Encaustic Picture-Gram Card

Jennifer Erts Wyatt embellishes her encaustic picture-gram card with a bear and photos.


Jennifer Erts Wyatt owns a stationery shop in Portland.

Materials and Tools:

bone folder
mat knife
metal straight edge or ruler
cutting mat
book binder's board or corrugated cardboard
book cloth
book binding glue
small brush for glue application
selection of coordinating decorative papers
white paper
photos or custom artwork
wood craft stick
permanent black marker
pastel chalks
electric skillet
fusing tool – heat lamp mounted in a bowl reflector or household iron
bristle brushes
sculpting tools
encaustic wax medium with no pigment
encaustic wax paint in selected colors
workspace near open window and/or fan for ventilation



1. Cut two pieces of the same size book board or corrugated cardboard to create the front and back cover of the picture-gram card.

2. Cut a 1/4-inch piece of cardboard (or book board) in width and equal in length to the front and back cover pieces (cut in step #1) for the spine.


3. Cut decorative papers for the front and back covers large enough to wrap around to the back on all edges.


4. Apply the glue to the front and back of the book board pieces. Cover with selected decorative papers, folding neatly around corners. Allow to dry.


5. Cut two pieces of decorative paper for the inside covers slightly smaller than the covers. Glue them to the insides of the covers.


6. Cut a piece of paper for the pocket for the inside of the card. Apply glue along three sides and position the pocket inside the card. Press to glue it down. Allow to dry.


7. Cut any other mementos and photos and glue to the inside of the card and allow to dry.

8. Create a special message (note) to be place inside the pocket.


9. Cut two pieces of bookbinding cloth — cut one slightly larger than the height of the card and one slightly smaller than the card.

10. Lay the book board pieces out on the table, lining them up evenly so that the cover and the back cover are facing up and place the spine between the covers.


11. Apply glue to the pieces and position the bookbinding cloth to create the card hinge. Allow to dry.


12. Heat the electric skillet to 215-degrees with selected colors of encaustic wax for the multimedia cover.

13. Prepare the custom artwork and items that will be used on the cover. Cut a piece of contrasting paper in the shape of a house and glue it to the cover aligning the bottom edges. Draw vertical lines on the background cover from the top of the applied paper to the top of the cover with a permanent marker.


14. Draw a teddy bear on white paper and cut it out. Add details and outline the bear with a permanent black marker. Rub on chalk pastels to add color.


15. Apply a layer of heated wax to the front of the cover with a metal brush. Heat the first layer of the wax medium and "fuse" it to the card cover with an iron or heat lamp. Keep the temperature low and do not heat too fast. Allow to cool and become firm.

16. Place the bear cutout on top of the wax.

17. Apply another layer of wax with the metal brush. Fuse the wax with an iron (heat lamp). Allow to cool.


18. Carve the wax along the black detail lines of the bear with the edge of a wood sculpting tool to give the bear dimension.

19. Apply white wax to the bear's chest, nose and ears. Let cool.

20. Carve a heart on the bear's chest in the white wax. Apply red chalk to the heart.


21. Slip the note inside the pocket and place the encaustic picture-gram card inside a lined box or a stiff envelope. This cannot be mailed and should be gifted by hand. The encaustic wax will protect your art and last nearly forever if taken care of properly. Extreme heat (over 120-degrees) will melt the wax and ruin the card. Keep the art piece in a cool dry place.

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