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DIY Wax Seal

Posted by websitesarelovely on Friday, 22 March 2013

I have been designing the wedding stationery for a some friends of mine, to accompany the 'Save the date' cards I designed last year. I had the cards letterpressed by the fantastic blush publishing, and I had the idea of using the polymer plate to create a wax seal for the envelopes, which blush kindly supplied to me.

I cut out the cathedral illustration from the plate and mounted it on to a 35mm film canister and attempted my first impression with the wax. The polymer held well with the hot wax, but I couldn't get a clean print - whether it was due to leaving it too long in the wax, or not long enough - but as an experiment it was interesting to get some results. I have got a feeling that the polymer was too adhesive to the wax, and using a metal plate would work better, as they could be heated to remove all residue and to lift a cleaner print. I'd really like to get some metal seals made and experiment further for my own brand in the near future, as when it works, it's a great addition to printed stationery.


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Neil Richards aka websitesarelovely aka jetpac magazine.
web designer by day - everything else the rest of the time.
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