String Art Backgrounds the Easy Way! 2 Ways to Use Cover Dies!

by Jenny

Hi crafty friends, it's Jenny here! Today I have a pair of fun cards that both feature string art backgrounds – but I made these the easy way! In case you're wondering, the easy way is to use die-cuts, not string!

Altenew Cardmaking Tutorial featuring String Art Backgrounds the Easy Way

Both of my backgrounds were created using cover dies, but one is the same cover die flipped around, and the other is a layering pair. I love these cover dies for their fun look that adds a little dimension with geometric flair.

Of course, you can always create real string art for your cards, and I'll be featuring that in an upcoming post in the future!

Layering Cover Die Sets

Some Altenew Cover dies pair to create a layered look. They can be purchased separately or as a set, and are labeled ‘A' and ‘B' like this Layered Geo Cover Die (A and B) set. They still work great on their own, but the real ‘wow' factor comes when they are layered on top of each other.

Altenew Cardmaking Tutorial featuring String Art Backgrounds the Easy Way

For my first card, I die cut two different shades of purple cardstock using the Layered Geo Cover Die A and B, one from each color. These cover dies can be layered two different ways. I chose to put the smaller circle panel (B) towards the back. I die cut it from the darker purple (so it looks darker, the further away it gets from you).

I layered the two die-cuts on top of each other using thin strips of foam tape all around the outer edge of each die-cut, then mounted them onto a top-folding white notecard.

Double Up and Flip

My second background features the String Panel Cover Die. This is just one die, but if you cut it twice and flip one of the die cuts around 180 degrees, you can create a new look. I cut one die from each of the same purple shades of cardstock, then flipped one of them around so they overlapped to create more ‘string'. You can try this with several other Cover Dies to see what looks you get!

The String Panel die-cut has a very thin outer frame so I simply layered them up with liquid glue and adhered them directly to the notecard.

Altenew Cardmaking Tutorial featuring String Art Backgrounds the Easy Way

Add Your Focal Points

To embellish both of my cards, I opted for pretty butterflies – the Mix & Match Mariposa to be precise. I thought they would look fun ‘landing' on the string art backgrounds. The softness also acts as a contrast to the geometric die-cuts.

I die cut all of the solid butterflies from Gold Mirror cardstock. I then die cut all of the detailed layers from white cardstock. I added some pops of pink using Fuchsia and Baby Pink Crisp Dye Ink, using a Mini Blending Brush. I simply swiped it gently in from the side of each wing, leaving the center white.

Using my tweezers, I folded the ink blended layer in half gently, then adhered it (with glue just along the body) onto the gold mirror layer, letting the wings pop up. I scattered them around the two string art backgrounds, adhering with foam squares.

Altenew Cardmaking Tutorial featuring String Art Backgrounds the Easy Way

Adding Sentiments

For my sentiments, I decided to keep it simple, but bold. On the first card, I featured the ‘thanks' from Floral Thanks, stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink for the outline, and Fuchsia/Baby Pink Crisp Dye inks for the center, to tie in with the butterflies.

Altenew Cardmaking Tutorial featuring String Art Backgrounds the Easy Way

On the other card, I grabbed my Super Script Stamp Set – love this set, one of the originals and still so versatile. I stamped ‘Friend' in Obsidian Pigment Ink and die cut it out. I mounted both big sentiments onto the center of the cards with foam strips and adjusted the butterflies here and there.

To finish, I added a few Antique Gold Sequins to add a little more pop to that Gold Mirror cardstock.

I have a video featuring the full process which you can check out here and over on the Altenew YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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Melissa Collins February 9, 2022 - 10:20 AM

Love the butterflies, but don’t really care for the backgrounds. The colors are nice though.

Maureen R February 9, 2022 - 11:42 AM

These cards are Awesome!!!!

Sharlene Reynolds Santo February 10, 2022 - 1:14 PM

Suh an easy way to add an interesting look to any card.


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