How to Use Die Cuts as Guides

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
You can use dies as stencils, masks, and more! Try this technique on your next handmade card.

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Dies have so many uses - stencils, masks, dies and even as a guide!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Hero Arts Black Ink
  • Therm O Web 3D Foam Squares
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Sterling Silver
  • Therm O Web XL Tape Runner
  • Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Stamp Set
  • Carta Bella Summer Lovin 6x6 Paper Pack
  • My Favorite Things Cute Camera Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Dies
  • White Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Place the border die on a piece of white cardstock trimmed to 4 x 5.25. Secure with washi tape (or repositionable tape). Run through die cutting machine.

Separate pieces. Keep the top portion for this project. Put aside the bottom piece - keep this for a later project.

Die cut the cameras out of solid colors. I chose red, pink and teal.

Bend the sentiment on the acrylic block, using the die as a guide. Bend it to the same curve. Ink it up and stamp it onto the panel.

Trim down patterned paper to 4 x 5. Adhere down onto card panel, cut to 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 inches.

Place panel on card base. Make sure to cover up the top portion of the patterned paper.

Using the die cut as a guide, place the cameras down, angling them along the die. Adhere them using a tape runner. Do not adhere the centers.

Add the centers using foam squares. Trim them in half if needed.

Using a sparkle pen, flick splatters onto the top area of the card. This just adds some extra interest.

Dies can be so versatile! Don't forget to use them as guides, too! For more inspiration, watch us Live on Facebook! Happy Crafting!