Valentine Lady Altered Candle

Hi There & Happy Wednesday!!  I’m here today on Day 3 of the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity’s week-long Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!!  I’m using images from both Carmen’s Veranda and Lost Coast Designs on a glass pillar candle that I altered for our event–


I just love the ‘cha-cha-cha’ that’s in this Valentine Lady’s stance–she’s so sassy!  Let me show you how I used all of the wonderful LCD & CV images for today’s project.


I’ve got another dollar store pillar candle, this time in red, and the Archival Inks I’ll do my stamping with and look at those fun stamps!  The Valentine Lady and the Calligraphy Heart Square is from Carmen’s Veranda and the Hearts Border is Lost Coast Designs.  I also used the Misc. Words stamp from LCD, but it’s off to the side.


I started by brushing the outside of the pillar with matte Decou-Page to seal the surface.


I then layered on pieces of Calligraphy Hearts squares that I stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black and Vermillion Archival inks.  I brushed another coat of matte Decou-Page over the stamped paper to seal it, and let it air dry.


This next step is Andy Skinner’s Mega Crackle technique–It’s a layer of DA Weathered Wood medium, air dry, then brush on a layer of DAM Crackle Paint and let those mega crackles appear right before your eyes!  A very cool technique, indeed!!


I’ve stamped Valentine Lady onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival, removed the ink over the hearts, then dabbed on a little bit of red alcohol ink with a fine tip paint brush.


I used Vermilion Archival to ink the Hearts Border, but then I used a black Sharpie to wipe away the red ink and color the center squiggle line.


The word ‘Love’ is just one of many words available on our LCD Misc. Word stamp.  Here, I’ve stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut.  I adhered all of the stamped tissue paper pieces into place with matte Decou-page and heat set.


It’s hard to tell, but I also rubbed Silver Spark Metallic Lustre over the surface of the candle to give it a subtle, silvery sheen.  I applied a dab of DAM Crackle Paint onto the candle then pressed the enameled wooden heart embellies into place.


I have yet to start burning this candle, but what I’m hoping is, as the candle burns, I’ll see the script and hearts layer through the crackled surface.


 So, the next time you’re looking for an easy, crafty project to do–Go buy a bunch of $1.00 glass pillar candles and have fun!!  They come in different colors and can be altered for any reason or season and look like a million bucks when you’re done!  OK-Well, maybe not a million bucks, but you get what I am saying! 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We’re almost at our mid-way point for Team Inspires’ Pocket Letter Challenge, which means I’ll be here on Monday sharing the pocket letter that I created–I’m excited to share it, because it’s the first pocket letter I’ve ever made and it was pretty fun to make!  Hope ya’ll come back for that 🙂

So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Valentine Lady & Calligraphy Heart Square (Carmen’s Veranda); Misc. Word & Hearts Border (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Tissue Paper; Wooden Heart Embellies (from the stash of goodies that Lynne Moncrieff sent me!)
  • Matte Decou-Page, Weathered Wood Medium & Metallic Lustre (DecoArt); White Crackle Paint (DecoArt Media); Archival Inks (Ranger); Red Geranium Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Watermark Ink (Ranger); Sharpie Marker
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes

5 thoughts on “Valentine Lady Altered Candle

  1. I can almost imagine her dancing when the light flickers behind her Shari!! Your crackle turned out so incredible… really great background! Such a fun project! j.

  2. This is a fantastic project Shari!!!!!!!!!!
    I love your candle, really lovely, and thanks for the link on Andy Skinner’s video using the wood crackle medium and DecArt crackle paint… never seen yet, and wow, the result looks fabulous! 🙂 I will watch it as soon as possible! 😀
    And your hearts at the bottom are… ooo.. super cute, just the icing on the cake 🙂
    A great transformation, very clever. Happy week-end to you dear Shari!

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