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.

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Sunny Splash Fun Fold

Sunny Splash Fun Fold

From the time I was born, my family spent our summers at “the lake.” First, it started as just a weeklong vacation, and that turned into two weeks, and then three months. What memories we made during these idyllic summers in Minnesota. We spent entire days in our swim suits, reading books on the dock. So Stampin’ Up!’s Sunny Splash stamp set holds some nostalgia. (Find this set in Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog on page 41.)

I’ve had a lot of fun creating with this set. Today, I combine it with a fun fold inspired by Jackie Bolhuis. 

Click here to see another blog post using these cute swim suits.

Sunny Splash Fun Fold

Here are some basic measurements for this card. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post, to see exactly how it goes together.

  • Card Base measures 7 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches, score at 3 inches
  • Coordinating card stock measures 1 /2 inches x 4, score at 1 inch — this is the tab/arm for your fun fold
  • Card stock measuring 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
  • Basic card stock measuring 3 x 3. This is where you’ll add a die cut and/or stamp and sentiment. I inked the Rays of Light stamp set with Crushed Curry and “stamped off” on a scratch paper and then applied the stamp to my 3 x 3 square. The sentiment is stamped in Pacific Point and the swim suit in Melon Mambo. 
  • Designer Series Paper measuring 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 and 5 1/4 x 1 1/4
  • Color card stock 1/4 x 5 1/4
  • Basic White measuring 5 1/4 x 4

How to Make a Fun Fold Video

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