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Background Die Cut Techniques + FUNDRAISER

Hello! I am back to share several tips and tricks for creating dimensional backgrounds with background dies. I also have information on a wonderful craft fundraiser.

Dimensional Background Die Cuts 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 often use background die cuts on my cards. And my favorite look is when they are colorful with lots of dimension. However, this can take a lot of time and be tricky. Today I share several different techniques. I encourage you to watch the video to see each one in action.

One of the easiest ways to add dimensionanal die cuts and die cut pieces to a card is by using craft foam. For my card, I inked up 80lb white cardstock with Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks with an Ink Blending Tool. I then added Stick It Adhesive to the back… and a piece of white card foam. I die cut the piece with the Neat and Tangled Scalloped Cover Die (SSS | NT). Next, I flipped the die cut piece over and added Gina K Connect Glue to each of the little pieces – not the outline – and pressed it all on a white notecard. Once I lifted the outline piece, I am left with all the little pieces with great dimension!

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment is from the Neat and Tangled Celebrate You Dies (SSS | NT). (Please read more about this product below!) I used Grafix Platinum Vellum, black cardstock, and Tonic Crystal Glaze.

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This card was quick – I just adhered the outline piece (which has the craft foam on the back) on to another notecard and added a layered Neat and Tangled Hooray (SSS | NT) die cut.

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my next example, I started with cardstock inked with Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink. I then cut the piece with the Neat and Tangled Polygon Cover Die (SSS | NT) and kept the little pieces in the outline die cut. I carefully added a piece of Avery Removable Adhesive Sheet to hold the shapes together (on the inked side). After flipping it over, I put tiny foam tape pieces on the backs of the little die cuts. I placed a white notecard into the adhesive and then carefully removed the outline piece.

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a Neat and Tangled Happiness Die Cut (SSS | NT) and little white dots for fun.

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can use the same technique to add lots of little die cut pieces directly to a card it no dimension. Here, I inked up cardstock and cut it with the Neat and Tangled Hexastar Die (SSS | NT). I kept all of the die cut together again with a piece of Avery Removable Adhesive Sheet. After I applied liquid glue to the back of each of the tiny pieces, I flipped it over and added it a white notecard. Once dry, I removed the outline.

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the leftover outline piece on a second card… adding a Neat and Tangled Hooray (SSS | NT) sentiment.

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next technique is my favorite – where some of the die cut pieces are added with dimensional adhesive, and some are added with regular adhesive. This looks so cool in real life!

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created the center piece using the Lawn Fawn Party Balloons Dies, Neat and Tangled Celebrate You Dies (SSS | NT), and Neat and Tangled Better Together Stamp Set (SSS | NT).

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created a second card with the leftover outline piece…

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last card also has some die cut pieces with dimension and some without. This creates the coolest dimension! I used the Neat and Tangled Inlaid Squares Die (SSS | NT) and Neat and Tangled Celebrate You Stamp Set (SSS | NT).

Dimensional Background Die Cuts Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

DIE CUTTING TIPS

Here are a few tips if you find your background die is not cutting well:

FUNDRAISER

All proceeds (retail and wholesale) from the Celebrate You Stamp Set and Die Set are being donated to the Burning Limb Foundation to help patients at the Neurologic Relief Center receive care for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The father of Neat and Tangled owner (and dear friend of mine) Danielle was diagnosed with CRPS in 2017 and received the best care at the Center. Because of their groundbreaking, non-invasive techniques he is now in remission and living his best life! More of his story can be found HERE, be sure to read the updates.

Please consider purchasing these sets, or making direct donation HERE. Also…

Here is a bit of info from Danielle. What a story!

As many of you know, my dad become very ill unexpectedly last year. You can read much more about his story HERE. The gist is that after a routine knee replacement he developed and was diagnosed with a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which is an unimaginable disease. Sadly, it has earned the nickname “The Suicide Disease”, as the physical, mental, and emotional pain that it brings often becomes too much to bear. Here is a video sharing the story of 2 CRPS sufferers that paints a clear picture of life with this disease: 

My dad’s journey is almost identical, it took him through many misdiagnoses, countless failed, and in some cases harmful, treatment attempts ranging from physical therapy to pharmaceuticals to spinal nerve blocks. Sadly we were very misguided by traditional medicine, as there is just so little known about this condition. One very late night after a google search of “holistic approaches to CRPS”, I stumbled across an article written by a chiropractor, Dr. Katinka van der Merwe. As soon as I read what she had written I KNEW without a shadow of doubt that she was the answer. I called her and spoke with her for over an hour, in which she answered every question I could have thought of, and for the first time in our journey to getting my dad back, expressed true understanding and compassion for our situation. THIS is a more recent article she has written that really does a great job of explaining how she came to treat these patients, and her protocol for getting them into remission.

Dr. K’s treatment center, The Neurologic Relief Center, is in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and it is a 10-12 week non-invasive program (customized to each patient). The cost of the treatment itself is approximately $1500/week (sadly, insurance does not cover their treatment protocols). The $1500/week DOES NOT including getting yourself to Arkansas, housing, meals, transportation to and from the center, etc.  For my dad, when it was all said and done from start to finish this trip cost over $35,000.This $35,000 was after we had already spent thousands and thousands on hospital visits, medications, procedures, etc. This is the story for almost everyone diagnosed with CRPS, it can be an insurmountable cost to try to heal.

We set up a GoFundMe with the hopes of being able to at least get him a month of treatment, and then just max out our credit cards. But what happened was truly extraordinary.  First, the donations (and moral support) from our friends and family alone was more than we could have ever hoped for. Second, Kathy Racoosin and The Queen’s Ink donated all of the money from her Coloring Challenge Road Trip to the fund. Third, Simon Says Stamp donated all of the sales from our STAMPtember stamp set to his GoFundMe. Because of this generosity we were able to get him the full treatment protocol, and bring him home without the burden of more debt.

It has been on my heart to pay this forward. After spending almost 2 weeks myself in Arkansas at the center, watching what they do, meeting other patients and hearing their stories, my life will be forever changed. The experience for my dad in Arkansas was transformative – both physically and mentally. I love sharing this video from his bell ringing ceremony as much as I can to show people that it is possible to step out of even the darkest of the dark moments of your life. I have to mention before you watch, that he was essentially bed ridden when he arrived in Arkansas: https://www.facebook.com/TheNeurologicReliefCenter/videos/1735291439836367/  I am always so proud to tell people how awesome he doing! He was able to return to work full time in December, and is living his life so fully. Little things like having him over for dinner, or having him come to the kids baseball games move me so greatly. It is no secret, and he will tell you very openly himself, that he was fully prepared to end his life if this treatment did not work. To look at how far he has come since a year ago gives me great pause.

I have designed a stamp and die set, Celebrate You, that we will use the proceeds (both wholesale and retail) to help families of CRPS in financial need. Customers will also have the option to just make a straight donation without purchase on our website. Donations we collect will be made to the Burning Limb Foundation, a non-profit created by a former patient of Dr. Katinka’s. Dr. Katinka and the Burning Limb Foundation will work together to distribute the funds to families at the Neurologic Relief Center that are most in need, some will be patients already at her center, others will be those that have not had the funds to begin treatment. I am calling this campaign “Crafting with Compassion”, as the definition of compassion is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it, which sums up my mission with this.  

My hope is that with sharing my dad’s story, and this fundraising campaign we can  1. Raise funds to help those in need 2. Spread awareness of CRPS and alternative non-invasive treatment options 3. Give others hope.  

Also, I will donating my affiliate income from this post to Burning Limb Foundation. Thank you for your support!

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

*Neat and Tangled Celebrate You Stamp…
[ N&T | SSS ]
*Neat and Tangled Celebrate You Dies
[ N&T | SSS ]
Crafting with Compassion Donations
[ N&T ]
Neat and Tangled Scalloped Cover Die
[ N&T | SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Modern Triangle Die
[ N&T | SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Inlaid Squares Die
[ N&T | SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Polygon Cover Die
[ N&T | SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Hexastar Die
[ N&T | SSS ]
*Neat and Tangled Hooray Dies
[ N&T | SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Happiness Dies
[ N&T | SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Happiness Stamp Set
[ N&T | SSS ]
*Lawn Fawn Party Balloons Dies
[ SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Better Together…
[ N&T | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ ELH ]
Distress Oxide Inks
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Stick It Adhesive Sheets
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ AMZUS ]
Grafix Platinum Vellum
[ SSS ]
Tonic Golden Years Confetti
[ SSS ]
Tonic Crystal Glaze
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
[ SSS ]
3M Foam Tape
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets
[ AMZUS ]
White Sharpie Pen
[ AMZUS ]


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38 thoughts on “Background Die Cut Techniques + FUNDRAISER”

  1. What fabulous cards! Love all the dimension you’ve created with your background dies. And what a wonderful reason to design a stamp set!

  2. I remember the story of Danielle’s father from last year and am thrilled that he has been able to find a renewal in both the physical and spiritual areas of his life. Danielle’s generosity to the CRPS community as a whole, and allowing us to assist in that goal, has once again proven that there is no more supportive community than that of our crafty community. Time and again our fellow crafters not only step up to the plate, but fill that plate so that others may continue to find the strength to carry on. As someone who suffers from chronic pain due to an accident, I cannot imagine the amount of pain the people diagnosed with CRPS go through on a daily basis. Once more I will add them to my prayer list (adding prayers is always a good thing in my opinion) and hope that those who will be helped because of Danielle’s kindness will find a renewal of spirit along with their physical relief. And you, dear Jennifer, have always offered us an avenue in which to help others and for that I will be forever thankful. This world would be a much brighter place with many more Jennifer McGuires to lead us down a much more positive and loving path. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

    1. How could I have forgotten to tell you how spectacular your cards are Jennifer? I absolutely love the results and will definitely be CASEing this technique tomorrow, as the temperature once again heads above 90. Thanks so much for being a constant source of inspiration to us all. ~HUGS~
      #kindnessmatters

  3. I wanted to view the videos and the stamp set, not the die because I don’t have a die cutter but because I am on my older computer because my newer computer is not working right now, all I can do is send and receive e-mail’s. When I try to get on a website, it keeps telling me I don’t have a secure connection. Don’t ask me how I got on here because I don’t know. I’m not working because I am caregiving my mom so donations are not always possible. I wish we could donate cards because I could do that.
    My mom is in pain 24/7 but nothing like what you were saying. She has bone on bone in her knees, arthritis in her shoulder that is just starting and something in her wrist. She goes for therapy twice a week, goes to a chiropractor once a week and has tons of doctors appointments. She’s 90 and will be 91 on July 29th. I know what you are saying about pain though. It is so amazing what you are doing and when my computer gets fixed or I have to get a totally new one, I’ll be able to click on the links and see stuff and check out that stamp.
    I love what you did with the dies as your background. If I had a die cutter I could do that too. They are so colorful! I love them all!
    Every night I pray for everyone I know or don’t know in the whole world so I am praying for everyone who is in this center and who is in all this pain. Prayers can really work wonders. Thank you for everything you do! I can’t wait until I get my computer fixed or get a new one. It’s 4 years old and while I would like a new MAC, they are expensive. There is so much I can’t do with this old computer.

  4. I love how you think outside the box. I just look at a back ground die and think “OK, so I cut it out and stick it on!” Now I’ll be looking at them and thinking “I can get 2 cards out of this!” Love the techniques you show.

  5. I remember when Danielle first announced about her Dad’s illness and I am so happy they found a place to help him, and many others. CRPS is a new condition (to me) aside from hearing about Danielle’s Dad, so I am happy to learn more about it as one never knows what they or someone they love might need help in the same way. It could save a LOT of suffering if more people shared this kind of information. God bless them!

  6. WOW, Jennifer your brain takes one idea & keeps going till it must run out of ideas on that subject. These cards are absolutely brilliant, I love the mix of layers on these cards. Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us. I wasn’t crafting when Danielle’s dad became I’ll but I can totally empathise with chronic pain suffers, I am 45 yrs old with severe osteoarthritis & nerve damage to my lower spine, hips & legs. When I first discovered that all my back pain wasn’t just tweaks I never thought I’d get to this stage, I’ve lost mobility & use a wheelchair full time, I have permanent shakes & loose control so much my partner has to wash me, dress me & at times even feed me food & drink. My bones are aged at over 100 yrs in condition & I totally understand when a person can’t wait to pass away to get some peace. I wish all the suffers of CRPS all the very best & think people like Danielle & all you fellow designers are doing such a fabulous job of raising awareness & money for such an horrific disease x

  7. I have several of those background dies and haven’t used them very much. You gave me some good tips to using them and creating beautiful cards. Thanks so much for all you do!

  8. I do love it when people play it forward! While I was not familiar with CRPS, after reading about it, it’s clearly a devastating condition. I hope this fundraiser is a giant success for this worthy cause. You techniques always inspire me and this one is no exception. Gorgeous cards.

  9. Jennifer,
    As usual, all the these cards are outstanding. Using craft foam to add dimension is a great idea. I am going to try some of these techniques with my cover dies and hope they look as beautiful as yours. Thanks for all the ideas and for using your website to make us aware of these illnesses I’ve never heard of. I know of Fiber Myalgia but not of CRP. I’ll pray for all those people who are experiencing this disease.

  10. Great cards. I love to watch your videos. I learn so much from the most amazing card maker . I pray for everyone in any kind of pain. I,m glad So many people are helping.

  11. What great techniques for creating colorful, multi-layered cards. I’ll be checking out my dies in a whole new way after watching this video. How wonderful that you are showing this video as a way to help your friend’s cause of CRPS.

  12. The Inlaid Squares die is awesome, I would have overlooked it if I didn’t see how you used it. That video made me cry – I don’t know anyone with the disease, or anything like that, but it was the part where one of the patients got to leave the clinic and her Dr was so happy. There are amazing people in this world.

  13. Your cards were so gorgeous that I immediately went to give it a try. I REALLY struggled to get a clean cut through the foam using the Altenew medallion B die, it leaves foam strands on the cut edges, despite using a Gemini and applying several shims 🙁. Does the quality of the foam matter? I used a “regular” brand from the local stationery shop. I know you post links of the product but I’m all the way down in South Africa, it’s not easy to access the same products. Would love some advice. Thanks.

  14. What a great idea to do with background dies, lovely cards and som versatile.
    I don’t have words enough to discribe what I felt reading and watching these stories, not only the cause is great but you are also Jennifer to reach out to your friend on this way!

  15. These techniques are so inspiring ! Thanks a lot for sharing. Your cards are beautiful.
    And thank you too for sharing this cause, which is very moving.

  16. I only own 2 background dies, but will definitely try out this techniques. Thanks for educating your followers about CRPS. I was diagnosed with it following a wrist fracture and lengthy surgery almost 4 years ago. I was very lucky to have a skilled hand therapist who noticed the symptoms early and knew how to treat it (also lucky that horrible pain was not one of my symptoms—there are others that are not always recognized as CRPS). I’ve been a nurse for 38 years and had never heard of the condition until my injury. The articles I’ve read since then are heart-breaking.

  17. I have never heard of this until now and when seeing this video I admit I had tears coming. I can’t imagine the pain people with CRPS feel. I am so happy that there is a relieve and hope. Thanks for bringing awareness and of course I will buy the stamp set. Kindness Matters.

  18. Love your creative ideas with background dies! So many ways to get more out of our craft products! Great two-fer as well!

  19. It has been a while since I have been able to get on some of my favorite blogs, and what are the odds that today I chose yours first and this post in particular. My sister was diagnosed with CRPS 5 years ago and has been living in such pain and suffering. Today is a really bad day for her and in all of her searching she had never heard of this particular clinic. Thank you for sharing your talent, thank you for sharing your desire to help others, thank you for allowing God to use you in such a unique way.

  20. Your projects are so incredible than you for always sharing your creations with us and I love your tutorials. I read the story at the end of this post and I am so happy to know that he was able to get help. I work In Orthopaedic surgery and have seen CRPS many times. It’s an awful disorder and there is really no one treatment that can cure it. My prayers and hopes go out to all who suffer from this horrible disorder.

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