This card is very easy to make, but requires a lot of patience! The amount of candles can easily be changed to any amount you would like to make. Learn my quick trick in making all the little candle flames! Plus, find out what kind of foil I use (my tip to save money!)
First I started with two folded white cardstock and delved into my washi tape collection. Since the person I was making the card for was turning 49, I picked out 48 different washi tapes. I planned to make the 49th candle a special holographic rainbow foil candle.
After I got my tapes, I proceeded to do some simple calculations and measurements to see how many candles need to be on each card face, then I proceeded to put the tape onto the card in a “random” fashion. They were not evenly spaced, nor all standing straight. They were also all different heights. This variation gives the card a more natural feel.
Once I placed all the washi tape on, I used a thin piece of double sided tape and placed it down as the last candle. I then removed the tape’s paper and placed my holographic foil on top, rubbed, and peeled it off. Tada, a foiled candle! (See the last candle.)
The kind of foils I used are actually nail foils!! It’s very inexpensive and and I get lots of different colours and designs. I found that the nail foils also work very similar, if not the same, as craft transfer foil sheets. For more information on the nail foils, here is my blog post about it: Foils galore!
Anyway, to make the candle flames, the trick is to use this particular flower punch (see picture). Notice how each petal looks like a little candle flame? So I punched out a few of these flowers from double-sided adhesive sheets, took a craft knife to cut off each petal from the center, and tada! Six little candle flames per flower! Then you simply stick on each little petal/flame above each candle, remove the top paper to expose the adhesive and you are ready to foil away!
Once that was done, I stamped my sentiments, one that says “Happy Birthday” in a garden green colour, and the other that says “The more candles the BIGGER the wish” with Versafine Onyx Black. Then I went over the “Happy Birthday” sentiment with a Sakura Clear Startdust Gelly Roll. Finally, I assembled the two cards together by placing double sided tape and a piece of plain white typing paper on the back of the card join, and the card was complete!
Here is a list of some of the materials used:
- Stamp: “Happy Birthday” from “Just to Say” stamp set by Viva
- Punch: 6-petal flower by Picture Perfect
- Pen: Clear Startdust Gelly Roll by Sakura
- Stamp Ink: Versafine Onyx Black by Tsukineko
- Stamp Ink: Garden Green by Close to my Heart
- Washi Tapes: 6mm width, mostly bought from Action (a discount store in some parts of EU)
- Foil: colours used are holographic cracked glass rainbow for the candle, rose champagne gold holographic and sparkle gold for the flames
- White cardstock, about 220gsm.
- Small plain white typing paper
What I love about this card is the simple yet chic look. It’s also colourful and the foil on the flames makes a subtle but strong impact. There’s also enough space to write a message.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this very first post. Create happiness today!