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Easy Die Cutting Techniques

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally finished another Altenew Academy class ‘Easy Die Cutting Techniques’ by Yana Smakula. This class covers everything from the basic use of dies with stamps to some more advanced techniques.

The best card I created for this class was one that involved die-cutting vellum. First I used the Baroque Motifs stamp on the vellum using Versamark, then added Wow Opaque Bright White embossing powder and heated it. This is a really good stamp to heat emboss, as all the details stand out. Even if you miss bits, the shabby chic style of it means it does not affect the look of it too much.

Turning the vellum over, I ink blended on the back of it to give a subtle hint of colour. Only after doing this did I die cut the images out. Vellum is easier to die cut than you would first think.

I decided to use a kraft card background to give a more neutral look to the card. Then added a simple heat embossed sentiment in silver. Finally, after gluing the vellum pieces on the card, I added sequins and Nuvo crystal drops.


  • Altenew Baroque Motifs Stamp and Die Set
  • Altenew Half Tone Circles Stamp
  • Altenew Sweet Leaf Ink Pad
  • Altenew Carribean Sky Ink Pad
  • Wow Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder
  • Stampendous Detail Silver Opaque Embossing Powder
  • Versamark
  • Nuvo Silver Tinsel Sequins
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – Olive Branch and Blue Babe

Things I learned from this class:

  • vellum is easy to die cut
  • sequins are a good embellishment, and it is ok to add a lot of them sometimes
  • negative die-cutting
  • inlaid die-cutting

Here are some of the other cards I created during this class.

Seasonal Scene Building

‘Seasonal Scene Building’ is an interesting mix of a class from Altenew. The tutor Nichol Magourik, brings a different way to use techniques that you may already be familiar with. I found myself thinking a lot during the class, that I had never thought of doing that before.

This class was all about building a scene within your cards. The best card I created was a flower themed ‘Live in the moment’ one. To begin with, I stamped out the flower from Altenew’s ‘Sewn with Love’ stamp set. An interesting stamp, that is not as tricky to use as you would think.

I decided that it needed a frame, so I die cut one out. It was white card and ink blended with Altenew Paper Bag ink to get the right colour.

For the background, I first ink blended Turquoise and Teal Cave ink pads. This gave a nice blue colour with some variations in tones. I did not ink blend all the background as I knew I would just end up covering it up. I then used Versamark with the Altenew ‘Pattern Power’ stamp set. Heat embossing this with a clear embossing powder gives a very nice effect.

Finally, I used a sentiment from Altenew ‘Simple Flowers’ stamp set with Versamark ink on vellum. Adding the silver embossing powder to the vellum made the sentiment stand out.

I really like how the finished product looks like it is an embroidered picture hanging on the wall.


  • Altenew Sewn with Love Stamp Set
  • Altenew Pattern Power Stamp Set
  • Altenew Simple Flowers Stamp Set
  • Altenew Turquoise ink pad
  • Altenew Teal Cave ink pad
  • Altenew Dew Drop ink pad
  • Altenew Rose Quartz ink pad
  • Altenew Coral Berry ink pad
  • Altenew Ruby Red ink pad
  • Altenew Mountain Mist ink pad
  • Altenew Frayed Leaf ink pad
  • Altenew Volcano Lake ink pad
  • Altenew Paper Bag ink pad
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Card
  • Vellum
  • Wow clear embossing powder
  • Stampendous embossing powder: detail silver opaque
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Glue dots
  • Heat Gun
  • Stamping platform

Things I learnt from this class:

  • The snapshot idea of having your card look like a close-up shot of something.
  • Frames are a really good idea to bring attention to the focal design.
  • Not to be afraid to layer stamped images.
  • Used Promarkers for the first time for colouring in the stamped images.
  • How to die cut an aperture in a card.
  • Some interesting new layouts.

Some of my favourite pieces from this class.