Monday, 28 March 2011

Calorie-free birthday cake

Here’s a cute little idea I picked up at Convention last year. It’s a calorie-free birthday cake in its own little box.

The “cake” is just a battery tealight (and it's VERY important that you use a battery tealight and not a real one), covered with a strip of Designer Series Paper. Actually, for this one, I used a border from a retired Simply Scrappin’® kit, but any co-ordinating paper will do. It didn’t stick to the plastic particularly well, so I tied a piece of ribbon around it, too.

The top and base are made by punching out a scallop circle. For the top one, I stamped with Circle Circus first – imagine how cool this would look if done in glitter, or embossed in white to look like icing! You punch a small hole in the top one and snip it with scissors to look a bit like an asterix. This allows the flame to poke through.

For the base, you punch a hole with a ½” circle punch, to leave room for the switch. Depending on the design of the tealight, you may also need some Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the scallop circle something to stick to.

The box is just made from a square of cardstock – 15cm square in this case. You score at thirds to create a grid of nine squares. Next cut along the scorelines towards the centre on opposite sides and then fold everything towards the centre.

The lid is made from a square of Pumpkin Pie cardstock measuring about 8.3cm square. Measure from each edge at 1.5cm and score to create the lid. But before sticking it down, punch out a scallop circle from the top and line it with a piece of vellum cardstock. You can decorate the top if you like, and the light from the tealight will show through the vellum.

Party This Way is perfect for this set and with these colours – very jolly. But you could make it in gentle pinks for a little girl or dark neutrals for a man. Have fun!

The final touch was a little heart – again from a retired scrappin’ kit. You could use a scrap of Old Olive cardstock and the small heart punch.

Stamps: Party This Way, Circle Circus
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8” circle punch, 1 ¼” circle punch, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Whisper White, ½” circle punch

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