Using Dies For Stencils – SIMPLY SUCCULENTS Card

Using Dies For Stencils – SIMPLY SUCCULENTS Card


Today I’m sharing a fun way for using dies for stencils- and how to make simply beautiful backgrounds for your handmade paper-crafting projects!

Our project features one of the dies in the new SIMPLY SUCCULENTS Stamp & Die Bundle.
Creating beautiful backgrounds with this A2-sized die is fun and easy!



Start by choosing your colors: I recommend three, but monochromatic (one color) also looks good, just different.

I’m using Stampin’ Up!’s Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz and Rich Razzleberry, but with the incredible variety of colors in succulents, use what you like. You will want matching cardstock and ink for the colors you select, along with Basic White Cardstock.

Cut an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Basic White Cardstock into four A2 panels (in half both directions)… these will become backgrounds panels and stencil blanks.

On your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, die-cut one stencil per ink color-family you plan to use.

  • For example, I cut two stencils: The first to use with Rich Razzleberry and the second to use with both greens. This prevents ink from one color family mixing with the others when you blend (for instance, when purple and green mix they make brown, and it’s NOT pretty :-). You could also wait until the stencil is completely dry to switch colors, but creating multiples is quick and easy- and allows you to complete a background panel in minutes. Each stencil can also be used multiple times, so feel free to makes lots of panels while you have everything out {there’s another card idea coming so you’ll be glad to have extra, wink, wink}


With any low-tack tape (Washi Tape shown) secure a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ white cardstock piece to a piece of Grid Paper on your worktop. Lay the die-cut on top and secure at the edges. It’s important to secure both so neither shift while blending.

Rub your Blending Brush over the surface of your ink pad several times to load ink, then lightly brush over the stencil. Using a light touch is key to splotch-less coloring! Repeat until you achieve the depth of color you like; it really is quick and easy. Apply each color as desired, switching stencils between color families. Simply line up the white patterned areas for an exact match each time.

  • Savvy Tip: Apply ink to three areas each with the first two colors, then fill in with the third color. Overlap colors for even greater variety.
  • If you’ve had trouble blending ink before, then you want these brushes… they make ink blending effortless- and you look like a pro!


On Paper Trimmer cut panel to 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, then on the long side cut three panels 1-1/2″ wide each (keep them in order for easy assembly).

Card Base: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored & folded @ 4-1/4″ (Rich Razzleberry Carstock shown)
Color Layer: 3-3/4″ x 5″ (Pear Pizzazz Cardstock shown); adhere stenciled panel pieces above. Wrap with White Baker’s Twine (or your favorite ribbon) and tie into bow. Adhere to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp sentiment on Basic White Cardstock and die-cut with any of the label dies in the SIMPLY SUCCULENTS Die Bundle. Adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals… done!


Here’s another example [above] with the colors reversed, and a different sentiment with layered die-cuts (from this same bundle).

I also decided to Step It Up! by embossing the card front with the HAMMERED METAL 3D Embossing Folder. With or without embossing? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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About Tammy Beard

Stampin' Up!® Independent Demonstrator who loves crafting handmade happiness with paper, stamps and ink!❤ SHOP Stampin' Up!® in the USA @


  1. How do you clean the die?

    • Hi Beth! The die is only used to cut the stencil… it’s the stencil that is used for coloring; re-use or toss when done! Give it a try- FUN technique! ❤️

  2. Just found you on Pinterest. Love this idea!

  3. Inspired by both your cards. Time to try this new technique!

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