VIDEO: Color Die Cut Inlay – 3 Ways

Hello! For many of us here in the States, the days have been cold and dreary. So today I have a video with three cards that will hopefully brighten your day… along with three ways to do colorful die cut inlaying!

So the video shows 3 ways to do die cut inlays. Here they are:

Die Cut Inlay Idea #1: Layering

The first card shows how to do layered inlay die cutting. This is the most involved of the inlaying techniques but it is still easy!! The trick is to die cut and assemble whatever is in the background (rainbow) first. Then move to whatever is in the foreground (“thanks”).

This new Rainbow die from Paper Smooches is perfect. It cuts just the right amount of arches to make a happy rainbow. I teamed it up with my ol’ favorite Thanks die… also from Paper Smooches. By doing the inlaying technique, you can get a smooch surface card. LOVE that.

So when I did the die cutting of the “thanks” on the card above, I had a left over piece. I decided to use it on another card…

Die Cut Inlay Idea #2: Background

For this card, I did the inlay technique only for the background – on the rainbow in the white paper. But I decided to build up some dimension for the word.

Doing die cut inlaying for a background is a great way to allow whatever is in the foreground to stand out.

(By the way… what would I do without my Wink of Stella shimmer? I just love it.)

Die Cut Inlay Idea #3: Basic Inlaying

This next card shows basic die cut inlaying. It is the simplest of the three.

I used another great word die from Paper Smooches – the Birthday Word dies. (A few different words come in this set. It is fab!)

Have you tried die cut inlaying? It is a great technique and a wonderful way to create a mailing-friendly card. If you are interested in more examples of this technique, check out these links:

Have a great day!


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48 CommentsCards, Paper Smooches, Videos

  1. Heidi

    Beautiful cards. Thank you so much for that great video.

  2. Judy

    I love this inlay technique and the cards that you made using it!

  3. Cathy A

    Wonderful tutorial thank you so much for sharing x

  4. Jennifer Ford

    When I first scrolled the page up and I saw the different colors, I thought it was the Olympics rings; guess I have been too immersed into TV lately, LOL. It’s a lovely technique and so colorful!! Perfect for many occasions. I love rainbows.

  5. Donna S.

    Love all 3 cards. I have tried this inlay method once and loved how it turned out! Can’t wait to give this a try.

  6. LOVE these cards! So bright and cheery, just what I needed today!

  7. So so pretty! Love the look of die cuts inlaid!! You’ve done a super job, Jennifer!

  8. Jeannine Brenner

    Beautiful cards! Love the inlay…especially the rainbow!

  9. Tona

    I love all of these cards! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  10. Whoa – angled panel, rainbow, stacked die cut… Gorgeous!

  11. Angela B

    Great cards Jennifer! You are so talented and so giving with your time and knowledge…I could watch your videos all day long :-)

  12. LOVE the inlay die cutting, thanks for sharing your videos Jennifer!

  13. Cynthia B.

    I love rainbows, an I love your videos! Thanks for detailing how to create these cool cards. :)

  14. Julie

    Love these cards and ideas! Thank youSO much for your great videos and sharing your creativity!

  15. Jo Ann D.

    Gorgeous! I love your videos. Thanks Jennifer!

  16. Betty Meyskens

    I have not tried the inlay die cutting yet – but after watching your video it looks like something I should try. Thank you for the great video!

  17. OMG!! WoWOWOWOW!! Totally LOVING your cards and the video sharing the different techniques!! Just AWESOME Jennifer!! Looking forward to playing around with some of these!! Thanks so much for the AMAZING Inspiration and I hope you have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

  18. janet Wilson

    Wonderful cards, I love doing the “inlay” technique. Thank you for the great video showing a more advanced level – it’s almost like “doing a jigsaw”!! LOVE the bright rainbows = definitely a tonic for this “bad weather” :)

  19. Valerie

    Gorgeous cards – I love rainbows and the inlays.


    Hi Jennifer I love both of your rainbow cards. I love how you do so many different things with a couple of dies a few sheets of paper and your die machine. You truly are so creative and uniquely clever. I so am trying things that never ever crossed my mind. you explain things so well as you work what’s not to love about what you do I always love it when I see you’ve posted a you tube video or a new blog post.

  21. Robin in Washington

    Wow! Beautiful cards!! Thanks for the great video!!

  22. Lura

    Really enjoyed your rainbow cards and the great tips and tricks on putting inlays together so easily. Many thanks

  23. I love these cards! I adore all the rainbow stuff that is coming out lately, they put me in a happy mood.

  24. Gisela

    Love what you did with the thanks die, I will for sure use the idea with other dies. You show in your supply list 2 Lifestyle Crafts QuickStik. What is the difference?
    Thank you for the Video.

  25. sharee

    These cards are beautiful and so nice for mailing! Thank you.

  26. Sara T.

    Very creative! I would have never thought there were so many ways to use die cuts! They turned out great!

  27. Linda T

    Lovely cards! Thanks so much for the video tutorial. I love your videos!

  28. Oh Jennifer these cards are so outstanding and vibrant. I love the bright happy colors and the stylish way that you have used your dies. They are so modern and crisp and clean. I love the way you tilted the last card to give it some oomph and the way the letters went off the page onto the backing. Everything is so well done and so clean, crisp, and so up to date and making such great use of your tools. I love this. I have to get a big pair of long scissors like that too..
    Thank you for being such a great teacher…even seniors can get this work right away from your teaching….hugs to your adorable children..
    thank you Jennifer

  29. Love your tip about using thin copy paper behind with all the adhesive – soooo much easier! Fab video and love all three cards!

    Hope you’re feeling better today! ♥

  30. I did not think rainbows could get any better! Love your technique and that PS set is a must have!

  31. Kris in Alaska

    In a word… FABULOUS!!!!

  32. Lucy Schmidt

    I think you’ve started something here that will be showing up in lots of others’ work. What a great look. Love the slight shimmer and the angled card. I was trying to figure out how I’d go about measuring all that out. You made it so quick and easy. I over-think things when I don’t really need to, especially when I have you to figure out such things. ;-) Thanks for another round of great instruction.

  33. your cards are fantastic, I love
    Thanks for your fabulous techniques, I am very fan

  34. Thanx for the wonderful video. You are a truly special person because not only are you extremely talented, but you are also generous enough to share your knowledge with everybody. Thanx again for a truly inspiring tutorial.

  35. Jennifer…what great ideas. Thank you ever much for sharing today’s video, and all you do for card crafters

  36. These are fabulous Jennifer. I still have some left-over pieces from the 2 rainbow cards I created for the CAS2 class (here and here). Will have to see if I can use them for sth. similar to your cards.

  37. Patt H.

    I love all these cards & am sending for the Rainbow dies. Love them!!

  38. EmmaJ

    Thank you! This was so helpful and I loved the links for the products.

  39. Kelley_R

    Fun, fun cards! And more dies to buy. :)

  40. Randee S

    What fun cards. I never thought of heat embossing the sentiment on the inside of the card. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Paula

    Hi Jennifer. Please forgive my ignorance, as I don’t have a diecut machine (yet). Are you not able to stick 5 pieces of cardstock together and then die cut a word from that? So that you get the dimension you desire without having to stick tiny pieces together? I really have been enjoying your video tutorials, and hoping I’ll find the time to put something into practice soon. You are so very clever and creative. Wish I had and ounce of it.

  42. Pat McCleary

    After watching your video on die- cut inlays, I tried it today using MFT’s postage die. I can’t tell you how excited I am that it turned out exactly right-whoo-hoo. Thanks so much for your fabulous tutorial ( & all the others I’ve learned from). It’s a joy to watch you in action.

  43. Another wonderful technique. Love the inlay, very cool! TFS.

  44. Deanna Hayes

    The Spritz markers look amazing! Thanks for sharing another technique.

  45. Marvelous video. Followed a link from and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the inlay technique. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer.

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