Clean and Simple Boutique Cards – AECP

Clean and Simple (CAS) cards are not my strong suit. I have a problem with empty space. Ha! I’m always looking for new ways to fill up my backgrounds, so I was excited about this class and a little apprehensive at the same time. In this class, it’s more about saying a lot by keeping it simple; hence the Clean and Simple. This class showed me how to use multiple techniques to keep my cards simplistic, and even showed cards with a lot of empty space. So, I picked a small stamp and went for it.

Submission Card

Above is my submission card, but I ended up with 4 cards in the end. I used multiple mediums on this stamp – some worked well, some didn’t, in my opinion. Why? I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I’m not very good at coloring. I know, practice makes perfect, and I am getting better, but WOW, I need a lot of practice.

For now, I’ll stick to talking about my submission card, and show off my others at the end of this post.

Altenew One of a Kind Stamp Set


  • Altenew’s One of a Kind Mini Stamp
  • Altenew’s Tranquility Stamp Set – Sentiment
  • Zig Real Brush Markers
  • Bristol 300 Smooth Paper
  • Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Distress Oxide Ink – Antique Linen

The Card

Not a lot to talk about here. Great isn’t it? Less reading for you.

I stamped the mini flower from One of a Kind stamp set using antique linen (distress oxide) and colored my flower using Zig real brush markers. These markers move beautifully on the Bristol smooth paper, allowing me to blend 2 colors seamlessly. I used my Momento black ink (momento tuxedo black ink is amazing for thicker sentiments) to stamp the ‘Thank you’ sentiment from Altenew’s Tranquility Rose Stamp set. I cut the panel slightly smaller than A2 and adhered it to kraft colored card base.

That’s it. Done. It was hard for me to leave all that empty white space.

I was hoping for more defined petals, but again, coloring is not my strong suit.

A Closer Look

The Other Cards

This one is similar to my submission card – using Zig markers but having more outlined petals, and I used masking to create a frame for my flower and sentiment.

Masking and Ink Blending

For the card below, I used copics to color my flower and some splatter. I didn’t plan on using splatter but I got a yellow dot on my panel with one of my markers. So…yellow splatter to hide my oopsie.

Using Copics for my Flower

I used a technique on the card below I would like to try again in the future. I wet Prima Marketing Watercolor pans and used the pans to ink up the stamp. I then used a wet brush to move some of the color around. I like the look this gave me but I think I can do better with a bit more practice. I even used this technique for the sentiment.

Watercolor Stamping
Thank You Card Set

That’s it for this class…see you at the next one – Easy Ink Blending Techniques.

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