5 Ways To Use Background Dies + Giveaway

Hi there! Today I show 5 ways to use background dies.

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

For all of these projects, I used Neenah White Cardstock, along with My Favorite Things Blu Raspberry and Summer Splash Cardstocks. I also used a My Favorite Things Polka Dot Background Die for each card example. (This die’s release was delayed until August, but you can get similar dies, such as THIS one!) However, you can try these techniques with many background dies that you may already have.


Tri-fold card designs are always fun to do. Especially if you use a background die to make the front panel see-through…

(By the way, I am sorry I kept saying “gatefold” in the video. I meant “tri-fold” – so sorry!)

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After die cutting the front of my tri-fold card with the background die, I added sentiments from the My Favorite Things Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set with silver glitter embossing powder. I also colored the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday Stamp Set bear with Copic Markers and added shimmer with my Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen. A thin coat of Glossy Accents on the cake’s icing and a bit of Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Dots on the eyes and nose were the perfect final touches.

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


You can extend the use of background dies by using them to create stencils. Stencils can be used for MANY techniques. I like to create my own stencils from vellum or acetate so I can see through them when using.

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After creating my stencil using the background die and vellum, I added blue ink with a sponge dauber onto my card front. I also sprayed over the stencil with a bit of Shimmer Spray and let it dry. The sentiment is from the new My Favorite Things Celebrate with Cake Stamp Set… and is stamped on a My Favorite Things Double Stitched Circle Stax die cut. I again used the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday Stamp Set for the bear along with a bit of shimmer and Nuvo Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Dots.

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Dry embossing with a background die gives wonderful dimension! Just put a piece of cardstock between an embossing pad and the background die… and run it through your die cut machine as you would an embossing folder.

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really wanted to keep this card simple so the focus would be on the background piece. Again, the sentiment is from the new My Favorite Things Celebrate with Cake Stamp Set.

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Often times a background die will create lots of small “positive pieces.” (In this case? A bunch of dots.) You can add these with foam tape for a dimensional background. Just use the die or the negative space die cut as a “guide” for placing the pieces.

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this example, I used the My Favorite Things Hog Heaven Stamps – this set is so cute! I even added a pom-pom to the top of his hat.



You can also create inlay backgrounds with background dies. Simply cut the background and adhere something into the open spaces, such as a different colored cardstock… or glitter!

Background Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After covering the front of a notecard with Be Creative Double Sided Adhesive, I added a die cut panel. This left just the dots with adhesive exposed. After sprinkling on and pressing in lots of Nuvo Diamond Pure Sheen Glitter, I cleaned up quickly with a Swiffer dusting sheet. (A must-have for glitter clean-up!) This pretty clear glitter allows the blue behind to show through. It is really cool how the glitter is inlaid into the background. Again, the sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Celebrate with Cake Stamp Set.

These are just five of the many ways you can use background dies. I hope you will give them a try!

NOTE: This die’s release was delayed until August, but you can get similar dies, such as THIS one. I apologize – I didn’t know of the delay until after my video and post were up. Stay tuned in August!


My Favorite Things is celebrating their 10th birthday! I have been using their products for many, many years. I remember meeting the owner, Kim, and hitting it off right away. I am proud of the success she has had. I hope you will stop by the My Favorite Things site to celebrate!


By the way, you can see all the new products from their newest release HERE. Lots of great birthday stamp sets!


How would you like to win a new die set from this newest My Favorite Things release? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/10/16 telling me your favorite in this release. You can see the whole release HERE. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisks. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), My Favorite Things (MFT), etc.

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746 thoughts on “5 Ways To Use Background Dies + Giveaway”

  1. Thank you for helping me get over my creative block! My daughter and I are having a blast watching your videos. I would have to say that I really love the blueprint 30 die and the gift box die. Endless options! The whole release is very lovely and I enjoyed your tutorial on a few items from that release.

  2. My favorite is the new blueprints set. I really like basic items that can be used over and over and in different ways.

  3. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. My favorite new release is the Beary Special Biryhday Stamps and Dies :).

  4. Happy birthday MFT! My favorite from this release are the Stitched Banner Alphabet and Number dies. So cute and so many uses!

  5. Your posts are always so imformative…thanks for all the time that you spend to educate us on how to stretch our supplies!!! Tough to choose a favorite from this release….but it would have to be the dinosaurs!

  6. These cards are so cute–love all the images! Now I must have that background die after seeing your awesome ideas for using it in so many ways. You’re such an enabler Jennifer–lol!

  7. I really look the BB Beary Birthday ones! So cute. I love watching your videos from the UK! Just wish we had all the cool stamps over here as I’m struggling to find uk sites that sell some of the fab stamps/dies you use.

  8. Thanks for another great video showing different ways to use products! My favorite stamp set from this release is the Beary Special Birthday bears!

  9. Great cards! The trifold is my favorite and my favorite new release is Torico’s cute bear set.

  10. The Flashy Florals stamp set & dies caught my eye – really pretty!! I love your informative videos and always learn something new – thank you so much!!

  11. I really like the backround die cut, the Nuvo
    diamond glitter, and the Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Dots. My favorite new set would be the Celebrate with Cake set.

  12. I have always loved polka dots on everything! Love how you showed the many options with this die. Going on my wish list!!

  13. Having just taken my grandson to the museum where we saw dinosaur skeletons, I’ll have to pick you’re rawsome for my favorite set. Love the cards today Jenifer.

  14. I love the Happy Birthday Centerpiece die. It would be fun to use your techniques on this die. I can see different color of glitter thru the openings.

  15. Love, love the alphabet banner die set! Wonderful tri-fold card video! Thanks as always for your fabulous ideas!

  16. So in love with these cards ? Can’t wait for the Polka Dot Die to be released ? My favorite from this set must be the BB Beary Special Birthday stamps ?

  17. Hi, Jennifer. You amaze me with all the unique ways you come up with using various stamps and techniques. My favorite is the the Beary Birthday stamp set. Adorable! Thank you for the opportunity to join in the giveaway!


  18. Thanks for these wonderful options!
    I love the Birthday Sentiments stamps. I always search for new sentiments for my cards.

  19. Wow thanks Jennifer. I love all your videos. Am going to try this with the dies I have. Love the pig and the bear is my favorite cute and simple.

  20. I love how you show us ways to “stretch” what we have. Thanks again for more wonderful ideas. 🙂

  21. I want this jumbo polka dot die sooooooooooooo bad…….it’s not on their site and I am assuming its one of their 10th anniversary specials? Adorable cards as always Jennifer——-very concise videos……cute stuff! 😉

  22. Hi Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for your blog and videos. I am learning so many fun, new things, and I want to “Favorite” almost everything. I really appreciate your emphasis on kindness, which I think fits right into your generosity in sharing your creativity.
    I am enjoying a new die of a small deer with large antlers that branch into leaves and berries, and one small bird perched on the top. I bought it from Amazon, from Vivian Christmas cutting dies. I have cut out the die in two kinds of paper and then inserted the punched image into the negative space of the opposite paper for a fantastic effect. I’ve also used it to make a dry emboss, using the technique that you shared.
    I have taken many of your recommendations for supplies and organization – like you, I use things more when they are organized.
    Did you know that Office Depot no longer carries the 5″x8″ plastic covers that you have been using for tall stamp sets? I wonder if you have another recommendation. I just ordered 50 CheckOutStore® Clear Storage Pockets (5 5/8 x 8 ½) from Amazon for $9.94. I hope they are a good alternative.
    Thank you again. I think your kindness and generosity will return to you 10-fold.
    Happy New Year,

  23. This is incredible! So detailed and I love the fact that you have links to all the products you use, extremely helpful!! Coming from an armature card maker – this post is amazing😊
    Though the link for “MFT Forest Friends Stamp” is not working (at least not on mobile).

  24. Hi Jennifer, I love your videos “so detailed & educational”, where can I purchase MFT Polka Dot Background Die, the source you listed doesn’t have it available any longer. Thanks…Jeanine

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