7 Ways to Use Cover Plate Dies with Natalie | VIDEO

Hello friends, it's Natalie here today and I've got lots I want to share! This is a sort of "sit-down and grab-a-cuppa" kind of post because once I started thinking about all the ways you can use your collection of Cover Plate Dies I came up with quite a long list! And that means my accompanying video which demonstrates all the techniques has become kinda long too ;-)

Disclaimer: Some of the cards you'll see today you may recognise because I've shared them before, but I'm using them as examples of the techniques I'm discussing. However, I did also make 3 new cards just for this post, so there's plenty of fresh inspiration for you too! I hope that's ok?

Ultimately I thought of 7 different ways to use Cover Plate Dies, and I want to share them with you today. Of course, I don't imagine the list is complete by a long shot. I'm sure there are a million more ways to use your Cover Plate Dies as well (and if you've got one I would LOVE to hear it!) But here's the first 7 that I thought of....


1. Background Texture

This is probably the most common way I tend to use my Cover Plate Dies, and one of my favourite techniques. It's all about using your die to cut your background panel, and then piecing it back together again so that it becomes a subtle hint of pattern and texture without overwhelming the focal point of the card. There are multiple ways of achieving this easily, and I'll demonstrate my technique in the video at the bottom of this post. 

To make the card on the left I've used the 'Squares and Chevrons' die with just plain white cardstock. I love the white-on-white look which gives me plenty of opportunity to go BOLD and BRIGHT with the rest of the elements on the card.
The card on the right features the 'Inlaid Squares' die, but this time I cut my background panel out of patterned paper. I think it creates an extra point of interest in the background but it doesn't distract you from the main features of the card. 

2. Patterned Paper Patchwork

This is a similar technique to the first one, except this time I cut multiple sheets of different coloured patterned paper with the Cover Plate Die and then mixed and matched them as I pieced them back together. It reminds me of patchwork or quilting techniques.


This set of 3 sympathy cards were created with the 'Squares and Chevrons' die and 3 different patterned papers. One of the great advantages of this technique is that you can create multiple versions of the same background with all the pieces you'll have. If you use 3 papers, then you've got enough to create 3 backgrounds. If you use 4 papers then you could create 4. It's a great way of making cards in bulk. Now I say 'background', but I think most of the time this kind of technique is pretty enough to stand on it's own, and only needs a simple sentiment to finish it off.


In the video below I'm going to share with you how I created this card with the 'Succulent' Cover Plate Die. It might look like I've used a different technique because this cover plate isn't a pattern, and I've only used 2 colours of paper, but it's the same principles of Patterned Paper Patchwork in action!

3. Create Your Own Patterns

The Congratulations card on the right has an eye-catching black and white patterned paper, or so it seems at first glance. In fact, what I've done is take the square pieces that are cut out when you use the 'Inlaid Squares' die and adhered them to white cardstock in my own pattern (granted, it's very similar to the intended design of the die in the first place.... but not quite! LOL!)
Certainly you could be more adventurous in your own arrangement!

4. Negative Pieces as a Feature Embellishment

Since I have a hard time letting anything go to waste, I then used the remaining smaller black squares from the same pass of the 'Inlaid Squares' die and scattered them across my Happy Birthday card (above) in a slightly more haphazard way. What I'm attempting to do here is use the negative pieces - the bits that 'pop out' of the diecut - as a focal point on the card.
Some of the other Cover Plate Dies are even more aptly suited to this purpose. Take the 'Warm Winter Scene' die for example....


The trees and houses that it cuts are purposely designed to be used as embellishments in their own right. But don't ignore the positive piece that's left behind - that grid of house and tree-shaped holes is definitely worth using for other projects. Which brings me to an example for my very next technique...

5. As a Window Frame

I'm not sure if that's really the right term for it, but let me just explain what I mean!
What I'm referring to is the use of the positive image - that's the bit that's left behind when you've popped out all the other pieces, and which is usually the main point of the die - as a top layer to a dimensional project. The best example of this is to create a shaker card!


On this card I used the 'Warm Winter Scene' diecut, backed it with clear plastic, mounted that onto some foam (for the dimension) and filled in all the windows with sequins.

But you could opt for a much more 'simple' approach and layer your positive diecut image over the top of patterned paper, or an ink-blended sunset, or an alcohol-ink galaxy, or some other brightly coloured layer. The depth this creates is what reminds me of it being like a window frame, with you looking through the windows to the world beyond.

6.  As an Embossing Plate

Did you know you can turn any of your traditional dies into embossing plates with the addition of a sheet of rubber or silicone? This is the perfect technique for Cover Plate dies with their repetitive patterns. You need to buy the rubber sheets separately (many of the diecutting brands such as Sizzix, Spellbinders, Cuttlebug etc have their own specific versions, but you can also buy more generic 'embossing kits' from other manufacturers) and when you use these as part of your sandwhich of die, paper and cutting plates it will stop the die from cutting, and only leave an embossed impression on your paper instead.


For some reason I completely failed to take a photo of the embossed backgrounds I created using this technique, although I do demonstrate it in the video, so go and watch that for more details! However, I do have this card where I use this same technique with the 'Lucky Stars' die - and even though it's not a Cover Plate die you get the idea right?! :-)

7. Create Your Own Stencils

The last idea I wanted to share today is how you can use your Cover Plate dies to make your own set of stencils! Again, you can purchase specific stencil film for this intended purpose (Sizzix has just released their version for example), but I find if you're ok with a little bit of fuzziness around the edges that some normal cardstock will do the trick in a pinch.


On the card above I used the 'Falling Circles' die and cut it out using some scrap cardstock. Then I simply sponged mint ink through the holes to give the impression of falling snow. In the video I use the same 'stencil' with multiple bright colours of ink to instead give the impression of falling confetti! So you can see it's a fun technique with many uses.

And now... to demonstrate all these techniques and to share some examples I've put it all together in video form as well. So sit back and enjoy!

        

Oh, and don't forget to leave your comments with all the other ways you've been using Cover Plate Dies in your own makes! Share your ideas and link your projects because I would LOVE to see!

xx
Natalie

14 comments

  1. really a great post!!! thanks for sharing all this inspiration!!!
    Cristina
    thehouseoftheblackbirds.blogspot.it

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    1. Thank you Cristina! I hope it's inspired you to get creative!

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  2. Wonderful cards and thanks for sharing some great tips! :)

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    1. Thank you Shelly! I really enjoyed thinking of all the different ways I use cover plates! It was a fun post to put together!
      xx

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  3. Wow.. your cards are Awesome !! Wonderful ways to use cover plate dies.

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    1. There's just so many different techniques to try isn't there?!
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  4. Awesome post!I can't wait to watch the video to get some great inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Tracy! I hope I was able to inspire you to try something new today?
      xx

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  5. Love all your new cover plate dies! So many creative possibilities!

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    1. There really is a lot of different techniques to try isn't there?!

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  6. Wow! Amazing cards! Thank you for sharing all these techniques, I'll try them out :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope I've inspired you to get creative today!

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  7. HUGE thank you for this video, as new comers sometimes you don't see all the options straight away so this was fab to give idea's, must but some now to play with myself.x

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    1. Thank you Andrea. Your comment means so much! I hope you've found this post helpful, and maybe inspired you to give some of these ideas a go?!
      xx

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