Hi! I’m back! I was playing around with my Dollar Tree Flame-less Candles AGAIN! I’m a bit obsessed!
I wanted to try a “silhouette” look. Although the Hearts Come Home stamp set has some really nice house images, it didn’t have that great church that the bundled die has! So, I thought I would make my own stamp, using fun foam!
Basically the steps are the same, I stamped the images onto white tissue using our Basic Black Archival Ink. Then trimmed and wrapped the image against the candle held in place by wax paper. The Heat Tool did the rest!
Then I thought, maybe I could use only the Hometown Greetings Edgelits and black tissue!
The dies did a great job at cutting the tissue paper. I did end up running it back and forth thru my machine a few times. Its worth the extra 30 seconds to save yourself 30 minutes of anxiety. Ask me how I know….! That tissue paper is very fragile!
The “village scene” was added to the candle using the heat tool. But, I had been asked on a video if this candle image transfer method could be done using a hair dryer instead of the heat tool. Well, honestly, I didn’t know. So I thought I’d give it a try. I stamped the “santa and reindeer” image in black archival ink, trimmed the white tissue and walked to the bathroom. (Because that’s where my hair dryer is, not because I had to pee. Oh wait, I probably did! LOL)
The answer to that question is NO! At least I don’t recommend it on a flame less candle. Long before the image had any indication it might adhere to the candle, the hair dryer melted the surrounding waxy surface and “blew” it everywhere but on the candle! See that horrid bald spot? Yep, no more wax! I went back over it with my heat tool to try and save it.
The reason I tried this experiment myself was because I couldn’t find the answer on YouTube! Really! So to help those searching YouTube for the answer, here is a short video!
While I was searching YouTube I did come across a gal that used a hot spoon to add her stamped image to a candle. I thought I would give that a try! Basically you take a spoon, hover it over a hot flame, rounded side up! Once spoon is hot, run it along your stamped image and the heat on the spoon will melt your tissue onto the candle.
From a distance it doesn’t look too bad! But I’m not sure if you can see it in this closeup:
The candle actually feels pitted because the rounded bottom of the spoon melts it unevenly. Again, not my preferred method, especially if you plan to do more than one candle! Yikes, that would be time consuming!
So to answer my original question:
Did you know…..you can use dies with tissue paper to add die cut images to a candle?
Did you know….that although it is possible to use a hot spoon instead of a heat tool, I just don’t recommend it?
Did you know….it’s a really bad idea to use a hair dryer on a Dollar Tree Candle? LOL
I hope you enjoyed this bonus blog post and it’s accompanying video! I’ll be back Wednesday with another “What do I do with this? DSP Wednesday!”