Merry Patterns Paper-Pieced & Colored Candles Cards

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Yesterday, I shared a fun two-step stamping card featuring the limited-time-only Merry Patterns stamp set.  Today, I'm sharing another pair of cards using that same set…this time using two different techniques to decorate that candle image. 

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Paper pieced candles - two cool

Merry Patterns Paper-Pieced & Colored Candles Cards

I used Two Cool techniques to decorate the candles on today's Merry Patterns cards!  I love how these cards turned out!  I love the Merry Patterns set so much!

Paper pieced candles - indigo & olive
Background Basics—I started by die-cutting a circle window at the top of a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Old Olive card stock. 
Paper pieced candles - indigo & olive 2
I added a 3-3/4" x 1" piece of striped Be Merry Designer Series Paper along the bottom and tied some1/8" Silver Ribbon around it into a double-knot.  I adhered a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the Island Indigo card base, then popped up the window layer with Dimensionals to create a recessed window.
Paper pieced candles - indigo & olive 3
Colored Candles—I stamped the Merry Patterns outline candle image in Memento Black through the window onto the Whisper White layer.  I colored the "back" candles with some Island Indigo ink and a Blender Pen.  Simply squeeze the ink pad to transfer ink onto the lid and use that as a palette for your blender pen.  I added some Wink of Stella clear over the top for some shimmer.  I also colored the flames with Crushed Curry ink.
Paper Pieced Candles—I stamped the outline candle image onto a piece of Be Merry DSP with Memento Black ink, then cut out the "front" candles with my super-sharp Paper Snips.  I adhered those pieces onto the candle focal point with SNAIL.  How cute is that tiny deer on the candle?  Awwww!
Sweet Sentiment—I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay onto a 1/2" wide strip of Whisper White, then fish-tailed the ends and popped it up with Dimensionals over the bottom of the circle.  I finished by adding some Rhinestone Jewels on either side.
Paper pieced candles - bermuda & pool
Two Cool—My second version starts with Bermuda Bay card stock for the window layer and it's eventually mounted onto a Pool Party card base.
Paper pieced candles - bermuda & pool 2
This time, I colored the candles and stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink.
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