• Preeti

Easy Die Cutting Techniques/ Altenew Academy


Hi Friends,

I am enjoying taking classes on Altenew Academy and this card is for the Easy Die Cutting class taught by one of my favorite card designer none other than Yana Smakula. I have been an admirer of her style for a very long time now and taking this class taught by her was so much fun. I was inspire by her negative die cutting lesson, which I thought had an amazing look on cards. My card has too many steps, so today I will write the making of the cards in a step by step process. I also made this card 5x7 to give the technique maximum impact.


  • Cut two identical measure card stock one in white and the other in an aqua shade my measurements were 43/4x63/4. I used the Neenah Solar white 8olbs card stock and the aqua cardstock is from the stash and I don't remember where I got it from.

  • Stamp the two solid leaf images from the Leaf Canopy set on the white panel covering up the entire surface to create a leaf background. I used the Aqualicious crisp dye ink for the stamping.

  • Take the second aqua panel and die cut the two leaf dies from the coordinating die set multiple times. After die cutting I used the ink cube of the Aqualicious dye ink and created some stripes for some texture and to match the color of the leaf on the white panel. I also splattered some gold paint for added texture.

  • Die cut a few white leaves from another card stock and stamp the out line of the leaf images using gold ink, I used the Delicata gold ink from Tsukineko

  • Adhere the aqua die cut panel over the white floral background panel using foam adhesive.

  • Glue the gold out lined leaves on to the aqua die cut panel directly with some liquid glue making sure to offset it from the negative die cuts.

  • Stamp the sentiment congratulation with the gold ink and the additional sentiment using black ink on a white card stock and cut it into a label and adhere over the aqua panel using foam tape. The sentiment is also from the leaf canopy set. (I made this card is for a friends wedding)

  • To add some more bling as if there wasn't enough already, I added aqua gems from Pretty Pink Posh

  • Adhere the entire panel onto a gold side folding notecards. I adhered a white cardstock inside the card for writing my message.


The card look very busy, but IRL it looks stunning, I tried my best to photograph it to show its beauty but wasn't too successful I guess. Tell me what you think? Thanks foe stopping and hope you will give the the Easy Die Cutting class a go. See you next time, have fun crafting and don't forget to share some hand made love.


Preeti