"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

August 07, 2011

Easy Candle Makeover

I just got back from an after-wedding-party. It was an all nighter and love was certainly in the air. Not just for the bride and groom but for everyone who attended. There was a feeling of a new day for all guests and a renewed sense of love. I guess this is why, all of a sudden, I feel so poetic. I just want to sit and write or read poetry. It's always amazing to me how a single poem can move you emotionally in a way that you don't expect it.  One of my favorite poems is by Edgar Allen Poe, Annabel Lee. I love the thought that you can love someone for ever...."in a kingdom by the sea". Death is no barrier for love and life is our freedom to love. 
Do you have a favorite poem? have you ever been inspired to write a poem?  let me know in the comments below.

Now on to today's fun craft.  I transformed this plain candle with a little embossing powder, love that stuff. Here's the plain candle:
here's what you'll need: candle, scissors, heat craft tool (a blow drier won't work)
a pigment ink pad or versa mark pad, embossing power, velum paper or parchment paper, and tissue paper (the one you use inside gift bags), you also need a rubber stamp (not pictured)
first, stamp your rubber stamp image on your tissue paper and add the embossing powder, lift the paper to slide embossing powder off :
Take your heat tool and wave it around the image in a circular motion until it melts:
cut around your image and place on your candle.

Wrap velum or parchment paper, holding your embossed image close to the candle:
wave your heat tool over the image through the parchment paper to heat a few seconds at a time to melt the wax.  It will absorb the tissue paper as it melts and will give a "wet" appearance when it's done:
 immediately, peel parchment paper off or velum, what ever you decided to use and wah-lah! a beautiful candle:

Thank you for coming by and visiting.  Happy Summer Of Love to All!


  1. Now this is something I could actually do, Maria. Thank you for sharing. It is just beautiful.
    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  2. Beautiful altered candle, love your image!

  3. Great idea and beautiful work, I lake it!

    Have a nice week, kisses:)

  4. It has been a long time since I did these candles, they turn out nice. I love that poem too.

  5. Now, this I know how to do - I have made a few with my friends - but yours is extremely lovely.

    I don't have any special poems - glad you had a good time at the wedding.

  6. I think I can do this too. Thanks for the great idea. Very nice.

  7. Beautiful candle! I have done that with waxed paper and regular ink, but not with embossing powder. Will so have to give this a try!

  8. What a classy yet easy way to jazz up a candle. Very cool! Thanks for the idea!

    I too have been in a poetic mood since a wedding on Saturday! :-)

    Hope your summer has been fabulous!!

  9. That turned out beautifully, Maria! Really gives personality to the candle!

  10. This is darling Maria...I just saw a candle like this while shopping. Yours is cuter.

  11. That looks great,and seems easy enough,I think I might could do!

  12. What a fun and easy trick...

    Poems? I always love the poems in a Child's Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson they capture the essence of childhood to me.

    I've had various favorites over the years - I can tell you author's that always move me Philip Larkin, William Carlos Williams and Frost.

    One by William Carlos Williams that I always find poignant is Arrival.

    Love this by Tennyson

    The splendour falls on castle walls
    And snowy summits old in story:
    The long light shakes across the lakes
    And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
    Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
    Blow, bugle; answer, echoes dying, dying, dying.

  13. Hi Melissa,
    I can see you are a poetry lover too, didn't know that about you. I love Arrival too, I find it very lyrical, in a sensual way.

  14. Well, that's cool! I think it would be fun to do this with some Christmas themed decorations.

    I don't read a lot of poetry, but I really love the words to some old hymns. "Come Thou Fount" are is my favorite. It reads like poetry.

  15. Hi Maria! just had to see what you were up to. My you've been busy. Love that simple candle.

  16. Your candle looks super terrific!
    Thanks for the wonderful instructions.


  17. Hi Maria,
    You are such an awesome teacher...I have not done this before and I will have to buy a heat gun.
    Your candle is just beautiful.
    Hugs to you
    Simply Debbie



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