How to Combine Stencils with Stand-Alone Dies on Cards

by May Sukyong Park

Hello Altenew friends, I'm glad to be back with another creative inspiration post! I love when I discover ways of stretching products or simply using them in unexpected ways, like today's combination of stenciled backgrounds with stand-alone dies. Let's jump in!

How to Combine Stand-alone Dies with Stencils on Cards

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My cards today coordinate because of using a common color scheme as well as similar design and techniques.  The color scheme is loosely derived from the newest Sparkle & Shine Crisp Dye Inks recently released.  You can see the sets here and here.

combining stand-alone dies and stencils on cardsI started by inking the background with the Meadow Burst 5-in-1 Layering Stencil using a combination of the light and dark inks from the Sparkle and Shine ink release and a few of the Altenew Blending Brush/Tools.  The specific colors used are as follows:  Raw Amber, Red Jasper, Rhodolite, Pistachio, Green Onyx, and Green Opal.

Altenew MeadowBurstStencil AltenewRoseQueen RawAmber Tanzanite 4Next, I die cut some floral stand-alone dies that are meant to echo the stenciled florals. I combined the small bud and leaf from Rose Queen die set with a leaf cluster from the Flowing Foliage die set.  I used heavyweight black cardstock so that it would hold up more sturdily, then adhered it over top of the stenciled design beneath.

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Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the Pots & Plants stamp set, inking with Obsidian Pigment Ink and heat-setting with clear embossing powder.  Then, I trimmed the card panel slightly smaller than an A2 size card, added a strip of patterned paper along the bottom to coordinate color-wise, and popped up the panel with foam tape.

Card #2

Altenew BitterrootStencil FestiveClusters HangingGarden PotsandPlants 2My second card is much the same, although this time I used the Bitterroot Flower 3-in-1 Layering Stencil along with Strawberry, Pistachio, Rhodolite, Green Opal, and Raw Amber inks.

Altenew BitterrootStencil FestiveClusters HangingGarden PotsandPlants 5This time, I used the Festive Clusters and Hanging Garden die sets to die cut the black accent details. I trimmed off the portions of the (Christmas-y) Festive Clusters die-cut and part of the leaf sprig from the Hanging Garden die set to produce a smaller design that fits the scale of the panel better and removed the more overtly seasonal element.

Altenew BitterrootStencil FestiveClusters HangingGarden PotsandPlants 4Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Pots and Plants stamp set again and added another patterned paper strip along the bottom to coordinate.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you've seen something to inspire you in your card-making!  See the list below for specific supplies used.


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Kathleen A Pisupati March 3, 2022 - 10:16 AM

Beautiful techniques and stunning cards Norine! I too am an AZ transplant from MN!

Michele F March 3, 2022 - 10:18 AM

Stunning creations, Norine! I’m feeling lucky that I have a few of those on my desk right now!

Tarina K Holloway March 3, 2022 - 11:57 AM

Norine, these cards are just stunning! What a great technique! I just purchased the Bitterroot stencils and can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

barbara lassiter March 3, 2022 - 1:12 PM

These are beautiful and a great technique and way to get more from your supplies.

Karen Hale March 3, 2022 - 6:17 PM

WOW, what a gorgeous technique. Thanks for sharing, Norine.

Marisela Delgado March 4, 2022 - 1:16 AM

So beautiful, Norine!

Tara Prince March 3, 2023 - 2:34 PM

so gorgeous


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