Tuesday, 8 December 2015

candle and box

Loving the new background stamps, this one is called baroque orchids and reminds me of brocade, and it seems  a shame to cover any of it up!

Recently I finally managed to get a candle that looked ok when finished – previously they have looked decidedly the worse for wear and rather mis-shapen. Using baking parchment wrapped tightly round when heating the tissue paper onto the candle makes all the difference! Pushing my luck, I thought that I would have a go with this stamp and my last remaining candle.......

I stamped with black memento ink on to what I thought was white tissue paper (reminder, don’t choose your tissue paper by artificial light next time!) then cut out around the image to make a strip to fit the candle, which was too short for the whole image.  I tightly wrapped the candle with the baking parchment, and held it by this while heating gently – I still have a very old hairdryer type heat gun, which has a more gentle heat than the newer guns.
Those who saw the fab shows at the weekend with Lesley on the Craft Channel will notice that the image is actually upside down - it was a bit late by the time I realised this, so I carefully made sure that the image on the box lid was the same way up as on the candle when I took the photo...in my defence, I think it works any way up!
 The box was painted with black acrylic paint, and I smudged the corners with versamark and copper EP to make it a bit more interesting. The image for the lid was stamped in versamark onto black card, embossed with copper EP, cut to size and glued down.

Finishing touch was the tissue paper, black paper  randomly stamped using a copper pigment ink pad.
Fortunately my daughter doesn't have time to read my blog, as this is part of her Christmas present!


  1. This is something I've not tried as yet although I do have some candles sitting around somewhere with good intentions! This stamp works well either say I'd say and you've made a very nice gift.

  2. I;ve tried this a couple of times and it's definitely not easy I think! However, I also think that this time your candle looks gorgeous, upside down image or not (I agree it works either way) and I rather like the slightly contrasting colour of the tissue too. The whole set with the box and tissue wrap (shame to crumple that up, lol) is lovely and very elegant. I'm positive your daughter will be thrilled as well as impressed Vronnie.

    Lesley Xx

  3. Ooh how brave! It worked out well x


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