Today let’s use your die cutting machine for a diorama card.  Yesterday I shared how to get more life from your crafting supplies with two takes on a Big Shot card.  Check it out here!

Now, I want to share this fabulous sailboat shadow box card made by my friend Joanne, also using her Big Shot in a few different ways.  You’re going to want these dies when you see how sweet it is!

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Isn’t it SO cute?  What little – or big – boy wouldn’t get a kick out of this?

And isn’t it just the perfect time of year for this little gem?  Kids are out of school, the calendar says it’s vacation time and the sun is shining (well not here ☹️ but hopefully in your little piece of the world)!  What better time to share a fun card like this?

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Joanne’s a big bundle fan and she used one from a couple years back, to create her card.  It makes card making so easy when you have stamps with perfectly sized framelits and thinlits, and coordinating images.  Plus, why not get them at 10% when you can?

While the bundle only sticks around for one catalogue stint, the stamp sets and thinlits are still available.  This cute card uses the Swirly Bird stamp set…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

And the Swirly Scribbles thinlits…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


I have to say my thinlits have seen more love than my stamps (in fact that’s ALL I used for this classy navy and white card), and I do sometimes forget about it sitting there with all the other exciting new things😬. (You don’t do that too do you?)  But with fun cards like this, I just may need to blow off the dust and see what I can create.

Here’s everything you will need to make this card just like Joanne.

How to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


  1. Us the Swirly Scribbles thinlits to cut two sets of “waves” with blue paper (Joanne used Dapper Denim, now retired) and set aside.
  2. Cut out two clouds with Up & Away thinlits.
  3. Cut two pieces of Whisper White 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” and score both on the 5 1/2” length at 1/4” and 1”.
  4. Run your 3” Layering Circle through Big Shot in front centre of one piece.
  5. Cut one smaller piece of cardstock 1 1/2” x 5” and score at 1/4” on each end of the long strip.


  1. Stamp “sun” onto Daffodil Delight cardstock and punch out with 1 1/4” circle punch.
  2. Stamp sailboat in three colours (Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Call Me Clover) on Whisper White and cut out with scissors.
  3. Ink words from Sunshine Sayings in Memento ink and stamp onto light yellow cardstock and corner round the edges.



  1. Sponge blue ink onto remaining full sheet of 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” white card (with score lines on the right hand side). 
  2. Adhere sun and add clouds with dimensionals.


  1. Glue “waves” to the front of small 1 1/2” x 5” piece of cardstock. 
  2. Adhere sailboat on the left so sail extends over the top.


  1. Glue the “waves” onto bottom of the remaining White panel, cutting flush with the scored edge on one side and the cut edge on the right hand side.
  2. Sponge coordinating blue ink for a subtle effect, darker along the bottom behind the waves than the top.
  3. Draw on birds with black marker.

Here’s a couple tips for assembling the card.

  1. Add glue to both 1/4” strips and place together for the front and back pieces, making sure all images and waves are facing forward.
  2. And for the inside strip…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

It’s a toss up whether these are shadow box cards or a diorama card.  Which one do you think it is?  But whichever you call it this fun design will bring a smile to anyone who receives it.  

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Working with your coordinated stamp sets and framelits is just one more way to add excitement to your creations.  So why not try to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card that combines framelits, thinlits and stamping, just like this one – or with one your design all on your own?

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