Stand Alone Die Release

Hi crafty friends! Welcome to my blog! Today I’m excited to be participating in the Altenew Stand-Alone Die Release. There are so many awesome dies in this group! I made three cards, but I am planning to make a whole lot more! 😊

Card 1: An Explosion of Color!

My first card uses the beautiful Painted Blooms Die Set. It is similar to the Altenew Craft-a-Flower series. There are several dies that all fit together to make layered floral and leaf images. I love the way it turned out!

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The first step for this card was choosing a color palette. I knew that I wanted something really cheerful and bright, so I decided to color the floral pieces using Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers [Purple Wine, Rubellite, Midnight Violet, Fresh Lemon, Sunkissed, Lime, and Emerald]. Next I used the color charts for these watercolors to choose some patterned paper with the same basic color palette. I decided to use one of the patterns from the Rainbow Blots Paper Pack.

After choosing my color palette, I started on the background by running a piece of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ thick white cardstock through my die cutting machine with the Brick Wall 3D Embossing Folder. I decided to make the card horizontal (or landscape) in orientation. Next I cut four strips from the patterned paper (3/4″ wide). I attached these strips vertically to the white brick panel with liquid craft glue, spacing them equidistantly across the card. I finished the background panel by using a Paper Corner Rounder to eliminate the square corners.

The next step was to color some watercolor paper to be the element pieces for the flowers and leaves. I cut pieces of paper that were a bit bigger than each of the dies. Then I used the Watercolor Brush Markers straight on the paper, because I really wanted the highly pigmented, bright overall look. After all of the pieces were completely dry, I die cut out the individual images.

I glued all of the pieces together according to the layering instructions that come with the die set, using liquid craft glue. Then I decided to assemble all of the images together onto a smaller panel of white cardstock that I cut out with the largest die from the Rounded Rectangles Die Set.

I attached the rounded rectangle and floral images to the background panel using foam tape for some added dimension. Then I used some bright pink transparent ribbon from my stash to tie a bow around the card. I cut a tag using the Terrific Tags Die Set. The sentiment is from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set, stamped in Autumn Blaze Crisp Dye Ink.

Finally, I added some light orange iridescent sequins as embellishments. I LOVE this card! And that is surprising, because I once again broke out of my “box” to use all of these bright colors. This card inspires me to break out of that box more often! 😊

Card 2: Bold Foliage

My second card uses the Flowing Foliage Die Set. These dies cut very thin images of stylized flowers and leaves. I think that they could be used in many ways to achieve a lot of different looks!

For my card, I decided to do something different again and cut the dies out of black cardstock. First I backed a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of black cardstock with a Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet. I find that this makes adhering these tiny, thin die cuts SO much easier than trying to use liquid glue! After the adhesive sheet was attached to the cardstock, I ran all of the dies through my cutting machine at the same time.

I love black and turquoise together, so I chose a bright piece of blue cardstock to use for the background panel. I used it with the Crystal Wall 3D Embossing Folder to create some great, interesting texture!

Next I took the release papers off of the black flower and leaf images and adhered them onto the blue panel. Then I decided that the background needed a bit more definition, so I cut two thin strips of black cardstock and glued them onto the top and bottom of the panel. The bottom strip is a small bit wider than the top strip.

I chose to use the Slim Sentiments Dies for my sentiment. These are quite long so that they fit on slimline cards. However several of these can be trimmed to make different, shorter sentiments too! I chose the “Hope your Day is Filled with Joy & Love” sentiment & cut off the end of it so that it would still make sense and fit on my card! I die cut the sentiment out of the same turquoise cardstock and then used liquid glue to attach it to the card.

The final steps for this card were to add a few black dots as embellishments, and to attach the whole card panel to a card base with foam tape in order to give it more dimension.

This card was quite simple to put together, but the color combination and the texture makes it look so cool! I am very happy with how it turned out. On to #3!

Card 3: Be Kind

My third card uses the Rose Queen Die Set and the Be Kind Die Set. The Rose Queen set is similar to the Flowing Foliage set that I used in Card #2. However, this one is actually a single floral bouquet, along with a couple of “extras” if you choose to use them.

I started this card by die cutting the main image from the Rose Queen Die Set twice out of heavy white cardstock. I then used liquid craft glue to adhere the two bouquets together, to create more dimension and texture on my card.

Next I thought that a swirly background would look great, and I debated making one from alcohol inks…. but then I remembered that I have the Mesmerizing Pours Patterned Paper Pack in my stash! I actually have only used it once, so I decided to check it out and see if any of the paper choices would work. I ended up finding this beautiful paper with gorgeous pink and white swirls that I thought would really enhance my plain white die cuts! So I chose a section of the pattern that I thought would work well and trimmed the paper down to be 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″.

For some reason I really like the look of borders on my cards. Sometimes I leave a border on the background panel all the way around, but often I just like to have a border on the left and right edges of the card. Somehow this seems to “frame” my focal image and draw more attention to it. So on this card I felt that a white border would look great, but I also wanted to add some texture to it. So I cut a piece of thick white cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and used it with the Basic Plaid 3D Embossing Folder to give those edges more interest.

Finally I used the new “Be Kind” die set to cut out my sentiment. Again, I cut two pieces of each word out and glued them together. Then I adhered my white floral images and the sentiment images to the pink background and cut off any excesses from the edges of the panel. The last steps were to use foam tape to attach the pink panel to the background white panel and to add some white enamel dots as embellishments.

This card was also quite easy to make, but it really delivers a dramatic punch! The contrast of the pinks and white are really an effective color combination. 💗


$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/25/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/27/2021.


68 thoughts on “Stand Alone Die Release”

  1. I love these cards, especially the first one using the Painted Blooms Die set. So colorful!

    1. Thank you Cyndi! I love that one too. I usually don’t use such bright colors, but somehow this combination just “spoke” to me. 🙂

  2. The last card is my favorite, and i especially employ how you describe some of the why behind design choices.

  3. Gorgeous cards! The last floral die cut is so pretty- it would be so easy to use it with different backgrounds for different occasions.

  4. All of your cards are happy ones! I think I like the last one the best. That paper is so pretty!

  5. A beautiful collection of so many new products! Each card is unique but the Be Kind card is stunning with that pattern paper choice!

  6. Great cards Sande! Clever use of backgrounds to show case these die cuts! Thanks so much for the great inspiration. Stay safe! 🙂

  7. Lovely designs Sandee, my favorite is the last one, the pattern paper behind the ie cut is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I love that turquoise color and you’re right, it looks great with black. All quick techniques that pack a lot of punch. Beautiful cards, thanks for posting!

  9. Had never noticed the rainbow blots paper before but they look amazing the way that you combined them with the painted blooms!

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