playing with inlays...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

And today we are celebrating FRIENDS!
Love it!

If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

Isn't he just the sweetest? Best part? Panda's are black and white… no need to color. Perfect for those who feel their skills in coloring are somewhat lacking. Or those who are simply lacking time to color. But wouldn't he/she also be super SWEET in a non-traditional color? Like... light turquoise or lavender for a baby card?  Or… hot pink for the bold at heart. Yes, please!

Speaking of new… sometimes we get so caught up in having the "latest and greatest" gadgets and gizmos for crafting that we neglect our old favorites. Now there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with trying new things and evolving as a crafter.. In fact, I am ALL for it! That's how you stay inspired and keep growing. However, sometimes it isn't that you need new tools, but rather, a fresh look at the old ones. 

I've seen this technique floating around, and I just hadn't had a chance to play with it yet...
It is actually SUPER easy.. All you need is a die cut machine, dies, and paper.

Step 1: Die cut your card front as well as a contrasting paper with the die of your choice. You are going to want to keep all the NEGATIVE parts of your card front, and the POSITIVE parts of the contrasting paper… Like you see above. (if you are an electronic die cutter… you can easily do this with that type of machine too!)

Step 2: Cover another piece of card stock (here I'm just using the card base) with adhesive. I use a tape runner just and keep my lines fairly close… If your die is really intricate or has lots of little pieces, you may want to use an adhesive sheet cut to size and stuck over your card stock. 

Step 3: Lay your card front down over the adhesive. 

Step 4: Lay your contrasting die cut right inside the hole.. it should fit together as easily as a puzzle! The end result is an INLAYED look. Super fun!

Now it's all ready to stamp your sentiment! I chose one from Build-a-Damask

I kept this design fairly simple because that card is part of a set that will be given to someone who LOVES simplicity. But you can get as crazy as you want…

Here I used multiple dies, multiple papers, and even have them overlapping!

I have been having tons of fun playing with this and exploring possibilities!  Try creating your own paper for the inlay using background stamps! Or inlay a large open shape that has a focal image stamped in it… Really, your imagination is the limit! 

Have fun!

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.

Your next stop is Lisa!



  1. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the tutorial on the technique. I learn so much from you. Merry Christmas.

  2. Beautiful cards! I love the little panda and the gorgeous die cuts! Congrats to Unity on your 50,000 fb friends! And thanks for another fun blog hop!

  3. I enjoyed seeing all your cards. Loving that panda!

  4. Gorgeous cards! I just used this technique last night :)

  5. Some really pretty designs, and great technique

  6. Really unique! Love the Christmas card!

  7. The pandas are so cute. Blue could be good. Hugz

  8. So very besutiful projects dear Kassi.

  9. Your cards are all wonderful! I love that you used die cuts. I always use those in my projects!

  10. Aww, Kassi, I love that die cut technique also! Simple, yet so classy!


    Carmen L

  11. Thanks for the tut and the cards are great.

  12. Beautiful cards. I really love the background of your panda card.

  13. SUPER CUTE panda and lovely cards Kassi!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing how to do the inlay technique - I'm pretty new to die cutting with my Big Shot and look forward to trying my hand at inlays real soon :)

  14. I love the new little pandas! Thank you for reminding me about using dies for the inlaid technique! It's so pretty but I forget to use it!

  15. Adorable card with the new panda image, Kassi.

  16. I love your inlaid swirl thank you card.

  17. Gorgeous cards and thank you so much for the

  18. Gorgeous cards - thanks for sharing an interesting technique!

  19. I love dies and especially using them the way you did!

  20. nice cards thankyou for tutorial

  21. Cute panda card, love the background! Thanks for the tutorial! The inlayed die looks fabulous!

  22. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and tutorial.
    Crafty hugs,

  23. I love the filled-in die cuts.
    I've tried it on a card and really love to do it. It looks so elegant. Non-cardmakers are astounded at the idea.
    Great ideas.
    thanks for sharing.

  24. Wonderful technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. So pretty thanks for sharing the technique


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