This Classic Die-Cutting Technique Will Help You Stretch Your Dies

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hi friends!

Svitlana here. Hope your weekend is going great and is somehow different from weekdays. Today, I want to share a dramatic card using the recently released Instant Rainbow Washi Tape and featuring a die-cutting technique that can help you stretch your alphabet dies.

I started making the card by applying two lengths the washi tape onto a white cardstock panel one next to another (as I needed the piece about two times longer than the width of the tape). Next, I started die cutting the letters for the sentiment using dies from the Bold Alphabet Die Set.

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This die set is one of my favorite alphabet die sets ever. These huge letters are the easiest way to make a statement on your card. These bold letters can make any card pop. The only “weakness” of this set is that it can be challenging to make a longer sentiment for an A2 card using it. Challenging, but not impossible of course. One way to do this is to use a die-cut inlay technique.

Die-Cutting Technique

So, when I was die cutting letters for the sentiment, I die cut each letter kind of overlapping the negative die-cut space of the previous letter. For example, first I die cut the letter C. Then, I placed the O die partially overlapping the “C-window” left in the panel. So the parts of the O where blue and light blue of the rainbow background are located have negative space in the inlay that the letter C is in.

I die cut N, G, and R in the same manner – overlapping the space where the previous letter was cut out of.

The last three letters I die cut starting from the right end of the panel so the order of die-cutting was – S, T, A.

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Next, I made a card base out of a Jet Black Cardstock and sprayed Pure White Ink Spray onto it through the Warp Speed Stencil.

Then, I colored all letter die-cuts' edges with a black water-based marker and adhered them onto the card. Inlaying each letter in the corresponding negative space of the next letter.

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The sentiment may look like it's made out of letter die-cuts which were adhered one overlapping another. In reality though, the sentiment is perfectly smooth as all letters fit next to each other like puzzle pieces. Of course, a sentiment of the same length could be created this way (adhered one overlapping another). But it would be much more difficult to keep the continuous pattern.

I hope you liked my card and the technique I've shared today.

Have a wonderful day!


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Coreen May 24, 2020 - 10:37 AM

This is a great technique. Can you make a video of the process?

Lila Wetzel May 24, 2020 - 11:06 AM

I was going to ask her the same question. Please make a video of this process. Thanks, Lila

Shaunette Onuska May 24, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Love the look- but am having trouble following wfitten instructions. A video would be very helpful, please!

Marcia Fellner May 25, 2020 - 12:41 PM

A video would definitely be helpful … and appreciated.

MaryH May 25, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Really like this look; but agree a video would be helpful. Your fan club awaits…..

Anonymous May 24, 2020 - 10:58 AM

What a great idea! Going to try this technique soon!!

Jane B. May 24, 2020 - 11:13 AM

What a happy card. I agree that a video of this technique would be helpful. Thanks for sharing.

shadyheart2010 May 24, 2020 - 11:27 AM

This is a BEAUTIFUL card and your technique is FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing your informative explanation with us.

Nancy L Probst May 24, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Oh my gosh!! That is simply brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing.

Margaret R May 24, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Great card and technique! I’m going to try this today!

inkin' Chickie May 24, 2020 - 12:21 PM

I like the use of the overlay technique to fit the letters onto the panel. Nice use of the tape.

Maureen Reiss May 24, 2020 - 1:18 PM

This is Awesome!!! I need to try this!!!

Karen Hale May 24, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Fabulous technique!!

Andrea Hastilow May 24, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Fantastic idea thank you. Agree with some of your other fans, how about a video on this idea please ? Stay safe and healthy x

Annette Gordon May 24, 2020 - 5:49 PM

What a fabulous idea! I have the same set, and I have always just limited the words that I can spell. I never thought to do something like this. Your card is amazing by the way. Love all that colour.

Judi Dempton May 24, 2020 - 7:21 PM

Really cool!

Jo R. May 24, 2020 - 7:36 PM

What a brilliant technique! I’ve never thought about overlaying die cut letters so that the word fits the card front. GENIUS! This opens up so many possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

D Surma May 24, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Awesome technique! Love the rainbow design.

dorothyayotte May 24, 2020 - 8:30 PM

So clever. NEVER would have thought of that. Will try it soon!

Carla Hundley May 25, 2020 - 12:34 AM

Amazing technique and
a video would be great
just to really see how it’s
done. Very pretty.
Carla from Utah

Judy Samder May 25, 2020 - 12:48 AM

This is so clever. Fantastic card. And I am excited that I have this die!!! However, I am not grasping the directions. I just can’t see it in my mind’s eye. I am wondering if you will do a video on the letters. I think I get the cut, but not the colors with them. It is just fantastic and I hope to catch onto it. A video instruction would be so helpful.

Julie May 25, 2020 - 4:12 AM

Smart thinking with a fabulous result!

maria f. May 25, 2020 - 5:31 AM

Very clever. TFS.

Carol E. Wortman May 25, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Truly brilliant! I tried to “squish them once, but lost the word. I love this and will definately use it today for a thank you card! Thanks” Be safe!♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Nana Griffin May 28, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Wow! Love this so much but a video some time would really help us that are more of a watch and do kind of person.

tara prince November 29, 2021 - 8:29 AM

so lovely


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