Hello Lovely People,
It is the weekend here in Australia. It was meant to rain today, so we decided to stay in, but it hasn't yet. After doing some chores and organising the kids have gone for a nap and I was able to play.
I watched the videos in Altenew's Easy Die Cutting Techniques classes. I took this class as a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. The teacher for this class is Yana Smakula. I've been a fan of not only Yana's cards but also her photography skills for a long time now. I highly recommend checking out not only her Altenew class over at Altenew Academy but also her blog, Instagram and Youtube channel. Her style is simply fabulous.
In the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class, Yana talks about a range of uses for dies ranging from coordinating dies for stamped images to doing creative things to stretch the uses of your dies such as negative die cutting and embossing using dies.
Since I have been crafting for a long time, I decided to give one of the more involved techniques in the class a go. I was super inspired by a card that Yana made, using a coverplate die to emboss a background instead of diecutting it and really wanted to try it. My problem though was that I don't own any of Altenew's beautiful background dies. In the video Yana mentions using single dies to emboss paper. So I thought I'd try making a background using one single die.
I used the Layered Rose dies for my card, and actually aside from one sentiment stamp, this is the only thing I used for my card, along with some Altenew inks. In her video, Yana uses a different die cutting machine to emboss her background. I used my Big Shot and it still worked really well. You just need to use a tan embossing mat and follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
I chose the most detailed rose die in the set and embossed it repeatedly on a white piece of cardstock that I spritzed prior to running it through my die cutting machine. This is a tip I learnt some time ago for general embossing folders, and Yana reminded me of in her video. The reason you want to do this is so that the paper fibres are more malleable and are less likely to rip or tear with the pressure from the machine.
After I made my background piece I toyed with the idea of ink blending over it, but decided I liked the simplicity of the plain white embossed piece. To add a little colour to my card I made some layered roses and leaves from the same die set I used for the background. I die cut each piece from white cardstock and then coloured them by adding Altenew inks direct to paper.
For the rose I used rouge, crimson and velvet inks. Fir the leaves I used frayed leaf, forest glades and evergreen. I layered them up with some Tombo Mono Multi glue, but you could definitely make it easier on yourself by using adhesive sheets prior to diecutting your pieces.
I trimmed down the background panel and added it to a regular sized cardbase (that I added Evergreen ink direct to paper). I then added the rose and leaf images in an arrangement that I liked.
To finish up I stamps a sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set (yes this is my favourite haha! ... and I always need Birthday cards more than any other kind of card). I didnt want to detract from the rest of my card so I keep the sentiment super simple but leaving it on white card and just creating a few banner ends.
I hope you like my card today and are inspired to try out some new die cutting techniques. For more info, I really do recommend taking Yana's class over at Altenew Academy. I hope that you are enjoying your day and have a fabulous weekend! Hopefully it is wonderful weather in your part of the world.