How To Nest Die Cut Frames For Added Details

If you love using die cut frames, come see how you can nest them together for extra design detail!

I love using die cut frames to both help the eye stay inside the design I create and to give some added details with edging, color, texture, etc. I will often nest die cut frames together for even more impact. 

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to combine nested die cut frames is by using any one of the four fabulously useful combo dies from Rubbernecker. These dies, with the exception of the Nested Scallop with Holes set, cut all the frames in one spin through your die cutting machine. Then you can use the ones you want for that project and save the others for future projects. And putting these together in delightful combinations is that much easier! Here’s a table that shows all these dies from Rubbernecker:

Rectangle Combo #2 OPC Die 5132D
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Square Combo #1 OPC Die 5131D
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5217D Rectangle Combo OPC #4 Die Cut
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5218D Rectangle Combo OPC #3 Die Cut
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die cut frames shown here in turquoise and pink create a fabulous border for this die cut scooter against a stenciled sun

The Stenciled Base 

  • Cut an A2 Sized card base and a 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer using white cardstock.
  • Use bright yellow cardstock to cut a 5.50″ x 4.25: layer and attach it to the white A2 sized card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Secure the Sunburst stencil and white layer on the Make Art board with the magnetic ruler and magnets.
  • Use a large blender brush to apply the Lemon Color Fuse ink and remove the stencil when finished..
  • Use a large circle die to cut a hole in a piece of printer paper layered with wide Eclipse masking tape.
  • Remove the paper from the masking tape and secure the tape directly over the white sun circle.
  • Apply yellow ink using a blender brush to fill in the sun and remove the tape.
  • Cut  the stenciled layer down to 5.25″ x 4.00″ and set aside.

Nested Die Cut Frame

  • Cut the Rectangle Combo #2 once using blue cardstock and again using pink cardstock.
  • Turn the two largest frame sections face down, tuck the smaller frame in place inside the larger frame and attach together using double stick tape.

you can adhere die cut frames together to make an even more impactful border on your handmade greeting cards

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frames and attach to the card base.
  • Attach the sunburst layer to the back of the frame. 
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the frame and sunburst layer and attach to the yellow card base.  

The Scooter and Beach Accessories

  • Cut the scooter and beach accessory sections using blue, pink and black cardstock.
  • Assemble the scooter sections together using rolled up strips of double stick tape and glossy accents.
  • Assemble the hat, bag and sunglasses using glossy accents.
  • Form one tiny flower bud using a tiny tipped stylus and molding pad and attach the flower to the hat band using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the scooter and attach to the card front.
  • Use pieces of mounting tape to attach the hat and beach bag to the card base.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the sunglasses to the beach bag.

Check out this Stencil Category link to see more cards made using the new Rubbernecker stencils.  Check out this Rectangle Combo link to see lots of cards made with multiple layered frames.

This adorable die cut scooter against a stenciled sun is beautifully surrounded by nested die cut frames all from Rubbernecker

5308D Scooter Die
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5314-03D Beach Bag Die
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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4108 sun burst stencil
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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PanPastel Sofft Applicators 12/Pkg
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Scor-Tape .25″X27yd
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Color Fuse Set #1
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The Color Catalog by Sarah Renae Clark
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Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – Make Art…
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Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – Make Art…
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Picket Fence Studios – Tools – Life…
[ SBC ] Mini Foam Dots…
[ AMZUS ] Scotch 1/2-Inch by…
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ] : Accent Opaque White 8.5”…

I hope this project has inspired you to try out one of the brand new stencils from Rubbernecker and also check out their awesome nested die cut frames while you are there! I use mine all the time and I am sure you will get as much use AND creative inspiration from them as I do!

2 thoughts on “How To Nest Die Cut Frames For Added Details”

  1. Oh this card reminds me so much of how I wanted to have a little scooter! Your card just speaks to all the reasons – just so much fun!


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