Hello Altenew friends! It's Virginia here. Have you joined the October 2022 Just Imagine Stamps, Dies, Stencils, and Hot Foil Plates Release Blog Hop yet? Be sure to check out the awe-inspiring projects and comment to win Altenew Gift Card. Let's explore the three innovative ways of die-cutting with Cherry Blossoms Stamp Set.

This beautiful Stamp Set includes the Coordinating Die Set and 2 in 1 Layering Stencils.  This set is absolutely fun to create with. I even found some creative  ways of die-cutting. The techniques I used are “Partial Die-cutting”. The specific die-cutting creates original and beautiful result. Let's dive right in.

1. Upper Partial Die-cutting

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle-Glitter Gradient Cardstock Set - Forest Canopy -001After stamping, I applied Citrus Burst, Blush and Frayed Leaf with the Ink Blending Brushes (Small).  I then used a pencil and drew a line across the upper part of the image.

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle-Glitter Gradient Cardstock Set - Forest Canopy -002Along with that line, I die cut the image like I normally do and left the lower part open without sandwiched inside the diecut plates. This would only cut the upper portion of the Cherry Blossom. If you do the opposite, you will cut off the bottom portion. It's that simple!

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle-Glitter Gradient Cardstock Set - Forest CanopyI then trimmed the card-stock and stamped the outline image at the bottom. A piece of Glitter cardstock (Canopy ) was added for some sparkle and interest.  The sentiment on top fits in perfectly.

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle-Glitter Gradient Cardstock Set - Forest Canopy2. Diagonal Partial Die-cutting

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle -Instant Dimension Foam Tape -001The Diagonal Die-cutting is much like the previous one. The only difference is when you draw the penciled line, you will decide and mark the diagonal line, namely, how you position your dies, paper and die cut plates.

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle -Instant Dimension Foam Tape -002For this  Diagonal Partial Die-cutting, the die cutting starts on the top and the uncut part was left out. That means, the uncut part was not sandwiched in the die cut plates.

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle -Instant Dimension Foam Tape -003The Cherry Blossoms flowers were stamped and then ink-blended in Blush, Peach Perfect, Canyon Clay and Vinyard Berry.  The leaves were in Frayed Leaf.  The background floral on the Blush Cardstock was stamped  in Canyon Clay .

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle -Instant Dimension Foam Tape (2)3. Stacked Die-cutting

The last but not least is a bonus! For this design, I stamped and diecut a few dies. For the extra shadow, I stacked an extra piece of black die underneath.

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil BundleThis gives the focal point extra height and added shadow. You can try this out with any stamp set and coordinating dies.

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle -004This entire card was inked, stenciled, stamped and diecut. An extra strip of Topaz (Gilded Glitter Cardstock), splatter (Antique Gold Ink Spray) and Satin Gold Sequins are the final touches for this thank-you card.

Altenew- Cherry Blossoms Stamp Die and Stencil Bundle -Instant Dimension Foam Tape (3)How do you like these fun and creative ways of die-cutting? I hope that you find this post inspiring and helpful. Please comment below to tell me which design you like and what kind of Partial die-cutting you like to try! Thank you for stopping by!
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Daria Z. October 7, 2022 - 13:19

Three lovely cards by Virginia! I especially love the diagonal design.

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Michele F October 7, 2022 - 13:21

I adore Cherry Blossoms, Virginia – especially in your very talented hands! Partial die-cutting is such a fun technique that I’ve forgotten to use lately – thanks for this beautiful reminder!
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Jennifer Leonard October 7, 2022 - 13:34

I love All these cards! Each one special! You’ve inspired me to try this technique!

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Denise Bryant October 7, 2022 - 14:56

Beautiful cards by Virginia! I love the cherry blossoms!

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Linda BL October 7, 2022 - 16:09

The cherry blossom cards are lovely. The card that stands out is the upper partial die cutting version. I like the arrangement of the elements, the green glitter stripe with the leaf outlines below. Very special card.

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Carmela October 7, 2022 - 16:41

Great tips, Virginia!!

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donna mikasa October 7, 2022 - 17:09

All so beautiful, Virginia! The partial die cutting technique worked beautifully on the first two cards!

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Kathy P October 7, 2022 - 17:55

These partial die cut cards are just gorgeous! I would find it much help to have photos of how you positioned the dies before cutting. The coloring and sentiments are just beautiful!

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Virginia L. October 7, 2022 - 18:55

Thank you for the positive feedback, Daria!

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Virginia L. October 7, 2022 - 18:57

Thank you, Michele! I bet your creation with Partial Die-cutting will be gorgeous! Don’t forget to tag me!

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Virginia L. October 7, 2022 - 19:00

Thank you, Jennifer, Denise and Donna! You are all so kind! I appreciate your lovely comments!
To Kathy P. I am taking notes about sharing process photos and will do that next time. I apologize for not having the die cutting photos this time. I appreciate your time and comment!

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Virginia L. October 7, 2022 - 19:01

Thank you, Carmela and Linda BL! I love reading your comments!

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Maureen R October 8, 2022 - 11:51

These are Stunning!!!!

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Audrey D Rodriguez October 8, 2022 - 16:14

Great cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

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foleysfriend October 9, 2022 - 12:55

Gorgeous cards Virginia. Thanks for the tips on how to use a stamp and die in a non-traditional way. The little bits of sparkle and shine are a lovely touch.

sue n.

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Kathy Rojas October 9, 2022 - 21:19

Beautiful cards

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Traci Maia Starkweather October 11, 2022 - 17:03

Hi Virginia! What a lovely way to get different looks from one stamp/die set! I really love the diagonal partially die cut card! Looks great the way that you gave the paper a pattern with the flower! All 3 are wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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