7 FUN Things to Try with Altenew Stamps & Dies

by Virginia Lu

Hello, Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. I am excited to share multiple ways of using your Altenew stamps and dies. Today’s post will give you some creative prompts and hopefully, get your creative juices flowing. I am sharing a few cards with Craft-A-Flower: Rose Layering Die Set with some visuals to help you understand the ideas.

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1 – Use a negative sentiment die

The new Essential Sentiment Strips Die was released just in time! These negative dies are absolutely amazing for adding sentiments without too much work. I used Jet Black Cardstock and ran it through my Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine along with the Die Cutting Metal Shim and that’s it! Don’t forget that you can use the bits of alphabet for sentiments. OR you can inlay BOTH with different colors! 10212020-Craft A Flower Rose-Essential Sentiment Strips Die -001

2 – Use vellum

There is something special about using transparency.  The lightness of paper conveys that extra softness. The delicate die-cut leaf adds just the right touch.

3 – Hand-stitching

If you can sew a button, you can hand-stitch your card! I like how the cross-stitch secured the gold leaf and kept it in place.

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4 – Die cut your own embellishment

The gold leaf from Craft-A-Flower: Rose Layering Die Set makes a lovely embellishment. The Gold Foil Paper is very handy and goes a long way! Imagine how you can use your small leaf and floral die as embellishments.

5 – Use colored cardstock

You must try using colored card stock if you use predominantly white cardstock. The colored cardstock makes the design extra bright and happy.

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6 – Use die with foam for stamping

Inspired by the amazing Lydia Evan’s video (see here), I have been enjoying using the dies as stamps. By die-cutting the die with foam, you are able to use the Craft-A-Flower: Rose Layering Dies as stamps. Honestly, this is quite a game-changer for all of your floral dies and more. I know you will be hooked as I am. Thank you, Lydia!

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7 – Stamping with gradient effect

Notice the various greens and yellows? These gradient colors are made possible by mini ink cubes. I find it so easy to add multiple colors with the mini ink cube sets such as Cerulean Skies, Sweet Dreams, and Sunflower Field.

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You can reuse the foam if it keeps the shape after stamping. In addition, you can use any kind of foam with various thicknesses and colors.

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These cards were all created with Craft-A-Flower: Rose Layering Dies with various techniques and supplies.

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If you have not tried any of these 7 things, it’s time to explore the possibilities and have some stamping and die-cutting fun!

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Cindy C. October 21, 2020 - 10:11

Thanks for sharing these clever tips, I love how your projects turned out!!

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Dennis Smith October 21, 2020 - 10:30

Fantastic ideas! I appreciate that Altenew posts videos with most of the products, actually on the page where the item is! No extra searching! Add that with the e-mails that give extra ideas and tips on how to use your purchases! Super place to shop for your paper making supplies. Thanks so much!

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Karen Brown October 21, 2020 - 10:59

Great ideas…really nice cards!

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Tarina Holloway October 21, 2020 - 11:41

WOW! I love this technique and your card. Game Changer for sure! Thank you

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Maureen Reiss October 21, 2020 - 12:04

Awesome ideas!!! Beautiful!!!

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Sharon Brand October 21, 2020 - 12:30

Beautiful cards and great tips!

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Sue D October 21, 2020 - 13:06

7 wonderful ways to create beautiful cards.

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tara prince October 21, 2020 - 13:46

Such a gorgeous card!!

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Teri S. October 21, 2020 - 20:34

What a fun post Virginia. Thanks for bringing all of these ideas together in one place which makes them easy to refer back to. Your card is so pretty!

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Jan metcalf October 21, 2020 - 21:43

Great post Virginia!

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Linda BL October 22, 2020 - 00:20

Very pretty cards. Love all the ideas. The hand stitching is an easy thing to do but I never think of it. Thanks for the great ideas.

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melissaf123 October 22, 2020 - 12:02

Wow, awesome and inspiring techniques to try to help make my crafting goodies go even further! Love your beautiful cards, the color combos are lovely.

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Lagene October 23, 2020 - 12:21

GORGEOUS, Thanks for all the technique hints. love the idea of using foam diecuts as stamps!

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