Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mixed Media, Girlie Grunge Candle Holder for the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

You should have come here from Lindsay Obermeyer's delightful blog. If you would like to start at the beginning of today's hop, head on over to the Clearsnap Blog.

Today I would like to share a candle holder I transformed from a bold, bright Easter design into a mixed media girlie grunge gift with Donna Salazar's fabulous products. If you're not already a follower, thanks for taking the time to follow my blog today. 

I created this:

From this: 

Here are a few close-ups showing the details.

Girlie Grunge Candle Holder Tutorial

Wood candle holder box
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Family Jeans: Family Cards B, Family Eyelet A
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty: Free B
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Smooch Spritz: Wood Stain, River Mossy
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Jasmine, Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx CHOX: Sparrow, Midnight
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder: Jasmine
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Bitty Blossoms
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Corrugated Hand Drawn Swirls, card size
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Leaves Stencil
Art Gone Wild ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Dear Sir, Woodgrain
Acrylic Paints
Light Molding Paste
Matte Gel Medium
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Scrap Dots
Heat Tool
  • Step 1. Prime top of box and beveled box edges with gesso.

  • Step 2. Cut 4 pieces of patterned paper just slightly larger than the block sides. I wanted an earthy, grungy feel, so went with this lovely wood grain paper from Donna's Family Jeans Collection. Optional - you could also cut an additional piece for the top and cut a hole to size in it for the candle holder opening. 

  • Step 3. I used matte gel medium to adhere the paper to the wood block and also brushed the gel medium over the paper to give more durability. Allow to dry completely before the next step. 

  • Step 4. Sand the paper edges so they are flush with the wood beveled edges of the box. If the edges rip a little like mine did, don't sweat it, they will be painted and inked, so it won't be noticed. Next paint any visible wood with coordinating paints. I used a combination of grey, blue, and white and painted a wood grain design on the top - similar to the design on the patterned paper. 

  • Step 5. Next I used Donna's Woodgrain stamp with Stormy Mix'd Media Inx CHOX to stamp the top and painted wood edges to coordinate with the paper. Allow to dry completely before the next step. 

  • Step 6. Stamp the top corner with Donna's Dear Sir stamp using Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx and cover with Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder. Heat emboss. Repeat for each of the four sides. If you are impatient and the ink used for the wood grain is not quite dry, the embossing powder may stick in unwanted places. You can use a fine tip paint brush to remove any errant embossing powder before heating. (Ask me how I know - lol!!) **Hint** Your stamping does not need to be perfect or exactly the same on each side - I was going for a girlie grunge look so imperfections and variations are preferred here. 

  • Step 7. Lay your box on it's side and give the stamped area one spritz with Donna's River Mossy Smooch Spritz, then mist with a little water to move the mist around and allow to drip down the side of the box. Heat set. Repeat for all four sides. 

  • Step 8. Apply light molding paste using Donna's Leaves Stencil. Heat set and repeat on all four sides. Make sure the molding paste is dry and set before doing the next side so you don't squish it. 

  • Step 9. Mist the stenciled areas with Wood Stain Smooch Spritz and water - allowing the mist to move around and drip. Heat set and repeat on all 4 sides. **Hint** If the molding page gets too dark, you can gently blot it with a paper towel to remove some of the mist. 
  • Step 10. Apply additional Sparrow CHOX and Stormy Mix'd Media Inx randomly over the box, blending it into the background with a foam applicator or your fingers. 

  • Step 11. Now it's time to decorate the top of the box. Create one large and two medium Bitty Blossoms flowers. A tutorial on creating these roses using Donna's Spellbinder dies can be found here. Then select two pieces from Donna's Corrugated Hand Drawn Swirls pieces and ink the edges and ridges with Sparrow and Midnight Mix'd Media Inx CHOX. The piece on the right in the photo below is bare and the one on the left has been inked. 

  • Step 12. Adhere flowers and corrugated flourishes to the top of the box in one corner and across two sides. I wrapped the corrugated flourish over the top and down onto the side of the candle holder. Here is a photo of the completed box. 

I hope you have been inspired to get grungy with some Donna Salazar Designs goodies and create a candle holder for a special gift this Christmas. 

Your next and final stop on today's 
Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop is 
Clearsnap's Meihsia Liu

If you get lost along the way, here is a list of participants in today's hop:

November 2:
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs
Graphic 45 – Romy Veul -
Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman
Sizzix – Tami Mayberry
100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell  
ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards
Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo
Graphic 45 – Susan Lui
Sizzix - Lorine Mason
Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer
Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella
Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

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~ Blessings ~


  1. Wow! This is one gorgeous girlie candle holder!!! Beautiful, and thanks so much for the tutorial on how to do it!! Love it, love it!!

  2. Amazing transformation! What a lovely thing you made from a castoff. Love your style!
    <3 J

  3. I love it! The colors and the flowers are just perfect.

  4. Wow! Fabulous transformation, Tracey! Your candle holder is GORGEOUS!! :o)

  5. Thank you for that tutorial, I love it soooo much!! And I will do it for sure!!

  6. You had me at Girlie Grunge! Pinned it :)

  7. Wow! This is amazing. Thanks for all the steps.

  8. Great idea. I've got several small boxes that I don't use for Kleenex anymore. they are just sitting around collecting dust - now I can transform them and put them on display. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much and please let me know when you have them completed. I'd love to see them!! ~ Blessings

  9. My gosh, this is stunning, Tracey!! What a gorgeous project!! It looks amazing!! I love all of the details!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. This is a great project - you could use this all year long!

  11. S T U N N I N G ! ! ! ! ! I have a glass tissue holder that I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to repurpose it! Now I know what I want to do with it!! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your gorgeous creation with me!

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara. Please let me know when you have repurposed your box. I'd love to see it!! ~ Blessings

  12. You're project is absolutely stunning. It is so beautiful. I thank you so much for showing us the steps on how to make this.

  13. Wow what an amazing transformation! This is incredible!!

  14. Wow Tracey that is quite fabulous transformation! Love the woodgrain look, gorgeous flowers and all the other beautiful elements

  15. This is just stunning! Anyone would be thrilled to receive this as a gift - I know I would!

  16. I am almost wordless ,cannot think of what to say except that it is just a fabulous creation. I love it.x

  17. Wow Tracey, this piece is stunning!!! The colour, the embellishments, everything is just perfection and thank you for sharing the process. I absolutely adore this!!! God Bless ox

  18. This is soooooooooooo gorgeous!! I love love love the colors and the flowers!!

  19. wow wee this is gorgeous, love it :)

  20. Beautiful job, Tracey, You completely transformed the original box. Love your paint treatment too. It totally blends into the patterned paper.

  21. Love the winters palette, love that you recycled an old box and those flowers are stunning! Well done!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous Tracey and so crammed full of fantastic ideas. Love it. Jenny x

  23. What an amazing candle holder. It looks like real wood, well done.

  24. Wow Tracey! I LOVE this piece! Thanks for sharing your process. It was so fun to see this beautiful transformation!

  25. This has been morphed into something so spectacular!!!! Love it!

  26. Great tute! I love seeing all your details!

  27. OMG, it's so beautiful!!! what a change!

  28. Oh this is so gorgeous! I love that you recycled an old box and I love your style. Thank you for sharing and inspiring all of us. Many blessings to you.

  29. Wow! Super gorgeous candle holder box, Tracey! Awesome transformation! tfs

  30. Outastanding Upcycle! You have reminded me of how one thing for which we may not like can be changed into something we do! Thank you for all of the details and photos! Appreciate your time!

  31. oh my god this is amazing!! i just discover your blog and i fall in love with your work!! wish we could be friend someday and you can give one to me loll i women can dream loll! no jokes you have a nice talent will come here to see often!!

  32. sensational with a capital S , loveeeeeeeeeeeee it x

  33. Wow gorgeous creation, love all the details!!!


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