Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Be My Guest: Valentine Candle Stamping

I wish I had started blogging when my kids were little, there were so many fun projects I would have shared. Including my love of scrapbooking and stamping. A neighbor in our first home got me into scrapbooking. It's a great way to preserve memories with personality. I look at those books now and see not only my boys' childhood, but my own personality in how I chose to decorate the pages, comment on and share the pictures.

I stamped as well, it was a fun way to personalize stationary, birthday invitations, and thank you notes. Stamping has come a long way since my days. Projects are so much more sophisticated.
 
Today I'm sharing a craft project you can adapt for any season or reason, perfect for decorating your own home or for sharing as a gift. Welcome to the latest in my Be My Guest series of guest posts.


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Let me introduce you to Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments. Melissa is a long time Close to My Heart consultant and she's agreed to share a Valentine's Day tutorial. She's created easy to follow step by step instructions for how to make a stamped candle for Valentine's Day.


DIY Stamping on Candles, pictures and instructions for a fun and beautiful Valentine's Day project by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com | #DIY #ValentinesDay


From Melissa:

Did you know you can take any plain candle and decorate it as you desire, to fit any home decor, theme or color preference?


DIY Stamping on Candles, pictures and instructions for a fun and beautiful Valentine's Day project by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com | #DIY #ValentinesDay

This candle (on the left) was purchased from the Dollar Tree for $1.  Altering it as you see on the right, makes it a handmade treasure for your gift recipient and only requires a few tools.

To decorate your own candle, follow these four steps:

DIY Stamping on Candles, pictures and instructions for a fun and beautiful Valentine's Day project by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com | #DIY #ValentinesDay



STEP 1: Using the "Adore You" stamp set from Close To My Heart, the heart image was stamped on a white piece of tissue paper. Black ink was chosen for this image to allow for coloring it in. However, any color of ink can be used to suit the theme or your preference. Be sure to use scrap paper underneath the tissue paper as the stamped image will bleed through.


DIY Stamping on Candles, pictures and instructions for a fun and beautiful Valentine's Day project by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com | #DIY #ValentinesDay


STEP 2: Color your image as desired (still using scratch paper). You can use markers or colored pencils, being careful not to tear the tissue paper. The image does not bleed when colored in although it may appear so here because of my close-up photo.

Once you have finished coloring the image, trim around it with scissors. The cut does not have to be precise but the closer you get to the image the better.

DIY Stamping on Candles, pictures and instructions for a fun and beautiful Valentine's Day project by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com | #DIY #ValentinesDay


STEP 3: Gather the supplies needed to melt the image into the candle which includes: image, candle, Craft Heater (can be purchased from Close To My Heart or craft stores), wax paper, and adhesive.

DIY Stamping on Candles, pictures and instructions for a fun and beautiful Valentine's Day project by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com | #DIY #ValentinesDay


STEP 4: Use a small amount of adhesive, on the back of the image, to place it on the candle. This will help hold it in place and allows for accuracy of placement. Then take a piece of wax paper, big enough to wrap around the candle, and hold it securely where the image is located. Allow the craft heater (which does get very hot) to warm up and then wave it over the image quickly. You will be able to see as the tissue paper and image melt int the candle.

Do not hold the craft heater over the stamped image, nor the candle, for too long or it will melt more than desired. Do so just enough for the image to set into the candle.

Once you think you have melted the image into the candle, carefully remove the wax paper. If you did not heat set long enough, you can wrap it back up and apply more heat.

DIY Stamping on Candles, pictures and instructions for a fun and beautiful Valentine's Day project by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com | #DIY #ValentinesDay


When you are finished you will have a decorated candle that looks much better than the one you started with, don't you think? You can add ribbon or bling to pretty it up. Isn't this too fun? It istruly this easy and took me about 5 minutes to decorate this candle.

I hope you have enjoyed learning how to stamp on candles. I would love for you to follow me on social media where I can show you how to use various papercrafting products to create other beautiful homemade projects that you and others will enjoy.


About the author:
Melissa is a Texas wife, Professional Development Trainer, and has been a Close To My Heart consultant for over 18 years. She enjoys scrapbooking and stamping with friends and sharing her artistic adventure with others.

For more great project ideas, see her blog: My Heartfelt Sentiments 
and her website Melissa Robinson Close To My Heart
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13 comments:

  1. Now this was interesting, I like candles and I liked the look of these

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    1. I know, they're so pretty and I love that I can make something myself that looks this professional.

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  2. I never knew this was possible! Very cool.

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    1. Yes. She explained it so well that even I could do it.

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  3. How sweet! I'll bet this would look great on one of those flameless candles and then you wouldn't even have to watch it melt!

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    1. Believe me if I can (and I think I can), anyone can!

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  5. Melissa might actually get me to do this. It looks so fun and easy! I think teacher gifts are in order! :)

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  6. This idea looks so much fun and cool. I love DIYs especially when I get to do with my kids :)
    Thank you for sharing this awesome idea.

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    1. I'm so glad to be able to share this post from Melissa!

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