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Faux Layered Die Cuts

Hello! If you have watched my videos before, you know I am a big fan of layering dies… especially background layering dies. However, these dies can be pricey, so I thought I would share a few ideas for creating a similar layered look with a single die!

Faux Layering Dies 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.]

For my first few cards, I used the gorgeous background die from the new Hero Arts February My Monthly Hero Kit. (More on the kit below.) I cut from three cardstocks – light blue, blue, and gold. I kept the gold as is, and but cut a little vertically from the center of the light blue piece. I then adhered the blue pieces on the back of gold die cut but slightly offset and meeting in the center. I did the same with the blue die cut, too. (Be sure to watch the video to see this in action! It will make more sense.) This gives a staggered look that mimics layered die cuts.

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a closer look at the layering. I really like the art deco look of that die!

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added stacked “HELLO” die cuts using the Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet Dies (HA | SSS) and added a gold embossed “thinking of you” from the Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Die (HA | SSS).

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My second card is similar to the last. However, I added a bit of tone-on-tone stamping to the background with the new Hero Arts Arch Pattern Stamp (HA | SSS).

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Hero Arts February My Monthly Hero Kit in the center. Simple!

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is my last card using the die from the Hero Arts February My Monthly Hero Kit… but this time with a completely different look. I added a “hello” die cut from the Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die (HA | SSS) and a gold embossed “BEAUTIFUL” sentiment from the Hero Arts Diamond in the Ruff Stamp Set (HA | SSS).

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like the look of rainbow layered die cuts! Simple yet effective… and a great way to use up cardstock scraps!

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example of faux layered dies. It features the Hero Arts Vintage Window Fancy Die (HA | SSS) and a butterfly image from the Hero Arts Deco-rations Stamp Set (HA | SSS). The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Die (HA | SSS).

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

In my examples above, I cut a bit from the center of the die cuts so I could offset them easily towards the center. However, you can also just adhered them as is – but slightly offset – and get a different layered look. Here, I used the Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti Die (HA | SSS) and die cut it from four pieces of cardstock. LOVE this layered look! I also added a white frame around the layered piece using the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies (HA | SSS).

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet (HA | SSS) die cuts for a simple sentiment.

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This faux layered die technique can also be done with other dies, such as border dies. On this card I used the Hero Arts Holiday Greenery Edge Die (HA | SSS).

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added gold cardstock strips, gems, and a sentiment from the Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Die (HA | SSS).

Faux Layering Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BLOG HOP & KIT

This post is part of a blog hop featuring the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February Kit. This kit has a fantastic and unique art deco theme… and is packed full of fun products! The kit value is $72 (!!!!)… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $72, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Julee Tilman! You can find her HERE.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Hero Arts products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts February My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Vintage Window Fancy Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Deco Flourish Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Arch Pattern Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Bold Graphic Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Deco-rations Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Diamond in the Ruff Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Holiday Greenery Edge Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Couture Creations Gold Matte Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Stick It Adhesive Sheets
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Glad Press N Seal
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
[ SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | ELH ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Sanding Block
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]


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203 thoughts on “Faux Layered Die Cuts”

  1. Dear Jennifer your creations are out of this world. Love them all. . Thank I for teaching me with love I am collecting money to buy sm beautiful dies. Love them all. May u and your family be blessed with gd health and happiness always. Love and hugs from Sri Lanka

  2. What a great technique…..so simple, yet so versatile! The possibilities here are endless! Thanks for the great idea and I can’t wait to try it out with the few large dies I have!

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