Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday StepxStep - Candles

Happy Saturday and with that comes a new Saturday StepxStep!  I decided to have fun with candles for this DT post.  It is fast approaching the time of year that we all become quite busy, so I wanted to make something a little quick and easy.  Not to mention that candles make really nice gifts or decorations.  Well I wanted to go with Halloween themed candles, especially as I am so loving this new stamp set.  I cannot wait until the Sizzix die is out for those "trick or treaters."

I know that most of you have already done this, but some have not and others have forgotten how much fun this is!  The biggest trick here, is to remember to not hold the heat tool in the same area too long!  It is easier working with smaller candles, so if you have never tried this, start there!

Select your candle!  You will also needs white tissue paper and waxed paper.  You do not need to ink up tissue paper, but I wanted a multi-colored background.  So I inked up two different sizes of tissue paper, after measuring my candles height and width around.  This does not have to be exacting as you can always trim off any excess.
Once covered with Distress Inks, I stamped my images where I desired.  Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the larger candle with the stamped images, but you get the idea with the little owl candle.
Tissue wrapped candle with waxed paper
This was the candle that I added the spider web and spider after, but I found it makes no difference, so just stamp on the tissue paper!  At this point, cut your waxed paper to fit around the candle and tissue paper, grasp this tightly in one hand and use the heat tool to melt the tissue paper into the candle.  While one areas has melted, move onto another area.  This happens pretty quick, so just watch.  You also don't want the heat tool too close to the wax paper and candle, but close enough.  Walmart has plenty of cheap candles to practice with! 
It is perfectly fine to just stamp and color if desired you image on the tissue paper, cut close to the stamped edges and then wrap your waxed paper around the image and watch it melt into place.  This web would work well on an neutral or orange candle.  The tissue paper does not have cover the entire candle, so just have fun!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 


  1. Great StepxStep Terry ! I've never dabbled with candles before but it looks amazing! Sue C x

  2. Looks very nice and thanks for sharing this .

    Greetings Janny

  3. Those are wonderful, Terry! I'm with you... that Sizzix people die is calling my name!

  4. Scrummy candle! I've done serviette technique on candles with paper napkins, but haven't tried with self-stamping. I should, given how much I like stamping on tissue paper, and this is great inspiration to give it a try. Thanks so much Terry!
    Alison x

  5. Love these!!! Cool for any occasion!

  6. I printed onto tissue paper till it messed up my printer lol. My two teen nieces love doing this. So after my printer messed up we decided to do stamping, loved that. Then I got out my rub ons, had a ton of them I rarely use, rubbed them onto the tissue paper and added them to the candles. Worked great. So the nieces snatched all my rub ons and took them home lol. I did just find some Christmas ones I had put up so think I am gonna make some Christmas candles, thanks for the tutorial!

  7. oh wow!! super cool candles!!! well done!!!

  8. Great idea. My project for next week. :))

  9. Hi,
    maybe a silly question before I do this, but does the wax paper melt the tissue onto the candle. Because I see no lines on your candle of edges of wax paper or tissue. It is so smooth.

    1. Hi and that is a great question. The waxed paper holds the tissue paper in place and yes, the tissue paper pretty much melts into the candle. Once you remove the WP, you won't see any lines. When cutting out a single image, just trim closely to the outline. Thank you for your question and enjoy!!