Wax Seals

How to Write and Paint on Acrylic Signs

I’m so excited to share this tutorial on how to create acrylic signs in collaboration with Uniqooo, a wax seal and acrylic sign specialty company. I use Uniqooo products often for my wedding and design clients. The variety of wax shades and elegant stamp designs are the best in the industry. All opinions are my own.

 how to write and paint acrylic signs

Adding acrylic elements to your reception adds a touch of modern elegance.  Acrylic signs are so easy to create use because they are transparent. Which makes drawing your designs as easy as tracing them! Another great thing about acrylic signs is that you can paint them to match any color scheme. It’s easy to see why acrylic signs are trending in event designs for all types of celebrations!

If you’re looking to add acrylic signage to your wedding but you’re just not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place! If you’ve hired a calligrapher, chances are he/she will be able to create your acrylic signs for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do them yourself if you’re feeling creative! Here I’ll walk you through the different ways to create your acrylic signs and place cards. Enjoy!

 

What you’ll need:

ART MEDIUM:

paint pens  |  acrylic paint & brushescalligraphy ink

ACRYLIC SIGNAGE:

rectangle place cards  |  hexagon place cards 

frosted 8x10 sign  |  frosted 5x7 sign  

clear 8x10 sign  |  clear 5x7 sign

how to write and paint acrylic signs

PAINT

For a design that lasts, use acrylic paint and a brush to add color to the back of your acrylic signs. You can use traditional brushes or sponge brushes. Choose a high quality acrylic paint such as Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint, FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint by PLAID or DecoArt Americana Series Acrylic Paint. If you plan to paint the back of the acrylic sheet, do so after you draw your design on the front so you can trace it if you choose.

 

how to write and paint acrylic signs

PAINT PENS

Paint pens are the easiest way to create fun and easy designs for your acrylic signs! I use the Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens as they won’t smear and are permanent. Use the finer tip paint pens for lettering and fine illustrations. The thicker tip paint pens are great for bold numbers and designs. I almost always use white or black paint pens but any color (including metallic) work well on the acrylics.

how to write and paint acrylic signs

NIB & INK

I love to use paint pens on the larger signs, but when it comes to mini acrylic signs, I prefer to use ink. I can write much smaller and with crisper lines than I can with markers. So if you’re working on creating place cards I recommend opting for a calligraphy ink like Dr. Ph. Martin’s. As for the nib, I usually grab my Nikko G or Blue Pumpkin nibs. Though most nibs should work just fine as these acrylic sheets have a nice smooth surface.

how to write and paint acrylic signs

SHAPES & SIZES

I love that the acrylic products sold by Uniqooo are already the perfect size, which means there’s no need to do any cutting! I use the 5x7 signs for creating table numbers and use the 8x10s for bar menus and guest book signs. Both of the larger sizes come in clear and frosted! The 3.5x2 small rectangles and the 3.12x2.75 hexagons are the perfect size for place cards and other mini reception signs. If you’re using the mini signs for a buffet or dessert table be sure to grab the mini stands so guests can see your adorable signage!

how to write and paint acrylic signs 

EMBELLISH

If you opt not to paint the backs these acrylic signs look stunning when placed in front of… well, anything! Just lay place cards over a bed of fresh or dried petals and greenery for a stunning display. You can also embellish acrylic sheets with gold foil, wax seals and ribbons!

how to write and paint acrylic signs

CLEANING

If you do make a mistake, you can remove most mediums with soap and water or Windex. Oil Based Paint Pens are the exception as those are really, really permanent on the acrylic. Remove calligraphy ink with soap and water if the ink is still wet or with Windex if the ink is already dry. Remove acrylic paint with Windex… and patience. It took a bit of scrubbing to remove the painted back, but in the end it did come off. Just don’t scrape the paint off as it could scratch the acrylic sheet. For quick and easy reference, just refer to the infographic below.

HOW TO PAINT ACRYLIC SIGNS

Hopefully this post leaves you feeling inspired and fully ready to take on your acrylic project! 

Have a question about something I didn’t cover? Feel free to get in touch or leave a message in the comments!

Tiffany Anne Harris

www.raleighcalligraphy.com

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6 Tips for Adding Wax Seals to your Wedding Invitations

I’m so excited to share this tutorial on helpful tips and troubleshooting for using wax seals in collaboration with Uniqooo, a wax seal and wax stamp specialty company. I use Uniqooo products often for my wedding and design clients. The variety of wax shades and elegant stamp designs are the best in the industry. All opinions are my own.

 how to use wax seals

It’s almost time to mail out your invitations and invite your guests to your wedding. YES! If you’ve opted to use wax seals to add another layer of personalization. That’s great!

I LOVE incorporating wax seals into my designs. I quickly realized that there was more to wax seals than just melt and stamp! If you need help on how to use wax seals, read this blog post. Otherwise, keep reading for top wax seal tips and troubleshooting. Good luck!

 

Address Your Envelopes!

Before you get started, be sure to address and add postage to your envelopes. This may sound obvious, but for that one bride out there under the wire trying to get a jump on assembling all the invitations with the intent of attending to the envelope after - don’t. It becomes much more difficult to write on envelopes that are stuffed. (If your color palette includes blue hues, you might like these wax seal sticks!)

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Assemble Everything Before Melting Wax

Pre-assemble if you’re using the glue gun method. The wax heats quickly and is ready for the next seal within seconds. Even with this trigger glue gun, wax will drip out a bit if left too long between seals. Having everything ready to go will make quick work of adding your seals. So stuff and seal all your envelopes and lay them out, back flap up, several at a time.

how to use wax seals

If you ordered wax beads (like these champagne gold ones) then you will have a bit of down time between each seal. Before I started using the glue gun wax for wedding suites, I would use the wax beads and assemble each suite while the wax melted. If you’re up against a deadline or have limited space, assembling ahead of time and using the glue gun wax will be a life saver.

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Troubleshooting - Wax Sticking to Seal

You’ve picked out your wax seal and the perfect shade of wax to match your invitations. BUT for some reason, the wax seal won’t release from the wax no matter how long you leave it. Ugh! Not to worry. A few things could be happening here. The wax needs to cool before you try pulling off the stamp. If you’ve patiently waited and it’s still getting stuck every time, you can use a little (VERY little) grape seed oil. Using a cotton swab slightly dipped in grape seed oil, dab the stamp. Now it should be rather easy to remove the next stamp from the cooled wax. Remember, oil can stain fabrics and paper so carefully wipe off any excess oil left on the finished wax seal. A clean, dry cotton swab will do the trick. Hopefully you won’t need to do this for each envelope but it can be super handy if all of your seals are putting up a fight.

how to use wax seals

Adding Extra Embellishments to the Wax

Wax seals are stunning on their own or with little something in the wax like a flower or a sprig of greenery. If you opt to add in a plant, place it on the paper and pour the wax directly over it. I recommend using dried plants like lavender, rosemary or babies breathe. All are easily dried and look gorgeous in the wax. Live plants wilt so if you have your heart set on a certain flower, it’s always a good idea to mail a sample to yourself to see how if the flower survived on the other side. 

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Troubleshooting - Wax Blackened

So you’re using wicked wax sticks and notice the soot left behind in the wax, ruining your gorgeous color. You likely have the wax stick inverted too far. Ideally, you don’t want your wax stick so far upside down that the flame is under the wax stick. The tip of your wax stick should be somewhere between upright and horizontal. 

If you’re using wax beads and noticing soot in the wax seal then your melting spoon might be too close to the flame. 

how to use wax seals

Additional Postage 

You’ll want to use extra postage for two reasons: 1.) the wax will add a little extra weight to a likely already full envelope and 2.) if you want to have your suite skip the postal machines they’ll require additional postage. When I’m working on a wedding suite, I always take a finished suite (ribbons, wax seal and all) to the Post Office to have it weighed. Once your suite is ready to be mailed, request the postal worker to Hand Cancel your suite. This will allow your envelopes to skip the machines but in order to skip the machines on the receiving end, you’ll need extra postage. Most wedding invitations I mail (domestically) get at least $0.70 in postage. (Pictured: blue-green shades of wax)

Still stuck or have a question about something I didn’t cover? Feel free to get in touch or leave a message in the comments!

 

Tiffany Anne Harris

www.raleighcalligraphy.com

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7 Creative Ways to Use Your Wedding Wax Seal

I’m so excited to share this roundup on creative ways to use your wedding wax seal in collaboration with Uniqooo, a wax seal and wax stamp specialty company. I use Uniqooo products often for my wedding and design clients. The variety of wax shades and elegant stamp designs are the best in the industry. All opinions are my own.

 

how to use wax seals on your wedding

Wax Seal Stamps can provide unique, creative, and personalized touches to different elements of your wedding.  Now, I am sure that many of you might think of wax seals being from a different era, and this is true, but they are making a hard and fast comeback in the weddings of today.  

If you are anything like me, a stationery addict, after reading this article you will not want to reserve using your wax seal stamps for just your Big Day. Even though this article is focused on using them just at your wedding, I hope it inspires you to use wax seals for other special occasions throughout the year and to have a variety of seals to choose from so you can make any occasion a unique and personalized one.

Trust me the beautiful wax seal stamp will make a stand-out impression on your wedding day and will leave your guests amazed and speechless!

 

If you don’t already have your wax seal, here’s what you’ll need:

PSST! Not sure exactly how to use your wax seal? Hop over to this post on “How to Use Wax Seals” and I’ll walk you through the different ways to make wax seals. Easy Peasy!

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1. Invitations and Envelopes

Your wedding invitations sets the tone for your big day and are usually the first form of communication you have with guests; adding a wax seal is a simple way to add excitement, elegance, and a special touch to your wedding invitations and envelopes. They add a beautiful, vintage effect to the announcements that are sent to your dearest friends and loved ones.   

 how to use wax seals on your wedding

2.  Place cards and Seating Charts

Incorporating your wax seal into guest seating charts or guest placement cards is a simple and easy way to add customization and personalization to your reception. You can choose your own symbols or initials for the seal design and select the color of the wax that complements your color scheme.  If you used the seal on your invitations, your guests will recognize it and will leave everyone wondering where else they will find the seal at the reception. Guests feel so special seeing their names in beautiful, elegant calligraphy, knowing that you, the bride, took the time to write out their name on a seating chart with carefully stamped wax seal next to it.

 

For color reference: Champagne Rose (above Calvin), Antique Gold (above Anne), Champagne Gold (above Tiffany) and White (above Daphne) - which one’s your favorite??

 how to use wax seals on your wedding

3. Wedding Favors

Allow your wax seal make even a simple party favor look gorgeous. Take these little tin candles for instance. They are beautiful on their on but they are pretty simple. I added dried flowers and sealed them with the botanical stamp and white wax. Now these favors are even more personalized and I am loving every angle of them!

 how to use wax seals on your wedding

4. Menus

During the phases of wedding planning, we all have our “most important” list of things we want to be perfect. That list typically consisted of the following: the dress (because let’s be honest this is the dress you have been dreaming of since you were five), the venue to set the atmosphere, a killer DJ for entertainment and the best food that your guests talk about for years to come. 

Since you spent so much time taste testing food and cake, why not highlight your menu? Give your menus a chic and stunning look by adding your seal to the tops of the menus. Just be sure to have your stationer lower the wording so the design fits with the seal. 

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5. Gift Tags/Bridges Maid Gift Wrap

Your bridal party is your Bride-Tribe, you have chosen them to stand beside you as you say your vows to the man you are going to spend the rest of your life with. Bridesmaid gifts are more than just another to-do on your wedding checklist: they are the thank you for supporting me and accepting my future husband, thank you for being here for me when I went completely bridezilla over how much there was to do, thank you for helping me make the million and one choices I’ve had to make this last year, thank you for laughing with me and hugging me through the tears over the years, thank you for being you! Have all these bridal party gifts packaged together with your special wax seal for your bridesmaids. 

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6. Vow Books

Your wedding day will be full of emotions; from catching up with family members that live too far away to visit frequently, your mom helping you put on your jewelry and your dad getting to see daddy’s little girl dressed in all white, and sharing your wedding vows with your husband. A wedding vow book is the perfect lifelong keepsake to hold the heart felt words of love and commitment you and your spouse shared with each other at your ceremony. 

 how to use wax seals on your wedding

7. Thank You Cards

This is the final impression with all of your guests, just like receiving an invitation in the mail, getting a thank you is a personal way of reaching out to each guest who participated in your wedding celebration. Be sure to add a personal touch to each letter, this will let the reader know that it’s not a generic, preprinted card that you didn’t put any thought into.  You could even add a photo of you and the receiver that your photographer took that night into the card as a special memory.  When sealing the card add your wedding wax seal for that final touch, truly bringing every element of your wedding together.

 

Final thoughts: Wedding planning is a crazy experience!  Some of the things being not so fun - long to-do lists, trying to be in ten different places at once, making a million decisions all at the same time, and making sure every detail is perfect. But, there are also the really great moments too - saying “yes” to the dress, doing cake tastings, bachelorette parties, and picking out wedding rings.  Don’t let the idea of adding a personal touches to your wedding stress you out or make you feel overwhelmed.  Wedding wax seals are fun to design as a couple, easy way to personalize the elements of your wedding seamlessly. into different aspects of your wedding and create a seamless look throughout your wedding.

 

Tiffany Anne Harris

www.raleighcalligraphy.com

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How to Use Wax Seals

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