Dots & Spots Free Tutorial

Dots & Spots Free Card Tutorial

Stampin’ Up!’s Dots & Spots Die is one of the newest additions to the free SaleABration offerings. Place a $100 Stampin’ Up! order before tax and shipping and choose this free through August 31, 2022. 

You might be stumped on how to use this dotted background die. In this post, I include a free tutorial for creating one card using this fun die.

Need more ideas? Click here to see a Halloween card using the Dots & Spots Die. 

Dots & Spots Free Tutorial

Please enjoy these step-by-step instructions for making the featured card. 

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Sunny Splash (158784), Rays of Light (158925)
  • PAPER – Parakeet Party (159259), Pacific Point (111350), Daffodil Delight (119683), 2022-2024 In Color 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (159253), Basic White Cardstock (159276)
  • INK – Parakeet Party (159208), Pacific Point (147098)
  • OTHER – Stylish Shapes Dies (159183), Layering Circles Dies (151770), Dots & Spots Die (159164), Paper Snips Scissors (103579), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Parakeet Party – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼” and folded in half
  • Daffodil Delight – 4 ½” x 3 ¼”, 2 ½” x 2 ½”
  • Pacific Point – 3” x 2 ¾”
  • Basic White Card Stock – 5 ¼” x 4”, 3” x 1 ½”, 2 ½” x 2 ½”, scrap
  • 2022-2024 In Color 6 x 6 DSP – 3” x 1” (dot pattern)


  • Stamp the Rays of Light stamp on the front of the Parakeet Party card front with Parakeet Party ink.
  • Stamp one of the swimsuits from Sunny Splash on the Basic White card stock scrap with Pacific Point ink. Hand cut with Paper Snips Scissors.
  • Pop this up on a circle cut with the Stylish Shapes Dies using the 2 ½” x 2 ½” inch white card stock. Layer this on a scallop circle cut with the Layering Circles Dies from the 2 ½” x 2 ½” Daffodil Delight card stock.
  • Die cut the Pacific Point 3” x 2 ¾” card stock with the Dots & Spots Die and adhere to the top portion of the 4 ½” x 3 ¼” Daffodil Delight card stock, leaving a quarter-inch border around the top and sides.
  • Stamp the “Hello Sunshine” sentiment with Pacific Point ink on the white card stock measuring 3” x 1 ½” (make sure to stamp near the bottom) and attach to the Daffodil Delight card stock, just below the Pacific Points Dots & Spots piece.
  • Add the DSP on top, covering the seam, as shown above.
  • Attach this whole piece to the card front.
  • Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the circle on the card front.
  • Stamp the swimsuit with Pacific Point ink in the lower right corner of the 5 1/4 “ x 4” card stock and adhere to the center of the card.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed the project.

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Dots & Spots for Halloween

Stampin' Up! Dots & Spots

I have this crazy goal: I want to actually use some of the great crafting goodies I buy! Seriously! When Stampin’ Up!’s 2022-2023 Annual Catalog came out at the beginning of May, I bought the Dots & Spots Die. (That’s the die that makes the dotted background; the one that almost looks like cheese.) It looks cool, I thought. I should be able to do something fun with that. But, it sat there and sat there. 

This last weekend, I made my way into the craft room and played with paper and that die specifically. Click here to see a fun, summer-themed card made with this die. 

And then I thought: why not Halloween? I had just received the Bewitching stamp set and coordinating Witch Hat Builders Punch. Perhaps I could use all of these elements together.

Thus, the card above came to life.

Dots & Spots Die for Halloween

Here’s a quick recap of how this card came together:

  • Pumpkin Pie card base
  • Basic Black layer measuring 5 1/4 x 4 run through the Dots & Spots Die (attached to card front with just a little of glue strategically placed between the dots).
  • Layering Circles dies for the scallop circle
  • Stylish Shapes Dies for the black circle
  • Stamp dotted witch’s hat with black ink on white card stock, colored with Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends
  • Pumpkin Pie banner with Stylish Shapes Dies
  • Finished with a bow created with black baker’s twine

Do you love the Dots & Spots Die? Get it free during this last month of SaleABration (through August 31, 2022, or while supplies last) with a minimum $100 purchase before tax and shipping. Click here to start shopping and choose this as your free item.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate it. I’ve been a demonstrator for nearly 12 years, but I’ve been creating handmade greeting cards with rubber stamps, ink and paper for more than twenty-five years. I’d love to help you find as much joy in making a card as a I do. 

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