Ever since I posted this little gif back in the summer, folks have been asking me for a tutorial. Seriously, all I’ve done here is replace the usual hot stamping foil with wax paper and otherwise do the normal Foil Quill process, but since you asked, here’s a quick tutorial.
Set up your design in Silhouette Studio, Cricut Design Space or other cutting software as usual. This technique will also work with the Foil Quill Freestyle pens or other heat pens if you don’t have a cutter or want to freehand it.
Load a piece of watercolor paper face up on the mat, place a piece of wax paper on top of it (either side is fine) and tape it down. (Sorry the wax paper is hard to see in this pic…shows up better in the next one.)
Preheat the Foil Quill, install it in your cutting machine, and run as you normally would for a foil design. Use lighter pressure for an “invisible ink” effect or heavier pressure for a debossed effect. As with foil, slower speeds are better if you have that option. I’m using the bold tip here but any of them will do.
Remove the wax paper. You will see the impression on the wax paper, but have to you have to look very carefully to see anything on the watercolor paper.
Remove the panel from the mat and apply watercolor to reveal your design.