Today’s card is my wrap-up homework assignment for the Clean & Simple Boutique Cards class at Altenew Academy. This is a fairly quick class of six lessons taught by Jennifer Rzasa who is the VP of Product Development for Altenew.
I love clean & simple cards, so this class was right up my alley. It was really fun seeing the different ways Jennifer incorporated techniques on her cards which one wouldn’t necessarily associate with the clean & simple style. While I didn’t directly duplicate the techniques of any specific card she presented in class, I did incorporate concepts from a couple of different lessons to create today’s card.
One of the lessons centered around creating your own stamped background on a clean & simple card. Instead of stamping a background, I decided to stencil one instead. I created a top-folding card base then masked off the back half of the card at the fold. I sprayed the Leaf Burst Stencil with a bit of Pixie Spray repositionable adhesive from Therm O Web then placed it on the card aligning the center of the stencil with the fold of the card. I then masked off the lower front of the card base to avoid getting any stray ink on the lower portion of the card.
Once everything was position, I began applying ink through the stencil using the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I started with the darkest color in the center then worked my way out. The three colors of ink of used are all from the Green Meadows ink collection from Altenew. The darkest shade is Just Green, the mid-tone is Sweet Leaf, and the lightest is Minty Mint.
After removing the masking and stencil, I wanted to incorporate an idea from one of the other lessons in the class which was adding either some faux letterpress or dry embossing. I thought this would be a great technique to use at the bottom of the card front to add some interest while still keeping all that beautiful white space we expect with clean and simple cards.
To add the embossing, I simply used my Scor-Buddy scoring board. I placed the front of the card base into the Scor-Buddy face up and scored at 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, and 1 inch. I then flipped the card face down and scored again at 5/8 inch and 7/8 inch. Doing this gave me both an embossed and debossed looked and created a subtle mountain – valley look to the card. Here’s a closer view showing the embossing detail.
Doing this technique is so easy, but it really dresses up a clean and simple one layer card. I think it definitely adds a nice touch of elegance.
To finish up this card, the only thing left to do was add a sentiment. I chose the “I Miss You” sentiment from the Sohcahtoa stamp set by Altenew. I stamped it over the lower portion of the stenciling in my Mini MISTI stamping tool from My Sweet Petunia using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed the project I’ve shared. Until next time …