Fussy Cutting

Hello Everyone, I am so happy you’ve stopped by!

Today I am featuring fussy cut images in this sweet little Valentine card. With the big trend of die cuts coordinating with our stamps, the art of fussy cutting has taken a bit of a back seat. It’s a technique that is actually very beautiful and can help create fun elements and dimension for your cards.


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For my card today I am using the Avery Elle “Weather It“, the Penny Black “Critters In Love“, and the Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings” stamp sets to build a little scene… The three sets paired perfectly together!

I first began by stamping my hedgehog and clouds onto some watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black ink. I masked the clouds and the hedgehog to allow the images to appear as one. I also stamped two clouds separately, as were going to be adhered to the top corner of the card.


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Once my stamping was complete, I began my watercoloring with bright colors inspired by the ColourQ’s color challenge #278.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks in the shades of Worn LipstickSpun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Walnut Stain, and Vintage Photo for my color palette. After all my color was added, I came in with a white gel pen and added some flecks of white to the spikes of the hedgehog for highlights, and some freckles on his cheek.


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For fussy cutting, I use fine tip precision scissors; these are perfect for fussy cutting, as they allow you to get into the small areas that are harder to cut cleanly with large scissors.

A couple tips when fussy cutting:

  • When at a corner, turn the paper, not your scissors. This allows the scissors to cut more cleanly and helps prevent tearing.
  • Always use sharp scissors. Dull blades will not cut your paper cleanly and leave ragged/bent edges.
  • Go slow. The faster you go, the more likely you will make a mistake and cut off something you didn’t want to!
  • After your image(s) are cut out, go over the edges of the paper with a black marker (or in whatever color your image is stamped in). This will help “finish” the fussy cut image and also soften the edges.

With my images now cut out, I began working on the background panel. I stamped the “sending warm fuzzies” sentiment and the tiny hearts in the same Jet Black ink used for the other images.  With an ink blending tool and Broken China distress ink, I sponged on some color along the bottom left and top right corners to create my sky. The hearts are watercolored with Fired Brick ink.


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My fussy cut images are adhered to the panel with foam tape, and I’ve layered the background to a piece of kraft cardstock before adhering it to my card base with foam tape. Some pink grosgrain ribbon is tied around the bottom portion of the card, and I also applied Wink of Stella clear glitter to portions of my fussy cut images.

I just love how much dimension you can create by cutting out your stamped images and layering them onto your card! Fussy cutting is a lot of fun, and while not as “precise” as a die cut, it has a wonderful, unique charm in the “handmade” feel of your project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by today!



This card is submitted into the ColourQ color challenge #278, the Penny Black Simplicity challenge, the Kraft Journal “Valentine’s” challenge #209, and the Simon Says Stamp “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Wednesday Challenge.

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15 Responses

  1. Lorene says:

    Thank you for the helpful tips on fussy cutting and for explaining the steps you took to add all those details that make it special. So cute!

  2. Dora says:

    Hello, I saw your card on Hero Arts blog. Although I don’t love fussy cutting you are right that it adds something that dies can’t. Thank you for sharing the details on your coloring technique, it came out so well.

  3. maria f. says:

    Such a cute scene and you’ve chosen THE perfect sentiment! Your execution is impeccable. Your work jumps out of galleries!

  4. Silke Ledlow says:

    Super duper cute…love this Penny Black image! Thanks for joining us at the CQC!

  5. kimheggins says:

    Just so adorable. I love your sweet little critter, just too darn cute. Thank you so much for playing along with us at ColourQ, hope to see you again next week.

  6. Karen L says:

    How cute! I love the little hedge hog. Thanks for sharing with us.
    The Kraft Journal

  7. Jingle says:

    Oh, how CUTE! This is beautifully made! Thank you so much for playing along with the All Things Bright and Beautiful challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  8. Cute card and a great use of Kraft Cardstock. Thanks for playing along at the Kraft Journal.

  9. jonevill says:

    Gorgeous card, the fussy cutting is definitely worth all the effort !

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

    Jo x

  10. popscards says:

    This is stunning I have thing for hedgehogs and he is coloured so well, stunning creation sweetie, thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this time hugs Pops x

  11. Marsha Drain says:

    Very cute. Lovely coloring. Thanks for entering the Kraft Journal challenge.

  12. Jen Mitchell says:

    What an adorable card! And so beautifully colored and cut!

  13. ariellehgordon says:

    This is exquisite! Your coloring of the image and the background is just magical – especially with the shimmer, too!

  14. Nora says:

    This is ABSOLUTELY adorable. Your fussy cutting is marvelous. I am one of those people that likes the matching die-even with a little white space. I am actually a very adept fussy cutter but have recently developed a bit of arthritis and my hands cramp a bit. Fussy cutting is no longer fun!!

    I want to thank you for the Silhouette suggestion. I am planning on checking it out. I will be adding your blog to my bloglovin feed too. Your work is stunning!!

    • ninamarie says:

      You’re so sweet Nora! I am so glad you liked the card… and I am thrilled that the Silhouette link was a good one. I’ve followed that one for a long time, and I always find a good tidbit or idea from the posts! Thanks for stopping back!

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