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Multi-Die Cutting

Multi-Die Cutting

Hi All!

Well, the cold weather has finally hit Dallas! My kids had snow days on Monday and Tuesday. But we didn’t get any snow – it was a thick layer of ice on the roads. By this weekend we’ll be back in the 60’s, then a new cold front next week. That’s Texas weather in the winter.

The card today incorporates lots of die cutting. The main set is Little B’s Heart Stitched Dies. When I decided I needed nested heart dies, I did an enormous amount of research. I decided on this Little B set and I couldn’t be happier. It has your choice of stitching or no stitching (and you can even cut JUST the stitching, which I do in this video). The stitching is a cross-stitch, which makes it perfect since it’s hearts (i.e. kisses). There are 11 dies in this set. 11! That’s a lot. And it comes with an incredibly sturdy magnetic folder with a magnetic closure. It was a few dollars more than the others I was looking at, but it was so worth the number of options it has.

In the video I also talk about white space and how to fill it, if you absolutely must. I know that uncomfortable feeling with white space. 🙂 You can try filling it with white or clear embossing powder. You can even add some embossing paste underneath. It’s subtle, and hopefully it will relieve your white-space-angst. I used this coping mechanism on this card, this card, and this card. Here’s a close-up of today’s embossing:

Multi-Die Cutting

Enjoy the video and stay warm, wherever you are!



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

Litte B Heart Dies
Little B Heart Dies
Technique Tuesday Birthday Die
Technique Tuesday Birthday Die
Drawn Hearts Background
Drawn Hearts Background
SSS Happy Birthday Die
SSS Happy Birthday Die
Shape 'n Tape, Black
Shape ‘n Tape, Black
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink
Squeezed Lemonade
Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
Ripe Persimmon
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 8:17 am


    I have been researching heart dies, too, but I never noticed these! Thanks so much for showing them.

  2. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 8:57 am


    I love these heart dies also! Thanks for showing them to us – not a bad price for how much you get! Love your card – reminds me of a Florida sunset! 🙂

  3. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Mary Jane

    Love the card and thanks for showing how to use the ATG tape runner.
    I have the worst time not getting the card front straight and then not being able to get it back up again. Its really frustrating sometimes. I don’t know if I use too much tape or not the right kind. Anyway, thanks for the tip.

    • wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Mary Jane, when you think about it, that tape is so super strong that it doesn’t take much. That’s why I usually just tape the edges.

  4. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 12:00 pm


    Lovely, lovely, lovely. I like how you added a bit of subtle bling with the teeny tiny hearts.

  5. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 12:34 pm


    Another lovely creation, thanks for sharing the heart dies – they are lovely!
    Darlene, how do you manage to use the surgical tape without it tearing a layer off the paper? I use micropore to hold down the card when doing watercolour or stenciling but it takes a layer off the card leaving a ‘fur’. I try so hard to peel it gently – I certainly don’t have your success! What’s your secret?

    • wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Lilatoff. Let me ask you a question… how long do you leave the tape on? Once I left my tape on for a couple of days and it tore the paper. I totally forgot about that until now. I use it pretty much everyday without any problems, but I usually don’t leave it on for more than a couple of minutes. Even pressing it down by running through the Big Shot doesn’t tear the paper for me. Let me know.

      • wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 3:24 am


        When I tore the paper on my nephew’s card (boy was I cross with myself!) I’d put the tape round the edges to do a background in pastel which took no more than 10 minutes. When I did it with distress inks it took longer because I’m not very good at it – but certainly no longer than an hour. I wonder if it’s because I’m using a different brand rather than micropore’s own. I’ll investigate further!

        • wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 10:07 am

          Darlene DeVries

          Ah, I see. Mine is made by 3M. I guess it’s kind of like post-its. The other brands just aren’t quite the same. 🙂

        • wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 5:47 pm


          Something else you might try. When you remove the tape, keep the paper on your work surface. As you peel the tape away, keep the non-sticky side against the paper, and pull slowly. Also, if you hold the end you’re pulling on at a 90 degree angle to the line of tape, it tends to work better. I use delicate surface painter’s tape, and peeling it off like that tends to help me not tear the paper. Doesn’t work 100% of the time, but mostly. Also, you can remove a bit of the stick by pressing it on your clothing a couple of times before adhering it to your paper, which will help keep it from tearing the paper. Hope this makes some sense at least! ~ Andrea

  6. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    mary w

    This is a great card – you make it look easy!

  7. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 1:27 pm


    Fabulous Darlene, what a colorful and bright and cheery card. I love your sponging, oh my goodness, it’s fabulous, the way you blend the colors always leaves me astonished.
    I must get this heart dies, I don’t have ANY, I only have a couple of punches.
    Thank you for such a fabulous video and for sharing your love for this awesome hobby.
    Hugs my dear.

    • wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Maria. I didn’t have any heart dies either! How did that happen? Seems like an odd thing to be missing. Thank you as always for your sweet comment.

  8. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 1:38 pm


    Very pretty.

  9. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 2:09 pm


    Love this card! Thanks so much for responding to my plea for help with the ATG. I think my problem was the timing of releasing the trigger.

  10. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 3:24 pm


    Really like the heart die with the cross stitch embossing. Also lovin’ the way you assembled this card.

  11. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 4:01 pm


    So nice! Love the blending.

  12. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 5:51 pm


    love! love! love!

  13. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Carol B

    Awesome card.

  14. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 7:44 pm


    Darlene, where do you get your piercing tool? Myra

    • wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Myra. I have two. One I got at a craft store (I don’t know the brand) and the other one is Stampin’ Up!. I’m not sure you can go wrong with any brand.

  15. wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Peg C

    Hi, I have the same problem with my micro pore tape, where it tears the card and I onlu leave it on a few seconds while running it through my big shot, yours looks perfect! Thanks for another great video now just have to wait for Friday!

    • wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Are you using the 3M brand Peg?

  16. wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Peg C

    Hi, yes I am using the 3m brand it’s the 1″ but that shouldn’t make a difference should it?

    • wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I wouldn’t think so. I’ve been thinking about this… I wonder if it has something to do with the age of the tape? For example, some of my old washi tape is so sticky it won’t come off the roll. You may have gotten it recently, but maybe it was sitting on a shelf for a long time before it got to you. I was watching a video by Jill Foster recently and she was using tape (I can’t remember which kind). She taped it to her shirt/sweater first, then put it on the paper. You could try that to remove some of the “stick”. I thought it was a good idea!

      • wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 2:02 am

        Peg C

        Thanks Darlene, I think you are right, I have been putting it on my sweater and this works! Thanks again it’s very kind of you taking time to reply x

        • wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 8:31 am

          Darlene DeVries

          So glad to hear that works! Thanks for reporting back. 🙂

  17. wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 1:39 pm


    LOVE this fabulous card, Darlene, and your many good tips for making it. I had to laugh because I pick up almost every card front to straighten it “just a little bit” the way you said you do often – after adhering it. It made me feel much better! Thanks for being real.

    • wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Cindy. Glad I’m not the only one!

  18. wrote on February 26th, 2015 at 4:48 pm


    That ATG tape is almost too strong sometimes. I have ruined a couple three cards with it, for sure. Thanks for the video, Darlene. I love the card. =)

    Oh and I added those heart dies to my SSS wishlist. LOL THOSE ARE SUPER COOL!!!

  19. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 5:06 pm


    I love how you blend distress inks.. I guess I need a lot more practice b/c I never get a good blend. the yellow, orange, pink combo is my favorite combo!!

  20. wrote on February 28th, 2015 at 11:51 am


    Awesome card with stunning colors and blending !

  21. wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 5:51 pm


    Love the ink colors you used, Darlene! And I’ve added those heart dies to my wish list (a.k.a. must have list!). I’ve been looking for a good set of heart dies. I’d seen the Little B ones, but never in action. You finally convinced me to go with those! Thanks for depleting my pocketbook a bit. LOL ~ Andrea

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