Creating Handmade Cards with Inset Scenes

I love making scenes on my cards and there are so many ways to create those scenes. You can mask, stamp, color, ink blend, stencil, die cut, etc. Today, I am using a mixture of all of those to create inset scenes on my handmade cards. Watch the video tutorial below for all the details!


The Video Tutorial

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Creating the Handmade Cards with Inset Scenes

These inset scenes are so easy to create! You can mix and match so many different elements or keep simple and stick to one type of element! Keep reading below to see how I put together each of my cards.

Thinking of You Handmade Card

To create inset scenes you will need some sort of frame. I love using my dies to create frames, but you definitely don’t need them! To create the frame on this first project I used my ruler and craft knife. Be sure to watch the video to see exactly how I did it!

Before you put your scene together, you first have to gather all your pieces. In this case, after the frame was cut, I stamped and colored on the frame. I also stamped and colored the bike and banner images from the “Spring Stroll” stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps. The final pieces I needed were grass border die cuts.

Assembling the inset scenes can be tricky, but I would suggest laying out your scene to get an idea of what you want the end result to look like. From there you will get a better idea of what pieces you want glued directly to the card base and what pieces you wan to add dimension to. The assembly of this card is much easier to see, so be sure to watch the video above!

Wish Big Handmade Greeting Card

Creating this inset scene was so much fun! First and foremost, I doubled up on the frames, which adds more dimension and interest. To do this, I used a nesting oval die set. Nesting die sets are perfect for creating your frames for inset scenes!

There also a big difference between the two projects, in that the elements I used are so different. On the first project I used a mixture of ink blending, stamped images and die cuts. For this project, aside from the frames, I used all stamped images. All of the images came from the “Wish Big” stamp set and they are colored with colored pencils and OMS.

On this project, it is so easy to see the different layers of dimension. Just by adding dimension to some of the elements and gluing others directly to the card base I can add so much depth and dimension!


Tips & Tricks for Creating Inset Scenes

  • The best advice I can give for creating ANY type of scene on your handmade greeting cards is definitely to lay it out before you glue! That helps so much in just getting a better idea of what pieces you want to use, where you want to put them, and so on!
  • Don’t be scared to play around with mixing different pieces. You don’t have to use all die cuts, all stamped images, etc. You can mix and match to create some really great scenes!
  • And finally, start simple. Don’t complicate it too much or you’ll just get frustrated!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at how I created these inset scenes on my handmade greeting cards. If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my projects today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


Supply List

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Spring Stroll
Spring Stroll
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Wish Big
Wish Big
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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and Gray
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Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - Nesting Ovals
Waffle Flower Crafts – Craft Dies – Nesting Ovals
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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132 Pack
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132 Pack
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Gamblin Gamsol Oil Color, 16.9 oz, Clear
Gamblin Gamsol Oil Color, 16.9 oz, Clear
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Dappen Dish Glass
Dappen Dish Glass
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Pipettes (20 PCS)
Pipettes (20 PCS)
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Blending Stumps and Tortillions
Blending Stumps and Tortillions
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Tsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
Tsukineko – Memento – Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
MISTI Stamping Tool – The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Wagner Spraytech Dual Temperature Hot Air Tool
Wagner Spraytech Dual Temperature Hot Air Tool
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Nocturne
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Nocturne
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Tim Holtz - Tools - Design Ruler
Tim Holtz – Tools – Design Ruler
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My Sweet Petunia - Creative Corners
My Sweet Petunia – Creative Corners
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Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Mini Ink Blending Tool – Round
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Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foams - Round
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Mini Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foams – Round
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Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Salty Ocean
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Salty Ocean
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Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Retractable Craft Knife
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Retractable Craft Knife
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Crayola Colored Pencils - 100 Ct.
Crayola Colored Pencils – 100 Ct.
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Grassy Edges Die-namics
Grassy Edges Die-namics
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