Friday, August 6, 2010

Stamping on Candles

Hello there! I am back today with a super fun, and highly addictive project! I found a few tutorials on youtube for candle stamping, and I had to try it. Here is a very quick tutorial on how to do it... It is SO easy!

You will need:

-A white, or light colored candle
-Markers if needed
-Plain white tissue paper
-Wax paper
-A heat gun (you could probably use a hairdryer too, but it will take longer)

First, you start out stamping your images onto the tissue paper. Make sure that you stamp on the shiny side of the tissue. You can use any color ink. If your stamps are outline images, you can color them, but beware that the ink and marker will bleed through, so make sure there is something covering your work surface. After you have stamped and colored your image, trim around the image with scissors. You don't need to be super careful, and you can leave a border around the image. It won't matter later. After you have cut out your image, position it on your candle where you'd like it, and cut a piece of wax paper, long enough to wrap around the candle and long enough to have some to gather at the back of the candle to hold on to so that you don't get burned with the heat gun. Turn on your heat gun and let it heat up for a few seconds and then aim it at the candle and move in circular motions, being careful not to leave it in one spot too long because the wax melts quickly. You will notice the edges of the tissue start to melt into the candle, and beads of sweat will form on the waxpaper. After about 20-30 seconds, carefully peel away the wax paper and your stamped image will be on the candle! If you notice after the first heating that there are still some noticable edges to the tissue paper, get a new piece of wax paper and repeat the heating process. It is important to use fresh wax paper each time, because wax residue will build up on the paper as you heat the candle. You can use any color candle, but lighter is better to show the true color of your ink. And cheaper candles are better to use because they will melt easier, and when they burn, the burn down the center of the candle so the design will never be distroyed. They are QUICK and easy, and I am planning to make a ton of these for holiday gifts.

Here are the 3 I did tonight...

#1 - Pink Butterfly


Stamps: PTI Flutterby Friend
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Copic Markers: YG11, YG17, RV10, RV13, RV14, R59
Ribbon: PTI Raspberry Fizz Satin Dot
Other: The candle stamping materials listed above

#2 - Aqua Butterfly


Stamps: PTI Flutterby Friend, Fancy Flourishes

Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, PTI Hawaiian Shores

Copics: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18,
Ribbon: PTI Hawaiian Shores Satin Dot
Kaisercraft Clear rhinestones, the candle stamping supplies listed above

#3 - Sunflowers

Stamps: PTI Beautiful Blooms
Ink: PTI Ripe Avocado, PTI Summer Sunrise, PTI True Black
Ribbon: Unknown black and white gingham
Other: Candle stamping supplies listed above

Please let me know if you have any questions! I am off to the Dollar Tree tomorrow to clean them out!! :D


Tasha said...

Very cute! I've seen embossing done with tissue paper on candles, but not a regular colored image. I'm going to have to try this with my Butterfly Dreams stamp set. Thanks for the inspiration!

Rhonda said...

I love what you did!

Jen Carter said...

Great job with these! I love the sunflower one (of course I also live in the Sunflower state so I am probably biased)!!

Mandy said...

oh my gosh these are so so so pretty! I've been planning on doing this for Christmas gifts as well. Beautiful job!

Laura Isham said...

Your candles turned out beautiful. Love the matching cards!

Lee said...

Well done. These are really beautiful. I've been wanting to try this for quite a while. Love your matching cards too.

Unknown said...

So beautiful! and thank you for explining to us how u did it!

LittleSurferGirl said...

Wow, Audrey! These look great! I love the coordinating bow on the glass and the box! Thanks for sharing!
Amy Dann

Mary Dawn said...

these are amazing, audrey! thanks for sharing your tips, i may have to check out my dollar tree today

Rebecca said...

These turned out so great!!

Kara said...

great project....i'll have to try this..i'm thinking peaceful poinsettia would be nice for small christmas gifts for co-workers! thanks!

Diane Jaquay said...

These are really fabulous, and I love that you made coordinating boxes!

Lori said...

These are wonderful!! I love how you put it all together. I did some at Christmas time using snowflakes and loved how they came out. So easy but pack a punch. You did a great job

Dana said...

These are all so beautiful Audry. I really like the yellow flower set. Gorgeous. Thanks for the clear instructions too!

Laurie said...

SO cute!! I am going to have to save your tutorial and give it a try! Thanks for sharing!