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5 Ways: Stacking Dies Techniques

Hello! Today I am sharing five ways to use stacking dies creatively. For my cards, I used circle dies, but you can do these techniques with different shapes, too.

Stacking Dies Techniques 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. Thank you for supporting my video work!]

Here are the cards from my video along with the main products featured. For the full supply list, scroll down to the thumbnails at the end of this post. Be sure to watch the video to see how to do each of the 5 techniques!


TECHNIQUE 1: IMPRESSIONS WITH DIES

One of the best techniques to do with stacking dies is to make impressions on cardstock.

FAVORITE PERSON – impressions with dies
Featuring:
Hero Arts Beautiful World Stamp Set (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (SSS | HA)
Die Cut Machine and Spellbinders Embossing Mat

For more on this technique, check out THIS video.

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


TECHNIQUE 2: INLAY

You can easily create interesting backgrounds but using pieces cut from stacking dies.

MARVELOUS – inlay technique
Featuring:
Hero Arts Earth Nature Die (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Universal Woman Stamp Set (SSS | HA) – sentiment
Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


WORLD – inlay technique
Featuring:
Hero Arts Wonders of the World Stamp (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit – sentiment

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


WORLD OF THANKS – inlay technique
Featuring:
Hero Arts Wonders of the World Stamp (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet Dies (SSSHA)
Hero Arts Beautiful World Stamp Set (SSS | HA) – stamped part of sentiment

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


TECHNIQUE 3: MASKING

Stacking dies can be used to create unique one-layer masked backgrounds.


HAPPINESS – masking technique
Featuring:
Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (SSS | HA)
Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets
Distress Ink Pads

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


TECHNIQUE 4: SHAKER CARDS

Stacking dies make creating shaker cards much easier!

BEAUTIFUL WORLD – shake card technique
Featuring:
Hero Arts World Window Die (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Beautiful World Stamp Set (SSS | HA) – sentiment

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


TECHNIQUE 5: SPINNER CARDS

You can create a spinner card with any symmetric stacking die set you may have.

EARTH – spinner card technique
Featuring:
Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (SSS | HA)
Hero Arts Beautiful World Stamp Set (SSS | HA) – sentiment
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For more on this technique, check out THIS video.

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stacking Dies Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


HERO ARTS KIT

This post features the December Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit. This kit is valued at over $75 (!!!!)… 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 over $81, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. You can find them all 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, I was not paid to do this post nor am I on any design teams. I only use products I love!) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Beautiful World Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Univeral Woman Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Wonders of the World Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Natural Wonders of the…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts World Window Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Earth Nature Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Distress Ink Pads
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing…
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Enamel Dots
[ HA | SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Ranger Mini Mister
[ SSS ]
Waffle Flower Cloud Storage Magnetic…
[ SSS | WFF ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Embossing Mat
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz
[ SSS ]
T Ruler
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Hues Cardstock
[ HA | SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Acetate Sheets
[ HA | SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS ]
Lucys Cards Jewels
[ SSS ]
Lucys Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels
[ SSS ]
Mini Glossy Accents
[ SSS ]
Art Impressions Stamp Positioner
[ SSS ]
Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets
[ AMZUS ]
The Stamp Market Blending Brushes
[ THS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]


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41 thoughts on “5 Ways: Stacking Dies Techniques”

  1. Such fabulous ideas and techniques. I really hadn’t thought of using my stacking die sets in any of these ways. I will sure be using them in some different ways now. Thanks for this fantastic video and everything you do.

  2. Gorgeous cards Jennifer. I love the spinner cards, because they create that surprise for the recipient on opening!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with us. I appreciate you.
    T x

  3. Jennifer, I have watched all of your videos on you tube and love all of them. I have learnt so much from all the tips. I really appreciate you making these videos. I also set up all of my different inks with your 2×2 inch squares and couldn’t live without this system.. I don’t do a great deal on line but would never miss your videos. Thanks.

  4. With this the third lesson on dies, you have provided a graduate level course in the effective and expanded use of dies. The whole stamping community grows because of your skill. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for sharing such unique ways to use basic layering dies. I have sets of rectangles, squares, circles…now I have more ways to use them! Yay!

  6. You continually amaze me with your creativity, talent, and ability to break it down and make me feel like I could actually do it too! I can’t pick a favorite as they are all fabulous. Thank you for your inspiration.

  7. Loved this video and tried it right away. I was using the Hero Infinity Dies with the purple tape to do the inlay technique. My Big Shot cut right through the three layers of tape as well as the cardstock! What was I doing wrong? I even tried the medical tape which was stronger tape but it didn’t work either!

    1. I’m not Jennifer, but it sounds like you taped the dies together on their cutting side rather than their back side. The tape shouldn’t be between the dies and the paper you are cutting.

  8. What a fantastic kit! Love the globes and that earth fairy (?). Great techniques with circle dies. I agree, it’s a must have die set! I love all of those techniques, but especially the impression background and the spinner! SWEET! Thanks for the inspirations!

  9. I absolutely love the concentric colored masking technique. Jennifer, your videos certainly know how to sell products!

  10. I love nested thin dies! I have a few shapes and use them a lot. I love using them for making frames, but today you’ve got me excited to make spinner cards! Granddaughter has a birthday this month! Aha!!

  11. I like the tip about lining up the stacking dies on the magnet sheet and taping them together, my favorite is the shaker card.

  12. How do the Hero Arts Circle dies compare to Spellbinders since I know Spellbinders cut and emboss almost simultaneously. Would the technique work the same way?

  13. You are truly talented! My favorite is the shaker, however, it appeared that you put glue on the continents and won’t the gens stock to the glue and not shake?

  14. thank you for another amazing video. My favourite is #3. it’s amazing how much dimension you can get with one layer card by just using different shades of ink. 🙂

  15. I can’t pick just one, Jennifer!! They are all so very special in their own way!! I have those circles and they are my favorite go-to concentric dies….love them!! Your creative, inspiring ideas are making my head spin!! Thanks for being YOU and being so very SPECIAL!! YOU ARE BLESSING!!

  16. thank you for this video – you have made me realize that there is much more I could do if I had the circle dies then just die cut circles. I love the rings around the moon/sun – so much you can do with that type of background. So I will be asking myself for my birthday present in a few weeks for this die set.
    Happy holidays to you and your family – gabriele

  17. So many great ideas and techniques! My favorite card is the shaker card but my favorite technique is the offset circles. Thanks for the tip about lining up the dies on a magnetic background! So much easier than anything else I’ve tried. I look forward to using that tip soon.

  18. You are such a great designer Jennifer and when it comes to coming up with new techniques where you can use products that you already have, then you are the number 1 in the craft world. What a stunning techniques, it’s hard to say wich one I love most. I love the masking but also the inlay, these are my favorites.
    Thank you so much for all the time and effort you always put in your awesome videos.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  19. What great techniques! I would never have thought to do the embossing with the circle die cuts, love how that turned out. The inlay circles are just beautiful. My favorite card was the spinning world one with the hands underneath. All of the cards are simply wonderful. Thank you for showing us “the world” full of possibilities with stacking die cuts! I just love your videos and all your techniques and tips. Thank you so much for sharing them with us, you are truly a blessing in my world.
    ~Ginny K.~

  20. Wonderful technique … I love all the looks but plan on using the inlay look… it’s perfect for a birthday card for a 17 year old granddaughter using stars. I’m sure this is a busy time for you also so thank you for taking the time to share your talent with us… you are truly a blessing.

  21. Jennifer, as always I loved what you did here! I think my favorite was the inlay one using the Earth Nature Die! Having been to Africa a few times and having made friends there, I could see using this quite a bit! I have been looking for square envelopes that are a good quality, which you often can’t tell online. Would you please share where you purchased your square envelopes you mention in this video? Thanks!

  22. Oh gosh, thank you for the refresher course on expanding my layering dies. You do a great job explaining and showing. Thanks.

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