Friday, March 1, 2019

Altenew Academy Easy Die Cutting Level 1

Japanese Mum Stamp and Die set

Hello March!  Today is a beautiful sunny day here in Florida.  The last few days have been spent taking Easy Die Cutting Techniques classes.  After the completion I believe that I have one class left in Level 1 of the Altenew Academy.  I learned so much from these classes.  Yana Smakula was the instructor.  I want to say "Thank You" to her.  She taught me so much!  I used the Japanese Mum Stamp and Die set I received as my monthly subscription in Feb.  It is a beautiful set.  You can find it at  The background paper for both cards came from the 6"x 6" Reflections paper pad.  One card I used several different shades of black, gray and  white (Jet Black, Silver lake, Gray Denim and Cloudy Night).  The other card is shades of  Lavender and Yellow (Wisteria, Ultraviolet, Hydrangea, Vanilla Cream and Hazelnut).   Lining up the layers of stamps can be a bit daunting.  Practicing with the layers helps a lot (I am still working on this).  It is well worth the practice to see the dimension the layers create.  I hope this hint helps others learning to use the Build a Flower Sets or layering stamps.  I also learned to schedule prep-days.  My prep-days include stamping and die cutting multiples of the same images in different colors.  It not only helps learn the color groupings, the correct alignment of the stamps but it builds your stash of pre-done items for future cards.  I then store what I don't use in the same storage envelope I use for the stamp and die set.  This does take some time but it is well worth the effort when you sit down to create a bunch of cards.  The cards below are standard A2 (5.5"x 4.5").
I hope you will try The Japanese Mum Stamp and Die Set and all the other products I used in these cards.  You can find it all on 

1 comment:

  1. These are gorgeous!! I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!


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