Hey there Pink Paislee fans! Today I wanted to share a fun thing that isn’t brand new, but something I tried for the first time and loved… the die cut inlay technique! I see it in cardmaking, but I haven’t seen it on a layout, so I thought I’d give it a try.
This is a simple idea that is a little labor of love. First, I chose some simple patterns using the Pick-Me-Up, Wild Child, and Confetti Wishes 6×6 Paper Pads. Then I cut the same die out of white cardstock three times and once out of each pattern – this technique works best with an image that has lots of spaces like this doily. I made sure to add double sided tape to the back because that will make each little piece of the die cut have a sticky back and it’s sooo much easier than gluing down each tiny paper. You’ll see what I mean in the video below.
Then I adhered the three white doily shapes to the background and began filling in the spaces with the sticky-backed patterned papers. I love the flat, smooth way the die cut looks using this inlay technique. It’s subtle, but so cool!
I added my title using a mixture of thickers from the Confetti Wishes collection and the small white letters (that I colored with an alcohol marker) from the Pick-Me-Up collection.
I added a bit of ink smooshing and splattering to my background and a few stickers + puffy stickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection as well. You can see the technique in action and watch it all come together in the process video below!
I hope that you’ll give something like this a try! If you don’t have dies, you can do a similar technique with cut files and your favorite digital cutting machine. Hope to see you again soon!