I used a Heavy Whisper White cardstock for my base and then added two mattes, the first using Pineapple Punch cardstock and the second using Melon Mambo. I stamped the adorable Ellen Jareckie House-Mouse images using black Memento ink directly onto a piece of Mixed Media paper. I love that paper because I can do any kind of colouring without worrying about my paper pilling, buckling or otherwise betraying me. The Memento ink is wonderful when I use my wax based crayons and Gamsol for colouring the images since it doesn't lift and mix with my colours.
Once I finished colouring everything and using my paper stub and Gamsol to smooth the colour out, I added some shimmer to the delicious-looking pink icing. My Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen worked beautifully for that purpose. I also wanted the candles to have a bit more dimension as well as more of a waxy look and so I carefully covered them using my Shimmery Crystal Effects. Once dry, they were perfect.
Once assembled with a simple "happy birthday" sentiment added, I decided that a bit more "bling" was needed. I found some Melon Mambo sequins and added a tiny silver pearl in the centre of each. I think I've made it feminine enough, don't you?
I hope you'll enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it. Have fun with our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.
I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #116 - Anything Goes
House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #313 - Anything Goes (and the option of sparkle)
Crafty Creations #408 - Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says Happy Birthday