Stacked Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Today I am sharing a fun stacked die cutting technique that results in several cards at once. Warning – making them is addictive!

Stacked 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.]

Today’s technique results in a card with a stair-step die cut window… and left over pieces for other cards. It is nearly impossible to describe how to do this in words, so be sure to watch the video. 🙂 All you need to do the technique is nesting/stacking dies. I really like the Hero Arts Nesting Die Sets because MANY dies are included and the price point is fantastic.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my first cards, I used the Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Die Set. Isn’t that stair-step effect cool? On top I added a Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness die cut covered with a few layers of Wow Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder. Simple!

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

With the leftover heart pieces, I created a second card. I also used the bigger heart dies along with a Tan Embossing Mat to make impressions on my white card. This one features the Hero Arts A Bit of Kindness Die. The detail in this die cut is amazing!

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I left most of my cards somewhat simple, but decided to step-it-up on a few. For this coral card, I inked the background with the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. The “kindness” is cut from the Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness die and covered with Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I stamped the sentiment with the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set. That stencil pattern is gorgeous…

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also use the stacked die cutting technique to create a shaker window. I white heat embossed the Hero Arts You Are Loved sentiment on Heat Resistant Acetate and sandwiched it between the stacked layers. I also added in a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti to shake around.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And now it is time to put all the leftover heart pieces to good use! I mixed and matched to create a bunch of cards. This first one features the Hero Arts A Bit of Kindness Die cut from gold glitter cardstock. Oh – and on each of these I impressed the larger Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies with an Embossing Mat onto the white cards.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I can’t get enough from the sentiments from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set. This particular greeting is probably my favorite. I also added shimmer to the hearts with my Wink of Stella pen.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card is probably my favorite of the bunch. I placed the hearts tilted a bit in the bottom corner. The sentiment is the Hero Arts Something Magical Stamp and the gems are from the Lucy’s Card Rainbow Jewels mix. I really like these!

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also made two cards using the same technique with the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Infinity Die Set. This works great with rainbow colors! The sentiments are again from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set along with added sequins.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And… with the leftover pieces…

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also wanted to show you that this stacked die cutting technique is great for creating a background with a focal point for a stamped image. For these cards I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle Stamp Set. This set is so easy to stamp! (I used Hero Arts Inks in Soft Leaf, Fresh Lawn, Emerald and Field Greens.) This soft shimmer cardstocks are from the Neenah Metallic Creative Collection Premium Cardstock… cut with the Hero Arts Nesting Circle Infinity Die Set.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And who can pass up on a koala!? The Hero Arts Color Layering Koala Stamps is also easy to layer and looks great with the Hero Arts Tropical Foliage Background Stamp.

Stacked Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I am excited to give these cards to teachers at Lila’s school. Feels good to #sharehandmadekindness!


This post is also part of the Hero Arts 2017 Summer Catalog Blog Hop. I started stamping with Hero Arts many years ago, and will always love their products first and foremost. Their newest release is unique and wonderful! You can see it all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of the fabulous Laura Bassen. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts blog.)


Interested in a $25 gift certificate to Hero Arts? They will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/24/17 telling me what your favorite new Hero Arts product is. You can find them all HERE. (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 posted on the Hero Arts Blog.)


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 Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Hero Arts (HA), Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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548 thoughts on “Stacked Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I love this technique. I’m going to use it in all white , heart shaped, for a wedding card. Thanks so much for the incredibly creative videos and blog posts. You’re my go-to when I need ideas!

  2. I love the turtle stamp! It is versatile to me for boys and girls, birthdays, and many more. Beautiful cards, Jennifer!

  3. I’m really liking the layering stamp and die sets that we (mom and I) got at the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo. Thank for sharing all of your knowledge. I’m a forever fan!

  4. wonderful cards and awesome technique! tfs My favorites are the nesting infinity dies, endless possibilities.

  5. I just recently ordered the Prayers stamp and die cut set that I saw you using in one your videos. I am very excited to use it!

  6. I love your videos as they are so complete and easy to understand. I love the cards you did using the Hero Arts nesting infinity dies! I think my favorite was the one you used the stencil on. My favorite of this Hero Arts release is the tropical foliage background stamp. I could use that quite a bit!

  7. Love,love the nesting dies, have trouble getting them in Australia, country Victoria. Love your work.

  8. Hi Jennifer!
    New fan and enthusiast here excited to build up my collection more so I can try some rad techniques like the ones you are using!! Thank you for all the inspiration! My favorite new hero arts products have got to be the Enjoy the journey stamp set and the color layering parrot! So cool!

  9. Thanks Jennifer, these look amazing, i love how simple and elegant and easy to make they are.

  10. Thank you for even more ways to use our supplies!
    I think Hero Arts hit a home run with the Handmade Kindness die, I love it!

  11. Fabulous creations! It’s tough call for me, but I think the You Are Loved sentiment set is my favorite, followed closely by the detail sentiment dies.

  12. Oh my, are these stunning, cute, colorful, exciting, fun….can I think of any other adjective to describe them? I could spend all day playing with them – or even days playing with them. Than you for sharing.

  13. Interesting technique. Love the new release, especially the tropical foliage background stamp. Thanks.

  14. Love the new Hero Art products. My favorite has to be Tropical Foliage Bold, as well as Color Layering Parrot. Would love to design with these pieces! Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Such beautiful cards – your creativity seems boundless! My favourite from this Hero Arts release is the Colour Layering Blue Whale.

  16. I really love the HA stamps that can be layered ~ the koala , the whale and the turtle are all fabulous! And your cards are totally amazing, Jennifer!

  17. another awesome technique!! Love the subtle or bold way it gives the card a focal point that you can add to. It’s hard to decide a favorite product – but I love those turtles and koalas!!

  18. They all seem great! But I guess it would have to be the bar magnet. It should hold your paper in place better than the little magnets.
    Thank you, Lynn.

  19. The bar magnet works great with the misti pad, better than the little round ones that
    come with it.

  20. Thanks Jennifer!! I love how you give us so many ways to get so much out of our supplies. I really love the Hero Arts You Are Loved stamp set. It just seems so versatile.

  21. I am loving some of Hero Arts new releases, but until I get some of those… this die technique is a great new way to use what I have. Thanks, Jennifer!! You’re brilliant!

  22. Oh my, I love the Manatee Stamp & Cut… Of course, anything to do with the beach, nautical, ocean I love!
    Thanks for sharing your talents!! You make everything look good!

  23. Hero Arts layered tortoise!! So fun!
    Jennifer, your the best! You make card-making look so easy and I can hardly wait to get a product and play with it after I see your demos!!!

  24. I love the Believe In Yourself Narwhal Stamp + Die Combo. I adore narwhals! Your cards are amazing, thanks for sharing them with us.

  25. Oh my goodness – the new narwhal stamp set is just too precious! Jennifer, you are so inspirational!

  26. Love the look of the stacked die set. haven’t used them yet. Something ‘Magical ‘ is my favorite stamp set.

  27. Love the koala stamp. Very excited with the beautiful layering stamps Hero Arts is coming out with. Have & love the backgrounds stamps too.

  28. You are my go-to person when I need a great new idea for a card. Love the Hero Arts Nesting Retangular Infinity Dies with Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamps. Such beautiful sentiments. I really love all the Hero Arts new arrivals. Keep on creating. Love it.

  29. Happily skipping through older videos and making a very long list of techniques to try. If it wasn’t for my day-job I’d be die-cutting now.

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