Birthday Candles

Wednesday, 1 July 2020


Hello! I am happy to say I am guest designing for July with the CAS Mix Up Challenge which is to use Stencil Tracing. This is one of my favourite cards I must say. It was fun to make and I love the blues, that also have hints of purple.


On Yupo Paper I used Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Sailboat Blue and Indigo, along with Blending Solution for my background. The inks get to a point where they are just tacky, which is when I add the deco foil, using gold foil for this card. I then wait for the piece to dry entirely.


Using my stay-tion I lay the stencil on top of the Yupo background and proceed to trace the stencilled parts. First I used my EK Success Calligraphy Pen in gold, then went around the gold pen with my Micron Pen in Navy.


I attached the Yupo to Neenah cardstock, then cut a thin piece of gold glitter paper for the trim. Under the trim I stamped the birthday sentiment using the Happy Birthday from the Altenew Stamp set along with VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise.

Thank you for the Invite Loll, I had fun making this card.

And thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you too have enjoyed this card.

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12 comments

  1. Sailbaot Blue is one of my all time fave AI colours Kia and your card is fab! Glad to see you as our Guest Designer this month at CAS Mix Up!

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  2. I always love an alcohol ink background and this technique looks perfect for this card. What a neat idea to outline twice in gold and blue, it looks brilliant. I am so glad you joined us a guest designer this month at CAS Mix Up xx

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  3. The colors of your alcohol inked background are a beautiful base for these golden candles! An awesome card, Kia! Congratulations on your win! It's so nice to have you as Guest Designer this month!

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  4. Love how you double out lined your candles Kia in the gold and blue on your alcohol inked background. Wonderful to have you as our Guest Designer this month at CAS Mix Up!

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  5. Stunning AI background and I love that you just used the outline in the two colours! Very inspiring! So happy to have you as our GD this month:)

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  6. What a pretty card. The vibrancy of the alcohol inks look fabulous and the fun technique of the outlining twice is marvellous. Congratulations on guesting x.

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  7. What a beautiful approach with the Alcohol Inks. The two tone outlining really makes this card special. Thank you for being our special guest!

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  8. The colours of your background are GORGEOUS, Kia! Love how the ink flowed with the blending solution. How cool to outline the candles twice. I really does make those candles stand out against the vibrant background. Very clever idea! Amazing card! Thanks for being our Guest Designer this month at CAS Mix Up! xx

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  9. I love the arty look to this. The blue background works so well with the gold and then to add the gold strip is an inspired idea-great to be GD with you x

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  10. Gorgeous blues alcohol ink background with bits of gold foil, Kia. Love how you traced your stenciled candles with gold and then outlined again in black ink. Very clever. So pleased to have you as one of our Guest Designers this month. Hugs...Nancy

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  11. Love how you used the outlining technique on your card Kia - so pretty with the gold/blue stenciled candles over the watery AI inks! Congrats on your guest DT spot this month!

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  12. Love those rich blues (my favourite colour!) - and the bits of gold foil are a great contrast and added texture. Fabulous stencil tracing with both the gold and navy pens.

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