March 7, 2009

Decorating a Candle Using Stamped Images

Materials needed:

- stamp
- stamp pad
- candle
- tissue paper
- wax paper
- preferred coloring medium
- small scissors
- glue stick
- heat gun / embossing tool
- preferred embellishments

Some tips:
White or cream candles are best and also a good quality candle makes working in this technique much easier.
I prefer to use colored pencils and gamsol with this technique. But you can also use e.g. distress inks, markers, etc.
Sample for embellishments you can use: stickles glitter glue, adhesive pearls, dew drops, prima flowers, brads, ribbon, etc.

First choose your stamp (make sure it will fit on the candle!) and stamp your image on the tissue paper.
I used table top flowers from the Alota Easter collection available at Roses on Paper.
And as I only would like to use the vase with the flowers
I didn't ink my whole stamp.

Now get started and color your image!

Cut out as close as you can to your image without damaging it. Don't worry about any "left over" tissue, this will totally dissapear when put on the candle and heated.

If you like to put on a sentiment, some decorative swirls etc. stamp and color in the same way.
I decided to put a sentiment and both sides of the candle.
The sentiment I chose is also from the
Alota Easter collection.

Now arrange your images on the candle as you would like them to be. Don't forget to unwrap your candle! To make it easier for the tissue to stick to the candle I'm using a glue stick for help. Just a little so the images won't fall of.

In the next step you wrap your wax paper around the candle and make sure the images laying flat without any wrinkles. Cut your wax paper long enough so can use the excess on the back as handle to hold it really tight whilst heating! When heating make sure you have enough distance between the tool and the candle so the candle won't melt and ruin your project. Another tip is keep the tool in motion rather than only on one spot. The image will get real shiny and the colors will look more vibrant through the wax paper when it is done and fully submerged under a fine layer of wax. The edges of the tissue paper will fully dissapear in the wax.

This is what your candle looks like after all the images are heated and covered in a fine layer of wax.

The final step will be adding some finishing touches and your embellishments if desired. If you like to use brads for decoration it is very easy to push them into the candle as long as it is still warm from heating.

This is how my finished project looks like and also 2 more samples done in the same technique.

I hope you liked the tutorial and I could inspire you a little to try this wonderful technique!
Don't forget to check out Summers store for all your stamping needs.

Wishing you all a great start in the week

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