Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Altenew Educator Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

I’m back today with a couple of cards for the Clean & Simple Boutique Cards Class at Altenew Academy. I have to tell you, this one was a bit of a struggle for me because I just don’t think much of my style is geared to Clean and Simple but I tried really hard to stay with that feel.

For my first card, I used one of the techniques that Jen showed by using specialty paper for my card. I’m pretty bad at masking so while I wanted to do another technique, I didn’t think it would turn out very well. Later on in a different course for the Altenew Educator Program there is a class on Masking so I’m saving it to try then.

Using the New Leaf Frame Cover Die, I die cut two of them from Gold Foiled Cardstock. Since the design is asymmetrical, I rotated the top one 180 degrees which gives a much fuller look that kind of makes that gold really pop.

I used an older Happy Birthday die for the sentiment and put it all on Dark Blue Cardstock. This is as simple as it gets for me but still made a very striking card.

For the second card, I had a used piece of decofoil and I wanted to be able to use the negative of that for my background. Thermoweb makes black toner sheets and so I was able to place the foil over that and it transferred it to the black paper wherever there was still gold foil on that piece. It looks so rich and elegant!

I used a favorite quote from Kind Words Stamp Set and heat embossed it with Antique Gold Embossing Powder onto black cardstock and kept the rest of the card simple. When I considered adding a few gold sequins or gems to the card, I felt it detracted from the gold foil, so I didn’t add any.

I used Dark Blue and Black for the card bases respectively. Whenever I use a dark bard base, I always cut a white interior panel to write on.

So there you have it - not one but two clean and simple boutique cards! I hope I've given you some ideas for making some of you own.

Have a great day everyone! I have a few more classes to write posts for over the next few days, so be sure to come back and see them. Thank you so much for stopping by today!


  1. WOW Vicki, these are both just gorgeous! Well done!

  2. Love the gold you incorporated to the cards! Thank you for submitting to AECP gallery!


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