Twine Inlay

by Jeanne Jachna

Use colored twine to fill a die cut opening with texture and warmth.


  • Watercolor paper (Canson XL 140# Cold Press used here)
  • Watercolor medium (Peerless Watercolor & Fine Tec Gold used here)
  • Baker’s twine (Lilac, Maraschino & Gold Shimmer twine from the Twinery used here)
  • Dies (Memory Box (99542) Emerson Ornament and Ranger Multi Matte Medium in Needle tip tube used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Memory Box Christmas Botanicals clear set, Versafine Onyx Black, gold adhesive pearls)


  1. Step 1

    Fold a 4.25" x 11" piece of watercolor paper in half to create a card base.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a slightly smaller panel of watercolor paper and paint with watercolors. When dry, splatter with gold watercolor paint for shimmer. Stamp a sentiment along bottom of watercolor panel.

  3. Step 3

    Die cut the watercolor panel with an open die.

  4. Step 4

    Lay the die cut panel over your card base and trace the opening with pencil. Remove the watercolor panel and add double sided tape along the outside of the outline.

  5. Step 5

    Attach twine over the pencil drawing, securing the ends by attaching them to the double sided tape. When the area is completely covered, trim the edges so they don’t extend beyond the cover panel of the card.

  6. Step 6

    Attach adhesive foam tape around the twine area.

  7. Adhere the watercolor panel to the card base.

  8. Step 7

    Adhere the die cut inside the opening with liquid adhesive. Use an acrylic block to hold it in place while the glue dries to be sure of good adhesion to the twine.

  9. Step 8

    When adhesive is dry, embellish the card as desired.

  10. Step 9

    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 Twine Inlay. 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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Enjoyed your tut and card. Especially helpful to me was the watercolor instruction for the background. Thanks so much.
Carol  |  Wed Nov 23, 2016 at 6:01 AM
Wonderful tutorial and idea. I can see this for Valentines, Easter, Birthday cakes. Thanks for sharing and great instructions!
Joan Spevak  |  Wed Nov 23, 2016 at 7:51 AM
This is an awesome tutorial and so pretty with your watercoloring. You gave me allot of information in a short time. Thank you.
Patricia Wilson  |  Wed Nov 23, 2016 at 8:54 AM
Such a different way to use twine. I can see this being used for many different cut outs. Fun and easy technique. Thanks Dina and Jeanne!
Jean Chaney  |  Wed Nov 23, 2016 at 9:42 AM
Dina your video is fabulous! You had lots of great ideas like wrapping the twine around the block to cut a bunch at a time, and the double sided tape on the die cut! So I learned something today too! Your card us gorgeous!
Jeanne Jachna  |  Wed Nov 23, 2016 at 2:54 PM
love the different way to use the twine. Thanks ladies!
Theresa Goodletson  |  Thu Nov 24, 2016 at 7:47 AM
Thank you, Jeanne, for a wonderful technique and card! It's gorgeous, and thanks for all the step-outs on how to make it. And thank you, Dina, for the video! What a great idea to use the supply of twine many of us have! Happy Thanksgiving to all my U. S. friends!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Thu Nov 24, 2016 at 9:58 AM
This really looks *SO* easy to created compared to the stunning look of the finished project!!

Thank you for a very simple tutorial and video!
Jann Schott  |  Thu Nov 24, 2016 at 1:13 PM
Love the idea! Can't wait to try it. As others mentioned, can see using it for other cut outs as well. Mahalo for sharing and taking the time to make the tutorial!
Goodly Creations  |  Fri Nov 25, 2016 at 1:43 PM

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