Monday, July 20, 2020

Altenew Academy "With A Twist"

I just completed Altenew Academy's Class "With A Twist" and I created a bunch of cards.  The class was all about trying the unexpected.  I am sharing my favorite card from the series and it was from Class #6 "Die Cutting With a Twist".  Our instructor, Therese Calvird, showed us how to do faux embossing with die cuts.  I had never done this technique before but it does result in a dramatic and showy card.
My Process:
  • I stamped two A2 Bristol panels full of leaves and blooms from Altenew's Smile More stamp and die bundle.
  • I colored them with Zig markers and used a damp brush to blend the colors.
  • I die cut everything.
  • I wanted to use a big scripty sentiment so I heat embossed Enjoy on an A2 card front made of Bristol cardstock and Your Birthday on a scrap of black cardstock.
  • I played around with the layout and when I was happy, I glued the die-cuts down with liquid adhesive.  I was sure to leave all the edge images over the edge and then I took sharp scissors and trimmed  the die-cuts flush to the edge.

Pro Tips:
  • Stamp and color a lot of images.  For this card I stamped and colored two complete A2 panels worth of  blooms and leaves.  You don't want the card to look skimpy and there is quite a bit of waste after your trim around your card.  
  • I made my own card base out of Bristol cardstock so the cardbase and die-cuts would blend well. 
  • I stamped one panel with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and one with Versamark Onyx black and found I got a better result with the Onyx Black. The Archival required multiple stamping and after drying for one day, one bloom still smeared a bit.
I am also playing along with:
Allsorts "Flowers All Over"  I "faux embossed"  flowers all over my cardbase.

The Flower Challenge "Summer or Winter"  The answer for me is summer!  I love summer...the sun, warm weather clothes, bright colors, long days....  These daisies are very summery to me.  

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Beautiful... great placement of all those die cuts!

  2. Beautiful floral card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  3. Love how bright and zingy this card is. Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

  4. Such a cheery card, Karen, with those lovely daisies looking out at us. Thanks for sharing your card with us at The Flower Challenge.

  5. I love making cards like these! They always end up looking gorgeous. Yours looks beautiful!
    Thank you for entering your work to the AECP assignment gallery.


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