Using the darling row of birthday candles from my MDS arsenal, I colored them all in shades of blues and greens, with the burning flames an expected yellow, of course. I printed out several rows of the burning candles, and headed down to my Creation Station to finish the card.
To add a little dimension to the otherwise static row of birthday candles, I cut out random candles from a separate row I had printed, applied them over their counterparts and popped them up with pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals.
The candles were then matted onto Gumball Green and Marina Mist cardstock. To accommodate the extra length of the row of candles, the card needed to be oversized: 4" x 8 1/2" for a finished size.
Originally, I had just planned to mount the matted piece to the white card front. Uh uh. Way too stark. So I dug through some retired stamp sets, and came up with these cute dotted circles. I stamped them randomly across the background in Gumball Green and Marina Mist.
Then to echo the tiny little lines under each flame, I added a narrow strip of black underneath the matted candles.
Kind of a jaunty happy card to maybe ease the "pain" of growing another year older. I hope.