Did you know wax seals date back to the Middle Ages? Back then, they were used by bishops, monarchs, and other noteworthy personalities to authenticate documents. Each seal would be unique to the owner and was used in place of a signature at a time when most people were illiterate. Today, they’re an underrated way to add a timeless touch to any letter. Read on to learn the secret to making your next card that much more personal.
If you don't already have a stamper, here’s how to make your own:
What you'll need
- A wooden dowel
- A wood-burning tool with a fine tip
- A pencil
Start by sanding off the bottom of your wooden dowel to ensure an even, smooth surface for your stamp.
Next, sketch out your design on the bottom of the dowel using your pencil. Draw it backwards, as it will be flipped like a mirror image when using your stamp. Don’t trust your freehand skills? Try using a stencil. While you sketch, plug in your fine-tip, wood-burning tool, so it’s heated up and ready to go once your design is complete.
Using the wood burner, carve out your sketched design, ensuring that the indented lines are deeply cut.
Next, sand off your dowel once more before adding a wood stain to set your design. Leave it to dry overnight.
Voila, you now have your own custom wax stamper!
Now, onto making your own custom seal:
We recommend practicing your seals on a scrap piece of paper before committing to your card.
What you'll need
- Crayons or wax sticks
- A glue gun
- A bowl of ice or vegetable oil
- A scrap piece of paper
- Your card and envelope
- Your stamper
Start by plugging in your glue gun, and wait until it is heated up and ready to go.
Insert your crayon or wax stick into the glue gun, make sure to have a spare stick on hand in case your first stick doesn't warm up properly.
Place your stamper on ice (the cold ice will make it easier to peel away from the hot wax) but make sure to wipe up any excess water when you're ready to stamp. If you’d rather, use canola or olive oil—just dip the end of your stamp in the oil and it’ll have the same effect, ensuring that the wax does not stick to your stamper and ruin your seal.
After warming up the wax for a few minutes, test it on your scrap piece of paper, making sure it’s ready to dispense by squeezing the trigger at the back of the glue gun. If the wax comes out quickly, it's good to go!
Squeeze a small circle where you want your wax seal to be, making it roughly the same size as your stamper.
Next, make sure your stamper is facing the right direction and gently press into the dollop of wax. Hold the stamper in place for a few seconds, allowing the wax to harden slightly. Let the wax seep out around the edge of the stamper—it’ll add to the old-timey look.
When you can feel the wax start to set, remove your stamp to reveal your final design! Leave your seal to dry and harden before giving the card to your loved one.
For an extra added touch
Make the stamper in your loved one’s initials and give it to them as part of the gift, along with brief instructions on how to replicate the seal themselves.
Please provide your email address and we'll send you a beautiful certificate for your recipient.