon and just heat it up to use again when you are ready.
- The temperature of your wax can make a difference. If your wax is bubbling in the spoon it is probably too hot, and won’t give you the smoothest impression. Let it set for a minute or two before pouring and stamping.
- If your beads aren’t completely melted, you will get chunks in your wax and you will not get a good impression.
- You can set your wax stamps onto an ice pack while your wax is melting. This will allow the wax to cool faster. Just make sure to wipe off any moisture that may be on your stamp.
- You can mark the top of your stamp image by using a marker. This way you will always have your stamp oriented correctly when stamping.
- Once your seal is cooled and hardened, you can use paint markers to color over the raised image to make it stand out more.
Use on Cards, Too!
We are cardmakers, after all.
Yes, along with sealing envelopes, you can add these seals to cards as embellishments. For this one, I glimmered the background using one of the background plates from Spellbinders. Then, I added just a torn strip of vellum, and glued on my wax seal that I made earlier with some sprigs of dried lavender in it.
By the way, dried lavender smells amazing.
I also colored the raised edges of the stamped seal with a gold marker. This just helps the design stand out and be more easily seen.
Have Fun Creating!
I hope this post has been informational and inspirational to you. If you haven’t ever used wax seals before I’d encourage you to give them a try! They can be a simple but stunning way to dress up an envelope, or they can be an art form in themselves.
What a great way to put the finishing touch on a handmade card!
Until next time,