Materials Used:

o 100% Pure Beeswax
o Embossing Heat Gun
o Metal Non Stick Yorkshire Pudding Tin – or muffin tin/bun tray
o Heat Proof Surface – I used a block of wood
o A6 Sheet Tan Card Stock
o Paint Brush – course bristle type i.e. a decorators paint brush
o Stamped Images And Backgrounds Scissors
o Tweezers (optional)
o Heart Shaped Die Cut Card
o Scrap Book Papers : Rusty Pickle & K&Company
o Rebecca Sower – Fresh Cuts,
o Clear Pink Accent Beads
o Hand Charm (Rubber Stampede)
o Postage Stamps etc.
o Safety Pin and Beads
o Gold Krylon Pen
o Gold Vellum
o Fleur De Lys Craft Punch

Rubber Stamps Used:
o Face – Cherry Pie
o Minnie – Dawn Hauser (Inkadinkadoo)
o Heart in Circle – Diffusion
o Marilyn Monroe – German Company (Unknown)

Rubber Stamp Supplies Used:
o Crayola Magenta Coloured Pencil
o Brown Memories Inkpad
o Black Stazon Inkpad
o Cream Card Stock
o Forest Pigment Ink Paint Palette (Colorbox)
o Versamark Inkpad
o Copper Embossing Powder
o Interference Red Embossing Powder

How To Create:

Preparation For Beeswax Collages:

Before assembling the collages you need to prepare all the bits you are going to use; here is what I did:

1. Stamp images to use in collages on cream card stock. I stamped the main images with black stazon inkpad. I then overstamped the images using the heart in a circle stamp in brown memories ink. Next I applied lime green ink to the images by rubbing the inkpad direct to the card stock. The images where then tore around and colour added using a Crayola coloured pencil.

2. I also created a stamped border, by repeat stamping the heart in circle stamp on cream card stock with brown inkpad, the background colour was applied using the tan inkpad colour from my paint palette colorbox inkpad. Once I was happy with how it looked I tore the edge of the border.

3. To make the Safety pin embellishment I threaded a few small beads onto a black safety pin.

4. The Fleur De Lys punch was used with gold vellum, then tore around.

5. To create the Embossed Heart Embellishment I inked up the heart shaped card die cut; sprinkled on 1 layer of copper embossing powder, heated to melt, applied a second layer, heated, applied a 3rd layer. Then I sprinkled on interference red embossing powder and pink accent beads and allowed the heart embellishment to cool.
6. Finally I tore sections and strips from various scrap book papers to use as backgrounds and cut out a ‘Fresh Cuts’ square section.

Creating The Beeswax Collages:
1. Place the block of beeswax into the non stick cooking tray and place onto the heat proof surface.
2. Blast the tin with your heat gun, wait till all the wax has melted and gone clear. You don’t want the wax to be too hot as it is flammable!
3. Next take the scrap book paper or stamped image, and place it into the tin of wax carefully, you can use the wooden end of the paint brush to make sure the wax completely covers it.
4. Lift using tweezers (or fingers if your careful) and immediately place and press flat onto the tan card stock. You need to be quick because if the wax goes cold the paper wont fuse to the card and stick. If this happens you can blast it with your heat gun to warm it up again.
5. Continue dipping and pressing the collage pieces, stamped images and background papers onto your card stock until you are happy with how your collage looks. At some point the wax will solidify in your tin when it cools down; when this happens just reheat with your heat gun so you are always working with melted wax.

6. Once you have placed down all your collage bits you can paint on a layer of thick beeswax to completely cover the collage. I love this effect as it makes the collage look all aged and muted! The beeswax layer can be as thick or as thin as you require – depending on the overall effect you are looking for.

7. You can now press your embellishments into the final layer of wax (reheat the wax to melt it) and hold them in place, at this point I sprinkled on accent beads to finish.

Your Beeswax Collage is complete! Now you can mount it on card or use as a stand alone object d’art!

Birthday Book Cover Close Up – The Cover Was Created Using A Beeswax Collage!