Mixing It Up With Stencils, Dies, Layering and More

by May Sukyong Park

Hello there, Altenew friends! Norine back with you today with a card that has a little bit of everything! Some ink blending, stenciling, die cutting, plaid building, and why yes, even a tiny bit of stamping! Let’s check it out!

Altenew FlowerBunch JustLeaves HandwrittenHello HelloHugs StripeBuilder 2

I began this card by ink blending the layers of stencils that create the Flower Bunch Simple Layering Stencil Set. It’s a stencil I’ve had in my stash for a while but hadn’t had the chance to play with, so when a matching die set was released, I couldn’t wait any longer. The die set cuts out exactly on the inked outlines, with no white border, but it can be tricky to execute!

Altenew FlowerBunch JustLeaves HandwrittenHello HelloHugs StripeBuilder 6

Knowing what I know now, I would suggest die cutting the shapes first, then leaving the die cuts in their opening, secured with washi tape on the back so they don’t shift, and then ink-blending the layers. I did it the other way around, and as you can see, it’s possible to do, but it takes some fussing and futzing to be SURE that the dies line up with all the edges.

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I used the Red Sunset color family to ink blend the layers of the flowers, using a firmer stroke and more ink for the smaller bloom on the bottom, to help it appear darker than the other bloom. I used the Green Fields inks for the leaves and Hazelnut Crisp Dye Ink mixed with Sand Dunes Crisp Dye Ink for the cone/bud with Milk Chocolate Crisp Dye Ink for the shadow layer.

I doubled up the layers of the blooms and cone because I wasn’t happy with my first color choices and then I dropped an ink pad in the wrong place, but I was too stubborn to give up! I like that the die set includes individual shape dies beside the whole bouquet die. Then I popped up the bottom bloom with some Instant Dimension Foam Tape to give some added dimension.

Altenew FlowerBunch JustLeaves HandwrittenHello HelloHugs StripeBuilder 10

Next, I die cut a leafy die shape from solid green cardstock using the Just Leaves Die Set and layered it behind the floral bouquet.

On a plain white cardstock card panel, I ink blended a plaid design using the Stripe Builder Stencil in both directions. I used the same Rouge Crisp Dye Ink as I’d used on the flowers and didn’t take the color all the way to the edges, fading out from the center.

Altenew FlowerBunch JustLeaves HandwrittenHello HelloHugs StripeBuilder 1

I die cut the hello greeting from more green cardstock using the Handwritten Hello Die and stamped the rest of the greeting with the Hello & Hugs sentiment stamps. Finally, a narrow strip of tiny check patterned paper from my stash along the bottom completes the card.

I am absolutely loving these new detailed layering stencils that Altenew has been releasing because they make coloring up images so quick and easy! It’s just easier to line up layers with stencils than it is with stamps and produces such a satisfying effect.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


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Flower Bunch Simple Layering Stencil
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Nan G July 6, 2021 - 10:58 AM

Gorgeous! I’ll have to have another go at using this stencil and I’ll follow your advice and die cut first then stencil color. Now to find something to make a plaid. :)

Cindy C. July 6, 2021 - 12:43 PM

So beautiful!!

Deb Bryant July 6, 2021 - 12:47 PM

When trying to cut your inked flowers, try Jennifer McGuire’s way. Cut first from white keep in whole paper, then stencil with ink. If there are white edges color to edge at that time. No fussy cutting!

Susan Romeo July 6, 2021 - 2:44 PM

This is a totally beautiful card combining so many elements! Masterful ♥️

Bev Karolak July 6, 2021 - 5:16 PM

Beautiful card Narine! I love the colours! Another amazing release. 🙂

Maureen Reiss July 9, 2021 - 4:57 PM

Wow!!! Gorgeous card!!!

tara prince July 14, 2021 - 8:39 AM

so very pretty!!


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