Here's an idea for a dimensional birthday card... a quilled cake with candles.
- embossed blank card
- Quilling Paper - Paplin graduated color, dark center, 1/8 inch x 12.5 inch strip length) - yellow, peach, orange
- text weight paper for candles and 1/8 inch border stripe - orange, 1 sheet is more than you'll need
- a few inches of lace (I rescued mine from a worn pillowcase)
- silver-edge quilling paper (1/8 inch strips trimmed from an outdated guidebook)
- quilling tool
- paper piercing tool or cocktail stick (to apply glue)
Cake: Run a stack of three quilling strips through the crimper. Repeat for a total of 9 strips. Gently roll each strip on a quilling tool, allow the loose coil to relax, and glue end. Make each coil about the same size. Arrange and glue as shown onto the card.
Cake plate: Glue a small strip of lace below the cake and under that, glue two silver-edge asymmetric S scrolls placed horizontally. To make each scroll: Roll one end of a 4-inch strip past the center point, then roll opposite end toward first roll.
Candle flames: Roll three silver-edge curved teardrops. To make each curved teardrop: Roll a 4-inch loose coil. Pinch to a point, then curve tip slightly with fingers.
Doesn't get any sweeter than that!
(Unless it's chocolate of course!)