After spending 5h to make one card yesterday, I decided to do the “Clean and Simple Boutique cards” online course today as part of my Altenew Academy Educator Certification Programme (AECP). I was so looking forward to doing this class as I’ve been wanting to get some tips on how to give my cards that extra trendy touch and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved every single of the 6 classes in this course. They even have a special envelope making & packaging class to properly gift wrap the beautiful cards you make.
I managed to make 3 cards in just under 2h, counting the drying time for the foils, so that’s how easy my cards were to make! For my first card, I stamped one of Altenew’s Floral Shadow stamp with different Altenew inks and spritz water on it before stamping it on my card base. I then masked it and sponged in Momento’s London Fog through the Grid stencil to give some interest to the background but keeping it light so it would still stay clean and simple.
The sentiment comes from Altenew’s “One of A Kind” stamp set and I thought it was quite fitting for my rainbow flower! To finish, I followed a tip from Jennifer Rzasa, who was teaching this course, & added some doodling. I really loved doing that, maybe I should pick up doodling!
My next card used the foiling method together with the feather stamp from Altenew “Happy Dreams”. I’m so glad this method was included in the course as I bought some iCraft deco foil a year ago and after one failed attempt, never tried it again! In her course, she used clear embossing powders, but as I have Deco foil’s transfer gel, I used that instead and I followed Gina K’s advice on how to use it. Instead of putting my gel onto a separate dish though, I just used the cover of my gel container so any leftovers will be kept air tight and won’t dry out. I use a sponge dauber to add the gel onto my stamp and I clean everything with soap and water as soon as I use them so they don’t dry onto my tools and stamps.
This is how it looks like wet and sticky but then it dries clear and smooth. Once you put it into the laminator, it melts the paste and turns it sticky again and adheres the foil to it! To create the “sandwich” that you add your ready to foil card in, before putting it through the laminator, I just use parchment paper that certain companies wrap their stamps in (yes they are all so pretty I can’t bear to throw them away) and failed cards. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I just stamped it with Versafine black ink before die cutting it with a circle die from Sizzix. I added the black and transparent washi stripes to add more interest.
Here’s a video to show you how beautiful the foil is. My teenage daughter said this is her favourite card so far, so I guess I’ve succeeded in making a trendy card! 😉 I’m not going to share the 3rd card today as its already quite a photo heavy post.
Well I hope you liked my post and thanks so much for the encouragement you’ve been showing me through your comments, I really appreciate it. I’m off to make some beautiful custom made envelopes now, as shown in the course, so I’ll sign off here and wish you a Wonderful Day!
I’m sharing the Rainbow flower card with:
AAA Cards – Somewhere over the Rainbow. I coloured my flower especially for this challenge
Addicted to CAS – Summertime. This summer I’ve been painting flowers, planting flowers and taking pics of flowers…
Crazy for CAS – Summer
Inkspirational – My 2nd card t their Under 10 mins challenge. I don’t know exactly how long it took but it was vERY quick!
And the green foiled card with:
613 Avenue Create – Create your own designer paper
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes