Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen

2 FUN Ways to use the Sew Cute Deer Dies!

Today Therese is showing how whether or not sewing is your jam, this die can still work for you!


Welcome back! It’s Therese here and have you seen the Sew Cute Deer Die Set? It’s adorable, and I am excited to share 2 different ways that you can use it… including a ‘twofer’!

Idea #1 Shaker Card

Everyone loves an interactive card, but have you ever thought to try using die cut images as the shaker elements?

I started by doing some simple backstitching on Desert Storm Cardstock to create an outline for my deer within the shaker window. But, if sewing is not your ‘thing’ you could easily recreate this card without it!

I die cut multiple Snowflakes to make both the background and shaker elements.

BONUS TIP: Don’t have the right colored cardstock? Did you know that you can use alcohol markers to create the perfect colored cardstock for your die cuts.

To add a fun texture element I decided to die-cut felt for the antlers and nose. I find it easier to layer felt onto die-cut cardstock to help it keep its shape and give it support.

I used a double layer of foam tape to create the shaker well.

PRO TIP: To prevent the snowflake die-cut shaker elements from becoming caught on the stitching I added an extra layer of acetate on top of the deer face as well as behind the shaker window.

And to make my speech bubble Santa’s List sentiment I chose the perfect size Essential Circle from the die set and cut a triangle.

Idea #2 – Shaped Card / Gift Tag

Who doesn’t love a ‘twofer’. Here I used the leftover die cut from the original card to make a shaped card. I love that many large dies like this can be made into shaped cards.

I die-cut 2 extra deer images. One to adhere behind the decorated image, and one to create the back of the card. Use a score board, or scoring tool with a ruler, to create a fold at the top of the card.

To ensure the card will stand, cut a small portion off the back panel of the card.

PRO TIP: Always use a stong adhesive to attach this to the front of the card, this ensures that hinge stays strong.

I added some fun felt baubles and nose.

BONUS TIP: This card could easily be made into a gift tag that coordinates with the shaker card. Simply punch a small hole at the top of the tag and add some twine or ribbon.

and together…

I hope that you have been inspired to create a ‘twofer’, maybe a shaker and a shaped card or tag? And if you do, I’d love you to share them with me @lostinpaper and @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!


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1 Comment

  • Reply Denise Bryant November 21, 2022 at 10:49 am

    So cute!

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