I don't know if you have heard or not but due to some unforseen problems with Stampin' Up!'s manufacturing of their Watercolor Wonder Crayons they have had to discontinue them. The colors that they have left are going fast. So if you love this technique and need to order yours don't delay. You can get them by clicking here #119805 Neutrals, #119803 Regals. Each set of 10 are $16.95. Since first working on this post the Subtles and Brights are now sold out. So do not wait.
I first saw this idea on youtube from Michelle Wecksler and was fascinated by it.
You will need a choice of colors. I used a smattering of blues. (smattering means an assortment incase I lost you with my wordology :) You also need a hobby blade. I of course use the Stampin' Up! Hobby Blade which now that I have searched the whole catalog so I could point you in the right direction have not found it. Evidently we do not sell it anymore. Wow. I could have removed this comment and you would be none the wiser but hey I'm human too and frankly find it a little funny that I didn't know that. :) Ok so use whatcha got!
Start by scraping your crayons with your straight edge of choice. I made a nice little pile with an assortment (smattering) of all the blues. I found that I can control the curls by either doing nice long slow strokes or fast short strokes which gave me just little flakes which would be nice if I needed just a little color.
Here's where I stopped. Usually I will just use two pieces of Whisper White cardstock but I decided to try folding the paper this time and hey I kinda liked that. It didn't shift when I did the next step which is ironing.
Either I have the biggest hands in the world or the smallest craft iron....Oh come on the iron is small people! doh! oh isn't she cute?! Yes, it's a she it is pink afterall! Iron this paper/crayon sandwich until the crayon melts. It doesn't take but a few seconds but I found it doesn't really hurt to keep the iron on there longer either.
Take a peek to make sure it has melted:
Mine has so I can open it all up...isn't it cool?! Oooh just like melting crayons between wax paper a project I think we did in grade school and all these years later I still get the giggles when I see the results. It's always a fun surprise! It's like a Rorschach test.
Now it's time to punch it!
I used the bird punch.
Here are my bluebirds of happiness. Such a cool effect. I decided to make them into a wedding card.
I really like the way this card turned out. Such a fun technique. Give it a try and share the results by commenting with a link to your blog or other online post.