There's something about candles as a housewarming present Maybe it's because I live in the PNW and we're approaching power outage season? I think of it more as new homeowners always having light in their home.
For these, I tried something new which was making the flowers that are the focal out of metal. This was easily done using pewter that's used in metal embossing.
Let's get started.
- Plain altar candles ( Dollar Tree)
- Decorative / Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- Glitter Washi Tape
- Acrylic Paint
- Embossable Metal ( I used Art Emboss by AMACO...you can find at craft / art stores, Amazon etc. )
- Die Cutter ( I used my Cuttlebug)
- Dies ( I used the Tattered Florals die by Tim Holtz)
I started with a base layer of white paper that I'd trimmed with the glitter washi tape. Measure and apply to your candle using Mod Podge. My go to formula is the Matte.
I realized I didn't have any paper that worked with the color scheme I was using which is the new homeowner's palette of navy, white and grey. So I did what creative people do. I made some. Well I painted some.
I have a roll of paper painter's masking tape like this that I use for projects like this because it's very think but holds the paint well. I covered a couple of pieces in navy acrylic paint and then stenciled the leaves with metallic silver. Originally, I thought I was going to silver leaf the leaves (no pun intended) and then decided to paint.
Once the papers were stenciled and dry, I tore the edges and then used the Mod Podge to apply to the candles.
While waiting for the papers to dry, I cut the flowers. I used a crinkled white paper along with the pewter. Layered these and let the glue dry ( I live for Loctite gel control super glue) and then glued them to the candles. I curled the edges of the flowers using the handle of a paintbrush.
I'm terrible at photographing metal and glitter but this is a closeup. I didn't emboss the metal flowers but I did freehand cut and emboss the leaves:
To finish, I wrapped the tops with some metallic crochet thread beads and charms.
I used a scrap of the stenciled paper for the card and used a quote from Maya Angelou as the focal: