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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hope

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase and image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to work with the beautiful image 'Hope' by Rebecca Sinz which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in both rubber and digi.

I have not made any of my candles recently and now seem to be on a bing with them.  I did one a couple of weeks ago, this one today and another one in the pipeline which I am trying to do a video tutorial on - that is a challenge in itself lol.  Anyway, here is todays candle :)

So many folks ask how I do these candles hence the trying to make the video but in the meantime I will do my best to explain the basics.  I start by using temporary adhesive spray on a piece of paper about 220gms in weight and then lay the tissue paper over the top doing my best to avoid any wrinkles.  Next I trim the excess tissue paper off so it will run through my printer with no issues.  To prepare my wrappers I use a template I made of the candle sizes I use regularly.  I then browse through my photos to find a suitable background.  For this wrapper I used two images, the sky was a photo I took in the Maldives on my 25th Wedding Anniversay - a fabulous second honeymoon lol, and for the foreground I used a beach scene taken while lying on my belly to get the rocky outcrop.  Next, in Photoshop, I imported the two images and removed the sections I did not want, here it was all the see and sky from the beach photo so I was only left with the rocky outcrop which I thought would be perfect to place the digi on.  Next I removed all the background from the digi so I was left with the equivalent of a .png image which I could then hand colour in line with the Terms of Use of most of the image we use these days.

I use crayons to colour my candle wrapper images as I find they work the best, this one was coloured with Faber Castelly Polychromos
And here is the image fully coloured.
Next I tried something new and tried rubber stamping a gold border, sentiment and a floral design to represent stars.  The sentiment worked fine and the flower stars were not to bad but the border was a disaster.
When working with candles it is imperative to think of fire safety, I would so hate to be the cause of a fire in somebody's home from one of my candles, so I have a couple of produces which are totally safe for decorating.  One is a gold dust and the other is a water based varnish.  To cover up the rubbish gold border I used the gold dust and tried to get a a vibrant distressed look.  This was applied with a soft sponge for the top and then I used a wide paintbrush to sweep around the upper section of the wrapper. To balance the gold out I added some more to the rocky outcrop at the bottom of the candle. Finally a quick layer of the candle water based varnish to add a shine and all done :)


Ingredients:-
  • Image - 'Hope' by Rebecca Sinz
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castelly Polychromos
  • From my Stash - gold dust, candle varnish and the candle.
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Thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a happy crafting time ahead of you :) xx

19 comments:

  1. A stunning entry in to our challenge over at Rhedd's creative spirit...( please check our rules on the limit of how many times your project can be shared for our challenges ) As you are only the one over our limit,I will allow your entry...
    Sandie (blog owner) xx

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  2. Gorgeous candle Mimi. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at CCC Digi Creations. We would love to see you again. Anet DT x

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  3. In a word lovely. Thanks for sharing at Crafting with an Attitude!

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  4. Your candle is amazing, thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.
    xxx Hazel.

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  5. Beautiful and stunning! Thanks for joining us at SLS Lines this month!

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  6. Wow, such a gorgeous candle, thanks for sharing it with us over at CCC Digi Creations.
    http://mycraftcreationsnz.blogspot.co.nz/

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  7. What an amazing candle, and thank you for sharing how you have made it. Thank you also for joining in the CCC Digi Challenge - all the best, and we hope to see you in the next challenge.
    Maxine
    DT CCC Digi Challenge

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  8. This is a lovely candle and rightfully so you should be proud of its beauty. Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month!

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  9. Fabulous creation! lovely to see a different take on stamped candles. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

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  10. Beautiful candle - the image is just perfect - and I love the border :o) Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics this month - Steffi xx

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  11. I love the fact you have combined the images in PS and then "melted" them on to your candle, I love the gold and the overall finish which is really beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet Challenges, glad to see you again.

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  12. Such a very lovely candle. Gorgeous image too. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  13. Stunning! Thanks for joining at Paradise of Stamps: Bling
    Hugs
    Dewi

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  14. amazing work! Thank you so much for entering in our bling challenge at Allsorts!

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  15. Completely fabulous! I love it. Thanks for joining us at the Crafting Cafe. Amanda x

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  16. Great candle and look. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

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  17. Hi Mimi! Your candle is so very beautiful & so much work has gone into it! I love it!
    Thanks so much for joining our Flights Of Fancy Challenge at The Crafting Cafe!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a great deal to me. Hoping you have happy crafting days ahead. Hugs Mimi