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Stacked Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Today I am sharing a fun stacked die cutting technique that results in several cards at once. Warning – making them is addictive!

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Today’s technique results in a card with a stair-step die cut window… and left over pieces for other cards. It is nearly impossible to describe how to do this in words, so be sure to watch the video. 🙂 All you need to do the technique is nesting/stacking dies. I really like the Hero Arts Nesting Die Sets because MANY dies are included and the price point is fantastic.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my first cards, I used the Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Die Set. Isn’t that stair-step effect cool? On top I added a Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness die cut covered with a few layers of Wow Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder. Simple!

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

With the leftover heart pieces, I created a second card. I also used the bigger heart dies along with a Tan Embossing Mat to make impressions on my white card. This one features the Hero Arts A Bit of Kindness Die. The detail in this die cut is amazing!

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I left most of my cards somewhat simple, but decided to step-it-up on a few. For this coral card, I inked the background with the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. The “kindness” is cut from the Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness die and covered with Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I stamped the sentiment with the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set. That stencil pattern is gorgeous…

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also use the stacked die cutting technique to create a shaker window. I white heat embossed the Hero Arts You Are Loved sentiment on Heat Resistant Acetate and sandwiched it between the stacked layers. I also added in a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti to shake around.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And now it is time to put all the leftover heart pieces to good use! I mixed and matched to create a bunch of cards. This first one features the Hero Arts A Bit of Kindness Die cut from gold glitter cardstock. Oh – and on each of these I impressed the larger Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies with an Embossing Mat onto the white cards.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I can’t get enough from the sentiments from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set. This particular greeting is probably my favorite. I also added shimmer to the hearts with my Wink of Stella pen.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card is probably my favorite of the bunch. I placed the hearts tilted a bit in the bottom corner. The sentiment is the Hero Arts Something Magical Stamp and the gems are from the Lucy’s Card Rainbow Jewels mix. I really like these!

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also made two cards using the same technique with the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Infinity Die Set. This works great with rainbow colors! The sentiments are again from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set along with added sequins.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And… with the leftover pieces…

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also wanted to show you that this stacked die cutting technique is great for creating a background with a focal point for a stamped image. For these cards I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle Stamp Set. This set is so easy to stamp! (I used Hero Arts Inks in Soft Leaf, Fresh Lawn, Emerald and Field Greens.) This soft shimmer cardstocks are from the Neenah Metallic Creative Collection Premium Cardstock… cut with the Hero Arts Nesting Circle Infinity Die Set.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And who can pass up on a koala!? The Hero Arts Color Layering Koala Stamps is also easy to layer and looks great with the Hero Arts Tropical Foliage Background Stamp.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I am excited to give these cards to teachers at Lila’s school. Feels good to #sharehandmadekindness!

BLOG HOP

This post is also part of the Hero Arts 2017 Summer Catalog Blog Hop. I started stamping with Hero Arts many years ago, and will always love their products first and foremost. Their newest release is unique and wonderful! You can see it all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of the fabulous Laura Bassen. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in a $25 gift certificate to Hero Arts? They will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/24/17 telling me what your favorite new Hero Arts product is. You can find them all HERE. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be posted on the Hero Arts Blog.)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Hero Arts (HA), Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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