Wax Paper Resist

by Beate Johns

This is a great background technique for a different look.


  • Glossy Cardstock
  • Wax Paper
  • Blending Tool, or Brayer
  • Water based Dye Ink, Distress Inks used here
  • Craft Iron
  • Stamps, (Technique Tuesday's A Wingin' It! used here)
  • Wax Paper


  1. Step 1

    Take a piece of Wax Paper slightly larger than your glossy cardstock. Crinkle it up and then smooth it back out.

  2. Step 2

    Sandwich your wax paper between two pieces of Glossy Cardstock, with the glossy sides facing the wax paper, both top and bottom.

    Hint: using two pieces of cardstock yields two backgrounds in one step. For a single background, use a piece of plain paper in place of the second glossy one.

  3. Step 3

    Iron over your paper "sandwich".

  4. Step 4

    Take pieces apart and throw wax paper away.

  5. Step 5

    Start applying ink over your glossy cardstock with the Blending Tool.

  6. Cover the entire piece of cardstock.

  7. Step 6

    Wipe over your cardstock with a paper towel. The ink will resist where the wax from the wax paper stuck to the glossy cardstock.

  8. Step 7

    You can leave the background as it is, or stamp your image directly on it.

  9. Step 8 (Optional)

    You can apply a second color to your image.

  10. If you do, buff your image with a paper towel to wipe off ink.

  11. Step 9

    Finish your card.



    Dual Colors
    Brayer or sponge your glossy cardstock with a light color first. Then use the wax paper to resist and last sponge/brayer over with a darker color.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Wax Paper Resist. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this technique. Thanks for sharing.
Cindy  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 5:36 AM
Excellent video Beate! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM
You make it look so easy that i might try it tonight! Thanks for sharing Beate! I always enjoy your work of art!
Ilyne Macintosh  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM
That was amazing, I to want to try it if not tonight then tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.
diana willig  |  Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM
This is such a cool technique. Making this soon. Can we use parchment paper instead of wax paper, and a normal cardstock instead of glossy one? Thanks
Aastha  |  Tue Oct 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Aastha, the wax paper is coated with wax, which is what creates the resist effect - the parchment paper doesn't have this coating. I'm not sure how an uncoated cardstock would react - it might soak up the wax instead of it sitting on top. If you do experiment, though, share your results!
dina  |  Wed Oct 28, 2015 at 8:29 AM

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