I missed last weeks color challenge but I’m here again this week. We are on week #13 click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge. Here is our inspiration for this week:

Just the right colors for working on Christmas projects.  I had a workshop on Sunday afternoon and my hostess, Molly, wanted to learn how to make stamped candles.  So that was what I did and used these colors on one of my candles. Here is the sample for the Color Inspiration and I’ll show you another example at the end of the instructions.  Yes – I’m going to give you instructions on how to make these cute candles.

This example uses the colors for this weeks challenge – More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Real Red.  This stamp set is called Holiday Lineup from the big Idea Book & Catalog.  I really like all the characters – these are the elves, then there are the snowmen and the reindeer.  All of them have the funniest facial expressions – I just wonder what they are all thinking about.

Are you wondering how to make a candle like this all by yourself.  Well you need a few things – first you need tissue paper – the white kind that you put in your gift boxes – you probably have some of that around right now with Christmas coming up soon.  You also need some wax paper – from the kitchen.  You want your stamp set, Stampin’ Write markers and I used Jet Black StazOn ink but you could do this with regular classic black ink.  And you need the heat tool.  You can add the embellishments to dress it up if you want to.

I learned how to make these candles a long time ago and it is always so magical to me.  First stamp your image on a piece of tissue paper – I stamped mine with Jet Black StazOn.  Then color with the Stampin’ Write markers.  Make sure you have grid paper or scratch paper underneath because the darker markers will bleed through because the tissue is so thin.  Once I’m done coloring I tear the tissue close to the image all the way around.  You may ask why don’t I cut around – when you tear you leave a soft feathered edge, when you cut you leave a defined edge which in my opinion shows through when you apply it to the candle – the feathered edge disappears.

Place tissue paper on candle

Once you are done tearing all the way around then position the tissue paper where you want it on the candle.  I used a short pillar candle with enough room to add ribbon underneath.  I also used this same stamp set on little votive candles and the images just fit between the bottom and the top edge of the candle – they are really cute too.

Wrap with wax paper and hold like a handle

Now you are going to wrap a piece of wax paper around the candle covering the tissue paper.  Pull it tight and on the back of the candle hold the two ends together.  This creates a handle for you to hold the candle while you heat it.

Now you need your Heat Tool – start at one end of the image on the tissue paper and start heating.  You will see the tissue paper disappear into the candle. In this photo on the left you can see where I have heated it – the first two elves are melted in.  Where the third elf is and over towards the right I haven’t heated it yet so you can still see the tissue paper.

Heat with Heat Tool

Continue heating until all the tissue disappears.  This does not take long and do not stay on one section of the candle too long because you will melt the candle wax.  It’s like magic when all the tissue paper disappears but the image is still there.

All done heating

Remove the wax paper

Once your done with the heating you peel off the wax paper revealing your stamped image on your candle.

To decorate the candle I wrapped a piece of grosgrain ribbon around the bottom – fold the edge underneath itself.  Use a paper piercer to put a hole through the layers of the ribbon and into the candle.  Then use a Rhinestone brad and poke it through the ribbon and into the candle where the hole is.

To finish I used the Big Shot and the Scallop Circle #2 die to cut a piece of card stock to set the candle on.  It’s not necessary but I thought it added a nice touch.

Here is the one with the snowmen that I made for my Sunday workshop.  For this one I added a tag to the top so you could give it as a gift to someone.

Now it is your turn to play with these colors – then go to the UDI blog and add your creation to the linky section.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies for the Elf candle:

  • Card stock: Garden Green
  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Stamp sets: Holiday Lineup
  • Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain ribbon, Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads, Paper piercer, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Scallop Circles #2 die, Heat Tool, tissue paper, wax paper

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Let’s continue with Bingo….

Here we go with Monika’s Blog Bingo.  This is Round 7!  The group is full and all the cards were emailed out Monday 11/29.   See this POST for more details on how to play and the previous winners and the players for this round.

And now for the next piece – Here is piece #7–the furniture from Loads of Love Accessories stamp set (stamped in Chocolate Chip).

If you have Bingo – 5 in a row be sure to email me.