I love having nesting dies in my card-making materials.  If one isn’t quite the right size for a sentiment, I can always move up a size and still use the same shape.  I also like that I can use a size bigger or smaller to add a layer or more color to what I’m doing.  These are probably the most common ways nesting dies are used, but there are also a lot of other neat ideas out there for their use.

Chari created this card for Lawn Fawn using circle nesting dies to create the Captain America shield.  Isn’t it cute?

Hero Card

Hero card by Chari Moss, image source Lawn Fawn Blog

This birthday card by Ardyth almost looks disco-themed.  The nesting circles make such a nice effect.

Happy Birthday Card

Birthday card by Ardyth Percy-Robb, image source MASKerade

The various size banner cards add a lot to the visual interest of Nicky’s card, and it’s so nice she didn’t have to try to cut them out by hand!


Clockworks banner card by Nicky Dexter, image source Dexterous Designs

Nesting dies are great for creating layered windows in cards.  Lyssa also used banner dies, but created this cheery card with a framed window that opens to the inside of the card.

Banner Die Window

Wish card by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek, image source Song of My Heart Stampers

I love how this card has a window frame through to the striped background.  It is so cute!

Star Window Frame

Star card by Jean Manis, image source Right as Rain

These dies are also great for making cards with striking shapes and folds.  My dear Partner-in-Crafting-Crime made the half-cut flip wedding card below.  I’m sure it got a big “wow” when it was opened!


Wedding card by Katie Schelp, image source Life as a Schelp

This gate-fold card by Debbi is another great use for nesting dies.  The possibilities are endless!

Gate fold card

Gate-fold Alien card by Debbi V, image source her Pinterest page

Jaclyn’s card uses nesting dies to create a beautiful background.  I’m looking forward to trying something like this.  The effect is so stunning.

Circle Background Card

Card by Jaclyn Miller, image source Designs by Jax

If you’re up for a tedious project, this butterfly by Amber was created with nesting circle dies and some glue (and a lot of patience!)

Butterflies with Circles

Butterfly card by Amber Kemp-Gerstel, image source Damask Love

Shapes created by nesting dies are also great for other projects, like this patriotic wreath by Lynette.

Patriotic wreath

Patriotic Wreath by Lynette Kauffman, image source Lawn Fawn Blog

Plenty of companies sell nesting dies, including, but definitely not limited to, Lawn Fawn, Sizzix, and Stampin’ Up.

Lawn Fawn Stackable Dies

Scalloped Circle Stackable dies by Lawn Fawn

Regal Label Framelits

Regal Label Framelits by Sizzix

Ornate Labels Framelits

Ornate Labels #3 Framelits by Sizzix

Banner Framelits

Banners Framelits Die by Stampin’ Up

5 replies on “Trend Watch – Nesting Dies”

  1. I love the nesting die cuts! I can frame a sentiment. I can frame a stamped image. They are fantastic for stacking or layering. I usually do two sheets of card stock every time I create a card needing a die cut. I can stamp on a precut shape or I can sponge the edges when I use them in layers.

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