Creative Partial Die Cutting

Hello! Today I have a creative partial die cutting technique that results in a simple-yet-unique card design. I also collaborated with my friend Kristina Werner for a fun challenge.

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Sometimes a simple technique can results in big impact on a card. I can’t wait to make more!

For my first cards, I used the new Sunny Studio Petite Poinsettia Stamp Set (SSS | SUN) – such a lovely set! On the front of a 4.25×5.5″ top-folding notecard, I stamped the flower layers (inks listed in thumbnails below) and gold heat embossed the last layer of details. So pretty! I then use the coordinating die to partial die cut the bottom edge of the flower… and used my trimmer to cut angled lines to the edge of the card.

Inside of the card I added red cardstock and heat embossed the Sunny Studio Festive Greetings (SSS | SUN) sentiment so it shows when it is closed, too. The gold accents are Pretty Pink Posh Gold Confetti Mix. These are gorgeous – sequins with no holes!

Here is another version of the card in a coral color combo. This card was fun to make many of at once!

My favorite version of this card design features cream and white. I didn’t think I would like it, but there is something classic about it.

This technique works great with any stamps that you have coordinating dies for!

There is plenty of room inside of the card to write a message… just do it above the sentiment.

I did a couple more examples with the same card design but this time I didn’t use partial die cutting. Instead I cut angled lines up to the stamped image and just used my scissors to cut along the bottom edge of the image. This works great if the stamped shape is simple… such as this Sunny Studio Christmas Chapel Stamp (SSS | SUN).

This chapel image is so sweet!

And finally… a cutie bear! I again didn’t have a coordinating die so I hand-cut the bottom edge. This bear and sentiment is from the Sunny Studio Playful Polar Bears Stamp Set (SSS | SUN).

I know this image is supposed to be a polar bear, but Lila wanted me to color him the same color as our dog Foxy. So reddish-brown it is! ūüôā


My friend Kristina Werner and I thought it would be fun to do simple-yet-fun collaborations. Today is our first! We challenged each other to use products from the new Sunny Studio release… along with this sketch:

To see what Kristina came up with, head HERE! I LOVE it.


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98 thoughts on “Creative Partial Die Cutting”

  1. Love your challenge with Kristina! What a fun way to keep a distant friend close. I love how this makes the card so much more interesting design wise and it’s just a few cuts! I was noticing Kristina and you did opposite ends of the cards and realized I don’t think these are meant to stand up on a table or mantle?

  2. Really Really Really like the collaboration between you & Kristina!
    Cards are soooo Pretty! Simple is Stunning!
    Lila is right, Foxy Bear is much more huggable & cozier!

  3. These are all just wonderful Jennifer, I love them and am going to try this today! So fun and I love this new release from Sunny Studio. I am off to see what the wonderful Kristina has done!

  4. I love the poinsettia card. Simple, yet so effective! Interesting how differently you and Kristina used the sketch. Thank you both! Hope you do more collaborations.

  5. What pretty cards. My favorite is the cream colored one too for the same reasons you stated I really like how you and Kristina came up with totally different approaches to the same design. You two are my favorites to watch and always make me want to rush into my craft room.

  6. Wow love this sketch and especially love the collaboration you and Kristina did. You make the technique look so easy. Appreciate the cutting alternative you gave too. Not everyone has the dies , but you always give cost saving alternatives thanks Jennifer! Beautiful cards!!!

  7. That’s a cool technique, even on images without matching dies. I am not good with fussy cutting, but I think I could manage just the bottom of an image.

  8. Fantastic technique and I’m sure I will give this a try….all of the cards are awesome with my favorite winter flower…
    thanks for sharing this with us….

  9. Oh Jennifer, those poinsettia cards are simply elegant! Thanks for all the helpful tips along the way. I am anxious to go through my stamps and dies to see which ones will work for this

  10. I’m usually a strong color person but the understatement of the cream card makes it my favorite. Always appreciate the way you suggest alternate techniques to accomplish the finished result for those of us who may not have all the tools you use.
    And I definitely would like to see more “challenges” between you and Kristina. That is fabulous! What a gift our creative minds are!

  11. Beautiful cards, love the simplicity of all of them. You could mast produce to make many cards. That is the kind of card I love to make for my Christmas Cards, as I send many and make many for family members to send out.

  12. I’m on a spending freeze, but you’ve made me put the poinsettia set on my wishlist! Absolutely love these cards, Jennifer! The final layer of the flowers being gold embossed is so beautiful! I always get inspired when I watch your videos–thank you!

  13. So fun to see what you both came up with and I would love to see you do this again. I liked both yours and Kristina’s cards. The sketch is such a great starting point. And I agree, the creamy vanilla poinsettia is so elegant and classic – looks beautiful with the gold accents. Gorgeous :), Lisa x

  14. Happy Friday! Stunning as usual! I get lost watching your videos. What a fun idea to have a friendly challenge to inspire all of us. Whaaaat? Sequins with no holes?!

  15. Great take on the sketch challenge! Those Sunny Studios Petite Poinsettias are a great design. Thanks for sharing ūüôā

  16. You and Kristina are the best and I love seeing your friendship show up in your cards! Thanks for doing this fun challenge; I really like the cards you created using these new Sunny Studio stamps. The cards are just lovely with their simple details and beautiful images.

  17. Hi Jennifer!!!
    Gorgeous cards hon! Absolutely gorgeous, I am really loving the look of the partial die cutting! I haven’t tried it yet, but I will be trying it out soon. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  18. Oh, Jennifer! These are stunning! When I saw your first few videos on using heat embossing as one of the layers in a layered stamp set, I was intrigued; now I am addicted! This is THE perfect stamp for that technique! I love the partial die cutting technique as well and will probably begin using is soon….like today! BTW, the layout is great! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Your use of an image, partially cut out at the bottom, is just genius! How do you come up with these ideas? Your cards are beautiful! I love that I can use this technique with any stamp, thank you.
    As always, I love your use of a little red heart. I agree with Lila, the bear is so cute colored like your dog Foxie!

  20. I think it must be the Engineer in you that shows us these cool ways to use our dies. These are all so wonderful. I love the poinsettias in both colors!! You and Kristina are sure good together. Team Talented… Thanks for your inspiration and for showcasing these great products from Sunny Studios lovely new release.

  21. I am a great fan of both, you and Kristina, and I enjoyed it so much that you had a chalanche with each other. I love the way you both have interpreted the sketch, the outcome of you both is awsome. None of you two is the winner, the only winners are whe with such great examples and true inspiration. Thanks Jennifer and Kristina!

  22. I love this sketch challenge with 2 of my favorite people and one of my favorite stamp companies. Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing.

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