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

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Make It Monday #6: Adding Colour to Basic Pearls

Make It Monday #6: Adding Colour to Basic Pearls

I have a quick and simple project to share with you today.  This card also features the one layer technique.  You can read about One Layer cards HERE. 

My project felt like it was missing something, and I felt it needed some pearls however, the colour didn’t match.  so I used my Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Marker to colour them in before placing them on my project.  I shared a tip on how to colour your embellishments in last weeks Tip & Technique series HERE 

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  • Stamps – Fallen Flowers, Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink – Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Classic Ink, Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends
  • PaperSoft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla CS
  • Other Basic Pearls, Adhesive


  • Soft Suede 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” (14.5 x 10cm)
  • Very Vanilla CS – 5-1/2” x 3-3/4” (14 x 9.5cm)


  1. Stamp the flower image in the bottom right corner using Soft Suede Classic Ink onto piece Very Vanilla CS. Stamp the image again onto a post-it note and fussy cut it out
  2. Place the post-it note image over the stamped flower image and stamp the flourish using Crumb cake classic ink, as shown in the photo
  3. Stamp your greeting in Early Espresso ink on the bottom left corner
  4. Colour pearls using Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ blend, and randomly add to card front
  5. Adhere the Very Vanilla pieces to the Early Espresso Mat with double sided adhesive
  6. Adhere the Matted Early Espresso piece to your Soft Suede Card front. You’re done!

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See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature