Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Technique Tuesday #6

Hello friends!
It's Technique Tuesday time! This week's technique is a fun one!
I am listing the last 5 Technique Tuesdays at the end of the post.
Simply click on the card and the link will take you to the right post.

I am featuring this die and hopefully it gives some inspiration on using 5 small dies like this.
I know Valentine's Day is over, but this die can still be used all year round!

the best times are with you (2)

First of all, I want to point out that when I get small die sets, I do not like to break the dies apart. I often keep the joint metal in tact and use them as one piece. The reason?  I don't lose track of them and you get 5 pieces instantly in one cut.

However, if you do break up all the die pieces, you can still arrange them however you like (when you make the die cut). You just need to watch out for the even spacing.
the best times are with you-001

With that, I took the entire piece and ran it under the die cut machine and did dry-embossing with the Tan Embossing Mat. I rotated the die piece 4 times and made it look like I used a large cover plate....!  Get the idea!? 😉

the best time

 I then took out Altenew Artist Markers and colored only part of the images.
I chose the lightest soft colors since it is now finally Spring (although it doesn't act like one...) 
Basically, I used the die to create a colorful background with textures!

the best time-001

The sentiment was white-embossed with a piece of alcohol-inked vellum. I used the die pieces as embellishment. 
the best times are with you

This really is another great way to stretch your dies! When you think about purchasing a die set, think of this particular technique.  Almost all the dies will work well with this technique!

I hope that you like today's feature. Be sure to comment to win some Technique Tuesday goodies (offered by the  lovely folks over Technique Tuesday! The winner will be announced on a later Tuesday!)

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Barbara said...

i really like the card you created with these small dies. Using the dies as a cover plate is a great idea. Thanks for the tips! I have several Technique Tuesday stamps and love using them.

Brandi R said...

This is fantastic! Never would have thought to utilize small dies like this. Brilliant and Beautiful ♥

Marianne said...

What a totally fun and playful way to use these dies, Virginia. I'm loving the pretty pastels too.

Denise Bryant said...

I like the idea of leaving the attached dies intact... I do that sometimes too. Never thought of using them this way though... love the look! Fun card!

Dotty Jo said...

How clever, and such a pretty card too, Jo x

Harriet said...

Oh my, your card is wonderful. The colors are excellent- but-the background is superb!!

conil said...

You've done it again. Captured my heart with your meticulous dry embossing and in such a uniquely beautiful way. Don't know where you come up with your ideas but I'd sure like to borrow your imagination for a day or two.

cghundley said...

Fabulous card, love
the way you embossed
and stamped on it.
Carla from Utah

Arianna Barbara said...

What a lovely card!!!

Lisa Elton said...

This is delightful Virginia! I like all of the spring colored little die cuts!

Barb Ghig said...

You are so clever, Virginia! I love the idea of keeping the dies in one piece...and it really paid off with your design! I love your color palette, too...such fresh spring colors :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I love the sweet colors! Great design!!!!!

Sheila H said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques, Virginia. Your design and colors are just so soft and lovely.

Sue D said...

Very clever to dry emboss with the intact piece.

mandalj said...

What a beautiful card! I love the way you've dry embossed several times to cover the whole background!

Gayle Bartholomew said...

Great idea of another way to use small dies. I like the texture created with them. Your card is really pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Sarina Parhawk said...

Such a wonderful technique for using those tiny dies.. Thank you for sharing!