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.

Thanks everyone smile

@Jenn : I don't think glossy photo paper will work

@Pat Jones : The glossy side should face inside. The cardstock I used is glossy on both sides, so I didn't mention it should face inside.

@Pauka : Have you set your iron on high? Cotton or Linen? You don't see much of a pattern, until you start rubbing the ink on. Hope it works...

@Ms T : I bet it looks great in multiple colors.

@eyestitch : You can use any dye ink.

@Joe : Should work with Bigshot or Sissix too
Godelieve  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 8:03 PM
wow, thats great, so many great ideas i will be giving this a try thanks so much.
marcelle baldwin  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 8:44 PM
Grea.t idea. Must give it a try
Margi  |  Wed Jul 1, 2009 at 11:18 PM
As my honey is our resident kitchen guru, he'll sure be curious when waxed paper, which he never uses, goes on our grocery list! I can't wait to try this. Thanks
Jessica  |  Thu Jul 2, 2009 at 7:27 AM
I've done this before, and another option is to "iron off" the wax after you have added the ink. Once the ink is dry, you can place newsprint or computer paper over the wax and melt it off. The heat will transfer the wax onto the newsprint. (Use a craft iron! Not the iron you use for your clothes!) This is how I've done fake batik. That way the paper is not "stiff" with the wax.
Gloria  |  Thu Jul 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM
Wow, that looks like fun and I like the effect. This will be my next card making project!!!!!
Klokalie  |  Thu Jul 2, 2009 at 11:48 AM
Godelieve, thanks for the great tutorial.
Daria  |  Thu Jul 2, 2009 at 5:54 PM
Love it. How did you make your flower?
Susan  |  Sat Jul 4, 2009 at 6:59 AM
Thanks. I am anxious to try this
eyestitch  |  Sat Jul 4, 2009 at 8:03 AM
@Susan : The flower is stamped on glossy cardstock too, cut out and sponged with Distress Ink
Godelieve  |  Sat Jul 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM
Wow Godelieve! Great tutorial and awesome results. I'll have to give this a try!

Thanks so much!
Kathi  |  Tue Jul 7, 2009 at 8:54 AM
What a great tutorial. Thank you! Your card is beautiful.
Loretta Mutti-Crichton  |  Tue Jul 7, 2009 at 4:09 PM
Please change my Email address to the above new one. Thanks. I love your website and all the tutorials. Dotti
Dotti Dunlap  |  Tue Jul 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM
Can't wait to give this a try!
Pat (mspfd)  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 5:40 AM
gosh, so simple and pretty. My qestion is how about Big Shot? Great job.
Sandra Sellers  |  Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 2:35 PM
sounds like another great way to use the wax paper I stole from the kitchen long ago...I LOVE resist techniques, they are so irresistible!
Melissa (toknighton)  |  Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 8:48 PM
Is there a reason GLOSSY cardstock is specified? Could regular smooth cardstock be used?
abcsnana  |  Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 11:32 AM
@abcsnana : I have used regular cardstock too, and watercolors instead of dye inks.
Godelieve  |  Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM
I just can't seem to do it? What am I doing wrong?
How long should you heat it for?
Catherine  |  Tue Sep 8, 2009 at 2:41 AM
@ Catherine : About 10 seconds should do it. You don't see much of the wax on the glossy cardstock, but it shows up after inking it up.
Hope you can get it to work, because it's such a fun technique to do.
Godelieve  |  Tue Sep 8, 2009 at 2:55 AM

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