A member of my church recently turned 95 years old and her family had a little party and invited church members to the celebration. I know Ms. Betsy quite well as I assisted her for over 10 years teaching the 2-3 year old Sunday School class. She had been the teacher of this age group for as long as anyone can remember until just recently when her health has prevented her from continuing. For such a dedicated and fun-loving woman she deserved a card that well and truly marked her 95 years!
I had seen these large candle cards over the years and one of my customers had recently made one for a milestone birthday for her mom so I was inspired to make one also. A recent craft day gathering was the perfect place to focus on this one large project! The first step was to I got to make a card base long enough to hold 95 candles!
I basically cut a bunch of Basic White thick sheets in half the long way, scored them at 5.5" and then adhered them together back to back making a long accordion style base. Then I added strips of DSP along the bottom of each panel as a base for the candles.
I cut candles in different patterns of paper from the same pack so everything would coordinate. You could use cardstock as well. I cut my candles at 3/4" wide and 2.5" high and could fit 6 candles per panel. I punched the flames out of Daffodil Delight cardstock using the small fish on the fish builder punch and just trimmed off the tails with paper snips. I sponged Daffodil Delight ink around each flame for added definition. Then adhered the candles and flames across all of the panels until I had 95 of them.
I made sure to have one blank panel at the end of the candles to stamp a greeting and have a place to sign my well wishes. I used some ribbon secured behind a panel of DSP on the backside of the last panel to create a built in way to tie the whole bundle together in lieu of an envelope or box . It ended up being as thick a small paperback!
And here is a quick video of the panel for the greeting at the end.
Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?
Stamps: Go To Greetings
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Basic White thick, Daffodil Delight, Design A Daydream DSP, Blackberry Bliss
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Fish Builder punch, ribbon, Alphabet A La Mode dies (for the 95 in the greeting)