Inked Inlay Tips + Caring Hearts Blog Hop + BIG Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am sharing several inked inlay tips and lots of holiday cards. I am also blog hopping with some great cardmakers to celebrate World Kindness Day and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Be sure to keep reading to find out about the great prize we have!

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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I got carried away buying holiday window dies so I put them to good use in this video. Be sure to watch the video for lots of tips.

First up, I used the Memory Box Grand Stag Oval Die and Distress Inks to create a inked oval inlay. I added a sentiment from the Avery Elle Merriest Stamp Set and snow with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. You can’t see it in the photo, but the inked area sparkles, thanks to Shimmer Spritz.

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I then used the left over inked piece to quickly create another card. I added some Pretty Pink Posh Silver Star Confetti with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive for added fun.


This next card features the Memory Box Countryside Circle Die – one that you will see on My Favorite Crafty Things list. (Coming soon!) I inked up the sky… stamped it with the Gina K Music Stamp… and added Lucy’s Cards Star Shine Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh Silver Star Confetti, and Wink of Stella sparkle. That sentiment is from the new Neat and Tangled Scandinavian Prints stamp set. I love that set!

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next up we have my favorite of the cards… featuring the Memory Box Graceful Stag Die. Isn’t that die beautiful? For the soft, blended ink background, I used a great trick. I inked it quickly with Distress Ink and Mini Ink Blending Tool, then wiped it gently with a baby wipe and shimmer. The moisture helps to blend and soften. I embellished the card with Silver Glitter Cardstock pieces die cut from the My Favorite Things Peaceful Greeting and My Favorite Things Starry Circle Dies.

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also do inlay techniques with specialty cardstocks, patterned papers, etc. This Memory Box Country Road Oval Die works perfectly with Silver Glitter Cardstock. I created a sentiment with the Poppy Stamps Christmas Greetings Stamps and My Favorite Things Peaceful Greeting dies… and added a small red heart.

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another fun way to do a colorful background for die cut inlay is to scribble back and forth with markers. Copic Markers are perfect for this! After coloring, I used the Memory Box Deer Family Circle Die for the inlay window. I embellished the card with Silver Glitter Cardstock die cut stars and dots. The lovely sentiment is from the Altenew Holiday Wishes Stamp Set.

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card simply makes me smile. That Impression Obsession Sleigh Scene Die is awesome! I plan to make more of this design. Be sure to watch the video for my trick for easily inlaying those tiny pieces. I really find Stick It Adhesive Sheets helpful with inlay! The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Merry Everything Stamps.

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This final card features the Birch Press Bailey Ornament Die and Avery Elle Merriest Stamp Set. This die has so many details.

Inlay Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I encourage you to check out your die collection and give some of these tips and techniques a try. The smooth look of die cut inlay is so pretty!


Today we are celebrating the 7th annual Caring Hearts Card Drive with a fun blog hop! Since it is World Kindness Day, we thought it was the perfect time.


The purpose of this card drive is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes around the world. Since 2010 we have been bringing joy to many nursing homes throughout the US, Canada and Australia. And this year, we are branching out to the UK! What better way to share our love of card making than to bring joy to others, right? We hope you’ll join us in supporting the card drive. You can find details on Vera Yate’s blog or on mine.

The next person on the hop is one of my favorite people – Laura Bassen! You can also start at the beginning of the hop HERE.


Simon Says Stamp has generously offering $150 gift card for this hop! For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the hop’s blogs by 11:59pmEST on 11/17/2016 telling me if you will be participating in the card drive. (Winner will be announced on Vera Yate’s blog on 11/18/16.)



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.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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780 thoughts on “Inked Inlay Tips + Caring Hearts Blog Hop + BIG Giveaway!”

  1. Lovely technique, i dont think I can squeeze in the time to participate in the card drive, but maybe next year if i can get organised earlier!

  2. Your techniques are so awesome and inspiring. My head is spinning 🙂 Beautifully done!
    I am just beginning card creating…but I love the idea of the Caring Hearts Drive. It is something I would love to be involved in.

  3. Tried to post a note about your beautiful techniques but kept getting a message reading that I had already posted that. (Curious???) So, if it will take my post this time…guess this is it. Thank you.

  4. I’m taking the cards to my local nursing home for the 3rd or 4th year in a row. I just include my own cards to the stash that Vera sends, though. ❤

  5. Yes, I will be participating. Working late so I can get my cards in the mail on Friday. My goal is to make 100 cards but I’m not sure yet if I’ll succeed.

  6. Your cards are sooo adorable! I’m always amazed at how you come up with all these fabulous new techniques in your videos and your cards are always just perfect 🙂 I don’t usually copy a card design directly, but I’m pretty sure that most of my cards are inspired by something I saw in your videos. Hard to tell though, as I normally can’t resist binge watching ;-D

    I’m afraid I won’t be able to participate in the card drive this year because I’m way too late. International shipping would probably take too long. But I really love the idea, and it would be fantastic if the card drive could branch out to Germany! I have the impression that there are lots of talented and kind card makers here, too. And there are definitely elderly people in nursing homes who’d be happy to receive a Christmas card. Of course I realize that it would have to be organized nationally because of the language, but that should be manageable, right?

  7. Thanks to you and Vera for having the Caring Hearts Card Drive again this year. I know the cards bring Christmas cheer to so many deserving residents. I hope to get a package of cards off to Vera soon.

  8. I am part of a church group that makes cards for 2 senior rehab centers locally and will probably not be participating in the card drive this year. Thank you for the wonderful video tutorials. Loving the inlayed techniques and hoping to try them soon.

  9. I love all your cards and how they are simplistic in style, but yet so powerful in meaning! Thank you for all your videos and tips, I love watching your videos! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks for some wonderful examples of this technique, including how to create some very quick, easy and beautiful coloured backgrounds. I’m just starting now on my Christmas cards, but hope to be able to contribute some to this wonderful card drive.

  11. Jennifer these are beautiful! Love the bright colors with the white. Thanks so much for being such a great teacher!! I had ordered a couple of these dies, but some are on back order…can’t wait to play.

  12. Thanks for sharing handmade kindness and all you knowledge. Cannot wait to send my cards off for the drive. Just taking a moment to say thanks and enter for a chance to win swag.

  13. Love this technique! I had never heard of this card drive before, but I would love to participate. I have a group of friends that get together once a month to craft and this weekend is our weekend:) I am going to suggest this and see how many we can get done and in the mail!

  14. I love all your ideas. I used some from older videos on the cards for the card drive I’ve done. I have 82 cards done and will add a few more this weekend and mail them out on Monday. I love making g cards but only send out a couple dozen myself. I was delighted to learn about this great cause.

  15. Your cards and techniques you share are always so inspiring!! I can’t wait to try this technique! Your cards are beautiful!!

  16. After watching this blog I was eager to try this and I was delighted when I visited my local craft store they had the graceful stag die. I couldn’t wait to try it when I got home and I’ve got to say I’m very pleased with my results. Please keep up the very inspirational videos.

  17. Jennifer, your latest Favorite Things about coloring mentions that you use the Neenah for stamping and the Bristol for coloring. What if you are stamping an image that you are going to color? Which one do you use? I’m confused. Thanks!

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