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Sara Vukson - Saturday, November 02, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop - Day Two

Welcome back to the second day of the Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!  We have over 20 of the best crafters working together to create a series of thoughtful handmade gifts for the holidays this season. I hope you bop around from blog to blog collecting creative ideas for your handmade gift-giving this year.  Hop along each blog in the list and leave a comment, share the fun ideas you come across, and enter to win a grand prize at the bottom of each blog post.  Today's deisgner is the Creative Goddess, Vicki  O'Dell - Enojy!

There is a certain Dickens vibe to this trio of stamps that make me think of a cozy Victorian neighborhood covered in snow.  The only trouble is that I'm not a HUGE paper crafter.  So what's a gal to do?

Go with what you know- home decor - and then do some experimenting to see what you can come up with, that's what.

The experimenting part involved trying to figure out how to stamp on a few candles.  I just knew ther had to be a way to pull it off.


It took a little pracitce, but I figured out that if I ink an umounted stamp and then put a shim on each side, in this case two acrylic stamp blocks that are the same thickness of the stamp, and then roll the candle over the stamp I could get  a decent impression.


I used a solvent based ink (Like Surfacez from Clear Snap) and let it dry a few minutes before stamping on another house.  If you dislike the way a house turns out use a solvent based stamp cleaner (Like Surfacez cleaner) and remove the stamped image from the candle.  Just wait a few minutes for the cleaner to evaporate and then buff slightly with a soft cloth and you are ready to try again.


Using a craft stick I swirled on some Aleen's True Snow and then gave it a sprinkle of Diamond Dust.


I put the three candles on a silver charger and added some silver mini ornaments and some sparkly snowflakes.  Perfect for a wintery tablescape long after the holidays are over.

I hope you learned a thing or two about stamping on candles, sounds like something fun to try.  I have created a prize that includes one of the house stamps Vicki used on the candles.  If you''d like a chance to win, just simply leave a comment here on the 100 Proof Press Blog.  To enter to win the GRAND PRIZE you will need to used the Rafflecopter you see at the bottom of this post.

I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far, and if you missed it you should check out ALL of yesterday's projects too.  The next stop is over at Graphic45.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the last day of the hop. 


Craft Attitude


Donna Salazar Designs

Walnut Hollow

100 Proof Press


ICE Resin


Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs

Graphic 45 – Romy Veul -

Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman

Sizzix – Tami Mayberry

100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell  

ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards

Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo

Graphic 45 – Susan Lui

Sizzix - Lorine Mason

Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer

Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

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(32) Comments LABEL:
Janis commented on 02-Nov-2013 12:58 AM
BRILLIANT technique. Thanks for sharing it and this lovely project with us. Very cool.

How lovely of you to offer a prize package, too. I don't have access to FB so I can't participate in the big grand prize, but I can comment! :)
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
WendyJ commented on 02-Nov-2013 05:08 AM
I never would have thought to stamp on a candle! Great idea!
Diane Long commented on 02-Nov-2013 06:01 AM
I love those houses1will have to get some of that ink and give it a try!
Shari Czerwinski commented on 02-Nov-2013 06:25 AM
Very clever. I never would have thought of it!
Linda R commented on 02-Nov-2013 07:00 AM
This is beautiful and thanks for the best candle stamping tutorial I've ever seen!
Buffy commented on 02-Nov-2013 08:18 AM
those are stunning! I would of never thought of doing this!
Linda T commented on 02-Nov-2013 10:02 AM
I just love the houses on the candles. Makes such a beautiful set. Thank you for sharing.
Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B commented on 02-Nov-2013 10:21 AM
Very subtle but classy looking. TFS!
barbara macaskill commented on 02-Nov-2013 10:33 AM
LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE the images on these candles!! I love stamping on candles because they are so economical and easy yet make such wonderful gifts! I have been known to whip up a few in minutes for last minute gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!
Cora Lewis commented on 02-Nov-2013 11:06 AM
Amazing, Thanks so much for sharing, These candles are beautiful and would look perfect on a mantel.
Aggie Stiefer commented on 02-Nov-2013 11:48 AM
Adore the candle!!
Lainie Michel commented on 02-Nov-2013 12:53 PM
Oh I am so going to try this! What a neat effect - I love candles and I love stamps, so naturally I love this!!!
Katie B. commented on 02-Nov-2013 01:31 PM
Awesome project! Love how your stamping turned out and how cool to add the snow at the bottom. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.
de commented on 02-Nov-2013 01:32 PM
Fabulous idea for a hostess or quick gift!
Elizabeth Zaffarano commented on 02-Nov-2013 02:04 PM
OMG that looks so great! And such a clever idea rolling the candle onto the stamp. Very cool.
Lynn Hardy commented on 02-Nov-2013 02:16 PM
Wow - these are stunning! I am totally smitten with those gorgeous house stamps - do you sell them in the UK at all?
Beth W commented on 02-Nov-2013 03:59 PM
I have to admit the hop is too long and complicated for my old grey matter.But I saw this on FB and was so blown away I had to comment and pin. This is stunning-my favorite new creation on the season.Kudos Sara for this exquisite work.Will have to try and follow-I love your style.
Beth W commented on 02-Nov-2013 04:15 PM
I was so blown away I didn't read carefully-kudos to Vicki!
Annamaria commented on 02-Nov-2013 05:27 PM
Wow!I just start to do stamping,and I really like that idea that you can use the stamps in some other way than usual.Thanks for the idea.
Leigh Ann Hofferth commented on 02-Nov-2013 05:45 PM
Great technique! This is a great blog hop. So many ideas....
Christy Minnis commented on 02-Nov-2013 06:02 PM
I love the way this technique works - I've made paper sleeves for candles but there was always the potential for burning. This is so much prettier and eliminates the danger.
Jean Bullock commented on 02-Nov-2013 07:42 PM
I never would have considered stamping on candles. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial. Your candle centerpiece is absolutely lovely. How creative you are!
Mickie Miller commented on 02-Nov-2013 07:49 PM
Love these candles, such a neat idea!
Viki B commented on 02-Nov-2013 07:58 PM
These would make wonderful gifts! Thanks for the great idea :)
Beatrice Cristina Lawson commented on 02-Nov-2013 11:13 PM
Wow and double wow, love this easy and original project both for gifts and to keep.

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