Glass Heart Tealight Candle Holder

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Welcome to my Glass Heart Tealight Candle Holder Tutorial! I discovered that one of my Michael Strong Stamps (Cloisonne' Heart) was almost the perfect size for this candleholder. I purchased the candle holder at WalMart for 1.00 and brought it home and the process began.

To coordinate with the fall colors and decorating in my home, I chose Dee Gruenig's Blending Blox ink pads and used them direct to paper (just press them on your paper and pull down. Easy Peasy!). Then, I stamped with VersaMark and added brown embossing powder and heat embossed it.

The exact shape and size of the candleholder differed slightly from my stamp's shape and size, so I placed the candle holder on top of the image and drew a pencil line around it. Then I trimmed to the pencil line rather than the image line. That step made the image fit the glass holder perfectly!!

The photos below will take you throught the process, step by step. Now how can you beat a stamping project this affordable?? Michael Strong seems to always know what type and size of stamps to manufacture for these types of projects. I hope you enjoy!!

Glamour Girls

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These cards were made with a technique called Gesso Resist, a fabulous Technique Junkies mixed media art technique. Images are a sheet of stamps called "Glamour Girls" from I Brake For Stamps. Although the technique has been around a while, this is my first attempt at it. WOW, I love it and I'm sure it will soon become one of my "default" techniques (ya know, the one you always return to when you're trying to make something fabulous??). I am WILD about these images!! They are "halftoned", a term which is from the printing business meaning that the images have been converted into a dot pattern. (look at a photo in a newspaper and you will see a pattern of small dots. You're seeing half dots and half paper, hence the term "halftone") There are very few stamps available today with this type of dot pattern, so I am overjoyed to have these in my stamp collection. AND they stamp like a dream! So, meet my glamour girls! Enjoy!!