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 of your cards are beautiful! I find myself using dies a lot also but maybe not as much as you but I love the depth they add to my cards. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

  2. Gorgeous cards, Jennifer. Tulips are definitely my favorite spring flowers. I have the MB Dancing Tulips (Luv!). I’m not sure if either one of these smaller dies would fit, but I think the Tulip Petals die will work. I have it in my cart, so I hope it does! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your creativity. =^..^=

  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards! Absolutely love the second one. It just looks so juicy! (Ha! I’m weird, yes?) 🙂

  4. Beautiful cards! Love the details in both! I have only just started die cutting so I don’t have a huge collection, but enough to keep me busy! I broke my cuttlebug on the last day of the stenciled class (which I loved) and just got the big shot today…I’m hoping to play with it tomorrow! Off to shop…I mean browse Memory Box!

  5. Love those cards. So pretty. I eyed those same dies and drop them from my list. Wish I hadn’t know. Thanks you for all your tutorials and videos. I needed that color pop right about now.

  6. What beautiful creations… I am going more 70% dies and 30% stamps! Dies are easier to color in with various cardstock.

  7. Ooooohhhhhhhhhh I love them! I would have never thought to layer the diecuts like this. Brilliant! The second card looks like candy 🙂 I love how bright and shimmery it is!

  8. Thoroughly enjoyed your video, Jennifer. Lovely cards! I find myself torn between my love of stamping and my love of die cut paper crafting. Fortunately, they dove-tail quite nicely.

  9. Gorgeous cards, Jennifer. After I received my own Wink of Stella glitter marker, I started to really understand why everyone is addicted to it. The effect looks great on pictures and videos but is even more stunning IRL.

  10. Two beautiful cards Jennifer. I think it is great that you always show us such variety with what you create – two amazing cards using the same die but yet they are totally different! Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

  11. Oh my gosh Jennifer I sooo love what you did and how you went about doing it. I once again watched in awe as you created wondering what was happening next and I was so pleantly surprised and the results. You are one amazingly talented gal and I truly feel so blest that I get to see what you do and watch your videos as you truly make such awesome tutorials.
    You have so much God given talent and girl you sure let it shine and therefore the Lord is so smiling down on you for what you share and make me/us so happy. Bless you!!!

  12. Beautiful cards. I like both stamping and die cutting; I use both regularly (not sure what percent each – not to mention that I cut most of my cards and envelopes with dies). I also use my digital cutters (not *really* die cutting per se).

  13. Funny you ask. Two years ago I thought a die-cutting machine was a waste of money… if I really wanted something bad enough I could cut it out. Ha. My graphic-image-loving heart (which bought a Big Shot about two years ago) can’t imagine making cool cards without it. Just broke a cutting plate in the midst of submission calls and didn’t know what to do with myself!

  14. Die cutting and thin dies re-energized my love of paper crafting a few years ago. I love a good die cut whether from my Big Shot or from my Silhouette. I make very few cards without a die cut on them. And a large percentage of my most used dies are Memory Box. I find a versatility in them more so than many other dies. That circle tulip medallion is amazing. It just went on my wish list!

  15. I have begun to use dies cuts for more than just sentiments on my cards. I do love die cuts and love what you did coloring both dies today, Jennifer!!! I’m even more inspired now:)

  16. Absolutely love this!!! I liked the colored one the best – those colors are stunning!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  17. Awesome card and tutorial to go with it. Do you ever do anything bad. I think not. All your work is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  18. So amazing and awesome…love both cards!! I use quite a few dies along with stamps…Thanks for more techniques!! you ROCK!!

  19. I love both…I only need dies, and stamps. AND my inks..Yeah I only need my dies, my stamps and these inks. Oh and my stencils Yeah I only need my dies, my stamps, my inks, and my stencils. LOL

  20. Absolutely stunning card Jennifer! I saw a sneak peek on your IG page and couldn’t wait to see the finished project! I love Dave from Memory Box, I took a few of his classes here in Washington State, he came up to one of our local craftstores, he is awesome! Thanks for sharing yor card, I will need to get that die for sure!

  21. Perhaps even more than 50%…and your cards are why. They are so professional and relatively easy to put together. Both of yours are stunning.

  22. wow what a great video…so many great tips and ideas. I love how you totally inspire us! I have a very small die collection but I am looking to add beyond the basic shapes.

  23. You are personally responsible for my addiction and blown budget. (ok, maybe I should take a little responsibility for my lack of self-control, but still…..)
    You have used styles that did not appeal to me at all until I saw what you had done, doggone it! And you just did it again! Love those tonal tulips (sounds like a good rock song, doesn’t it) and your colors. Thanks Jennifer!

  24. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the tips on layering and embossing. How do you store your Glossy Accents to keep the tip clear between uses?

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