Die Cut Spotlight

by Wendy Fee

Try a fun twist on the classic spotlight technique using dies.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Thick Basic White and Granny Apple Green used here)
  • Black ink (Tuxedo Black Memento used here)
  • Circle die (2-1/8” Circle die used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring board
  • Coloring medium (SU Granny Apple Green, Old Olive and Real Red Stampin’ Blends (Alcohol Markers) used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies used here: Stampin’ Seal+, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Bone Folder, Real Red 3/8” Ruffled Ribbon, Festive Foliage background stamp, Happy Holly-Days stamp set, Layering Circles dies, Wink of Stella, Basic Rhinestones)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a cardstock base to 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”.

  2. Step 2

    Mount a background stamp onto your stamp positioning tool. Ink and stamp the image firmly onto the cardstock.

    Be sure your ink is compatible with your coloring medium.

  3. Step 3

    Die cut a circle or other outline shape from the stamped image. This circle die (from Layering Circles) has a 2-1/8” diameter.

  4. Step 4

    Color the cut-out piece with your medium of choice.

  5. Step 5

    Fold the card base in half and burnish the fold. Leave the card closed. Add adhesive to the back of the circle, and carefully position it within the circle on the card, making sure the image lines between the circle and the card base match. When they do, press the circle through the front of the card, gluing it to the inside.

  6. Step 6

    Embellish the card front and inside as desired.

  7. Step 7

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Simple, easy and beautiful. Thanks
neenas  |  Wed Nov 10, 2021 at 3:46 AM
Stunning! So well explained, love it and will give it a try.
thank you
Kitanda  |  Wed Nov 10, 2021 at 9:38 AM
Lovely card.
Papercup  |  Wed Nov 10, 2021 at 10:09 AM
Love it! Thanks for sharing.
Purplemimi  |  Fri Nov 12, 2021 at 8:05 AM
Love the look! Haven't done a spotlight card in ages. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!
gg nurse  |  Sun Nov 14, 2021 at 6:57 PM
so pretty, fun technique
Conniecrafter  |  Sat Nov 27, 2021 at 10:04 AM

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