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

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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.)


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548 thoughts on “Stacked Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I have always liked the layered HERO ARTS stamps. But I think from this release I’d have to go with the KOALA, SHARK, NARWAL…mmm nope like them all!

  2. I love the new “You are Loved” stamp set. All the cards you’ve made showcasing them are fabulous!

  3. Great technique! Thanks for another fun and informative video. I think my favorite would be the You are Loved messages set, what a great set of sentiments! Thanks!

  4. Coloring layered sea turtles r my fave. I had a pet turtle as a child I absolutely loved. I think this reminds me of that pet turtle.

  5. Have to go with the layered sea turtle as my favorite. Every time my daughter and I go on vacation, we get some kind of turtle memento from wherever we are. The cards are so fun and beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

  6. Love what you did with the stacking dies, looks like a quick way to make such a nice card! The turtles and koala stamps would be so much fun to play with!

  7. I am new to your blog and you tube videos and overwhelmed and wish I won the lottery so I can purchase everything I have been seeing! I think the nesting dies are wonderful! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of the ideas. I am excited and not sure where to begin! Thank you1

  8. Wonderful cards. Sweet koala ? and awesome layering dies. I can’t wait to purchase some of these dies and stamps. ❤️

  9. What a cute idea to add to my list of must trys. I really like the Hero Arts You Are Loved stamps. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  10. You Are Loved looks like a great set, but I think my favorite New HA is the Brushstroke Alphabet set. Your variety of cards really impresses me, Jennifer!

  11. Beautifully done Jennifer! I am really impressed with the new collection, my favorite is the Brushstroke Alpha set and Fancy Word dies.

    1. I meant love the kindness dies. It is hard to pick a favorite but those dies would be the first thing I buy..

  12. My very favorite is A Bit of Kindness, but all their releases are fabulous…and so are your cards. In all these years following you, there has never been a card or technique you’ve shared I haven’t liked. I just don’t know how you come up with so many with fresh ideas.

  13. Oh I love the sea turtle set. What fun! Thanks for the layering tutorial—can’t wait to try the technique.

  14. Another AWESOME video Jennifer! I love this nesting die technique!! This new hero arts release is amazing! So many favorites in this one. Love all of your cards in this video! Thanks for all that you do for us! So much inspiration!

  15. My absolute favorite is the sea turtles! It is already on my shopping list 🙂 Gorgeous cards and great tips as usual, Jennifer!

  16. I really think the stacked heart dies are great. Some heart dies look a little funny to me. I really like the Hero Arts Nesting Heart dies.

  17. I really like the You Are Loved stamp set that you helped design. I hope to be purchasing it soon. In the meantime, I have been working on new cards to give to our mailman and postman, as well as the cards I make as a ministry for my church year round. With your inspiration, I made an entire stack of cards for the teachers and staff of my daughter’s school. The You Are Loved set will come in handy for my future endeavors!

  18. The turtle ? is my favorite but I am loving all of the new stuff coming out! Hero Arts has stolen my great lately and
    I seem to have a bit of an addiction to their products! TFS!

  19. I love the you are loved stamps. I just starten making cards your you tube video’s are a great inspiratie for me. Thank you. Jeanette (The Netherlands)

  20. I love the new stencils – the abstract wave is calling my name as well as the deco.

    Thanks for sharing your technique – your videos are always fantastic, Jennifer!

  21. I want to mass produce these cards. So lovely. I love the sentiment set you used. The stamp “You Make This World Beautiful” is such a pretty font!!

  22. I love the nesting hearts. So often heart sets aren’t really nesting; but these are. Great job with a difficult shape to keep looking nice through the change in sizes.

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