AECP: Clean & Simple Galentines

Feb 12, 2019Love & Valentines Cards, Tutorials & Videos4 comments

AECP: Clean & Simple Galentines

Feb 12, 2019Love & Valentines Cards, Tutorials & Videos4 comments

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

As an adult, how many Valentine’s to you make?

Up until this year, my answer would have been ONE. One for my one and only sweetheart. (If you missed the card I created for him, check it out here.) But, there were plenty of years that I didn’t have a beau to share the holiday with, so I would hang out with my gal pals. Today, even though we’re all over the U.S., I thought I’d let them know that they have a place in my heart too. So, I put together a pile of fun CAS cards for all of my GALentines!

My inspiration for these sweet cards was a class I just finished for my Altenew Educator Certification Program – Clean & Simple Boutique Cards.

Class #2: Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

In the class, instructor Jennifer Rasa shares 6 different lessons featuring card design ideas inspired by a visit to the National Stationery Show. The theme of the class is “less is more”. Well – if you know my design style, you’ll know that I steer away from CAS and one-layer cards because I just can’t seem to create an end product that I like. I feel like there should always be a layer, or an embellishment. I knew this class would be a tough one for me. So, I thought I’d get it done sooner rather than later!

My Project

I am truly surprised at how well this design turned out. Perhaps it was because I was inspired by the recipients – some of my favorite gal pals! I know they’re going to love receiving the happy mail for Heart Day.

The Technique & Design

In one of the lessons, Jennifer talks about adding metallic elements in the form of foiling or heat embossing. I knew this would be my key to success. Adding some metallic embossing would be the perfect trade off for going sans-embellishments or layers. Then, I decided on the Mega Greetings 3 stamp set so I could add in another great technique – ombre inking. I did this both with the large greeting, and with the background words. Those smaller words came from Sketchy Floral. I stamped those in three rows, with three shades of pink to match the ombre in the large image. Then, I added in some gold embossing and a little flag with the rest of the sentiment, and I was done! I was able to whip up five of these in no time!

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Of course, a video is way better than reading through instructions, so here’s the official Crafter’s Toolbox video showing two fantastic techniques I used for this design!

2 down, 8 to go!

I’m on a roll! I plan on accomplishing two classes each week, so be on the lookout for my next submission on Saturday.

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For the Altenew Educator Certification Program - level 1: Clean & Simple Boutique Cards. Features Mega Greetings 3 stamp set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. For more information and a video, click through to the blog post. #pmretreat #altenew #AECP #CAS #cleanandsimple #love #galentine #valentine