5 Mesmerizing Die Cutting Secrets for Realistic Flower Cards | Perfect Pairings with Jaycee + Video

by Jaycee Gaspar
Die Cut Flower Arrangement

Die cutting layering florals can be an intimidating task, especially if you like realistic arrangements. In my Perfect Pairings with Jaycee video tutorial, I will share 5 secrets to getting realistic-looking die-cut flower arrangements.

Die-Cut Layered Sunburst Azalea

Craft-A-Flower Sunburst Azalea Die Cut Flowers

1. Study the Correlating Flower, If Applicable

Before I start any die cutting, I get familiar with the flower. I Google image search Sunburst Azaleas for easy reference and keep my phone close to me while I craft to keep referring to color schemes and flower arrangements. Even if you do not die cut your flowers in the same colors, you can study the petal and leaf textures and bring those onto your card.

2. Research Your Die Cutting Set

Some Altenew layering die sets require a dark base and lighter detail layers (ie. Grand Anemone Layering Die Set). In my video example, the die cutting instructions include a light base with dark details for realistic blooms. Make sure you reference your layering guide on the Altenew packaging to ensure you are layering your die-cuts correctly.

Craft-A-Flower Sunburst Azalea Die Cut Flowers

3. Glue Die-Cut Layers to Cast Shadows

Think of cast shadows like a tree casts a shadow onto the ground on a sunny day. By curling and incompletely gluing down flower layers, these natural shadows give the appearance of curling petals and open blooms. Curl foliage elements too for overflowing die-cut bouquets.

4. Compose Life-Like Die-Cut Arrangements

I have a full Altenew Academy course all about Elements of Floral Composition. This class is full of my secrets that parallel realistic flower arrangements and balanced bouquets. These elements also apply to die cutting flower images.

Craft-A-Flower Sunburst Azalea Die Cut Flowers

5. Sentiment Focal Points

Now that you have a beautiful die-cut flower arrangement, adding the sentiment is just as important. I prefer grouping my sentiment with my die-cut bouquet; this way there is ONE focal point on my card. Make sure there is just enough contrast between your die-cut flowers and your meticulously placed sentiment.

Hope these floral die cutting tricks sparked your creativity today. Comment below if you know any more tips and tricks! Thanks for stopping by!

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Maureen R March 27, 2022 - 12:05 PM

This is Gorgeous Jaycee!!!! Thanks for the video!!!

Karen Hale March 27, 2022 - 1:14 PM

Excellent tutorial, Jaycee. Thank you so much for the floral arrangement tips. This is a gorgeous card.

Gail Larsen March 27, 2022 - 1:38 PM

Thank you for another wonderful video in this series. I really look forward to your videos and cards. You are not only an artist with innovative ideas but a wonderful teacher also. I love how you shared your process with step by step instructions and discussion of your art philosophy. I HAVE to take the class you described. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.

Karen E Joslin March 27, 2022 - 2:29 PM

Our azaleas are blooming, here in Alabama right now. Prettiest bushes in the South by far. Your Azalea is inspiring to create. Beautiful!


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