Greetings Friends, Fans and Family!

Today kicks off the one of two new segments here on the Reverse Confetti blog…Wednesday in the Works.  It’s not really about one thing in particular, but rather “the works” of a stamped card or project.  Today we’re focusing on handmade embellishments, but a variety of topics will be covered in this segment… from color combos to shaped cards to inspiration pieces to mixing and matching stamps and/or papers…and everything in between.

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In the works today…handmade embellishments.

I used to buy lots of embellishments…in every color available.  Soon, I had a drawer full of embellishments and a few embellished projects.  Truth be told, what looked pretty in a package didn’t always look good on a project and I rarely found myself wanting to design around an embellishment.  I found myself using punches, die cuts and what I had on hand to make my own embellishments…  ones that perfectly matched my project, not only in color, but in size, shape and style.

One of my favorite embellishments to add to birthday cards is a candle.  Not the waxy ones from the package, but rather a handmade one from paper.  They are easy to make and easy to coordinate with any theme or style and can be made to give to either gender.  Small or tall, they will fit on any of your cards, tags or bags.

For this card, I used a trio of candles created from pattern paper scraps as the backdrop to the sentiment…


The kraft panels were stamped with each of the patterns from the new set, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS.  The sentiments are from the (also new!) set CELEBRATE CAKE. Polka dots and cake…who could ask for more?

Detail shot…


I’ve created a step by step photo tutorial on how to make these super cute handmade embellishments that add that perfect touch to any birthday card…


You will need:

Pattern Paper – shown cut into 2.5″ x 2 ” panels

(Note: small patterns or solid colors work best)

Double side adhesive

Baker’s Twine (or other cording to make the “wick”)

Optional: Pencil and Glue


Step One:

Apply double sided adhesive to edge of reverse side of one panel.


Step Two:

Beginning with the edge without adhesive, roll paper.  I choose to wrap it around a pencil to avoid creases, but do not adhere the edge when it is on the pencil.


Step Three:

If you have chosen to use a pencil, remove paper from around the pencil.


Step Four:

Tightly roll the panel and adhere edge with double stick adhesive.


Step Five:

When candle has been rolled and the edges have been adhered, add “wick.”  My “wick” is a 1.5″ length of baker’s twine.  I applied a tiny dab of glue to the end that I stuck into the candle.  This is optional, but ensures that your “wick” won’t come out.


Repeat each step to complete the desired amount of candles on your project.

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Stamps: Celebrate Cake, Whole Lotta Dots

White, Kraft Cardstock

Pattern Paper (Echo Park, Fancy Pants)

Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink, White Pigment Ink

Baker’s Twine, Nestabilities Circle Dies

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