It's the beginning of September, so it's a new challenge month over at ALTERED ECLECTICS. The theme as ever is Anything Goes but remember no paper crafts, cards etc, we're strictly altered art only please.
This month my DT piece was found lurking at the back of the cupboard. Yes the sad candle left over from a Christmas display. I didn't use it then and in it's present state I was never going to use it so why not alter it?
Take my word for it, it looks much better despite the slightly wonky camera angle!
In the past I've used a plain card stock to stamp and colour as my candle sleeve but this time I wanted an opacity to the embossing, so chose parchment. I cut a strip of white parchment paper to fit round the candle and ran it through the Cuttlebug using a swirls embossing folder. By putting the paper in sideways then moving it across, taking care to match as far as possible the embossing, I managed to get a continuous pattern.
Next I used a VersaMagic ink pad to very lightly swipe across the embossed side as I didn't want an even cover of embossing powder. I sprinkled this with Frantage Aged Teal Embossing powder and heat set. When cooled I wrapped this round the candle and used Glossy Accents to stick the sleeve to the candle so it wouldn't twist round.
During my spring clean (Ha! what a joke) I found some old pieces of jewellery that had been given to my daughter when she was younger. Amongst it was a lilac plastic necklace so I cut it up into two strips to fit round the top and bottom. I didn't like the string showing between the beads so I spritzed a length of seam binding with Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Mist, Astral to match the Frantage and tied pieces between each bead. Then I hot glued the beads around the candle.
Finally, using Extra Thick Embossing Powder in Silver I triple embossed a square of thick white card and using the free stamp from the July issue of Craft Stamper Magazine, pressed it into the powder while still hot.
To finish off I pushed some brads into the top of the candle and using the same Frantage, coated the butterflies.
Obviously this is now a decorative candle and can't be lit with these adornments but at least it will be used for decoration. If you've got a candle hanging around that's a bit sad looking, why not recycle it into something pretty.