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. Great ideas, I don’t have a background die, I will add to my wish list. The hog heaven stamp set is a favorite.

  2. Hi Jennifer! Gorgeous cards. LOVE LOVE LOVE the popped up background!! And that little pig??? So cute! I think that makes that set my favorite, I’d have fun coloring them and making themed cards. TFS, great as always:)

  3. Flushy florals look amazing! And I love all the sparkle in your video. Your blogs are always so informative and educational, thank you!!!

  4. The big birthday balloons would be my favourite I think. They would be so flexible for many occasions.
    Love your videos, always great variety of techniques to learn, thank you. xx

  5. I haven’t bought any background dies because I couldn’t think of to use them. Thank you for the tips.

    My favorite item is the Pure Innocence Cupcake Day stamp and die set. Love the little girl.

  6. SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING ALL Of the AWESOME New Products!! My FAVORITE would have to be the Polka Dot Background and the Beary Special Stamp Set!! I honestly LOVE the ENTIRE Release!! =) THANKS for sharing and forte chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  7. The Beary Special Birthday stamps are my favorite from this release. Happy birthday to MFT! Gorgeous cards Jennifer!

  8. What a great video, so many neat ideas! I kept saying, “clever” out loud. I hope to get a background die so that I can try out all of those neat ideas! I so love finding lots of ways to use one element in different ways. It helps to stretch out your art supplies! I think if I had to choose a favorite of the new release it would be the BB Beary Birthday stamps, they are adorable. thanks again for a very educational and useful video, I always learn so much from you! Thanks for the chance to win also. ~Gin K. ~

  9. Of course I love the die, but I also love the Beary Special Birthday Stamp Set. Everything in this video is so darn cute!

  10. My favorite from the MFT release is the stitched banner alphas & numbers.
    Your cards are always so darling – love them all!

  11. So pretty!! My favorite would have to be the background die. I can imagine so many possibilities for that! How about a snow pen for christmas?! You are so talented, I enjoy your videos so much. Thanks for doing this.

  12. Oh my! I never thought to use them as stencil before. Thanks for such wonderful ideas! 😀
    My fave from the MFT release has to be the Chibi Lights. I’ve never used them before but I have just the perfect stamp set to use for those.

  13. Love the Bears set and that polka dot die is to die for lol. I really love your videos, and I need to get busy!

  14. Wow! I could never have come up with so many tips on how to use these type of dies! I am very excited to try some of them! LOVE this die!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. i like the balloon stencils
    thanks for sharing some good techniques and ideas on the background dies, they are really pretty cards!!

  16. Adorable cards! Thanks for the inspiration! My favorite product in this release is the “Beary Special Birthday Stamp Set! Thanks for the chance!

  17. My favorite set Celebrate with cake stamp set.It is adorable.Love also the emboss card design used on the cards.After watching your you tube channel and reading your blog I started really thinking what else can I do to improve on my creativity.This grandma (young )LOL has taken off and let my mind expand to no end Karen

  18. There are so many things you can do with one die! I look forward to trying some (slightly modified versions) of these techniques with the dies I already have. From this release, I am excited to see more of the stitched banner alphabets/numbers. There is just something about banners, and the stitching. That, and the banners look like a good size to fit on a card for part of the sentiment. 🙂

  19. Thanks for all the great tips. I love all of these cards but my fave is the one using the die as a stencil. It is so hard to pick a favorite from all these awesome goodies but I think the Big Birthday Sentiments would be my forst pick. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. I’m hooked on the Pure Innocence girls so, Cup cake Day would be at the top of my list and You’re Rawr-some really cracks me up. Thanks for sharing 5 great ways to use one background die. I love how your mind just keeps going and going with an idea. Thanks!

  21. Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas for using background dies! My favorite set in this release is the Beary Special Birthday set. So cute!

  22. As usual all the products are so cute but my favourite would have to be the Beary Special Birthday stamps and dies. I can already visualise the beautiful cards that could be made using these products. Love work work?

  23. I love the double stitched circle stax dies and also the Beary special birthday stamps. Thanks for a chance to win.

  24. I always love how you come out with ideas to use any product in more than 1 way and everytime you do you knock it right out of the park. It is very inspiring. Love the cards.

  25. Jennifer, I love to craft, but I am not “creative” …I know, doesn’t make sense. Your videos are such an inspiration and I really appreciate you taking the time out to list your products. Because of you, their sales are up. ? Thank You for helping my projects “look” as if “I am” creative.

  26. Oh, Jennifer!
    You are soo amazingly talented!
    Thanks for all your inspiration and wonderful ideas!
    Marty Ferraro

  27. Die-namics You’re Rawr-some is one of my favorite items!! Everything looks beautiful, love the photos!

  28. Hi Jennifer! You do such amazing work, and I love every single one of your cards. My favorite product in the release is definitely the “you’re Rawr-some” stamp set.

  29. Very talent idea!!! Sometimes, I stuggle with how to use my stencils and background embossing folders. Can you suggest some other way to create something magical? Thank you so much!

  30. So many cool things to choose from but having seen what you’ve managed to do from that one die I think my favourite has to be the polka dot die. Thanks for the ideas.

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