Wednesday 10 March 2021

Friends Are Like Seashells for Around the World on Wednesday Hop

Hello from New Zealand! Welcome to a new hop from Around the World on Wednesday. This team of wonderful crafters hop on the second Wednesday of each month with a whole lot of inspiration for you on a theme. This month, the theme is 3D Projects.

But first,  a little more about the Around The World on Wednesday team. The team is selected so that there's someone from every timezone in the world where Stampin' Up! operates - so it really is Around the World! In fact, the world is so big that when I post this blog, it will almost be Thursday for me. I'll be setting it to publish at 11pm Wednesday night.

Anyway, here we all are: around the world.  At the end of the blog, there's a blog roll so that you can jump directly to a particular crafter or get back on track if you're lost. 

At Christmas time, I hold a one-off craft party for all my class groups. It's a lot of fun: all the groups get together for once, we share a meal and have some chaotic crafting. One of the three projects we did was to stamp some Christmas candles. Everyone enjoyed it so much that I thought it was a shame to keep it only for the Christmas season.

While I was exploring the Sand&Sea suite from the January-June Mini Catalogue, it thought that a set of decorated candles would be nice, either as a gift or as decor in a beach house.

If you've never stamped candles, here's how to do it.
1. Stamp your design onto tissue paper. 
2. Trim around the edges of the design, leaving a few millimetres of tissue.
3. Cut a piece of waxed paper long enough to more than wrap around the candle and wide enough to cover the design. (The extra length is to give yourself a 'handle' to hold while you're working the next step)
4. Making sure that the waxy side of the paper is facing the candle and that the stamped tissue paper is flat and in the correct position, use a heat tool to gently heat the area of the design. It will look slightly glossy when the wax has melted. When that happens, move on.
5. Remove the wax paper. The tissue should have receded slightly into the wax, leaving a smooth finish, while letting the stamping be clearly seen.

For the waxy paper, I use Waxed Lunch Paper from the supermarket. This is not the same as baking paper or greaseproof paper.

For the largest candle, I masked the stamps to create a cluster and added in some sand. I lightly coloured them with Stampin' Blends.
For the middle candle, I repeat stamped the images and coloured them with Stampin' Blends.
For the smallest candle I stamped a sentiment then over-stamped it with an outline image.

For more inspiration, next up is the fantastically talented Leonie Stuart.

Jan Clothier - NZ You are here

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

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  1. These are lovely! I haven't done one of these candles for a long've inspired me!

    1. Thanks, LeAnne. It's one of those things it's easy to forget about.

  2. What a good idea ! These candles would be perfect in the bathroom!

  3. Oh, what an amazing and unique gift set this would make Jan ... if you could bear to give them away!! xxx

  4. Jan, those are just beautiful and you know I have to make them... living on Maui! Thanks for a great idea!!

  5. How pretty, I love these Jan! You have inspired me to make these now x

  6. Lovely candles! Beautiful decor for any home

  7. Beautiful candles, such a great project!

  8. This is so lovely Jan. The 3 different candles just balance each other so well together with the sentiment as well.

  9. Absolutely love these, Jan!!! And thanks for sharing how to do them... this will definitely be a summer project for me! Thanks for the inspiration. x