3 WAYS: Alphabet & Word Dies

Hello! I am a big fan of finding ways to creatively use products… especially those products that have a higher price point. Today’s video shows three ways to use alphabet dies… but it can work with word dies, too!

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I share three techniques today. All of them start with a background of any kind (stamped, embossed, stenciled, etc.), and then the alphabet die cutting. Lots of possibilities! If you don’t have alphabet dies, you can use word dies instead.

#1: 2-for-1

I am a huge fan of “2-for-1 techniques”…. techniques that result in enough finished pieces to create two cards. Here, I show creating a background and die cutting a word from it. Keep in mind – you can create the background any way you want – stamping, inking, etc. I chose stenciling.

I used the Altenew Plaid Plate A and Altenew Plaid Plate B Dies to create my own stencils from cardstock. I then inked over the stencils with Altenew Ocean Waves Dye Ink, Altenew Warm Sunshine Dye Ink, and my Mini Ink Blending Tool. I really like how the yellow and blue ink overlap to make green. I next die cut the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies to make “HUGS”.

Using the negative space, I created a simple shaker card with Hero Arts Acetate and Lucy’s Cards Coral Island Sequin Shaker Mix. The added sentiment is from the fabulous Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set.

I added the letters themselves to a white layered background cut with the Altenew Plaid Plate A and Altenew Plaid Plate B Dies. Easy peasy.

If you aren’t into shaker cards you could also do a see-through or inlay card.


Die cut inlay also is another great use of alphabet dies. Here, I created white heat embossed backgrounds on white cardstock with the Altenew Under the Cherry Tree Stamp Set. I then used the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies to die cut “FRIENDS”.

For my first card, I inked just the letters with Altenew Coral Berry Dye Ink and my Mini Ink Blending Tool. The embossing resists the ink and allows the stamping to show through. I then placed them back into the un-inked negative space for an inlay look.

For the next card, I inked the negative space for an ombre look and popped back in place the un-inked letters. The sentiments are from the Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set. I also added Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals Mix for sparkle.

I also used the Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set for the matching envelope.

And… a bonus card. Just because. 🙂 That Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set slays me!

You could save a lot of time with this technique by instead white heat embossing a background stamp.


Popping up letters from a stamped background is definitely eye-catching! I like this technique so much that I created several examples.

First we have cats! (Says the dog person, lol.) I used the MISTI to stamp the new Altenew Modern Cats Stamp Set on both Altenew Spicy Yogurt and white cardstock pieces. I then die cut the Altenew Bold Alphabet “MEOW” in the same place from both pieces.

I adhered the white cardstock negative space on a Altenew Spicy Yogurt notecard. I die cut lots of Altenew Spicy Yogurt “MEOW” letters and layered them in the open letter spaces. On the top, I glued the stamped Altenew Spicy Yogurt letters.

I did the same for the card but opposite colors. Isn’t that cat cute? (Says the girl who is sneezing while stamping them.) Check out the dimension with this technique.

If you want to save time, you don’t have to pop up the letters with this technique. You could instead do a simple inlay, as I did with these two cards…

I have another pair of examples using this technique. This time I used the Altenew Budding Thanks Stamp Set. That flower looks so realistic!

The sentiment is from the Altenew Enchanted Iris Stamp Set and I added Wink of Stella shimmer to the stamping. Those Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals Mix are gorgeous!

Keep in mind – if you don’t have alphabet dies to pop up a background, try any die you may have – words, circles, hearts – anything!


This post is also a part of the Altenew May 2017 Release Blog Hop focusing on their newest stamps, dies, and more. Altenew continually amazes me with their incredible and creative releases! You can find all the new products HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the home of the talented Virginia Lu. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.)


How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/1/17 telling me if you ever use alphabet dies. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Altenew is also giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Head to the Altenew Blog for details.


Want to find 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. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Altenew. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Altenew (ALT), etc.


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788 thoughts on “3 WAYS: Alphabet & Word Dies”

  1. I ADORE all of your cards today! What great ideas. I think I’ve used alphabet dies a couple times but I’m definitely going to dust them off and give your ideas a go! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  2. I love these! My favorite is the flower pop up thank you card! I don’t have alphabet dies (yet) but I think I could try this with my cameo.

  3. Love your creations! I use a lot of alphabet dies on my cards, I love how you die cut part of the cat image and used it as an inlay! Thanks for the inspiration !

  4. I have several sets of alphabet dies, but there’s always room for more! Especially after seeing your ideas! This set is now on my “must have” list.

  5. Sorry about your head ache hope all is better. I used to use alphabet dies a lot. Haven’t used them lately. Maybe this is a time to get them back out!

  6. I have not used alphabet dies but I just love the Meow card! I think I will have try alphabet dies! These are such wonderful cards!

  7. I can’t wait to try this technique, and I already have the letter dies. Jennifer McGuire and Altenew, what a combination!

  8. I can’t wait for these big letter dies to be back in stock so I can try your creative techniques ! Thank you for all your great ideas “thinking out of the box” !

  9. Jennifer, I absolutely love what you have done with these alphabet dies! You are so creative, these are amazing. I haven’t used alphabet dies because I don’t own them. I have wanted to buy them but the price point always knocks them off my list. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and chance to win.

  10. I have used smaller alphabet dies, but I think I’ll get larger ones after viewing your video. 🙂

  11. Jennifer–even with a migraine, you make wonderful cards and videos! Thank you so much for sharing some wonderful ideas and techniques!

  12. I love this technique using words or alphabet dies. I especially love the kitty cards – I’m not allergic at all and have many friends who would love cards like that. The stamp sets from Altenew are just beautiful.

  13. I’ve been following you for years and I attempt to emulate you as best I can. I think you’re Number One in the crafting business. Nowadays, whatever I learn about crafting, I learn from you and you never let me down! I had GREAT luck with the alphabet dies and, like you offered at the end of your video, I am hungry for more! Yes please on your offer to put together another alphabet die video. I don’t have a creative bone in my body and unless you show me, I’ll never come up with it on my own. So, I am watching and waiting … for MORE. Thank you, Jennifer.

  14. I would love to see more techniques using these alpha dies! I’ve watched the twice! Love it!! ?

  15. These are great! I have only ever used tiny alphabet dies, but now I’m very tempted to get some larger ones. 🙂

  16. Hello,Jennifer,
    I love love love the alphabet dies. I have used many word dies, but I have never used any alphabet dies, but I really need to on est in them after seeing your post of the inlaid alphabet dies. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

  17. Have a set of corner letter dies but I haven’t been brave enough to use. Just watched a video on eclipse card making and I love the technique. Your site always inspires me to try something new. I like the big letter dies, but I paid so much for my set, I feel like I need to stick with them and make them work for this new technique.

  18. Brilliant ideas, great tutorial, top notch video. Will be trying these techniques asap! Thank you.

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