I read that you can simply use a glue gun with colored glue sticks and a metal stamp and thought that would be brilliant. Of course I love the look of wax and the fact that it's much more historically correct, but I'm also thinking about ease of use and trying to keep things economical. So, I went out and ordered me a metal stamp with the letter "A" on it. I didn't realize that getting glue sticks in colors would be that hard to do... my friendly local craft store had clear and glitter. So, I opted for the glitter (ooooh, sparkly!) and hoped for the best.
One minor little detail that I missed out on was that the metal stamp actually should be coated in clear embossing ink before pressing it into the wax/glue. Damn. I didn't let that deter me from playing with my project today! This *is* part of the 30 Days of Creativity, after all! So, I did a little research and found out that clear embossing ink is primarily glycerin. Well, I have that! I did a little more reading and made up my own version of clear embossing ink with what I had on hand.
I squirted out a little glycerin into a bowl and then put in a teeny tiny amount of rubbing alcohol for fast drying and another teeny tiny amount of vegetable oil for easy removal of the metal stamp. Mixed all together and I was ready to go!
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I found that a couple pulls of the glue gun trigger was plenty of a pool for my size stamp. After a dip in the homemade embossing ink, I used the spoon to get any excess off the stamp. I played with different size pools, different glue temperatures, different pressures, different amounts of time before peeling off the stamp, etc.
Ultimately, I think my little homemade solution works, but it makes the glue look matte. I wonder if that's too much oil? I'll have to play with different amounts later. I also realize that although the sparkly glitter is pretty, the stamp doesn't really show up that well in it.
Well, it was fun, I learned something, and I'm another step closer to fun packaging for my shop!