While cleaning my craft room, I found my gilding wax. Now, I have been watching Sara from Crafters Companion do this for years with frustration. Never could figure it out. Well I finally got it! And I will give you the tips to let you do it too.
For those of you that are unfamilar with this product, gilding wax is a paste like substance. You spread it thinly on embossed paper to highlight high spots in the embossing. I found a pot of gold and silver in my craft room, but it comes in lots of colors.
Supplies for Using Gliding Wax
First the wax, I bought mine long ago in the clearance aisle of Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. Probably because no one knew how to use it. I put a link above where you can buy something to start with. Crafter’s Companion does this all the time on HSN and has a complete line of quality gilding waxes.
Embossing folders can be found at any craft store (I think even at Walmart). I bet you have a few laying around your craft area. The newer 3D embossing folders (Like example 1 above) work better with this technique and have a more dramatic effect, but any embossing folder will do. You can even use the Cricut debossing tip and use wax to color those projects, although I don’t have an example.
The heavier the cardstock, the better. Heavy cardstock has the ability to hold the embossing better. This paper may not hold up to the embossing or the little bit of pressure you put on it while applying the wax. And patterns don’t have the same dramatic effect, but will work.
A glass mat or piece of glass is absolutely needed. This was my main problem on previous attempts. The glass doesn’t absorb the wax and allows you to spread the gilding wax thinly. A fancy mat in not necessary, any piece of clean, flat glass will do. You could use a glass piece from a picture frame. All you need is a clean, smooth, nonporous surface to spread the gilding wax.
Technique for Using Gilding Wax
Start by embossing the cardstock with whatever embossing folder you want. Then smear a small amount of wax on the glass with your finger. Make sure you then swirl it until it is smooth and evenly distributed on the tip of your finger.
When you are satisfied with the coverage, clean your finger with a baby wipe. The wax also cleans up off the glass with a baby wipe. Set the cardstock aside and let it “cure” for a few minutes. And you are done!
Conclusion on Using Gilding Wax Effectively
Gilding wax makes a dramatic statement on any embossed cardstock. It takes practice. You will put too much on when you start. Don’t worry. You will get it like I did. The color contrast of the gilding wax and the cardstock is very important. Compare the second picture with the white piece with silverin the 4th picture. The most contrast in picture 2 looks so much better. Keep this in mind when you select your colors.