The Sky is the Limit Rainbow birthday card
To start, I used the Make a Wish stencil and masked off the candles and flames as I applied Distress Oxides and Inks in rainbow order. For Inks, I used Candied Apple, Riper Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn. For Oxides, I used Twisted Citron, Prize Ribbon, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet.
Once the candles were colored, I cleaned the stencil and masked off the candle areas so that I could add Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide to create the yellow flame area.
Next, I stamped the hot air balloons from the Balloon Ride stamp set. I created masks for all of the hot air balloons as well as the clouds. This enabled me to stamp one of the clouds behind the top two hot air balloons, as well as create a colorful sky.
Once the masks were protecting the hot air balloons and clouds, I used a cloud stencil I had in my stash to apply Distress Inks in the colors Tumbled Glass, Speckled Egg (Oxide), Spun sugar, Shaded Lilac, Cracked Pistachio, Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade.
I then got to work on coloring in the hot air balloons with my Copic markers as well as stamping in the birds in the sky. I added some white gel pen accents to the balloons to add interest.
To tone down the bright colors on the candles I cut out some vellum in a could shape to match the stencil I used. I used some vellum adhesive to adhered it to the card over the candles.
I stamped the sentiment 'the sky is the limit' from the stamp set with black ink onto some white card stock. To help set the ink and make it shine, I added some Ultra Fine Embossing Powder - Icicle. This embossing powder is so great to use on slow drying inks so you don't have to wait forever for them to dry.
I fussy cut around the sentiment and glued it down to the card using liquid glue. To finish the card I added a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment strip that I had in my stash.