Just a few minor tweaks that took about a day-and-a-half to achieve and I had a label I feel is worthy enough for the candles.
Thank goodness I finally have some help around here with the housework. Now if only I could teach her to cook...
In order to perfect the labels, I had to bring out the big guns. Meet my ever faithful HP Color LaserJet 3600n printer.
He's huge, for sure, but definitely worth his weight in gold. Number one: the text printing is sharp and clean. Number two: there is no worry about ink running or smearing - eliminating the need to spray the labels with a top coat is just about as good as having a cat wash the dinner dishes : ) If you ever have a printing project you want to protect, laser is the way to go. The same effect can be had with a color laser copier - just make sure it's laser rather than ink.
Another reason I changed up the label was for ease in mass production. I liked the raffia and lace and different pictures on the original labels, but realized how time consuming it would be to have to add all the foo-foos.
Plus, all those extras would add to the selling price.
Then something too weird for description happened as I was mixing a candle with a scent labeled "Moon Lake Musk".
IT SMELLED JUST LIKE GLEN!
Well, fresh out of the shower and all spruced up Glen, that is. Obviously, I think is it a marvelous scent and so do the boys - who usually aren't very impressed with any of my creative experiments. (Golly, I wish there was a scratch and sniff feature on blogs.)
Yep, the scent got a new name. (Quit rolling your eyeballs. I know you'd do the same thing if it happened to you!)
Now, you know this is going to have to be our little secret - this candle smelling like my husband thing. I don't think it is a very marketable proposition to try to sell a candle that smells like one's husband. Besides that, I don't want people knocking on my door just so they can smell him, you know, try before you buy?
Yesterday's yield was small, but only because I ordered the wrong wicks. In candle making size DOES matter! Instead of filling vegetable cans, I used empty jars that had a larger opening than the vegetable cans I wanted to use.
Nonetheless, I am getting excited about this candle making ordeal. I've already had a couple of offers from store owners to sell them! Guess I best get busy, huh?