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Dynamic Die-Cutting

Get more mileage out of your dies and add extra texture, interest, & dimension to your cards with this simple technique. 

Start by die cutting 4-5 shapes, in this example a flower, then stack, and glue the pieces together. This will create a thick chipboard-like piece to use for embossing the background.

Place the stacked dies on your card front and run it through your die cutting machine. You’ll need to play practice on scrap cardstock to find the right sandwich for your machine. For me, it was the base plate, a thick embossing mat, and both cutting plates. 

Tip: write down the correct sandwich on the “chipboard” piece and store it in your stamp & die pocket for future use.

As usual, I made a two card set with this technique with the flowers embossed in different arrangements. Let me know which you like best in the comments below.

Once the embossing was complete, I stamped the outline image in the embossed area being careful to align it properly.

I then used all four layers to create 4 complete die cuts with Altenew Red Sunset & Green Fields Mini Cube Sets. I used Blush, Rouge, & Crimson for the flowers and Frayed Leaf & Forest Glades for the leaves. 

I popped up the die cut flowers and card fronts with foam tape for added dimension. The card on the left was backed with grey woodgrain card stock. The edges of the of the card base on the right were inked with with Crimson.

I added some sequins and called the cards done.


This card is a submission for the Altenew Educator Certification Program and inspired by Altenew Academy class Dynamic Die Cutting. I’m working on my Level 2 certification. Thanks so much for stopping by. Breathe · Ink · Inspire

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  1. I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!