Wax seals are often used as finishing touches on envelopes. But in this week’s DIY we’re putting our own spin on it thanks to Adelphi Events! We’ve taken vintage letterpress numbers to create these unique escort cards that are both beautiful and budget-friendly. Unleash your inner artist and do the calligraphy yourself, or let one of our favorite calligraphers do all of the heavy lifting for you!
– Sealing Wax (we also love these)
– Sealing Wax Stamp
– Letterpress Numbers
– Lighter or Wax Seal Glue Gun
– Silpat (optional)
– Fine Art Paper (note: we purchased 5.9 x 7.9 inch paper and made two escort cards out of one sheet. The paper is naturally deckled, so we had to trim the sides so that they would match.)
We used a Silpat to make the seals assuring we wouldn’t mess up the beautiful calligraphy on the cards. TIP: Our letterpress numbers arrived with soot on them so make sure to use a little rubbing alcohol, Q Tips and elbow grease to wipe it away.
1. Melt the wax: Hold the wax stick in one hand and the lighter in the other hand. Place the wax and ignited lighter about 1″ above the Silpat and let the wax drip down. Allow the wax to drip into a puddle that’s slightly smaller than the size of your seal. TIP: To minimize black soot in the wax, hold the flame against the top portion of the wax about 1″ back and let the melted wax slowly drip over the edge of the wax stick into a pool on the silpat. (alternative: Not into using a lighter? Try THIS hot glue gun!)
2. Make the circle: Press your round seal firmly into the wax, hold it there for about 20 seconds as the wax cools and hardens, and then gently remove it. If you meet resistance when trying to pull it up, let it cool further for about 1 minute. TIP: If you have multiple seals, you can be extra efficient in and make multiple seals at a time.
3. Letterpress number: Taking a lighter, direct flame at center of the wax circle design to melt back to loose puddle of wax. (This will remove pattern imprint, but will keep circle shape). Stop melting once wax starts to move slightly but before edges of circle start to warp. Give the wax about 5 seconds to cool from molten state and press letterpress number firmly into center of the circle. Hold it there for about 20 seconds as the wax cools and hardens around letterpress number, then gently remove. Have a little patience and test it out a few times first – we promise you’ll get the hang of it! TIP: If your number comes out clean but not exactly perfect or deep enough into wax, you can briefly heat up the metal of the letterpress number and push into wax a second time, perfectly aligned with numbers prior spot.
4. Affix to Cards: Once your seal is dry, using Tacky Glue or Gorilla Glue, make a small ring of glue on the backside of the seal. Adhere each seal to its individual escort card and let dry completely. (NOTE: We tried elmer’s glue and superglue which didn’t hold and/or soaked through the card…)