Friday, September 1, 2017

Inlaid Die Cuts

Hello! A new challenge started at Mix It Up. The challenge is to use an inlaid die cut. To be completely honest, I had never heard of this technique and so google helped me. Haha! What an interesting and fun time I had. I should have gone for a more simple die cut, but I never take the easy way! Haha!
I started with a Prima watercolor paper that already had a resist on it. I added some Lindy's magicals from my favorite Steampunk set and got to adding some color. The paper took the water like a champ! I totally enjoy how the magicals flow together and work so beautifully together!

Now comes the inlaid die cut part. After google, and my team explained this technique to me, I was intrigued to try it! So, I used a Sizzix Tim Holtz MM#2 die and cut it out of my paper. I saved all of those little tiny pieces and then cut the die again using white fun foam. I was able to keep the fun foam in the die cut and then just laid that into the paper die cut. Whew! That saved some time. 
Then I started to add the paper die cut on top of the inlaid foam die cut. Very time consuming but also kind of relaxing. I knew where the pieces needed to go and just went at it. I used TomBow glue for this step. 
I added a Reneabouquets butterfly and another die cut for the sentiment (thank you to Sara Emily for that one!). The sentiment die cut was heat embossed using white and gray powders. It is a bit wonky but so am I.

I then added some lovely flowers (also from Reneabouquets) and a handmade bow I made from some crinkle ribbon. I used Lindys Stamp Gang mists for the ribbon.

And there is my take on the inlaid die cut technique. Have you tried this before? I may be the only to have not heard about this technique. Lol! Carpe Diem! Hugz! ~Niki

I am going to share this creation with these lovely challenges:

I was inspired by the colors from the peacock feathers and the swirls in the tree picture.

Of course my favorite color combo is blue with hints of grungy rust and white


  1. Fun piece, bit like doing a puzzlE, so I won't be trying it! Hugs, Valerie

  2. What a great technique - I'm glad the fiddly foam helped you out - and what a stunning finished piece. The colours here are my own personal feelgood ones, so this makes me very happy to look at.
    Alison x

  3. Great technique and I've never seen that done before! Clever you to use the foam--do you own stock in foam? Your entire project is just gorgeous! Hugs!

  4. Oh wow! It is very rewarding to see those raised up bits and I applaud you! I just love the result. Your card is superb! Hugs, Autumn

  5. Oh wow, this is stunning, Niki!! You used the technique perfectly!! I love how the die cut looks all popped up with foam!! So worth the time it took!! The colors are amazing!! I love, love this, my sweet friend!! Creative and gorgeous!! And thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Awesome, and what an amazing technique. Thanks for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.
    Leanne DT/4CC

  7. Wow Niki, you really did make it hard for yourself, but boy, what a fabulous result, definitely worth all your effort. The finish is stunning!! Never tried this before myself but may just have to now! Hugs, Red xx

  8. WOW! This turned out lovely! The way it popped with dimension with the foam, looks amazing! I love the end result~great design!
    Thanks so much for joining is in the challenge at Scrapy Land!
    Sherrie K
    Scrapy Land DT Member

  9. Gorgeous card , the whole design of this is stunning and I love the inlaid foam technique you used, absolutely fabulous!!

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  10. Just LOVE those colours, they really sing to me! Beautiful card my lovely xx

  11. Considering that you didn't know what the technique was before you make the card, it is remarkable. Well, really, even if you'd done the technique over and over it's still remarkable. The colors are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your project.

  12. Sounds great!You have learned a new technique and utilized it very beautifully:)