Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas Ideas with Amelia Paper

Are you still contemplating what to get that hard-to-buy-for lady person in your family? You know, the one that seems to have everything already? Well, I have an idea for you...it's homemade and it's easy to do!!

I've been working on getting some candles ready for an upcoming Funshop. We're going to stamp "on" the candles. But, I also wanted to show some other ways that you can decorate candles using paper & stamps from The Angel Company and the candle pictured above (and below) is one of the ideas that I came up with. Let me tell you this was such an EASY and FAST project and it looks so elegant...and it looks like you really spent some time working on it too!

How do you do this? Simple!

For this candle I cut a strip of TAC's Amelia paper that was about 9 1/2" long. You may have to adjust that to the thickness of your candle. The wonderful thing about this paper is that except for the small pieces of green paper at the top and bottom of the candle, all of this paper is ONE SHEET! It looks like multiple pieces of patterned paper, but it's not..what a time saver! Like I mentioned, I did cut two small strips of the green paper that is included with the Amelia paper pack and used double sided tape to attach it to the top and bottom of the Amelia patterned paper strip.

After I had the paper strips like I wanted them I put a piece of Wonder Tape also sold by TAC (this stuff is super strong adhesive tape!!) on each side end of the paper and then wrapped the paper around the candle, securing it with the tape. Now, since I was attaching the candle to wax, I wanted to make sure that it was good and secure so I poked holes through the paper and candle using my TAC paper piercer and then pushed copper brads through the holes to give the paper a little more stability. Here's what the backside looks like:

To finish the candle off, I took one of the tags that are included WITH the Amelia paper pack and used a stamp from the TAC "Trendy Tags" stamp set and stamped on the tag with Moulin Rouge Palette ink. I then took a piece of burgandy ribbon and tied it around the candle and tag and attached 2 pop dots to the back of the tag and attached it to the candle. Wa-la!! That's all there was to it! This project literally took me less than 10 minutes to make and ALL of the paper supplies that I used were included in one $6.95 Amelia paper pack and I still have lots of paper and tags left over to use on other projects!

Another project that I made at a team meeting in Salina is a Amelia Ornament coaster.

For this project we took a coaster, covered it with Amelia paper and then used our Coluzzle to cut out the square in the corner. We then took the Gold Leafing Pen (page 120 of the TAC catalog) and outlined the outside of the coaster and the inside of the square with the pen. We glued a piece of cardstock on the backside of the coaster and left an opening where we could slide a sentiment or a picture behind the square hole in the coaster. Then, we attached a brad with the crop-a-dile and tied a brown piece of ribbon through the hole. A fun and easy ornament to decorate your Christmas tree or shelf!


Rita Kegg said...

Really nice projects Jen!! I love both of them. Thanks for showing. Blessings

Mrs. Nancy G said...

What wonderful ideas Jen!


Stampin' Meg said...

That candle is so pretty- love how you incorporated the brads.

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