Wax Paper Cuttlebug Resist

by Godelieve Tijskens

Combine Cuttlebug embossing with wax paper resist to create beautiful backgrounds.


  • Cuttlebug™
  • Cuttlebug™ folder
  • Glossy cardstock (twice the size of Cuttlebug embossing folder)
  • Wax paper (size of Cuttlebug embossing folder)
  • Dye ink (I used the Fired Brick - Distress Ink from Ranger)
  • Make-up sponge
  • Iron
  • Paper towel or copy paper


  1. Step 1

    Emboss the wax paper in the Cuttlebug™ with an Embossing folder of your choice.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the glossy cardstock in half, and put the embossed wax paper inbetween.

  3. Step 3

    Cover the glossy cardstock with copy paper or paper towel, to avoid wax on the iron. Select “cotton” setting on the iron, no steam! Iron the cardstock.

    This will transfer the design from the wax paper on to the glossy cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Remove and discard the wax paper. Begin sponging the Distress Ink on, using a circular motion. Apply enough ink to get an even color.

  5. Step 5

    Notice a positive and negative pattern, because both sides of the wax paper were used.

  6. Color looks less vibrant after a while.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Wax Paper Cuttlebug 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.

Wow!! What a great look! You could even get a 'batik' look by using a few colors...oh, the wheels are turning...Thanks for the inspiration to try a new technique! smile
Michelle Shuman (mybelle101)  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:11 PM
Love the wax paper with the cuttlebug...
L will be trying this one,
MarY LOu  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM
Wow! Now, if I only knew where my iron was...
musicmarth  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM
WOW - this is a great idea ! I can't wait to grab my waxed paper out of the kitchen drawer !!!
Lori  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM
Great effect.

Where can we view cuttlebug accessories?
Lorraine  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM
Great Look! Just purchased ten new folders, can't wait to try it.
Linda McCollumn  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM
Fabulous tutorial! I love the colours you've used and the way you cut the squares. Stunning! Thanks so much for sharing! :O)
Mel M M M  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:55 PM
Wow, that was great, love the tutorial. I need to try it!
Mar  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 1:59 PM
Awesome - how do people think up these amazing ideas??
scdecker  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 2:09 PM
i don't have any glossy cardstock, but am wondering if photo paper would work the same? anybody have an idea on this?
jenn  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 2:27 PM
I would think that the heat from the iron would mess up the photo paper, but I don't know for sure. Guess it's worth a try, though.
Lois0122  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 2:31 PM
Great info Godelieve thank you for sharing it...

reflections:0)  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 3:41 PM
I presume the glossy side faces inside?
Pat Jones  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 3:42 PM
PAUKA  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 3:44 PM
Great idea, Godelieve. Thanks so much for sharing it!
Susan  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 3:53 PM
What a fantastic idea. .Just tried it, took a few trys but it finally worked. Swirled a few differrent colors. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing.
Ms T  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 4:37 PM
LOVE this technique! Thank you SO much for sharing it with us. Gotta try it SOON!
Judy  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 4:45 PM
Do you need to use distress ink or will the regular dye ink work?
eyestitch  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 4:49 PM
Any chance this technique would work with a BigShot or Sizzix...etc....?
Joe  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Amazing, I really like this idea and the way you did the tutorial is great!!! Thanks so much for sharing this technique with us!!!
Shelly Engle  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 6:22 PM

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