Monday, February 22, 2010

Stamping on Candles & JAI Challenge #5

I have always liked the technique of stamping on candles to create a personalised gift and with Mother's Day coming along in May, a market stall to create for, and of course a Just Add Ink challenge that encouraged you to 'Just Add Dimension' - well I just had to make these:

Here is my step by step process:

Step 1 - Gather your supplies: candles, stamps, inks or markers, tissue paper, wax paper, heat gun

Step 2 - Stamp your images, text etc onto the tissue paper and colour with ink or markers as desired. Cut around the stamped images/text as close as possible.

Step 3 - Cut a piece of waxed paper, no taller than your candle but so it can wrap around the candle with some to spare. This is what you hold on to to keep the paper tight and it helps when the heat is applied and the candle gets warm, and hopefully your hand not too hot!

Step 4 - Place the stamped and cut tissue paper piece over the area of the candle where you want it to be. Wrap the waxed paper piece around the candle, with enough overhang for you to hold onto and to keep the tissue and wax paper tight around the candle. Heat the image on to the candle with your heat gun. As the candle heats up, the pressure from the wax paper will push the image into the melting wax of the candle, embedding the image and leaving your image intact. Slowly peel the wax paper away from the candle. You can repeat this process with as many images as you want to imprint on your candle.

Step 5 - Decorate your candle as desired. [I forgot to take a photo of the back of this candle which has the text from the same stamp set Echoes of Kindness imprinted on the back.]

I decorated two candles with two different stamp sets and colour combinations.

Candle 1
Stamps: Echoes of Kindness
Inks: Basic Black, Lovely Lilac and Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Candles, Tissue Paper, Wax Paper, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon

Candle 2
Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Inks: Riding Hood Red,
Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Candles, Tissue Paper, Wax Paper, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for dropping by my blog and I hope you find inspiration for adding dimension to your stamping creations.


Bronwyn Eastley said...

Oh wow!!! This is so cool. I have been wanting to have a go at this for ages and your tutorial is so CLEAR and EASY to follow. I'm bookmarking this to come back to. I love your examples. Way to go! High five and all that jazz.

Jodene Tripp said...

Your candles are gorgeous! thankyou so much for sharing this technique, I am definitely going to try it.

Nicole said...

Wow! These candles look great. They will make wonderful Mother's Day gifts. I will have to keep this idea in mind for Christmas candles.

Danielle Daws said...

Hi Mae, I've bookmarked this to try - what a great tutorial you've put together! And the candles are beautiful too. What a great gift idea. Thanks for playing!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for sharing your tutorial on your gorjus candles. This is the best & easiest tute I've seen on this particular techniqe. Cheers Donna Zammit

Richelle said...

oooo this is so nice! I agree with the other girls, great tute and def one to case!! TFS


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