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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

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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!)


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

  1. Flashy Florals dies and stamps or Blueprints 30 would be very useful. My favorite item of the release is the Tiny Checks Paper Pad! Thanks for all the ideas in today’s video!

  2. thanks for another great video, some really clever techniques. It’s a great MFT release, I absolutely love the new blueprint dienamic and the dino rawr-some stamp set.

  3. So many great ideas, thank you:!! You have infinitely more patience than I … I’m not sure I would have the patience for placing all those dots!!!

  4. Great video Jennifer! Great how you use the same die in so many ways. Love this polka dot die. The beary special birthday bears are adorable! I better hurry up and grab them before they are gone. Thanks for all you do!

  5. Great cards! Love all the ways you used the background die. I think the alphabet banner dies from this release are just awesome. So many possibilities.

  6. Another great video! I look forward to each one & can’t wait to try out your ideas. Today’s video was no different. It’s great to know there are different ways to use those background dies. Makes spending the money on them a little easier. I’d have to say “Beary Special Birthday” is my favorite from this collection. It’s just so cute! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  7. Jennifer, I SO want to get a background die! Thank you for all the great ideas you shared with us in this video. Because I have a soft spot for dies, and especially stitched dies, I’d say the Birthday Speech Bubbles die set is my favorite in this release. We hope you keep bringing us your fabulous videos and ideas! Thanks again.

  8. Fabulous video and ideas, Jennifer. My favorite in this release is the BB Beary Special set w/ dies. Thanks for sharing your hard work!

  9. Hi Jennifer
    Again, I love your videos! Keep it up! I’m looking forward to the Chibi Lights, I have never seen something like this before. (Sorry for my bad English)

  10. Thanks for the great video, Jennifer. My favourite in this release is the Birthday Speech Bubbles die set.

  11. I love the Olga dot background die…will be waiting for it. Right now the blueprints die is my favorite in the new releases.

  12. Okay, maybe it’s rather simple, but I love the new Die-namics Pop-up Elements. I can’t wait to use these for my pop up cards! Love your circle background die cards. Beautiful aqua color and fun techniques. Thanks for always sharing your great ideas! God bless America!

  13. Hei! i just love all the cards you make this time with that background! is allready in my wish list 🙂
    i do love as well the Die-namics WTG Time for the Bubbly and stamps. i kryss all i have and meaby is my turn to win! 🙂 a lot love from Norway

  14. Yay! Superb!!!!! I’m a happy bunny….thank you for the inspiration! Does there have to be a favourite? Dots…yup blue prints…of course! I live in pig country…… no, there’s too many great releases to choose a favourite!

  15. I was watching this just before surgery and had to come back and watch it again, to make sure it stuck in my mind. Love this types of videos. They remind us to do more with what we have.

  16. Love the dancing hippos! So cute! The Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set looks like another favorite. I can’t wait to try my hand at the mirror image technique, and the Misti tool makes it look so easy. Looks like a Misti is in my future!

  17. I love the big balloons dies and the speckled background die…AND the big Happy Birthday (cake) die AND the big Happy Birthday letters die…I could go on, and on. Thanks for the video, I always get so many ideas from seeing your work.

  18. The stamps, colors, and techniques using that large die are fabulous! I might need that die when it comes out in Aug.
    Happy July to you Jennifer!

  19. My favorite is Beary Special Birthday. I love pretty much everything by Birdie Brown. Your cards are wonderful.

  20. So much to choose…
    Right now I think I would love the Spectrum Noir glitter pens.
    Who doesn’t need a easy way to help jazz up a card or project.

  21. My beary favorite of the new release projects is the BB Beary Birthday stamp set, specifically the little guy peeking out from the beautifully wrapped present. How sweet is that?!

  22. Thanks Jennifer… another great video just packed with information. Love, love, love your videos. That dot die is to “die” for! Can’t wait for the release in August. I took a look at the release you had attached and the Watercolor Wash Brights Paper Pack is beautiful. Thanks again and have a super day!

  23. Hi Jennifer ~ Another spectacular video!! I’m always amazed at all the fresh, new ideas you come up with, either for stamps or dies. When I hit a slump and need to get some cards made, I always head back to your YT page and find something fresh. Using the dies in so many ways just plain makes sense, especially since they can be costly! The moment I saw your card with that adorable piggy on it, I knew I had to order the Hog Heaven set. Your coloring is lovely and the sentiment “Ham it Up” cracked me up. I used to work (for FREE!!) on my uncle’s hog farm when I was younger and I definitely have to make a card with this cutie on it for him. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring. ~HUGS~

  24. While I love the WTG Time for the Bubbly and the matching dies, the background one you used is definitely my fav of the bunch… and not JUST because you did such amazing things with it! Though, I have to admit, that’s a large part of it. LOL! Great cards- fantastic ideas! Thanks for sharing once again.

  25. Thank you for the video, my favourite is the Flashy Floras, I can just make that work for a few things bouncing around in my head.

  26. I love the glitter inlay, but I love how to create a tri-fold card. It looked so hard but was easy to do. Thank you for all your fabulous ways to use a background die. Being on a fixed income, I really have to pick and choose but this goes beyond the box. Thank you again.

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