I first want to apologize for the length of time I have been away. A lot has been going on. The least is my voice going out, for like the tenth? time, and then there is the car accident I found myself in on May 29th. So yes, lots and lots that has been going on. But now onto the good stuff! In the midst of losing my voice I managed to get a few cards done! The next few cards are going to focus on one of the Altenew educator classes. It goes over simple, clean and “boutique” cards. It means, that less is more, and to use as little mediums as possible.
The first card I want to start with is just literally black, white and gray. I used Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set, and used different gray scale inks to fill up the background. I then used a “you are loved” die in the bottom right hand corner, and an edge lace die for the crease side of the card. To really make the die sentiment stand out, I added some black glitter cardstock from Craft Perfect as a shadow. I then topped it off with some blingy Stuido Katia black gemstones and voila!, your simple, clean, and easy boutique card. I hope you all like it. I am not going to lie, I really had to restrain myself from adding color somewhere, anywhere on this card. But I did it!
The second card shown here, has a little bit more color. Thank goodness! I used one of my newest stamp sets, although it was released a bit ago, a Study in Watercolor. I decided that I wanted to fill the background like I did with the gray-scale card, and I varied the colors I used. I then used the Winter Solstice snowflake die and used one of the layers in it as a frame, almost like a spotlight technique. I used metallic card stock to make the frame pop. To make the stamped image stand out more than the other’s, I used a micron pen to outline it in a sketchy look. I used Simon Says Stamps, Thankful Flowers for the sentiment.
The last card that I did for this series, uses the stamp from the Wonderland set from Altenew. To color it, I used one of my favorite mediums, the Zig Clean Color Markers. I just can’t enough of these, they just have an amazing quality to them when you add water. It somehow seems to make the color more vivid. The stamped image was also embossed with Nuvos fine silver embossing powder, so the pigment didn’t leak outside the image. I then used another one of the layers from the Winter Solstice die from Spellbinders to frame the image. For the sentiment I used the Thank You builder from Altenew, which I also embossed with silver embossing powder. Although there is only a small sliver of rose colored background behind the main piece, I think it helps bring out the color from the main image. And just for an added touch, I used my stitched rectangle die from Art Impressions. For the finale, I splattered it with a mixture of colors from the metallic watercolor set from Altenew.
I hope that you have enjoyed the cards that I have created. I tried my best to really get out of my comfort zone. I have found many of my “new favorites” by doing just that. Although I am more of a color person, it is amazing how sometimes, less is more. Don’t hate me for saying this, but I plan on utilizing some of the “less is more” aspects for my holiday card creations! Lol. I already have some ideas popping up in my mind. I could put them to paper with a Christmas in July! option! What do you think? In the meantime, feel free to share your work with me, I would love to see how you put these stamp sets to use, or others as well to get those clean, simple and “boutique” cards created. With everything that is going on right now, please remember to share love, and to always have hope. And remember, we can share that hope with just one card at a time.