3D Dies

by Shelly Hickox

Adhere die cuts to create a 3D image.


  • Mat board or chipboard

  • Die capable of cutting thick material

  • Quick grip adhesive

  • White glue

  • Paper for covering completed die cuts (I used a vintage book page)

  • White paint (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Die cut four pieces of chipboard or mat board in desired shape.

  2. Step 2

    Determine where the angled cut needs to be, if project requires it.

  3. Step 3

    Trim all die cuts as required.

  4. Step 4

    Glue shapes together, stacking one on top of another. Let dry.

  5. Step 5

    Tear paper into small pieces. Cover with glue and adhere to stacked die cuts, smoothing to follow the contours of the shape. Continue until the entire piece is covered.

  6. Step 6 (Optional)

    To soften the look of the text, cover lightly with white paint.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Use completed 3D die piece in project as desired.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

This is so stinking gorgeous! I LOVE your tag and this technique. Thanks for sharing!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Thu Nov 8, 2012 at 8:26 PM
Fantastic tutorial, really love this idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!! I'm gonna look at my dies in a whole new way:o)
Astrid Maclean  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 6:13 AM
It looks stunning on the picture, but when I click on the video everything stays black. I can't open it... :(
nessie  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 6:34 AM
Hi Nessie - if you have trouble viewing the video, it means your Adobe Flash player is out of date. You can update it at adobe.com
lydia  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 6:45 AM
Shelly you are amazing - this is one of the coolest, most creative things I've ever seen!
lydia  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 6:46 AM
Shelly You Rock Girl....Love your Video and the Tag you made is Gorgeous!! I'm going to get me some mat board...never thought of that!!
Kelly Booth  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 7:33 AM
Shelly this is fabulous - love the look!!
cindy/starlitstudio  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM
Oh my goodness I love this idea so much! And I have that die.
Carol  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM
Thank you! Super idea, and clear instructions! I can't wait to try it.
Cindi  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM
Shelly, thanks so much for sharing this awesome tutorial with us! GORGEOUS tag and wonderful idea.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM
Thanks so much, everyone! I am thrilled and honored for the opportunity to share this with everyone here at SCS. You guys are awesome! smile
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM
Love this, Shelly--thanks for sharing!
Debbie Olson  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM
Wonderful tutorial. Love your project.
lacyquilter  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM
thanks Shelly, great tutorial and so clever. What a fantastic idea!
nancy young  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM
I loved hearing your voice showing this great technique, Shelly. I am going to make ornaments for my neighbors.
TrishRedd  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM
Hi Shelly,
What an awesome idea! I'll start looking at my dies
in a whole new way! Possibilities! What did you use for the wreath around the deers neck? Great
job! look forward to hearing from you.
CDRich  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM
Shelly, I love this updated version from last year. Thanks for reminding me that I want to try this 3D effect this year!
Nancy Walker  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 8:52 AM
Thanks again, everyone!

CD, the wreath is from Tim Holtz Woodlands Idea-ology set. It comes with a large and small tree and the wreath.
Shelly Hickox  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 8:54 AM
Shelley. Am I missing something? I've been waiting so long to get some wintery background ideas of yours! I would LOVE to find put how you created the tag behind the wreath and reindeer. Please please.
Mary A  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM
LOL! We decided the tute would just be for the 3D part of the tag, but I'm happy to share the rest with you! Here is the link to the original post on my blog from last year. It's not stepped out, but it's fairly detailed. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Shelly Hickox  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

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