Coordinating Die Masking + 15% OFF SALE! + Giveaway

Hello. Today I am here to share a video on masking with coordinating dies. I also have a fun discount code and giveaway!


[This video was also featured on the Simon Says Stamp blog. 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.]

I have been longing to use the Hero Arts Pine Branches Stamp and Die Set. I like that this set can be used for any occasion, not just for the holidays. However, this technique could work with any stamp set and coordinating dies.


I started by die cutting the Hero Arts Pine Branches dies repeatedly from a piece of Inkadinkado masking paper. I then placed the large negative-space mask on a piece of green cardstock, and placed all of the positive pieces on a blue piece. (Gotta love a technique that results in two cards!) Finally, I applied Tsukineko Delicata White Shimmer Ink over the masks with a Jumbo Dauber. You could use any ink for this with any blending tool… lots of possibilities!


Next, I stamped the coordinating image on top of the inked areas on the green card and in the open areas on the blue card using a darker ink. The perfect fit!

I really wanted to add a “merry christmas” and “hello” sentiment die cuts to my cards, but they got a bit lost on the background. Therefore, I created focal point frames with with my Hero Arts Nesting Circles and Nesting Rectangles Dies. (Loving these!)


I hope this inspires you to do some masking with your coordinating dies. It’s a technique that will work with any stamp and die set!


Simon Says Stamp is offering 15% off all in-stock Hero Arts products from 10/13/16 to 10/16/16. Use the code “NEWHA” when shopping HERE. YAY!



How would you like to win the Hero Art products I used today — Hero Arts Pine Branches Stamp and Dies, Nesting Circle Dies and Nesting Rectangle Dies. YAY! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 10/21/16 telling me if you use coordinating dies. (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 asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.)

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385 thoughts on “Coordinating Die Masking + 15% OFF SALE! + Giveaway”

  1. I love love love coordinating die sets. Being new to the card making world, I’m building up my collection and with so much out there, one key rule that I look for is if a stamp set has a coordinating die.

  2. Pretty cards! I don’t really use coordinating dies since I have a very limited crafting budget! Thanks for the chance!

  3. I have not used them in the past, but I’m thinking of asking for a Big Kick for Christmas and would be interested in using it to make the masks. Interesting idea!

  4. I use coordinating dies all the time. I buy them for almost every stamp set I can! I love to easily cut out my stamped images and layer them. This is such a great way to use them in an alternate way. I love it!!

  5. I never thought that I would be interested in the actual die cuts, but the more I see them used with stamps the more I am convinced that I need to start a collection!

  6. I do use coordinating dies.
    I was in a Stampin Up! group for many years and we often used stamps with their coordinating dies.
    Your site is excellent! So through! (So Much) Information & happiness!

  7. Actually, I rarely buy stamps anymore without the coordinating dies (except obvious ones like backgrounds, etc.) It has made my life so much easier!

  8. I love coordinating dies. I usually get them with my stamp set together. I seldom purchase any coordinating dies separately.

  9. I don’t have an embossing machine, so I can’t use coordinating does. I suspect I would if I had one…but like you I often also like a closer cut, so I’d probably still fussy cut a lot of them.

  10. Thank you for this opportunity to win this die cut stamps set.. I am very new to the world of card making and absolutely love your work. The things I could make and do .. oh mind running away with ideas here

  11. I do use some coordinating dies and will definitely be giving this technique a try. I also like the way you used the nesting dies to frame the sentiment. Thanks for more great inspiration!

  12. I have some stamp sets with their coordinating dies, but my wishlist is where most of them live. :o) I love the idea of using the dies in creative ways, so thanks for sharing another great technique!

  13. nice cards. I don’t use coordinating dies because I don’t have any, but I’d like to. My one wish, because you have the ear of manufacturers and maybe you might read this – I’d like to see more dies that cut close to the image, not leave a large space around them!


  14. I rarely use co-ordinating dies, however the irony is that I’ve just purchased one today! Thank you so much for sharing all of your card-making tips, ideas and favourite products – its been such a massive help.

  15. I usually buy the coordinating dies… however I only just bought myself a Sizzix Big Shot because I was so unhappy with the previous machine I bought. Therefore, I have them, but I haven’t used them!

  16. Hi ..this technique is so wonderful .. can’t get enough of your videos Jennifer.. keep up the good work..much love
    Pranita Phadnis

  17. Love this. I just bought a nesting circle die but have been pining after a rectangle or square one. Will have to keep this on my list.

  18. Loved the technique you showed. I love coordinating dies especially when they are cutting the image close as Hero Arts does. Unfortunately we do not have much access to Hero Arts anymore in my city in Canada. I think the whole release is outstanding and the layering dies are such a great ideaand value. I would replace my existing dies in a nano second! Thanks so much for your time Jennifer!

  19. I love the look of using the coordinating dies. I just got into stamping and have not yet tried them. I see my scrapbooking stash growing more and more by the minute! =)

  20. I love my stamps that have coordinating dies and I use them a lot I like those circoe and rectangoe ses as wellll and think I will add them to my Christmas list!!¸¸

  21. I love coordinating dies, they make life so much easier! I use them with the matching stamp sets or alone. I also really like the embossing technique you have shared using dies and the rubber mat in the Big Shot.

  22. Awesome cards! You always come up with clever ways to use products. I don’t own any co-ordinating dies for my stamps. Guess I’ve got more time than money and so can’t justify getting the dies when I can just fussy cut the stamps out.

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