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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Better with Friends ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

Hello Friends! Today I am sharing another project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.

The project I am sharing today is for the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class with Yana Smakula. This class focuses on teaching you techniques that can help stretch your dies to create different looks.

My card features a technique called Negative Die Cutting.

I had been wanting to play with the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamps and thought this technique would be perfect. I love the result!

To begin I took a piece of Yupo cardstock and some Alcohol Inks to create a panel of greens and turquoise colors. 

I played around with the alcohol inks and alcohol blending solution until I was happy with the color. I set the panel aside to dry for about 10 minutes then came back in with some Prima Rub-On Foil in gold and added it to the panel. The foil stuck to any places that were tacky. Always make sure that you allow your panel dry until tacky if you want the best results.

Next I created another panel using white cardstock. For this I chose 80# Neenah Solar White. I took the Leaf Canopy Dies and can ran them through my Big Shot. I removed the positive cuts from the panel and continued this process until I had my panel just the way I wanted it.

Although I loved my colorful panel, I wanted to mute the colors little. To do this I used some Lawn Fawn Vellum and VersaMark Watermark Ink to stamp the outline images from the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamps. Once stamped I sprinkled the vellum with some Ranger Embossing Powder in Gold and heat embossed the images. These images were then cut and added to the back of the white panel with some Zig 2 Way Glue.

I stamped a sentiment from the Leaf Canopy Stamps using the same gold embossing powder and added my panel onto the Yupo background.  I adhered both panels to my card base and called it done.

The result is beautiful and I can imagine doing this again using different colors and different dies.

The Easy Die Cutting Techniques class is just as the title suggests. If you would like to learn more ways to stretch your dies then this is the class for you.

Thank you for visiting today!


  1. Saundra! You do such incredible work and with such finesse! Brilliant job! It is always a pleasure to see what beauty you have created!
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery. Bravo!

  2. Thank you so much, Erum! I have been enjoying this journey ver much!

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