Hey guys! Today I have a REALLY fun tutorial for some DIY Valentine’s Day cards! Or any occasion really - you can see I actually created multiple kinds of cards with this technique. This project reminds me of one of my favorite things growing up - my Crayola crayon maker. You would melt down little bits of crayons and create your very own tie-dye crazyon! Did anyone else have that thing?? It was amazing.
Anyway, today’s card is going to use very minimal supplies - things you probably already have around the house or are very easy to get. You’ll need:
an old tshirt or a dish towel
To start off, you’re going to cut your cardstock into the shape you want. Since this is for Valentine’s Day, of course I went with the classic heart!
Then, pick a few colors of crayons you want to use. I made a couple of hearts in traditional pink and red colors, but I also made a version with yellows and greens and I LOVE how that one came out. One thing I would suggest is to use just a little bit of white with whatever color scheme you choose. It adds so much to the contrast and values of the colors and creates more dimension.
Using your xacto knife, carefully create small shavings of wax from your crayons and sprinkle those over your shape. You’ll want to cover most of the area, but don’t worry about covering it up completely. When the wax melts, it’ll spread out a little - and you can also add more later if you want to.
Then I placed my shape in between a folded double layer sheet of wax paper, which I then placed inside a folded dish towel (or place it in between the layers of your old tshirt). I ran my iron (set to low) over the area for a few seconds, using more tapping motions than gliding motions.
After the first few seconds, I like to check on my piece and see how it’s melting. Usually, the wax will start to melt towards one side, so I’ll cover it back up and run my iron over again, this time using firm pressure to push the melted wax the OTHER way so that the entire shape is covered. Try to do this in as few passes as you can, because it creates a more distinct marbled pattern. Or if you want it to look more smooth, you can let it dry for a bit and then melt it again later.
Set the wax sandwich aside for a few minutes to dry and harden. When it’s done, you can peel back the wax paper to see the beautiful design underneath! There will be wax hanging off the edges but it’s easy enough to just run your fingers over it to break it off.
I finished off these simple cards by mounting them to card bases. For one, I just wrote the sentiment in script and for the others, I used a sentiment stamp set from My Favorite Things.
So easy and fun, and you get such unique results! I hope you try this technique out, and let me know how it goes in the comments or on Instagram!