Friday, January 19, 2018

Use a Cover Die for Subtle Background

Hello friends!

Today's my turn to share a project over Altenew Blog.

You may know this fun technique already...
That is, use a cover die to create a subtle textured background.
I am using one of Altenew's latest dies as an example.
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Altenew Cube Cover Die
Combining a Metal Die and a Tan Embossing Mat is a great way to stretch the cover die.
Adding layering effect is easy to do when you use the pattern paper. 

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 I chose the paper from Our Family 12x12 Pattern Paper 
which is absolutely amazing. Each piece of pattern paper has so much to offer. 



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I took a bold move with the and TORE UP the bottom part of the watercolor pattern paper. 

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I must admit that I hesitated a bit at first, but I sure was glad that I did.
The torn edges give the card design an extra oomph.
I added gold glitter Washi tape underneath the torn edges.


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The Peony image was left nearly uncolored. I only took the shimmer pen and lightly colored the petals. This card may look complex, bu it really is not. 
I hope that you are inspired to try a layered look with minimum effort. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

8 comments:

Greta said...

Love how you left the flower nearly white--stunning! Great reminder to use dies to emboss--love this new one! Beautifully designed card, Virginia!

conil said...

Called reverse spotlight (just made that up) stamping. Looks dynamite against the dry embossed card panel. You know how I love me some dry embossing and this really fits the bill.

Harriet said...

Your creative juices are working 100%. The torn bottom is the best touch plus adding the tape is brilliant!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful textures and colors! Love that pretty peony!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

Oh I love the idea of using an embossing mat with a background die. I don't have any because they are so pricy, but I love knowing about all the options if I end up finding one I HAVE to have. :)

Sue D said...

Very pretty and easy way to create a background.

Dawn Turley said...

Beautiful Virginia. Such a subtle background.

Teresa Doyle said...

Absolutely lovely Virginia.