Saturday, May 16, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Art Alchemy Matte Wax by Prima Marketing

Hello! It's Sara Emily here to bring you today's Saturday Showcase. Today I'm sharing some samples I made with just one of the colors of Art Alchemy Matte Wax by Prima -- Patina Green. There are several different colors available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Having played with just this one color, I can't wait to get my hands on the rest!

Just a bit of change in light can dramatically change the look of these cards. I took the photo below when the sun came out from behind the clouds, and the above photo was taken in my studio lights.

First here are some closeups of each of the two completed cards and then below each one, I share my how-to. I also am sharing a couple other backgrounds and a molded clay embellishment lightly touched with the Matte Wax. It could easily stand in for real rusted metal. Let's get started...

 Isn't it cool that Patina Green looks bluish over the black background?

Here's how the first background was made:

1. Die cut Bouquet and adhere to a card stock panel with Distress Collage Medium Matte. When dry apply a coat of black gesso.

2. When the gesso is thoroughly dry, apply Vintage Silk Opal Magic wax with your finger or blending tool.

3.  Lastly, apply Patina Green Matte Wax in the same way. Buff the excess off with a dry cloth. Oh, I love the matte finish from the Patina Green, but just a hint of  shimmer from the Opal Magic peeks through depending on how you turn the card. It's like a magic trick --now you see it, now you don't.

In the sample below, you can see how different it looks if you wipe it before the Matte Wax dries too much. I was distracted by a lengthy phone call when I made the panel, and didn't wipe it right away.

I also used the wax to color the base panel, the butterflies and the word band.

Now the second card...

How to:

1. Emboss silver Metallic Kraft stock with Elegant 3D embossing folder: spray back of panel with water, run through die cut machine 3 times. I don't think I used enough water and mine cracked a bit. Lesson learned.

2. With a stiff stencil brush apply wax, making sure to get it into the crevices.

3. Wipe with a clean dry cloth to remove wax from the raised areas. Be sure to move to a clean part of your cloth as you work.

4. Spray with Wild Honey Distress Spray Stain then water. See that the wax resists this, and beads up on the surface.

5. Blot off excess spray onto a sheet of paper and dry the panel with heat tool. (I used mixed media paper, so I can use this for a future background.) I was able to preserve some of those droplets on my background.

6. Scribble raised areas with Vintage Photo crayon and blend with finger. This made most of those little droplets go away, but the panel is still mildly tinted with Wild Honey. This shows when the card is tilted just right as is seen in my opening photo.

7. Here's the completed background ready to be made into a card.

I ended up splattering the background with Black Soot paint before adding my elements.

 I also used the Matte Wax to color the die cuts: Wildflower Stem and Crochet 2 and the Small Talk sticker.  I layered the flower over a piece of muslin dyed with Antique Linen spray and hand stitched the stem to the fabric.

I made a similar background using the Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stock. This time I de-bossed by turning the card over in the folder so the pattern indented. I used the stiff brush to apply the wax and wiped it from the raised areas. I scribbled with Black Soot crayon and blended it over the panel with my finger.

Realizing the wax is oil based, I knew I could use it as a resist. I wanted to see how it would react with Distress paint, and the first one I pulled out was Antiqued Bronze. This turned out to be serendipitous, because I was able to make this great eroded metal panel using just the wax and paint, the Foundry 3D embossing folder and Walnut Stain crayon. You've already seen this completed card as my DT project for our current challenge, Oh Man! If you would like to see all the details, you can visit my blog HERE. I outline the steps I took to make the embossed background below.

Here are my steps to make the background:

1. Smear some of the wax randomly onto a water color panel. I just used my fingers; I have quite the green thumb! Be sure to leave the wax thicker in some areas; avoid rubbing it into the paper.

2. Apply Antiqued Bronze paint to the panel over the wax. Again, I just used my fingers to apply. Spray with water. Dry partially with heat tool.

3. Lay a piece of wax paper over the partially dry/wet panel, and burnish. It already looks good!

4. Now pull off the wax paper quickly, and you will get what you see below. Dry thoroughly. Reserve the wax paper.

5. Smear on some more of the wax randomly over the painted surface.

6. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4. Here is what the panel looks like before embossing.

7. Emboss with Foundry folder per the usual steps.

8. I've already given away this final step: scribble with Walnut Stain Crayon and blend with my fingers.

Finally, I thought it would be fun to see how Matte Wax would look on a molded piece. I have a drawer full of these paper clay pieces made with older Prima molds, and this one was painted black. I simply smeared on Distress Grit Paste (not shown), Rusty Paper, wiped it back a bit, dried it, squirted it with Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide spray and then water. I dried it with my heat tool and smeared on the tiniest bit of Patina Green wax. I compare it to some real rusted wire from the garage.

That's all for today. I hope you've found some inspiration in this long post. Remember there's still plenty of time to play along in the Oh Man! challenge. I can't wait to see what you will make! Happy crafting!

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Prima  Art Alchemy Matte Wax - Patina Green
Distress Crayons - Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Antiqued Bronze
Distress Paint - Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze
Distress Spray Stain - Antique Linen, Black Soot, Wild Honey
Distress Oxide Spray -  Rusty Hinge
Distress Collage Medium Matte
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Grit Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen 2pk
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Rusty Hinge, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad  - Black Soot
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Rust
Wendy Vecchi Gesso - black
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Glitch 1
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Snarky Cat
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Steampunk Parts Bigz Die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Urban Layers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Type Chips
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Paper, Typeset
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic 2 Kraft Stock - Rose Gold & Copper
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Crochet #2
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Wildflower Stems #2
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Bouquet
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Detailed Butterflies, Mini
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hardware Heads


  1. Wow! I just saved this as reference...and I'm gonna try this technique! Thanks for sharing...and outstanding job as always! Hugs ❤

  2. It's all fabulous!!! That clay piece totally looks like an old rusted piece of metal, wow!!!!

  3. Boah!!! Lots of work to show us, how you made these excellent results... I´m not any good in reaching that rustic style, but with your tutorial I will give it another chance!... That looks phantastic and so real! Thank you for sharing these steps!...

  4. Wow, what stunning cards! I loved your tutorial, the patina looks amazing on the metal effect that you created, so beautiful 😁. That Art Alchemy Matte Wax is now on my wish list too 😉. Thanks for sharing and happy weekend! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

  5. Excellent results and tips, thanks Sara!

  6. You never fail to amaze Sara Emily! Love the techniques xx