Friday, May 7, 2010

Karen's Doodles Challenge USA - Anything but a card

This week at Karen's Doodles USA Challenge blog, they are doing a joint challenge with the UK blog....ANYTHING but a card! I wasn't sure if I could submit the same project for both, so I decided to bite the bullet and try these candles!!!! It was SO easy & they look so cool when they are done!!! I just need to get some cello wrap to wrap them up with ribbons and I should be able to sell these at my weekly Market that I go to!!!

<-- I added stickles to the balloon (mostly to cover up a candle boo boo) but it still looks pretty!!!

I had some help from Holly on how to do them "digi style" and she was a HUGE help!!! THANKS HOLLY!!!!! And Bob helped me with how to do it "rubber stamp style" - that one will be posted soon!!! THANKS BOB!!!!

Here is what I did (for DIGITAL IMAGES):

1. taped a piece of white tissue paper to a piece of copy paper

2. put it in my printer and print the images I wanted in the center of the page (so the ends don't curl and rip)

3. print images & pray the tissue goes through the printer (it did!!!)

4. colour images with Copics

5. carefully peel tissue away from copy paper

6. Trim around image (the closer you get, the better)

7. place image on candle where you want it (smooth out any wrinkles)

8. lay a piece of wax paper around candle (over image) and wrap around to back of candle so you don't burn your fingers!

9. Gently heat image with heat gun (you can see it start to melt into the candle) but don't heat too much or it will bubble and drip

10. Use wax paper to smooth wax down if needed .... but that should do it!!!

11. Embellish candle as you wish - ribbon, stickles, glitter, flowers, rhinestones, etc.

12. All done!!! EASY PEASY!!!!

For Rubber stamping, you do the same method above except you stamp RIGHT on the tissue paper (instead of printing on it!) - and that is it!

I can't believe I was so frightened to do this before!!! I LOVE IT!!! Now I have to go buy more candles!!! LOL (I just bought cheap white pillar candles from the Dollar Store!!!)

Here is the third one I did using a Squigglefly image that I LOVE!!! This is a Shy Bear..isn't he cute?? There is a whole schwack of them at Squigglefly...go check em out!!!!

Thanks for hanging out with me today! Have a great weekend!!!


Dawn Edwards said...

Super cute candles Chris! You did a Fabulous Job!

Zoe said...

oh wow. I have never seen this technique before. You have certainly inspired me to try it! And don't they look absolutely stunning! Will make gorgeous gifts. TFS with us at Karen's Doodles this week. Hugs, Zoe xxoo

Holly Young said...

They turned out great Chris! See? It wasn't so hard!

paperpapier said...

ooooowooah..this if fabulous Chris! I heard of this technique but dare not try too. I am using an inkjet printer, so hesitate to spoil printer using tissue paper. didn't the copic bleed when you colour it on the tissue paper?
The coloring on the image is wonderful, and yup..i am itching to get some white candle to try on..he he..
hugs, heaney
ps: tx for the super cute goodies you sent me (for posting the Simon Says challenge@PCP on my blog.)!!I received yesterday.

Crazy Creations said...

That is great!!!!Hugs Sarah

Lorraine A said...

fabulous candles Chris :-) they are stunning and so easy to make eh :-) I love doing them ,,, glitter covers a multitude of oopsies :-)

Lols x x

Anne said...

These we gorgeous Chris, love the shy bear, she is such a cutie
Anne x

shulsart said...

Chris, these are just the cutest candles. You did a wonderful job. It would have been fine to enter one in the UK challenge and the other in the US challenge. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Karen's Doodles challenge blog.

Kelly Schelske said...

These are fabulous Chris, what a great idea!

Thank for playing along with us at Karen's Doodles, good luck and I hope to see you back next challenge!

Mindy (Scrappy and Piggy) said...

they look fantastic! I've done it with regular stamps, but haven't tried digital yet, I may have to give it a go since yours look so great!

csroyal said...

Beautifully done, Chris!! Glad to see you at Karen's Doodles Challenge this week!

Lori said...

I am SO GLAD that you told us how to do this with digis, Chris!!! I wanted to do a candle, but didn't think it was possible with digis - duh!!!! You've done a FANTASTIC job with these : ) Thanks so much for joining us at Karen's Doodles Challenge.
Love and hugs ~

Unknown said...

Chris, these are awesome and great tutorial too! Good luck with the draw!

Shana said...

Chris these are fantastic!!! Thank you for leaving the instructions - I think I see Butterfly Girl on a candle in my future! Thank you for joining us at Karen's Doodles US Challenge Blog - Good Luck!

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