5 Ways: Stitched Rectangle Dies

Hello! Today I am sharing 5 fun ways to use stitched rectangle dies creatively. These ideas could be used with many different die shapes!

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There are many ways to use stacking dies creatively, but this video focuses on five ideas for using stitched rectangle dies – the My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Die Set 1 (MFT | SSS) and My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Die Set 2 (MFT | SSS).


The first idea is to use a large stitched rectangle die to create a unique card base. Be sure to watch the video on how to do this (it is difficult to explain!)… it is simple. The result? A card base where the front has three stitched edges and the inside shows a bit on the front…

I used the My Favorite Things Cross Stitch Tag Die (MFT | SSS) to create holes for the colorful stitching on the center element. (Watch THIS video to learn more about this.) I than added stacked “hugs” die cut letters to a vellum heart. I like how the faux stitched edges of the card tie in nicely with the real stitching. (The letters I used are discontinued.)


Another simple way to use rectangle stitched stacking dies (or any dies!) is to create an impression. This is an excellent way to add texture to a one-layer card. For my example, I used the My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Die Set 2 (MFT | SSS) to make two impressions… creating a focal point for the stamped images.

The cutie deer and sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Dashing Deer Stamp Set (MFT | SSS). I colored him with Copics and added details with a white and glitter pen.


Sometimes using only part of a die cut completely changes the look of a card. Here I used a rectangle stitched die to cut “wonky”… so I had a crooked white panel to add to my card. The look is playful and unique.

This lovable dog is from the My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays Stamps (MFT | SSS). Isn’t he the best?! I added him to a My Favorite Things Stone Gray Cardstock notecard stamped with small snowflakes.


You can even use stitched stacking rectangle dies to create stitched sentiment strips of almost any width of length! The video shows how. 🙂

This card features My Favorite Things Black Tic Tac ToeWhite Tic Tac Toe, and  Mixed Heart Pieces,. These elements are so fun! The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Xs and Os Stamp Set. (You can get all of these elements in the fabulous My Favorite Things X’s and O’s Card Kit, too.)


I like adding non-square/rectangle elements to my cards. So… I used my stitched rectangle stacking dies to create triangles! It is easy to do and great for using up scraps.

I kept this card quite simple… and just white heat embossed “peace and joy” from the My Favorite Things Handwritten Holidays Stamps (MFT | SSS) and added Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels.

These are just 5 of the many ways you can use stacking dies. I hope you give them a try!


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 with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), My Favorite Things (MFT), etc.


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39 thoughts on “5 Ways: Stitched Rectangle Dies”

  1. I love all these, but especially the triangles card. I’ve been trying different ideas for using large sentiments such as those you showed, but had not found the design I wanted,. I think this is it. Thanks for always coming through with great ideas! 🙂

  2. Hi Jennifer ~ I never (ever!) get tired of watching your inventive and creative crafting videos and reading your blog posts. Getting more out of the crafting supplies is always a great idea since we all make a healthy investment in our crafty goodies. Thanks so much for always coming up with fun techniques for us to try. I hope you’re having a wonderful week. ~HUGS~

  3. Love all 5 of these cutting techniques. The minute I saw the MFT release I knew I wanted these rectangle dies. You just justified my purchase! Ha! Ha! Thanks again for another great video.

  4. Love your cards!! You are the very best at finding new ways to use our dies and stamps! Can’t wait to try this! Thank you!

  5. Hi Jennifer! 🙂
    I totally love how you created all these cards with just some basic stitched rectangle dies! I would never have thought to do anything like the triangles or the wonky card. Amazing techniques! Thanks so much for sharing. I am definitely inspired!

  6. Great cards. Especially like the stitched sentiment strip and the triangles. I always learn something new from watching your videos.

  7. Another duh moment asking myself why didn’t I think of all these ways to use stacking dies. Because I’m not Jennifer McGuire! Always enjoy your blog posts, inspiration and detailed videos. TFS, Jennifer!

  8. Awesome inspiration – I always learn something new when watching your videos. New techniques to try out!

  9. You always have a way of reminding me to do things! Loved all of the five ways you used your dies. My personal favourite is using them for impressions.. which I sometimes remember to do!! Love the clean lines in this card and the gorgeous image in the centre. But all five are creative, I must try the wonky one soon (I have a wonky card on my wall from you as a reminder!) Lisa x

  10. Loved all the different ways you came up with using the same die, thanks for always showing us ways to stretch our craft supplies

  11. Just brillant ! Now I just need more free time to try all the fabulous ideas you’re giving us – LOL !
    I’ve just ordered the Happy Pawlidays stamps set…. cannot wait to receive it !

  12. You “hope” that you inspired me. Of course you did. You always inspire me. I love to start my day watching you create.

    I have not stopped cross stitching on paper since your first stitching video. And now you have given me more ideas.

    Thanks to you and MFT

  13. Totally awesome ideas, ones I would never have thought of myself. Love stretching my dies with your tips! Thanks for the very clear video instructions.

  14. Thanks for a few more ideas on stretching the stitched infinity dies. I’ve done a couple of your suggestions but there’s some new ones too. I really need to purchase the tan embossing pad so I can dry emboss with dies. I have a black embossing pad that I use with embossing folders (to get a deeper impression) but I see everyone using a tan one so I don’t know if it’s the same thing just a different colour because it’s a different brand. I’m hesitant to try as I’m worried that it’ll cut it if I am wrong . If anyone knows and could pass on their knowledge it’d be appreciated. Thanks!

  15. Great idea’s with one set of dies, marvelous, gorgeous cards. I love it that you invent every time more ways to use your dies.

    I have a question about using the brown mat to get een impression with your Big Shot, why don’t you use the black mat from Sizzix?

  16. Wow, such great cards! You always inspire us with such great techniques! Thanks for sharing you creativity with us.

  17. Lovely ideas – thanks so much for sharing. It’s so easy to overlook the “standard” shapes! You put them to very creative use here.

  18. All these creations are gorgeous and lovely. Thanks for sharing your precious knowledge with us.

  19. I love using the dies for impressions. Thank you for that! Now I know some new tricks. Wonky can be hard for me, but I love it! And my head just wouldn’t go to triangles if you hadn’t pointed it out! Such great ideas! Thank you!

  20. Fabulous ideas, as always. I love the idea of the embossing of the rectangles around the image on the front of the card. Sometimes a card just needs something little like that to finish it off. Will have to keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing these techniques with us.

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