How to Make a Layered Die Cut Card

Posted by Tyra Babington
Learn how to create a card with a beautiful die cut scene.

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A little planning in advance will go a long way in creating special card for special occasions -- think baby showers, weddings, new homes and more. Let's get started with the supplies list

Supply List:

Neenah Paper-Pre Scored Heavyweight 110lb Cover Cardstock

Ranger Cleaners Cleans It Cleaner - 2oz

Memory Box Open Studio Die-Circle Forest Scene

Hero Arts Shadow Inks 4 Color Cubes-Just Beachy

Hero Arts Shadow Inks 4 Color Cubes-Summer Splash

Craft Collection 3D Foam Tabs

Waffle Flower Congrats Die

Waffle Flower Congrats Stamp Set

Copics: Nile Blue (BG45) Brick Beige (E31), Sand (E33), Cool Gray No 5 (C5), Dark Suntain (E15) and Redwood (E19)

The first steps I will share are all about prep! Cut one 8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock in half, creating two pieces sized to 8.5 by 5.5 inches. Your special layered card will involve a lot of die cut pieces so you will want sheets are large enough to accommodate as many dies as possible, but also small enough to fit into most available die cutting machines.

Next select your die cuts and consider the card color scheme. This card features a landscape and a few homes, so for some die cuts, including the landscape and trees I applied shades of green to the card stock prior to cutting. For other die cuts, including the homes, I applied color after cutting.

Cut a frame for the die cut scene using yardstick sized to 4.25 by 5.5 inches and a circle die of diameter 3.5 inches and set aside.

Die cut all of your pieces you prepped in Step 1 and arrange the pieces to prepare for coloring. As I mentioned previously, I used Hero Arts Inks in Soft Olive, Field Greens and Wet Cement and Ranger's mini ink blender to blend green color onto white card stock prior to die cutting the landscaping scenes. I used Copics in Nile Blue (BG45) to color the sentiment "Congrats." II used Copics Brick Beige (E31), Sand (E33), Cool Gray No 5 (C5), Dark Suntain (E15) and Redwood (E19) to color the houses. I've taken a Copic Certification class to learn about blending and color, but in this case, I simply used I was thought was pretty! Sometimes it's just that easy :)

Using foam tape, I carefully positioned my green color landscape scene behind my circle cut frame I cut in step 2. Next, I started adding homes and a few extra trees I colored with green markers.

Cut a card base sized to 4.25 by 5.5 inches. Using a Ranger mini ink blender and Hero Arts ink in Soft Pool I created a "sky" background for the card. Onto the card base I added a three die cut clouds is various shapes. Tip: When arranging clouds, place the smaller clouds near the top and larger clouds closer to the bottom of your card scene to create the illusion of depth.

With the card base in hand, arrange and adhere all of the remaining die cut pieces to create a scene. For this card, I completed the landscape first, adhered the scene (houses, clouds, extra trees) to the card base and, finally, added the sentiment word and banner. If you are ready for an advanced card technique, this is certainly a fun one! Don't forget to visit Blitsy on Facebook and Instagram and be the first to to know about new products, site wide sales and more! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hugs -- Tyra