Did you know you can combine die cuts for layered handmade cards to add a special little touch? The touch that takes your card from pretty to…pretty amazing?!

I love to show you how you can get a bit more life from your stamping and paper crafting tools and supplies. Today’s card shows how to turn a discarded scrap into something special.

And when you also combine it with a gorgeous embossing folder and a triple time punch, you’ve got a perfect card like this!

Combine Die Cuts for Layered Handmade Cards
A Pretty Card to Make Someone Smile

One of the things about die cutting and card making? You always end up having a few extra pieces lying around. Pieces that you may not end up using, but are so lovely, it’s a shame they don’t get a chance.

That’s exactly what happened with my main “frame” in today’s card. Read on to find out more.

Combine Die Cuts for Layered Handmade Cards

Which Ones Did I Combine?

The first is the large opening on the champagne foil paper. When there is a hole left like this, it is called a negative space. And this piece of foil “negative space” was just begging to be used on a great card!

So I backed it with a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder to create a bit of a frame. Then added a little bouquet of flowers as my “picture” using the Lovely You stamp set. This set is one I love because of its versatility. See another cheery card here made with it.

Combine Die Cuts for Layered Handmade Cards
Die Cuts and Punches Pack a Punch in Card Making

The second die I used might be a bit difficult to see. It’s the Mango Melody stitched scalloped edging below the punched out greeting. It’s one I haven’t used a lot, but I pulled it out from the Be Mine Dies to create a thin scalloped edging. I thought the greeting needed a little “something” to give it some pop!

The Rest of the Card

Once I had my focal point created, then came time for the greeting and card background.

My sentiment is simple and understated. I used a 3 3/4″ long piece of Basic White and stamped in the middle, Then I punched both ends with my Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

The Vanilla woven ribbon adds a lovely bow off to the right attached with a glue dot.

I really enjoy how it looks like a little picture when it’s all put together. Those negative shapes do really add a lot!

Here’s another example of where I used a negative shape to add lots of personality to a card.

What Dies Will You Combine?

I bet you have a number of scraps – not to mention dies – you could create some amazing cards with if you combined them. Take a peek. Pull some out! Design up something like this for a special someone in your life.

If you’d like to pick up any of the items I used, you can add them to your own stash by clicking on any of them here.


See You Soon

I so thankful to have you stop by to see my latest design. I hope it gives you an idea or two to craft something up in your own craft space.

And be sure to stop by again to see lots of other ways to get more life from your crafting supplies!

Combine Die Cuts for Layered Handmade Cards
A Touch of Foil Makes a Great Frame for a Card

I hope you dig through your stash to combine die cuts for layered handmade cards – they will be so appreciated by whoever receives them!

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