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

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that looks like a fun technique
JaneenK  |  Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 8:40 AM
Great video Dina, thanks! I've seen this technique done before but I like your particular method best. Also, thanks for all of the great tips!
Kathy Harrison  |  Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM
Wow, can't wait to play with this one, once I'm off brain rest, and able to go back to work!
Joni S  |  Fri Oct 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I now "get it"!! I had seen inlaid die cuts and did do a simple die cut in lay, but now I am ready to step it up!!
Martha  |  Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 6:47 AM
Wonderful teaching video. I'm know I'm late going through my emails but I'm putting in practice right now what you just taught. Super excited! Thank You!
Bette  |  Sun Nov 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM
What a great video, Dina, that I guess I never watched before. I love all the details and variety of ways you used them! Thanks for all the step-outs too! Beautiful way to use dies! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Thu Jun 2, 2016 at 1:48 PM

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