Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop

Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Hello everyone! I am honored to be a guest in the Altenew August release blog hop! If you have been hopping along with us already, you should have arrived from Lilith Eeckles blog. However, if you are just joining in, you can find the entire hop order further down in this post.

I’ve got many inspirational pieces to share with you today, featuring many of the new products from Altenew. If you are interested in learning more about the new Altenew release, you can see a product-close-up video HERE or further down in this post.

Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

So let’s take a look at some ideas for using the new products from Altenew! Also note that you can see all of these projects in the product-close-up video; I also share a quick overview of how I made each card in the video.


Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

First I’ll start with the new Doodled Lace Cover Plate die. I die cut the Doodled Lace die from a couple of backgrounds I had previously made with Distress Oxide inks. The backgrounds also feature a textured design, which had been dry embossed.

To give contrast to the die cut backgrounds, I popped them up onto coordinating card bases. The contrasting colors help the backgrounds stand out nicely. I added a couple of sentiments with Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alphas die set and Altenew’s Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set.

A final detail was to add sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in both Marigold and Mossy Green.



Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

The new Fantasy Florals die set is SO gorgeous; this die makes a flower that mimics the look of stamp layering! SO clever and fun! For this card, I used three shades of cardstock to make the layered flower (Cotton Candy, Guava and Schoolhouse Red) and then some green cardstocks for the leaves. On each die cut, I added shading with Copic markers.

If you take a look at the background behind the flower, you’ll see an embossed pattern on the white cardstock; this was done with the new Doodled Lace die from Altenew. I simply ran the die through my Big Shot with a rubber embossing mat and that allowed the die to emboss rather than cut.

Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

My sentiment is made with the new Script Words 2 die set; I painted some gold watercolors onto watercolor paper and then die cut it with the “thanks” sentiment from Script Words 2. A supporting sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments finished off the greeting. And finally for an elegant touch, I scattered a few Lucy’s Cards clear gems around my floral arrangement.



Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I enjoyed using the Fantasy Florals dies so much, I made a second card with them, changing things up slightly. On this card, I die cut the flower from Cotton Candy, Guava and Raspberry cardstock and popped each layer of the flower up with foam tape. I really love the dimensional effect you get with this. Then, I die cut all the leaves from some green cardstocks (four times each) to make them dimensional also. Again, I added shading to each die cut piece for some depth.

Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

The kraft card base features a tone-on-tone “thank you” message, which is from Heartfelt Sentiments. I also heat embossed the same sentiment onto the black banner. Because this card isn’t as “elegant” as the other card above, I opted to use some simple Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh around this floral arrangement.



Earlier this year Altenew released the fun Halftone Hearts stamp set, which as the name suggests, features hearts in a halftone design. I had this stamp set and was excited that there are now dies to coordinate with the hearts, as this allows you to use the stamps in so many more ways! Also, the dies can be stand-alone too, as they are a perfect heart shape!

The hearts come stuck together in two sets, all of them nesting. I took one of the nested sets and created a four cards by die cutting the hearts from four colors of cardstock. That resulted in a bunch of heart frames that I then stamped with the Halftone Hearts in coordinating colors of ink.

Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I nested my die cut and stamped heart frames differently for each card. On my backgrounds of my card bases I stamped sentiments from the Halftone Hearts set in a neutral ink. Then I added “I love you” sentiments on top of each of my in-laid heart stacks.

This set of cards was so much fun to make, as they were simple and colorful… I think they’d make anyone’s day!



Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

One of my favorite die sets from the entire Altenew August release is the Rose Filament set. These sketchy florals are SO much fun to play with! I created two cards with this set, a blue themed version as well as a red one.

Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

These cards were heavily inspired by an apron I saw at a local shop and I wanted to replicate the feel of the apron. Here’s a couple images of the apron:

Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Layering Die Cuts + Altenew Blog Hop | Nina-Marie Design

In the video below, you can see how I created these cards, so I hope you will check it out! Also remember that I have a release-close-up video for you also that shows a detailed look at all of the new products from Altenew!




Note: I was not asked by Altenew or compensated in any way to do this product close-up video.


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Time to keep hopping! The next stop in the Altenew August Release Hop is my good friend May Park! I also hope you will check out all the other stops today! The list is below:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Vicky Papaioannou

Laura Bassen

Lilith Eeckles

Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here! :)

May Sukyong Park

Therese Calvird

Terhi Koskinen

Virginia Lu

Mindy Baxter

Svitlana Shayevich

Kymona Tracey

Yoonsun Hur

Galina Filippenko

Isha Gupta

Flora Monika Farkas

Also, to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Blog by Thursday, August 31st at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Blog on Saturday, September 2nd.


Altenew was kind enough to provide a $30 gift certificate to me so that I could give it away to one of YOU! Leave a comment here on my blog by August 31st to qualify for the giveaway!


  1. Kanan Pandya August 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    All your cards are so pretty and so beautiful!! Gorgeous details and designs on each. :-)

  2. Jackie P. August 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Your cards are always so amazing!! You just always go that extra step, that gives it a special touch. Gorgeous cards in beautiful colours

  3. Tanya A August 30, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I love all your ideas for layering dies. I sometimes find myself at a loss on how to use them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Kaylene August 30, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Such pretty cards, and so creative, love seeing all the different things that are possible from one release

  5. Marianne August 29, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Wow! I can tell you were inspired by this new release and your cards are inspiring as well! Thanks!

  6. Maryjo L Monterosso August 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    All your projects are wonderful. This release is really special. I so love the die cut flowers, leaves and sentiments. Beautiful work. So bright and colorful with great instructions.

  7. Deb lepak August 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Just love your videos! You did a beautiful job showcasing the amazing new products from Altenew! I love the roses and other amazing dies! Love the new music and getting to see your pretty self in your intro!

  8. Lisa A creations August 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    So many cards! So much inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sarah M August 28, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Thanks for all the great examples using products from the new release. They are gorgeous!!

  10. Amanda Dellamano August 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    So many beautiful cards!! I love the colors that you chose for the first die cut card and how you tucked some of the sequins behind the image. So pretty and so much inspiration! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Gail Alcorn August 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Cards are amazing! Love the new dies!

  12. Carol K August 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    so inspirational …

  13. cheri August 27, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Love your cards! Thanks for all your tips, too. This is a great release from Altenew. – love the new floral dies!

  14. Mimi r August 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    WOW, I absolutely love the layered die cuts cards! And thanks for the video!

  15. Lisascreativeniche August 26, 2017 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Wow! So many wonderful techniques! These cards are all so beautiful!

  16. Ashley Wells August 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Nina, I’m so impressed with all the wonderful and varying projects you created for this blog hop. Love watching your videos and I’m enjoying how we get to see more of your pretty face when you’re talking to us! It makes it more personable :)

  17. Jodi C August 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I think I might have put my first comment in the wrong place? Thank You for that great video, that rose die and the fantasy Floral die (even though I already have the stamp set and die for that) are on their way and now I have even more ideas for them. You showed so much I almost forgot my favorite project of yours which was that dimensional fantasy Floral card…..I can’t wait to make one it is SO GORGEOUS!!! 😍💕💖

  18. Zelda August 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Wow, so many gorgeous cards – love them all!

  19. Gail Plaskiewicz August 26, 2017 at 12:52 am - Reply

    If you know me, you know my favorite color is yellow so you can only imagine how much I love your first card. I don’t have a die cutter so I am always impressed when someone uses one. You made a whole bunch using a die cutter and guess what? Since I have been on the hop no one has done what you did with your cards. That’s what I love about the hop. Everyone does something different. on each run of the hop
    Your Thank You cards are so pretty and colorful. I love the color of the flowers. Score, girl!
    The card with the hearts reminds me of stickers that I have.
    The blue and red card with the die cut flowers are pretty too but then again, they are all pretty. I love how they match the apron. Wow, I am tried just looking at all your cards. I can’t imagine how tired you are from making them & for showing them to all of us. Thanks for giving us the chance to win something! I love all of your cards but especially the yellow one!

  20. Rema DeLeeuw August 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Lovely cards!

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