In Lay Die Cutting with Patterned Paper + Simon’s July Card Kit

In Lay Die Cutting with Patterned Paper | Nina-Marie Design

Happy Thursday crafters! Have you seen the new Simon Says Stamp card kit “Summer Hello”? I was really excited to see the beauty-summer theme to this month’s kit, as I love the ocean. Today I’ve got a video for you that features the kit contents and an in lay die cutting technique!

In Lay Die Cutting with Patterned Paper | Nina-Marie Design

In lay die cutting is a fun way to add a more finished look to a background created with die cuts. By pairing two of the items included in the kit – Simon’s new Bikini die and Echo Park’s Summer Dreams paper – I created this exact effect. Of course you could die cut the bikinis and simply adhere them to the background without doing the in lay technique. But the extra step makes such a big difference in the overall look of the card that I think it is worth taking the time to do.

In Lay Die Cutting with Patterned Paper | Nina-Marie Design

In the video below, I walk you through how I did the die cut in lay design. I also touch on a couple of new favorite tools of mine; the Sizzix Side Kick and the ThermoWeb Memory Tape Runner. Both of these tools I plan on sharing additional details about why I like them and for what I use them for in upcoming videos. But for the time being I will touch quickly on each so you can get an idea of what makes these new favorites of mine!

Side Kick Sizzix Machine | Nina-Marie Design


I have found this Side Kick machine from Sizzix SO handy, especially for when I am shooting videos or cutting with smaller dies. The Side Kick can cut any wafer-thin die up to 2 1/2″ wide. Many coordinating dies for stamped images fit inside the Side Kick also. The convenience of having a small machine to do all the small cutting jobs has been so helpful, as the machine fits on my desk nicely without taking up lots of space like the Big Shot. Of course my Big Shot is invaluable for everything else, but for those smaller dies, I love reaching for the Side Kick.


For years I have been a big Scotch ATG tape runner fan. I always had the best luck with this adhesive. Recently I got ThermoWeb’s Memory Tape Runner to try out and I’ve since been in LOVE with how well it works. Honestly, I love this tape more than the ATG. It’s smaller, which is a big plus for me. The ATG tape runner is big and cumbersome. It also gets in the way at times when trying to film videos. The tape also dispenses much more cleanly and smoothly from ThermoWeb’s Memory Tape Runner. All around, this tape has quickly become my go-to adhesive! If you are on the look-out for a good tape, I recommend trying this one.

In Lay Die Cutting with Patterned Paper | Nina-Marie Design

Another fun product included in the kit is the Sea You Soon stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. There are some great pun sentiments included in the set, one of which I used on my card here. I cut apart the sentiment and stamped the script in blue ink and white heat embossed the sans serif font onto pink paper.

In Lay Die Cutting with Patterned Paper | Nina-Marie Design

I hope you will be checking out the video to see how this card came together, plus see the in lay die cutting technique in action! Also remember that you can find more inspiration using the new July Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp over at the Simon Card Kit Galleries page.

In Lay Die Cutting with Patterned Paper | Nina-Marie Design

Thanks for visiting with me today… I’ll be back soon with more tutorials to share! Happy Thursday



In Lay Die Cutting with Pattern Paper | Nina-Marie Design


Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month JULY 2017 HELLO SUMMER CK0717

Simon Says Clear Stamps SEA YOU SOON SSS101708

RESERVE Simon Says Stamp WONKY RECTANGLES Wafer Dies SSSD111714 Cherished

Simon Says Stamp BIKINI Wafer Dies SSSD111740

Echo Park SUMMER DREAMS 6 x 6 Paper Pad DR126023

Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad SOFT NAVY Blue Ink021

Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad HOLLYHOCK ink050 The Color of Fun

Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad CLEAR INK066

Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE WHITE EPJ36678

Sizzix SIDEKICK STARTER KIT Die Cutting Machine 661770


Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425

US Artquest MATTE Perfect Paper Adhesive

EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01

Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun Hero Arts PW200 Wagner

3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent 4016

Tim Holtz Tonic CRAFT PICK Retractable Needle Tool 372A

1 Response

  1. Cheryl says:

    I did not know/remember that the Side Kick would cut small dies! Wishing I had not sold mine a few years ago! Thinking I need another one! I rarely use a large die anymore.

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