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'Let it snow' paper bands to decorate homemade candles

One more request from a dear friend: candles that she could put on the table as Xmas favours!

In particular, she wanted pillar candles with chunks on the white/turquoise hues. 


She also asked for decorations matching the colours of the candles and having snow flakes

It took me a while before deciding what to do (it's much easier to use red, green, silver and gold when it comes down to Xmas things,😂😂😂 ahahaha)...
...and then I thought it would have been fun to use the bubble wrap stamping technique to give the paper a snowy-like background!


For the white bubbles: Dovecraft Crystal White ink and Aladine jasmine white embossing powder.
For the light blue bubbles: turquoise ink (from ArtNic,#20) and Artemio clear holographic embossing powder

I've created the snow flakes with a puncher from white Bristol card stock, and decorated the paper band with Diamond Stickles glitters (from Ranger) and white/turquoise/blue sequins.


If you fancy to use this technique for card making, here you have a couple of nice videos from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts and from Jan Brown 



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Papercraft Inspiration December issue had a Christmas window build-a-scene embossingfolder and stamp free gift, as well as free festive papers. Make Christmas cards was offering: 2 embossing folder borders, 13 stylish stamps, 32 Christmas papers, 12 découpagesheets, 117 toppers & motifs and 73 festive greetings.
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All cards have been donated to hospitals 

A quick guide to candle making 🕯️

Finally, temperature lowered and I managed to prepare a set of candles for this fall.
Candles are great for any occasion!
Halloween🎃, Xmas🎄, B-days🎂, romantic dinners🥂 or relaxing nights🌃. You can keep 'em for yourself or give them to family and friends as gifts!
If you've never made candles before, but you're eager to try, here you have 10 basic steps to follow.

This is not a comprehensive guide and does not pretend to be a candle-making course.

1) weigh the wax  Do you want to know more about waxes? Follow this LINK
2) Melt it in a double boiler (bain-marie). Stir every now and then...    ⚠ Do not boil the wax ⚠ Neverever place the container with the wax directly on the stove!
3)  At this point, you can add some color HERE, you have a post on candle dyes.

Remember: the final color of your candle depends on the wax too! For example, soy wax iswhite at room temperature and for this reason, it gives back pastel-like colors. A trick to check the final color: drip some melted wax on a…