Sunday, May 5, 2013

Candle Shaped Card

The idea for this card popped into my head in the wee hours of the morning. This often happens to me and I must get up at once and go work on the idea. I had seen the "Shaped Cards" challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges before going to bed last night. I  was thinking about this challenge as I drifted off to sleep and awoke eager to put the card together.

I began by hand cutting three candles from red cardstock. I don't draw the image first. I just cut out the image I want  because if I try to draw an image, I struggle with it, but give me a pair of scissors and I can usually cut out exactly what I had in mind. Anyway, I cut two candles the same height and cut the third one taller and slightly wider.  Next I used chalk and Luster Rub-Ons to give the candles dimension and detail. I hand cut the flames from a piece of cardstock that I inked with yellow, orange and red ink overlapping the inks to create a flame color. I attached the flames then drew in the wicks with a black marker.  Before adhering the candles to the cardbase, I hand cut a silver plate and attached it to the bottom of the cardbase. I attached each candle using dimensional adhesive down the center and double sided tape on the right and left edges of each candle.  This gave the candles the dimension and roundness I was looking for.  I added punched, inked holly leaves and three red pearls to represent the holly berries.  To shape the card, I fussy cut around the candles. I wanted to be sure that the flames would remain attached to the candles so I adhered a transparent circle behind each candle flame.

Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Recollections (red), Bazzill (green), Ink: Studio G, Chalk: Craf-T Products, Luster Rub-Ons: Craf-t Products, Transparent plastic: # 6 plastic (recycled), Holly Punch: Emaginations, Circle Punches: EK Success, Pearls: Queen & Co, Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Stainless steel foil (scrap stash)

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