Creative use of dies with floral punch outs

Chapter:    Series: Bookmarks & Cards

A few card-sharings ago I had used flower punch outs to make a floral layout against a striped background. For the following cards, I’m excited to change gear a little by altering the look of the flower punch outs using two different small dies to hollow out the middle of the flower.

See-through window cards in three different styles. Die cutting on the centre of flower punch outs with dies not intended for this purpose. Dies can go where my hole puncher can’t.

The two small dies were a circle (0.375″ dia) and a round pod-looking die from a floral die set. I gave each see-through card a different look. For the background I had stamped repeated images from the Pursenality stamp set by Waffle Flower on a piece of cardstock before punching the flowers out.

I describe the steps below for the pom pom card (which also apply to the other two cards).

See-through window with pom poms for fun.


  1. Align the circle die on the card base then send it through the die cutting machine. Do this two more times to make three holes in total.
  2. On separate pieces of cardstock, stamp the images repeatedly enough to cover the size of the flower punch out, then punch out six flowers. I wanted to use the images intended as handbag designs in another way.
    TIP — On hindsight, I could also have punched out with plain cardstock and stamped directly on the punch out.
  3. Align the circle die on one of the flowers and send it through the die cutting machine. Repeat for the other five flowers.
  4. Align and adhere the flowers over the holes on the front of the card base.
  5. With the card base in the close position, place and stick down a pom pom into the centre of each flower.
  6. Open up to the inside of the card and stick down the rest of the flower punch outs in place.
  7. Stamp sentiment and clear heat emboss. I also underlined the sentiment with a marker. Added sequins as well.

The colours of the flowers inside the card were coloured with the same inks used for stamping the images. I just smeared on white cardstock with the inkpads. The sentiment was white-heat-embossed on a strip of cardstock that was coloured quickly with a brown Copic marker.

Kept this one empty inside.

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