Easy cards with dies only – no stamps needed

Today we are excited to be joining Altenew to celebrate 6 years with easy cards using dies from Altenew! I don’t know about you but I have certainly grown a large collection in that time! I have a couple of fun and easy techniques using just dies; so they are also quick and simple – one of my favorites! Keep on reading as you know there’s going to be prizes and more stops!

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These are the cards I created for the hop; I think they look beautiful. My favorite cards are the quick and easy ones that really pack a punch. These ones fit in that exact category.

Quick & Easy Dies – Layered

This is the first card I want to talk through – we don’t have a video for these unfortunately, but if you’d like me to create one once our studio is open just drop a note in your comment – it’s really easy as the Altenew dies does all the hard work for you! Last time I did easy cards with dies it was a fan favorite!

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As you can see in the photo, there are two dies in the Layer Plaid Set; you can buy them individually as well. I used a white card base with black velvet cardstock covering the whole front panel (4.25 x 5.5). Then I cut the dies out using Hero Hues cardstock in two shades of pink; I played around with which I liked on the top & bottom, they are intercahnagable and it’s surprising how much the card changes depending on your choice of which way round you adhere them. I used my trick for delicate dies cuts using the precision glue pen; I have added the video below if you haven’t seen it before.

Once I had my background assembled with the dies, I added a strip of vellum across the front, I like silver vellum for an added extra touch, I like using WPlus vellum adhesive as it never show through!. Then I used the Mega Blessed Die to add my sentiment. I cut one from black velvet and one from gold cardstock then I applied my adhesive to the gold and put it over the black before slipping it slightly to create a dropped shadow, which just adds a little pop to my card.

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Easy Stained Glass Effect

Now for the second easy cards with dies today; it has a stained glass effect that will wow all your recipients but you won’t believe how simple it is!

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I started off with a piece of acetate card front sized; I use the Tim Holtz trimmer as it will cleanly cut through the acetate. Then I used a scor-buddy to score my crease – this is a little harder on acetate so I do it a few times on both sides and then use my teflon bone folder to really firm up the fold.

Next up I grabbed the Antique Engravings Cover Die and I cut it from a dark grey cardstock as black was too harsh and I trimmed off the border to leave the floral design. I adhered it to the acetate using my same detailed trick above and let it dry for a few minutes.

Then I went to the inside and added a small piece of vellum that you can see in the back for you to write your message on. Now for the stained glass!

This was so easy you will love it! I just took Nuvo Jewel Drops and added them on the inside of the cover (not on the front) so it shone through the front of the card and it doesn’t matter if your filling isn’t perfect. And that’s it! Let it dry for quite a while (overnight is perfect) and you are good to go!

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Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2020 for a chance to win one of 37 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!”. 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/18/2020.

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Happy Crafting

Alexandra & The Prickle