I’m thrilled to share my first Last Minute Gifts Week post!  As we get closer to the Christmas season, I know you’ll have lots of last minute gifts to complete.  You know, your hairstylist, the newspaper boy or gal, your co-workers, those stocking stuffers for family members.  My posts starting today are geared to hopefully inspire you to pull out your stamps, inks and papers and get to some crafting with fast and fun projects with fabulous results!

Today’s is along the more classy lines.  I’ve used my current favourite set and punch, Flurry of Wishes, to decorate a purchased candle.  In colours of Sweet Sugarplum, silver and white, I’m sure it will impress your recipient!

last minute giftsI love the Flurry of Wishes stamp set!  And today only, you can get it bundled with the Snow Flurry punch and save 20%! 

To create the decorations I stamped the large snowflake in Versamark ink, then tapped it in Sweet Sugarplum.  This way, I could sprinkle it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  The Flower Medallion punch is sized to punch out that snowflake too so that was a breeze!  I repeated the Versamark process for the smaller snowflakes as well and punched them out with the Snow Flurry punch.  Then I used the Versamark on its own creating white embossed and silver embossed flakes.

 

last minute giftsYou can see the detail much better in this close-up view.  I punched a Flower medallion shape in Silver Glimmer paper.  Since it’s exactly the same size and I wanted to create an outline, I cut the shape in half then glued it to the back of the large snowflake.  Although there’s a tiny gap at the tip of two of the points, it’s hard for you to notice and you have a sparkly silver frame all around the snowflake.

The smaller flakes are offset and attached to the large flake with a dimensional.

I purchased the candle from Ikea.  They have lots of colours to choose from and they are less than $2.00 each so this makes for a very inexpensive gift!

The final detail is a Metallic Enamel shape in the centre of the piece.  You can see that I also attached a couple smaller flakes to the sides, to decorate those as well.

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The Sweet Sugarplum Glitter ribbon from the Holiday catalogue dresses up the jar first.  Then I added the snowflake to the knot with a mini glue dot and it holds quite securely.

The packaging is coordinated to show off the candleholder.

last minute giftsHere you can see that I created a tag out of the Flower Medallion punch.  Score and fold your paper then punch it out, leaving the top point OUT of the punch.  As you are tying the bow, just after the knot and before making the bow, run the ribbon under the fold of the tag.  The glitter ribbon is so soft, it will tight a lovely tight knot so you are good to go then the ends will curl softly!  So pretty!  This ribbon is still around until the end of December and comes in a package of two with silver.

Some tips as you are decorating :

  • although you don’t need to, I attached a glue dot in behind the ribbon in two spots to hold it in place
  • be careful not to stamp in your coloured ink first, then the Versamark or you will have a pretty decorated stamp pad! (yes, that’s the voice of experience talking!)
  • clean off your stamp every time after stamping your pink snowflakes with your Stampin’ Scrub
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue is probably your best option to adhere your snowflakes as SNAIL will not stick as well to the plastic raised embossed surface
  • attach the smaller snowflakes to the glass also with a mini glue dot

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  This was a fun and fast gift to make.

I’d love to know how you liked it!  Please send me a comment below to let me know!

Here are all the supplies I used to create this gift.  To make it yourself, click on the images below to take you to my online ordering page!

‘Til next time, Happy Stampin’

Jo

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