Monday, September 26, 2011
Two Fall Challenges
Today's project combines two challenges, the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge to IMPRESS (embossing folder, heat embossing, letterpress plate) and the SUO Challenge to use fall colors. As part of my Fall Stamp Camp, I had participants make a candle. This one uses different colors than in my camp and is also a taller pillar. This way, I can show off more fall colors!
I used a More Mustard ink pad and Cajun Craze and Early Espresso markers for the maple leaves.
I used the Pear Pizzazz ink and Always Artichoke and Soft Suede markers for the oak leaves.
I used More Mustard and Early Espresso for the aspen leaves.
Be careful to clean the stamp after you stamp each leaf, so you don't contaminate your ink pads.
I used a small bit of adhesive on the center of each leaf (waxy side facing candle) to hold the leaves in place. Then I wrapped a piece of waxed paper around the entire candle. (The width of a piece fits nicely around the candle to give you a "handle.") Next, using a heat tool, heat the candle until the image gets glossy and the tissue paper melts into the candle. Be careful not to overheat the candle or the wax will start dripping. I heated one leaf at a time. Reposition the waxed paper as needed to get each leaf to adhere to the candle. Watch Dawn Griffith's video to see the process in action. Then I embellished the candle with fabric, ribbon and a tag. Note to self: These candles would make great gifts for teachers!
Stamps: Gently Falling, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: white tissue paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: More Mustard and Pear Pizzazz ink, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede and Early Espresso markers
Accessories: heat tool, waxed paper, Spice Cake designer fabric, Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon, hemp twine, Tag punch
We've got a busy week for the Carlson family. Fall swim lessons start today. It's only twice a week for five weeks. It's right after school. So I've got to start cooking supper at lunch time if we're going to eat on time. Good thing is that Bradley's cross country practice is over at the same time that swimming ends. Kim's workshop is tomorrow morning and I'm ready for it.
On a sad note, my Aunt Carm passed away over the weekend. She's one of my dad's nine siblings, and the first to pass away. She had cancer. She's finally reunited with her husband who passed away in 1992. I know she's not suffering anymore. Please say a prayer for her nine brothers and sisters, six children and 14 grandchildren that she left behind.