Die cutting inlay techniques

Hello crafty friends. I have some cards for you today that use a set of cover dies to create different looks with inlay techniques.

All of these cards use the Bloom Layered Background dies from Paper Rose Designs.

This first card involved cutting one of the panels twice – once from white card, and once from a piece of pale blue card onto which I had blended Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. I took a white card base, and covered the front of it with double sided adhesive sheet. I got this on an enormous roll, which I’m slowly making my way through. I then peeeled off the backing, laid down the white border shape, and then filled in the inside pieces like a jigsaw. The paper has a very slight vertical stripe which helped me to decide which piece went where. If I hadn’t ink blended, the pieces would have been completely interchangeable. The sentiment is also inlaid. I cut the word Birthday from white. Then from the blue paper I cut one background, and one outline, made by putting the die pieces together and running through my cutting machine.

This second card uses all three layers, and is (quite obviously) white on white. All the interest is created with texture rather than colour, so I kept the sentiment small and clean.

Here is a close up picture, so that you can see the layers in detail. One thing for sure about white on white cards – they’re hard to photograph!

Finally, I have a card that uses the reverse pieces from the first card, but this time, I have inlaid only the corners in order to highlight the flower in the centre. There are also some small blue hearts in the intersections to create more dimension and interest.

There’s no getting around the fact that cover dies are a big investment. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for ways to stretch them further. For more ideas, you can have a look at an earlier blog post here, which also used layers of background dies.

Until next time,




  1. Stunning cards Donna, I must admit I haven’t strentched the budget for any of these larger background dies but seeing how you have used one I’m tempted! I especially love the first one with the inky paper inlaid, very beautiful! x


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