Off-The-Edge Die Cut Cards

Hi there! Today I am sharing an off-the-edge die cut card design. This technique is great for creating cards that are one-of-a-kind.

Off The Edge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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Who said cards have to be simple shapes like rectangles? With a little bit of partial die cutting, you can have a one-layer card with a fun die cut edge.

Off The Edge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My first example uses cats and dogs from the new Essentials by Ellen Cat Lady and Essentials by Ellen Dog Lady stamp sets. I like that these sets can be used together so easily! I used a partial die cutting technique to cut the top portion of four furry friends along the top of a card. (Be sure to watch the video to see how I did this!)

Off The Edge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I colored the cuties with Copic Markers and added a sentiment to the front.

Off The Edge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see how the card works. I added my stamped and die cut panel to the front of a short notecard. However, it still fits in my envelope with no problem. Simple!

Off The Edge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my second example, I used partial die cutting on the right edge of my card. The images are from the Essentials by Ellen Dog Lady Stamp Set. I again did some quick coloring and added a sentiment. This card is going to our girl in college.

Off The Edge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On the inside of the card, I added little paw prints.

Off The Edge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Interested in seeing more fun partial die cutting techniques or unique shaped cards? Check out these videos:

Also, if you are looking for my ideas using these stamp sets, head to the Essentials by Ellen Blog.


Want to find the products I used? 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 Essentials by Ellen. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Essentials by Ellen Cat Lady Stamp Set
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Essentials by Ellen Cat Lady Dies
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Essentials by Ellen Dog Lady Stamp Set
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Essentials by Ellen Dog Lady Dies
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Micropore Tape
Big Shot Express
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
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Sketch Copic Markers
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Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer…
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Nuvo Drops
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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78 thoughts on “Off-The-Edge Die Cut Cards”

  1. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE these cards! How creative! I’m definitely going to give this a try. I make cards and donate them to a local shelter for which I volunteer and they sell them to make some much-needed money. These would be big hits! Thank you for the great video and ideas.

    1. That is soooo awesome of you to do that for the shelter❣️❣️ God Bless you for your kindness. I’m going to look into this idea and see who would be interested in selling some cards in my area for non-profit local institutions. Any suggestions????? Thanks for the inspiring idea❤️
      Jennifer McGuire impresses me daily with her amazing ideas. Fav. blog!

  2. Your cards are wonderfully colored and created Jennifer. I haven’t tried this technique with multiple dies so this looks like something fun to try Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a fun weekend. (We’re having more yucky COLD and snow today so it’s a good day to craft! lol) ~HUGS~

  3. Love these cards!Beautiful technique to use. Can’t wait to get my stamps and try this technique ♥️♥️♥️

  4. It was so much fun to see these cards “come to life!” I absolutely loved everything you did, and am so inspired to try it myself. Thank you so much for each nugget of wisdom you share with us! Thank you also for showing the smeared Nuvo drop!!! It is so good to know that professional card makers have problems too. I always think it is just me!!! God Bless You!

  5. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the inspiration and for providing evidence that things don’t always turn out perfectly the first time – even for you!

  6. Wow these cards are awesome. I love this technique. The animal one is my favorite.
    I’m SO inspired to try this tonight, as soon as my boys finally fall asleep 😍 Thank u so much for sharing

  7. YOU ALWAYS INSPIRE and I am ALWAYS EXCITED to LEARN new CREATIVE techniques from you Jennifer – THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing 🙂
    … thank you for sharing your craftcident too, it was sad to see by I confess to taking comfort in knowing that I am not alone => YOU ARE AWESOME, KIND and WONDERFUL!

  8. I LOVE this!!! I can’t resist any card with a doggie on it!!! How do you think of so many fun, creative, unique, fabulous ideas!!! You’re my crafting hero!!!!!

  9. I’ve been waiting for these stamps to come out, so glad I can pick them up today. I love the way you used them, I will be saving this video and coming back here when they arrive, thanks.

  10. Awww, these are doggone darling! You did a fab job coloring and die cutting – great ideas, Jennifer. I could feel your pain when you showed the smearing :[ But thank you for sharing that you make mistakes and have to start over sometimes, too. ♥

  11. I am loving your cards but without a die cutter I’m afraid I can’t create your cards. Wait a min., isn’t a die cutter just a very big paper punch? Could I do it that way as I have tons of paper punches? Or could I place the stamp on the top of the page and fussy cut it out? That would probably work too, right? I am going to play around with this and see if I can do it. Hey, if I could make a shaker card without a die cutter just by watching one of your videos, then maybe I can do this too. It’s worth a try, right? I would practice on scrap paper of which I have plenty. Mom gives me paper that has a mistake on it from her office but they don’t want to throw it away. I use it to print out recipes or coupons or as scrap for testing out stamps or to scribble on to see if a marker works or not. It’s usually not a huge mistake but something they can’t use but I can. I’ll try it on that. Will let you know if it works. It would have to be something simple, not to complex or big to cut out. Wish me luck!

  12. Wonderful video…. Love the die cutting…. love the coloring and love the dogs and cats. (and the short 9 mins to view these exceptional cards)

  13. These are so sweet Jennifer. This is a great technique and the WOW factor is always appreciated as it is so unexpected on a card. Love these cards.

  14. You are so talented! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas so that I can attempt to recreate some adorable cards for my friends. You are the best!

  15. OMG! What awesome cards! I can’t wait to give this idea a try! Thank you so much for the inspiration Jennifer!

  16. I love the unique shape cards like this create! Now to check my stash and see what would work! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Great cards. So unique. Thanks for showing us this technique and both stamp and die sets. I’m very in love with those 2 sets. I need to get them !!!! 🙂

  18. Great idea. I never think to use my dies this way, but I love the look. When I go to make a new card I tend to forget these great ideas…think I will try this today, before I forget.
    Thankfor another great video.

  19. What a great idea to create a different but easy to mail card. I love the look of partial diecutting and these card are very unique and fun!

  20. Awesome cards Jennifer…sorry you had a boo boo there though…you can still use ladies upper body too though as well as the pup…she could be a thinking of you card or something!
    TFS Always such fun stuff!!

  21. Adorable cards, Jennifer! Love this technique and hope to use it soon…looking through my dies now to determine which ones I an work with! Thank you for sharing!

  22. It’s always a treat to “spend time with you”! So many new ways to learn watching your videos! These dog and cat Leading Ladies are awesome too. I want to try your method of die cutting.😊. Thank you for the video.

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