Tutorial: Inlaid Floating Technique

I learned the Inlaid Floating technique recently! I hope you’ll give it a try. This technique has many steps, but I think the end result is well worth it!

To start, you will need the following supplies:
Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5″, scored in centre
Two pieces same colour cardstock: 4 x 5.25″ and 2-7/8 x 3-7/8″
Contrasting colour cardstock: 3.75 x 5″
You’ll also need several strips of either cardstock or DSP (I used the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper).


Then you’ll need a piece of window sheet and a die of your choosing. The window sheet should be sized to be a little larger than your die.

Similarly, your strips should be the same length as your window sheet. They can be different widths, in fact that makes it look more interesting – I found my preference was between a quarter-inch and five-eighths of an inch.

Run the contrasting cardstock layer through your machine with an embossing folder, or as I did, the Stitched Greenery die (I love the effect it creates!). Assemble the first three layers onto your cardbase as shown.

Lay out your strips of DSP in the order you want to attach them. Line up your window sheet on your grid paper so you can use the lines as a guide to make sure you attach your strips straight!

Attach your strips to your window sheet, leaving small spaces between the strips.

Next, use your die to cut this piece on your die-cutting machine. Window sheet is very strong, so you’ll have to run it through the machine 3-4 times to cut it all the way through.

Use the same die to cut a white piece of cardstock.

Choose a detailed die to be your cut-out piece. You’ll cut two of these: one from black cardstock, and one from your window-sheet piece.

TIP: Use adhesive sheets on the back of your black cardstock before cutting out, to make it easy to attach.

TIP: Run your window sheet through the machine several times to completely cut the intricate piece. I found it was helpful to run it through 2-3 times in one spot, then move it to a different place on my cutting plate before running through another 2-3 times.

Even then, you may need to use your snips to add the finishing touches.

Use Dimensionals and mini dimensionals to attach your window sheet piece to the white cardstock you cut. The dimensionals will go on the back (the window sheet), with the paper strips in the front.


TIP: Before removing the adhesive sheet backing from your intricate shape, roll the die-brush over it. This will help some of the small pieces stick to the tape when you peel it off. Use your pokey tool to poke out any stray pieces.

Now you can attach your die-cut piece to the white cardstock. This is what creates the floating effect: while the strips are attached with dimensionals, the die-cut piece will attach directly to the white circle behind the strips.


Finish your card as desired.

Have you made any projects with this technique? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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