So how did I get the look of the candles being blown out? I stamped all the candle flames in VersaMark ink on to black cardstock and heat embossed them using THIS embossing powder. After I applied the heat, I waited a few seconds and swiped the image from left to right using my finger wrapped in a clean white paper towel. I chose black as my background so the heat would pick some of that color up and give a gray look (which I thought resembled smoke).
TIP: I tried this technique out several times on scratch paper before creating this card. I encourage you to do the same for best results and to find the perfect timing of when to smear the heated embossing powder.
For the rest of the card, I heat embossed the candles using some purple embossing powder and the sentiment using THIS embossing powder. I die-cut the panel and the silver one behind it using THIS frame die. I adhered them both to a piece of Simon Says Stamp Doll pink cardstock which is included in THIS kit...
Simon Says Stamp was kind enough to send me one to play with and I can't say enough good things about it. I love the colors, all the gold foiling, and who doesn't need birthday cards on hand!?
I hope you give this "smeared" heat embossing technique a try. I think it would be so fun with cloud images as well. Thanks for stopping by!