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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Festive Halloween Votives and Candles – NEW Collage Sheet & Digital Image Set

To kick off the Halloween crafty season, how about decorating Votives and candles for your Halloween displays.  
When I created the Pretty Potions & PoisonsApothecary two years ago, you may have noticed that I used decorated candles as part of the overall display.  To decorate the candles I used rub-ons from my stash.  Unfortunately I’ve had a hard time finding good Halloween rub-ons.  Since Alpha Stamps can produce their own sticker sheets from any of the collage sheets they carry, I decided to make a Halloween Silhouette collage sheet that would be east to cut-out and work great for decorating things like Votives, candles, bottles and as backgrounds for layered artwork.  And in case you want to take the images in some other direction or scale them up for really large projects I have also created a digital image set of the images.


NEW Collage Sheet & Digital Image Set
This sheet is filled with spooky silhouettes.  Many of the images are sized to fit the Votives. 
The digital image set contains all the images from the collage sheet plus 4 more images (cat, coffin, spider & a different tombstone).
The Details
For all of the samples I used the sticker sheet version of the collage sheet.  Cut the image out from the sheet and carefully separate the sticker from the backing as to not damage the ink on the image.  Apply the sticker and smooth to remove any bubbles.

You’ll notice I have all the Votives on stands as I think it dresses them up and it looks more interesting for them to be at different heights..
The bone trim around the bottom of the green Votive is from a Gothic Lace Border set of stickers.  The image of the bones is raised from the transparency to give it dimension.  The base of the votive is made from a wooden egg cup.
On the purple votive I have used black lace to trim the bottom and a wood candlestick holder as a base.  The holder is trimmed with beaded fringe and another of the gothic lace borders.
For the orange Votive, I trimmed the bottom in sweeper fringe.   The base is made from gluing a wooden knob into the grove of an egg cup.  The knob fits perfectly into the grove.
Another option for the sticker version of the sheet is to apply them to candles.  I used the ghost images on the tall candle and a couple of the tombstones at the bottom.  I tied black tulle around the base of the candle holders.  For the larger candle I used glitter bat stickers in addition to the images from the collage sheet.  I used a box top as a stand decorated with paper and pumpkin pods.
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used for this Project
Glass Votive
Egg Cups  - Green Votive & Orange Votive
Tim Holtz Crossbones Set – Green Votive
Black Beaded Fringe Purple Votive
Wooden Knobs – Orange Votive
Dazzles Black Thin Line Stickers Purple & Orange Votive
Black Sweeper Fringe – Orange Votive
Halloween Fiber Set – Orange Votive
Pumpkin Pods – Large Candle

8 comments:

Incipient Wings said...

Love this!!!
Wonderful creative ideas!

claude said...

amazzing

Coco said...

Fantastic start Laura.. Love your candles and your new Halloween sheets, they are great! Can't wait to see the following!! :) Hugs/Bises Coco

Ms Misantropia said...

Love these, the votives are beautiful.

Karen Mallory said...

Love these Halloween votives! The collage sheet is really great!!
hugs Karen

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Martina2801 said...

Wonderful new works which you have designed here, dear Laura! You've been very busy during my absence and one work is more beautiful than the next. I am excited!
Have a wonderful sunday, my dear.

Debi said...

Easy decor is amazing! Thank U for all this great stuff for OUR fav! celebration! xo