Video: Layered Die Cuts… and Book Announcement Giveaway

Hello, stampers. Today’s video shows a fun way to add dimension to die cuts for a layered “celebrate” card. I also have some exciting news for a fellow crafter that includes book giveaways!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I am always looking for ways to give new and fresh looks to the dies I have on hand. For this card, I created lots of layer and dimension. After deciding the arrangement of the Paper Smooches balloons, I die cut three of the balloons from a white cardstock background panel. I then added small scraps of glitter paper behind the die cut windows, creating a “set back” look. Finally, I used pop dots to add balloons to the front. This results in lots of fun dimension. Oh – and that glitter paper? Isn’t it awesome?

I also used thin black string to attach the balloons to the Paper Smooches “celebrate” glitter die cut at the bottom of the card. The strings took a bit of time, but I felt it helped to pull it all together.


Today I created a CELEBRATE card with good reason. My sweet friend and fellow cardmaker, Cristina Kowalczyk has some big things going on! She’s an author (she writes under her maiden name – Cristina Henriquez), and her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, comes out TODAY! To celebrate, I, along with a few other crafty friends, are helping her spread the word. Check it out…

I was SO tickled to see her book listed on Amazon’s Top Picks for this month. WOW! I pre-ordered it back on March 9, so I am excited to get it in the mail tomorrow!

Here is a bit more about The Book of Unknown Americans:

Ben Fountain said it was “a triumph of storytelling,” Heidi Julavits called it “extraordinary,” and Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose it as his “must read for summer,” saying, “This novel snuck up on me. It’s moving and beautifully written, never overwrought, and I read it virtually in one sitting. It’s compelling, tragic, sometimes funny, uplifting and heart-wrenching. I can’t stop thinking about these people.”

Cristina is giving away 5 signed, first-edition copies of The Book of Unknown Americans. And because this is all about spreading the word, there are four ways to enter…

  1. Tweet about The Book of Unknown Americans (#UnknownAmericans)
  2. Write a Facebook post telling your friends about the book
  3. Pin the cover of the book on Pinterest
  4. Or simply leave a comment on Cristina’s blog

If you do all four of those, that’s four entries! (On Cristina’s blog, submit one comment per entry. For example: “I tweeted!” “I put it on FB!” “I pinned it!” etc.) From all the comments on her blog, Cristina will choose 5 people to win a copy of the novel. Plus, one lucky person will win the grand prize, a signed book plus a giant stash of craft supplies – stamps, dies, inks, you name it!

For more info about the book and other ways that you can show your support, head over to Cristina’s blog. Also be sure to check out what our other crafty friends are saying about Cristina: Julie, Virginia, Maile, Debby, Wida and Laura. (Cristina… I am so very proud of you and adore you tremendously!)


I have several winners of past giveaways. All winners have been emailed: Barbara H – Crafty Newbie (Wow! Embossing Powders), Michele Whimsical Creations (Avery Elle stamp sets), TracyM #6773 (two Hero Arts stamp sets) and Robin Ludwig (Peerless Watercolor).


Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AMZ)…

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51 thoughts on “Video: Layered Die Cuts… and Book Announcement Giveaway”

  1. Holy cow. This card is CUTE and – yeah – a little time consuming! But darn cute. You make everything look so easy.

  2. Cute, cute card! The die cut layers are a great idea, and I love the strings attached to the sentiment!

    I’m off to Cristina’s blog to congratulate her. That’s awesome!

  3. I am loving this fun dimensional card! What a great idea! And the book looks like an interesting read! Would love to win a copy!

  4. Love this card! The glitter, dimensions and string are really nice finishing touches to the card!!

  5. Great card! Love the dimension and the sparkle!

    I have a question regarding You Tube. I always watch you videos on your blog. Would it be better to watch them on You Tube where I can click “Like”?

  6. Hi, Jennifer! I am so thrilled to see this announcement .. I tried the link and right now it is not working .. what an amazing accomplishment!!

  7. Great card! Love the use of the glitter paper and the dimension. The balloon strings are just the right touch!

  8. Jennifer, the link to Christina’s blog did not work for me- said “page you are looking for does not exist.” I would love to support her, though!

  9. Clever idea for a card and so cute. I need a birthday card for a great nephew and I’m going to use some variation of this card. Thanks! I was racking my brain for an idea and this is perfect! 🙂

  10. Oops! I forgot to mention Christina’s book. Thanks for telling us! It sounds great. After stamping and artsy stuff, I love reading!

  11. The detail on this card is amazing. I am so glad you showed how you “lasso” the end of the balloon. I have used string on balloons before and have struggled with that first loop. You are so darn smart. I follow you religiously and I know you have a background in engineering. I think this training must help you in your design. Thanks you for your wonderful videos.

  12. DEFINITELY worth the time and effort! This card is fantastic, Jennifer! And I am so happy for Cristina – such an exciting time for her!

  13. Friends supporting friends…how fortunate we are to live in an age where instant communication can make this happen. Thx for another great technique card.

  14. The book sounds great and I LOVE to read.
    I also LOVE watching your videos and this card is so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  15. Beautiful card!! Love these layered balloon holding up the celebrate sign or vice versa. 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to patterned glitter paper too. Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

  16. LOVE your card and video, Jennifer! Those knotty balloons are the cutest! So happy to hop along with you today!

  17. Jennifer,very cool card,tfs! I pinned the cover of book to Pinterest,but that link to Christina’s blog did not work for me- just said “page you are looking for does not exist.”

  18. Hi Jennifer, I have always admired your work and look forward to seeing your next amazing technique and card. Thanks for sharing your talents and again…great card…love the glitter!

  19. Congrats to all the winners!!!! Oh Jennifer your card is so amazing and fun. I love each and every little thing that you did. I so totally agree with you that every little detail is so worth the time whether it’s a card or a LO as it’s the results that makes the difference and it always show when something is created with passion. I love your neat ideas for die cutting as the end results is phenomenal for sure. The strings on the balloons are fab. and the way you tied them to the word is genius. Super awesome creative job!!!

  20. WOW – so much happening today!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the lucky winners and THANK YOU for including me 🙂
    CONGRATULATIONS to Cristina on the launch of her book!!!
    TOTALLY AWESOME card – LOVE it from the top of the sparkly balloons, down the strings to where they’re attached to the sentiment – WOW – LOVE IT ALL – THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION & tutorial Jennifer!!! … I have pinned this to remind me when I get some balloon dies 🙂

  21. Jennifer this card is wonderful. I love the layered look of these die cuts. Thank you so much for the wonderful tips you share throughout your videos. I am fairly new to your blog and have to tell you that I am enjoying your creations and videos sooooo much. I appreciate all the time it takes for you do this and want to say a huge THANK YOU for continuing to do so.
    Have a great day,
    Darlene (darbaby on SCS)

  22. Fell in love with the card and was dying to see how you did the strings. Yes, it looks time consuming, but I think it is so worth it! Thank you so much for your video’s. They are wonderful for me who can’t get out to shows. I truly appreciate them and you!

  23. I love the beautiful dimension of these layered die cut balloons. The glitter paper is perfect on this card. And I am so excited to read Cristina’s book, thanks for the heads up!

  24. I love when you do cards that can be used for many different celebrations and for many age groups. I make all the cards for my family, which is large (40 people) and range in ages from 10-86 years old and obviously, males and females. I can see this card for both sexes and for any age group. Thanks so much for your videos…..they give me so many ideas! I truly appreciate you!

  25. I was looking for a neat way to use these balloon dies. Boy did I hit the jackpot! Thank you!

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