Aloha Card & Selective Die-Cutting Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a technique that will help you get more use and versatility from your frame dies such as Nestabilities.  I will show you how to safely use your dies to partially cut a frame or window. You can use this technique on cards, tags or scrapbook pages and is really useful for shaker cards!


I will also show you how to make the cute drink umbrella from a scrap of patterned paper. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

All the stamps I used are from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry  SAVE 15% with coupon code: SUMMERSUN (15% off all individual mounted stamps & peg stamp sets. Coupon expires June 18, 2016.)


  • White Cardstock
  • Vintage postcard, photo or advertisement (for inside of card)
  • Peg Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry: AlohaSeashellsCrab
  • Dye based inks
  • Blending sponges or color dusters
  • “Frame” style die cut like Nestablilities
  • Craft knife and mat
  • Thin patterned paper
  • Bamboo skewer or toothpick
  • Circle cutter or 3.5″ circle to trace and cut by and

1. Trace die cut inside of frame on card.
2. Stamp images and let some fall inside of the traced die.
3. Use a craft knife to cut around the images inside the frame.
4. Tuck the cutting die under the cut image and align with pencil marks.
5. Run through die cut machine.
6. Embellish card as desired.

So tell me, will you try this technique? I hope you do because it will multiply the use you get from your dies. Learning new ways to use older supplies is a great way to stretch your stash and keep the hobby fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


9 Responses

  1. Lindsay, this is adorable! My husband &I have been to HI 15 times. We love to escape for 2 weeks every winter:). You are one of the most creative people I know. Thank you for sharing the cool selective die technique. Now I’m off to try it!


  2. Great selective die cutting! Enjoyed all of it


  3. Have done this before….thanks for the reminder Lindsay – had forgotten about it!!!
    Paper Hugs,


  4. Very cool method! I spent the first part of the video trying to figure out how in the world you were gonna cut the center out with the die… then you tucked in in and I was like “duh…..” LOL Love learning new things! Thanks!


  5. I’d love to try that technique. Your card looks fab, very bright and cheerful. 😊


  6. Thanks for sharing that great technique. I was one of those that wondered, “How in the world did they do that?”


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  9. Love this, Lindsay! I copied this idea and shared it on my blog. But I made mine a shaker card. Thank you for the inspiration!


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