Happy Saturday! Last week I shared a project using a die cut and embossing paste to create a unique focal point for cards. Today, we are going to take it super simple and create an embossed background with a die!


This is VERY simple, anyone can do it! This is also a great way to stretch your dies, giving them a new purpose other than just cutting papers. For this project, I used the Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways for the background.

Any dies you have will be able to provide a subtle and soft dimension, allowing any focal points to pop easily!

I kept the main portion of the card and the sentiment super simple using the Sketchy Thoughts Stamp Set & Cutaways. Since our background is super busy, keeping focal points simple and sweet will balance things out.

When stamping the sentiment, make sure to give it a good coverage since it is being stamped on top of the embossed surface. You can use MISTI to help with it.

What kind of dies do you have that you can use this techniqueย with? Perhaps background dies? or word dies you could use over and over for backgrounds? or shaped dies? Any would work well, so give it a try!


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  1. Such a beautiful and simple card. I need to find inspiration to mass produce cards that are cute but simple and this is one I can do! Tfs

  2. Embossed backgrounds do work so well to fill up the space beautifully. Your card is just perfect for getting a card done quickly and look classy!

  3. What a great card! I’ve always wanted to use dies to create an embossed background, but was never sure how to set up the “sandwich” for my Big Shot. Can’t wait to give this a try with some of my larger panel dies from Taylored Expressions!

  4. What a great card! I’ve always wanted to use dies to create an embossed background, but was never sure how to set up the “sandwich” for my Big Shot. Can’t wait to give this a try with some of my larger panel dies.

  5. I love the effect of the embossed background! Pretty card! I’ll have to try this technique!

  6. Fabulous card! I love that you let the embossing take center stage, yet the soft pink word bubble and sentiment draw your eye in.

  7. I can’t wait to give this technique a try with my dies. I love being able to use my supplies in different ways

  8. Great idea. I will have to look through my dies to see if I have anything that will work.
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  9. such pretty work!! thanks for the tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚ love the embossed look and such a cool way to stretch our supplies.

  10. I am definitely going to start using my dies to do this. Great idea. Love the card. As always, thanks for the video.

  11. Another great idea and lovely card! I really love ur style as I’m disabled from a stroke and I find ur style and ideas very user friendly so thank u for sharing!

  12. I love embossing with dies. I recently was introduced to this technique, and have used it several times. Thanks for the idea for a quick card.

  13. So soft and lovely! Those dies make a charming background for your sentiment and word bubble.

  14. So sweet and simple. The embossed background really adds! I’ve never tried embossing with my dies before. Thanks for the inspiration.
    <3 J

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  15. Very pretty! So simple and easy to do to create an amazing background and card! Thank you so much for sharing this simple but beautiful technique!

  16. What a cute card! It’s great to learn another technique. Thank you for sharing! Gonna put the die on my list…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. What a pretty card! The background embossing adds so much interest without cluttering the simplicity of your design.

  18. This is great Nicole, it would have never occurred to me to use alphabet dies in this way. A fantastic card!

  19. I also wanted to leave a comment on your soft and pretty card for your first installment as this month’s W&W leading lady, but it seems that commenting has been disable for that post.

  20. I’ve just recently started using embossing folders (I’m a little obsessed with them actually ๐Ÿ™‚ and this technique would be perfect to use some of my favorite dies to create the same effect. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!