Easy Die Cut Inlay Backgrounds + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome! Today’s video shares how to create die cut inlay backgrounds. This is a quick technique that works with any die. Oh – and this post is part of a fun blog hop and HUGE STAMPtember® celebration.

Inlay Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked 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.]

Die cut inlay is where you die cut shapes and glue the pieces back together like a puzzle for a smooth look. This is normally a time consuming technique, but today’s cards were quick!

In order for this technique to work, I adhered white cardstock to the back of a piece of new Simon Says Stamp Glimmery Cardstock using Stick-It adhesive. By doubling up, the die only cuts through the top layer and the bottom layer keeps the pieces together – a HUGE time saver. (If your dies cut all the way through, just add another thin layer of cardstock to the back.)

Inlay Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

By the way, this Glimmery Cardstock is new and delicious! I love that one side is shiny and textured… and the other side is matte and a bit darker so you can use both sides.

Inlay Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the pink card, I used the new Simon Says Stamp Bright Blossoms Die and for the yellow card, I used the Cottage Stems Dies. These are both new and have great detail.

Inlay Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The other cards all have backgrounds cut with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Mixed Media 2 Dies. (What a great deal – three dies in one set!) The flourish die is my favorite…

Inlay Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink
For the embellishments on each card, I die cut and layered two vellum hearts to give a frosted look. The sentiment combines the Simon Says Stamp You Die and You Matter Stamp Set. These can be used together for so many different greetings!

Inlay Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Since the heart is vellum, I hid the adhesive behind the word die and sentiment strip. I used Be Creative tape since it’s super strong!

Inlay Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Detailed dies work amazingly well for this technique, but try using whatever dies you have. Experimenting is part of the fun!


Many of the products I used today are from Simon Says Stamp in celebration of their STAMPtember® release. STAMPtember® is a month-long celebation that SSS has been doing for years. There are many exciting things going on, including giveaways, blog hops, exclusive products and more. I am a big fan of STAMPtember® because it brings together companies, artists, and crafters. This is a wonderful hobby… it is good to celebrate it!

You can see all the great NEW Simon Says Stamp exclusive products HERE.

STAMPtember 600x264 Blog Hop

***** Be sure to check out the *H*U*G*E* prize that Simon Says Stamp is giving away – a Dream Craft Room! What a great prize… worth thousands of dollars. You can find out more about entering that giveaway HERE. *****

Be sure to join the blog hop, too! The next stop on the hop is that of my dear friend, Shari Carroll.


To celebrate STAMPtember®, I am personally giving away a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/12/16 telling me your favorite product from this SSS release. You can see all the new SSS products 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 the SSS brand products and those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.)