Two Ways to Paper-Quilt With Altenew Stencils and Dies

by May Sukyong Park

Hello Altenew friends!  I’m so glad to be back and sharing cards with you again (featuring a fun quilt design)!  I took some time off in January, so it feels like a very long time since I posted here!

Today’s projects utilize a product set that was released several weeks ago, and I am in love with every part of it!  It’s the Blobby Roses Layering Stencils and coordinating Die Set.

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How to Do Paper-Quilt With Stencils

I’ve invoked the name of Laura Ashley in my designs before, but I think today’s cards are the most like that designer’s fabrics and prints I’ve ever done!  And the card on the left makes me want to pull that quilt up under my chin for a sweet winter nap!


Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 3I began this card by stenciling all over an A2-sized card panel with all four layers of the Blobby Roses Layering Stencils.  I used my favorite ink colors: Frayed Leaf and Mountain Pine for the leaves and Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, and Coral Berry for the flowers.

Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 6Next, I ran the stenciled card panel through the die cutting machine with the Circle Quilt Cover Die, using the rubber pad and an adjusted acrylic plate sandwich so that the die didn’t cut through the paper, only made an embossed impression.

Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 8I used the smallest of the pens in the Fine Liner Pen Set to draw stitch lines over the embossing on the panel.  Then I die cut a flower and matching leaves from watercolored paper in my stash.  I often paint a whole piece of watercolor panel and let it dry, to use in just such a case like this).  I used the Layered Rose Die Set, which includes a die that cuts a solid shape that matches the outline die. I used the solid shape dies to die cut both leaves and flowers from vellum paper and adhered it to the back of the watercolored outline die-cuts.

Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 7Then I die cut two more layers of the outline die from heavyweight cardstock scraps to glue behind the vellum to lift it up off the background design.  I adhered them to the card front using strong liquid adhesive (necessary when adhering to a textured background like this one.) Then I stamped a happy birthday greeting from the Sentiment Strips 3 Stamp Set and layered it over top of the flower.  Finally, I finished by adding a few matching enamel dots.


Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 11For my second card, I ran a piece of white cardstock through the die cutting machine, again, with the rubber pad that allows for an impression rather than cutting.  Then I started the process of making the stencil/die-cuts.  For this purpose, I decided to work backward – die cutting the shapes first, re-inserting them into the die-cut openings, and taping them in place.

Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 12Having the die-cut outlines to guide the stencil means no waste of stenciled roses that are too close to their neighbor to be properly die cut, or wasted paper/design because they're too far apart when you cut them out.  Plus there are (partial) blooms on the stencil that doesn’t have a matching die, so having the shapes already cut out saved me unnecessary effort.

Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 14I used all the same colors of inks as listed above to stencil with.  Next, I used the All About You Word Dies to die cut “hello” from heavyweight black cardstock, and stamped and die-cut the “you” using the Tall Alphabet Lowercase Stamps and Dies.

Altenew BlobbyRoses NB Feb22 10Next, I trimmed the embossed card panel slightly smaller than an A2-sized card and matted it with a coordinating shade of pink cardstock.  Then, I positioned all the die-cuts in a pleasing pattern and glued them to the embossed background with strong liquid adhesive.  A few clear flat sequins finished things off nicely!

I hope you are inspired to try some of these products and the paper-quilt technique yourself! Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!


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Connie Griffin February 26, 2022 - 10:48 AM

Oh my goodness these are just gorgeous, love how you added the faux stitching!! Beautiful flowers!

Sandra Bogossian February 26, 2022 - 11:03 AM

The flowers are gorgeous, but I am in love with the stencil. It adds so much depth to the card. I must get one myself.

Carol Henderson February 26, 2022 - 12:38 PM

Norine. what dedication (and patience) you have to hand pen in all the little stitch lines on the quilt! But it really makes the card special. This is just one reason I adore you and your creativity, you are a true master of the art and I truly admire you and every thing you create. By the way, I know who Laura Ashley is; I love her style as well.

Maureen R February 26, 2022 - 2:26 PM

Wow!!! That left one really does look like a quilt!!! Beautiful cards!!

roxanne tellini February 26, 2022 - 2:38 PM

Craft Roulette last night had quilts as a topic. Great timing on this!

Kristine Boydstun February 26, 2022 - 6:01 PM

These are so beautiful! A Laura Ashley dream come true!

Nenette February 27, 2022 - 3:54 AM

These are gorgeous cards, Norine!! Love them!!!

mklecuyer February 28, 2022 - 7:41 AM

Wow these 2 cards are so intricate and beautifully done; very impressive. Too bad the quilt die is sold out now. What a great job you did and I’m sure it too quite a bit of time as well. TFS

June from Minnesota, USA March 25, 2022 - 12:41 PM

OMG! I absolutely LOVE card #1! The added “stitched lines” really made a difference! You have got to be a very patient. Your color combination is going in my notebook for future reference– thank you for these great ideas!

Tara Prince July 25, 2022 - 8:30 AM

so gorgeous


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