Partial Die-Cutting with Wavy Roses Stamp Set

by May Sukyong Park

Hello there, Altenew friends! I have a couple of cards to share with you today that feature partial die-cutting and one of my favorite Altenew floral stamp sets OAT (of all time)!

Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 1Wavy Roses is available in stamps, coordinating dies, and masking stencils, and my cards today used the stamps and dies.  I also used the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers to color the stamped designs.

Partial Die-Cutting with Wavy Roses


Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 4I began this card by stamping the double floral design onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, positioning it in such a way that the corner can be die cut away.  I chose that paper because it is smooth and untextured, unlike watercolor paper, so liquid pigment, like watercolor markers flow and blend without immediately soaking into the paper.

Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 6I used Purple Wine, Sunkissed, and Fresh Lemon to color the flowers, laying down a tiny bit of the darkest shade (Purple Wine) in the center of the flower, and using first Sunkissed, then Fresh Lemon, to blend the color outward.  Then, I used a wet paintbrush to dilute the color and draw it further to the outer edges of the petals.

I used Desert Night (almost navy blue) and Lime to color the leaves in the same way, putting down the darkest color in the shadows of the leaves, and using the Lime marker to blend with the Desert Night.

Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 8Once the paint was dry, I die cut the corner from the card panel.  I almost wasn't sure it could be done in a standard 6″ die cutting machine as the angle of the paper required to keep the die and cutting plates straight means you can't roll it all the way through.  So I went as far as I could and finished up with an X-acto blade and cutting pad.  If you have a full-size Gemini or other oversized die-cutting machine, this won't be an issue.

HELPFUL HINT: How to Do Partial Die-Cutting

  1. Mark the two points on each side of the design where the die-cutting should stop (the tips of the leaves in this case) line that up with the edge of your die cutting plate, and tape down with low tack tape to avoid shifting.
  2. Layer the 2nd die cutting plate over the top – also lining up with the same edge as the bottom plate so that the die and cardstock are sandwiched between the two and keeping only the part you want to cut in between the plates.
  3. Insert the sandwich into the die-cutting machine of your choice and roll through only the portion of the plates with the die between them.

Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 5I stamped a greeting from the Magnolia Ballerina stamp set and heat set with Platinum Embossing Powder.  Then, I covered the back of the stamped, die-cut card panel with Instant Dimension Foam Tape and adhered it on top of some coordinating patterned paper. Some clear, flat sequins completed the card.


Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 11For my second card, I used the same cardstock and the same colors of Watercolor Brush Markers to color the single bloom stamp images.

Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 13The technique for stamping and die cutting this one though is a little different.

I began by stamping the sentiment – from the Inked Rose Stamp Set – and heat embossing with Platinum Embossing Powder again. Then, I positioned the flower/leaf stamp above the sentiment, trying my best to perfectly center it over the sentiment. I stamped with embossing ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.  Then, I repositioned the stamp below the sentiment taking care to line up the points of the leaves above and below.

Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 15Once painted and dry, I ran the design through the die cutting machine twice, once on top and the second time for the bottom, keeping only the top and bottom edges sandwiched between the die cutting plates.  Afterward, all that was necessary was a straight edge and X-acto knife to trim away the sentiment band.

Altenew WavyRoses WatercolorMarkers TropicalFiesta 10Once more with the Instant Dimension Foam Tape to pop up the featured design, and some clear sequins to finish off the card.

I hope this might inspire you to try any of the above elements – the Wavy Roses Stamp Set, the Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers, or some partial die-cutting! If you post on social media, we'd love it if you tagged us (@altenewllc) so we can see what has inspired you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


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barbara lassiter March 20, 2022 - 12:05 PM

These are beautiful. Thanks for explaining the technique so clearly!

Audrey D Rodriguez March 20, 2022 - 7:14 PM

This technique looks so easy. Maybe, I’ll give it a go. Beautiful card.

Tara Prince March 31, 2023 - 11:44 AM



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