There is something so rewarding when I can create fun backgrounds with things I already have on hand! Today I have a very easy technique to share with you that creates some very colorful backgrounds and all you need is a few extra crayons! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below to see how to create melted crayon backgrounds for your cardmaking projects!
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This technique is so simple! All you need is crayons, a cheese grater (you can find a cheap one at the Dollar Tree), and an iron. You simple grate the crayons over a piece of heavy weight cardstock. Then, after placing a piece of wax or parchment paper over the cardstock use your iron to melt the wax. SO EASY!!
On my first background I used a combination of purple, orange, and green crayons. To finish this card I used some of my favorite stamps from Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps to finish this card the Large and Small Peony. I also added a Hugs die cut sentiment!
A few things about this technique. First, start with very little heat. You can always add more, but you don’t want to burn the wax. And be sure to protect your iron with either wax paper, parchment paper or computer paper. If you do happen to get a bit of wax on your iron, while it’s still warn rub it over a cloth or paper and the wax will easily come off!
On my second project I used more muted colors and added in a gold. Metallic crayons create a really fun texture! I finished this card with Rose Trio stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps and also a Get Well sentiment!
Another tip is to use Crayola crayons. You can find cheaper crayons, but the wax tends to separate and doesn’t give as nice of a result. Also, with the Crayola brand crayons you can find large packs with great colors included, even metallics like I used on my second project!
My third background is a colorful one! I used, literally, a rainbow of colors. And I overlaid a piece of cardstock on top of the first before heating the wax. This allowed less heat to go through which meant the shavings stayed smaller instead of spreading so much. I also got two backgrounds from this one technique! I finished these cards with a simple Hello Crafty Friends sentiment banner.
The final tip is a clean up tip. Yes, this technique does make a mess but you can easily clean up the shavings with a sticky lint roller!
I hope you all enjoyed a look at this fun technique and will give it a try! It really is so easy and a great way to use up some old crayons you might have laying around.
If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my projects today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!
- Crayola Crayons
- Grater (Check Your Local Dollar Tree First!!)
- Parchment Paper
- Large Peony Stamp
- Small Peony Stamp
- Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
- Dick Blick Studio Brush Markers
- Kat Scrappiness Zig Zag Square Dies
- Heffy Doodle Hugs Die
- Rose Trio Stamp
- Get Well Soon Stamp
- Versamark Ink Pad
- Anti Static Bag
- Imagine Embossing Powder – Sparkling Champagne
- Heat Tool
- Catherine Pooler Rose Petal Ink Pad
- Kat Scrappiness Wood Grain Frame Die
- Hello Crafty Friends Stamp
- Lawn Fawn Banner Die Set
- Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink Pad
- Foam Adhesive
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
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