Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stamping on Candles - One of our Shoebox Swaps

I spent a weekend in the mountains on a Stampin' Retreat and it was quite lovely. We stayed at the Chocolate Moose Lodge at over 10,000 feet, (the baseball field nearby is called Two Mile High Baseball Stadium - love that) but let me tell you that the pictures on their website do it no justice! We were a small group and it was the best weekend and so relaxing! We shared food and drink duties and brought Shoebox Swaps for each other to create. Lisa brought Stamping on Candles for us to create and everyone made such beautiful candles!

Stamping on Candles is such a simple project and so WOW! I loved that Lisa brought these for us to make and she gave us complete freedom on our designs, themes and ideas.

To create this embedded look of Stamped Candles, stamp the images on tissue paper. Then wrap it around the candle and wrap that with a a long piece of Wax Paper. Hold the Wax Paper tight around the candle and heat the images with a Heat Gun. You will see the images get shiny and embed themselves. Move the Heat Gun quickly around and over the images until complete. You can peek under the Wax Paper and check on your progress as you go.

Three tips that Lisa shared are 1) Add images separately and one at a time, instead of trying to stamp and wrap the entire candle at once and  2)Wrap and hold the Wax Paper tightly to keep the candle surface smooth and 3) Embellish the images with Embossing (before heating to candle) and Jewels and Brads, pushed into the candle.

Stamped Candles are a beautiful and so simple way to pull a setting or theme together for holidays or events. Try this technique on some pillars or mix together large and small candles. Just one candle and you'll find yourself hooked and stamping on candles for so many themes and colors!

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