How to Create Inlaid Die Cut Cards

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Learn how to add dimension to your creation using die cuts! This is a DIY card technique you'll want to try immediately.

To start things off, I used a watercolor marker (Kingfisher color) and colored directly onto the stamp from the Tiny Textures set. I didn't color all the way to the edge; I knew I wanted to make them fade out on the card.

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I spritzed some water onto the stamp, just to make sure nothing had dried up as I colored. And... since these are watercolor markers, the more water added, the softer the final effect!

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I stamped it onto watercolor paper and then I used a waterbrush (you can use a regular brush and water, if needed) to soften the edges. I didn't want it to just look like I stamped a straight rectangle; I wanted the edges to fade out a bit.

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I placed the word die I chose onto the image I just stamped. I generally adhere my dies down with respositionable tape, just so they don't move in the cutting process!

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I pulled out the die cut image, but held onto the negative space, the cut and a few of the little pieces that also got cut!

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I started to piece it back together, just to see what it would look like. We will piece it all together again, but onto a card base.

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Before we do that, though, we need to cut the same image out two times in black cardstock. This will make the die pop a bit, with a little black standing behind it.

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Once you've die cut everything, trim a piece of paper that will adhere behind your negative die cut.

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Now you can start piecing it all together. Add the black cuts, as well as the little extras that we didn't throw away (they still have part of the design on them). You can use any adhesive you'd like; I used a tape runner and some Multi Medium Matte, since it dries clear.

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See how cool it looks? The black just barely shows behind the words. It's almost like a drop shadow!

I also took my waterbrush out again, and I blended the blue just a little bit more on the words, to make it stand out a little bit more from the background.

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Then I literally took some sequins and threw them on the card. I moved a few a little bit, before adhering them down, but I liked the way they scattered on their own when I dropped them!

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Below is a close up of our focal point! This is a simple way (and quick, too) to really make your die cuts the star of the show!

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Happy Crafting!