Cover Die Techniques

By | 03/24/2018

Last week I shared a 3D Tea Light Lantern Project that used Altenew’s Cityscape Cover Dies A and B.  By adding velum behind the pieces and attaching 4 panels together, I created a cover for a battery operated tea light or a battery operated candle.  If you missed that post and how to video, you can see that HERE.

I’ve also shared projects that used the cover dies as stencils to create subtle card backgrounds with ink blending or ink sprays.  You can see that HERE if you missed it.

Another fun technique was an advanced die cutting technique called partial die cutting that I used with a cover die.  You can see that one HERE.

Today I want to share a project that uses another cover die in a different way.  I believe this is probably the way it was designed to be used!

Stamping Imperfection Creative Coloring With Artist Markers

I finally got an extra light and I’m actually happy with this photo!!!  My little craft corner is a bit dark and I know you have been suffering through pictures that are too dark!  This is much better.

How pretty is this card?

It is so simple to make.  I started with a piece of white card stock cut at 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ and used my Altenew Artist Markers to create a background.

Stamping Imperfection Creative Coloring With Artist Markers


I know!  It looks like a hot mess!  I used three shades of each color to practice blending.  When I finished, I cut another piece of white card stock cut the same size using Altenew’s Striped Leaf Cover Die.  I attached the colored piece to a card base cut at 4-1/4 x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″ using Altenew’s glue tape roller.  I popped the cover die piece up on foam tape and added it to the top.

The sentiment is from the Altenew Get Well Soon stamp set and it is heat embossed in white on black card stock. That is also popped up on foam tape to give the card more dimension.  I’ve added a few iridescent rainbow sequins that I think came in a Simon Says monthly card kit.

This card is a result of a class that I’m taking at the Altenew Academy called Creative Coloring With Artist Markers.  Lesson 1 required that we create the background piece so that we could get a feel for how these markers worked and blended together.  Lesson 2 was all about the cover die to create the card.

If you don’t want to color an entire background with makers, imagine how pretty a watercolored background might look.  If you don’t have a lot of time but want to make a fabulous card, you could use a great piece of patterned paper.  I have several sheets of purchased background paper that looks like a watercolored background.  That would be such an easy card and you could mass produce it.  You could get 6 cards out of one 12 x 12″ sheet of patterned paper!

If you added a different sentiment to each card, you could add some envelopes and tie them together with a pretty ribbon for a wonderful gift for someone.

I think creating watercolor backgrounds would be fun.  Every single card would be unique.

Cover dies are pricey items and I’ve grown fond of using them to create projects.  I’m always happy to learn or discover a new way to use them to get more bang for my buck!

I knew that my Big Shot machine was a big investment when I purchased it 5 years ago, but I’ve created so many projects with it and it is still going strong!  The cover dies and script die cut sentiments have become my latest obsession, so that Big Shot is getting a tremendous amount of use!  I’m actually considering getting the one that I don’t have to crank!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend and I hope you get the chance to craft a little!

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