Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Merry and bright candles

I do love red candles, and white ones too, especially at Christmas. Since we had a gel candle suddenly go up like a rocket a few years ago I have to settle for battery operated ones - admittedly some are very realistic but isn't there just something about a real candle:
What a job I had taking this photo, no light box/booth here and it was dusk yesterday when I remembered :( But, with the aid of my daylight lamp and some jiggery-pokey with pink backing card laid on the laptop keyboard and also against the laptop screen this was the result - and also managed to pick up the sparkle and glossy accents.

It's a tent card with the main image sticking above the top for a change - grin, so that it'll fit nicely into a ready made 7" x 5" envelope.

I used:

- white card blank trimmed to 6" tall and 5" wide

- common sense prevailed and I stamped the sentiment first using SU 'Real Red' and a stamp by Hero Arts called 'Merry and Bright'

- SU 'Real Red' card stock for matting and also the candles. Snippets of yellow, orange and green card from the snippets folder for the other die cutting

- the candles were die cut using Dee's Distinctively 'Candle Set', added Stickles to the flames and Glossy Accents to the dripping wax

- holly leaves were die cut using Dee' Distinctively 'Wreath Builder' set with a few red pearls added for the berries

Really I'd planned to spend the whole day doing Christmas card inserts but Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge was niggling at me, plus I truly think that doing huge numbers of inserts in one go is mind numbing, when will I learn to do them all, and not just some, as I go along! Hazel's theme this week is 'Light it up'. And it's also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for December, where it's always 'Anything goes'.

Edit: I DO have some wax burners for Yankee candles, with tea lights in - can't beat the spicy smell over the festivities!



jimlynn said...

Stunning card!!!

Karen said...

LOVE IT! I don't think I could get through Xmas without some Yankee Candles burning their lovely sweet scents are the thing that brings out my Xmas spirit and shoos the bah humbug away. Stunning card and what a fab idea to have the top like that!

Pat said...

Lovely card Di, and the glossy accents look really good on those candles. Nice finishing touches.

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful! I can see the glossy accents and they look fabulous.

Just got back from buying my spite of my plans to be done by Dec 1st, I am still doing my inserts too!!!
Man, next year I am doing the inside before anything gets posted on my blog!!! lol

Glennis F said...

Lovely Di, we did a very similar one at our card/coffee group a couple of weeks ago!

Darnell said...

Yes, I agree, Di, there is just something about a real candle, but there is also just something about the candles on this card! Something wonderful and wowza!! I think you might have accidentally discovered a new way to take card photos ~ this is a treat and you caught the glimmer, too!! Hugs, Darnell

vic said...

Hi di wow this is gorgeous I love the candle and really love the ivy so pretty! What a lovely card!!


Vic xx

Sarah said...

Love it Di, great shaped card and your attention to detail is perfect. It was dusk all day here in Dorset yeterday and looks set to be the same today...still, house work to be done so it can do it's worst! x

debby4000 said...

Oh what a gorgeous, beautiful card.

Irene said...

Beautiful Di, and so perfect with the glossy accents.

Sarn said...

OOOH I LOVE this card Di. Super die cutting and effects.

Sarn xxx

Hazel said...

Love those candles, Di - and the raised up image looks good - thanks for a lovely entry for both CHNC challenges xx

Julie C. said...

Lovely card, the candles look so real! ^_^

Viv said...

OOOO this is a nice card Di!! The glossy accents make the candles real!

ike said...

Gorgeous - that is soooo lovely :-) Fabulous job of getting such a great photo too :-)

IKE xxxxxxx

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Kathyk said...

This is just lovely


Mrs A. said...

Love the dripping wax down the candle. So authentic looking.
Hugs Mrs A.(4 down 26 to go).

Mary said...

Wow, and maybe the key to sparkle and shine is not having a photo box. You captured all the beauty of your card. Very nice!

mamapez5 said...

That's a beautiful die. I love the candles. Kate x

Kathleen said...

Well 'love a duck' what a great card. love the red candles especially the glossy accents and the shape of the card is brilliant.
Thanks for your mail. xx

Kath x

Jean said...

Fabulous card Di, I love candles too, especially red ones at Christmas. That is a super die and it looks great with glossy accents. I like the pearly berries as well and the lovely sentiment stamp.
Jean x

Claire said...

What a striking card, it is beautiful. I have some candle dies here so might have a go at this.Using red is genius,and the glossy accents make it look so real.

Hettie said...

Ooo! A fellow pyromaniac then!! Love my candles, have my Advent Candle burning as I type! Got one in the Natitity Cave too! Yankees are the best!!
Lovely card there Miss!

Unknown said...

Lovely card Di, the glossy accents looks fab. I love my oil burner and candles too. :)

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

I love candles,
your card is gorgeous
hugs Tamara

Bonnie said...

I can't be trusted with lighted candles so I use an electric burner and scented candle and plug in oil. I love the real candles and these are so pretty and reminded me of when I would light candles and the soft light they gave out.

Elizabeth said...

Stunning card - love the candles. For me, it's the smell of the wax that even all those perfumed ones simply can't beat ... brings back all sorts of lovelychildhood memories. The glossy accents looks fabulous. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

KandA said...

This is a fabulous card Di. Love those candles with the glossy accents xx