Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds + Die Cutting Tips

Hello crafty friends and Happy Tuesday! Today I have some inspiration for you that features some of the Simon Says Stamp DieCember release products. In this video, I will be sharing tips on creating die cut backgrounds, as well as other die cutting tips in general.

Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds Nina-Marie Design

While these cards may have a Valentine’s theme to them, they could easily be used year round for a variety of occasions; this is one of the things I love so much about “I love you” cards! Another thing I love is how versatile die cutting can be. With a few dies and a bit of imagination, you can create some unique and stunning designs very quickly. For instance, I used the Simon Says Stamp Envelope Liner dies to create the background of these cards. Technically, the Envelope Liner die set is meant to be used for decorating envelopes. But pretty much every single die in the set can also be used on a card instead! By taping the border dies together (from the Envelope Liner set), I was able to create an intricate design into my card bases.

Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds Nina-Marie Design

A question I get often when I do die cut backgrounds on my card bases, is whether or not the card can hold up the weight of the embellishments. This depends greatly on cardstock weight; 80lb cardstock can work, depending on how heavy the rest of your design is. I personally recommend 100lb cardstock (I particularly enjoy using the Simon Says Stamp brand of 100lb cardstock best, with Bazzil’s close behind). 100lb cardstock will hold up against the weight of your embellishments better, and also will not tear as easily either.

After creating my die cut card bases, putting the rest of the card together was very easy! I layered two hearts (die cut using the Memory Box Stitched Heart Layers set), and popped them off the card with foam tape. Next I created a stacked sentiment with Simon Says Stamp’s White Diamond glimmer cardstock and the Heartfelt die set; the stacked sentiment adds stability to the intricate die cut, making it easier to adhere and more like an embellishment, instead of a piece of paper. For a supporting sentiment, I heat embossed the words “I love you”, which were from Simon’s You Matter stamp set.

Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds Nina-Marie Design

Finally, no card is complete without a few embellishments, right? You’ll notice that the card bases have shimmer on them; for this I used Imagine Crafts‘ shimmer spritz in the color Frost. I spray the shimmer over the paper from about 1 foot above; if you are concerned about getting shimmer spray onto areas besides your project, you may want to spray into a box or take it outside. Besides the shimmer spritz, I added additional bling to the cards using Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins (which happen to be some of my favorite sequins of all time!).

Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds Nina-Marie Design

I hope today’s cards have inspired you and that you will be checking out today’s video to see how these cards came together! Thanks so much for visiting me today, I will see you again later this week for another video tutorial!




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Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds Nina-Marie Design




If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

6 Responses

  1. Beach Bunny says:

    Good use of dies. It’s always good to have multiple uses.

  2. ssonnier2015 says:

    Such a great release. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!!

  3. DebSelby says:

    Great looking cards with unique way of using the new release dies.

  4. Teresa Doyle says:

    As always Nina, you are full of great ideas. Thanks for the tips!

  5. GrammyP says:

    Good morning, Nina! I really enjoyed this card video and appreciated your advice and techniques. I tried to give you a thumbs up but for some reason, the button wouldn’t work. Really beautiful cards–thanks for sharing!

  6. Lisaerica says:

    Awesome dies Nina! I love the patterns on the card bases, really pretty design. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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