Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Easy Die Cutting Techniques

One of the techniques from Altenew’s Easy Die cutting class is using dies to dry emboss. Now…I love embossing… embossing folders and heat embossing primarily. This is my first attempt at dry embossing without an embossing folder. I needed a masculine birthday card foe a friend and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try. Dey embossing.

I started off using Altenew’s Halftone Cover Die and ran it though my die cutting machine using an embossing mat.

I cut the panel down to approximately 3.75 5 inches and focused on my sentiment. I grabbed Altenew’s Mega Happy die and ran it through my die cutting machine 3 times. I cut out one ‘Happy’ in a shimmer green colour of Bazzill cardstock, then 2 more ‘Happy’ s from Simon Says Stamp’ White cardstock.

I then used Altenew’s Mega Greetings 2 stamp set on a strip of shimmer silver cardstock to stamp. Birthday using Altenew’s Permanent Black ink.

I adhered the ‘Happy’ on a slight diagonal on the dry embossed panel. I added the birthday strip just below that and then added to a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in., measuring 4×5.25 inches.

I added everything to a white card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches. I used the dots Stamps from Altenew’s Layered Cupcake stamp set to decorate the envelope and Done!

Altenew Stamps/Dies:

Halftone Cover Die

Mega Happy Die

Mega Greetings 2 stamp set

Layered Cupcake stamp set

Altenew Crisp Inks:

Permanent Black



Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Bazzill Cardstock

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue


– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Machine


2 thoughts on “Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Easy Die Cutting Techniques”

  1. A nice, clean and simple card. I am glad you used the cover plat to emboss/deboss the pattern, it looks really cool! I would suggest stamping the sentiment further to the right-hand side to balance the card design. If sometimes you can’t decide where to add the sentiment or where it would look better, stamp it on a spare piece of acetate and use that to find the right placement, that is what I do. Hope this helps 🙂
    Thank you for entering your work to the AECP assignment gallery.


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