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Good afternoon! Are you constantly inspired by Jennifer McGuire? I know I am. I love seeing a notification that she has a new video out. The last two brayer technique videos are amazing. Her ideas always spark my creativity and today I thought “Can you use a cover plate die in a similar manner?”

The answer is YES. Maybe this is something you have already tried and if so, I hope you like the card. But for those of you that haven’t- give it a whirl. It provides a subtle element to the background that I like and makes those details pop.

Here’s how I did it. I cut a piece of A2 Neenah Classic Crest 80lb. I centered the card stock and then added a piece of low tack tape to the side to create a hinge. Then flip the card panel over.

Now you are going to follow the directions in your die cutting machine to emboss with your die. With my Spellbinder Platinum 6. The sandwich is main plate-die (cut side up)-card stock-rubber mat and blue embossing plate.

Next, I inked up my LDRS Creative Modern Geometric A2 Coverplate II. I used the Tropical Sea ink and my brayer. Ink it up a few times.

Make sure you have the sandwich ready prior because once you ink up your plate you will flip the card panel onto the die and immediately run it through your machine.

That’s it! Let me know what you think. I did add a tiny bit of ink blending to the edges of the cover plate. I also used an alcohol marker around the edges of another larger panel to get a border color I didn’t have.

The heart die is from Kat Scrappiness. The sentiment is part of a great set from LDRS Creative and most products are listed below.

I hope you like this technique and let me know if you have ever tried it. Thanks for stopping by!

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