Quick Coloring Die Cut Hacks

Hello and Happy New Year! Today I am sharing a few simple tricks for adding color and life to simple die cuts. Easy and quick!

[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!]

I have said it many times – I enjoy using dies even more than stamps! And with a bit of “basic” inks and tools, you can give them a more realistic, dimensional look. You can use Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (SSS | HA) and white pencil to add highlights to the die cut edges, along with details with a Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen. It is easy to do – watch the video for the details!

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.

Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero Kit– all die cuts and stamps
Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Die (SSS | HA) – background
Unicorn White Pigment Ink (SSS | HA) and Sponge Daubers – for highlights

Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero Kit– all die cuts and stamps
Unicorn White Pigment Ink (SSS | HA) and Sponge Daubers and Prismacolor White Pencil – for highlights

Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero Kit– die cuts and stamps
Hero Arts Togetherness Flower Bouquet (SSS | HA) – floral background
Unicorn White Pigment Ink (SSS | HA) and Sponge Daubers and Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen – for highlights


This post features the January 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.


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 kit, stamps, and dies 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 January My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero…
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Togetherness Flower Bouquet…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Flower Bouquet Pieces…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Flower Bouquet Pieces Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Cup of Love Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Floral Heart Wreath Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Unbearably Thankful Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Sponge Daubers
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen
Prismacolor White Pencil
[ SSS ]
Luminance White Pencil
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Pale Tomato Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Navy Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Fresh Lawn Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Meadow Cardstock
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Lapis Cardstock
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Kiwi Cardstock
[ HA | SSS ]
The Stamp Market Blush Cardstock
[ THS ]
The Stamp Market Bubble Gum Cardstock
[ THS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
EK Success Tweezers
[ SSS ]
Gina K Comfort Blocks
[ SSS | GNK ]
Concord & 9th Die Release Tool
[ C&9 ]
Tim Holtz Haberdashery Scissors
[ SSS ]
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS ]
Hemptique Natural Hemp Cord
[ SSS ]
Lucys Cards Berry Pearls
[ SSS ]
Jewel Picker
[ SSS ]
Sakura Black Glaze Pen
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]

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46 thoughts on “Quick Coloring Die Cut Hacks”

  1. I agree that die cuts are more fun to use than
    plain stamping. Love the texture and the
    versatility. Your projects are gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing

  2. Beautiful cards. Loved the variety and uses of this kit. Soooo I ordered mine right before I composed this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Always love watching you. Thanks for the tips on using die cuts. Definitely love this kit and can’t wait to get mine

  4. First a very Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year for you and your loved ons Jennifer.
    Gorgeous cards , I love the way you used the dies by colouring the cardstock.
    Quick, easy and gorgeous flowers.
    Thank you so much for all the awesome tips in your great video, have a wonderful week.

  5. Love this idea of stretching our dies to give us a different look. Thanks Jennifer for another great technique.

  6. Your cards are always so pretty and I really appreciate all the techniques. It really is incredible how much better you made the die cuts look with just a bit of ink. I love the butterfly. I am a huge fan of glitter and the Stardust pen is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing these. I’m going to have to get that kit.

  7. I loved these cards so much that I tried to order the kit before I even watched the video or read the post only to find out that they had already sold out! What a bummer (but still crazy about these gorgeous cards!!)!

  8. Happy New year to you and your family. I love the cards you have made. A great inspiration. I am from Australia, sadly the kit was sold out by the time I had breakfast this morning. Great tips that I can apply to other dies that I have in my stash, thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for the great tips about coloring die cuts! I look forward to giving them a try but I’ll have to find some other dies in my stash. I’m really bummed because by the time I tried to order the kit today it was already sold out. Still I’m sure I have other dies that I can use to create a similar look. Thanks for another great video!

  10. Love your cards and the Hero Arts kit. Thank you for sharing
    those tips on how to color the die cuts.

  11. Brilliantly Genius! You are AMAZING!! Oh my word…I LOVE this technique, Jennifer! How simple yet gorgeous!! Many blessings in this New Year to you and yours…Looking forward to MORE Jennifer videos…I get so excited when I see that you have posted a new one!!

  12. I hardly ever buy the dies that were included in the new Hero Arts kit as I think of them as “blah” but you gave me a whole new outlook on how to use them with simple inking or a white pencil. Amazing. Loved your cards, as usual. Thank you for all you do.

  13. Beautiful does not do these cards justice… you are amazing. . I just went to order the kit and see that it is sold out☹️
    Will definitely use this technique… thank you for sharing you time and talent.

  14. These flowers are gorgeous with this incredible technique. Beautiful cards!!! Went to order the kit but it is sold out! 😭 Looked for the die set but alas could not find it!

  15. Love these cards! They are beautiful just like all your cards. I love the techniques you show! I still have a lot to learn and you really inspire me to keep trying.

  16. I love this! With paper lace it would look so Victorian! BTW, in some cultures, it’s called a posy!

  17. Thanks so much for sharing these great tips, makes the flowers look so beautiful!! I love this kit and I always go on the Monday at 1pm day of release to decide if I want the kit and normally they don’t sell out, but the kit is gone now and I was in the ER on Monday afternoon until 11:30pm with another kidney stone and on top of that I was in the ER January 1st-2nd for a lung infection, starting 2020 with a bang!! So frustrated that the one kit I really love is gone! I wish they’d release these kits like Simon and MFT does!

  18. It seems like months since I’ve been able to do much crafting. Still plagued by back issues. But you continually inspire me and give me hope that there are days of fun ahead. I so look forward to following your tutorials and creating stuff that makes me and others smile! Thank you!

  19. Lovely die cuts… especially love the mini envelope, the butterfly and that pretty rose! Such vibrant colors! What a great technique! Thanks for the inspirations!

  20. Could life get better than this? My favorite card making guru working with the Hero Arts kit that will be arriving soon to my home? Your use of the materials is SO creative, just brings it to a whole new level. I can’t wait to try these techniques. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your passion with all of us!

  21. Jennifer, my husband and I have been watching your technique videos because he wants to learn paper-crafting techniques to create canvas projects. I love these cards. So lovely, and I would buy the kit, but here on January 7th, it’s already sold out. 🙁

  22. Hi Jana,
    Love the video and great ideas after watching the video I went Hero Arts to Order and guess what they were sold out! ugh… oh, well at least I didn’t break my stamping budget yet. 🙂 Lol

    Blessing to ya’ll
    P.S tell Lila Hi 🙂 Love her Smiles

  23. You have sent me on a new path! I will probably new again just put a die cut on a card without adding something to it to bring out the dimension. I guess I should thank you (or should I?) Just kidding, it really makes a difference.

  24. Oh My Word! Your bouquet wrapped in that little newspaper die is GLORIOUS! Kind of late to the party, the Kit is sold out….bummer! Love the coloring details on your die cuts too! Happy New Year!

  25. I just love this kit , and once I seen it I jumped on hero arts to purchase it I think it was a day or two after you posted and found out the kit was already sold out , I have even searched elsewhere to purchase it with out any luck!, you make these items so interesting,and multiple ways to use products , I would’ve never thought of . Thank You!

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