Die Cutting Technique: Partial Cutting Cover Dies

By | 31 January, 2018

Have you ever heard of a cover die?

They are generally the size of an A2 card (4-1/4 x 5-1/2″) and they sometimes are created in sets that you can purchase separately or together.  Then each die cuts a different part of the images and then you layer them for a beautiful die cutting effect.

Done in different colors or different shades of a color they can be quite spectacular.

They also tend to cost a king’s ransom!

I splurged on a pair only because I was taking an advanced die cutting class and it was on the list of supplies.  I made the decision to spend my entire crafting budget on the class supplies so that I would have all the materials that I needed to first recreate the instructors card and then to create my own cards.

Stamp sets and dies last forever if you take care of them and you can use them over and over.  Plus, I learned new ways to use my dies thus stretching my crafting dollars because I can now use them in more ways.

I can tell you that I will be doing more die cutting techniques in the future.

Two things that I’ve learned from taking classes: You need to experiment and bravely go where nobody has gone before and you need to practice!

Stamping Imperfection Partial Die Cutting with Cover Dies

 

The cover dies and the background paper are from Altenew.  The top cover die piece is only partially cut.  Only the center is cut, leaving the sides uncut.

That background paper is from a scrapbooking kit set of papers and they are all quite pretty.  This is a watercolor page.  I will make my own watercolor background next time or on a day that I have time to craft all day.

The sentiment die is from Simon Says Stamps.  I love that it layers!  Those are my favorite word dies of all.

I spent a lot of time today working on a card for next week’s What Will You Stamp Challenge.  I was invited to be their guest stamped and I wanted my card to be spectacular and I CAN’T WAIT to share my card with you.  I used an advance die cutting technique and it turned out super cute.

I wish I could share it with you today, but I can’t.  Let’s just say that Panda’s are involved.  That’s all I can say.

I’m so happy that you stopped by to see what I’ve been up to!  I hope you find time to craft today.  Remember to embrace the imperfections!

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