Faux Inlaid Die Cutting

Inlaid die cutting is a technique that I have used many, many times before. Basically, you use a die to die cut a piece of cardstock and then you can inlay the die and/or the pieces cut from the die back into their openings. Alot of times I like to add color or use patterned paper to add some interest. But there are dies that I have that I would love to use the inlay technique on, but I just can’t bring myself to the tedious task of inlaying such intricate and so many pieces! And that brings me to today’s technique which looks like you’ve taken the time to color and inlay so many small pieces, but in actuality it is so much simpler! Check out the video tutorial below for all the details!

Some supplies used in this video were sent to me for design purposes. Please know I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! If you would like to find out who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


Intricate dies are incredibly beautiful, but they can be tricky to cut. Since I am using intricate dies for today’s card I want to share a new to me product that really helps to make intricate dies much easier to cut! Here’s the video!

With this technique you can use any number of dies and coloring mediums to get beautiful results. On my first card I used the Altenew Striped Leaf Cover Die along with alchol markers for a really saturated fall color palette.

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting with Altenew Striped Leaf Cover Die and Alcohol Markers

On my second project I again used a cover die, this time from Kat Scrappiness. It’s one of my favorites called Fancy Florals. It is SUPER intricate. This die would look gorgeous using alcohol markers as well, but I switched it up and went with inks instead. To get into those really tight places I used my Fantastix tools.

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting with Kat Scrappiness Fancy Floral Die and Inks

While I used cover plate dies on my first two cards, this technique can also be used for smaller dies as well. On my third and final project I used one of my very favorite dies from Memory Box called Leaf Silhouette. This die is no longer available, but I will some others that are similar down below! I also used a different way to color, ink blending! This is by far the fastest, but it looks so good!

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting with a Stand Alone Die and Ink Blending

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting is such a great way to make the look of inlaying without all the work! And it doesn’t just work on intricate dies, you can also use it on simple dies as well.

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my cards today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


The supply list above contains affiliate links which can be used at no additional cost to you! For more information on affiliate links and the full disclosure head HERE.


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