CAS inlayed diecut & watercolour birthday card 4

Hi there folks! it’s Christmas eve eve, are you all ready for the big day? I have to admit, I still have some gift wrapping to do, but I keep getting sidetracked!

one of the things I have been sidetracked with today, is the technique of inlayed die cutting, which I have used on this birthday card (sorry, I got a little bored of Christmas card making!) , with an image by karleigh Sue Digis.

watercolour cupcake

after printing the digital stamp I wished to use on watercolour cardstock, and trimming to size, I then diecut the words ‘Happy Birthday’ out of the card- make sure you don’t lose any of the letter centres, as you will need those!

although for this card you will not need the die cut words, I saved them for a future project.

I then went in and coloured the image using a water brush, and some distress inks. I used the water brush for this one, as I wanted it to look quite ‘smooshy’. on distress ink colouring, however, I usually use a dinky size 0 paint brush.

once my distress inks were completely dry, I added a pale pink layer of cardstock behind the image layer, and fixed it down with some DST, and added some cute little rhinestones around the image.


I then die-cut the words again in a purple glitter cardstock, and discarded the letter centres. these, I inlayed into the negative space in the watercolour card stock.

I then went back through with the letter centres from the first die cutting, so that you could properly see the shape of the letters, and so that it looked like the words were actually part of the layer.


so pretty and sparkly!

I think it looks really pretty, and nice and crisp too, which offsets the smooshy colouring beautifully!

Supply list:

  • bow cupcake digital stamp by karleigh sue digis
  • 4.25 x 5.5″ card blank
  • pink cardstock from papermill direct
  • watercolour cardstock – daler rowney
  • rhinestones by the fabulous queen & co who i’m slightly addicted to!
  • Ranger distress inks – peacock feathers (sky) frayed burlap (grounding) mowed lawn, tattered rose , aged mahogany and scattered straw (for the cupcake,bow, candle and case)
  • Happy and Birthday Dies from clearly besotted
  • purple glitter cardstock

About rachel Gillham

I'm a twenty something mad cat lady, with a rescue cat and a passion for all things crafting... You can often find me tinkering with one or other of my machines, making cards, vinyl decals for items, or doodling quietly.

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Jade Morrison

Hello Rachel, a gorgeous card love the image and the colouring is fabulous.


Jackie Trinder

Hi this is a stunning card. Hugs Jackie