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!

Questions and Comments

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Thank you! Will try that link. Happy Holidaze.
Mary A  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM
Thank your for the link to the background idea of the deer head. I'm a newbie and have been looking for that crystal type look of the snow or crystal feeling that I see in the background of this tag. It also seems to be on the snow flakes that were stamped with white dabber? But that idea or product or info isn't included in this terrific link with the rest of the tag info. I've purchased several things in an attempt to get that look to no avail. :( It would make my Christmas if only I could figure that out? Hugs n Joy to you all. Mary A
Mary A  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM
Yes, the snowflakes were stamped with a Dabber. When they dried, I inked over them with Distress ink and then wiped it off. The snowy glitter is from Martha Stewart, I think. Any of the chunkier, clear glitters would work. I've bought it in tubes at Michaels before.
Shelly Hickox  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM
Thank you! I will try that glitter. I have so many that are not giving this effect. Fingers crossed! I don't even know how to glitter a tag without all the glue showing. Lol. But I do follow every one of your projects Shelly. Learning curves are a challenge for me! However I am artistic smile
Mary A  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM
HUGE THANKS for this weekly inkling - you've just given me some great ideas, and not just for Christmas. Thank you. Biddybix
biddybix  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Love the tutorial and the finished project.
Rosa M. Vasquez  |  Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM
I loooove this tutorial (particularly with a daughter named Bambi) but have no idea where to find the deer. Can you please help me out? Many thanks. [email protected]
Mary Smith  |  Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM
I absolutely love this item ... Particularly with a daughter named Bambi! However, I have been totally unsuccessful at finding a source for the wreath. Can you give me any leads or suggestions? Thank you so much for this as well we your delightful creations. [email protected]
Mary Smith  |  Tue Jan 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM
Hi Mary, the deer die is called Reineer Flight and is made by Sizzix. Here is a link:

It's one of my faves! smile
Shelly Hickox  |  Tue Jan 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM
Oh, and the wreath is from Tim Holtz' idea-ology collection - it comes in a set with two trees. The product is called 'Woodlands'. You should be able to find it online or at a chain like Archivers. It might be too late, but you can also find them at Hobby Lobby with the Christmas stuff. They're green, but you can bleach them.
Shelly Hickox  |  Tue Jan 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM
Stunning..simply stunning!
Soncie22  |  Wed Sep 23, 2015 at 11:59 AM

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