Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday Showcase: May 11, 2013

The showcase is back--for one week anyways.  I'll explain the reason why at the end of this post.  It has been awhile since you've been tantalized with creations from others so let's get right to it.

If you are new to the blog, it is time for the Saturday Showcase where I highlight other artists' work (whether it be stamps, cards or otherwise), a blog post offering a great technique, or I might even just pick a whole blog to showcase. If you are new and would like to find out why I created the showcase, you can go HERE.

This week I've got a really cool tutorial for you on how to add stamped images to a candle, courtesy of this week's showcase pick. 

My top pick for this week is a... 

Candle Tutorial

This wonderful tutorial was created by
Her blog is called  

I have come across many different tutorials for adding stamped images to candles, but Deb's is the most succinct and well explained of the bunch. While I haven't had the opportunity yet to try this technique, I have been wanting to for about 7 months now. At least I know that when I finally find the time to do so, I'll have an awesome tutorial to follow. So with permission from Deb, here is the instructions for how to create this beautiful project. The tutorial is in Deb's words, I've just switched out any personal pronoun's with Deb's name to ensure that there is no confusion as to who created this tutorial. 


To begin, smooth a piece of tissue paper over a piece of cardstock. Fold the tissue to the back of the paper and tape it down securely.

If you are using a digi image, adjust the color so you print in grey scale rather than in solid black. Size the image so it will fit the size of your candle. Deb used Eureka's Gladiola and Hummer sized at 5 inches high for a candle that measured 5 1/2 inches high and 9 1/2 inches around. Run the package through your printer.
If you are using a rubber stamp, just ink up your stamp with grey ink and stamp onto the tissue.

Colour your image with alcohol-based markers. Deb used Copics-- Bird: C5, YR61/65, RV 63, 66. Flower:YG 23/25/45, YR23 and V01/04/05/06/09.
Remove the tissue from the cardstock and trim. You can see that Deb trimmed the solid line at the bottom left corner.

Drape the issue over the candle.

Hold wax paper tightly
Cut a piece of household wax paper larger than the size of your image. Place it over the image on the candle and wrap it tightly. Continue to hold the paper as you use your crafting heat gun to warm the wax paper and the candle surface. Heat only until the surface gets shiny and you can see the tissue being incorporated into the wax. If you heat too long, your candle will start to run, and you really don't want that. Peel the wax paper off the image.  



Decorate your candle any way you wish. Deb has added ribbon and some pearls from her jewellery making stash.

And there you have it.  A fabulous tutorial shared by a very talented fellow Canadian of mine, Deb.  One of her roles on the Technique and Tutorial teams of both Eurkeka and QKR Stampede is to provide different kinds of tutorials and other helpful tips and techniques.  Deb has quite a few interesting ones and I would encourage all of you to check out her incredible blog.  If you have enjoyed this tutorial and believe that it is something that you could benefit from, I encourage you to go over and leave Deb some love on the original post where it came from called, "Caught in Candlelight", which is such an creative title!  Besides, you have to go and see how the 'boss' helped Deb to clean up!

The next Saturday Showcase will take place on May 25th, 2013. Now I know I just got back this week with the showcase, a week later than I had originally planned.  I'm sorry that I won't have one for you next week but once you hear the reason, I'm sure you will support my decision.

For those of you who have been following me regularly, you know that a particularly spectacular event happened to my family at the end of November in 2011.  I told you all about it in my post HERE.  For those of you who'd like to see the full version you can click on that post to read all about it.  The condensed version is that the card I was showcasing in that post was a birthday card I had created for a first cousin whom I only became aware of her existence in November, 2011, as she had been put up for adoption and no one in the family was EVER told.  Karen went searching for her birth family about 12 years ago and found her mother relatively quickly.  Unfortunately, her mother didn't know any of the contact details for her father, who is my father's brother.  However, in the summer of 2011, that changed and a series of circumstances lead her to finding the rest of us.  Now this was a pretty big deal for me as I am an only child who grew up with just two first cousins both only children and both males--and one of whom always seemed to resent me growing up.  So, to find out that I have another cousin, this one female and only three months younger than I am, has been an incredible experience.  Well, up until this point, we have only had the opportunity to chat through email and by phone.  However, that is all about to change this coming weekend when Karen comes to visit us.  So, you see there will be no time next week for anything other than prescheduled design team obligations and of course the two cards I need to get done for one of the progressive challenges I am a part of, as I prepare for and meet this wonderful lady for the first time.  That is why, I'm hoping you will all forgive me for not providing you with the regular weekly posts.

Oh and one more thing before you goDon't forget there is still time to vote on the challenge entrants from the first ever Path of Positivity Challenge.  Right now only 25 people have voted and voting ends Sunday at 11:59.  So, I really hope that more of you will check out the amazing entrants and then vote for your favourite.

Thanks everyone for your continued support on all fronts! 

Until next time,

Note:   *Thanks to Nikki from Limited Runs Stamps for creating my Saturday Showcase badge.


Unknown said...

awesome tutorial I think I may give this a go...xx

Karon said...

Fabulous post - great tutorial to share. Have a fabulous time meeting and spending time with your cousin, how exciting.

Suze said...

Hope you have an absolutely fabulous time with Karen. The time will probably go so quickly too so make the most of it - posts, etc can wait. You have heaps and heaps of time to catch up on and that time you spend together will be so so important. I'm hoping that you can get your progressive cards done before Karen arrives but if not maybe you can work together on them. Hugs, Suze

Crafting Vicky said...

This is such a fabulous tutorial!!! I've been meaning to tryout that technique... I have the candles... I have the tissue paper... but I don't have the guts lol I'm scared that I will be messing it up....

Have a fabulous time with your cousin!!! How totally exciting!

Desire Fourie said...

Awesome tutorial. I can relate to the adoption story as I have also been adopted myself.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

ike said...

Fabulous candle TuT - thank you.
I hope you have a fantastic time with your cousin. You must be soooo excited. I hope everything goes well and you both have and awesome time together :-)
Don't you worry about us... we'll still be here waiting when you get back LoL :-D
IKE xxxxxxxxx

Paper Crazy Lady said...

Lisa, thank you so very much for highlighting my tutorial on adding an image to a candle.

You are such bright light in the crafting world, not just for your amazing talent, but also for your amazing support of others.

I hope you have a memorable time with your cousin and that this will be just the start of many more times together.

Edwina said...

I just read this tutorial. I love it and appreciate reading how to make the candles. I had wanted to know how. Thank you for sharing it. Edwina Brown