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Secret Treasures Cutting Dies

I am a paper scrapper at heart – so there’s something really special about being able to create elements using just paper for cards and layouts. Above anything else I choose to use paper on my layouts with a few smaller embellishments, but ultimately paper rules my creativity.

Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Pure Joy Layout

So naturally when I create dies is one of my favourite elements to include. I can use small scraps of paper and cardstock to cut different elements out of to add as accents on my layouts, I can add different techniques to plain pieces of cardstock and I can dress them up or down as much as I like to.

Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Chipboard Element

For my layout I chose to emboss my die-cuts – this enabled me to pick up on the beautiful and dramatic turquoise-green in the patterned paper I used, and also the neutral brown I used as my matting to ground the elements.

Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Die Cut Horse

I used three different dies on this layout to add to my outdoorsy feel. I used the beautiful rocking horse die, tiny birdies and the beautiful large leafy die – all of them perfectly fitting into the design in their own unique way dressed up in a shiny new coat of heat embossing.


Here’s how I did it…

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  • Step 1

    Die-cut your elements out of plain white cardstock of medium weight

  • Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Step 01

  • Step 2

    Cover the entire element with a layer of Versamark ink. Press the ink pad repeatedly onto the die-cut for an even cover of ink. Work on a sheet of scrap paper for the inking part

  • Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Step 02

  • Step 3

    Move the die-cut onto a clean sheet of paper. Cover the die-cut with a layer of embossing powder and shake off the excess powder

  • Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Step 03

  • Step 4

    Heat the element using your heat gun until the powder is fully melted. Leave to cool down before handling the die-cut. You can add another layer of embossing for a smooth finish

  • Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Step 04

Tips & Hints

  • Embossing two or more layers will give you a really smooth finish
  • You can decant your embossing powders into small plastic tubs with a plastic spoon making it easier to use. I store my powders this way so that I can easily return the excess powder into the container. Spooning the powder onto your elements over the tub also makes for less waste
  • The golden rule of embossing can be applied to most embossing powders – when it goes shiny, it is done heating
  • Once an element has been embossed, the embossing powder needs to cool down before handling. If you touch it while the embossing is still hot, you will leave your finger print behind with a really unpleasant burn

Secret Treasures Cutting Dies - Title


Products Used

Jowilna Nolte

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6 Comments. Leave new

  • Jeanette Land
    April 15, 2014 3:31 pm

    Thank you Jowilna, your layouts are stunning and I love the heat embossing that you have done there, looks Great, thank you for sharing, your ideas are great too, from Jeanette Land

  • thanks so much Jeanette :-) love to inspire and thank you for leaving me some love!

  • Tania Fredericks
    April 17, 2014 7:19 pm

    Hi there Jo
    Thank you for the inspiration layout. I love embossing and thanks to you I’ll be less afraid to try smaller projects. Love the ‘Pure Joy’. Did you pain or stain the letters, then stamped and then glittered? It’s so me!
    God bless

  • Sheryl Venter
    April 22, 2014 10:35 am

    Love the idea of the 2nd layer of embossing – that I’ll be using that one soon.

  • Hi Tania, thank you for being inspired! The letters are actually like that, but yes you could make your own using the AC WOW glitter which is perfect! i love how fine their glitters are and by stamping one of the Kaisercraft text stamps onto plain letters is a nice alternative to plain letters. :-)

  • Stunning Sheryl! the more layers of embossing you add the nice the effect and the more it looks like glass/ceramics – nice and smooth and dimensional! :-)