Inlaid Die Cuts

by Dina Kowal

Use multiple die cut shapes to create a one-layer inlaid scene or collage.


  • Dies to create a design or scene (Spellbinders dies used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Cardstock for card base, and scraps of cardstock or patterned paper for die cutting
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card


  1. Step 1

    Choose dies to create a scene or design.

    Cut out each die shape from coordinating cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Create a plan for your design or scene. Lay the die cut pieces on your work surface as you would like them to appear on a finished card. For a more intricate scene or design, overlap the pieces.

    The scene will be created from back to front, beginning with the bottommost pieces in your arrangement.

    Make a diagram of your scene or design and number your die cut pieces to help remember placement. The images that will appear to be in the background of the scene or pattern will be cut first.

  3. Step 3

    Prepare a cardstock panel slightly smaller than your finished card size. Use the die from the first cut piece to cut an opening in the card base layer.

  4. Step 4

    Place a small piece of tape at the edge of the die cut opening. It is best to use strong tape rather than repositionable tape, since this will need to hold the die cut in place after the card is assembled.

  5. Replace the cut from the card base layer with the corresponding cardstock piece cut earlier. Add more tape as needed on the back side of the panel to keep the pieces together, especially in areas where more cuts will be made.

    Take care when removing the die cut piece. Overlapping outlines may create small loose pieces that will need to be replaced into the panel and secured with tape from the back side of the panel.

  6. Step 5

    Position the corresponding die from the next layer onto the panel. Cut, and remove the die cut piece.

  7. Replace the cut piece with the cardstock piece cut earlier, using tape on the back side of the panel to keep the inlaid piece in place.

  8. Step 6

    Repeat the step above for as many pieces as you have remaining, each time filling in the opening with a die cut shape and securing with tape on the back.

  9. HINT:
    If dies in a single layer do not overlap, more than one shape can be cut at once to save time.

  10. Step 7

    Complete the inlaid design.

  11. Apply adhesive to the entire back of the panel, making sure there is adhesive on both sides of each cut line.

    Adhere the panel to a card base.

  12. Step 8

    Embellish and complete the card.



  1. To create a design where the inlaid die cuts all fit inside a shaped frame, create your design or scene first, and cut the frame shape last. Cut the frame shape in a separate card base, and inlay the pieced panel into the opening.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Inlaid Die Cuts. 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.

Great tutorial. I really love this technique. You did a nice job explaining the variations...thank you.
Dottie  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 4:40 AM
What a beautiful card--and wonderful tutorial. Thank you!
prissequito  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 6:44 AM
What a wonderful video and clear explanation of how you did these cards!! Makes me excited to go in my "dungeon" to stamp today!! Thanks for sharing this inspiration!! smile Great technique!!
Jill York  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 6:46 AM
This is wonderful, love the idea. Thanks for sharing.
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 7:30 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial! Beautiful cards.
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 7:36 AM
LOVE this technique using multiple pcs, in and out of the main cut. All of your cards are terrific, Dina! THANKS for the video. FYI - I often "lost" the little pieces for the word dies or other dies. Last Aug I saw a video made by Laurie Wllison for PTI. She used Glad Press and Seal over her cut die to keep the pieces in place. It works perfectly! A second advantage over the temporary tape I used to use is that the Press and Seal has, to date, never marred the paper. smile
Gabby  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 7:44 AM
Wonderful clear tutorial. Will try this today. Thank you.

Elaine Fitchpatrick  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 8:16 AM
Need to try this today! Thanks for a fun tutorial!
muscrat  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 8:25 AM
Fantastic tutorial for inlays! Thanks for posting this!
Nancy Stislow  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM
Ooh! This looks like an amazing technique. Your tutorial is so detailed and clear. Thank you! Can't wait to give it a try!
Barbara Joyce  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM
Great tutorial! I love this technique. I will have to give it a try. Thank you!
Hermy Acosta  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I LOVE this. So totally cool -- and your video is so very clear too. Thank you so much for such great ideas.
burbart  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM
I gave it a try! It will show up next Monday in the galleries. I didn't get quite as creative with the layering inlays, just a tiny bit. Can't wait to play around with it more sometime. smile Thanks for the inspirational and easy to follow tutorial. Your samples are stunning.
angela bode  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Well done, thank you!
Matilde  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM
So enjoyed your video, loved the technique...a bit tricky as you stated. I loved all the cards you created, and I fell in love with the angel in the last card shown...would you please tell me where it came from?
Blue Rose  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM
Great tutorial!..thanks so much for sharing.
Jamie Patsilevas  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM
Thank you, what a great technique I will definitely play with this
eluned jeffery  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM
Thank you, Blue Rose! The angel die is from Impression Obsession.
dina  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM
Dina, the is elegant, especially how you showed how to do intricate words. I just love your ideas and thank you for creating the instructions, photos and your video ♥
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM
Great tutorial! I saw a different method for doing this but yours seems so much simpler. Thank you, I am eager to try it.
Melanie R  |  Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

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