Thursday, 19 March 2009

Candle Birthday Card

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Front of the card...............

I bought a set of these blank candle cards when I was in the NEC. The papers I used and the diecut flowers are all from Craftwork Cards, and were yummy to work with, all that chocolate and pink..... I cut the word birthday using the alphalicious cartridge, at 2" then ran them backwards through the xyron so that they had an even coating of adhesive, sprinkled with Great Impressions sparkling ice glitter, then attached them to the card using silicone glue so that they stand out. I inked the flames of the candles with pale pink, then bronze around the edges (cats eye chalk inks). The brads in the centre of the flowers and on the letters are not brads at all but really clever little domed paper shapes that they make, much cheaper than the real thing and they come in gorgeous colours too.
Last night I spent the evening on a production line - I had offered to help make wedding invitations for a friends daughter, and we all got together to cut and stick. The design is simple, coffee coloured linen texture trifold cards, with one of the gorgeous QK butterflies that you have seen on cards I have made, cut in pearlescent ivory card, with the bottom layer of the butterfly embossed with swiss dots, then three little pale pink pearls dotted down the body. Sounds simple? Well, originally it was going to be a very heavy hammered ivory card, and at 4.15 I decided to cut a few butterflies to get the 'production line' started when we met at 7.30. Would that die cut through the cardstock? No way. I had bought 100 sheets of the stuff as well. I tried every combination I could think of, adding bits of chipboard to the cutting plates, etc. No joy. So at 4.45, I dashed down into town and bought up all the pearlescent card, came home, would it cut? Not really, slightly better, but not perfect, so I fiddled around again with different layers until it cut through. Even then, the little holes in the top layer were stubborn and had to be coaxed out. So we painfully cut, poked, embossed and glued until we had done 75 of the little blighters. Still 25 to go, and another 100 needed for placecards for the table. I saw butterflies in my sleep last night!

31 comments:

Tonya said...

This is FABULOUS! Great job!

Caryn said...

at sound like one labour of love Enfys! I don't think I could do wedding stationary - I can bareley make 2 cards the same never mind 100!! I am dreading the day that someone might ask me!! I think most people I know are married now so hopefully the chances are slim!!lol.

Your candle card is just gorgeous hunny. Craftwork make some great designs don't they?

Hugs,
Caryn xxx

Sherry said...

great birthday candle card. Love your work. Thanks for sharing.

Sherry McDaniel

Velta said...

Oh My Word Enfys....how adorable...and so very different from anything I have seen...Just love what you have done here :)

kisatrtle said...

That is soooo cool! I really like it. TFS

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Enfys, you are so funny.. I hope they were beautiful butterflies you were seeing in your sleep... love your candle card...

Iris Benkel-Sommer said...

oh enfys
what a great idea,
the card is awesome

greetings from germany
iris

BettyBee said...

Those candles are FABULOUS!!! They light up my world! You are amazing, my friend! I can't wait to see you next month! Super terrific card. Love it!!!!!

Nix said...

Wow, love this one Enfys! x

Craftyanny said...

fantastic Enfys, very different. One to xcraplift me thinks lol
hugs
Anne x

Lana said...

Sounds like you have got your work cut out...
I love your candle card Enfys it is so original.
Hugs
Lana x

Tonniece said...

Hi Enfys

This is too pretty. I love the shaped cards but they are so hard to find around here.

scrapn_momof2 said...

This is just incredible!! I love the colors, the embelisshments, everything about it!! Very unique.

lisa said...

I love the candle card. The colours are yummy. I feel shattered hearing about your wedding stationary saga. I made everything for our wedding so know what a saga it can be. A few glasses of wine might help!!!!
Lisax

Papirskreppa said...

Very qute card. Love the colours. Justgreat. Sending you my best wishes for the weekend.

Delilah said...

That card is gorgeous! Great work!

DonnaMundinger said...

Darling card En! Love the candles. As far as 100 of anything I can't even imagine! Hugs, D

Whimsey said...

This is sooooooooooooo incredible; I just love the colors; the candles - so stinking cute!!!

Tasha said...

WOW Enfys this card is amazing what a fabulous idea to make a candle shaped card its so pretty too
love tasha xx

Norine said...

this is just great love it
Hugs
Norine

Tip Top said...

Beautiful card!! Ah Wedding invites - always think they are easy until you try and do more than 5!!!

Peet said...

Fabulous Enfys, love this idea !!!

Carol said...

NEAT idea Enfys!!! Am loving all those little details, great job!!!

Crystal said...

This card is AMAZING!! It is absolutely the coolest card that I have ever seen! So pretty too! Hugs!

Schaapje said...

What a lovely card.

craftaddict said...

Great card idea, will have to file this for future use.
xxxeileen

Lori aka Lo Lo said...

What pretty card! I luv the papers you used. What are the papers called? Or can you please give me the direct link to where the papers are from the shop you provided? I would luv to buy some for my wedding scrapbook.

Btw...I came across you lovely blog through Tammy's blog.

xoxo,
Lori

Nikki said...

This is the coolest card! I would keep it on display forever!
Hugs!
-Nikki

Kathy said...

just love your blog..and this candle card is so cool!! do you happen to have a template of it to share?!?!

Anonymous said...

Everything you create is absolutly gorgous(l know that isn't spelt right)l am also from England London have been in the states 38yrs. Back to your adorable cards etc, where did you get the candle cards from? Keep up the good work.Janet.

craftydispatcher said...

So cute!! Love the colors and paper together!