Add Textures with Cube Cover Die

by Virginia Lu

Hello, Altenew friends!

It's Virginia here.

Do you love Cover Dies? They are fun and easy to create and they give you wonderful, instant results! Don't we all love anything “instant” these days?! Today, I am sharing an example of stretching the Cover Dies. You may know this fun technique already –  using a cover die to create a subtle textured background. It's a fun way to create textures without adding the bulk!

I am using one of Altenew's latest dies, the Cube Cover Die as an example.

Instead of using a piece of white cardstock, I chose one from the Our Family 12×12 Patterned Paper and ran it through the die cut machine. You can use a Tan Embossing Mat with the Cube Cover Die or use a thick Fun Foam for this purpose. This is the die cut combo I used from bottom to top: Base Plate, Cover Die (ridges facing up), paper, Tan Embossing Mat and Top Plate.

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To create some “drama”, I took a bold move and TORE UP the bottom part of the watercolor pattern paper.

I must admit that I hesitated a bit at first, but I sure was glad that I did. The torn edges give the card design an extra oomph.

I added some Gold Glitter Tape underneath the torn edges.

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The peony from Peony Spray Stamp Die Bundle was left nearly uncolored. I only took the shimmer pen and lightly colored the petals. The textured watercolor background provides such a lovely backdrop for the peony! The sentiment is simply perfect that I repeated it twice on top and bottom!

Are you inspired to try a layered look with minimum effort? Do get those Cover Dies and pattern paper out to play and you will be pleasantly surprised how fun and easy it is.

I appreciate that you stopped by today!

Have a beautiful day!
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Maryam crafter January 19, 2018 - 9:22 AM

Wow , love all these layer and texture.,love the way you put the sentiment..

Barb macaskill January 19, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Beautifully done! I love the torn edge and I really love the way you did the background. So much depth with little effort! All of the different elements come together to wow us! TFS!

Debbie Rumpza January 19, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Really pretty, Virginia…. I love all the texture in your card.

Michele F January 19, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Virginia I adore this technique! You’ve created the softest, very subtle texture with that coverplate – gorgeous! and ooolala, do I love the torn paper edge!

Amy Seech January 19, 2018 - 10:40 AM

What a gorgeous card!

Beverly Jordan January 19, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Virginia, I just love the colors and the textures! Great card!

Melinda Stearns January 19, 2018 - 11:14 AM

I always enjoy seeing your cards! Gorgeous!

Karthikha Uday January 19, 2018 - 11:30 AM

This is one of my fav technique and recently obsessed with it :) Love the embossed background :)

Denise Bryant January 19, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Beautiful textures and colors! Love that pretty peony flower!

Greta H January 19, 2018 - 12:36 PM

What beautiful patterned paper & it’s even better embossed with that neat cover plate! Really love the lightly colored flower, Virginia!

Helen January 19, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Virginia, this idea of “dry embossing” patterned paper for that subtle dimension is great. Like that torn paper with the tucked in washi tape, too. tfs

Sue D January 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

I like how you created this pretty background.

Bev Page January 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Hi Virginia. I love this really beautiful, understated card. Love this technique.

Tara Prince January 19, 2018 - 4:15 PM

So very pretty!!

Linda BL January 19, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The technique you used sure produced a pretty card, I like the torn bottom edge but, have never have tried it myself as I chicken out. Very effective in your card and looks neat with the glittered edge.

Lagene January 19, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Lovely card, lovely background!

Celeste Goff January 19, 2018 - 6:58 PM

What a positively gorgeous card Virginia!!!

Super Stick Chick January 19, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Beautiful card! Love the background and layers!

Patt H. January 19, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Wow, Virginia, I think this is my very favorite of all your gorgeous creations! Such a great design & the torn edge with glitter paper underneath is pure genius!

Jean marmo January 19, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Simply gorgeous

Ben Gill January 19, 2018 - 10:49 PM

This looks amazing! Love the torn bottom, definitely a great idea. The embossed card also looks beautiful. Love this blog, so I also wanted to stop by and finally say hello :)

Lorraine Turner January 20, 2018 - 2:16 AM

Hi Virginia,

Thank you for such a fabulous project, it shows us crafters many different techniques that we may not usually use. I love the fact that when you tore the bottom of the watercolour paper you used washi gold tape to bring out the layer underneath. Leaving the die cut mainly white makes it ‘pop’ so much on the background. Will definitely be trying this out. :o)

Dawn T January 20, 2018 - 3:46 AM

stunning Virginia. Love the subtle background that embossing a die produces.

Teresa Doyle January 20, 2018 - 6:46 AM

Very pretty Virginia, the subtle embossed background looks amazing with this focal image.

MelissaF January 20, 2018 - 8:13 AM

Love the subtle background texture from the cover die, and the torn edge with gold glitter peeking out too, gorgeous card!

Henriëtte January 20, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Your card is gorgeous Virginia, I love the way you made the background.
The gold glitter gives a special look to it.Thanks for sharing this with us.

Janet Swanlady21 January 22, 2018 - 2:00 PM

This is a real beauty Virginia! I love it all … watercolour background, texture, double sentiment, flower popped.!

Liz O. January 27, 2018 - 12:43 AM

Gorgeous design Virginia! Thanks for the inspiration and all the tips increating this fabulous card!


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