Roses & Hearts at Eclectic Ellapu

Hello & Happy Saturday to my friends in the US-Hello & Happy Sunday to my friends in the UK and beyond!!  It’s February 1st in blogland somewhere, and that somewhere is at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog!!  It’s a new challenge for the month of February and my Purple Teammate, Anuja, has so appropriately given us the theme of Roses & Hearts!!  How romantic is that, just in time for Valentine’s Day!!



I gathered up my supplies that I’ll need for this project–let’s see, a 6″ pillar candle, some Distress Paints, some tissue paper & color Core’dinations stock, my Hearts layering stencil and my Tattered Pinecones die.


 I stenciled pink & red hearts onto my tissue paper using little finger dabbers for each paint color.


I applied a light layer of matte gel to my candle and gently placed the tissue paper down and rolled the candle to let the tissue paper naturally fall onto the surface of the candle.  There were a few wrinkles, but I was able to smooth those down (for the most part) with an additional layer of matte gel brushed over the tissue paper.


 I formed a bunch of paper roses with my Tattered Pinecone die and I’ve found a chipboard heart in my stash that I painted with a coat of gesso.

 I applied a piece of stamped tissue paper to my gesso’d chipboard heart with matte gel and heat dried. Then I rubbed Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress Stains over the surface with my finger and heat dried, then I finished this heart with a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint, and let air dry.


Isn’t that crackly surface divine?  Before I adhered it to my candle, I rubbed Black Soot Distress Ink over the surface and edges to highlight those cracks!

I stamped the sentiment, from the TH/SA Simple Sayings set, onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink and applied the ripped pieces to the candle with matte gel.


I wrapped the candle with some funky yarn, adhered the crackly heart with foam squares and hot glued the roses in place.  TA-DA!  That’s all she wrote!!  Pretty easy, right?  With just a few products and items, you can embellish a plain candle any way you need and you’ve got yourself a lovely new piece of home décor, or a unique gift to give.  Don’t be surprised if you see other seasonally decorated candles in the coming year! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my candle and found inspiration to create your own Roses & Hearts project for our February Challenge theme.  The Eclectic Ellapu February challenge is open until the 28th at Midnight (GMT)-I hope to see you there!! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by & Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 6″ Unscented Pillar Candle
  • Distress Paints & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tissue Paper; Color Core Stock (Tim Holtz/Core’dinations); Chipboard (cereal box)
  • Tattered Pinecone Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Heart #5 Sizzlet Die (Sizzix)
  • Funky Yarn; Clear Rhinestones
  • Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Squares; Hot Glue Gun; Round Toothpicks

15 thoughts on “Roses & Hearts at Eclectic Ellapu

    • Thank You, Laurie!! I LOVE using tissue paper as a stamping surface now! It’s become a mainstay surface, right next to manila stock!! I’m so glad that you liked my candle 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  1. Brilliant!! Love the idea of this! The stecilled hearts are beautifully done on the tissue, the hearts looks fantastic and I love how you assembled it all with those gorgeous roses! A beautiful romantic piece!

    • Thank You Astrid! Luckily, if/when this candle gets burned, I can take down/out all of the decorative goodies and use them all again!! Especially those little roses–I have the hardest time making those!! I think it’s because of my unruly man-hands!! LOL 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Marina!! Thank you soooo much for pinning my candle!! I hope it does give inspiration, because it’s a great way to create a fun piece of special home décor or a special gift 🙂 I’m already thinking about candles for Halloween!! XOXO-Shari

  2. My you have alot of patience with all that stenciling but well worth it. The overall effect is stunning and also thank you for sharing your process. Think I may have to have go at this.So pleased you are an eclectic girlie xx

    • Hi Elaine!! Oh, yes-stenciling on tissue paper…patience needed, but worth the effort, definitely!! I hope you do have a go at decorating candles!! It was fun and easy and inexpensive, too!! I’m happy I’m an eclectic girlie, too!! Eclectic…Good!! XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Cobs!! Thank you soooo much!! The most effort was in waiting for things to dry!! I touched the candle a couple of times, after applying the tissue paper, while it was still wet–not a good idea! LOL!! Thank goodness for all of the goodies I added–they hide mistakes really well!! 😉 LOL XOXO-Shari

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