Creativity Unlocked feat. Timeless Sentiments Die Set | 2 Fun Modern Sentiment Ideas + Video Tutorial

by Therese Calvird

Card ideas using Altenew Timeless Sentiments Die Set

Hi, it's Therese, and I am back with another edition of Take 2 with Therese and Creativity Unlocked. Today, I'm sharing 2 fun ways to create modern card designs using floral engravings with the Polka Dot Buds stencils and the Timeless Sentiments Die Set.

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Let's Make Perfect Backgrounds with Timeless Sentiments and Floral Engravings!

Two cards - one with a sentiment-themed background, and the other with floral engravings - created with Altenew's Timeless Sentiments Die Set and Polka Dot Buds stencils. Do you plan your sentiment before you start creating or is it that final element that you scramble to find one that looks and fits perfect?  When it comes to large sentiments such as this beautiful Timeless Sentiments Die Set a little forward planning will make life much easier.  And today I am sharing 2 modern and fun ways to use this set, starting with…

Technique #1 – A Sentiment Background!

Die cut sentiments make the most fabulous backgrounds, though they can be a little frustrating when trying to cover the entire front of card.  That is where a large sentiment such as this ‘thank you' is a great choice because the words are joined together and the large size means that not many are need to cover a large area. 

A pink-themed card with a flower design and a "Thank you" sentiment background, created by Therese Calvird

I started with a blended background, but kept the sentiments white.  You can easily change up the colors to suit your project or even go more clean and simple and use white on white!


If possible, I like to have one version of the ‘full sentiment' showing in the background.  So this is where I typically start adhering the sentiments to the panel.  Then I am able to stagger the other die cut sentiment's to fit around it.

A pink-themed card with a flower design and a "Thank you" sentiment background designed with the Timeless Sentiments Die SetI used the Rose Petal Fresh Dye Inks for this Build-A-Garden: Blushing Magnolia.  After blending the inks I added extra details and shading using the Woodless Coloring Pencils.

A pink-and-yellow-themed card with a "Thank you" sentiment background made with the Timeless Sentiments Die Set

Technique # 2 – Repeat Inlay Die Cut with Floral Engravings!

One fantastic way to make a sentiment take center stage is to ‘repeat' it.  I would suggest doing this in odd numbers and because of the large size of this particular sentiment I chose a total of three. This technique looks great popped up on the card front, or you can use heat embossed sentiments, cut these into strips and add them in the center of your card design.  Today, I decided to take it a step further and used the inlay die cut technique.

A flower-themed card with floral engravings as the background, created with the Polka Dot Buds stencils from Altenew

To create the background I used the Polka Dot Buds stencils to create a fun pattern of floral engravings as a background.  Then I die cut the word ‘hugs' three times from the center of the design making sure to keep the small die cut pieces.  I wanted a bold modern look so I decided to add the sentiment in black.  But, if you prefer, you could re-inlay the patterned pieces to create an eclipse look.


You can easily recreate this design without using the inlay die cut technique.  Simply adhere the die cut sentiments directly to the front of the card instead.

A flower-themed card with floral engravings as the background and the sentiment "hugs" repeated three times along the centerMy final touch was to add a small black enamel dot heart.

A flower-themed card with the sentiments "hugs" repeated thrice and floral engravings as the background, created by Therese CalvirdYou can see my video below.

1 Product, Multiple Ways!

Before you go, here are a few card ideas featuring this new die set!

Card ideas using Altenew Timeless Sentiments Die Set

I hope you are inspired to create some modern sentiment designs today!

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Tara C Prince November 15, 2023 - 3:33 PM

such gorgeous cards

Keesha Soldevilla November 22, 2023 - 5:36 PM

Thank you so much! 🌟 I’m thrilled you find the cards gorgeous.


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