7 Ways of Using Coordinating Dies + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am here to share a video showing 7 creative ways to use coordinating dies. Coordinating dies can be an investment, so it is best to find new ways to use them. I am also participating in a blog hop with giveaways.

Coordinating Dies 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.]

There are many creative ways to use stamps and their coordinating dies together. And all are simple!

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here are seven ideas…

#1: IMPRESS

A simple way to use a stamp’s matching die is to use it to make a fine impression. All you need is a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. (If you don’t have one, you can try using a piece of craft foam.)

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After stamping the Mama Elephant Little Girl Agenda Stamps, I placed the coordinating die around the image and ran it through my die cut machine with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. (Use your machine as you would with an embossing folder.) The die makes an impression outline instead of cutting.  Subtle and fun.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

These fun sentiments are from the Mama Elephant I Like You Stamps. And all the scallop frames were cut with a die from the Mama Elephant Favor Bag Die Set. The final cards are approximately 3.25″x4.25″. Small and cute!

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And by the way – I colored all of my images with Copic Markers and added Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

#2: EMBOSS

You can also use coordinating die cuts to dry emboss. This raises the image and makes it look like a puffy sticker!

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To do this, I glued together 4 cardstock die cuts. I placed it behind my stamped image (watch the video for an easy trick) and ran it thought my die cut machine with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This sweet sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Happy Mail Stamp Set and the kids are from the Mama Elephant Little Boy Agenda and Little Girl Agenda Stamp Sets.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#3: INSET

Instead of popping-up a die cut for dimension, try setting it back into the die cut window. The dimension is fun!

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here I die cut the little girl window and placed the colored image behind it with foam tape. The sentiments are also from the Mama Elephant Happy Mail Stamp Set.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#4: SOLID DIMENSION

It is very quick to adhere a die cut with foam tape or dots for dimension. However, you can get a much better look by layering several die cuts together. This gives a solid look – like an embellishment.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

These images are too cute! Especially the pup from the Mama Elephant Little Dog Agenda Stamp Set. The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Sunny Skies Stamp Set.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#5: ACTION WOBBLER

Action wobblers are great for making a simple die cut extra special. It flattens nicely in the mail and then pops up and shakes when you take it out of the envelope.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If your image is small like this Mama Elephant Little Dog Agenda pup, you can trim the wobbler down a bit. The dimension is amazing.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#6: COMBINE DIE CUTS

Using coordinating dies saves a lot of time – no more cutting! So why not combine stamped die cuts to create new looks? Here I put a Mama Elephant Little Girl Agenda image inside a computer screen from the Mama Elephant Blogging Buddies Stamp Set. That sentiment (from the same stamp set) it awesome!

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#7: MASKING

Masking is great for creating one-layer cards. To save time, you can create a mask using your coordinating dies. Be sure to watch the video to see some tips for masking this way. I really like using 3M Scotch Super Sticky Full Adhesive Post It Notes for my masks.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this first card, I masked the girl and stamped the Mama Elephant Hello Friend sentiment repeatedly over it. This is a great way to make spice up that simple and small image.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also just apply a bit of ink around an image with an Ink Blending Tool using the mask. I like the small white halo that results.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BONUS CARD

And just for fun… another card! For this I used lots of the Mama Elephant Little Girl Agenda images and popped them into a Mama Elephant Grid Window Die background. Isn’t that fun? A great way to use small images. The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Mini Messages Stamp Set.

Coordinating Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BLOG HOP

Today’s post is part of the Mama Elephant Summer Release Stampede. Mama Elephant has lots of new stamp and die sets. You can find them HERE at Mama Elephant and HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

Also, for two days only over at Mama Elephant, you can get a brand new straight slider set with any purchase over $60!

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Vera Rhuhay. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at Anna Kossakovskaya‘s blog.)

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is picking 3 winners to win their choice of stamp set! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. You have up to 4 chances to qualify to win!

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Like/share Mama Elephant on Facebook: facebook.com/mamaelephant
  3. Follow/tweet Mama Elephant on Twitter: twitter.com/heymamaelephant
  4. Follow/tweet Mama Elephant on Instagram: instagram.com/mamaelephant

Each action qualifies for one entry, max 4 entries per stampeder please! Giveaway ends at 11:59pmEST on 6/16/17. For more details, visit the Mama Elephant Blog.

SUPPLIES

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 Mama Elephant. As always, this post was NOT paid or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Mama Elephant (ME), etc.

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349 thoughts on “7 Ways of Using Coordinating Dies + Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. Another beautiful video Jennifer! I have to say I am so impressed by the 2nd embossing technique I have no words for it! just amazing! 🙂 keep up the great work and tutorials! thank you for sharing these with us! I keep wondering everytime I see a video from you or Kristina what techniques you share on Online Card Classes- they must be AMAZING!!!!! I’ve stopped buying stuff to save money to join your card classes! #GOALS!!! 🙂

  2. Jennifer, once again you got carried away ? but we love it and these cards are fun and cute, and I just can’t wrap my head around how creative you are. Thanks again, for inspiring and showing how to get more out of the products.

  3. Thank you for showing different ways to stretch the coordinating dies. These cards are so cute.

  4. Lots of wonderful ideas in this post! Thanks for sharing your talent with us! I am loving the little girl and little boy agenda stamps!

  5. Very cute! It was fun to see how you use smaller images to make a slightly smaller card. Where did the scallop die come from? I didn’t see it in your supply list. Also I’d love to buy smaller envelopes. Do you have a recommended source? I’m particularly looking for envelopes that are 3 5/8″ by 5 1/8 “.

  6. What fun cards!
    Love the, all – they are made in different ways but still the cutest ever!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Great cards Jennifer! I am in amazement (as always) of all the creative ways you come up with (and share) on using products we already have. I love these little Mama Elephants stamps. I’m off to check out the rest of their release and the blog hop.

  8. Thanks for all the creative ways to use dies!! I haven’t tried a couple of them and will be adding that to my list.

  9. Such amazing, unique ideas to give our cards that extra uummmph! I always love these videos that you do to teach us ways to use not only these new stamps/dies…but to use some of what we already own in a different way! Thanks so much, Jennifer. I’m not sure you even read all these comments. But I am a subscriber to your blog. I signed in and hit the “heart” icon to save this post as one of my favorites. Now I’m wondering…how to I access my favorites that I’ve saved on your blog? Thanks!

  10. Thanks so much for your always instructive and very clever ideas and tips. You do the work for all us and we reap the benefits. Thank you.

  11. Wow! I’m in shock of all the ways you can use coordinating dies. I always thought they could only be used to die cut the images I stamped. Now I have so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing this Jennifer! So helpful!

  12. Wonderfully creative use of dies love the puffy sticker idea. I number my stamp images like you do (lol I probably got the idea from you) then my dies I trace with a white sharpie on the magnet strip and number them as well.

  13. Fantastic post! I love all the ways to use the dies. I also love the use of plann r stamp sets!! Those small images are excellent to add to other stamp sets!

  14. I am always in awe when you produce so many fab cards! These are so sweet and with so many ideas for using dies! I definitely don’t make the most of my supplies and shall try and do better! Thank you, thank you as always for the great video and brilliant ideas! Lisa x

  15. Beautiful Cards Jennifer!! Love them all. Gonna try them all. Thank you for sharing such wonderful techniques!!

  16. Thanks for all you do. I love your videos and intros to new products and more importantly, ways to use them!

  17. Really great ways on using those dies for the stamps! Thanks for sharing your tips and cards!

  18. Your video was so helpful and detailed. I love it. Your cards and layouts are fun and so creative. Thank you so much. plus I have a nice shopping list of ME images / dies to get.. Thanks.

  19. I just love your ideas and your fantastic videos, thank you so much, I always look forward to receiving your new posts

  20. I love all the ideas on how to use the dies. You have such wonderful ideas and I love to watch your videos. You inspire me to make more cards. I just wish everything wasn’t so much $$$. :0) So I purchase here and there and try to make the most of each set I get. This is why I love the ways you used them in this video. Thank y ou

  21. Totally LOVE these darling cards!!! The new Mama Elephant images are SO SWEET!! They just melt my heart, especially accompanied by the sentiments like “I’m glad we’re friends online and in real life!” How wonderful is that!! So clever and so very in keeping with our culture!! The other sayings are just as fun or touching or both!! 🙂

  22. Jennifer, all your cards are amazing and I thank you for showing us all new ways to use our dies and tools. You are such an inspiration and I can always find ideas when I come to your page. Thank you for helping me to make beautiful cards.

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