3 Ways to Add Dimension to Handmade Die Cuts

By | February 9, 2016

I love using handmade die cuts on my scrapbook pages and other paper craft projects. But I also love dimension on my projects, so I’ve come up with a few tricks for adding dimension to handmade die cuts. You can see them in the layout above I created using the awesome new Pirate’s Life collection!

I'm a Pirate layout by Aly Dosdall with the "Pirate's Life" collection and designer dies by #EchoParkPaper

The first trick for adding dimension to a die cut is using foam squares to pop up selected parts of the image.

Foam squares 1

I adhered the eye and wing of this adorable Parrot Set Die with foam squares. Using tweezers really helps when picking up and adhering small die cut pieces.

The next tip for adding dimension to die cuts is stacking several die cuts one on top of the other like I did with the Pirate Octopus Die on my layout.

Stacked dies 2

I cut 15 octopus bodies and used a glue stick to adhere them together to avoid extra bulk. You can stack anywhere from 10-15 die cuts, depending on your desired thickness. This is great way to use up small paper scraps that would normally be thrown out.

I'm a Pirate layout by Aly Dosdall with the "Pirate's Life" collection and designer dies by #EchoParkPaper

The final way to add dimension to die cuts is dry embossing. I used the Layered Scallops Embossing Folder on the sails of the pirate ship to give them some more texture and dimension.

Embossing 3

To finish off my page, I added some paper strips behind my photo, a long title made from alpha stickers, and some wood veneer stars.

I'm a Pirate layout by Aly Dosdall with the "Pirate's Life" collection and designer dies by #EchoParkPaper

The next time you use handmade die cuts, try one of these easy techniques to add some fun dimension to your project!

Supplies:

Pirate’s Life Octopus Mateys Paper
Pirate’s Life Journaling Cards Paper
Pirate’s Life Treasure Map Paper
Pirate’s Life Pirate Ships Paper
Pirate’s Life Red/Black Paper
Pirate’s Life Blue/Lt. Blue Paper
Pirate’s Life Teal/Cream Paper
Pirate’s Life 6×6 Paper Pad
Pirate’s Life Element Stickers
Pirate’s Life Alpha Stickers
Pirate Octopus Designer Die
Parrot Set Designer Die
Walk The Plank Designer Die
Sail Away Designer Die
Made From Scrath 6×6 Paper Pad
Layered Scallops Embossing Folder
enamel dots
wood veneer stars
date stamp
black ink pad
foam squares

Source: Echo Park