Welcome to the Lights N’ Splatter Hop, a collaboration between Pear Blossom Press and Ink N’ Splatter! Our designers are sharing the sweetest light-up cards today, all featuring stamps from Ink N’ Splatter and lights from Pear Blossom Press. Be sure to hop along and comment as you go, for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher! Ready to be inspired? Let me show you my cards…
Which do you prefer, chocolate or cheesecake?
I always need birthday cards, and one that lights up is extra special, right? An obvious idea is to add lights to the candles on top of a cake. But sometimes, I have really cute stamps that don’t seem to lend themselves to that idea. So I came up with a way to make an easy cake that will work with virtually any stamps you want to use. Plus, you don’t need any special dies, just a trimmer and an optional corner rounder. Here is the recipe…
Ingredients (Supply List)
Candle Flame Gems
Double Thick Foam Tape
Push Here Stamp and Die Bundle
Strawberry Fields Mice Stamp Set
Strawberry Fields Mice Die Set
Corner Rounder (optional)
STEP 1. Gather your ingredients. In this case, I’m using Ink N’ Splatter’s Strawberry Fields Mice Stamps and Coordinating Dies for my decorative elements, but remember, you can substitute whatever images you want to work with for your cake. (Think of them as fondant decorations for your themed cake.) Feel free to adjust the number and sizes of the tiers to fit your images and/or card front. (Don’t be afraid to offset the cake to one side and trim off the overhang if it works better with your images.) If you’d like to recreate my A2 cards, here are the measurements:
Candles – 1 ¼” x 3/16”
Cake Top – 1 ⅛” x 2”
Middle Layer – 1 ¼” x 2 ¾”
Bottom Layer – 1 ¼” x 3 ½”
Step 2. Color. I stamped and Copic colored my mice and berry images, then die cut them. Next, I cut three candles for each cake and colored them as well. Notice that I trimmed a curve into the tops of the candles to make them look like they’re slightly melted.
Step 3. Prep your cake layers. I cut rectangles to the sizes listed above from brown and two shades of yellow cardstock. To soften the edges, I rounded the top corners of the cake layers, but you could leave them sharp for a modern cake design. I punched lots of holes into the lighter yellow pieces to look like Swiss cheese when layered on top of the darker solid pieces. (I couldn’t resist making a “cheese” cake for my sweet little mice.) Since I had plenty of stamped images to decorate my cake, I didn’t add any frosting. If you want to add extra decoration on your cake layers, you can drizzle Diamond Glaze along the tops, or use an embossing ink pen and a couple layers of embossing powder.
Step 4. Add lights! After laying out the cake layers and images, I decided where I would place the battery pack and LEDs for my EZ-Light, then adhered the candles and battery pack in place on a peach card front. Next, I poked tiny holes above each candle for the lights and drew little wicks with a black pen. I punched a bigger hole near the battery pack to thread the lights through to the back of the panel. Then, I nestled the lights into the tiny holes and taped them in place on the back side. After flipping the panel back over, I glued Candle Flame Gems on top of the lights so they would glow.
Step 5. Decorate! With the lights in place, it’s time to put the cake together and adhere it on top. On the chocolate cake, I felt like the white borders of my stamped images were too distracting, so I outlined them with coordinating Copic markers real quick. I found it easiest to glue my stamped images to each cake layer, then taped the layers together from the back. Before I added Double Thick Foam Tape, I heat embossed PUSH HERE on each cake to indicate where the button for the lights would be. (Be sure not to put foam tape where it overlaps the battery pack.)
After gluing the card front to a white card base, I scattered on a few Pink Gems for sparkle. What do you think? I can’t decide which I like better. How about you?
I hope I’ve inspired you to give this idea a try! I’d love to know what kind of cakes you’ll make and how you’ll decorate them. Ready for more inspiration? Hop along with us! Don’t forget to comment as you go for your chance to win!
Every good hop has prizes, right? So Ink N’ Splatter, and Pear Blossom Press are each giving away a $25 store credit! Comment on this post by July 1, 2022 to be entered to win. Winners will be posted here, on the Pear Blossom Press Blog on July 6, 2022.
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