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AECP Level 1- Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

Happy Tuesday everyone! I loved this class with Yana! She made the various techniques seem so simple! For my card, I combined lesson 5- inlaid die cutting, and lesson 3- negative die cutting. I had never done either one of these before so I was so excited to try them!


TO start, I made an A2 sized card from 110 lb. white cardstock from Recollections. I decided to use the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew. I took the leaf and die cut this out of the base in 2 different directions. After that, I used the layering leaf stamps from this set and stamped the bottom layer in frayed leaf, and the top layer in forest glades. I cut these out and placed them carefully underneath the front of the card until I got them lined up where I wanted them. I held them in place with some washi tape and then cut a cover piece out of 65 lb. white cardstock from Recollections. I adhered the leaves to the base with permanent adhesive and then adhered the white panel over them so when the card opens, you cannot see the cut outs.


After this, I covered the leaves with post it tape and then spattered the cardstock with the forest glades ink and hydrangea ink from Altenew. I then stamped the outline of the flower on white cardstock and then colored with alcohol ink markers from Copic and Ohuhu (colors listed below). I then die cut it and adhered to the panel with Scotch foam tape to give it a little dimension.

For the sentiment, I chose the 'hugs' die from the script words die cut set. Before die cutting it, I inked the area I was going to die cut the word from with Tim Holtz wilted violet ink and varied the amount of pressure and ink that I applied so that it kind of has an ombre effect. After that I used my Tim Holtz mister bottle and sprayed with a bit of water and blotted off with a paper towel. I then die cut the word from this. I also die cut the word 2 additional times from white 65 lb. cardstock and adhered all 3 layers together with Lawn Fawn liquid adhesive. For a little additional sparkle I added some pearlescent sequins from 28 Lilac Lane in SHINE.



This card was so much fun to make and I love the way the leaves are inlaid and that the outside is embossed. I will definitely use this technique more often now that I have taken this class and am comfortable with it! Thanks so much to Yana for all of the great ideas and inspirations!


Supplies used:

110 lb. white cardstock from Recollections

65 lb. white cardstock from Recollections

Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and die set

Altenew mini ink cubes in: hydrangea, frayed leaf, and forest glades

Ohuhu alcohol ink markers in: R11, P3, and P2

Copic alcohol ink markers in: 0 (colorless blender) and V 17

Tim Holts Distress oxide ink in wilted violet

Sequins in Shine from 28 Lilac Lane













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