Been looking forward to one of these for a while now so I made the most of it today. I managed to get some Christmas presents finished and a few cards using my new Cricut cartidges.
I did these candles as stocking fillers for family and friends and I can't believe just how easy they are once you get the hang of keeping the paper wrap tight to stop wrinkles forming. I used a variety of stamps old and new including the New Kanban ones I bought recently and the soldier one given to me by Jane Nestorenko a few years ago at a demonstration. I just adore these German Soldier's and have lots of handmade ones bought abroad at the Christmas Markets on my tree each year.
They are done by stamping onto tissue paper (the least shiny side) and colouring in with markers etc then cut round fairly close to the image, place on your candle, hold firmly using a strip of baking parchment or greaseproof paper so you have a bunch to hold a a handle and heat gently with a heat gun till you see it go clear. Do not overheat or the candle will drip and get messy.
I tried a different technique for the last one. I cut a snowflake from double sided adhesive paper with my Cricut Cart and then peeled the backing from one side and rubbed this surface with gold flakes, remove the other backing paper and stuck it to the candle and then using waxed paper heated it again to coat the outside and seal it to the candle.
These are made with the double sided adhesive paper as before in a previous post and glittered or micro beaded. I have stamped and embossed some backgrounds and used Nestie's and stamps for the sentiments
Finally a few more Tri-Shutter Cards that I finished from he other day :-) Thanks for calling over today, xxx
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