Die Highlight: Wavy Outlines

by Jen Schow

Hello there! Jen Schow here to show you some fun projects using the brand new Wavy Outlines Die Set. This set is similar to the Wavy Roses Stamp Set, but I just love some of the techniques you can only achieve with a die. So let's take a look!


One of my favorite card techniques is die-cut inlay, but I wanted to try it on a layout. I started by choosing several colors or cardstock that coordinated with my photo.

First, I cut all of the flowers out of white cardstock. Then, I cut them out of the colored strips I had chosen, sometimes overlapping two colors. I made sure to save all of the little pieces so I could place them back inside the white die cuts.

My title was created using the same cardstock colors (plus one) using the Tall Alpha Die Set. I stamped stars in coordinating colors across my cardstock using the Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set. While I had it out, I noticed the “who is the cutest baby in the world?” sentiment and thought it would be funny to include on this layout about myself! A few gold splatters finished it off.

You can see it all come together in the process video below, or watch it in HD over on the Altenew YouTube channel!


I don't know about you, but when I put a lot of work into something, I don't like to waste the leftovers. The outline florals that I didn't use on the layout were perfect for cards – and I made two!

For the “hello” card, I simply adhered the flowers around the outer edges of the card and added my sentiment to the middle. I paired my “hello” die-cut (also leftover from another project) with one of the phrases from the Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set, which was already out!

The second card came together quickly – I added the rest of the flowers to the bottom of my card panel, stamped a sentiment from the recently released Altenew + Hero Arts collaboration (Bloom & Grow Stamp Set), and finished it with a few sequins. Voila!


For my last project, I wanted to try something a little different, so I used my dies to dry emboss on white cardstock.

Before I get into the process of this, let me just say that it looks way cooler in real life. Seriously. Anyway… I decided to create a page for my 6×8 album and started with white cardstock in that size. It really helps to spritz the front and back of the cardstock with a little water. It helps the paper crack less.

Basically, you put the dies on the cardstock where you want to emboss and then send it through your die-cutting machine with an embossing mat (or some foam in a pinch). It allows the die to press into the paper without cutting all the way through. Pretty cool, right?

You can see that I added some watercolor using the emerald green color from the Watercolor Brush Marker – Spring Garden Set. Again, cooler in person but I think you can get the idea.

I added my title on some vellum and journaling around the outside so you could see as much of the embossing as possible!

Creating these projects was so much fun and I will definitely try these techniques with other dies. I even have more ideas for the Wavy Outlines Die Set! I hope you're inspired to make something too.


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1 comment

Leanne in Cali November 9, 2019 - 10:51 pm

Wow, your layout is gorgeous! I don’t have the patience for that inlay technique, but it did turn out beautifully!! Thanks for sharing your video with ideas and techniques.


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