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Intricate Inlay

Intricate Inlay

Hi All,

I just got this new die called Maple Leaf Corner from Simon Says Stamp. As soon as I got it, I ran to my craft room to create this card. I just love the intricate details of the outline and the leaves. Dealing with intricate dies can be a challenge, especially when you’re trying to inlay some of the pieces.

A few weeks ago, one of you (I can’t remember who it was – I have scoured the comments to find it and couldn’t, so please identify yourself!) mentioned that you use spray adhesive for word die cuts. Well, that got me thinking for today’s card, which is how I was able to apply this intricate die with an inlay. Watch the video for details.

Here is a close-up of the leaf details, colored with distress inks:

Intricate Inlay

Stampin’ Up!’s Crumb Cake cardstock is my favorite kraft-colored cardstock – it goes so beautifully with white. Regarding the Hero Arts sentiment set I used, I wasn’t able to find it anywhere – I’ve had it forever! With this card though, any sentiment will work.

Anyway, enjoy the video and have a wonderful weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Maple Leaf Corner
Maple Leaf Corner
Easy Tack Spray
Easy Tack Spray
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Linen Thread
Fired Brick Distress Ink
Fired Brick
Wild Honey Distress Ink
Wild Honey
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Peeled Paint
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Precision Plate
Precision Plate
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 8:20 am


    This card is so striking. The colour combination for the leaves is just beautiful. And the white against the Kraft paper was a perfect choice. Thanks again for sharing this card with us. It is one of my favourites for sure!

  2. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Mary Jane

    I really love this card. Its so simple but looks so great! Thanks for sharing.

  3. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 1:00 pm


    Wow you got your order fast.. this die just came out 🙂 great job.. love the color you achieved with just three colors … looks beautiful

  4. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 1:19 pm


    Beautiful card – live how the white against the Crumb Cake really pops and draws attention to the awesome leaves you colored. Dang, guess this is another set I’ll have to buy 🙂

  5. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 1:50 pm


    Love the die cut and inlay. They work so well to make this card unique and beautiful

  6. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 2:14 pm



  7. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 2:14 pm


    Such a beautiful card! Love the colours!

  8. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 2:18 pm


    So funny, this die just came in the mail today! Love your ideas!

  9. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 2:29 pm


    Love the colors you used on your leaves! They really pop against the white & Crumb Cake background. I am curious why you used a repositionable spray adhesive though? I know you said no one would be pulling your die cut off the card, but I’d still be nervous that something could happen accidentally! I think I’d be more inclined to use the Stick It adhesive sheet on the back of the cardstock myself. With that, once you burnish it down, it ain’t goin’ nowhere! Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much for sharing this! Into my favorites it goes! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on September 5th, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea, I used the spray adhesive so that I would easily remove the negative without any residue being left on my cardstock, and no tearing! It made the inlay so much easier to put in.

      • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 9:55 am

        Miss Robin

        Hello Ladies. I was excited about the spray adhesive until I remembered my box that I spray in doesn’t stay sticky forever. Now, I realize that it’s exposed to air and the die cut is attached to two surfaces, but it begs the question of how long they will stay attached. (I think about these things because I often don’t use my cards in the same year that I make them.) Andrea, I haven’t used Stick It adhesive, but could only pull off the adhesive backing from the portion of the die cut that you actually want to stick? Would it be tedious? Because I am cheap, I thought that IF I could actually get my die cuts to stay intact, that I would try to use matte medium only on the portion I want to stick. I’m hoping for success. But first, I have to go to the store and buy Darlene’s version of Bounce because I have the unscented version and not getting good results.

        • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:47 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          I will keep my card for awhile and test it to see if anything comes undone. My understanding is that the adhesive wears off if you are doing a lot of on-off-repositioning. Hopefully it stays put if you don’t remove it, but we shall see.

  10. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 2:29 pm


    Lovely and elegant fall card.

  11. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 3:32 pm


    Wow….this is truly beautiful. I just got that die yesterday, your timing with perfect!
    hugs, Myrna

  12. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 4:21 pm


    Love your card…the autumn colours are perfect! So gorgeous!! I love the effect of inlaid dies.

  13. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 6:45 pm


    Wow, Darlene, this is stunning! I love the way the white pops and the colors stand out so beautifully against the kraft.

  14. wrote on September 4th, 2015 at 11:47 pm


    This is soo pretty. Thank you.

  15. wrote on September 5th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Susan Berry

    This is an a beautiful card. Love the die and how you colored the leaves. Thanks

  16. wrote on September 6th, 2015 at 1:52 pm


    I was totally drooling over this die the other day on Jennifer’s new release video for SSS. I’m not surprised that you picked it up…cuz I know you have fantastic taste! :b However, you did surprise me by using the tack spray! I always wonder why more papercrafters are not using it!! LOL I love that you didn’t muddy your watercoloring on those leaves, you show a lot of restraint when leaf dipping!! Thanks for sharing a great card, it’s super pretty and so nice that you also put the leaves on the inside. There is something special about putting a little decoration on the inside of cards. =)

  17. wrote on September 6th, 2015 at 3:20 pm


    Wow! This card is truly amazing, Darlene. You just have a natural talent for coming up with all your unique layouts.

  18. wrote on September 7th, 2015 at 6:59 am


    Hello Darlnene: I’m so late with this comment but I wanted to say that this card is just gorgeous, love how you gave color to the leaves, I will definitely try that technique, just beautiful.
    This die is lovely and your design amazing. Love the look of the white leaves against the craft card stock, they just pop!!

  19. wrote on September 7th, 2015 at 8:35 pm


    Darlene, I bought the precision base plate; however, mine looks different than yours? It has a black surface over the metal. Is that suppose to come off??? Yours looks very shiny.

    • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Priscilla. Mine came just like it is – I didn’t have to remove anything. Is the black covering plastic? Or is it just painted metal?

      • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:44 pm


        I guess it is black painted metal. A dull black. Shows all the die marks and indentations. Does yours?

        • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:53 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          I just checked mine and yes, it shows cut marks. Someone else is asking me the same questions, so you are not alone. She is checking on it and I will let you know what she says!

          • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:57 pm


            ok. thanks! I could send you a photo.

          • wrote on September 20th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

            Darlene DeVries

            Pricilla, it turns out that Sizzix did change the surface to a phosphorus coating. Patty, one of the members here, sent an email to Sizzix to get that answer. They didn’t give a reason – I suppose the most likely reason is that the phosphorus is better. 🙂

  20. wrote on September 8th, 2015 at 8:29 pm


    LOVE, LOVE the light!!!!! I had a similar light in my previous house, I just loved it. So classy!!
    The card is beautiful!! You are so talented!! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it!!

  21. wrote on September 8th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Miss Robin

    Hi Darlene! I saw the Bounce technique on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and I could only get it to work with one of my dies (I tried about 5-6). I used Bounce–unscented. That cannot be it, can it? Any suggestions you can make would be greatly appreciated. I love your technique with the repositionable adhesive. I’m going to give it a try!

    • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Robin. I think it would be weird for the scent to make a difference. Maybe try running it through on both sides of the dryer sheet? I don’t know what else to suggest.

  22. wrote on September 8th, 2015 at 11:39 pm


    Dear Darlene,
    was I who suggested using spray adhesive for word die cuts through email, but your card is a “wowww level” 😀 I had never thought use the negative part for keep the perfect form of the wordart or like in this case for the silhouette, its a wonderfull feedback idea for me, thank you!!!!

    • wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      A ha!! Adriana! Thank you so much for your tip! 🙂

  23. wrote on September 9th, 2015 at 11:40 am


    love how the leaves turned out!

  24. wrote on September 10th, 2015 at 8:12 am


    O, what a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL card!!
    Just love the white on crumbcake card – so striking!

  25. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 6:03 pm


    I really love this card! The leaves just jump right out.

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