This class, taught by Yana Smakula, was a lot of fun as she showed basic die techniques such as using a matching die and stamp set, die cutting on vellum and then stretching our abilities to do inlaid die cutting. For this project, I tied in a number of these techniques!

Altenew has amazing collections that include stamps, dies, embossing folders and stencils that are all meant to be used together. That makes life so easy! I knew I wanted to try my hand at inlaid die cutting as I’d never tried it before and was intimidated by it as the end-product always looks so intricate. Imagine my delight to discover that this was actually pretty easy… and fun!

I decided to use the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Vintage Tapestry kit for this project. This kit includes the perfect design that I thought would work well for the inlaid die cut. The first die cutting was to cut out the spacing for these elements in the red cardstock. I just lined them up where I wanted them and ran them through my die cutting machine. Now it was time to do some coloring which would be done completely through stencils in the project kit. I used Moss and Olive inks for the greenery and then Ruby Red and Coral Berry for the flowers.  I put a piece of doubled sided tape on the back of the red cardstock that was almost the same size as this layer. I adhered that to a piece of white cardstock that was slightly larger than the red layer. Now it was time to add the colored die cut elements. Because there was adhesive already in place from beneath the red layer, the colored elements would stick without any issue. And because I used the exact same die to cut both the red cardstock as well as the white cardstock that I colored, the elements fit perfectly!

To add a little extra something, I decided to add a flower and leaves to the card. I used a floral piece from the same Vintage Tapestry kit and cut out the flower from cardstock and ink blended it with Coral Berry. I die cut the flower once again, but this time from a sheet of vellum, along with the leaves. I then stamped the details onto the vellum, being very careful to let the ink dry completely. Since I had done the base coloring on the cardstock, I only stamped the detail images onto the vellum using Coral Berry for one layer and then Ruby Red for the next layer of details. I stamped the layers for the leaves in Moss and Olive.  I put little pieces of tape on the back of each layer and adhered the final flower to the project. To add a little something, I decided to add a couple drops of Pops of Color into the middle of the flower.

Finally, I chose a sentiment from the Forever & Always stamp set. First I did a very light ink blending with Coral Berry and then stamped the sentiment in Permanent Black ink. I trimmed down the paper and popped it up with dimensional foam tape. 

It turns out that inlaid die-cutting isn’t so hard after all and makes for a great technique to have ready for a future project!

God bless!


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Stencils & Dies from the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Vintage Tapestry by Altenew

Coral Berry and Ruby Red from the Red Cosmos Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Moss and Olive from the Tropical Forest Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew

Permanent Black Crisp Dye Ink by Altenew

Clear Double Sided Adhesive by

Pops of Color by Vellum from

Celebration: Stencil Techniques - AECP
Irresistible Inking Techniques - AECP
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