Post # 1
I wouldn’t profess to being a DIY goddess, but I just sent off my invites and wanted to share some quick tips for using faux wax (the type you stick in a glue gun), because I ruined a good 5-6 seals before figuring it out
– Load up your glue gun, wait for the ‘wax’ to heat up
– Prep your seal by cooling it – i used a small ice pack (numbered 1) because i found ice cubes too drippy.
– Wipe off excess moisture on a rag (numbered 2)
Here’s what made all the difference:I got a wad of cotton wool and poured in about 1 spoonful of olive oil. Lightly ‘oil’ your seal by pressing onto the cotton before stamping into the hot faux wax.
Now, squeeze out a blob of wax, let it sit for about 15 seconds, then press in your seal firmly, let go, and after 20 seconds or so, gently remove.
The ‘oiling’ should enable your stamp to be removed easily without damaging the seal. I know that many of the companies selling these wax seals sell some sort of non-stick product (the company i used sold it for $7), but if like me, you’re trying to be prudent, try this olive oil method! *I note that Mrs Bee, when using real wax, suggested baby oil. I suppose that could work too!
Ta-daaaah, seal complete, no more ‘casualties’!
Post # 3
Thanks for the tidbits. I struggled at first with my faux wax seals but ultimately ended up with the same procedure as you. I will say though thank goodness for the invention of the faux wax for hot glue guns I can’t imagine the mess I would have created for myself with the real deal.
Post # 4
haha yes, i read Mrs Bee’s experience juggling the spoons / flame / cutting up bits of wax… i don’t think i could’ve handled that!
Post # 5
Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I’ve been throwing this idea in my head and still am not sure if I want to do this. I’ve got plenty of time to make a decision. hehe.
My question for you is how did you deal with the issue of the seal on the envelope and mailing? I don’t plan on having a inner & outer envelope so it will be my main (outer) envelope that would get the faux wax seal. I looked a little into it and depending on the thickness of the seal I should be okay with the USPS. Did you have any trouble with the wax "adhering" to the envelope?
Post # 6
I did wax seals with the glue gun and it was really easy. I got everything at the papersource and the first gluegun didn’t work and they gave me a new one, which was awesome. But all I had to do was smear the wax around and stamp the seal. Even as the seal got hot they came out nice.
To mail them you just take them to the post office and ask them to hand cancel them. The guy at my post office said it is a good idea anyways because the machines can be so rough on things.
Post # 7
@ Gerbera: I made the seals first on baking paper, then peeled them off and used a 2nd glue gun to attach them to the envelopes. I did this because I was afraid that I would mess up the envelopes if the seals didn’t come out right.
Because we only have a 40-person guest list, I handed out most of my invites. I did use external envelopes for those I had to mail overseas though.
You could take the suggestion above and have the post office hand-cancel them (i.e.: manually stamp them by hand, not run through a machine). In my opinion though, the faux wax holds up pretty well — it’s like a slightly sticky piece of plastic rather than a brittle piece of real wax. So you could give it a shot. Try mailing one to yourself to test it out!
Oh, quick tip if making stamps separate and attaching with hot glue:
After you’ve put a small dollop of hot glue, let it cool for say, 10 seconds, before placing the faux wax seal on. Otherwise you’ll risk melting the seal — I melted one 😛
Good luck, everyone!
Post # 8
This information is going to be a godsend for those of us who haven’t had the pleasure (or pain) of attaching these to our invitations! I’m so glad I won’t have to waste in trying to find the perfect process!
Post # 9
@gerbera also another bee (I think sonipapdi) also just posted that wax seals cost an extra 20 cents at the post office so you might want to check and take that into account for your budget!
Post # 10
I am a wax seal idiot I think, but why don’t you just put it on the envelope at the same time? Isn’t that adding extra steps?
Post # 11
I’m tackling this this weekend, this was really helpful!
Post # 12
We added wax seals to our STDs. We used them to seal shut the pocketfolds, which then went into an envelope. With a full-sized magnet, postcard, and the pocketfold, the STDs were 59 cents to mail. And we did the wax seal directly onto the pocketfold flap. We made a few practice ones to see how much to melt, and then just went for it.
We also used the wax seal sticks, not the glue gun kind. The metal part of the seal got hot for us too, so we also used a ice pack – one of those boo-boo ones, haha. We didn’t use oil, but I am guessing you needed that b/c of the glue.
I did the heating of the stick and pushing the seal into the wax while FI held the pocketfold flap closed. We wore latex gloves (I work in a lab) so we wouldn’t get fingerprint on the paper. 🙂
Post # 13
@KateMW: i did it on wax paper because i was afraid that if i made mistakes (and i did) i would ruin the envelopes.
now that i am more confident of how this works, for future projects i may work directly on the actual surface 🙂
Post # 14
I have always wondered how in the heck you use those wax seals!!! I bought one YEARS AGO and tried (so very sadly) unseccessfully to use it. Ever since then I just steer clear of them, but now you’ve got me thinking I could do that! Where did you get your monogrammed seal from? I love that look!
Post # 15
i made all my seals ahead of time on trays, and when they dried i just scooped them right off easily. i used double sided tape to put them on my programs as seals..because i didn’t want the program to rip or the seal to break when people opened the program 😉
love your tips though-would have been a lot easier for me when i made all of my seals for my wedding last november. beautiful seals!!
Post # 16
@MightySapphire: I bought mine from Old School Seals and used faux wax in a glue gun.
It’s real easy once you start getting the hang of it!
@futuremrsbrown: aah double-sided tape! i didn’t think of that! turns out, all my guests opened the envelope from the side / sliced thru the top edge to avoid damaging the seal! LOL