Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wax-resist vs. Enamel Accents

Last week I shared my Snowman Gift Tags.  As you'll recall, I used black Enamel Accents for the face (a success) and initially used white Enamel Accents on the hats (definite failure).  For the final product, I switched to Decorative Snow for the hats.

This led me thinking- how can I use white Enamel Accents?  How about as snow?  Worth a try!  

I took a plain white tag and put little dots of white Enamel Accents all over it, then set it aside to dry.  Once the tag was dry, I rubbed blue ink over the top, then used sandpaper to reveal the white dots.  Cute!  I handcut an itty-bitty snow drift and snowman and glued them on.  The finished tag:

From Flamingo Scraps: Ranger Ink
Other: Bazzill cardstock, Enamel Accents, American Crafts pens

I love everything about it except for the long drying time.  I thought I might be able to achieve the same look using wax resist, which would have no drying time.  I took a white crayon and put little dots all over a plain white tag.  I covered it with blue ink and then scratched off the wax to reveal the white snow.  I cut out another snowman and added it to the tag.  Here's the wax-resist version:

Still cute, but not nearly as nice as the Enamel Accents.  The 'snow' is quite irregular and I missed a bunch of spots.  While it was easy to see the little dots of Enamel Accents while I was working, it was very difficult to see where I'd dotted the crayon.  And it was impossible to make consistently round dots.
If I were in a hurry, I'd definitely use the crayon version, but I think the Enamel Accents is the winner!

1 comment:

  1. Ok, starters I LOVE your tags both are great looks. I'm with you the enamal does offer more pop with the snowman, but I disagree with the snow - I really like the irregularity of the wax resist version. Cute Cute tags and thanks for the technique comparison.


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