There’s something really special about a handmade card that is “sealed” for your eyes only…
I got this idea from my girlfriend Gemeli who presented me with a beautiful handmade card for my birthday, delicately sealed with a ribbon and a wax seal of her initials – now, wax seals and I are the very best of friends.
It’s easy – just melt the wax in a small circular puddle, carefully stamp on your seal with a little pressure (making sure your letter is up the right way) leave to cool for a few seconds, then gently pull off.
Practice on scrap paper first. It might take a few goes to get right, but once you do, be warned, it’s wickedly addictive…
I got my stamp from an ebay store, simply because they were cheaper ($AU9!) , but it did take about three weeks to arrive as it came from the UK.
There are plenty of other local retailers around. You could also try Wills Quills in Chatswood, Sydney for stamps and different coloured wax – they also do online orders. Also check out www.waxseals.com.au.
Expect to pay anything up to $20 – $30 for the seal itself, and $5 for the sticks, which will give you about 12 ‘seals’.
These would make a great Christmas present, or even better, make yourself some beautifully embellished Christmas Cards!
In case you’re interested, the wax seal has been used for eons in order to serve as authenticity; just as a signature, or pin number is used today.
During the time of Edward The Confessor, who ruled from around 1042 to 1066, almost everyone had their own seal – and it was common practice to destroy the seal when the owner died. Probably explains why so few original seals are in existence today.
In medieval times, it was common for betrothals and love letters to be secured by wax so that their passion could remain super secret squirrel. How romantic! Nice to uphold this time honoured tradition in some way, don’t you think?