Partial Die Cutting

by Debby Hughes

Extend a portion of a die cut shape past the fold for a unique card or place marker.



  1. Step 1

    For a place card, cut card base to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Mark a pencil line across the card at 2 3/4".

    For a standard-sized card, cut base to 8 1/2" x 4 1/4". Mark a pencil line across the card at 4 1/4" and at 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Place a shaped die so that one part of the die is above the center pencil line and the rest is below.

    For the standard sized card, position the die so that it does not go above the line at 5 1/2".

  3. Step 3

    Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that only the protruding portion is cut when run through the die cutting machine.

  4. Step 4

    Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that the rest of the die is encased between the plates. Run through the die cutter with an embossing mat to impress the die into the card.

  5. Step 5

    The card now has a die cut element, with the rest of the die impressed into the card.

  6. Step 6

    Score along the pencil line, outside the die cut area. Erase pencil markings.

  7. Step 7

    Decorate the card as desired.



  1. Use similar techniques on a card, or create a fun party ensemble.

Your Turn

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

Thank you Debbie this is such a great technique and I loved all your tips on watercolouring
Peg  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 3:17 AM
thank you for that lovely Leon. Can't wait to try it!
Dyann Baker  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 4:29 AM
*i meant lovely lesson. Oops
Dyann Baker  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 4:30 AM
Wow! What a beautiful end result. Love it.
This might be the project that gets me watercolouring!
I also loved the calligraphy idea. Will have to have a look out for one of those pens. Are they easy to get hold of in the uk?
Kathleen Mc xx
Kathleen  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 5:09 AM
Thanks for this great tutorial, Debbie. I adore your beautiful art. Your style is sumptuous, like having one delicious chocolate, just one. Not one bit of being overdone, just beautifully satisfying!
Trish  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 5:47 AM
What a great way to use the dies. Will definitely have to give this a try. I love to water colour.
I have the calligraphy pens but have not used them for some time. Thanks for sharing.
Dianne Crowe  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 5:58 AM
Beautiful card!! Thank you so much for this wonderful idea (& tutorial). I'm off to work now but will try this tonight when I get home!
Sue Simmons  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 6:22 AM
Fabulous set Debby and a brilliant tutorial grin I love the partial die cut and watercolouring, so pretty grin

Lols x x x
Lorraine A  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 6:51 AM
So so gorgeous! thank you,
PJ  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 6:53 AM
Very pretty. Will use your technique for the hand lettering. Your finishing touches really makes the cards pop.
Mary Anne Perlmutter  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 7:25 AM
I could not agree with Trish's comment more - that is exactly how I feel about your art - you are a great teacher and very talented - thank you!
Lydia Fiedler  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 7:37 AM
Lovely tutorial...I'd love to know the brand of your calligraphy pen. I have one, but the idea of having one with such a nice grip would be fabulous.
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 7:49 AM
SO pretty, this is going to be a must-try technique for me!
Ambelleina Warwillow  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 7:54 AM
Will this work with an Accucut GrandeMark or ZipeMate machine?
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 8:23 AM
Beautiful card. I have 2 questions.

1- how did you hide the hole in the back of the card left by the diecut?

2- What is an embossing mat?

Jodi Ake  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM
Thanks so much for the inspiration. I like the idea of taping the die to the cutting plate. Even with a magnetic plate that is a good tip. The watercolored butterfly is magnificent. I had totally forgotten about the trick to create your own carbon paper for transferring images. Thanks again for all the ideas and wonderful video tutorial.
Kab  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM
Kay - it should work with any machine - just use your usual plate sandwiches for cutting and embossing, and line up the edges as Debby explains above.

Jodi - if you want to add a mat inside the card to cover the negative cut, that would be fine.

An embossing mat is a squishy silicon pad that allows you to impress details from a die or embossing folder into your cardstock without it cutting through. If your machine didn't come with embossing plates for your machine, you can usually purchase them separately.
Dina K  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM
This is just beautiful Debby! I never thought of doing water color like that, painting in fine areas with water first (of course we do it with big areas LOL) , I love your result with the AH sprays and ppls. This set is just stunning.
Paulette S  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Love this and appreciate the hint of how to get the water color to go just where you want it - a new technique which I will try. Thank You so much!
Sandy C  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM
Just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing
Barbara  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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