As I was creating cards with the new Catherine Pooler Date Night Collection my kiddo had the brilliant idea of trying them out for candle-making.
We had made candles as new year gifts back in 2018 and both of us had thoroughly enjoyed the process … sadly, she didn’t remember much of it BUT I am so grateful she wanted to re-create the experience.
This time, though, she decided to watch what I do and then put her own spin on it while working independently.
I used the luscious inks on my trusty Gelli Arts gel plate for some beautifully mellow shades. Something happens when you transfer inks from the gel plate onto tissue paper … it yields a much softer effect than when you stamp directly on paper. I used a mini plate so was able to incorporate the shape of the plate itself as a design element.
I had enough tissue paper to make two candles, so I chose to go plain with the first one and stamp some of the Hip Hearts on to the second one for a more fun look.
And here is what my kiddo did!
I am so proud of this video for one reason: my six-year-old initiated the idea and saw it through completion.
She set up the camera, checked that she was inside the frame throughout the shoot, assisted with post-processing (learning how to hyperlapse a video and which parts to edit out and stitch together), did a voice over — and as a cherry on top designed her own logo on my iPad using Canva. There is no way I was this creative or this driven when I was six! Truly, I’m in awe of her.
She plans to launch her own YouTube channel this summer. I hope you’ll encourage and support this young creative! For her candle, she used Catherine Pooler’s Hip Hearts stamps and Memento Inks.
Have you ever tried making candles with stamps? Or with your help plate prints? Let me know in the comments.