How To Alter A Die Cut

Have you ever wondered how to alter a die cut that you love but maybe doesn’t fit on the card you have planned? Today I am going to show you a couple of tips on how to do this and all of a sudden you will see your collection of dies with new eyes!  For this card I wanted to show off Rubbernecker’s newly released Slimline Clouds and Slimline Waves.  I paired the new dies with the Lighthouse, Palm Trees, Sun, Small Birds and Grass #2.

how to alter a die cut is shown in three different examples on this beach scene greeting card handmade from die cuts

The Card Base

  • Cut the 7.00″ x 8.50″ slimline card base using white cardstock.
  • Score the card base down the center at 3.50″.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light blue ink to create the sky background.

The Clouds, Waves and Sand Layers

  • Cut the cloud layer using white cardstock and attach it to the card base with a strip of mounting tape.
  • Use aqua cardstock to cut two wave layers and attach them to the card base using double stick tape.
  • Cut the sand layer using one of the wave dies and Kraft cardstock.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light brown ink to the sand and attach it to the card base using a strip of mounting tape. 
  • Note:  Using the wave die for sand shows how we can think outside the box and increase the ways we can use our dies.

Examples of how to alter a die cut are shown on this handmade greeting card depicting a scene at the seashore

The Lighthouse

  • Cut the lighthouse parts using red, white and blue cardstock.
  • Mix and match the pieces to create a colorful lighthouse. and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Shorten the lighthouse to fit the height of the card base by altering the placement of the top light portion and cutting a small portion off the bottom. Note:  Altering the height of the lighthouse allows me to use it on several different sized cards.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of both lighthouse sections and attach them in behind the sand layer.

The Palm Trees

  • Cut the palm tree fronds and trunk using Kraft and green cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Gently bend the fronds with your fingers and attach them to the trunks using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trunks, tuck them in behind the sand and attach them to the card base.

Sun, Grass and Bird

  • Cut the grass sprigs using green cardstock, tuck them around the trees and lighthouse and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut the sun using bright yellow cardstock, cut the top portion off and tuck it under the cloud and attach using mounting tape. 
  • Use white cardstock to cut the bird, apply a touch of gray ink to the wings and attach it to the card base using a small piece of mounting tape.

how to alter a die cut is shown in several examples on this handmade greeting card

You can see how easy it was for me to alter a die cut to fit my card size and how to use a die meant for one thing and using it for another.  Take a look at your dies and let me know how you may extended the ways to use them. Check back tomorrow to see how I used these new slimline dies on an A2 sized card.

5328-03D Slimline Waves Die
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5328-01D Slimline Clouds Die
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5202-05D Light House Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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6 thoughts on “How To Alter A Die Cut”

    • Hi Kathy, Glossy Accents was originally made to create a hard glassy appearance when used over an image. I took a class from Tim Holtz several years ago and he discussed that Glossy Accents was also a great product to use as glue. I live in Florida where we have very high humidity and Glossy Accents has a very strong hold and isn’t effected by the dampness. Once I glue a die cut with it I can always trust that it remain in place. Thanks for asking.

  1. Super card Kittie…and great die altering hints. Love love all of your cards (10) just sent from Rubbernecker. I let them know that you are AMAZING


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