VIDEO: Adding Color to Die Cuts – 2 Ways

I am 100% addicted to die cuts. So in today’s video I show two fun ways to color large, intricate die cuts to “bring them to life.”

I am always excited when Memory Box has a new release because quality of their dies is amazing. I was browsing their site when I saw an amazing card that I had to create on my own. So I emailed the owner, Dave, and he gave me permission to create my own version and share with you. (He is a nice guy and also used to be an engineer. He rocks.)

First up? Adding color to an intricate die with paper layering…

Isn’t that Memory Box Tulips Circle die amazing? You can cut it up to get one tulip… or leave it as it is for a full circle. I used my favorite Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things cardstocks to add color layers. For the tiny glitter pieces sticking out of each flower, I used DCWV Glitter Paper.

I grabbed the Memory Box Tulips and Delicate Blossoms dies to cut the smaller layering pieces, but you could always do those by hand.

I thought this greeting from the My Favorite Things Well Wishes stamp set was perfect for these cards. And by embossing with the marvelous Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, you can get a touch of elegance. (I also used this embossing powder to cover the heart die cut.)

Next up? Adding color with markers…

After coloring with Copic Markers (although you could use ANY color medium), I added Wink of Stella shimmer and a heavy coat of Glossy Accents. I love the results…

These technique would work with any die. I think it would be fun with a large doily or background die!

Has die cutting won your heart? I think I use dies 50% of the time and stamps 50% of the time. What about you?

Hope to see you soon! XO


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88 thoughts on “VIDEO: Adding Color to Die Cuts – 2 Ways”

  1. Both cards are beautiful, but I especially like the one with the copic colors and the glossy accents.

  2. Yes, those dies are amazing. I love die cuts too and am loving seeing all the fabulous ways people integrate dies into their cards…. I think I just loving cutting things out of paper.

  3. Thanks so much for the great video. Your cards are amazing! I can’t decide which is my favorite. I love your blog & get so many great tips & Ideas from you. You are awesome!!

  4. 50/50 just about describes it – and there are times when I have to work to allow the stamps to make even a small appearance! Even after several years, I remain utterly enchanted with the lovely and intricate cuts I can easily do right in my own home. Dies still amaze me and despite my aching wallet, I feel certain that my collection will continue to grow.

  5. This is one of those dies and procedures that I can’t see myself sitting down to do, but I so enjoy watching the process and hearing you explain it. I always pick up something I can use in my more “quick and dirty” card making. These are just lovely, as is the card over at Memory Box. They’re definitely frame-able and would be keepers. Thanks, as always, for your superb walk through.

  6. I’m in Luv! Tulips are my fave flowers to make cards with. I love your cards and this gorgeous die! Thx. Jennifer.

  7. Oh Jennifer your cards are just so pretty and vibrant with color. They make me feel so good looking at them. they cheer me up too. they are happy and Spring time looking and I guess I just want Spring to come. Your cards made my day. I’m going to get the things I need to make these cards. I want to have this beauty where I can see it all the time.
    I love your blog and all your video’s so much. They make my day. I love to hear you tell us how you did them. I’m learning so much from you as you’re a great teacher..You’re a blessing to all those who want to learn..
    Thank you Jennifer and GB

  8. I am with you on the die cutting and stamping, mine is about 50/50 also! I have been accenting my die cuts with the wink of stella pen and glossy accents since I first saw your demonstrate it! What a great technique; Thanks Jennifer for your beautifully creative genius.

  9. I am TOTALLY in love with dies!! I keep buying stamps, too, but never really want to use them anymore. I do feel guilty about that, but I just love using dies (and I still love my punches, too) to make my cards.

  10. I have these dies but have not used them yet. I need to do a birthday card and I think this is how I will do it today!! Thanks for sharing, and Memory Box dies rock.

  11. Yes, I am definitely hooked on dies!!! In fact after watching your videos, I ordered some of the new ones. I am about 50/50 using the dies and stamping. I love how quick one can make a card with just a couple of the dies. If I had to hand cut out the objects, I wouldn’t use them because my cutting skills aren’t that hot. Looks like a primary child cut them. ha ha Love both of your techniques in your video. Gorgeous effect and dimension.

  12. Oh yes, I love dies, and dies that have matching stamps! I haven’t acquired any Memory Box yet, but it’s not for lack of want. These cards are so beautiful. I’m picturing your studio now with all kinds of hearts just laying on the floor waiting to be used on a project. 🙂

  13. I’d say I’m about 50-50, too, as a relative new-comer to stamping. Love all the new sentiment dies available! Your layering of the tulip image is awesome, and I think you have sold the crafting world on the wonders of the Wink of Stella pen… 😉

  14. wonderful cards and so helpful tipps! It sounds so easy to do but I’m sure the secret of successfull cardmaking is to have good ideas and an eye for shapes and colors and you, Jennifer, are a master of all that and more! Thanks so much!


  15. Wow! These tulips are gorgeous! I don’t know which set I like better! I do admit, that the sparkles and Gloddy Accents really add extra pizazz to the card! On the other hand, cutting all of those sections of tulips and the gold, glittery stamens look so elegant! They look like they are A LOT of time and work! Jennifer you are such an inspiration! Thank you for all you do!

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