Stamping on Candles

October 27, 2010

in Mixed media,Stamping on candles,Techniques

Stamped Candle & Card Set

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Hello! Today I’d like to share with you how I made the stamped candle and matching card that I showed you on Monday. It is easier than I originally thought stamp a candle. And stamped candles make great gift ideas for the coming holiday season!

Selecting a candle and stamp

Inexpensive candles seem to work better than high-quality expensive ones for this technique. They seem to melt better. The stamping is actually done on white tissue paper (the kind for wrapping gifts; not facial tissue). Big, bold stamp designs work well. I am told that this technique works for any color of candle, as long as you always use white tissue paper.

Supplies used for this candle and card set

Supplies used for this candle and card set

Stamp on white tissue paper first

To make the candle, I inked up a stamp from Hero Arts CL431 Watercolor Petals clear stamp set. I used two shades of Tsukineko Brilliance pearlescent ink which each have a pretty shine. I used Jade for the stem and leaves – and Rocket Red Gold for the flower itself.

I placed my tissue paper on a non-stick craft sheet to protect my work surface, because some inks can bleed through the tissue paper. I stamped the flower onto the shiny side of the tissue paper. I repeated the process of inking the stamp and stamping on tissue paper until I got four good impressions. Then I inked the stamp one last time and stamped it onto plain white cardstock and set that aside for the card.

Cut the stamped images out

Brilliance pearlescent ink is a pigment ink, so I let the stamped images dry for quite a while to be sure I wouldn’t smudge them. Then, I carefully cut out the images stamped on the tissue paper. You want to leave a little bit of space around the stamped design and cut in loose, flowing lines, with few sharp corners. This will help the edge blend and disappear when you add it to the candle.

Use parchment to hold the image in place

I held the stamped tissue paper cut-out against the side of the candle and adjusted it until I liked its placement. Then I held it in place with my thumb, and wrapped a piece of parchment paper around the candle, carefully removing my thumb while holding the cut-out in place. The parchment paper should be longer than the candle is around, so that there is extra at the back to hold like a handle when you are heating it.

Use parchment to hold the tissue paper in place without burning your fingers

Use parchment to hold the tissue paper in place without burning your fingers

Heat with a heat tool to melt image into candle

I turned on my heat tool and let it get warm, then I used it to heat the tissue paper and candle. Having the parchment lets you hold the image in place without getting your fingers too hot. Keep the heat tool moving the whole time. The trick is to barely heat the candle enough to melt the tissue paper into the wax – without melting too much of the candle. You will begin to see the white of the tissue paper disappear.

When you have gotten some of the tissue paper to disappear and you are certain that it will stay in place, you can remove the parchment paper and continue heating. Keeping the heat tool moving, continue to heat the tissue until all of the white part melts into the candle and disappears. Here is a “before” and “after” photo so you can see the difference.

Melting the tissue paper into the candle

Melting the tissue paper into the candle

Let the candle rest to prevent overheating

Let the heat tool and candle rest and cool a bit between adding images so that you won’t overheat the candle. I started by placing one image, placing the second directly opposite, and then putting the other two images roughly in the middle of the first two, to space them pretty evenly around the candle.

Add finishing touches with dimension

To finish the candle, I added facet cut gems from Dress It Up (color #16) which match the Rocket Red Gold ink well. I adhered the gems using glue dots. Then I tied a ribbon around the bottom of the candle. These finishing details really help the look of the candle.

Finished Stamped Candle

Finished Stamped Candle

Make a card that matches

For the matching card, I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Curved Rectangles to die cut the stamped image from white cardstock. I was lucky to find some American Crafts ribbon and patterned paper to go with the Jade ink. I selected a stripe called “Soft Tints Green Stripes” by Paper Pizazz / Hot of the Press for the card base.

Matching Card

Matching Card

Have fun!

I hope you will give this technique a try! The final stamped candle looks sooo pretty and you can completely customize the look with the ink colors and stamps you select.

Thanks for stopping by!

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