Happy April! The weather is getting warm and lots of flowers popping up where I live, so I thought this was a great excuse to create a floral card to share. Altenew just released fun layered dies and a brand new card kit and today’s project features one of those products.

Altenew is celebrating this release with a fun blog hop, so make sure to stick around to hop along with us! I also have giveaways you can enter, so stay tuned.

Metal dies are one of the very basic supplies we love to use when creating cards or layouts. Since these tend to be a bit more pricey than other supplies, I try to come up with different ways to get more use out of them. One way I love to use dies for is making the die cuts to be templates for backgrounds or focal points.

I am going to show you how you can create the card above with just aย few steps in the video tutorial below:


Sometimes less is more – you can easily create this card by combining a couple of supplies you already have on hand! To create the medium for the background, I mixed white embossing paste with gold watercolor grounds. These are great for creating your own metallic embossing paste.

These photos don’t do the justice – the finished background has tiny gold sparkles that add a hint of elegance to the card. I wish you could see them here!

The background really deserves a full attention, so simple sentiment was added to finish off the card.ย I hope you enjoy today’s project! Don’t forget to leave some love on each of our blog hop stops and enter the giveaway below!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, orย AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away THREE $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
  2. I am giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by April 13th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 14th. Good luck!!


Updated 4/14/2017

Congratulations, Sarah!! Please email at winner@altenew.com with subject line “Altenew April Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog” to claim your prize by 6/30. Thank you!


I am the last stop of the hop! If you just started the hop with my blog, you can start from the top and check out amazing inspirations prepared for you.

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  1. I love your card and appreciate the instruction for making the gold paste. Love the new cover dies too!! I think I just love anything Altenew. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is such a beautiful card.. Thank you so much for the video and details about DIY- Gold embossing paste..

  3. Beautiful card!! Love the texture and gold. Thanks. Can’t wait to see what everyone else did!

  4. Wonderful hop! It was exciting to see so many different uses for the same products! Love your work!

  5. Beautiful card and great tutorial! I would never have thought to use water color grounds to tint my embossing paste but will definitely have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a great card, a simple yet effective method! I love creating stencils with background dies too so this will definitely go on my wish list! Thanks for the video too.

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  8. Beautiful card and great video! Thanks for the tip about adding a tiny bit of glue in certain spots.

  9. I reall enjoyed your video. What a wonderful technique and your card is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautiful card and LOVE the texture you created – loved your technique in creating your own embossing paste:)

  11. This release is amazing! I especially love those layered dies. And your card is beautiful xx

  12. I was hoping to see this with embossing paste – and here it is right at the end! These sets are so awesome. Thanks for sharing and showcasing all of these great products!

  13. Love the texture and color you achieved with the embossing paste. Such a gorgous card!

  14. This card is simply stunning! Love how you made your own embossing paste! The card is gorgeous and classy all at once! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.

    • lovely card, Nicole – the gold is so elegant with that wonderful die – so many great ideas on using it in the hop!!

  15. This is beautiful. Thanks for the video. What a wonderful card, with which, to end this blog hop!

  16. Thank you for your inspiring video! The floral layering die is just gorgeous and I like the idea of mixing your embossing paste with water colour. Your card is simple yet elegant.

  17. Very cool card. Thanks for doing the video. It makes me feel more confident about giving this technique a try.

  18. Great creative use of the stencil. I liked your video very much – you’re a great instructor!

  19. Wow, a stunning card. Have never worked with embossing paste, thanks for your helpful video.

  20. I love this technique and can’t wait to purchase these layering dies. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. I agree getting the most from a product is a great goal to have as you share in using the die with the home made paste to create this shiny beauty card. Thanks for the inspiration to try new things.

  22. Stunning make, love the use of gold. Great to see what you and the DT have made with the new releases.

  23. Beautiful card. I’m loving all the wonderful ways these new dies are being used. Thank you for adding another inspirational idea to the collection

  24. Beautifully done! I love the color you used! Delicate and lovely! I love that you can make stencils with the layering dies to stretch the way they are used! TFS!

  25. Your card turned out very beautiful! I do wish to be able to see in person because you said it was prettier.

  26. Lovely card Nicole. Love the use of the floral die! I think that is my favorite with the coordinating second die. So many lovely samples… loving this blog hop! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Such a pretty card. I am really loving this Floral die set. There are so many ways to use it! Thanks for doing the video.

  28. Love simple cards.
    Your card is more beautiful because
    of its minimal embellishments.
    thanks for sharing.

  29. Awesome textures and color! Love the die cut template and pretty embossing paste! Can’t wait to try out these awesome layering dies… so many possibilities!

  30. Such a beautiful card and thanks for all the great tops on how to achieve the look. Really helpful!

  31. This is a great card. . .I love what you did to create the background. The result is subtle yet so classy. Thank for sharing this technique in your video.

  32. Love the embossing paste idea Nicole! These new floral layered cover plates are gorgeous! Thanks for the tips and the video, have a wonderful day!

  33. Such a fun card! I never thought about trying to make my own gold paste – such a great idea! I love the effect you got on this card. Beautiful!

  34. Beautiful card! I love that you used what you had on hand to create the effect you wanted.

  35. Love how you made the stencil and applied the embossing paste – the texture and color are great ! Thanks for the tip on mixing the embossing paste color too !

  36. Hi. I’m a newbie and love your videos. I’m just learning and just now starting to invest in some of the supplies. Thanks for your instruction. I’ll be watching a lot as I figure out what to do!

  37. Simple but very beautiful card. Thanks for showing a way to stretch our supplies and think/outside the box.

  38. Absolutely beautiful! I love these layering dies…I hope I can add them to my stash soon. Love the gold, too!

  39. I really enjoyed your video. I’ve never used embossing paste. You made it look so easy. Brilliant way to use your die another way. Coloring the paste gold really gave the flower background a pop! Beautiful card.

  40. Gorgeous card! I can’t get over how many ways this layering die can be used! It’s a must have! Hope Altenew ordered lots of them because it seems to be a favorite! I love it! Great Altenew release! Loving all the talent and inspiration here. Thanks for sharing yours!

  41. Wow, what a wonderful idea to use the die for a template. Thank you for the tutorial…now I’ll start to look at my dies in a new way.

  42. What a simple but really elegant card design. I never even thought to use a die cut as a stencil!

  43. I really like the floral die plates and it has been fun seeing the many ways to use it. TFS the great video showing the creative process for your gorgeous card. The gold, white and black color combo is stunning.

  44. I love the texture you added with the embossing paste. Thank you for the video showing how you made your stencil and added color to the paste.

  45. What a clever way to get more use out of your dies. I love the colour that the embossing paste turned out. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  46. Beautiful!! Love the colour and the gold sparkle just adds that finishing touch I’m sure

  47. The embossing paste and color mix turned out so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the technique!

  48. Love the idea using embossing paste, a unique and creative way to extend the use of the dies, thank you

  49. I bet that in person the gold looks gorgeous and shiny. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Fabulous card. You really thought outside the box by using embossing paste. I love that! Thanks for the inspiration.

  51. Thanks for showing us a new way of using the texture paste. It is lovely on this card.

  52. Such a simple looking but very elegant card. Anyone would be considered lucky to receive such a work of art in the mail.

  53. I loved your DIY gold paste card. It’s beautiful and very elegant! Thank you for inspiring me! I can’t wait to receive my cover plate dies so I can start designing a few cards myself!

  54. Thanks for this gold, glowing inspiration and to Altenew for the giveaway!! I have not heard of watercolor grounds, I am curious to find out what else they can be used for.

  55. I wouldn’t have thought of imbedding this new die cut into embossing paste, but it is very pretty! I think the texture would look great behind the cityscape plates, as well!

  56. Wow, beautiful card! I love the metallic embossing paste & thank you so much for showing how to create our own. I love the background dies & just got mine today! Can’t wait to try all the great inspiration I’ve found on this wonderful blog hop! Thanks so much!

  57. Nicole, you card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your technique. I really love the background dies.

  58. Really beautiful card, I think the way you created texture with the embossing paste looked amazing, instead of just making it all smooth and I love the gold!

  59. This is a cool technique that I won’t be able to re-create. I’ve not yet ventured into embossing paste. Thanks for the inspiration.

  60. So pretty! First I have heard of watercolor grounds & they are at the top of my list now. Thanks for sharing!