Stamped Die Cuts

by Dina Kowal

Learn several methods for precise stamping on die cuts.


  • Dies (used here: Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles, Impression Obsession Showered With Love and Clothesline sets, Our Daily Bread Designs tag die and template)
  • Stamps (used here: Simon Says Stamp Talking About You set, Impression Obsession Showered With Love and Clothesline sets, Wind in Your Hair)
  • Ink (Impression Obsession black hybrid ink used here)
  • Stamp positioner (MISTI used here)
  • Washi tape
  • Die cutting machine
  • Scrap cardstock
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Sizzix Bigz Animal Dress Ups Kitty, foam tape, istencils BAM 2036 Cloud, Polychromos pencils, Copic markers, Whimsy Stamps enamel dot, Impression Obsession Kite die)


  1. Step 1

    For positioning with a solid die, stamp a coordinating image first.

  2. Step 2

    Create a template for the die, cutting it out of a piece of scrap cardstock. Position the die cut opening around the stamped image and tape it into place.

  3. Step 3

    Fit the die into the opening and secure it into place with tape.

  4. Die cut according to your machine’s instructions.

  5. Step 4

    Use the stamped die cut to complete a card or other project.

  6. Step 5

    For positioning with an open die, you may stamp the image first. This is most practical for single cuts and coordinating dies that leave a border around the stamped image.

  7. Step 6

    Position the die with an even border around the image. Tape the die into position.

  8. Die cut according to your machine’s instructions.

  9. Step 7

    If making multiple stamped die cuts, use a stamp positioner. Stamp the desired image on a piece of scrap paper.

  10. Die cut a template, and secure it into place around the image with magnets.

  11. Step 8

    Place a die cut shape into the template opening.

  12. Stamp as usual.

  13. Step 9

    Use the stamped die cut to complete a card or other project.

  14. Step 10

    To stamp a group of dies at once, start by cutting a template.

  15. Position and secure the template in your stamp positioner.

  16. Step 11

    Position each stamp in the openings, and close the stamp positioner to attach the stamps to the lid.

  17. Tuck a scrap of paper underneath the template for a test run. Ink and stamp the images. Adjust the stamps to center them as needed.

  18. Step 12

    Replace the die cuts in the template openings.

  19. Stamp as usual.

  20. Step 13

    Use the stamped die cuts to complete a card or other project.

  21. Step 14

    Some solid dies have registration marks and a matching plastic template. Use the template to find the best position for the die.

  22. Using a pen or pencil, completely fill in both circles on the outside of the template.

  23. Step 15

    Align the registration marks on the die with the circles made in step 11b. Tape the die in place.

  24. Die cut according to your machine’s instructions.

  25. Step 16

    Use the stamped die cut to complete a card or other project.


Your Turn

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

I love this one. I did not know that trick for mass production-that will be very helpful for holiday runs!

I am very interested in the sentiment stamp you used at the end-the quote about bare feet etc. Is that yours with IO?
Wavejumper  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 5:39 AM
Sorry I should say I dont see it at IO. Is it retired?
Wavejumper  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 5:42 AM
This was very helpful. I know it will end a bit of frustration for many. Thank you.
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 7:43 AM
Wavejumper - it's not released yet - coming soon! It's one of Lindsay Ostrom's designs for IO.
dina  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 7:45 AM
Thank you so much for this video! The information for using the die cuts that are solid is so helpful! It was one of those aha moments! And the mass production information is such a time saver!
Judy  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 8:19 AM
When doing the group of dies, I have found that placing the dies into the template in the stamp positioner will help align the stamps with less wiggle room. I still test on scrap paper under the template after removing the die set, but I don't seem to have to adjust the stamps as often.
Carol Melancon  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 9:06 AM
Great tip. Thank you.
Judy  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 9:22 AM
Great tips and with my stamp positioner on its way soon, I hope to become one who uses all this great information.
Pansy Fryman  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 9:39 AM
What a brillliant idea - can't wait to try it out. Thank you.
Janie Lee  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 9:39 AM
I love the mass production instructions. I would never have thought to do that!
muscrat  |  Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 1:07 PM
Thanks! You have some great tips, I hadn't thought of before. I hadn't thought of keeping a template. Your card samples are all gorgeous! Thank so much for the tips. You made me laugh with the missing sock. Art imitates Life!!! LOL
angela bode  |  Thu Jan 11, 2018 at 7:46 AM
Thanks Dina for the great tutorial. I always have trouble with this little chore and your video is going to make my job a whole lot easier! Thank again

Mrs Noofy
Sue Allen  |  Thu Jan 11, 2018 at 10:09 AM
A terrific video, Dina. Very helpful and a good reminder about multi-stamping. I actually did this today, so it was fun tonight to see you share this information.
Susie Lessard  |  Thu Jan 11, 2018 at 10:52 PM
Thank you so much! How helpful!
Prissequito  |  Tue Jan 30, 2018 at 8:13 AM
I donít usually literally laugh out loud when watching technique videos, but your lost sock and comment got me.

And super clear instructions - will be helpful to many. Thank you!

Beth Burns  |  Tue Aug 14, 2018 at 9:03 AM

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