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Picking back up on AECP

Hello there! This year, I intentionally posted my new year post on Instagram a day late and it said “Begin anywhere” – I wanted that to serve as a reminder for myself as well as all of you. Yes, we can really begin anywhere. If we don’t like something in our life, it’s up to us to change it. Our life has been a certain way till now, but that doesn’t mean it has to remain that way for the rest of it, right? :-)

I started Altenew Educator Certification course in 2018. Life happened, my crafting direction changed, and I moved on to different things. It just stayed in the back of my mind like a tiny guilt for not finishing it. So, this year I decided to give it another try. I went through several lessons in the class “Beautiful Details” by Marika Rahtu. She is a crafter I have always admired and loved the class. I decided to put one of the lessons into practice with today’s card (of course, with my own little twist on it).

Key ingredients:

  1. Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp set

  2. Altenew Cherry Blossoms ink cube set

  3. Altenew Tropical Forest ink cube set

  4. Prismacolor .005 fine liner


  1. I started with a A2 panel of Canson mixed Media paper that was die cut using Waffle Flower A2 layers die set.

  2. On this panel, I used the butterflies as flower petals and stamped them on a side.

  3. Next I went in with the fine liner pen and added some lines to give a hint of the petals.

  4. I did the same with leaves – different butterfly stamps from the same set.

  5. On the left corner I also added very faint ink blending

  6. The sentiment is also from the same set. I used Archival Black ink to stamp it (and MISTI, of course!)

  7. As finishing touches, I added a thin gold washi tape and called it done. Well, almost. Because I changed my mind again.

  8. For some fun details, I decided to stamp a few black dots here and there. Didn’t like that at all, so I added chunky glitter in matching color on top . That’s what we do best as crafters, right? :D

I added it to a top folding card and (finally) called it done.


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Hugs! ~Varada

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