This card was pretty fun to make! It’s my response to the current Muse challenge. I also incorporated Cupcake Inspiration‘s shine bright and CASology‘s Dream theme (interpreting dream as a synonym of wish). And as I used snippets for the candles, this is also an entry to Pixie’s Snippets Playground.
Normally I work on a panel then attach that to a card base, but I decided to live dangerously today(!) and worked directly on the card base. First I masked off an area in the centre of the card. I then painted it with water-colour paints. I put down a wash of pale yellow first, then went over it with a darker yellow, and then an orange along the top, to get an ombre effect.
I set the painted card base aside to dry and got started on my candles. I picked some snippets of pale blue and green card, trimmed each to strips, then rolled them up to make the candles. I sealed them with a little Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue.
Next I was trying to work out how to do the flames. I decided I would use my little heart stamps (I think the particular one was from Avery Elle’s Home Sweet Home, though I do have them in several sets).
Initially I was going to stamp it in yellow fading to orange at the top edge, to look more like flames. It looked great on the scratch paper I tested it on, but the yellow didn’t show on the painted background. So I stamped it straight in the orange instead. Which actually ended up looking red, anyway!
I then stamped in wicks using silver ink, though that doesn’t really show up after I attached the candles! I stuck them on next using the same liquid glue as I’d used to put them together.
Finally I stamped the sentiment. I selectively stamped the “wish” from the best wishes sentiment in Avery Elle’s Petal Panel. I then made the rest of the sentiment using letters from Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs. I test stamped that on a piece of scratch paper. Apparently I got ink on my finger in the process and then when I was moving the stamps into position to stamp properly I of course got said ink onto the card base, making a smudge… Sigh. Oh well.
And that was it done!