Learn 3D layering die hacks with Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Lily. There’s a new Altenew monthly subscription plan in town!
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Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Lily
Our Craft-A-Flower die sets are released monthly and celebrate the beauty of a wide variety of flowers! Each set includes all the pieces you need to create a multi-layered floral arrangement, inspired by our popular 3D flower dies. All you need to add is colored cardstock and a die cutting machine.
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3D Layering Die Hacks
Last week, Theresa, one of my subscribers requested I create a video about adding color detail to 3D flower layering dies. Craft-A-Flower: Lily was released just in time!
Theresa also shared,
I have several Altenew die layering flowers and I don’t use them very often because they look too flat.Theresa Petermann
As requested, Theresa, these 3D layering die hacks are for you and all the other artists out there craving more dimension.
Hack #1: Watercolor
First, watercolor is an instant way to add dimension due to the natural color variation that occurs when painting. Today’s video will focus on watercolor.
That being said, you can definitely create dimension with cardstock, especially Altenew’s line of Gradient Cardstock. I’ll plan on doing a video adding extra dimension to colored cardstock in the future.
Hack #2: Die-Cut Before Watercoloring
Previously, I watercolored a 6×9 inch panel with light and dark colors and then die-cut the pieces accordingly. While that worked ok, sometimes it was difficult to fit all the pieces into the right shade.
So now, I recommend die-cutting the pieces first and then painting them. This gives you control over where the color goes. Don’t remove the die-cuts from the watercolor paper. This keeps them secure.
Hack #3: Refer to Photo & Layering Guide
Next, one of my top tips for coloring flowers is to refer to a real photo of the flower you are coloring. This seems like a no-brainer, but I forget to do this too.
As you can see, the pretty flower in the photo above gives me a beautiful color palette. Also, it’s unlikely I would have come up with the peach undertone on my own.
Also, refer to the layering guide on the packaging. The layering guide illustrates what shade each layer should be. While you don’t have to adhere strictly to this formula, it is a fool proof way to develop dimension.
Hack #4: Retouch Contrast
After painting and before the die-cuts completely dry, stack them and double-check the level of contrast between each layer. As you can see below, there isn’t enough contrast between layers 2 and 3 of the flower.
At this point, I took the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers directly to the die-cuts to deepen the color in small areas.
Hack #5: Add Foam Tape
Probably the most common way to add dimension to cards is with foam tape. So of course, it’s a great option with 3D layering dies too.
Adding double-sided foam tape between 1 or 2 of the layers not only adds physical dimension. But it also casts shadows creating dimension with color variation.
Those are the tips and tricks I have for today. I hope you find them and the process video helpful with your 3D layering die sets. Thanks for joining me and let me know what you think down below. If you post projects on social media, tag me @notableink.
MORE LAYERING DIES
Believe it or not, some of these flowers are die-cut from pattern paper and some are watercolored.
Learn more about this fan favorite card using Virginia Rose 3D Die Set.
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