Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen

3 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Word Dies

Do you ever find yourself working on a handmade card and thinking it needs a BIG encouraging message? The solution…BIG word dies! EH Design Ambassador Carly Tee loves using large words on cards and today she is sharing 3 fun ways to do it!

I adore creating cards that have a lot to say using word die cuts! And I love how you can use the positive & negative of the dies. Here are three of my favorite ways to use big ‘ol words on a card…


I love using the negative space created by a word die as a shaker window.

For this card I die cut the rainbow from white cardstock and added color with ink blending brushes & Distress Oxide inks. Then I adhered the rainbow to my card front.

I die cut “hooray” from an A2 cardstock panel, saving the positive letters for another project. Adhering acetate to the back created the shaker window and foam tape around the opening made for the “container”.


It is easy to add dimension to your project by die cutting multiples of a word and then adhering them together, creating a “stack”. On this card I layered 3 of each letter cut from white cardstock.

A great way to make sure you get the letters adhered straight & evenly spaced is to use the negative die cut as a template. Place it over your card and use some low-tack tape to adhere. Then adhere the letters in the negative openings, carefully removing the template when you’re finished.


Another fun & graphic way to use the words is to layer two of each letter, slightly offsetting to create a shadow effect.

For this card, I actually used the negative as a stencil to ink blend “crushin’ it” on aqua cardstock.

Then I adhered the positive word (cut from white cardstock) on top and slightly to the right.


The Essentials by Ellen Winning Words dies will be available exclusively in the Ellen Hutson shop on November 20th!!!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik November 18, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Great ideas! I especially like the shaker card with the word die!

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