Inlaid Die Cut Relaxation Using Hero Arts Dies

Believe it or not, I find creating Inlaid Die Cut cards more relaxing than just about anything. Even more relaxing than coloring! To create the inlaid portions, I generally use Distress Oxide or Catherine Pooler inks to color the card stock and then cut away.  I made two cards last night, and I have enough made to make four more cards the next time the stress level is excessive.  Also known as tomorrow’s work day.

A Blog Named Hero currently has a challenge, Use Your Favorite Hero Arts product.  To me, this was almost impossible.  I enjoy their inks.  Their stamp sets are so fun, clever and beautiful. Their dies are stunning.  It’s like trying to pick your favorite child, it’s just not possible!

I finally narrowed it down to a couple of items and had them sitting on the floor, staring at them because I couldn’t choose. My dog came and licked one of the dies, so I decided to choose that.  So after I washed it, I got to work.

Hero Arts Floral Lace and Hello Die

First, I inked up a bunch of scrap white cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. I used Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet.  I used @heroarts Floral Lace Die and cut a medallion out of each color.  I cut a medallion out of black cardstock and white cardstock.  I cut the “Hello” out of scrap cardstock as well.  I cut it out 3 times, glued each layer together and inked the top layer with Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon for this card and Picked Raspberry for the other card.

I then took a card panel that I had made an error on and put down some adhesive with my ATG gun.  I laid the black outline on the adhesive and started inserting all of the pieces.  I repeated this process for the white outline. The two cards took me almost an hour to complete, so it goes really quickly.

Once both medallions were completed, I cut around the perimeter of each so that you couldn’t see the white card panel I had mounted them on.  I grabbed some gray cardstock and cut it out with the MFT Inside Out Diagnol Stitched Die-Namic. I mounted the medallion and the scripty Hello die onto the cardstock and called it finished. I wanted the bright colors to stand out and didn’t want to add any other embellishment to distract from the beautiful design of the Floral Lace Die.

This is the card I made using the white outline.  I used the same color inserts, but the light outline changes look. I think Dudley’s dog hair added a little something.  Can you see it? I think I will make that a part of every blog photo, find the hair.


I do like this look, it just isn’t as bold as the black outline.  As I said earlier, I still have enough to make four more medallions.

Thanks for coming by.  I hope you have an amazing week!



3 thoughts on “Inlaid Die Cut Relaxation Using Hero Arts Dies

  1. This is Karen Bull, a design team member from A Blog Named Hero. Don’t you just love this die! I love how it is showcased on your card. Thank you for playing along this month! Find me on instagram @karenzbull

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  2. This is Karen Bull, a design team member from A Blog Named Hero. The time it took to create this inlay card shows – this came out super lovely. Thank you for playing along this month. Find me on instagram @karenzbull

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