How to Add Partial Die Cuts to a Card

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
This simple card making technique produces stunning results.

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Have you tried partial die cutting yet? It is so easy to do, but gives amazing and unique results!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • My Favorite Things Terrific Ties Stamp Set
  • Gansai Tambi 18 color Watercolor set (colors 139, 50, 64 used)
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Cheers Die
  • Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock
  • Ranger Watercolor Paper
  • Cutterbee Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Craft Medley Sequins Purple
  • Tape Runner
  • Sakura Quickie Glue Roller Pen
  • Versafine Onyx Black
  • Die Cutting Machine (Cuttlebug used)
  • Washi Tape or Respositionable Tape (Post It Tape)
  • Fiskars Fingertip Swivel Knife
  • Paintbrush

Trim a piece of cardstock to 5.5 x 4.25. This will be the front panel of the card. Place the die in the upper right corner. Secure it with washi tape or respositionable tape so it does not move while die cutting.

Run the die through your die cutting machine.

The paper will be cut, but the die will not come out... yet. We will have to trim it out.

Grab a ruler and a pencil. Gently draw a line across the bottom of the die cut, where you want the top of your panel to be.

Now, trim it out, using that line as a guide. You can use a trimmer if you have one that are comfortable with (this can be a bit tricky if you can't see exactly where you are trimming) or you can use scissors. I used scissors and then erased what was left of the line when I was done. I also used a fingertip trimmer to get into the small areas.

Trim a piece of watercolor cardstock to 5.5 x 4.25. I prefer using a bright white stock so it will match the white card panel we just trimmed out. Using a brush, add water to the panel first, then gently add some paints in. Adding water before paint is called a wash. This gives a soft effect and the colors blend and swirl together. Set aside to dry. To prevent curling, place under something heavy.

Once everything is dry, adhere the front panel to the watercolor panel. I used a Quickie Glue Roller Pen to get the die cuts to stick properly to the back watercolored panel, but any adhesive or glue will work.

Stamp the sentiment from the Terrific Ties set in the lower left. I chose a simple font to offset the scripty font in the die cut! Then, add a few sequins in the bottom section.

Adhere everything to a standard card base (8.5 x 5.5, scored at 4.25).

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