Sabrina’s Technique of the Week: Partial Die-Cut Border
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Hello there! It?s Sabrina here today to share a technique and tutorial with you. But first let me just say that dies made to match stamp sets are one of the greatest card-making inventions of all time. As a lover of dimension, having the option to pop-up an image without all the extra work of fussy cutting is amazing.


There are also lots of options for using the stamp/die sets for single-layer cards as well. The technique I am sharing here uses multiple dies to cut a border on the edge of a card and then uses the coordinating stamped images to highlight the border. The effect is so very pretty!

Here?s how you can create a partial die-cut border:


Step 1:  Cut a cardstock panel to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Use a pencil and ruler to mark a line about 1/2 inch from the right edge. The line will help you keep the dies straight and will serve as a reminder to stop cutting.


Step 2: Position your dies along the line you just marked, making sure at least part of the die is behind the line. A sticky note will help you keep everything lined up.


Step 3: Since the border on this card has some overlapping images, I die-cut the other half of the border in a second run through.


Step 4: Cut away any part of the cardstock that wasn?t cut with a craft knife. Erase your pencil lines at this point as well.


Step 5: Die-cut a butterfly from a sticky note and keep both sections to use as a mask. Place the butterfly mask over the butterfly focal point and stamp the number images.


Step 6: Remove the butterfly mask. Place the negative butterfly sticky note over the butterfly die-cut area. Apply pigment inks with a sponge tool and blend together with a blender tool. I used four shades of ink here and kept adding more colors and blended until satisfied.


Step 7: Cover the rest of the card with paper scraps and spray the butterfly with some shimmery Smooch Spritz. Dry the spray and pigment ink with a heat gun.


Step 8: Stamp the coordinating butterfly wings and body, then sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat-set.


Step 9: Stamp the sentiment on the lower portion of the card. I also added some smaller, gradient butterflies by stamping off which is stamping multiple times without re-inking the image.


Step 10: Cut an A2-sized card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) and stamp the front panel with a large background stamp.


Step 11: Adhere the die-cut panel in the upper left corner. If you really want to highlight the border, use dimensional adhesive to make it pop.

And that?s all folks! I hope you?ll give this technique a try!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend,


Supplies used: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Count On It and Needle Little Love stamp sets and Count On It dies from Avery Elle; Butterfly and Five Line Background stamps and Sizzix Flower and Butterfly dies from Hero Arts; gypsy 6-color pigment ink pad and vanilla shimmer Smooch Spritz from Clearsnap; heat tool from Darice.

8 Responses to Sabrina’s Technique of the Week: Partial Die-Cut Border

  1. Thank you for the ideas, i enjoy to know the used supplies.
    P.S. Thank you for the I love CardMaker logo in my blog.

  2. mickey says:

    i love your card if i just wanted to make the butterfly did you cut that alone or into the card

  3. sissun says:

    TFS this interesting technique. I love the card, but I don’t quite understand how you cut only part of the die images. Can you please clarify this step?

  4. Denise Sullivan says:

    Thank you SO much I have wondered for years how people did this and they way you explained it it made it so easy to understand. Thanks a bunch Your card turned out really awesome.

  5. jackie says:

    can you use a shuttlebug for a partial die cut or have to use the big shot?

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