Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

Today I am sharing a card I made for my next class in my certification progress – Clean and Simple Boutique Cards. (I am working my way through the Altenew Educator Certification Programme, and each step of the way I feel I am getting more and more knowledge, practice, and experience. It is a lovely way to improve your skill level and get input. 🙂 )

In this class, I learned a few ways to make a clean and simple card with an elevated pop. Clean and simple cards are always so elegant, but this class includes a few tips and tricks to include a special element to make them more interesting and elevate them to “boutique” level. I was particularly inspired to try them out, and I am sharing my best card here for you today. The CAS (Clean and Simple) feel is something that doesn’t always come easily to me.

I am currently enjoying using my glass bead gel which adds bling in a very subtle way (I am also learning that less is usually more) so I wanted to incorporate that. I used the glass bead gel through the vase stencil to give glass-feel without being over the top.

Of course, I wanted to put some flowers into my vase, and for this card, I chose the Stunning Cosmos Stamp Set. Cosmos flowers always remind me of family holidays when we were young – going to the sea. The sides of the roads would be full of cosmos as far as the eye could see, and cosmos flowers always make me feel happy and nostalgic.

In keeping it simple, I chose to have only two flowers in the vase. I think it works.

You can see that the moisture in the gel made the ink on the stems run a little bit, but it looks fine – almost as if you are seeing it through tick glass which accounts for the shading. Happy mistake 🙂

Here is a close-up photo of the glass bead gel while it is still wet – it looks milky, but dries to a lovely transparent shine.

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Here is a close-up of what the beads look like when the gel dries completely:

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Here is the final card.

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It is difficult to see the sparkle of the beads in the photo – I hope you can see it.

Thank you for taking a look at my progress, I hope you had fun and were inspired. See you soon.


  1. You should know that most of your photos are not showing here. But I can see one full photo and the card looks great.
    Thank you for entering your work to the AECP assignment gallery.

    • Thank you 🙂

      I am worried about the pictures not showing. 🙁
      I have tried using 3 different browser versions, and even one from a Linux machine and all 4 pictures are there for me. I know that the internet in South Africa is currently problematic because the WACS and SAT3 cables are damaged. Hopefully, it will be resolved really soon. I am also having difficulty with Altenew Academy not being available – so hopefully it is a temporary thing.

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