4 Easy Handmade Cards From One Stand-Alone Die Set

by Norine

Hello, Altenew friends! Norine here, back with you today with 4 easy handmade cards featuring one of my favorite types of dies – stand-alone, open petal flower and leaf dies! Today, I have four cards that show different ways you can use the Rolled Roses Die Set, plus some other Altenew products in “supporting roles”!

Let's begin with my 4 easy handmade card ideas!

For my first card, I used a mix of die applications. For most of my die-cuts today, I die cut from watercolor paper so that I could dictate the colors of each more precisely.


I used the plain, unpainted outline portion of the dies for the blooms and some leaves with painted inserts from another die-cut, then mixed those with some painted outline leaves that have no inserts to fill the outlines, and finally, one of the vine leaf die-cuts from the Rolled Roses set and a paint-stamped and die-cut a leaf from the Leaf Clusters stamp and die set.

To create the card base, I smeared some Altenew embossing paste over the Wonderful Wreath Stencil onto white cardstock and set it aside to dry.  Then, I speckled the cardstock with black watercolor paint and assembled my floral arrangement over the embossed wreath. The sentiment is a black cardstock die-cut with the Signature Words Die Set.


The second card is sort of a mirror image to the card above in arrangement and design, and partners with that card. What this means is, the outline die-cuts that I used on this card are the inserts from the first card's roses.  This time, I also die cut some extra layers of cardstock to stack up and create some extra interest dimensionally and backed the two blooms with some patterned paper, a trick that is easy enough to do by just adhering the stacked roses to the paper and using some fine-tipped scissors to closely trim around the shape.

Next, I arranged the florals for this card, using more of the leaf die-cuts with and without the inserts, plus another paint-stamped Leaf Clusters die-cut. This was placed over top of another card base with an embossed design – the Bubble Wrap Stencil this time.

The sentiment for this card is stamped from the Birthday Builder Stamp Set, and heat-embossed with Platinum Embossing Powder. Then, I added a few coordinating colors of enamel dots.


Card number three uses one of the little rosebuds from the Rolled Roses set, along with the small leaf vine die-cut. I've paired them with some more leaves die-cut from gray cardstock and added with and without the die-cut inserts.

This time, I used the On the Plus Side Stencil with the embossing paste, as well as a sentiment from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set. I finished this quick and simple card with a patterned paper strip and some gray enamel dots.


My last card is a complete departure from the designs and techniques above. I began by placing the separate roses, bud, and leaf dies onto my cardstock panel and ran them through the die-cutting machine. I put them as close together as I could to still get good clean cuts and cohesive design.  Then, I removed all of the die-cuts, poked out the inserts for each, then replaced the outline die-cuts into their openings and adhered them from the backside.

Using the die-cut panel as a guide, I roughly painted a panel of watercolor paper with roses and leaves colors to be revealed through the die-cut openings.  Then, because I knew I wanted to pop up the die-cut panel creating a shadow design, I die cut three more layers each of all the flowers and leaves and stacked them behind the ones on the card front. Afterward, I filled in the rest of the open spaces on the backside of the card panel with foam tape and adhered everything to the painted panel.

For the sentiment, I die cut the “thanks” from the Signature Words Die Set and stamped the “for everything” from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set onto vellum paper. I adhered the black cardstock die-cut alongside the stamped words and hand tore the edges of the vellum strip. Then, I wrapped the strip around the sides of the layered card panels and adhered everything to a card base. A few more color-coordinated enamel dots complete the card.

There we go! Four easy handmade cards with the Rolled Roses Die Set! And think about how many more variations could be created yet! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Wonderful Wreath Stencil
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Rolled Roses Die Set
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Bubble Wrap Stencil
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On the Plus Side Stencil
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Leaf Clusters Stamp Set
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Sentiment Strips Stamp Set
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Signature Words Die Set
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Classic Crest Solar White (25…
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Watercolor Paper Pad (9
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Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set
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Embossing Paste
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Year-Round Color Release Enamel Dots…
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barbara lassiter May 9, 2020 - 09:54

The stand alone floral dies from Altenew have always been my favorites, as are these beautiful cards you created from some of them. Thanks for the inspiration! As they say, “I needed that!” Lol!

Terri Barto May 9, 2020 - 10:51

These designs make my art heart so happy!

Cyndy May 9, 2020 - 11:02

Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!! These cards are just beautiful!!!

LaQuieta Gibson May 9, 2020 - 13:07

Absolutely beautiful!

Carol McCready May 9, 2020 - 15:17

Great cards!

Judi Dempton May 9, 2020 - 19:57

Beautiful set!

dorothyayotte May 10, 2020 - 00:21

Lovely cards and great teaching how you made them. Thank you!

Annette Gordon May 10, 2020 - 09:22

I love each and everyone of these cards! They are all amazing! This would make a great card set as a gift. I love the paste for the background, and how you did a lot of inlays in your dies combined with the watercolour. Created a really stunning look!

Inkin' Chickie May 28, 2020 - 20:29

Wonderful combinations. I like the use of the embossing for the backgrounds.

Susan Sisk June 23, 2021 - 14:36

Love the mix of papers, paint and placement. Just beautiful!

Altenew June 24, 2021 - 09:09

Thank you, Susan! ❤️


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