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Stretching Your Supplies: Dies + GIVEAWAY

Hello! I have been struggling lately with creating… so I decided to lock myself into my craft room until I came up with something. I am glad I did! I had some fun stretching my dies and using them in fun ways.

Die Cutting 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.]

Simon Says Stamp just released a bunch of fabulous dies and stamps and I just had to play with them right away. (You can see them HERE.) I used a few fun die cutting techniques that I hope you like.


For the focal point on each card, I used a die cut inlay technique (check out that video!) that resulted in parts of the words hanging off the main die cut. This is such a unique look… nice and smooth! The Simon Says Stamp Heart Smile Die is perfection and the Hero Arts Hearts Infinity Dies work great for this technique. Oh – and I used Shimmer Spritz on the black die cuts for shine.

Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the second card, I used the same die cut inlay technique with the new Simon Says Stamp Miss You Die and Simon Says Stamp Heart Duet Die. Such a pretty embellishment thanks to that gorgeous sentiment. And check out how smooth it is…

Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the background of both cards, I wanted something subtle yet shiny. I created my own stamp by die cutting craft foam with the Simon Says Stamp Clipping Heart Die. I temporarily adhered it to an acrylic block so I could stamp with it. I stamped repeatedly over the backgrounds of the cards with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the fabulous WOW Silver Pearl Embossing Powder. This powder gives a tone-on-tone look… with a touch of silver when you tilt it in the light.


Be sure to watch the video. I share several die cutting tips!


Simon Says Stamp just released another batch of great products! You must check them out. Lots of great stamps, dies, and stencils. (You MUST see the background stamps!) You can find them all HERE.



How would you like to win a NEW Simon Says Stamp die? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/20/16 telling me which of the new products are your favorites. You can find them 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 from SSS and Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.)

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647 thoughts on “Stretching Your Supplies: Dies + GIVEAWAY”

  1. These cards are SO beautiful! I love that the words hang from the edges, such a unique touch! Your mojo is definitely back 🙂 This new release is so amazing, I adore the Emma, Elinor and Elizabeth backgrounds, but of the dies the “you make my heart smile” die is my favorite, I was so happy to see you use it! Thanks for always inspiring xx

  2. I like both the clipping heart wafer die you used and also the cutout die in the shape of a heart with flowers inside. Great dies… and great ideas. Thanks

  3. Jennifer you are my favorite “You Tuber” . My new favorite Simon Says Stamp is: Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp LOVE IS BACKGROUND, I love the style but also the scripture says everything!

  4. Ohhh , you are making it hard for me , I cannot choose the whole collection is so amazing but I can tell you the one that caught my eye is the envelope purse die, that die cut is sooooo adorable, I also like all the heart dies. Like I said hard to choose, oh welllll. Thanks for the ideas, I am new to your channel and I am loving it. Keep inspiring me.

  5. I can’t wait for your videos! Everything you do just inspires me to get into my craft room and create! Love the clipping heat die! Who am I kidding, I love them all. Thank you for the lovely work you do and the inspiration you create in others!

  6. Thank you for this video – you are so inspiring. I cannot choose between the entwined hearts die or the heart of flowers… the whole collection is fantastic.

  7. Oh wow! Another wonderful technique to try! I like the dies you used in your cards as I am seriously lacking in any word dies. You make my heart smile is especially lovely!

  8. This idea is great! I would never have thought of using it this way. Simon Says has so many really cute stamps and dies. Its a tough choice to pick just one, but i would choose the clipping heart die. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  9. It’s hard to pick a favorite from this release, but I like the Emma background stamp. It looks as though it would be great for a coloring card.

  10. Hi Jennifer!

    Again, whenever MY mojo is lacking, all I need to do is watch your videos! Thanks for the inspiration!

    I love the new “Miss You” die, and it’s going in my cart.

    Have a happy, blessed, and peaceful Christmas,
    Beth Ross

  11. I really like the Hey Love stamp set but my favorite die is the Heart Smile die and second fav is the Clipping Heart die.
    I think I’m going to have to try the Stick It sheets as well.
    Great tips again.

  12. These cards are beautiful. I am finally getting some word dies so I will have to give this technique a try! I think the hearts are beautiful fo Anniversary cards too. (Mine happens to be today – Aussie time 21/12!! – 31years!! ) I just love the Heart of Flowers wafer die. I think it could be so versatile both cutting and dry embossing. Beautiful!!
    Have a great day.

  13. LOVE the word dies – I find them so versatile. I’m so happy to see several different heart dies – love to have a choice of style. I must admit I’ve already order a couple of word dies & a heart die, plus some wonderful background dies I simply cannot live without! thanks so much for showing us so many options for using these wonderful dies!

  14. Your cards are gorgeous! The new release from Simon is fantastic but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Love Is Background stamp. What a fantastic way to remind others of that wonderful message!

  15. Beautiful cards. Love the inlaid technique! All these new dies are awesome – I don’t think I can pick a favorite. My wish list is growing!

  16. Well you always come up with something good! I really like the flower heart die or the simple “Love” script stamp or die. Kristina has great calligraphy skills so I’m very happy they are using her on some new products! Great cards! Thanks for sharing and also for the chance to win!

  17. Thank you so much for this video! So helpful especially when you are on a budget and need to stretch those supplies as I do. I am in love with the infinity dies , sentiments and the background embossing powder. Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. I do love your work, all your work. I was wondering if for next Christmas you may be able to come up with some card ideas for sunny hot places (like Australia ).
    Cheers from down under
    Merry Christmas.

  19. Your cards are always so pretty and these are no exception. Again, using die cuts and I don’t have a die cutter. Darn! If I had someone special to send these to I would. Someday I will get a die cutter and be able to make cards just like this.

  20. Absolutely brilliant ideas & methods – so simple yet effective. I love the heat embossing as a subtle background ❤

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