Are you struggling with last minute gift ideas?! Today I will show you how to make a personalized gift out of some supplies you probably already have in your home. Stay with me as I demonstrate how easy it is to add a stamped image to a candle!!!
You will need the following items for this project:
Pillar Candle.....the size of candle depends on which stamped image you choose;
Stamp or stamps of your choice;
White Tissue Paper;
Stamping ink and coloring medium of your choice;
I have chosen the sweet Chickadee stamp and Psalm scripture verse from the ODBD set, "You Will Find Refuge". First thing, cut a piece of white tissue paper larger than your image. Stamp (or emboss) your image or scripture directly to the tissue paper. I chose Stazon permanent ink to make sure that my colors don't bleed. (This is my first attempt at this technique so I am not sure if there would be a bleeding problem or not during the heating process.)
With sharp scissors, cut around your image, fairly closely to the outline. I decided to adhere both the image and scripture simultaneously, so I left some attaching tissue.
Place a piece of scratch paper under your tissue before coloring your image because your markers or coloring medium will most likely leak through to the other side, as shown in this photo.
Tear off a generous piece of wax paper and place under your candle. Place your colored image/tissue onto the candle and line it up where you want it to be. ***A little trial and error note: next time I will definitely separate the scripture from the image and adhere them separately.....I believe it would be less tricky to hold in place one piece at a time.
While holding the image in place, carefully wrap the wax paper tightly around the candle, so that the image does not move. The excess wax paper should be at the back of the candle.....this makes it easy to hold while you heat the image.
Turn on your heat tool and let it heat up for five or ten seconds to make sure it's hot. In a circular or sweeping motion, you want to heat up the surface of the image just enough so that you don't see the tissue outline anymore. The heat tool will allow the tissue to melt into the candle surface, while the wax on the wax-paper acts as a top coat, plus it does not stick to the candle.
***Another trial and error note: Make sure that you have the wax-paper wrapped tightly around the candle before heating......in my photo below, you can see some "ripples" in the paper. Upon heating, those "ripples" became little dents that I had to heat and smooth out. Otherwise, this was a very quick and simple project! I can't wait to do it again!!!
Once you've finished heating your image, you can use the wax-paper to buff out any loose wax pieces or small imperfections in the candle. I decorated the bottom of my candle with May Arts Crocheted lace and velvet ribbon which was tied with a Bow Easy. You could also decorate with designer paper or gemstones/pearls.....or with nothing at all!!! And depending on the size of the candle, you could add another image (or two) to the other side! Really, the possibilities are endless!
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Have a blessed week!!