Friday, November 30, 2018

Enchanted Iris

Hello my friends!  I just finished up another class for the Altenew Educator Certification program.  This time the class was Clean & Simple Boutique cards.  This one was jam packed full of great tips and ideas.  I've been jotting notes while watching the videos and lets just say I took a lot of notes!  It got my mind full of so many different ideas it was hard to pick just one to create for my submission.  Here it is!

The main theme of the class was to make a card simple yet stylish.  There were lots of gorgeous examples in class.  I learned how to add little extras that make your cards elegant while keeping them simple.  They suggest adding foil and provide multiple ways to add it.  I remembered I had a Minc toner ink marker just waiting to be used.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity to break it out of the package!

I started by cutting out a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I used Bristol because I wanted to use my Zig Clean Color real brush markers.  I would have used the Altenew watercolor brush markers but I don't have a set yet (on my Christmas wishlist!).  The colors I used were Persian Blue, Ochre and Deep Green.  I carefully applied color down where I wanted it to be darkest.  Then I went back with a waterbrush and pulled the color out.  I always keep a paper towel handy as well to dab off my brush if I want even lighter color.

Next I stamped the Thanks sentiment with black ink that is also in the Enchanted Iris stamp set.  Once everything seemed good and dry, I got out my Minc toner ink marker.  I had never used it before so I didn't know what to expect.  It worked like a charm!  I used my T ruler to make sure I would have a straight line and drew it in with the marker.   It only took a minute or so to dry.  During that time I started up my Minc to preheat.  I then cut a strip of gold foil just big enough to cover the line I drew.  I put everything in place in the folder and ran it through the Minc.  It worked awesome!

At this point I had to hold myself back from adding sequins and such.  The idea WAS to keep it simple.  I added some splatters of the blue ink by scribbling my marker on a block and adding water.  Then I dipped a paint brush in it and splattered away.  I also did splatters with gold paint to help tie in the gold foil line.  I trimmed off an 1/8th of an inch from 2 sides so it would be slightly smaller than A2 size.  I had the perfect blue cardstock to make a cardbase.  It really makes the flower pop!  I did add craft foam behind the flower panel before adhereing it to the blue base.

This class was really enjoyable and can't wait to get started on the next one!  Thanks for dropping by!



  1. I think you have captured the essence of the CAS Boutique card! Love the well thought out layout and details! The extra glitter and tiny splatter really make this design shine! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  2. Thanks Virginia. I was really inspired this class!