my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Friday, 25 October 2013

A Trio Of Glitter Candles

These cards came about when one of my friends
brought a similar brass stencil to our weekly crafty
get-together and asked me what she could do with
it besides basic stencilling. I immediately thought of
Imaginations  Sparkle Medium, so I looked out this lovely one called Metallic sparkle. I found that the medium worked well with the brass stencil and so dug out this one of mine, which was bought years ago and not used for a while. I made three pieces and when dry I trimmed them and made them into three different coloured cards.                                          

This one was shaded around the edges with tea dye Distress ink and double mounted on brown and copper pearl card. The backing paper is from a pack bought when Kate was staying with me and we shared it , but I can't remember the make. I cut it to cover the front of a 6"x 6" card blank and again shaded the edges with tea dye ink, and finished with a matching ribbon and a greeting stamped with a Chocolate Baroque stamp and tea dye ink.

I used pine needles Distress ink for all the shading on this one,and
mounted it on green mirri card. The greeting is the same stamp as the previous one and cut out using a Memory Box bistro label die, and then mounted onto some green ribbon with copper coloured brads.

This one is an A6 card cut to open on the short side instead of the long one. I used fired brick Distress ink for the shading and red metallic card for the mount and for the edge strip. After cutting the backing paper to fit I cut a fancy edge with a Fiskars running water, edge punch. The mini greeting I used is one I've had for ages and I believe it was from Hero Arts.

All the backing papers I used are from the same pack. I will add a close up of the sparkle design below to show how nice and chunky the sparkle looked using it with a brass stencil instead of one of the thinner ones.

I am now off to Sarn's blog Stamping For Pleasure to link this up for
Rudolph Day.

I will also enter at Make It Monday - Anything Goes.
        Trough The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes.

Thank you for taking a look and to all who leave comments, I do appreciate them all. I also see I have a new follower so, Hi to Sally H thanks for joining and I hope you continue to like what you see here.


  1. So very pretty Jean...I love the sparkle and texture...gorgeous set of cards.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. Lovely sparkly candles. Nice trio of cards.

  3. Lovely cards Jean. I particularly like the one with a red edge. I am so glad you introduced me to Sparkle medium. I love it. The paper pack was from Papermania by the way, and I am getting so much use out of my half. Kate x

  4. Beautiful set of cards.

  5. Hullo Jean Thanks so very much for popping over - just love these cards.... and your mention of this product sent me scurrying over to Google to see what it was?? and found really have what it takes to make this without rushing out and buying it which is great :D see this video she uses dreamweaver paste and glitter
    Do have one lot of the Gold Dreamweaver paste but also have recipe on how to make Texture paste on my blog so will make different colours that way if need be and just put glitter on top.


    thanks for being so inspiring, love Shaz in Oz.x

  6. Hi Jean . . . these look lovely and schparkly. Great use of your stencil with the gel.

    Thank you for joining in with Rudolph Day.

    Sarn xxx

    PS: You mentioned the white pen I used in my Rudolph Day card . . . I can't find an email address for you so am responding here . . . it is a White Signo Uniball pen and I got mine via Stampin' Up! for £3.50. It is the BEST white pen I've tried - runs smoothly over everything (unlike my Inkssentials one which I threw away after finding the Signo!).

  7. I love the different ways you mounted these using various colours for the matting & shading of your pieces. The middle one with the Bistro Label looks super on the ribbon & the brads add a lovely touch. Your backing paper fits in beautifully on each too.
    Paula (PEP)

  8. Your cards a lovely, love the different ways you have used the image. Thank you for joining TTCRD this week.

  9. Lovely cards, Jean. I like the candle stencil - it's fab. Elizabeth xx

  10. Fabulous cards jean. I saw these on MIM..Loz

  11. Lovely cards Jean. That's a great stencil you used - and I especially like the A6 card opening lengthways, I forget about that option yet it looks so classy.

    If ever you feel so inclined, do use some snippets and come and play with us in the Playground - it's silly but fun and the only real rule is to use at least one snippet on what you make.

    Have a lovely day! Hugs, Di xx

  12. Just so charming and pretty... loving the sparkle on the candles...

  13. A beautiful Christms card, I love the idea to use a stencil with paste and glittter, the sparkle looks stunning.

  14. Great technique for sparkle on these candles! Very pretty cards!

  15. These cards are just beautiful, and thanks for reminding me I have a bunch of these brass stencils. What a wonderful use you made of this one, to create 3 different, gorgeous looks. Don't know what the Sparkle Medium is. Would it be like the Dreamweavers Embossing Paste perhaps? TFS such lovely made each one look so totally different. Hugs

  16. A beautiful set of cards, Jean. I love the papers you have used and the stencil is a beauty.

  17. Hi Jean, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  18. Hi Jean

    Loving your Christmas cards .. .. and the holly backing papers are gorgeous too!!! I have a bit of a soft spot for holly paper!!! LOL!!

    Hope you are having a good week.

    Love Jules xx

  19. What beautiful candles! They make such elegant Christmas cards!