Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

I just finished another class for the AECP, Altenew Education Certification Program. This one was one of my favorites, so far. As I take them they all might be a favorite. In one lesson she talked about using luxury paper, such as gold or wood grain. In a different lesson we created our own backgrounds and I yet another lesson she talked about metallic details. I combined those ideas to create these two cards. The first one uses Ditsy Print stamp set. First I stamped the outline layer in a light grey using my MISTI. I wanted to add the silver embossing outline but needed to do that last. So I kept the outline stamp in the MISI so that when I stamped with Versamark for the silver embossing, the stamp would line up exactly with the grey ink I stamped first. Next I stamped base layer of the flowers in a light blue and then the second and third layers in darker blues. I then stamped the leaf layers in greens. When The center flower was done I went back and re-stamped the outline with Versamark ink and then heat set in silver. Once the center flowers were complete I stamped the outline stamp in the same grey ink to fill the background. To add a little more detail I ran the edge of the white card along the Versamark ink pad and embossed the silver around the edge. I did the same around the blue sentiment strip. I mounted the white flower paper on dark blue paper then mounted it all on a white notecard. I had some metallic edged ribbon that set the sentiment off nicely.

For the next card I had some black glitter paper I wanted to use. I also happened to have black circles left from a previous project that I die cut using the Fine Frames Circle die that I wanted to use. Because I was using black glitter paper and black circles I wanted to keep the card simple and elegant so I stamped the flowers in grey. Afterward a friend said she’d never send a black birthday card to any one, so maybe I should have made it a sympathy card. Anyway I still like it.


  1. Kimberly Poje

    April 18, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    I agree with Erum, Laurie! This is a lovely card. When I look at it I think it is classic and elegant!

  2. Erum Tasneem

    February 1, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Laurie, I would love to receive a black birthday card. Anyone will be very pleased to receive your gorgeous card. And if they have a problem, they are just not the type of people you send your handmade, beautifully crafted, took-all-day-to-make creations to. You like using black, go ahead and make all the black flowers! You loved what you created and enjoyed yourself while at it. Please don’t stop.
    I love both the cards you created. They are so different from each other and both equally beautiful.
    Thank you for submitting your beautiful work to the AECP assignment gallery.

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