Anya’s Technique of the Week: Inset Die-Cut Shapes
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Hi there! It’s Anya here, and today I am going to share a fun card-making technique with you. I?ve been seeing inset die-cut shapes popping up out there in blog land, and thought it would be a perfect technique to explore a bit more.

This technique consists basically of die-cutting a shape from a piece of cardstock and replacing it with the same shape, die cut from a contrasting cardstock or patterned paper. It is easy to do and it can be as complex or as simple as you like. I?m going to walk you through the steps of creating my banner card shown above.


Start by gathering the cardstock and die templates you want to use. I am starting with a 4 x 5 1/4-inch piece of cardstock and the Banner Trio Dies from WPlus9.


Next, place your dies where you want your cut shapes to be. I like to use a little bit of washi tape to adhere my dies while cutting as it is low tack and removes easily.


Here is what my cardstock looks like once I?ve die-cut my first banners. I lined up the same dies again across the top, temporarily adhering them with washi tape as before, and did another pass through my die-cutting machine. Then I adhered this piece to a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch top-fold card base.

With this piece done, now it is time to cut the banners that we will replace in the design.


Here are my banners, die cut from different patterned papers.


Adhere the patterned paper banners into the negative shapes. Add any finishing touches to your card, and that?s it!


Here is another look at the finished product. I love the streamlined design this creates—it’s easy to mail, too!

Here is another card using the same technique.

On this card, the butterflies were die cut from a die-cut tag! Whew! I hope you give this technique a try. I found that patterned paper was particularly fun to work with, but die-cut images with coordinating stamps would be great to use as well!

Have a great day!


Supplies used for Celebrate card: Blue cardstock and ink pad from Stampin? Up!; gray cardstock from Papertrey Ink; patterned paper from BasicGrey; clear stamps and dies from WPlus9 Design Studio.

Supplies for Butterfly card: Cream cardstock from WPlus9 Design Studio; melon cardstock, clear stamps, tag and butterfly die, blue button and cream button twine from Papertrey Ink; patterned paper from My Mind?s Eye; ink pads from Stampin? Up! and Ranger Industries Inc.

4 Responses to Anya’s Technique of the Week: Inset Die-Cut Shapes

  1. Patti J. says:

    That is a very cool technique, Anya! Great cards! Thanks for sharing – will have to give that a try 🙂

  2. Carolyn King says:

    Love this technique Anya! The cards are beautiful!

  3. Jeanne says:

    Anya, What a neat technique!! I’ve never tried this but it looks fantastic! The die cuts have so much defininition this way! I appreciate your tutorial – you make it look easy and inspire me to give it a go!

  4. Julia Aston says:

    How fun Anya! love the look of the imbedded die cuts!

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