Fourth Altenew Class Submission:Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

This was one of my all-time favorite classes! Simple often equates to elegant and learning to STOP is important. It’s easy to keep adding to a card when you have enamel dots on your desk and glitter in the next drawer. Stopping is not my forte and this class helped me appreciate clean and simple.

My first card was inspired by simple repetition and just a hint of color.

Using a simple flower from Altenew’s Doodle Blooms stamp set and Jet Black mixed media ink, I first stamped the image three times on the left and five times on the right of a white panel cardstock cut from Neenah Solor White 110 lb. Because I wanted to add color to the flowers, I heat set the black ink. Next, I used my Score-pal to emboss two narrowly spaced parallel lines between the two sets of flowers. (Hard to see in the photo.). This embossing tip was demostrated in the class and I think it’s a simple and brilliant way to add interest to a card. Next I used Altenew Frayed Leaf and Buttercream Inks, mixed with just a tad of water, to color the flowers. Finally, I added the small Thank You sentiment from Altenew’s Painted Butterflies stamp set. I mounted the panel onto yellow Bazzill cardstock and then onto an A2 card cut from black cardstock.

My second card was similar in style using a larger floral image and leaves from Altenew’s Doodle Blooms stamp set.

Carefully aligning the stem of the leaves with the curve of the flower petals, I positioned the same leaf stamp on each side of the flower. On this card I used the sentiment, “I’m always here for YOU” from Altenew’s Painted Rose stamp set…. making this card all about the person who receives it! As before, I mounted the white panel on yellow and then onto black cardstock. In each of these cards, I placed a white panel on the inside for a personal note to the recipient.

This technique is perfect when you need a quick card for that special occasion. Over embellishing is a real challenge for me so being “forced” to create a simple card was exactly what I needed. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and joining me in the journey for Altenew Certification. As always, constuctive critiques are very much welcomed!

Have a great day and hope you’ll visit again soon!