Inlaid dies technique …

Hi and welcome to my blog. This week, the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is to use inlaid dies. I couldn’t wait to get out some of my favourite Stampin’ Up dies and have a play


It was fun putting together different paper patterns and die shapes … 


This is a great technique for using up all those paper scraps too –

these are from the Be of Good Cheer paper set …


It gives the appearance of lots of layers, but the card remains flat –

great for posting.


I hope you like my card for this week.  The rest of the Design Team have created lots of lovely cards to inspire you too, so do pop over to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown to take a look. We hope you’ll join us too. 

Want to make this blog colours

stamps: ornament keepsakes;

inks: lucky limeade;

cardstock: whisper white, real red;

dies: circle, star, ornament keepsakes, expressions thinlits;

accessories: be of good cheer dsp. 

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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Thanks for dropping by today


11 Responses to “Inlaid dies technique …”

  1. Gill – this is absolutely fabulous. I love the pretty papers and the layout – looks super. Love it. xx

  2. What a great technique and lovely card, I’ve just tried it and love it! Thanks for inspiring me today. C x

  3. beautiful layout – everything fits together perfectly

  4. c’est si original Gill, j’aime que tu sois resté sobre mais très élégante et ce papier de fond qui semble scintiller avec toutes ces étoiles, biz

  5. So lovely Gill – gorgeous combination of the ornament keepsake die and the Expressions thinlit. I love the paper too! April xx

  6. What a great card! Very well done! Love how it turned out. TFS!

  7. This card looks amazing Gill. I like your combination of dies.
    Louise xx

  8. Hello. Cute cards 😊. I have a question about the “merry” die. I own it and every time I use it, it doesn’t cut all the way through the paper. Any tips? Thanks.

    • Hi. You didn’t leave your name, but thanks for your comments. To answer your question, there are a few tricks you can try to make sure your die cuts all the way through.

      1) Make sure that the sandwich you are using is correct for your particular die cutting machine – each machine will be set slightly differently, so you may need to add a card shim to add a little more pressure to get your die to cut through.

      2) Try adding a sheet of wax paper between the die and your cardstock – this will ensure your die cut comes out from the die cleanly.

      3) Take a few dryer sheets, fold them in half and run them through your machine with your die and die cut. Your die cut should be pressed to the sheets and you can then easily peel this off and add to your project. (Karen Burniston has a tutorial here )

      Hope one, or all, of these tricks work for you. Do let me know how you get on.



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