I have been using my seasonal cartridges a lot lately. One of my favorites is Joys of the Season. This was a new cartridge when I first got my Cricut. I "had to have it" and I paid more than I am willing to pay now that I am older and wiser about cartridge pricing. I don't regret it at all - there is so much on this cartridge and I keep finding new ways to use the images.
If you read my blog regularly, you know that I like using border punches and have accumulated quite a collection of them. I know there are several available that punch birthday candle borders but I don't have any of these. My shelves are starting to run out of room. I found a way to make a quick candle border by using the Hanukkah menorah on Joys of the Season.
I used three menorahs and moved them into position so the candles were evenly spaced. The menorahs are not welded to each other but are welded to a rectangle. I used a 6.5 inch wide rectangle and a guideline rectangle for a 5 x 7 card to create a card topper. I didn't want to make the candles much smaller so I did not make a topper to fit an A2 card. You could use only two menorahs to make a topper to fit nicely on the A2 size but I just have this thing about odd numbers!
There are a few extra pages in the file so you can play with the colors in preview. The actual topper is cut from the first page and the "happy birthday" sentiment from A Child's Year is cut from the second page of the file. If you don't have A Child's Year you could use another cartridge with the phrase or weld your own sentiment to fit the card.
I cut the "happy birthday" from glitter cardstock using multi cut 2 for a clean cut. I also decided to cut an extra layer for contrast to form the "cake" on the card. This optional layer is not in the file - just cut a piece of paper or cardstock to 6.5 x 3.75 inches. I made the card base from a piece of yellow cardstock cut to 7 x 10 inches, scored and folded in half.
A tiny bit of yellow Stickles glitter glue lights up the candles. When you add the Stickles you should work on a scrap paper and then lift the cut and check to be sure that the glitter is only on the flame area. Let it dry on a non stick surface like a craft mat if possible.
I inked the edges of the "cake" with brown ink to hide any white core that might show. The colors are not my usual choices and for some reason they did not photograph very well but the card is bright and sparkly in person!
Thanks to all of you who left comments or emailed me about my 500th post - I really appreciate hearing from you and I am blushing from some of the lovely messages and compliments (and yes, the housecleaning often does lose in the competition for my time!)
Birthday Candle Border