Friday, 31 October 2008

Whiff of Joy - Project of the Month

Katharina set us a challenge for this months project of the month - to decorate a candle. Now candle wax and a heat gun together conjure up the stuff of nightmares for me lol - just as well it's Halloween then!

I decided to not only do a stamped candle but to make a matching microscope slide ornament for my Christmas tree (I love Christmas and have 100's and 100's of baubles - watch this space when me tree goes up next month lol). I also love Yankee candles but feel the sticker on the front could do with covering up so made a label to cover their brand sticker.

I used Melinda Helping Angel as my main image and went with autumnal colours. I used a Whiff of Joy sentiment stamp and also used a Stampin Up scroll stamp to balance the image by placing the scrolls either side.

I stamped Melinda out, painted with distress inks and H2O's, chalked around the edges of the circle to age it a bit. I punched holes on either side of the circles to thread the ribbon through. Really quick and easy and so effective I think.


I love working with microscope slides so made one to complete my little set. Scroll down for pics and instructions on how I did it.


For the stamped candle, I stamped the image on to tissue paper, placed this on to some folded tissue, took a deep breath and attacked the image with distress inks, Koi water brush and H2O's. The tissue under the image absorbs a lot of the excess water - I was surprised at how well it worked!! I cut closely around the image (didn't trust that the extra would disappear when heated lol)

I didn't have any greaseproof paper so had to use baking parchment - it seemed to work okay. The trick was keeping the paper taught whilst heating with a heat gun and trying to check that I didn't have a gloopy mess instead of a candle.

For the Microscope Slide I used Memory Glass slides, Memory Foil tape (self adhesive) and a couple of images painted with distress inks and H2O's.

Before painting I placed the slides on to the image and traced around and just painted the bit I needed.


Cut this out and distress the edges with chalk inks or distress inks and glitter the wings.


Make sure that you don't touch the sides of the glass that are going to be on the inside else you will have fingerprints on the finished slide. Run some gold cord on the back of one of the images having a loop at the top and excess at the bottom to thread some beads on, glue the second image back to back to the first one. Place the glass slides on both images.


Starting at the top, run the foil tape around the slide. Once this is all in place start with the corners and your bone folder and work the corners in, giving it a good old polish with the folder to smooth the lumps and bumps. Once the corners are done work your way around the remainder of the slide with the bone folder, on both sides. Take a cloth and give it another rub to make sure the foil is as smooth as possible.


Apologies for the long post - hope this is clear enough - I'm not very good at explaining things.

Thanks for looking,

65 comments:

  1. wow Bev, they are all so gorgeous, i love the slide, I have never seen one of those before, they would all make such lovely gifts, thank you for the inspiration :)
    Gina xxx

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  2. fantastic Bev absolutley fantastic great tutorial too I will have to have a go at the ornament

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  3. Stunning projects Bev,love all three items,you've done a fab job with the tutorials....i love yankee candles and have covered the lable on mine before now by wrapping some nice paper around...but from now on i will be following your lead,brilliant work,
    Have a lovely weekend
    Take care
    San x

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  4. Wow Bev, they are all so gorgeous, I'm just speachless. I have no idea how you make any of it, but I sure would like to try it some day.
    Wow, really beautiful work!
    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs, Line

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  5. Truly stunning projects!!! Thank you so much for the photos on how you did it. Great photos as well.

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  6. Oh my dear this is just breathe taking!!! I so love each of your projects!!!!! So gorgeous dear. It has been a long time since I done a candle going to have to give it a go again soon.

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  7. All are beautiful! Never seen the slides before :o)x

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  8. They are all really lovely, I've not seen a slide one before either. They would make wonderful gifs.

    xx

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  9. How brilliant Bev, and they are so yummy. well done for showing us a brill tutorial.
    Linda xx

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  10. They are all gorgeous I love the colours, I sill haven't tried the candle thing how long do you heat it for? Sue :o)

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  11. Bev, these are amazing. I have looked at the instructions for the candles before and thought - not for me!!. I am so impressed with your finished projects.

    Have a great weekend.

    Karen x

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  12. oh wow, these are all fabulous Bev,great tutorial too...thanks for sharing:-)

    sue
    xx

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  13. wow hun this is amazing, love the lil extras you made aswell! Fab stuff! Dont worry you did well at explaining xxx

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  14. oh my Bev, this is simply stunning. Thankyou so much for explaining the way you made these beauties - I am sure your tuts will be very very useful. I adore your work so much
    -x-

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  15. Wow that is simply amazing-what a great gift for christmas!! Thank you so much for sharing!! I'm gonna have to try this! Where did you get the slide kit?

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  16. Bev this set is STUNNING! I would love to have this arrive on my doorstep! Everything is just so pretty...WOW! Your work is amazing! Thank you so much for the step by step pics and instructions! I am going to have to try this....and that ornament looks like a lot of fun!
    Thanks again for the info!
    Hugs~ Kim

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous!! I am so glad I found a link to your blog again. I lost a few of my "favorites"...anyway, i signed up for email updates so now I won't loose you again!!
    ~Lacey Stephens

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  18. Oh my word Bev, stunning projects you have done there, I love all of them but especially the candle :)

    Thanks for the tutorials too, very useful.. I may well try them!

    Elaine x

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  19. Hi Bev, All 3 items are fantastic! Also well done on the excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing. x

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  20. Wow. Bev these are beautiful and thanks for sharing your tips. x

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  21. These are all stunning projects, I've often fancied making a candle but am to scared lol
    Wendy x

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  22. wow, wow, wow, Bev you've done it again, another beautiful selection of projects. Wish i had just an ounce of your talent hun. I love visiting your blog and seeing what wonderful things you have to share with us. Hugs Linda x

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  23. All these items are really stunning. Thanks for sharing the tutorials too - I'm definitely going to give these a try.
    Sharon

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  24. fantastic bev ~what stunningly beautiful work ~will make very special gifts
    vanessa xx

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  25. Oh my, Bev, your candles and Christmas tree ornament are so stunningly beautiful!
    I really want to try that technique of applying the stamped image onto the candle!!! It is such a fabulous idea!
    You explained everything brilliantly!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Hugs, TaraG

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  26. Wow Bev these are gorgeous Gifts to send to someone,Hugs Debbie x

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  27. oh wow what fabulous projects you have created. so much inspiration and thank you for the description and the extra pics of how you did it all. hugs, annie x

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  28. Wow, gorgeous projects. Great work and thanks for the tutorial, too.

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  29. What a beautiful set Bev. Stunning. You are so talented. Thank you for the tutorials.
    Hugs
    Sandra xx

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  30. Wow you have given all these items a new life with your beautiful creative decorations. Thanks for the tutorials, they are perfect. Warm regards

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  31. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    These are just fantastic. I am so in love with your work Bev they are gorgeous. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    Just beautiful work.
    kim x

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  32. Beautiful work you´ve done with this challenge. An the tutorial will come in handy. Thank you for taking the time.

    x Natasha x

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  33. wow Bev, love the candle it's fabby, ohh and the slide, wow they are gorgeous Jill x

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  34. My oh MY, these are stunning, wow!!

    And your post was just perfect, thanks for the show and tell on how you done it!!!

    xxxx

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  35. Wow ,wow wow but why am I not surprised. You are just brilliant at everything you put your hands too. Love the candle and that little tree decoration,and a very inspirational way to cover a label.
    EXCELLENT

    luv karenc

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  36. Bev, what beautiful gifts for someone! I love all the detail and I too enjoy the slides, matter of fact I need to bring mine out and do something fun with them.

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  37. just a quickie ... youve been tagged! xxx

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  38. Brilliant projects Bev and a great tutorial..TFS. Debbie x

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  39. What a stunning set ... fabulous work ... and agreat tutorial
    Pauline x

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  40. Wow, Bev, I'm gobsmacked. These are sooooo beautiful-you are one talented girl and your tutorial is great.

    beemer

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  41. WOW Bev, these are stunning. I especially love the microscope slide, beautiful! LOuise x

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  42. Your projects are just so beautiful Bev! I think you are so clever (and brave) to make these. Thanks for showing us how. I'd love to make a candle like that and the microscope ornament is amazing. Until my third baby, I worked in a medical lab so I think it would be fun to show them another use for the slides! So much prettier that blood films! Hugs Jeanette

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  43. You have made Melinda look fabulous no matter where she is!!!
    This is yet another example of your awesome inspiration! And I learn so much from you!!!
    Blessings, Maria

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  44. Absolutely stunning Bev and such a great tutorial - well done you!

    Is there no end to your talents!

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  45. such a wonderful Set Bev!
    I love it!

    Thank´s for the Workshop!

    Great!

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  46. Wow........ Bev
    what a wonderful work!!!
    I have not enough words in english, to say, how I love your works!
    Have a nice sunday!
    Hugs Gisela

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  47. ohhhhh wauwww this is very beatyfulll,love from maris

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  48. these are gorgeous Bev - I've tried candles but need to get my colours stronger but I've never seen the slides done, they're beautiful - will have to have a go :-)

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  49. Thanks for a fab tutorial Bev these are simply beautifull. You are so mega talented I love all the things you do. I bought some candles last week to have a go at this but haven't had time. x Vee

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  50. oh wow bev, thanks for the tutorial
    i'm going to try this while kids at school. huggs jox

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  51. Great work, Bev! It looks fantastic.

    Hugs
    Tina

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  52. These are all fantastic Bev and nust have take you ages to put together. Donna x

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  53. I think they turned out absolutly lovely! I really enjoy that technique and then I end up with dozens of stamped candles... hee hee!

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  54. Wow Bev your projects are stunning! You are so creative.
    Hugs Lynsey :)

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  55. wow fantastic post!! stunning projects hugs mx

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  56. Fantastic work well done hun xxxx

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  57. Wow these look amazing! Great tutorials too Bev, I'll definitely be having a go at the candle idea :)

    Liz xxx

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  58. WAW.....That's absolutely gorgeous creation, Bev!!!!
    Wonderful work.
    Big hugs, Mumur

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  59. oh My Gosh!!!!!!!!
    way to go Bev, you have done a fantastic job with this candle set and ornament..i am gob smacked sweetie, and you say that you are just a card junkie, i think that you are a bit of a dark horse......this is just awesome..(think that i have found a new word...lol)
    a great way to use the microscope slides, i have always looked at these but never really knew how to use them..thanks for sharing.
    great idea to cover the brand sticker on the yankee candle too looks so much better....whooooo hoooo.
    Bev, you have left me speechless again.
    big huggles Rachxx

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  60. I am so glad I found your blog,your work is lovely.I love the tree decoration and if I can find these slides I will have a go.I have been lacking in inspiration lately but looking at you blog has inspired me.x

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  61. hey are simply stunning Bev, love them all
    x

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  62. Mant thanks for the instructions re the candle- I've wanted to know how to do that for a long time :)

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  63. Glad I found this.. I have a package of microscope slides but have never had the desire to use them until I saw this post.. Thank you once again for your inspiration!

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Bev x

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