Hi! Today I share 5 techniques you can do with your dies. Just one die can create so many different looks all the way from clean and simple, to vintage and grungy or even happy colorful style! Hope this video will give you lots of ideas on how you can stretch your supplies and use them more.

I am using a new die from the latest “LOVE YOU TOO” collection by SimonSaysStamp and this is part of a blog hop as we celebrate the new release. Join the hop to see the products in action, to get inspired and to win prizes.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

technique 1: look through window

For this technique you use the die to die cut the lovely design that can be used as a window. You can have that window at the front and look through the inside of the card, or use an inked backgroud, glitter cardstock, alcohol inked background… whatever works!

technique 2: multiple die cuts

Use another die to separate the design from the paper, so you can stick multiples on top of your card. Use a fancy cardstock and you have a special card in to time!

technique 3: dry brushing

Work with black paper and stick layers one on top of the other. Then do the “dry brushing” technique to bring everything to life. Check the video on how easy this technique is and on alternative mediums you can achieve the same look.

technique 4: make a stencil

Use your die to create a stencil, then it opens up a whole new world of techniques…. use your sprays, your inks, your pastes over it….

technique 4: shaker card

Dies create the perfect windows for shaker cards.

supplies & coupon code

Use code HUGS4U2 to get a free stamp set with purchases of $100 or more.

Below you can find a list of all the products used today. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.

Simon Says Stamp BOHO CIRCLE Wafer…
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CZ Design BOLD THANKFUL Wafer Dies…
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Waffle Flower NESTING CIRCLES Dies…
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Tonic QUICKSILVER Nuvo Glacier Paste…
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Tonic FROSTBITE Nuvo Glacier Paste 1905n
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft MINI SNIPS…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft SHEARS 9.5…
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T016 Spellbinders TOOL ‘N ONE
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH…
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock ASSORTED…
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Crafter’s Companion LOW TACK TAPE…
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Scrapbook Adhesives 126 3D WHITE FOAM…
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Darice ADHESIVE FOAM 33 Double Sided…
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Tsukineko 25 SPONGE DAUBERS Tools…
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STORAGE BOX Sponge Daubers 42916
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GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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SimonSaysStamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from the blog comment section. They will choose the winners and post on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 20th of January.

Blog hop order


  1. Hi Vicky, love the 3rd card look, I think is great masculine card too. I want to send big virtual hugs ? I think everyone needs them in this period. Ciao from Italy/Texas.

  2. Thank you for showing us the multiple ways we can use this die, it is a beautiful design. Love all of your cards!

  3. Hi Vicky,
    I really like the fourth tip about using the die to create a stencil. The card looks beautiful. The third card technique would be great to use for those friends that need something a little more masculine. Overall, I enjoyed watching your video and reading your blog. Thank you for sharing.

  4. What a great way to show the different use of one die. I an going to have to try the black and copper one.

  5. Funtastic to see what different looks you can achieve with one die. Can’t want to try it myself with the one I already ordered.

  6. I really enjoy using my dies and stamps in a variety of ways and you certainly accomplished that! Your cards are wonderful.

  7. Wow – you used my favorite product from this release and showed so many great ideas. I love the rainbow square card and the holographic card too. The copper and black card is also so rustic and beautiful.

  8. Wow!! They are all so fabulous it would be really hard to pick my favorite. I really love the dark one with the copper, it would be perfect for more masculine cards, or for anyone, really.

  9. Oh, Vicky! These cards are gorgeous! I always look at your blog first to see what you have made! Love your beautiful creations!

  10. Vicky,
    I watch your videos all the time and I think this one is one of your very best. I am incredibly impressed at how much you got out of ONE die. Holy smokes!!! I love the rainbow card and the iridescent sticker paper card and the shaker. Those three are my favorites. But I also like the ones you did with the glacier paste and the copper paint. You are one of my crafting heroes. I continue to be absolutely blown away at your level of English. Wow!! I wish you happiness and health in 2021 and hope to see much more from you as the year goes along. Again, congrats on stunning pieces of work and a terrific video!
    Lori S in PA (USA)

  11. Love your cards and the inspiration on your post today. All the cards were beautiful and I loved the look of the airbrushed card, especially for making masculine cards! Thanks!

  12. The dry brushed card is so tough
    and masculine – fantastic.
    The glow and colors of the multiple
    die-cuts is wonderful. thanks
    for the different techniques.

  13. Oh my goodness, this was so fantastic. I am always searching for ways to use my supplies to make more masculine looking cards, and I feel that I found a fantastic option here with the grunge style dry brush over a die cut technique! (And for the record, I loved all of the other techniques as well!) Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  14. Vicky it’s always so interesting what you come up with. Very inspiring!! All these cards were very simple and gave me lots of ideas! Thank you.

  15. WOW! These cards are all awesome. I didn’t think I needed this die until I saw all the amazing ways you used it. The shaker card is gorgeous. I love how you did the rainbow effect on the first card. Thanks for including the video with all the great details.

  16. I love all the different techniques you used to get very different cards from just one die. I really love that third one it would look great for a masculine birthday card.

  17. I too think the copper dry brush card would be a great masculine card and appreciate the tip on how else I can use some guilding wax in my stash. And then you turned around and made a totally feminine, dainty card. Amazing!! Thank you, Vicky!

  18. This die is high on my wish list, and I loved seeing all your interpretations for using it. Can’t pick a favorite, but I certainly appreciate all the inspiration.

  19. Oh Vicky, you have been busy creating all these beautiful cards. Your mind must have been buzzing with ideas. My particular favourite is the pink shaker card, it’s really beautiful. Thank you for your amazing inspiration.

  20. Holy cow! So many fantastic ideas for using dies! Thank you for your creativity & inspiration! Love your cards! Gorgeous!

  21. Wow! such wonderful cards from this one die! Amazing what you can do when you have some creative inspiration to watch! Thanks, Vicky.

  22. I love that die, almost bought it the other day. I’ll be heading back to SSS for sure. So fun to see so many techniques and looks with one item to start with.

  23. Gorgeous cards with this die–so many ideas! Thanks for your terrific video and all you do to inspire us! Great release from SSS!

  24. Vicky,
    You amaze me every time! I will give this a try with a doily die I have.
    Love them all , my favorite is the copper one!

  25. Hello Vicky! I love how you got 5 different style of cards with 5 different techniques. I love the “Sending Love Your Way” because I love shaker and girly cards, but I also really like the look of “Just Because” card. The results are so cool.

  26. Oh my gosh, I just love every single one. And I love to see different ways to use the same product. I need ideas. THANK YOU!!

  27. I really liked the boho circle die when I saw it but now I love it! You have shown just how beautiful and versatile it is! Thank you for showing so many techniques.

  28. Thanks for the great ideas on ways to use this new die from SimonSaysStamp. While they each have their own charm, my favorites are the first one you made and the pink shaker card. ?

  29. OMGoodness. I am a first time visitor from the blog hop but now I am subscribed to your youtube channel. Every single one of these have major WOW factor. Thank you for showcasing this great BoHo die in so many ways.

  30. Wonderful cards, Vicky! It’s amazing how different all the cards look using the same die! Great to get ideas for stretching your supplies!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  31. Wow, Vicky you gave us so much creativity and so much to admire. My fave is the hello card. Excellent!!!! ❤️

  32. Gorgeous cards and wonderful techniques. So nice to see different ways to use the same product with different results. I love the dry brush card – gorgeous!

  33. Beautiful cards. I always love to see the many different ways you come up with for using the same stamp or die. Thanks!

  34. Fantastic! These are some ideas I can use! My favorite are the rainbow under the die and the shaker card!

  35. The Just Because card is stunning, and a great masculine card. I love your videos. Thank you for doing them.

  36. Fantastic cards! I love the dry brushing card – would have never thought to use this die for a masculine card, but it’s fabulous!

  37. Gorgeous cards, every one! Can’t wait to try them out. I had to have that die!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  38. I recently discovered your beautiful U tube videos. You are so talented and I am inspired to make cards after watching. Love the ideas for the Boho circle die.

  39. Love the copper and iridescent cards. Great techniques. I will have to try the dry brushing. Thanks for sharing.

  40. I love when crafters show us how to use something in multiple ways. I like to get as much bang for my buck as possible. Thanks,

  41. Your video was so informative – so many technique that I want to try out now especially the masculine black and copper card – thanks for the inspiration

  42. Love this Boho die! It looks reallllly cool in the holographic paper and where you made it coppery- that one looks azrec

  43. Thank you for sharing your Boho creations and your video, Vicky. All of your cards were beautiful. Love this SSS release.

  44. I love all the beautiful card but have a favorite, the stunning card with the dry brushing technique, wow. That card blown me away and evenmore the way it is made, so easy , at least it seems very easy, I realy have to try this.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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