Try this easy way to use this plaid background cutting die to make a unique card!

When I first saw this plaid background cutting die, I will admit I wasn’t 100% sure how well it was going to work. When I got it in my hands, I started to play with it and all I can say is WOW – this thing is FUN! And, because it can create such colorful, intricate looking backgrounds, you can let the background be the star and use super simple elements to create a gorgeous card.

All I did to make this cool background was to cut the different colors of card stock with the new Plaid Cover Die from Rubbernecker and then layered them together, slightly offset, to create that fabulous illusion of depth. I have to say, I really love the way it all turned out and will for sure be doing this again with a different motif.

Let me share the details with you.

using several different colors cut with a plaid background cutting die, this DIY greeting card background is colorful and dimensional

The Plaid Cover Card Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut an A2 sized card base and green cardstock to cut a 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the green layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Cut the Plaid Cover using red, white and yellow cardstock.
  • Trim the left side border off the red and yellow cover piece so it will fit perfectly behind the white when layered.
  • Apply double stick tape to the frame border and a couple cross bars of the white cover, line up the red cover behind the white and attach together.
  • Repeat the process and attach the yellow cover to the back of the red.
  • Apply double stick tape to the frame borders of the plaid cover and attach it to the card base.  Pro Tip:  I usually like to pop up my covers with mounting tape but that would have made this way too bulky. Attaching it directly to the card base allowed me to pop up the sentiment layer.

Fishing Gear and Sentiment

  • Use white cardstock to cut the sentiment layer and red cardstock to cut a background layer.
  • Attach the two layers together using ATG adhesive.
  • Insert the white layer and sentiment stamp in the MISTI and stamp the sentiment using green ink.
  • Cut the fishing gear images using red, green, yellow and gray cardstock.
  • Assemble and attach the pieces together using glossy accents.
  • Apply glossy accents to the rod and jacket and attach to the sentiment layer.
  • Add a tiny pop dot to the back of the fish and attach it to the sentiment layer.

use a plaid background cutting die to cut several colors and layer them slightly offset to create this dynamic card background design

This is a fun and simple masculine card with a fishing theme.  Check out my Fishing Category to see some really detailed scene cards using these same dies. 

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If you kind of glossed over this plaid background cutting die, not knowing how you could use it, I’d say grab it! There are so many ways you can use this to create backgrounds that will add so much interest to your cards and the sky’s the limit on how you can tweak it to create something truly unique!