Add a layer of old-world elegance to any occasion. They’ve been around for a while, but they’re having a comeback. Here’s what you need to know about making and using them.
1. You have options.
You can hand-drip with wicked wax sticks beforing stamping, you can use a glue gun, you can pre-make them on a different surface (like wax paper)* and then attach, you can use a measuring spoon to portion out the wax, or you can buy adhesive. This is a great option for those who want to be able to assemble themselves. Just be sure to buy an extra-strong adhesive and consider sending a test envelope through the mail to yourself just to make it survives the trip.
*Just be sure to peel them off before too long, as they can get stuck. Work in batches to figure out a good rythm of making and peeling.
2. Temperature matters.
When making seals, you’ll want to keep the metal part of your seal cool between uses. Keep an ice cube or pack close by for resting between each stamp.
3. The post office will want to weigh in.
The weight of your wax seal may or may not tip the scales on your overall invitation weight. Just be sure to confirm the total postage amount needed before proceeding with the mailing process.
4. They’re not just for envelopes.
Wax seals add a fun detail to place cards, menus, and other day-of paper items.
5. They provide even more room for customization.
Use an initial, flower, simple word, or other small and significant illustrative detail. This is another extra-personal way to add thoughtfulness to your paper and carry out a theme throughout your entire paper suite.
6. Practice makes perfect.
Find some youtube tutorials, watch, and then go to town. Be sure to order extra wax so that you have enough to make some mistakes. Whether or not you like the imperfect, asymetrical look or the perfectly round variety, just give yourself some time as you learn the best technique for creating them.