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Wax-Stamped Thank You Cards

 wax resist watercolor thank you cards

Thank you cards are so often the forgotten chore.  We love to receive them, but sending them is easily neglected.  Not to fret, it is never too late to send a Thank you card!  In fact, this is the prime opportunity to create something with a little more personal charm.  There are usually far fewer cards to write, so why not make some fun out of them.  

For me, watercolors, are my go-to for this sort of project.  The medium is quick, mistake-friendly and usually charming.  I am always looking for ways to keep my kids entertained as well.  So, I thought dipping cookie cutters in wax would be fun for them.  This process was inspired both by Batik fabric dying (also a project I long to do), and easter egg dying.  Simple and fun!  

If you are artistically inclined, you could make these more interesting by using free-hand brush-strokes to create an image, with a broader variety of color.  If I hadn't had kids with me to watch over, I would've have given it a try!  For next time; these are some inspirations I would use for a more sophisticated wax resist watercolor project.



Supplies
1. 2 cups soy wax flakes
2. Watercolors
3. Cookie Cutters
4. Watercolor paper or cards
5. Washi tape to hold down the paper





1. Melt the wax in a double boiler (the water is boiling in the pot below, while the wax melts in the bowl above).

2. Place the bowl of melted wax in the middle of the table, on top of a cutting board and some paper towels. This will help protect your table. 



3. Dip a cookie cutter into the wax.

4. Immediately, bring the wax-dipped cookie cutter over to your paper and press down firmly. Wiggle it slightly to be sure the wax really gets on the paper.


5. Repeat the previous step on all of your cards. You can create patterns or simply have one shape in the middle. Make extras, in case some don't turn out so well.


6. Once you have stamped all of your paper, and let it dry for a few minutes. 

7.  Now it's time to paint them. We painted all over the whole card, but you can just paint in certain spots for a more artistic look, too.

8. Let the cards dry.

9. Press the dry cards under a pile of cutting boards and books, if they have curled up from the paint. Let them sit for a couple of hours.


10. Carefully, push off the dried wax with your fingers. Be patient.  This step may take a bit of time if you have a lot of cards.



Voila! The cards are made.

Write your wonderful Thank you notes in each, and send them off to their unexpecting recipients. They will be so pleasantly surprised to receive a homemade card in the mail.  Job well done!


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