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

  1. I haven’t used alpha dies in ages but seeing your fabulous cards makes me want to pull them out again! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration!

  2. I don’t have any letter dies, but would love to have a set. They have been on my wishlist for a while now.

  3. Since I’ve never had a die cutter and the die cutter someone is supposed to send me hasn’t come yet, I’ve never used a die cutter alphabet. The only alphabets I have are stamps. Your cards are amazing1 You always come up with the most amazing idea for cards, cards I have never seen before anywhere. I am betting on this hop I will not see anything like what you did done by anyone else. God must give you ideas like he does me and I always thank him for putting ideas in my head. Thank you for you’re amazing cards and for giving us the chance to win something. I wish I could recreate one of your cards but not without a die cutter. I can’t wait to get mine!

  4. I have never used Alphabet dies before after looking at what you can do I might start!

  5. Oh my goodness, these are so clever. I have honestly never used any type of letter die cuts, but I just love how you got double action with them! Especially so with the shaker card idea! Thanks for the great ideas.

  6. I have a set of 1 inch letters and several word dies. I find more and more uses for them! I love the AFG collection. It is on my list!

  7. Lucky be these cards! I’ve never used alphabet dies before but this opens a whole new way of using them. I like be it.

  8. I Love all of your videos thank you for your inspiration. I just purchased an alphabet due set it’s only upper case but I have to start somewhere.

  9. I have an alphabet die that I occasionally use, but this die is so versatile I could see myself using it regularly. Love your samples.

  10. Wow! You again blow me away with your creativity. Now I just need to find the time to try these techniques.

  11. I’m just starting my collection of stamping and would LOVE to add these to my small collection. I’ve never used lettering dies nor stamps.

  12. Jennifer, you never cease to amaze me with your talents. And No, I have never used alphabet dies before but I think I need to start.

  13. I am always so amazed at how easy you make this all look….and you do it in front of a camera?! Thanks so very much for all your creative talent! You seem to have the ability to lift one’s spirit…

  14. I never thought about using alphabet dies in such creative ways! Thanks for all the great ideas you always come up with!

  15. I do use alphabet dies, I have the MFT ones. I love these Altenew ones too as they are a bit larger. Great cards and video. You have sold me on that plaid die and these letters!! Have a great day!

  16. No, I have not used Alphabet dies but am definitely inspired to get some and start using them after seeing what beautiful cards you have made. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  17. Beautiful cards that showcase how an alphabet die set is a worthwhile investment. At this point, I only have word dies; thank you for the inspiration on fresh ways to use them!

  18. I haven’t used alphabet dies, but do use word dies. After seeing what you’ve done with alphabet dies, I’ll have to get some. Love watching your YouTube videos. You make card making look so easy!

  19. I love using alphabet dies and especially like a reverse cut with a pattern showing through.
    I appreciate everything you make, such clean designs!

  20. Jennifer,I’ve never seen so many ideas for Alphabet dies.This is great ,thank you.I use the smaller Alphabet dies but it would work on these to.Gracias love.

  21. I want to run to my craft room right now to try out your technique! Thanks for always inspiring me.

  22. Thisvideo was absolutely awesome and the cards are great. Thanks for all the techniques and sharing them.

    Linda D.

  23. Jennifer, I tell ya, your cards are gorgeous! I have not used the Alphabet dies. I just got a big kick about a month ago from Hobby Lobby. There I could use the 40% coupon (yes! Sizzix & Big kick not excluded 😀 ) plus my son works the so subtract his employee discount = Happy Mama! I have a few dies, I am slowly building my arsenal of tools & dies. Btw You live down the road from me, we should get together. I totally right brained & I’m working on my Art studio that should be functional by the end of the summer.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity, Laura Frey

  24. I do use alphabet dies. But after seeing these techniques realize I don’t have larger alphabets in cookie cutter style.
    I have many 4×8 alphabet dies, which- although allow for nice die cut letters – cut out all at once. And can’t be used to create peek-a-boo techniques.. that now I really want to try. Jennifer is my favorite enabler.

  25. Love how you made stencils out of the plaid dies and then cut the letters from the background. I learn something every time you blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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