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Hi there everyone, Jenny here! Today I have a fun technique post featuring the recently released Geo Tiles Cover Die. I'll show you 4 ways to use the Geo Tiles Cover Die to create cool geometric backgrounds for your cards. Of course, you can also use these techniques with pretty much any cover die patterns in your stash!
Keep on reading for more tips and project ideas using this new die!
Do mystical geometric patterns intrigue you? Inspired by tile arrangements and decorative glass windows, this intricately designed geometric cover die can be used with a variety of techniques! Cut it from the same color as your card base for a subtle tone-on-tone background or place a piece you cut from white cardstock over an ink-blended background.
With its gorgeous geometric pattern, this card is perfect for dry embossing techniques! In today's blog post, I will show you four different ways to use this fun yet elegant cover die.
Dry Embossing the Geo Tiles Cover Die
To start with, my favorite technique with cover dies (other than die cutting) – is dry embossing. This technique significantly increases your 'embossing folder' stash, as each cover plate die can also serve as an embossing folder.
I'm using black watercolor paper, as I love using darker cardstock for Altenew's Metallic Watercolor paints. I wet the paper with the Fine Mister and then chose three colors from the Metallic Watercolor palette, painting the color in swipes with the Size 18 Flat Brush, letting each color blend into the next. I then dried it and repeated it twice to build up the color, fading to black towards the bottom of the panel.
I dried the panel once more, leaving it slightly damp, which helped with the embossing.
Afterward, I dry-embossed the panel with the cover die using a sandwich method: cover die facing up, watercolor panel facing down, tan/embossing mat, and cutting machine plate. I ran it through the machine and beautifully dry-embossed the cover die into the paper.
Stenciling the Geo Tiles Cover Die
My second technique involved using a scrap of thick cardstock, which I die cut with the Geo Tile Cover Die, and then used as a stencil. The effects that you can get with this technique are incredible! Simply adhere the die cut over a panel of cardstock and ink blend or spray.
I decided to use ink blending over the stencil. For this method, I used a Large Blending Brush and went in with a heavier hand at first, fading out towards the edges, using a circular motion.
I kept one layer for this card – stamping a detailed sentiment directly over the top from the Well-Read Stamp Set.
I stamped the sentiment first in Obsidian Pigment Ink. To soften it, I shifted the cardstock slightly in my MISTI and stamped over the top (repeatedly) with Antique Gold Pigment ink. This technique gave a fun 3D shadow effect to an otherwise simple one-layer card.
Dimensional Die Cutting Geo Tiles Cover Die
My next card is probably the one that took the longest, but the technique I used adds lots of dimension and texture and gives it a one-of-a-kind look.
First, I die-cut out the Geo Tiles Cover Die from patterned paper. For this card, I used the Alcohol Ink Backgrounds Paper Pack. I laid down the stencil I used for ink-blending in my previous card and put it over a panel of white cardstock. Then, I placed the larger triangles into position, securing them with a foam square or two.
Next, I die-cut the circles from the Pink Brilliance Glitter Cardstock. You can get them all out of one sheet if you're careful about paper placement! I adhered these die cuts using two or three halves of a foam square.
Finally, for my sentiment, I foiled letters from the Essential Alpha Hot Foil Set and die-cut them out to spell ‘Hey!', popping them up over the top of the triangle pattern. Lastly, I topped off the look with a few Satin Gold Sequins.
Re-Use the Leftover Stencil
For my next card, I used the leftover ‘stencil' to create a third background, adhering it directly to a white notecard with liquid glue.
Then, I just needed to add a bold sentiment to complete the card. I used the Mega Label Love Stamp Set in Obsidian Pigment Ink for that graphic look. I adhered it with foam tape at a jaunty angle and embellished it with Satin Gold Sequins like the card above.
While this is technically the “real” way to use the Geo Tiles Cover Die, I think that using it as a stencil and a template makes it a little bit “extra”!
You can see how I created all of these cards from start to finish in my Stylish Cardmaking Techniques Video:
This die is perfect if you love paper creating stunning and colorful paper piecing backgrounds. Cut it out of different types of cardstock (or just color pieces cut from white cardstock with your favorite media) and arrange them back together filling the openings of the cover die.
We've curated a few items that will go well with this new product! Check them out:
1 Product, Multiple Ways!
Here are a few more project ideas that you can try with this new die. Use the die as an embossing folder to create gorgeous background textures! We love how the geometric patterns made Karen's floral die-cut shine in this card!
We love how this card's beautiful and solid background colors paired well with the sentiment from the One-Go Birthday Stamp & Die Bundle! Virginia really knows how to make her projects shine!
Amy went for a bold monochromatic look with the Geo Tiles Cover Die. You can also achieve this clean, simple, yet elegant card with a golden-cut sentiment and a lovely die-cut image! Why not use the die's fun patterns to mix up creative color combinations? We love this rainbow-like card by Donna, who also accented her card with some gems and sequins, resulting in a unique holiday card!
Spruce up your cards with ombre backgrounds! You can use alcohol inks or our Crisp Dye Inks to color the geometric patterns of this die for a pretty and vibrant look – just like Michelle's card.
What do you think about the new Geo Tiles Cover Die? Which project/s caught your eye? Comment below! Thank you for stopping by!