The background was created by inking painter's tape with distress inks (pumice stone, weathered wood, festive berries and worn lipstick).
I coloured Tim Holtz's cupcake (birthday blueprint) with markers and watercoloured distress inks.
And then I started working on the candles and my simple idea turned into something a bit more complicated (it's just in my nature).
I die-cut the candles (poppystamps dies picket fence) and decorated each one individually using bits of scrap paper I had lying about.
The foundational candle layer was die-cut out of sookwang. The sookwang gave me an easy way to build up layers and to cover the flame with glitter ritz (sand). I embellished with my trusty and well-loved black gelly roll.
I am entering my cupcake and candles card into Sweet Stamps' Monthly Technique Challenge: Painter's Tape Technique.
Soon to come: Father's Day cards (yes, I know how late they are but consider them for inspiration for next year or a masculine birthday card), another attempt at a clean and simple birthday (teaser alert: not entirely successful) and, not one, but two memory books for retiring colleagues.