3D Word Dies

by Dina Kowal

Add a pop of dimension to your word-shaped dies.

Supplies

  • Word shaped die (Impression Obsession dies used here)
  • Cardstock
  • Die cutting machine
  • Ruler or drafting triangle
  • Marker or other coloring medium
  • Fine ink pen (test to make sure the ink is compatible with coloring medium)
  • Double sided tape
  • Embellishments as needed to complete the project

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Position the word shaped die and tape it in place for cutting. Cut according to machine instructions. Cut a second piece from contrasting cardstock.

    Note:
    Be sure to save all the cut pieces from inside loops, etc. They will be needed later.

  2. Step 2

    Mark a focal point from which to center the spotlight effect. It can be anywhere on the panel, above or below the word, centered or offset.

  3. Use a ruler or drafting triangle to draw straight lines between the focal point and each point and curved edge along the bottom of the die cut opening.

    For curves and points above the die cut opening: align the ruler with the focal point, but do not continue the line past the open area of the die cut.

  4. Step 3

    Color in the lined wedges with a marker or other coloring medium.

  5. Step 4

    On the back of the panel, cover the opening with double-sided tape.

  6. Adhere the second die cut into the opening.

  7. Step 5

    Color the cut pieces from inside the letter loops, and replace them into the openings.

    Hint:

    If the pieces are still in the die, they can be easily attached by laying the die onto the panel and pressing them into the adhesive.

  8. Use the finished panel to complete a project.

  9. Step 6

    To use two or more word dies, try these variations.

    For lines from a single direction, follow the instructions above, connecting the focal point with each curve edge and point. For curves and points above the die cut opening align the ruler with the focal point, but do not continue the line past the open area of the die cut.

    Hint:

    Work from bottom to top.

  10. Use the finished panel to complete a project.

  11. Step 7

    For lines radiating from a center point, the concept is the same. The lines to the upper die will be done as above. When drawing the lines to a die cut below the focal point, reverse the directions. Draw straight lines between the focal point and each point and curved edge along the top of the die cut opening. For curves and points below the die cut opening, align the ruler with the focal point, but do not continue the line past the open area of the die cut.

    If this is awkward or confusing, it may be helpful to turn the panel 180 degrees when the top is completed.

  12. Use the finished panel to complete a project.

  13. Step 8

    For parallel lines, use a drafter’s triangle to keep a consistent angle. Be sure to align the triangle with the bottom edge of the panel for each line.

  14. Use the finished panel to complete a project.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 3D Word Dies. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

merci pour ce tuto génial
je vais le tester
veronique latzko  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 5:03 AM
WOW! What a wonderful effect. Great examples Dina. Thanks for sharing.
Meg McAlister  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 5:43 AM
Great !!! I will need to try this. Thanks
thyra wilhelm  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 6:16 AM
this is simply brilliant. lol! I can see how useful this will be to spice up a laytout lacking a "closing" element. thank you for sharing!
d deblois  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 6:54 AM
oops! fatfingers! (layout)
d deblois  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 6:56 AM
Crazy cool! I would love to try this someday, but scared I'd mess it up. So very unique!
Ambelleina Warwillow  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 7:11 AM
fabulous! More like this please!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 7:42 AM
I top the list for not understanding this concept but you have explained it beautifully. I know I will need to hide the focal point because my lines will never be quite on. Thanks for showing this.
Anne Hartschlag  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 7:42 AM
Dina...this looks fun--I am amazed how you can talk (tutor) as you draw those lines--such talent! Thanks for sharing with us!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 8:38 AM
Fabulous...such a nice change from the "everyday" stuff. I know what I'll be doing this evening!
MelanieR  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM
This looks like so much fun. Now I am going to have to look for word dies to add to my collection. LOL
Viki  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM
What a fun technique! This would be especially great for masculine cards! Thanks for sharing/inspiring!
Ruth Gauss  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 5:24 PM
I love this, although I doubt it is as easy as your steady hand makes it look! :o) But I will be giving it a try. Word dies are my latest addiction, so this will be a fun new way to play with them. Thank you tons!
Suzi Metcalfe  |  Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM
I love your techniques - these are beautiful!
Rosy Newlun  |  Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 3:23 AM
Very Cool Dina! I pinned this very cool technique!
Trena in Naperville  |  Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 4:13 AM
This is totally awesome! I am a bit confused as to the drawing concept but a bit of practice should do the trick for the "aha" moment! LOL NOW I have to run out to get some word dies...can't wait to play with this technique...TFS
Joanne Hoffmann  |  Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 4:15 AM
Wow! This is amazing! Thank you Splitcoaststampers for always providing such inspiration. I am facilitating a scrapbooking group tonight at the family centre where I work. I am so excited to share this idea with everyone!
Terrie Moar  |  Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 6:30 AM
I love this! Thanks! Another tutorial I will save!
Margot  |  Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM
That is so cool! Who woulda thunk that those things we learned in drawing class a hundred years ago could be used this way? Just so really cool.
Dottie  |  Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM
WOW DINA, I wonder if my pea brain can do this, but I "GOTTA" try. Fantastic and thanks for sharing.
Diana E. Bishop  |  Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

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