It might feel like all the holidays are behind us, but Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. As much as I love covering everything in red and pink, I find it difficult to get excited about shopping so quickly after Christmas. So what better way to show that special someone you care than by making them a gift? Because nothing says endless love like carving your initials into a candle!
- Linoleum Cutter
- Gold Leaf Pen/Ball Point Pen
Start by taping your design to a candle. You don’t want it to slip when you draw over it! You can freehand the design or make it in Photoshop if you need more of a guide. I used the unique shape tool in Photoshop to make the heart and Garamond for the font.
Firmly trace over your design with a ball point pen. This will make the initial path you need for carving, so be extra careful.
Go over your initial tracing with the linoleum cutter. The line should be wide and deep enough to fit the tip of your gold leaf pen.
Go over the inside of your carving with a gold leaf pen. You may need a second coat to achieve the level of gold you want. Let dry and gift to your sweetheart.
Not the lovey-dovey type? Try carving stripes, zig zags or any other geometric shape instead!