Thursday, January 29, 2009

Candle Making

One good thing about a snow day is that I get to stay home and stamp! One thing I love to do with my stamping is to create beautiful candles. When Susana's Design Team started doing tutorials for the store's blog, Follow Your Heart, I knew what I wanted to do mine on! When I saw these lovely candles on other people's sites and blogs, I was intimidated about doing them. Jacqui from the PCP Whiff of Joy group put up a tutorial that made it look so easy, I had to try it for myself. It was so much easier than it looked and I fell in love with my new technique. I want everyone to try them! They're so much fun and who doesn't love candles?

The supplies I used were:
White Pillar Candle
White Tissue paper (like what you wrap shirts or blouses inside boxes in)
Color Medium (I used copics and Prismacolor markers)
Cut-Rite or kitchen wax paper
Embossing or Heating Tool
Embellishments like ribbon, Shimmerz, Stickles, Glitter Hearts, Bella Baubles, whatever you want to decorate your candle with.

1. Stamp your image onto the tissue paper and color with your favorite medium. Make sure that you have something behind your image because your inks will bleed through a bit.

2. Cut the excess tissue paper off. You don't have to trim it just to the outline because the tissue paper will blend into the candle with heating.

3. Center and place your colored image on your candle.

4. Place your wax paper for your image and pull it tight so that the entire image is flat against the candle.

5. Using your embossing tool, heat over your stamped image. Just like heat embossing, you'll be able to see the image as it melts into the candle. That's just so cool! After you've heated the entire image, carefully pull the wax paper off.

6. Here's what your candle looks like before you've added some finishing touches to it.

I colored her with some Pink Poinsettia Shimmerz, added some stickles, a glitter dot, Bella Baubles and some ribbon. I think she's just adorable!

I hope you will give it a try! You can made any type of candles you want for any occasion. Add whatever embellishments you'd like and make it your own. Personalize it. Everyone loves something that was made just for them.

Give it a try! After you do, leave us a link of direct us to where you've posted your candle. We'd love to see your work!

Candle Ingredients: Hearts and Hugs, Ruby Slippers, Tiara, and Grape Stickles, Pink Poinsettia Shimmers, Glitter Hearts, Bella Baubles, Ribbon, Pillar Candle, Rite-Cut Wax Paper, scissors, glue.


Rosette said...

I want to try this technique someday!! I will have to find the right tissue paper though. It looks fun! :)

Yours is amazingly sweet! :)

Sally said...

I have to give this technique a try. Your candle is great.

Molly B said...

Super cute. Love her glitter wings. I need to give this a try sometime. -Molly B

Chookarooni said...

great project Susan thanks for sharing

Susana M said...

Hey Tink,
Awesome project and you make it look so easy even I have to try it - LOL
Hearts and Hugs

Brittany said...

Awww, too cute.
I wanna try this.
Beautiful :-)

P.s Thank you for the blog comment.

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

I LOVE this technique, Susan! THANK YOU for sharing!!!!

Anonymous said...

Very cool!! Love the baubles you've added to your project!! So cute!! TFS!

Kim Piggott said...

Oh this is so adorable!
Thanks for your fabulous tutorial!
kim x

Debbie said...

Beautiful candle! and thanks for the tutorial...I keep meaning to make one of these...I need more hours in the day! lol Debbie x

Liza said...

Fabulous tutorial Susan. I have wanted to give this a go for sometime now, you make it look so easy and your finished candle is lovely.

Liza x

Berry said...

I loveeee it even though I never use that much white candles but it's the cuttest thing ever well everything you do is greatttt

Peta said...

I'm looking forward to having a go at making candles, Great tutorial. I was feeling a bit intimidated by it, but your instructions are great.