Video: Partial Die Cutting + Copic Tips + Blog Hop

Hi there! Today’s video shares tips for both partial die cutting and Copic coloring. This post is also part of a fun blog hop celebrating a fun new download. Keep reading…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Yes – my video has lots of random tips today! Sorry for squeezing so much in there. I just had several things I wanted to be sure to share.

Aren’t these gnome stamps from My Favorite Things so fun? I used the coordinating dies to do a bit of partial die cutting. This resulted in the gnome shape and the white strip being one continuous piece. (I love that look!)

I showed in the video how you can do partial die cutting with cutting plates that have a tapered edge (like the new ones from Sizzix). I also showed how you can instead easily do the technique with smaller cutting plates that are available from Sizzix. (Thanks to Carissa Wiley for this great tip and for letting me share it with you. You can find more of her great work HERE. If you would like to see another partial die cutting video, check HERE.)

I also shared some tips for Copic coloring, including using the new Hex Chart from Sandy Allnock. (More on that below.) If you are interested in learning more about Copics in general, check out the Copic Markers for Card Makers Class. This was an insanely successful class and has helped many with their coloring!

For the background, I clear heat embossed the My Favorite Things Cheesecloth background on colored cardstock. This is a great way to add some subtle texture.


My friend Sandy Allnock just released her new fab Hex Chart download to help with Copic Marker selection. This is helpful to anyone who wants to better find color combos! Plus it looks pretty. 🙂 You can purchase it HERE. This post is part of a hop celebrating the release!

The next person on the hop is my fabulous fun friend Julie Ebersole! (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at Sandy’s blog.)


Sandy has giveaways, too. Five people purchasing the Hex Chart Bundle on or before 5/10/15 will be randomly selected to win a hand-colored chart! Winners will be announced 5/11/15 on Sandy’s blog.


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks for the stamps, MFT!) 



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153 thoughts on “Video: Partial Die Cutting + Copic Tips + Blog Hop”

  1. Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of garden gnomes, but I have to admit, these guys are pretty cute! And I am anxious to try this die cutting technique with some of my little critters.
    Also, I did take the OCC class on Copics which was enormously helpful, but I find these little reminders and extra tips are always welcome. I’m about as far on my hex chart as you are – and I’m loving it already!
    Thanks again for all you do!

  2. thank you so much for the super cute gnome cards and video!! Love it!! I also love the tip for using the smaller cutting pads, brilliant!!

  3. Very cut and fun card, love the bright background paper. The Hex chart is a brilliant idea, Sandy always comes up with great ideas I know it will be very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing your cards.

  4. I think these cards are adorable. You do such a terrific job designing and coloring your cards. Great ideas and tips … TFS

  5. I love this partial die cutting technique! This is something that I can hardly wait to try! Love your coloring tips too.

  6. Thanks for sharing the tip for storing the hex chart. Love the background stamp and partial die cutting for the card.

  7. I have always been afraid to use the Copic pens as they seem so bold, but now that I have watched 2 of your videos, I think I will give them a try !! I am so grateful for all your short cut ideas and helpful hints I learn from each video. Thanks so much 🙂

  8. Omigosh! The gnome kills me! Great set of cards.

    Can’t wait to pick up my Hex chart; it seems so useful and from watching Sandy talk about it in her opening video, wow, was it ever a lot of work! Very happy for the chance to support her for all she does to help us learn to love our Copics more than we already do!

  9. Thanks for sharing this technique, I’ve yet to try it but have been wanting to! Thanks for the tips. Just printed out my Copic’s Hex chart! Yay!

  10. Love the cards! The colors are so bright, and that gnome is so cute. I look forward to getting the copic chart although it will have lots of blanks. Thank you for sharing with us.

  11. Always love your videos and tips. Just wondering about that trimmer – do you have any problems with it cutting? Even with a new blade it seems to leave a rough edge. What am I doing wrong?

  12. I love Gnomes, what a darling card! I believe Sandy’s Hex chart is a must-have for me.
    Thanks for all your tips in this video, great card background too!

  13. Gnomes shine light in me garden, and the hex chart will shine in my copic binder that’s for sure! Great card Jennifer! LOVE you work

  14. Jennifer, I always adore all your videos and thank you for showing again a couple ways to partial diecut. And Sandy’s Hex Chart is amazing…bought it and filled it in.

  15. Thanks again for another informative video. I love all of the little tips. Can’t wait to get started on a Hex Chart.

  16. I LOVE my short cutting pads! I use them for the thin metal alphabet sets ( from Memory Box, Quickutz, Lawn Fawn etc) & smaller dies bc it’s faster & less work than rolling through the regular, full sized cutting pads.

  17. You are definitely at the top of “Whatever can I make with this?” designer heap. You always amaze me. Thank you for always great techniques and inspiration. The Copic shadow pop tip is a great one.

  18. Oooo, now I need to get those short cutting plates! Thanks for more fantabulous tips, Jennifer!!

  19. cute card! Love the background and the partial diecutting. Have to admit that although I’m not fond of gnomes, yours is sweet.

  20. Super cute cards! Thank you for showing the benefit of the hex chart so you don’t have to buy markers that are very similar which I know is done in the past!

  21. Always love watching your videos, they are inspiring! The hex chart will be a great tool for coloring!

  22. Jennifer, it’s been awhile since I have seen Gnomes, there are baCK again I see and just as cute as ever. Your whole video was so full of wonderful techniques, I really must start to practice and stay off the computer, but that is where you learn. Love the Hex Chart and I have ordered it. Such a wonderful idea!

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