Stamp A Candle – Give The Gift of Light
Stamping On Candles Technique
With all the various holidays coming up and the economy making many of us think about giving homemade gifts, this is a very easy, economical, and from the heart gift. Everyone loves candles. They come in so many different shapes, sizes, and scents, and any type of rubber stamp can be used. The candles and tissue paper I used came from my local dollar store. You can’t get any more economical than that.
Landscape Trees (Katzelkfraft Stamps)
Season’s Greetings Phrase (Hero Arts)
Tissue paper of your choice (Dollar Store)
Candles (Dollar Store)
Moonstruck Dye Ink (Close To My Heart)
Glitter Glue (Ranger or Studio G)
Tear or cut a piece of tissue paper large enough for your image. Stamp landscape tree image onto tissue paper. Stamp phrase. Trim close to image.
Cut a piece of wax paper large enough to wrap around the candle and with enough left over to grab it from the back of the candle while heating.
Lay candle on work surface. Lay stamped image across candle and cover with wax paper. Pull wax paper tight so that there are no wrinkles in the image and hold the candle from the back.
Holding the heat gun about 2 inches from candle melt image into candle. You will see a slight color change in the paper as it melts. Don’t get too close to the candle or hold it in one place for too long or the candle will melt. When you feel you have melted the whole image, slowly peel back the wax paper. If the image did not melt in certain places, reheat that area of the image (See, Fig. 5).
Apply glitter glue and allow to dry.
Some hints and tips:
The cheap $1 candles work just fine. Many also come scented. Don’t spend lots of money on candles.
Practice once or twice on a small votive candle to see how the image changes color when melted – before you do your actual project.
Test your dye-inked image on scrap tissue paper first. Some inks bleed. I tried the Distress Inks by Ranger and felt that the image bled too much into the tissue paper. I got a much cleaner image with the CTMH inks.
Look for patterned tissue papers that you can incorporate into your candle.
Use brads for the center of flowers as they can be pushed right into the candle after the image has been melted.
Look for images that you can color before melting into the candle. Again, test the markers, watercolor paints, or H2Os before finalizing your project.
If you are working with a large image or several images, work in pieces. You can rip or trim the paper in sections and melt each section into the candle. The edges of the paper should blend right into the candle.
As always – keep candles away from open windows, children, pets, and always watch them. But, have fun, experiment, light and enjoy your candles – or give them as gifts. Below are some other candles I have done for different projects.