Next in my Altenew Educator Certification Program trek, I completed Easy Die Cutting Techniques taught by Yana Smakula (available under the Classes/Monthly Classes heading on the Altenew website). It’s filled with fresh ideas for getting the most out of your dies. There are six lessons included in this block: Stamps and Matching Dies, Stenciling with Dies, Negative Die Cutting, Embossing with Dies, Inlaid Die Cutting, and Holiday Cardmaking. I chose to use stamps and matching dies. Let’s explore how I used die cuts with this card.
Assembling the Card Using Die Cuts
Starting this project, I used a leaf stamp from the Paint-A-Flower: Poppy set. I stamped it using Altenew’s Embossing Ink and used the Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder. After I heat set it, I put it aside. Next, I die cut the ornate frame from the Heart frame die set and silver paper. Then I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Mini Delight: Smile Blooms stamp and die set, using Fresh Lemon, Fresh Leaf, Soft Lilac, and Deep Iris. I stamped “smile” and heat embossed it, and used the silver Must-Have Gel Pen around the edge of the paper. Finally, I layered the elements to the card base. To finish, I used mini pop dots on the silver frame to give it dimension, and added a few clear drops from PinkFresh Studios.
What I Learned
Die cuts are an easy and effective way to add a lot of dimension to a project. It sure beats fussy cutting images. Use a few pop dots or some foam tape instead of glue or a tape runner, and you have great focal points and dimension. So many stamps sets have accompanying dies, making it easy to make exquisite creations you’d happily share with almost anyone.