Thursday 22 December 2011

Last minute Christmas presents.

Well the big day is almost upon us and due to lack of funds this year all our christmas presents are handmade. You have seen the small candles with there matching boxes well I wanted to do something a bit more special for 2 important people so along the same lines as the smaller ones I decided to decorate large pillar candles and decorated papermache wine boxes for them to go in as they were so heavy. I started with a blank wine box from Crafters Companion and with some help from one of my cats, painted one with Teal Zircon Radiant Rain and the other with Apple blossom both from the luminart range from Crafters Companion.

Once dry I used a gold ink pad to go around all the edges to highlight them. The next stage was to stamp my chosen images onto each box. At the Craftaganza we had trouble stamping onto the box as they would give so I tried mounting the stamp on ezmount which gave it some extra strength and then using a Tim Holtz distress ink I stamped the images by hand without a block. I was pleased with the result. The next stage was to decorate the candles.

I stamped the images onto tissue paper and then attached them to the candle using stick and spray. Once I was happy with the positioning I wrapped them in baking parchment and heated the designs with my heat gun and again I was pleased with the results.


The next stage was to decorate the boxes and the candles with flowers. For this I used the stunning Coordinations card and made up some flowers which at my 1st attempt was a nightmare but have now got the art perfected !!!

The start of a paper flower

Ready to be glued

The finished result !!

Once the flowers were dry I attached them using the Collall glue gel and put a border of co ordinating card around the candle and then added some ribbon. Once dry I wrapped them in cellophane and tissue paper and put them into the wine boxes. I am not sure if the recipients will be pleased or disappointed not to find a bottle inside!!!!!

I had a couple more gift boxes to make so along the same theme I painted them with the Luminart paint and distressed the sides with black/ gold ink pads and then decorated them and they have turned out well and Iam sure they will make lovely little keep sakes.

All of the products used including the boxes are from Crafters Companion.

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