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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Tealight Candle & Internal CAS Firsts

The All Things Sugar Nellie Forum Challenge this week is to make a Tealight Candle Card. I have never made one of these before & went in search of a tutorial in imperial measurements as the US members of the forum - who work in inches - had requested this rather than the centimetres that the European contingent utilize. I tend to work in either - though I calculate layering measurements more swiftly in metric. I used the imperial measurements from this tutorial to construct my card. The holographic Mirri card made photography extremely difficult as did the shiny nature of the gift wrapping ribbon. Another first was my stamping the sentiment directly onto the card base. For the internal decoration I tried using punched panels in my normal fashion & also covering the white cardstock with patterned paper; I even considered stamping a candle image in place of the punched snowflakes but whatever I did just looked "fussy". Eventually I settled upon this "less is more" approach".

front of tealight candle card, the snowman pattern
 of the base cardstock is just visible

close-up of image panel showing dry embossing
of holographic gunmetal Mirri card

inside of card showing sentiment &
layered snowflakes

close-up of sentiment

close-up of layered snowflakes

Stamps Sugar Nellie Elisabeth Bell Partridge in a Pear Tree (image), Elusive Images UDLSP0335 Light of Christmas (sentiment).
Inks Versafine Onyx Black.
Colouring Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Paper Stumps & Sansador plus Sakura Stardust Pens for bracelet & ornament (image); Whispers Strokes Marker (sentiment).
Cardstock Snowman patterned, Holograhic gunmetal Mirri, light & dark blue from "stash".
Punches, Dies etc... Woodward (scallpoped oval, snowflakes), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots).
The gift wrapping ribbon & star sequins (on snowflakes) are from "stash".

Challenges Entered
All Things Sugar Nellie (Paper Craft Planet) Wk 29 - Tealight Candle Card
Lili of the Valley Challenge 73 - Anything Goes (normally I would use a LOTV image but LOTV specify that "for ONE WEEK ONLY you can use ANY MAKE OF STAMP OR DIGI IMAGE")


Donalda said...

Oh hon this is just breath taking !!! I have made a few of these and just love them, once you do them you get addicted don't you??? Thanks so much for such beautiful inspiration dear. Hugs

Lorraine said...

oh my gosh Paula this is absolutely beautiful i love the image and the paper and the sentiment inside is absolutely gorgeous I think you have photographed it well and the ribbon looks so luxurious i love this one i need to make a start on mine very soon xx

TaraG said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Paula! I love these tea lite cards...I bought some candles and will give a try! What a darling image and I love the embossed metal card! The inside is just a gorgeous what a beautiful sentiment! Stunning!!!!
Big Hugs,t

Debs said...

Gorgeous card Paula, I love the sentiment. I know how difficult it is to take pics of mirri card, my last one took about 10 tries lol. Debs xx

Louise said...

Wow Paula! This is just beautiful :) Love the blue colors :) And such a great idea with a tealight card. The sentiment is just perfect for this project.
Hoppas du haft en underbar helg! Önskar dig en bra vecka :) Tack för alla fina ord du lämnar hos mig, både på engelska och svenska :)

Annie said...

love the cool blues and cute lass on your card Paula and what a great idea for a little gift card. I must try to make one.
hugs, annie x

PaulaM said...

I love all the pictures of this wonderful card. Especially like your sentiment!! PERFECT for this challenge. TFS

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Stunning paula! I love the simplicity of your make and the blue and whits is so striking. It is always daunting stamping straight onto your cardstock...but worth it for the effect! Such a beautiful gift!
Hugs Judy xx

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

So pretty. i love the blue and white together for Christmas and your sentiment was very clever and PERFECT for this project. I've never made one of these type of cards, but I might give it a try after seeing yours.

I apologize that it's been so long since I've last stopped by, but I was so glad to have found the time today to visit you and catch up with all of your projects. They have all been so beautiful Paula.

Linda said...

Paula this a lovely take on the challenge that Fiona set. a lovely card well done xx

Kim said...

Paula this is so beautiful hun! What a fantastic tealight holder you have created and your little girl is soooo adorable! Love it hun!
Hugs~ Kim

xxxtglxxx said...

Gorgeous Paula, I love the cold, icy blues! Fantastic project with the tea-lights, and adorable image! :) Well done, and good luck!



Nicola said...

Awe this tea light candle card is just absolutely gorgeous Paula, love your colouring, papers and fabulous image. Sooo cute!
Thank you for joining us at Lili of the Valley, good luck in the DT´s individual candy and the Fabulous Grand Prize.
Nicola -x-

Rica said...

Gorgeous tealight card Paula, beautiful imaage and papers. I do wish mirri card didn't always look black in photo's when it looks so stunning IRL.
Tee-hee - it's nerve-wracking stamping onto the card isn't it? You can always cover it with a shape with the sentiment stamped on if necessary - I know - I've been there - many times!!
hugs Heather xx