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Fri 10

Plain Jane no More

Here's a snazzy idea for you...take a plain utilitarian pillar candle and transform it into a beautiful holiday hostess gift.  We had lots of these plain white candles packed in our "power outage" kit and thankfully haven't needed to use them in several years...so I "borrowed" a few to make these little thank you gifts for friends during the holidays.

 I think this candle cost under $2 and will look very festive after a little creative time on my craft table.

 Here's the "Before"...


And here are a few of the "After's"


To achieve this effect I stamped D1414 Winterberry Branch in Vintage Sepia onto white tissue paper and colored in the red berries with a Prismacolor pencil. I trimmed it close to the image and centered it on the candle (a tiny bit of adhesive helped hold it in place).  I then wrapped the candle tightly with ordinary wax paper and proceeded to heat the image through the wax paper with my heat gun. 

 As the tissue paper melts into the candle you can see the change occurring---it gets shiny. Now simply peel off your wax paper and admire your handiwork!

I then did the same technique with the message stamp B1113 Merry Christmas, overlaying it onto the Winterberry wreath. A double layer of ribbon held in place with glittery red brads and Vintage Glass glitter finish off this festive wreath!

Well, once you get going with these, it's hard to stop...the ideas just keep flowing.  Here's #2...

Here's the exact same technique again but this time I used A1382 Twinkle Ball --which looks like a peppermint to me. Each one was individually cut out and arranged in a random design.  I added a small adhesive jewel in the center of each mint for a little sparkle.

Ready for #3?  It's a little different!


Told you!  I decided to use E1388 Vintage Scroll for this design and I stamped it onto tissue paper twice.


 I laid them end-to-end (flip one stamped tissue image over to the reverse side to make this work) and carefully matched up the points of contact. The "crown" is C1390 Elemental Damask stamp situated atop the Vintage Scroll design-


... now wrap with wax paper and heat.

A sprinkling of sparkly jewels and coordinating ribbon complete the transformation!

Which one is your favorite?  #1, #2 or #3?

Now raid your emergency candles and repurpose them for gifts...gather up your tissue paper, wax paper, stamps and embellishments and go to town!  



I LOVE LOVE LOVE all three! What a neat technique! Can't wait to try it!

How cool is this?! Awesome idea!!! And what a great craft for Christmas presents and/or the kids! LOOOOOOVE IT!

These are very cool, you did a great job!

They are all outstanding, but I like #1 the very best. Number 2 looks fun and more casual. I think they all have an occasion. Great job. On the 2nd candle did you add the jewels before of after the heating? Thanks.

Thanks for sharing that technique. I have never heard of it and the results are amazing! This is one I'll definitely try soon!

I like #1 the best and am happy to learn of this technique! Look forward to trying it! Holiday blessings to you!

Gorgeous candles! Love how you added the accents to the beautiful images.

I absolutely love this!!! I've never heard of such a thing and now I want to make these for everyone I know! What a great gift idea....and super economical!

Jenny....very clever and it looks like a fun project!!! AND another way to use our stamps!!

This is the coolest thing I haver ever seen!!! I made a whole bunch for friends and family. Even my husband wants to make one! I did a combo of stamps and also my own drawings that I colored with colored pencil. I used glitter glue for a little sparkle. Love how you attached the ribbon with brads. So so so much fun! It's like magic!! Thank you for my new addiction. ;)

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