Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ranger Tech. Calendar - April - Distress Inks

Today's technique is one of the most popular techniques listed on my entire blog....Wax Paper Resist.  There are approximately 75-100 visits a day looking for instructions on this technique so I figured it deserved a place in this years calendar.

Distress Ink &
Wax Paper Resist

Note: You don't actually have to use this technique with just Distress Inks.  Any dye ink will work.

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Distress Ink - Ranger
Ink Blending Tool & Foam - Ranger
Glossy Cardstock - Ranger (or regular cardstock)
Wax Paper


1. Turn your iron to a medium to hot setting and let it pre-heat for a couple minutes.

2. Tear off a sheet of wax paper approximately 6" larger than the sheet of cardstock you are going to be working with. Crumble the piece of wax paper into a ball; open it back up but do not smooth out.

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3. Place your glossy cardstock on the non-stick craft sheet.  Add the sheet of crumbled wax paper and cover with a piece of cardstock or glossy cardstock. 

NOTE: If you are using glossy cardstock be sure the glossy sides are facing the wax paper.

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4. Iron the entire stack of papers ~ depending on the size of your paper 20-40 seconds is long enough for the wax to transfer to the papers.

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5. Remove the wax paper and save it for another day.

6. Use the Ink Blending Tool and apply desired colors of ink to cardstock until the entire sheet has been covered.  I am using Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive and Broken China.  You can use one, two, three or more colors of's totally up to you. 

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Here is what the Glossy Cardstock looked like after it was inked....

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And don't let anyone tell you this technique won't work on plain old cardstock because it will!  Here is what it looks like after the ink has been applied.....

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It's all a matter of what finish you are looking for when deciding which type of cardstock to use with this technique. 

Now your paper is ready to be used!  Here is my finished calendar page...

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paired with March....

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So now that you've seen a few months are you ready to join in the fun? 
I know some of you are playing along (thanks for sending me the images, links!)... if you would like to share your pages with everyone just post a link in the comment section...we'd all love to see your creations!


  1. What an awesome technique! I can't wait to try it. Now I know what I need an iron for! LOL!

  2. Very cool technique. I put a link in my tutorials section. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this idea. I have January done need to start February ext.

  4. That's so cool! What a great technique. Thanks for sharing this and the other month's techniques, too.... I learn so much from you!

  5. This is really cool - love this technique and some of the others. I have never been here before but will be back to visit. Thank you for sharing.

  6. have March just about done. Can't wait until tomorrow after work to start April I actually have all the same ink colors YEA.

  7. Once again you've shown how to make an ordinary piece of paper into a work of art!! Can't wait to get this one done! I hope my iron still's been unused for so long!! :)

  8. This is such a great technique, TFS! Your work is very cool!

  9. Your pages are all looking amazing!!

  10. Roni -

    This is one of my favorite techniques. It really looks amazing with the April calendar page.

    Elaine Allen

  11. I tried this technique and thought it hadn't worked, but it's a fairly subtle effect if you use regular cardstock. I can't wait to try it on glossy cardstock!

  12. Hi Roni, I would like to check if the wax paper for baking is the same type of wax paper you used? If not, will it be able to achieve the same effect as I seems to have difficulty locating it in local stores...


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