Thursday, September 9, 2021

AECP - Simple Boutique Cards

 Hello again crafty friends!

Time for a few more Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) cards!!  I recently finished up a class called "Simple Boutique Cards" and would love to share with you the projects I made using what I learned.  I loved that this class encouraged me to focus on making beautiful cards that did not have a lot of layers to them.

Stamped Background:

My first card is probably my favorite of the two.  One of my favorite crafty things is creating easy watercolor backgrounds.  So I started this class by taking out my Altenew 36 pan watercolor set and some watercolor paper.  I used a wet on wet technique and created an easy pink panel with some pops of orange.  I also added some gold splatters.

After I trimmed my panel to A2 size I placed it in my MISTI and stamped my sentiment in the center.  I used Altenew Obsidian Black ink to the stamp the sentiment and all the other images on my panel. I alternated between stamping the Wonder Bloom and Wonder Flower stamp. Once I was happy with my flower image placement, I filled in the open spaces with a flourish image from the Hennah Elements Stamp Set.

I finished the card by placing the panel onto a A2 cardbase.  I really love the colors and flowers on this card.  I have to say that creating one layer cards is definitely stepping outside my comfort zone but I'm happy with the result!

Designer Paper:


For my next card I knew I wanted to do some heat embossing on vellum.  I just the love the way an outline stamp looks on vellum heat embossed in gold!  This was also my first time trying out coloring with my Altenew alcohol markers on vellum. 

After stamping out the Altenew Paint-A-Flower Sunflower I turned over my heat embossed image and colored it on the BACKSIDE of the vellum.  This was so the alcohol ink would not smear and so that the embossing powder would not damage my marker tips!

My next step was to create a simple background for my flowers.  I stamped the Whimsical Herringbone Stamp onto a piece of white cardstock in the color Fuschia. The background adds a subtle interest behind the vellum.

When I cut my vellum (A2 size) I added an additional 1/4 inch to the length so that I could score and fold the top to wrap around my panel of cardstock.  This allowed me to adhere my vellum without having to worry about hiding adhesive!

 My last step was my sentiment! I stamped "You are my Sunshine" from the Sunflower set in black ink onto white cardstock.  I trimmed the sentiment down and added a thin black matte to the back.

That finishes my cards for today! I hope you enjoyed them and maybe picked up some inspiration to try out your own Simple Boutique Cards!

Thanks again for stopping by! See you again soon.


Friday, September 3, 2021

Sunny Studio Stamps - Fabulous Flamingos!

Welcome and thank you for stopping by!

Today's card features some cute little flamingo friends courtesy of Sunny Studio Stamps.  Let's get into the card!


I have been loving coloring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers lately. I find that I get the best results using Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper for this technique.

I started out by stamping two of the flamingos, all of the leaves and bunch of the little flower image.  I used a black pigment ink and gave it a few minutes to dry before starting my coloring.  


After coloring my images using pinks, greens and also the blender marker I cut all of the images out using the coordinating dies.  Isn't it nice when you have the coordinating dies!  When I first started crafting I convinced myself that I didn't need them (silly girl!) but now I'm feeling spoiled LOL!!

The background was very fun to make and pretty easy too!  I started by ink blending on some smooth white cardstock using Distress Oxide Inks.  I used Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet.  I trimmed my panel to 4 x 5 1/4 and then ran the panel through my die cutting machine using this lovely floral lace embossing folder. Yes, I placed the wrong side down in the folder (oops!) but I still like how it looks! The image is now de-bossed or pressed in rather than popping up!  Hope that makes sense!

I arranged my images in the center of my panel and adhered them using liquid glue.  I used a sentiment from the stamp set and stamped it onto a banner that I created using a die from my stash onto some white cardstock.

I adhered my finished panel onto a white cardstock and added some glossy accents to the flowers and flamingo's beaks for a little added dimension.


I just love this card and stamp set.  I just screams Summer to me and that's OK even though Fall is moving in on us fast!

Hope you enjoyed my card and I'll see you again soon!


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