Check out this fun way to use cover plate dies that cut patterns!

When I first ran this new die from Rubbernecker through my machine I saw “petals” fall from the die cut and was inspired to try out this different way to use cover plate dies that cut geometric patterns. All those tiny die cuts HAVE to be good for something, right? And this is what I came up with and I really love it! I know, are you running to all your cover plate dies to see what shapes are hidden?

a handmade card showing a way to use cover plate dies to create a textural background AND a focal element

The Cover Background

  • Use white cardstock to cut an A2 sized card base and two Organic Cover sections.
  • Turn one cover face down and secure any loose sections back in place.
  • Cut a 5.25″ x 4.00 section of a Scor-Tape sheet.
  • Line the Scor-Tape section over the cover section and secure it in place.
  • Remove the backing and attach the cover on the card base.

The Fall Wreath

I thought I would try to experiment to create a colorful fall wreath with all the petal shaped pieces.  I am known for putting little pieces together to make a larger element.  Some people love to play with small die cuts and other run far away but this wreath was really fun and easy to make.

  • Collect all the petal shaped negative pieces together.
  • Color the petals using orange, red and green ink applied with mini applicators.
  • Cut circle wreath base using two small circle dies.
  • Begin attaching the petals to the wreath base using glossy accents.
    • One petal straight up.
    • Second petal to the left.
    • Third petals to the right.
    • Repeat these steps over and over until you have covered the whole wreath base.
    • When nearing the last few steps you will need to tuck the last pieces under the tips of the original petals.
  • Press the completed wreath face down on a VersaMark pad, turn a little and press again and repeat until the wreath has full coverage.
  • Sprinkle the wreath with clear embossing powder and heat with the heat gun.  Pro Tip:  Embossing with clear embossing powder adds brilliance and depth to the colors. 

Finish the Card

  • Cut a white 4.25″ x 1.50″strip for the sentiment.
  • Cut an orange 4.25″ x 1.75″ strip and attach it to the white strip with ATG adhesive.
  • Stamp the sentiment using orange ink. 
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the sentiment layer and attach to the card base.
  • Apply a generous amount of glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attach it to the sentiment layer.

Check out my Detailed Fall Card using another of Rubbernecker’s cover dies.

A clever way to use cover plate dies and the negative pieces they cut with a dimensional hand formed focal element on a handmade greeting card

I am thinking that this fun way to use cover plate dies will spark a LOT of creativity! If you haven’t already, make sure you take a look at the background and cover dies you have and see if any shapes “pop out” at you – I am betting you will start to see new things in these tools!

5421D Organic #1 Cover Die
[ RBB ]
3019 Splatter Leaves
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3019 Splatter Leaves Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #2
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #4
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #11
[ RBB ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Clear High Gloss Embossing Powder
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The Color Catalog by Sarah Renae Clark
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ] Scor-Pal SPC210 Scor-Tape…
[ AMZUS ] Scotch CAT 085 Advanced…
Sizzix Making Tool – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SZZ ] Mini Foam Dots…
[ AMZUS ] Scotch 1/2-Inch by…
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
[ ELH ] : Accent Opaque White 8.5”…
Tsukineko – VersaMark Watermark Ink…
[ SBC ]
VersaMark Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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It is always fun to look at a new way to use cover plate dies.