Saturday, March 7, 2020

Stretch Those Cover Dies (Part 1)

Happy Saturday, friends!

I am sharing a summary of mine about the versatile use of cover dies.
If you are intrigued about cover dies, this post is not to be missed!😊😉 
The cover dies that I mention here today are namely, the cover dies and debossing cover dies.

Based on the cards that I made with cover dies, I am breaking it down in a few categories.
All cover dies mentioned are listed at the end of this post.  

1. you can apply any colors or just use white card stock (most obvious one): This is really helpful if you think about all of the designs that you like to create. You can ink-blend, color with ink/markers, watercolor....


2. use the coordinating die with the cover die: do not limit the cover die and use it as is.
Think of it as a die and embossing folder-- all in one!
thank you -001

3. alter the shape of cover dies: you can use any shape die to change the look of a typical rectangle cover die. In this case, I used the Diamond Shape Frame to alter the cover die (Sunburst Debossing Cover Die.

hello -002

4. Pop it up: simply use a shape die and die cut. You can add fun foam underneath the shape and pop it up. I like to die cut extra pieces to add dimensions. To kick it up a notch, I colored the pop-up image.

Altenew-Dotted Starburst Debossing Cover Die-Nesting Frames Die Set-Virginia#1

5. Use only part of the cover die to add textures and colors: A lot of cover dies are intricate and detailed. They are excellent candidates for adding textures to your existing dies.

hello lovely (2)

6. use the cover die for dry-embossing: this can be easily done with a debossing cover die. However, you can still use the regular cover die for this purpose. By using the tan embossing mat, you can dry-emboss with the cover die.
from our family to yours

7. Stamp on it: The debossing cover dies are perfect to stamp on. This extra step elevates the design and gives it textures and interest.

your beauty -001  

8. Mix it up with various card stock: here I used the Dotted Swirl Die with various card stock. The effect is surprisingly wonderful.
Altenew-DottedSwirlsCover Die-Virginia#2

9. Use it as the background: in this card, the color and textures of the stamped image compliments the focal point.
just delightful

10. Use it like a stencil: With the cover die, I applied more colors to the floral background like a stencil. You can make all of your cover dies into a STENCILS!
we are better together (2)

I hope that you like my summary and find them helpful to get your creative juices flowing.
I have one more way of using the cover die!  Please stay tune for Part 2 on March 14th.

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conil said...

You know me so me some cover dies. Thanks to you, I seem to own so many (you little enabler, you). As you know, dry embossing delights me and that makes them so useful in my eyes. But this post has educated me even more about all the possibilities. Thank you, my special friend.

Betty said...

thanks for all these great ideas, Virginia!

Harriet said...

Excellent post on cover dies....they intimidate me. Your cards are spectacular!

Maura said...

Great to have a summary of all your wonderful ideas in one place, Virginia!! Great ideas and cards - I bought the vases and die combo, due to the influence of the Queen of Vases!!!

ionabunny said...

Wow, awesome post. I love cover dies and I have certainly learnt some new tricks. Thanks for sharing. Hugz

Cindy C. said...

Awesome, you weren't kidding when you said they're versatile!! Thanks for sharing.

DorothyA said...

Thank you for so many ideas. I have a number of cover dies I don't use much. I need to and you've given me inspiration!

Dawn T said...

Superb inspiration Virginia. You are the Queen of cover dies.

Sue D said...

Thanks for the wonderful summary using cover dies.

Ms. Tamp said...

Wonderful listing for how to use in so many ways. Can't believe there is more. Will wait for part 2.

Karthikha said...

Wow! So many techniques in one post! Thank you for all the inspirations :) Gonna bookmark so I can refer whenever I run out of ideas :)