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You are never too old to play with crayons! The first time I saw the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You stamp set, I KNEW what I wanted to do with that umbrella holding lady. I saw a silhouette melted crayon piece on Pinterest the other week, and thought this would fit just perfect with this stamp!
It did! With a lot of work! Now that I’ve done the hard part, allow me to give you some pointers on how you can achieve some good melty-crayon goodness that won’t leak all over your lady.
First, your materials:
Get some good crayons. Crayola is preferred. The cheap dollar store crayons just don’t work. I tried. Next, to avoid having melted crayon move into the white space, cut a long, 1 1/2″ piece of thick cardstock and round off the top. I made this the same width (sort of) as my tupperwear top that keeps the crayon from running down the paper. I tried a baby jar lid, canning lid, and a dixie cup, but this plastic lid worked the best. It is about 1 1/2″. You can double check to see if your lid works but doing a mock cut out of the umbrella lady.
Your crayons should be glued down to a piece of paper so they don’t move. You can use the traditional rainbow lineup, or greens/blues…whatever you’d like! In a 24 piece crayon pack I used 12; red, red-violet, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, dandelion, yellow-green, green, blue, cerulean, blue-violet, and violet. Make sure to take the wrapping off at LEAST half way up the crayon. Otherwise your melted crayon will just stick to the paper and it won’t run. I put a strip of washi tape over it to help hold the lineup together.
Of course, have a big sheet of cardboard to catch drips and hold the crayons and paper. Prop it up to get a good angle for the crayons to melt down. I put a few stamp cases and used the Big Shot to help keep it in place.
Use a piece of thick cardstock or (what I did) the white cardboard that comes with your pretty paper stacks. I found this to be a great thickness and the crayons ran really well on it. Set it up like this and grab your heat tool or hair dryer!
You’ll want to keep the lid/paper strip in place with your fingers, but watch out you don’t burn yourself. It really does not take long for the crayons to melt or run, and if you use the heat tool, you can guide the runs to where you want them to go.
You may have to practice a few times with scrap first before committing to good paper! It took me 4 tries before I found the right items to prevent the crayons from dripping into my stamped image! Hopefully with these tips you’ll have an easier time!
I stamped the image in StazOn Black, hit it with the heat tool to dry, then used a Real Red marker to color it in. Dry it completely, otherwise it smudges! Fussy cut. I stamped the sentiment in StazOn Black as well, then cut it out so I could pop it out with dimensionals.
I loved doing this, even though I went through at least 24 crayons and 2 big pieces of cardstock! I am happy with the result, and this looks great in a frame. I think I’ll give it to my mom, who just had spinal surgery and is pretty bed ridden for the next 2 months! I think she’ll like having something bright to look at.