06 November 2020

AECP 1 - Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

 Hello crafty peeps, and welcome back. Today is the next submission to the AECP - my eighth one of ten - and this one is all about cards with few elements but lots of wow!

Now, I'm not very good at less is more, so this class was a challenge. However, lesson 2 introduced the idea of stamped backgrounds and I was hooked. There are three cards for this submission, because I got carried away with my projects. I decided to use only one stamp set, Weekend Doodles, and I only used the smaller stamps for my backgrounds.

Card One
My first idea was to use the smaller flower spray to create a background and this is the result.

The black and white was stunning, but I felt it needed a pop of colour, so I layered the stamped piece onto orange card from my stash. I stamped one of the leaf circles in Honey Drizzle and then stamped over it again with Orange Cream, as it needed more depth. 

The sentiment is also from the Weekend Doodles set, stamped in the same combination of inks. 

A few orange sequins from my stash and a bright orange envelope completed the project.

Card Two
I loved the idea of only using the smaller stamps from the set to create the background, and for the next card I used one of the leaf sprays. I drew a simple grid on the paper to help me keep the stamping at regular intervals.

I used Firefly ink for a fresh green look, and stamped the sentiment, from the Weekend Doodles set, in black.

On a separate piece of card I stamped the main flower spray in black and coloured the centre with a couple of Copic markers. I cut out the flowers with the coordinating die and mounted this onto the card front. 

Because this is a clean and simple card I didn't use any foam tape, but I think the main flower cluster would have looked great popped up on some 3D foam.

A few green sequins from my stash and a coordinating green envelope and this one is complete.

Card Three
The final card uses one of the smallest stamps of the set. I drew a grid again, to help with the placement, and used a gridded acrylic block so that I could line up the stamp with the grid. It took a little while to stamp this background, in Starlight ink, but I was really pleased with the result. 

I used the Tiny Circles stencil from The Crafters Workshop and some Sea Breeze ink to apply small areas of dots over the background. The colours and pattern reminded me of Delft pottery.

To tidy up the centre where the four stamped leaf sprays meet, I used the eraser at the end of a pencil to apply solid dots of Starlight ink. From some blue mirri card I cut the large 'friend' from the Mega Greetings 3 dies, and paired it up with a greeting from the Mega Greetings 3 stamp set, which I heat embossed in white onto a scrap of navy card.

Some pale blue sequins and a blue envelope and it was finished.

I like these three cards as a set - they are fresh, modern and simple, and I think they show how to get three very different looks from the same stamp set.

Thank you for taking the time to read - do leave a comment to let me know you were here.

Until next time, stay safe and keep crafting.

Peri x


  1. Nikthegreek07 November, 2020 10:15
    I really love these! You're so good at designing different looks from one set of stamps or dies, which gives options on a budget. Along with that, I love how you use every day objects, like the eraser on a pencil, on your cards and not just specialist 'crafty' things - opens up all sorts of opportunities! I just love your work generally to be honest 🙂

    1. Thank you Niki, it is always so lovely to receive your encouraging comments. X

  2. All great cards, definitely not CAS LOL! You are like me, you just cant stop can you? :)
    That blue friend is looking so cool. And you are right about the pop of colour! I would have done the same! But I AM getting better nowadays :)
    Thank you for submitting your wonderful work to the AECP assignment gallery. Keep up the awesome work, Peri!


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