16 July 2011

Stampendous Saturdays!


Hi there!! We've wrapped up our fun May Arts week with Stampendous, and now I'm kicking off a fun new regular feature on my blog...Stampendous Saturdays!  Every Saturday I'm going to share a great Stampendous project, usually accompanied by a tutorial. Occasionally, to spice things up, I'll throw in a challenge instead of a tutorial.  And the best part?  There will be blog candy!

Today I'm starting off with a quick and simple gift you can make - a stamped candle!  I made one of these for the newest Stampendous catalog (I'll show you that one another day) and was so pleased with the results I thought I'd make another one, and share how I did it.


First, gather your basic supplies:

  • tissue paper (white)
  • candle (any size)
  • wax paper
  • heat gun
  • ink
  • Stampendous stamp(s)
  • ribbon (mine is from May Arts, of course!)


I used a water-based ink on purpose, so that the fabulous image I chose (a CHA Summer release from Stampendous, called Cling Jumbo Romantic Border - it's in stores now and will be on the website soon) would bleed a bit once I stamped it on my tissue paper.  I wanted a thick, bold impression.  If you look at the stamp itself (in the first pic, with the supplies), you can see that there is much more detail on it.  I stamped my image onto the tissue paper, and then cut it out as close to the image as I could.


Wrap the wax paper around the candle, and pinch it together in the back.  Your wax paper should be wider than your image, but not your candle.  You can see that I folded the top of mine over a bit, so it wasn't taller than my candle.  Once you are pinching the wax paper tightly in the back, turn on your heat gun and quickly go over the paper - don't hold it in one spot too long, or you'll melt the candle!  You'll see a bit of sheen on the candle, as the wax melts a bit.  That's normal, and it's what you want to happen.


Slowly pull the wax paper off of the candle, and discard it. Your tissue paper should be mostly invisible now.  See where the arrow is pointing? It's a bit lighter there. That is where I didn't melt the candle enough to hold the tissue paper. To fix any errors like that, just turn the heat gun back on for a second, until the paper melts into the candle.  Just tie a bow around the candle, and it's ready to give away!

Now, for the fun part: the candy! I'm giving away this fabulous Poppy Bottles Perfectly Clear Stamps set, courtesy of Stampendous:


Want to win this set? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Friday, July 22 at 6:00 PM EST. I'll announce the winner on Saturday the 23rd, with my next Stampendous Saturday post! Thanks for stopping by!

For even more blog candy, visit my fabulous teammates Cyndi Bundy and Wendy Jordan today! They're giving away Stampendous goodness!

Supplies:
Stamps: Cling Jumbo Romantic Border (Stampendous)
Card Stock:  tissue paper
Ink: Tim Holtz 
Accessories: May Arts ribbon, candle, wax paper
Tools: heat gun

34 comments:

Krissy said...

Taylor, this candle is beautiful! I still haven't tried to make any, but I'm planning on making a few for Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Jonia said...

What a great tutorial and I thought I was the only one who turned back on my heat gun to get the parts I missed the first time around. I also love the image you used for the candle! Beautiful Taylor.

Jessica said...

this is so pretty, Taylor! love the technique, I'll have to try it! :)

Lindsey said...

What a beautiful creation, and great stamp set!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful candle! Thanks for the tutorial. I've always wanted to do one of these but they always looked so difficult. Your method seems very "doable."

Robyn said...

Not only is your project beautiful, but the poppy set is adorable! Such the creative one!

Jan Marie said...

Gorgeous candle project, Taylor and great tutorial! Thanks! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial. I, too, thought it would be more difficult but you walked us through it. Loved the color and the design you used. Simply gorgeous. Thanks.

Chris R. from Iowa

Wendy said...

Great job. I have never stamped on a candle before but I want to know and the image you chose is PERFECT!! Great tutorial Taylor!!!

Toucan Scraps said...

what a cute little set. Poppies are the logo for the British Legion and my parents are members. They would so love projects made with these stamps. Thank you for running the givaway.

and a lovely elegant candle

Kandi Phillips said...

That Poppy Bottles set is adorable! Love seeing the finished candle that stamp is perfect for it! Thanks for sharing Taylor!

Pam Hornschu said...

I thought you were going to post your Christmas candle from the catty? Love the purple candle with the purple ribbon. Must be something "purple" in the air this week...I posted a purple card with the May Arts ribbon, too!

Annelies said...

Hi Taylor, I love your candle project! Really nice! Thanks for a chance to win great candy! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Natalie said...

This is fun and easy, even for the crafty challenged!! Very sweet and custom gift idea, Taylor. Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

a very adorable project. thanks for the chance to win this stamp set--it is one I've been eyeing but haven't taken the plunge to buy.

Gingerbread Gal♥ said...

Beautiful project! Love the purple! Great tutorial too!

FrancineB said...

Beautiful candle. Pretty with with the purple. A little tip I read: If you want to save your candle, dig out a well large enough for a tea candle to sit snuggly and out of sight. It will look like your candle is burning, but the candle won't melt.

Mary Dawn said...

gorgeous candle, taylor!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous, Taylor! I love stamping on candles but haven't made one for a while! Yours is beautiful. I love that bold purple and the design!

jamie said...

neat creation

Jenny said...

What a great personal gift idea! So pretty!

Froggietalks said...

What a lovely candle! I never knew how to stamp on a candle before, now that I know how to, I can make gifts for friends! Thanks!

StampendousGraphics said...

Wow, Taylor! I've been doing these for years and never used the waxed paper, that must make it much easier. Great project!
Laura

Sue D said...

Great gift idea and I like the stamp you used for the candle.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Gemiel said...

Taylor, this is beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. These make great gifts.

Jingle said...

What a wonderful project! That looks great!

Emily said...

Wonderful idea, and I have all the supplies. Now I can put them to good use. Thank you.
Emmy1998@aol.com

lydiawalker said...

sucj a great idea xxx can't wait to give it a try xxx

Brennen said...

You make that look so simple. I will probably make a mess, but I'll have to try it anyway. Thanks for the idea.

Trina said...

Well, you sure made this look simple! One day... :D

thriftyfinn said...

I love finding Christmas gift ideas. Especially during summer when I still have tons of time actually doing them :D Found your blog via Ninarsku.

kurlygirl said...

What a great tutorial! You really do make it look easy. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heather :)

The Paper Princess said...

What a beautiful project and a great tutorial!

Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize. Your blog is just awesome! I found you thru the Amber Ink hop and am now following you... I invite you to visit me at Create With Joy!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Patricia H said...

Pretty candle! Nice job with your tutorial, too!