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Video: Faux Laser Cut Cards

Hello! I don’t know about you, but I just love the look of laser cut stationery. In today’s video, I show you how to achieve a faux laser cut look on your cards.

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I absolutely love the look of laser cut stationary and cards and just had to see if I could create my own. The results? A fun way to stretch your dies! (By the way, you should check out Debby‘s different-but-also-laser-cut-inspired-card in our upcoming Clean and Simple 4 class. It is amazing. You can see a peek of it in the top right image HERE.)

I started by cutting a large heart with a Sizzix die out of the center of some white shimmer cardstock. I also cut several dies cuts from three different dies – the Memory Box Kensington Branch and Blushing Flower and the Creative Expressions Holly. After applying adhesive to the back of the heart window, I added the intricate die-cut pieces – stretching them across the heart opening and filling in gaps as needed.

Next, I cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than my die cut panel and die cut the heart shape from the foam center. By gluing this to the back of our die cut panel, I get even dimension. Finally, I adhered it to a pool shimmer cardstock panel and a folded notecard. Oh – and I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp a WPlus9 message on the inside. (I just ordered a second MISTI today – Colin is taking over the first one she gave me! Stinker.)

To finish off the card, I die cut “thanks” from black shimmer cardstock after applying Stick It double-sided adhesive to the back. This creates a sticky-backed cardstock that is great for adhering intricate word dies. (Head HERE for more information on Stick It.) I also wanted the sentiment to stand out so I applied some Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the top – a clear coating that adds some shimmer and dimension.

I love how this technique stretches the use of your dies!

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77 thoughts on “Video: Faux Laser Cut Cards”

  1. Gotta Love this idea and technique, Wonderful! Thanks for lovely inspiration!
    Looking forward to see and learn more beautiful techniques from you in coming year:)
    Wish You A Very Happy, Healthy & prosperous New Year 2015!

  2. Jennifer, this is pure genius! These cards are gorgeous–and how much easier to get the look of a laser die cut! This idea is so adaptable as well, I have a digital cutter and could easily cut out the basic shape then a more intricate cut. Sometimes doing them both at the same time makes for not as good a result. I also love the genius of using fun foam–I have bunches of it and could use it instead of all the foam adhesive. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I love these cards. Thanks for sharing. Just a quick hint – I have started to cheat when I use my word dies. I glue (tape) 2 pieces of paper together before I cut. It helps to stabilize the words, and makes it easier to work with. I haven’t tried cutting through 3 layers yet. But you can cut the words 2 times from the doubled layer, and glue them together making the word 4 layers thick.

  4. This laser cut technique is beautiful! Thanks for demonstrating this. You took a complicated looking card and made it simple enough for me to try!

  5. I think I just found my mothers day card!
    Truly a beautiful card!
    Just a note though…I clicked on the link for the PICO product and it goes to Ellen Hutson not SImon Says Stamp.

  6. i enjoy your videos! great way to learn as your voice is clear and so are your ideas and they stick in my head! wow eh? thanks…. i dont have website but i do have an email! i have health disability and so designing cards is or can be an all day thing… and i am learning from you regular:) and also “kristina werner” and “catherine pooler”:) i am designing cards from scratch and making it MY WORK:) This has been proving to be therapeutic and WoWsers as i “try” to buy dies i cant do without! n stamps 2 difficult to draw, use my own writing and DIY etc.as much as i can…and service with a smile:) Thanks for being brave giving us inspiration and ideas… i am wondering do you know of some stampers that do their work more without stamps, like artists sorta? More scenic drawing? i search the web but having no idea i spend too much time searching and not finding! Whats the key word with scenic stamping? Dont have funds to pay for classes yet! Thanks for your time and efforts! and the best to you and yours in 2015… and keep the videos coming:)

  7. I love this look–TFS the way you created these lovely cards! Thanks for all the inspiration that you have provided us in 2014 and Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks for this tutorial! I got inspired and made a card this afternoon. I don’t have large detailed dies like you used, but I pulled out what I had and went from there. Thanks for the creative push!

  9. S-o-o-o-o-o cool! Thanks for a great idea. Just got my die cut machine today. Now I am officially hooked! (My dinner got cold while I tried it out!) I am planning to watch your favorite dies episode again, and really plan how to stretch my very limited budget to allow for one (or two!) a month. My head knows I can’t have all the toys now, but my addictive creativity monster wants them…bad! Now I am off to check out embossing!!!!

  10. You never cease to amaze me! I am already envisioning how I can use this. Here’s one of my personal tips that I’ve used for a long time. I use a disappearing ink pen to make any marks on my cards for placement . I get it in the notions dept of the fabric store…has always worked for me and eliminates the erasing. Thanks again, I look forward to opening the e-mails that have a new tutorial from you.

  11. Those beautifully detailed cards look so fresh and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks Jennifer for your creative inspiration. I got my MISTI a week ago and I LOVE it, it’s so helpful especially when doing multiples! Happy New Year!

  12. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo going to try this. I loved the cards and the techique. The video, as usual, was fab. I gave you a thumbs up and shared on FB and Pinterest. Can you tell I liked it?

  13. HOW GORGEOUS!!! NOW, to get some of those more intricate dies! LOL LOOOOVE the “Irresistible” product too!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 You’re the BEST JENNIFER!!! 😉 THANK YOU for showing us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Your cards are absolutely Gorgeous!!! OMG Jennifer you totally outdid yourself and how in the world do you keep coming up with all of your outstanding, fabulous and Fun ideas??
    WOW girl this one totally knocked my socks off…..I just am in awe over it all.
    Thanks girl for one Funtabulous year and keep ’em comin’!!!
    Hope you have a fun time tonight and I want to wish you a Happy New Year and also that the new year will bring you many awesome surprises, great health and much success!!

    YOU so ROCK!!

  15. My birthday is this Sunday – these intricate dies are going on my b-day wish list for sure! Awesome look, that really looks VERY easy. Thanks. 🙂

  16. Beautiful! You make me believe I can do these things, too! I can! With your help!
    I run my pieces of cardstock through various sizes of Xyron sticker makers BEFORE I die cut them. I think I get the same effect you did with the Stick It. I’ll have to see which is most cost effective. Looks like Misti may be my next must-have tool!

  17. These cards are so delicate and beautiful. Can’t wait to try them.
    I have a question about the MISTI grid—the description says to clean with plastic cleaner or soft cloth— do you think baby wipes are ok, or would that remove the grid?

  18. Love the look of this card and how you used the intricate dies to create such a wonderful laser cut look plus the added dimension and shimmer. Thanks for another wonderful video and Happy New Year!

  19. What great cards. They remind me of the the ones you did a couple of weeks back, where you partially die cut, an intricate die to make a border on a card. As someone who mainly does scrapbooking I don’t have many intricate dies like this – but I may need to rethink that; now I have a couple of ideas running through my head. Thanks for sharing!

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