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.)

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1,043 thoughts on “Easy Die Cut Inlay Backgrounds + Blog Hop + Giveaway!”

  1. Absolutely love your videos!! You share so many creative ideas. Sometimes when I am having a creative block all I need to do is watch one of your videos and off to my scrapin room I go. Thank you for your inspiration!!

  2. My favourite is the time for wine stamp set, we are currently making our wine and For the holidays I want to attach gift tags so my friends know what they are drinking. I would so use that set to help me out with making them.

  3. I love the whole You Matter set, and the shimmer papers are gorgeous. Can’t wait to try this technique with them and the dies.

  4. As always, this is beautiful and I’m impressed. Thank you Jennifer for great simple tips and for showing off these great products! I love the “You Matter” stamps… I mean, who doesn’t need to hear that?

  5. I’m headed for my craft room to try the Inlay technique. “I can do it!” and it looks so easy. I got frustrated trying it the “Old” way, with gluing all the pieces. The “You Matter” stamp and die set looks very useful. Nice to have a die for a stamped word. Thanks for the tips.

  6. There are so many of my new favorites! But I’ll go with the SSS You Matter stamp set because they will be greatly used and loved for sure! Thanks Jennifer for card inspirations and the giveaway!

  7. Wow, talk about getting double duty out of your dies… This is perfect. Thank you so much for your continuous creativity into card creation! You are the best!

  8. Happy Stamtember! This technique looks so versatile. Love it!! My favorite product is the Sweet Cakes stamp and die set.

  9. thanks for sharing this technique! the cards are so pretty
    from the new release, I like the word dies ie delightful, grateful & thankful

  10. Jennifer thank you for another AMAZING Video. My favorite from this release has to be the You matter stamps and dies followed by the Thanful dies. Would love to win this collection. Many, many thanks!
    Dianne K.

  11. Hi Jennife. I really love these cards you made. They really are elegant cards to use for special occasions. I love those dies you used. It’s so hard to chose SSS favorites in this Stamptember’s Release. There are so many goodies. I especially love these dies and the TH die you used. What about the Glimmer Paper? I love, love, love me some Glimmer paper. Can’t wait to get some. And I’ve been saving to get all SSS Ink Stamps. Oh and yes, what about the Critter Wafer Dies. Oh so cute to make Baby cards with. Just too many to choose from, but the ones mentioned are what I want now, including their new word dies. Ugh! So Stressful! LOL! Too much goodies to choose from. Thanks, Jennifer, for your videos and all the knowledge you so sweetly impart in them. Have a blessed day.?

  12. Do I have to pick one? I love the grateful, because I am not sure I think, do or say this enough! Blessings!

  13. I love the Thank You heart dies. I saw a beautiful card that you made with it and the hexagon stamp and I loved it. You do amazing work and I love your videos. Thanks for sharing your talent : )

  14. I just love your tutorial and card! How clever!!! I don’t think I would have ever thought of doing that! Thanks for sharing! My favorite SSS product would be the glimmer cardstock, but that triangle background stamp along with the You die is pretty amazing as well! 🙂

  15. I adore the glimmer cardstock and the YOU Matter stamp/die set the most! Then, my next choice would be EVERYTHING!!! The technique you used was fantastic, I can’t wait try it out! I hope your move into your new home is winding down and that everyone is settling in. God bless you and your family and the work of your hands as well as theirs!!! Sending Love & Blessings!!!!!!!

  16. What an awesome technique! You make such great videos….. the best in the industry.
    Calm presentation loaded with tested materials and suggestions so viewers may have similar successes. So generous with yourself. Thanks

  17. I am so excited to try this new technique. Where do you find such ideas? I also signed up for your interactive card class. I am ready for new ideas!

  18. Hi Jennifer, what a great technique. I love your trick of using the fun foam to help give an even layer of dimension to your cards, very clever. I especially like all the sentiments to go with the “you’ die they would definitely make many different types of greetings for those we love. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  19. I have a whole lotta lovin for the new releases! If i could only pick one, it would be the You Matter stamp set, such a nice sentiment to send someone. Once again, an amzing technique & video Jennifer, thank you for your inspiration!

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