Candle placecards/favors DIY
Posted 06 March 2007 - 03:53 PM
This is done using tissue paper! Can you believe it? You print (or stamp) on the tissue paper, then using wax paper and an embossing heat gun apply the tissue paper to the candle. The wax makes the tissue paper seem to disappear. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but it looks like the design is just printed right on the candle. The one on the right I have turned to partially conceal the name, but it has a background in a sepia color with the name in red.
If anyone is actually interested in doing this, let me know and i'll post more detailed instructions.
Edited 4/16/08: I've gotten lots of requests for directions, so here you go...
White tissue paper & Ink Jet Printer (Laser is probably fine too, but I used an ink jet)
Heat gun (like the kind used for stamping and embossing)
Plain white paper & scotch tape
OK, first plan your design, monogram, picture, whatever. You'll be printing this directly onto tissue paper.
Try printing on tissue paper. I know some printers can handle it some cannot. Assuming yours can't (mine couldn't), you'll need to figure out where on a piece of white paper your design will print, and tape a small square of tissue paper over that area. Make sure the tissue paper is taped COMPLETELY flat or the design will get messed up. I was able to print on up to a 6x6 inch square successfully. Print your design on the tissue paper that's taped to a regular piece of white paper just so it can get through the printer. Cut your design out and discard the white paper so all you have left is your tissue paper.
Now, to get it on the candle! Cut out a strip of wax paper so that you can place the tissue paper on the candle, lay the wax paper over it, and wrap the wax paper all the way around to the back so you can hold it taut. Using your heat gun, carefully, slowly apply heat to the wax paper over the candle, sweeping side to side, until you notice the wax paper turn "slick" and you see the image darken underneath. This is the tricky part...you want the wax from the wax paper to coat the tissue, and you want the candle to melt just enough to absorb the tissue- it takes some practice. Use a couple scrap candles first until you get the hang of it. The smaller the piece of tissue, the easier it is. If you mess up, or if the wax runs, you can hit it with the heat gun again at the end to smooth it out.
That's it- PM me if you have any questions
Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:12 PM
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:25 PM
OK, maybe this was a bad idea. I guess I didn't think that people might actually light them and burn them down far enough to where it would matter. I never burn anything but scented candles like Yankee and Gold Canyon, so I wasn't thinking about the need to deal with the paper...
Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:29 PM
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:33 PM
The guy does something wrong, decides he needs to make it up to you,, well his only thought is s*x (cause they think its the cure all) so he lights a ton of candle (even your favor) and next thing you know the women comes home to her bedroom that caught of fire... Come on,, you know it can happen.. lol
Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:37 PM
Well, mine is lit and is going to stay lit until we know the answer...hehe
I'm thinking that it won't catch on fire because the tissue paper is so thin. We'll see!
Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:40 PM
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