Using Coordinating Stamps & Dies in your card making

Using Coordinating Stamps & Dies in your card making

One of the greatest ideas/tools/inventions for a card maker has to be coordinating stamps and dies.  Having a die that can cut out an image in one pass through a die-cutting machine like the Big Shot saves so much time, especially on really intricate images.  Even with this great product, I find a lot of crafters are sometimes confused on how to use the two.  There really is no right or wrong way.

Today, I will walk you through a few basic steps n how I ensure a great cut around my stamped images.

First, I stamp my images onto a piece of cardstock using the desired colour.  If I’m water colouring I will use StazOn ink and if I’m colouring with my Stampin’ Blends I will use Memento Black Ink.

Then I apply my dies over the stamped images.  Use a low-tack tape or something like washi tape to hold the die pieces together or try the magnetic platform plate.

Remove the die cuts from the dies.  The images are now ready to use for projects.  The die cuts I don’t use I keep with my stamp set for future use.

Coordinating Stamps & Dies

Next time you’re buying a stamp set, buy the bundle and save 10% plus you’ll be able to die cut your images to add to your handmade greeting card.

Thank You Butterfly

Thank You Butterfly

We’re half way through Sale-a-Bration 2019, and you are loving the free SAB items this year.  What has been your favourite so far?  Today, I thought we would create a clean and simple project featuring Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (DSP) that you can earn free with a $90 purchase in this years SAB catalogue.

This pattern gives you so many options, here are a few ideas

  • leave it plain (no colour)
  • watercolour
  • cut the butterfly’s out
  • colour with Stampin’ Blends
  • Sponge colour onto the butterfly
  • fussy cut them out
  • punch them out with the Butterfly Duet punch

For today’s project we’re sponging colour onto our butterfly and then punching them out using the Butterfly Duet Punch.


  • Stamps – All Things Thanks
  • Ink – Early Espresso Classic Ink
  • Paper – Powder Pink, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Botanical Butterfly DSP
  • Other – Butterfly Duet Punch, Stampin’ Sponges


  • Powder Pink  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Early Espresso CS – 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″
  • Whisper White CS – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″


  1. Colour 2 x butterfly images from DSP pack with Powdered Pink Ink and Stampin’ Sponge.  Punch image with Butterfly Duet Punch
  2. Stamp your greeting approx 1/2″ – 3/4″ up from the center of White CS using Early Espresso Ink
  3. Adhere your 2 x Butterfly images together with adhesive just down the center of the butterfly.  Adhere to card front above greeting.  You’re done!

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Facebook Live – All Things Thanks

Today’s project featuring Stampin Up! All Things Thanks Stamp Set

Posted by Kristy Coromandel – Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator on Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Tricks & Tips

  • If you don’t have Butterfly Duet Punch, use a pair of paper snips and fussy cut them out
  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE


I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

Visit my blog tomorrow, as I share how to create a focal point on your handmade cards.