Sunday, June 7, 2015

Nectar of Life

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 Nectar of Life  by Charmaine Flannery which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in both rubber and digi.  I so love decorating my candles and what a great feeling when just the right image is found :) :) I have a passion for Native American themed images so you can imagine I was in my element with this creation.

To begin with I printed my candle wrapper on tissue paper.  The image in the background is a photo and I added some feathers using a Photoshop brush by Obsidian Dawn.  Next I added the digi image and added the name of the digi to the left hand side.
The image was coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils.
I have a few wax strips which are for candles and I often use to finish off the top of the candle but today I am trying something new.  Using some wax sheet I bought ages ago and so far have not been able to work out what to do with them lol, I have tired using a small cutter today which I have for Silver Metal Clay work.  Worked pretty well and I cut loads of these wee ovals and used them to decorate the top of the candle to hide where the wrapper end.
Still feeling like experimenting I have used and embossing folder to make a light impression on the gold wax discs.  I did try pressing harder but then the discs clung to the embossing folder so that was not working.  Have to think of something else I can try in the future.
To finish off the candle I added some gold candle bronzing powder and some gold trim on the bottom edge.  Last job was to varnish the candle with candle varnish, a water based varnish especially for candles and fire safe. All parts, with the exception of the bottom trim are fire safe, I don't mind using something not so fire friendly at the base of the candle as this is a long way from the naked flame and I am sure the candle would be thrown away long before it burns to the area of the trim.  If you would like to see how I do my candles I have a wee video you can watch.  Candle Wrapper Video

  • Image - Nectar of Life  by Charmaine Flannery
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Dies - I used a small cutter designed for Silver Metal Clay
  • From my Stash - Candle, candle varnish, candle gold bronzing powder, gold trim
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  1. Wow this is awesome like the background you created with the butterflies and feathers. Gorgeous coloring of the image!

  2. Such a pretty project and lovely image! Thanks for sharing at Simply Papercraft.

  3. Hi, A lovely project. Love the image and the lovely design. Thank you for joining us this Month. Crafting With An Attiude Good luck. We would love to see you again for our next challenge.
    Erin (Challenge Blog Owner)


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