5 Card Making Tips for Using Layering Dies

by Virginia Lu

Hello, Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. Have you seen the latest Craft-A-Flower: Daisy Layering Die Set yet?  Yesterday's release blog hop was quite an eye-opening experience for me.  There are so many creative ideas on using this amazing die set. This Craft-A-Flower: Daisy 3D Die is so easy and fun to work with and who doesn't love a daisy? It's bright, happy…and summery. I'm excited to share multiple ways of using the Craft-A-Flower: Daisy. Hope you are ready…. here we go!

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There are many ways of adding gorgeous and vibrant colors to the flowers and leaves. I am breaking it down with various mediums and you will, hopefully, get some inspiration on using 3D dies like this.

1. Use Spray Mist

For my first card, I simply applied Ink Spray (Sunkissed and Orange Cream Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray) over Watercolor Paper. Once dry, you can die cut out all the pieces and arrange. The result is not too shabby, eh?

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First, I die cut the pieces and then colored the daisy with the Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Watercolor Markers. This is likely the simplest way and least messy way. You can also use ANY of Altenew's Watercolor mediums for this method.

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For the embellishment, the new Serenity Enamel Dots can make anything instantaneously gorgeous. Lastly, the Galaxy Washi Tape provides such a sharp contrast to the daisies!

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Do you know that you can also use the Mixed Media Ink for inking up the daisies? Here I used them for color highlighting. The sentiment from Paint-A-Flower: Hydrangea Outline Stamp Set describes this card perfectly, too.

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You may have noticed how easy it is to line up the petals and leaves. This card did not take long to create at all .

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3. Use White Cardstock and Vellum Transparent Paper

Make two sets of  daisies and leaves with white cardstock and vellum paper.

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The white daisies look absolutely exquisite thanks to the vellum. In fact, you do not even have to line them up and they will look fabulous! I cut up stripes of patterned paper (Celebrate 6×6 Paper Pack).

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I inked up with Warm Sunshine Crisp Dye Inks for the flower center. See the dark brown textures? They are from your coffee ground powder! This look is quite organic and natural. I covered them with glue (such as Glossy Accent) and they will not dissolve and they also smell great!

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The stripe of sentiment from Warm Hugs Stamp Set grounds the designs. I love how easily this design came together.

4. Use Patterned Paper and Parchment Cardstock

Challenged by floral paper? Say no more. This busy patterned paper is ideal with a die like this.

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I also love the grey paper from Celebrate You Paper Pack to use as leaves! The Rounded Rectangles Die Set really frames the designs nicely in this.

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The sentiment (Bergenia Builder) was stamped within the frame to keep this design more polished and clean. The glitter center really makes the card shine!

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5. Use Patterned Paper and Vellum

Here comes the bonus card! With the two die-cuts from the last card, I ended up with a negative piece of patterned paper.

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I came up with another card. With the inlaid die-cut (insert the white cardstock into the patterned paper), you then have a smooth background. The vellum daisies truly are lovely and easy to make!

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I decorated the the daisy with Satin White Sequins and Enchanted Gold Thread. The bold sentiment (Checkerboard Stamp Set) completes the card!

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As you can see, the options are endless, and it's really up to you to use this innovative 3D Die. I want to thank you for checking out today's long post. Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. Have a beautiful day!
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Sharon Brand August 8, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Love all these cards! The are just gorgeous,
especially the two using vellum!

Vikki H August 8, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Wonderful tips and inspiration, Virginia! Altenew’s 3D dies are beautiful!

Maria Alder August 8, 2020 - 11:08 AM

As always Virginia you have made some amazing cards. I love them all.
I too have used coffee grain and tea in making cards sometimes, also
sunflower seeds and other kitchen cupboards items can be used LoL x

Karen Hale August 8, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Absolutely splendid cards. The new CAF Daisy is glorious!

Maria Giselle B. August 8, 2020 - 11:36 AM

These are such great ways to use these floral die. Daisy is my favorite flower. Among the cards you created, my favorite is the white on vellum. Simple but very elegant looking.

Bonnie Thrasher August 8, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Gorgeous. I especially loved the white and vellum, as well as the last one with floral background. But let me say they all were gorgeous. Thank you for shsring with us.

Marta G August 8, 2020 - 12:04 PM

I have to confess although I like the die very much, I thought it was a bit complicated. I love how many alternatives you present in this video. They all look simple and beautiful! Thanks!

Linda BL August 8, 2020 - 12:13 PM

All of the cards are gorgeous. The white daisies with the vellum are my favorite hands down. So much creativity in that card. The coffee grounds for the flower centers, the patterned paper leaves and stems–adds texture and a uniqueness to your card. Also like the card with the patterned paper and the vellum. Vintage looking card and that flower center is amazing!!!!

Kathy Landphair August 8, 2020 - 12:37 PM

I love daisies and I am totally inspired by your cards!

Denise Bryant August 8, 2020 - 12:55 PM

This is one of my favorite layering die sets yet! I just love these charming daisies! Beautiful cards! The patterned paper is a really fun look for the flowers, and the vellum adds an elegance! Love the different effects!

Patricia Wilson August 8, 2020 - 2:13 PM

Love these tips, especially the ones using the patterned paper. I have so much of it and never seem to be able to work it in. Love the patterned paper with the vellum flowers. Thank you!

Maureen R August 8, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Wow!!! These are all Gorgeous!!!

Laura Long August 8, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Love your use of vellum!! It intrigues me, but i never know exactly how to use it. These are great ideas. I have similar feelings about patterned paper and here you are showing a great use for a busy (yet, beautiful) pattern and also an idea for using the negative! thank you

Alefiyah Hasan August 8, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Wow so many amazing cards with such simple techniques, so so inspired. Love hopping along to see the amazing cards created by all the cardmakers with this amazing layering die😍

Sue D August 9, 2020 - 8:28 PM

Wonderful variety of daisy cards and techniques.

Deborah B August 9, 2020 - 10:56 PM

Beautiful ! My favorite is the white flower inlaid into patterned paper!

ksdejarn August 10, 2020 - 10:18 AM

These are so lovely and creative, Virginia. AND BONUS card! I love when you can take something left-over from a card and turn it into a lovely piece of art! WOOT! Thank you for your continued inspiration.

Maura August 11, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Beautiful set of cards, Virginia, as always – the white and gray one is GORGEOUS!!!!!

lizbechtel69 August 12, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Virginia, these are all such wonderful cards! I am amazed at how many different varieties you created! I say “ES VIRGINIA!” to all of them! I think the vellum are my favorite but I can see how I can use some washi tape to create some of these as well! Thanks for all the great ideas! You have the most amazingly, creative brain Ms Virginia! :)

lizbechtel69 August 12, 2020 - 10:46 AM

I just made a comment and it disappeared but Virginia these are all wonderful and I love your creative brain! Such a lot of great ways to make fun daises! The vellum is my fav and I am excited to try this with some washi tape for a creative change!

Margery C August 14, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Using coffee grounds-Brilliant!

Verna Angerhofer August 15, 2020 - 7:09 PM

All are so beautiful but I think my favorite is the white daisies against the vellum!

gilliedog2014 November 30, 2020 - 1:47 PM

Thank you for your inspiration and mini tutorials! I love daisies especially white ones with the yellow centers…. reminds me of Mother.

Tara Prince November 1, 2021 - 9:01 AM

so beautiful


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