I was turned on to Pinterest by my girlfriend’s daughter, and I might say that she created a monster. If I see something on Pinterest that interests me, the internet easily allows me to research the technique. I first saw a card using encaustics made by artist, Birgit Edblom from Sweden. Make sure to check out her website to see examples of card making perfection. I wanted to learn more about the encaustic wax painting, and found a number of great tutorials on youtube. From there I found www.encaustic.com and from there discovered a wonderful local area artist, Cathie Hamilton and was able to take an intro course and get my encaustic starter kit.
Cathie showed me the basics and I made a number of wax paintings on specialty card stock. I had a great time..thank you Cathie. Here are samples of my first creations and how I adapted them to my greeting cards.
I made two different card sizes 4×4 and 4×5.5. All cards were left blank, but I could add a sentiment at any time.
The four cards above are 4 x 4. I created a square window using Sizzix Framelits SQUARES Wafer Thin Die Set 657565. The polar bear stamp is from Stampin’ Up - Zoo Review. The Penguin stamp is from Papertrey Ink – Winter Penguin Mini Stamp and Dies. The snowy tree is from Dee’s Distinctively – Snow Covered Tree Small Die 49520. The butterflies are from a Hero Arts digi file from Two Peas in a Bucket.
For these two cards, I simply mounted them like a framed print because they looked like a simple landscape. I used Spellbinder’s – Spellbinders Card Creator 5×7 Matting Basics A S6-001
For these cards I added die cut trees for that extra focal point. The Birch tree is from Memory Box Tall Birch 98-336. The bare trees are Memory Box – Bare Sapling Die 98-666, Simon Says Stamp SMALL FOREST TREE Craft DIE S129 & TALL FOREST TREE.