Monday, 13 January 2014

imagination is boundless

Well Trace here with my first real play with beeswax, I admit to being a little terrified of this rather funny smelling product and wasn't sure if I would end up rather less than happy...however having seen the lovely Hels playing with beeswax I  decided to dive in....( not literally!). So in part this piece is inspired by the lovely Hels, and also the desire to use my new prima die and the new Tim Holtz spring greenery strip die....oh my this is one that will be well loved!
So here is my make :
I started by creating a painty background on my piece of mountboard..using Distress paints , yes still love these! I used weathered wood and also some antique linen. 
I then tool 1 ply of a tissue ...big enough to cover the whole piece of mountboard and randomly stamped some script using black archival. Now for one of those well here goes , first time for everything moments...I applied beeswax, (which had been melting in my project pan inside my melt pot.) using a non synthetic brush. I then added the layer of tissue, more beeswax and voila!
I left to cool to make sure I didn't get to slap happy! then I added more beeswax around the edges and even got up the confidence to add some drippage!
Now for all the decoration, I am playing with lots of layers at the moment...a phase I am sure so I firstly added a #8 tag...coloured with weathered wood distress ink and coated in beeswax ( applied using the brush) . 
The two smaller tags are the gorgeous prima to me, which were die cut , inked around edges ( I stamped sentiment in black archival onto smaller tag ) and coated with beeswax, using brush. For these I then gently heated with my heat tool and smooshed beeswax a bit ...which was cool as it soaked in and gave a really smooth finish.
The butterflies were cut from some of the gorgeous crowded attic paper stash....and coloured using a waterbrush and distress marker scribbled onto my craft sheet. these were then dunked straight in the melted beeswax in the melt pot, drained and set aside. When starting to cool I shaped them lightly, as the cool thing is when they cool they hold there shape but while still warm can be easily shaped and manipulated.
The flowers were made using Tim holtz's tattered floral die and also dunked in the beeswax...well rude not too?!
Finally I added some of the gorgeous new spring greenery , cut from Tim Holtz paper and ...yes you guessed dunked in the beeswax.
So lots of happy playtime here, and thanks to Hels for the inspiration and confidence to give it a go!
All the products are listed below and linked up to CountryViewCrafts.
Prima Sizzix tag die 
Crowded attic paper stash
distress markers
melt pot
project pan
black archival
Tim Holtz spring greenery strip die
Tim Holtz tattered floral die 
Distress paint weathered wood
Distress paint antique linen
Tim Holtz stuff to say stamp set
keep those fingers inky
and those hearts full x 
Trace x 


  1. Beautiful Trace, love those butterflies and flowers.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. This looks so soft and delicate with the addition of the beeswax. Most impressed Trace. Jenny x

  3. Well done for using the beeswax Trace, you have done a superb job with it. I just adore the butterflies and beautiful flowers. I really must get my melt pot out! Anne x

  4. Morning Trace, This is fabulous, I have watched Hels do the technique with Beeswax, but haven't tried myself, took me all my time to try the UTEE and got into a bit of a mess with my flowers, overcooked them haha, but think I will be trying the beeswax. I adore the drippage, it looks so effective, the flowers and greenery (I want all the new TH new dies, especially the greenery and the bigz florals), are stunning, gorgeous colours you have used.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  5. Oh wow, totally LOVE this Trace! What a brilliant first experiment with the beeswax!!! So many things to love... the background, those gorgeous butterflies with their shaped wings and as to the flower cluster, fabulous!!!

  6. Beeswax is good to play with, a tad scary to start with but you soon get over that hurdle lol.

    Love your layers & drippage, gorgeous project:-)

  7. Love this wonderful project Trace. I am a bit scared of beeswax myself but you have really got right into it and it looks fabulous x

  8. Beautiful, Trace - love what you've been doing with the beeswax and the butterflies look so wonderful just alighting for a moment. I'm awaiting my Spring Greenery with bated breath!
    Alison xx