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Partial Die Cutting Tips

Hello! Today I am sharing a few fun twists on the partial die cutting technique. I also show how to create soft, ink blended backgrounds.

Partial Die Cutting 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.]

I have done many videos on partial die cutting in the past (see below), but today I share a few variations that are great for large dies.

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my first card, I used double partial die cutting with the Spellbinders June Large Die Of The Month to create a large die cut with a solid section for my sentiment. (Watch the video to see how this is done!) I then stacked four more regular die cuts behind it for dimension. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts You’re Beautiful Stamp Set (SSS | HA).

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my background, I blended Distress Oxide Inks with an Ink Blending Tool for an ombre look. I then added Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink over a dot stencil for a soft pattern. Finally, a bit of Therm O Web Silver Glitter Dust provides fine shine…

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also used double partial die cutting for this next card… but this time with the Spellbinders Floral Mandala Die (SSS | SB). The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flower Stamp Set.

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also use partial die cutting at an angle. Here, I used the other Spellbinders June Large Die Of The Month (they are sold as a pair). I love this look! The sentiment is again from the Hero Arts You’re Beautiful Stamp Set (SSS | HA).

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can see how stacking additional die cuts behind the main die cut adds a lot of dimension…

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Since I had tiny cut pieces of die cuts left over from the last card, I made this card quickly. I just adhered the pieces around the edge of an inked piece… and added a Gina K Designs Lettered and Lovely (SSS | GK) sentiment to the center.

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I have another bonus card for you! No partial die cutting on it… but I do show something fun you can do with stacked die cuts. Here, I layered five of Spellbinders Kurbits 2 Die (SSS | SP) together and added it to an inked background. I filled in each of the openings with Tonic Crystal Glaze… giving a stained glass look.

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This sentiment is perfect… from the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flower Stamp Set.

Partial Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

RELATED VIDEOS

Here are a few more partial die cutting technique videos:

DIE OF MONTH

The two main floral dies I used today are part of the Spellbinders Large Die of the Month for June. You can learn more about this HERE… it is a great deal!

There are actually a few different “clubs” over at Spellbinders offering unique products at good prices. You can see them all HERE. You can even get discounts on other products!

SUPPLIES

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 those with an asterisk or from Spellbinders. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Spellbinders June Large Die Of The Month
[ SPL ]
Spellbinders Floral Mandala Die
[ SSS | SPL ]
Spellbinders Kurbits 2 Die
[ SSS | SPL ]
*Hero Arts Youre Beautiful Stamp Set
[ SSS | HA ]
*Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flower…
[ SSS ]
*Gina K Designs Lettered and Lovely…
[ SSS | GNK ]
*Simon Says Stamp Medium Dots Stencil…
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Distress Oxide Inks
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Distress Oxide Inks
[ ELH ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS | ELH | AMZUS ]
T-Ruler
[ SSS | ELH ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
PenBlade Assorted Retractable Knife Set
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Silver Glitter Dust
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Gold Glitter Dust
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | ELH ]
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin Foam Squares
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | SPL ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
Tonic Crystal Glaze
[ SSS ]


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37 thoughts on “Partial Die Cutting Tips”

  1. Love the close-up of your cards especially the card with the left over die cut flowers…….wasting nothing.
    Great tutorial…tfs

  2. These are so beautiful and a great reminder to do partial die cutting. Thanks for the tips Jennifer, much appreciated.

  3. Hi Jennifer!
    I haven’t tried this technique nor have I tried making multiples of dies and stacking them. I’ll certainly give this a try after being inspired by your examples! The cards you made are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Beautiful cards and an awesome technique. Thanks for the informative and creative tutorial.
    Have a blessed day!

  5. Hi Jennifer. Hope all is well with you and your family! These cards are absolutely stunning! The double partial die cutting is amazing! I love the oxide blended backgrounds with that beautiful sparkle spray. I definitely need that spray, I never knew what those were for. Thank you so much for this amazing video. 😍

  6. What beautiful cards! Thank you for more great ideas. I haven’t tried partial die cutting yet, but it’s on my to-do list because it really adds that extra “oomph” to a card. Thanks for the great video!

  7. Absolutely love these cards, Jennifer! I really need to do partial die cutting more often–you’ve inspired me! That spray glitter is my favorite! However, last time I used it I had trouble getting a nice even finish, so may need to buy another can. Thank you for all the great ideas!

  8. Fantastic cards, as usual ! I love the idea of the crystal glaze added inside the stacked die cuts, it’s really different.

  9. Awesome, Jennifer you have always such great ideas. I love the way you stretch your dies in this way. Lovely cards, all the same technique but all different looks. Thank you so much for your tutorial video.

  10. These are all beautiful and I’m pretty sure I have some dies that can be used in this way. Thanks!

  11. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. I have a number of spellbinders dies and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I know now! Making a few of those partial die cut cards. Brilliant. Love them so much. You sure are an inspiration to all of us.

  12. Jennifer,
    These cards are beautiful. Gave me some wonderful tips for my large floral dies from Spellbinder’s. I really like how you did the top and bottom half by partially cutting them out which makes it so easy. Your last card was really exceptional. Love the Tonic Chrystal glaze to fill in the spaces. Great tips, thank you.

  13. Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing this partial die cutting technique, it looks awesome! I love all the dimension you get with stacking die cuts, and these backgrounds are so pretty 🙂

  14. Great idea on those dies that you think are only for one use. I love this fun idea and that last card with the clear glossy really makes an awesome look. So inspirational. I love that you think outside of the box and pass it on to us..

  15. Thank you for tons of advice in this video, the cards are stunning and so unique.
    I have a question of anyone can answer it please: Which do you do first, ink up the background panel then put sentiment on for embossing or visa versa as I don’t want to ruin either bit ?

  16. Jennifer I love all of these softly blended color cards. The colors are so soothing and die cuts are so intricate – so glad you share your tips and tricks with us in these great videos! Thanks!

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