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See-Through Die Cut Cards

Hello! I am always looking for new ways to use my dies… especially my background dies since they are a big investment. Well today I share how to create see-through die cut cards. They are fun!

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

Background dies are quite an investment. But I really like them! Therefore, I like yo share for new ways to use them. (Check out THIS video.) Today’s see-through card designs are fun, and can be created with other smaller dies, too.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My first example features a see-through card created with the Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Die (SSS | EH | HA). (Watch the video for the how-to!) I added Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle (SSS | HA) die cuts to all sides of the die cut card panels.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Memory Box Drifting Side Butterfly Die is so pretty and can be used in many ways. (See below!) I added Copic coloring, Tonic Aqua Shimmer, and Morning Dew Nuvo Drops for shine. The sentiment is from the Birch Press Sending You Love Stamp Set.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see the see-through die cutting…

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This second design is very similar but with different products. I created the card panels with the Hero Arts Flower Confetti Die (SSS | HA | EH) and added a Memory Box Delightful Daisy die cut. This die cut is so fun!

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops to the center of the flowers for shine and texture. And the sentiment is from the Memory Box Wirework Hearts Stamp Set.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can create a see-through card with pretty much any background die.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see what these cards look like in the inside. The perfect spot to write a message!

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next example shows a see-through card design using layering background dies. I am a huge fan of layering background dies. Although the price is higher, there are SO many wonderful things you can do with them! (Check out THIS video for more ideas.) For this card, I glued the first two background layers of the Birch Press Cherish Layering Dies together. This forms the front panel of the card. Then I used the third layer for the back of the card.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added Memory Box Have a Heart white die cuts to all sides, along with a Create A Smile Twice Hello Die Cut (SSS | CAS) and stamped “hugs enclosed” from the Simon Says Stamp Crafty Friend Stamp Set.

Here you can see how amazing the see-through design with layering background dies looks…

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Birch Press Cherish Layering Dies are fun – and I show another way to use them below. Here you can see the spot to write a message in the inside…

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I simply can’t get enough of the Birch Press Avalon Layering Dies! (This set was on My Favorite Crafty Things of 2017 list.) Again, I used the first two layers from the dies for the front of the card… and the third layer to act as the back of the card. Check out that layering detail. It is gorgeous…

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The front of the card features the Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame Die and Create A Smile Twice Hello Die (SSS | CAS). After doing all the die cutting, this card comes together quickly!

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And, again, the spot to write a message on the inside…

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The next card is a bit different – only the front of the card is see-through. I used one layering die from the Birch Press Cherish Layering Die Set to form the card front. The card back is solid cardstock. I created the colorful heart by painting Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor (SSS | HA) over a white heat embossed Memory Box Wirework Heart. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Crafty Friend Stamp Set.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see a Memory Box Have a Heart Dies white heart die cut on the inside of the card. This is the perfect spot to write a personal message.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also make cards with see-through elements instead of backgrounds. This one features the Birch Press Fiori Heart Layer Die Set. I created a heart window on the front of my card. I then adhered the first layer of the Birch Press Fiori Heart Layer Die Set on the front of the card over the window. The second layer is adhered to the back of the window.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And the third layer? That is in the inside of the card. Here you can see how you can see through the front. I really liked doing this design!

Using some leftover pieces and the same supplies, I created a non-see-through bonus card. The background features the Hero Arts Flower Confetti Die (SSS | HA | EH). I adhered all the little remaining die cut pieces back onto the background for dimension. I also used the Memory Box Drifting Side Butterfly Die but created a full butterfly from it. (Check the video to see how!) The “handmade hugs” is from the Birch Press Sending You Love Stamp Set.

See Through Die Cut Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links may be 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 paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Birch Press Cherish Layering Dies
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Avalon Layering Dies
[ SSS ]
*Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Die
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
*Hero Arts Flower Confetti Die
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
*Memory Box Drifting Side Butterfly Die
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Delightful Daisy Die
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched…
[ SSS ]
*Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle…
[ SSS | HA ]
Hero Arts Infinity Circle Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
Memory Box Have a Heart Dies
[ SSS ]
*Birch Press Fiori Heart Layer Dies
[ SSS ]
*My Favorite Things Hearts in a Row…
[ SSS | MFT ]
Create A Smile Twice Hello Dies
[ SSS | CRT ]
*Birch Press Sending You Love Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Crafty Friend Stamp…
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Wirework Hearts Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Right At Home Happy Mail Year 3 Stamp…
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | ELH ]
Stick It Adhesive Sheets
[ SSS | ELH ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Designs Onyx Black Cardstock
[ SSS | GNK ]
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS | ELH ]
Fiskars Premium Cut Line Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Teflon Bone Folder
[ SSS ]
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS | ELH | AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | ELH ]
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin Foam Squares
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS | ELH ]
Morning Dew Nuvo Drops
[ SSS ]
Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
EK Success Tweezers
[ SSS ]
Work Surface
[ AMZUS ]
Darice Foam Adhesive Strips
[ SSS ]
Lucy’s Cards Shimmer Pool Jewels
[ SSS ]
*Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor
[ SSS | HA ]


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77 thoughts on “See-Through Die Cut Cards”

  1. These are amazing. You are so creative and I love all the good tips and ideas for using the various products you share. When I’m totally at a loss for a card idea, I know I can find something in one of your videos to get me started. Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Jennifer. …WOW!!!!! Love these cards….my Christmas list is growing so it’s just as well my birthday is just b4 it….lol….love the Butterflies …Thankyou ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Wow! These cards are wonderful. You are such a great instructor and inspiration. I love how you show us more ways to use our supplies. Thank you!!

  4. GORGEOUS cards Jennifer!!!
    WOW – it was wonderful watching you creating these stunning layered cards with delicate windows => THANK YOU for sharing and INSPIRING ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow! These cards are beautiful. Your videos are fantastic, they teach me so much,and have great tips in them. Thank you so much.

  6. Gorgeous cards! I love how the Birch Press layering dies look but they’re a bit pricey for me! I’ll definitely be using my other background dies in this way though – never thought of using them for see-through cards.
    I love your blog and videos – your cards are amazing! xx

  7. Brilliant technique to show us all thank you. I have no large background dies the budget has yet to reach those lol. But you showing other options opens this technique to me also. Thank you for taking your time to do this video and I look forward to your next brainy idea to spice up creativity.

  8. These cards are beautiful and the techniques are so well explained. I do have a question about the sizes of the back and front of the cards. If the cardstock is cut exactly the same size and the dies positioned exactly the same on both pieces, how is it that the openings line up on the butterfly card and the flower card after you have folded down the 1/8″ hinge on the back piece?
    Thanks,
    Billie Sue

    1. I’m not Jennifer, but I momentarily wondered the same thing and then figured it out. She doesn’t actually fold *down* the 1/8″ inch hinge on the back. She creates the crease and then attaches that strip to the front piece. So instead of being a complete inverted V with its hinge at the very top (when viewed from the side), it’s more of a tiny T-shape. If you pause the video at about 7:20 and play it at a slow speed, you’ll see that after she’s applied the tape to the bent-back creased area, she “unbends” it and lays the top layer down right onto the tape. Around 12:00 to 12;20 you’ll see the little “T” intersection again. Hope that helps!

        1. I had the same problem and also watched the video very slowly. Glad to know I was not the only one trying to figure it out!

  9. These are stunning! Thank you for inspiring me to use my supplies in a new way as well as exposing me to new products. Crafting fills my soul! I love the creative process and card making helps me spread kindness. Love you so much!

  10. WOW… all so gorgeous and the see-through cards are ingenious! But I think my favorite is the Handmade Hugs card…. love all the texture and subtle layering you created and the butterfly is just beautiful. Love the way you made a whole butterfly out of a one-sided die. Thanks so much for all your inspiration and “cool” ideas. It must be fun to have a artistic/crafty engineer’s brain.

  11. Such gorgeous cards! Each one is my favorite for different reasons! The see through look is a great way to add a twist and I love it! TFS!

  12. Hi! I’ve recently started following you on YouTube and now spend at least 2 hours every night trying out one or more techniques you’ve shown. I’m obsessed with inlays!! Now, I can’t wait to try out this see through card once my supplies arrive in the mail. Looking forward to many, many more hours of your inspiring, skillful tutorials!! Thank you so much!
    BTW-I’d love to share with you some pictures of inlays I’ve done so far. Is there a way to do that here?

  13. You have such a talent not only in creating but also in stretching out your supplies. Very inspiring. Your see-through elements card remind me of a see-through shaker card that I created a while back. Do check it out if you have time (http://ienjoywhatido.blogspot.com/2017/09/see-through-snow-globe-shaker-christmas.html). As always, thank you for continually sharing your amazing talent with us. I cannot wait to try this style of cards myself.

  14. It’s just brilliant what you did with the side butterfly die! You’d never guess it wasn’t one whole butterfly die. Beautiful. I absolutely love those layering dies and watching you find ways to use them.

  15. Jennifer,
    I just love your see thru die cards. I wish I could purchase those Birch Press die sets but they are so expensive and can’t fit them into my budget. The one I especially love is Avalon die set. I love how they layer. You did a great job on using the Memory Box Drifting butterfly half die. You really make a focal point pop out beautifully .Thanks for another inspirational video.

  16. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for another informative video to help us extend the use of our dies. Love the layering dies but unfortunately they are a little above my budget. They do make a super pretty background.

  17. Your layered cards are so creatively stunning that there really are no words to describe them Jennifer. You always come up with inspiring ways to get more out of our stamps and dies; to give them life after their “original” use has worked it’s way from our brains to our cards. Thank you so much for being not only a continuous source of inspiration but for looking at supplies through our eyes which enables us to get more out of the goodies we can afford to purchase. That means so very much to all of us. I hope your week is off to a great start! ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

  18. Love your creative use of these dies. I lie getting “extra” uses for my craft items!
    Thank you for your continuing good ideas and techniques!

  19. Wow so creative. I love the look and so glad you showed this. I love that butterfly die and how you can use it as a whole. Awesome colors. Thanks for sharing your creative mind and creations.

  20. I love these cards & the fabulous ideas that Jennifer has! One question though … Jennifer had mentioned that she used Morning Dew Nuvo Drops on the black outline of the butterfly & she said that she would explain how to do it later in the video … I don’t see how to apply the Morning Dew Nuvo Drops to the black butterfly outline … can someone tell me how this is done or where in the video it is explained?

  21. Love these cards! The open cutouts give a sense of a lacy look! I donโ€™t have any layering dies but I love seeing how you create something special with them.

  22. I have watched your videos for several years. Every time I am amazed by how beautiful and creative your creations are. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to all of us. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!!

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