Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Valentine's Day will soon be here and love is definitely in the air!  I finished up an Altenew Academy class a bit ago and finally got time to make my card for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  The class is called Easy Die Cutting Techniques.  This class contained some ideas I had seen before but tons of new ones that I'm going to have to try out soon.  For my project I combined two different lessons.  Embossing with dies and inlaid die cutting.  I really love the look of both techniques.

The first thing I did was to cut a piece of Neenah 110lb white cardstock down to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Then I picked out the die I wanted to use for embossing.  I adore the Altenew Layered Cover dies so I chose to use Layered Floral Cover die A.  I actually played around with my cutting machine until I found just the right sandwich.  I was aiming for a lightly embossed look.  It only took a couple trys until I found it!

Then I lighlty sprayed the entire panel with a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls to get a shimmering effect.  Once it was dry, I cut out the word love with the Mega Love die.  I love all of the mega word dies and think I own most of them!  I cut the word out three more times out of the 110lb Neenah cardstock.  I went ahead and glued the three plain layers together and set it aside.  

Next I took my embossed love word and got inky!  I used all four ink colors in the Tea Party mini cube set.  I applied the ink using some fabulous blending brushes I recently purchased.  I started with Pink Pearl on the E then worked my way towards the L, switching colors as I went.  Once I got the blend I wanted I squished my Versamark ink pad along the bottom of the word.  I then sprinkled silver embossing powder over it, shook off the excess and melted it with my heat tool.  Now, this is gorgeous but I wanted to step it up a notch.  I squished Versamark over the entire word.  Then I sprinkled on clear Ultra Thick Embossing powder and melted it.  I felt it needed more so I repeated the steps.  Once it cooled down I glued it on top of the other layers I already glued together.  

Back to the card panel.  I trimmed off just the smallest bit from all four edges of the panel.  I then adhered it to a dark grey card base.  I laid the love die cuts back into the panel so I could glue in the white filler pieces.  Once they were attached, I added glue to the love die cuts and put them back in place.

I felt the card needed a little bit more.  I played around with adding the "you" sentiment from Mega Greetings 3 set but I wasn't loving it.  So, I pulled out some sparkling clear sequins in assorted sizes and created a sort of waterfall effect on the card.  I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out!

Check out all the shimmer and dimension!

And here is a side view so you can see those layered love die cuts.

And just one more photo.

I hope you have enjoyed today's project!


1 comment:

  1. This is so lovely! Love the embossing with the word die! The colors are so pretty! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!