3 December 2011

Anything but a Christmas card ......... how about a decorated candle?

This weeks LOTV challenge is 'anything but  a Christmas card .....  mmmmmm, what could I make for this challenge, a birthday card? a thank you card, a box? no, I decided to try and make a decorated candle which had been lying in the cupboard since last year.   Andrea and I usually spend Saturday afternoons crafting together, but she is in agony with her back, so much so, we had to ask the out of hours Doctor to visit us today and prescribe various types of pain relief - she's now a little bit more comfortable, and I expect she will fall asleep soon with the cocktail of pills he's given her.  So I had to craft on my own which wasn't quite the same - get well soon Andrea, love from Mam xx

I stamped the LOTV image onto white tissue paper then coloured it in with Copics.  I chose darker colours as  I thought lighter ones wouldn't show up so well.  I cut out the image as close as I could and laid it on the candle - amazingly, due to static I suppose, the paper clung to the side of the candle.  I cut a strip of grease proof paper and put it over the stamped tissue then firmly held it tight at the back.

Now, there was one teeny weeny problem, the heat gun we have had for years and years was chucked out a year or so ago, so I had to try the hair dryer - and it worked!  I used the highest heat, and wafted it about until I could see the wax change colour - I think next time I will just heat straight onto the tissue paper.  I had a couple of dribbles, but they smoothed down OK.

After I had added my favourite Stardust Stickles to my image, I decorated my candle with some 38mm cream guipure lace 7mm shockin pink satin ribbon, rose leaves and 30mm pink two tone mulberry roses, all from here

This candle will be a little gift for someone but I will make sure they know that if they were to light it they must remove all the lace, flowers, ribbons etc, and take great care if it burns down past the tissue paper, as it may burn.
See you soon and don't forget to pop over to the Ribbon Girl blog on Sunday when I will announce the winner of the Pink and White Colour Challenge and also the Reindeer Give Away!!
Mary G x


CraftyC said...

Oh Mary, what a beautiful creation. I love your sweet candle and beautifully decorated!

Brodders said...

Mary the candle is gorgeous. Will you give Andrea my love and hope she gets better soon. Hope to god it doesnt get as bad as last time x

Maria said...

Mary this is stunning, you,ve inspired me to give it a go xx

Nicola said...

Awe this candle is absolutely gorgeous Mary, love your colouring, and fabulous image, Sooo cute!
Thank you for joining us at Lili of the Valley.
Nicola -x-

Jetsu said...

I'm awed. Yes, I definitely agree with you. This candle craft speaks a thousand christmas wishes and greetings, perfect as a present this Christmas. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.

Merry Christmas!