Die cuts – accentuate the negative

When using die cuts papercrafters generally focus on the actual shape that was cut from the die -cut out the shape and place it on a card or scrapbook page, etc.  Today I used a die but instead of using the piece that was cut out, I decided to make a card from the negative space remaining once the cut part was removed.  Here is the card.

Here are a few short steps on how I made it:

First I used a Cheery Lyn die to cut the leaf image – using a piece of wax paper in between your die and cardstock helps tremendously in detailed dies like this.  The actual die cut will not be used on this card so it will be put aside for another project.


Now for the background.  Scribble a few water based markers (SU markers used here) on a non stick craft sheet, then lightly mist the ink with water.

Press a piece of watercolor paper onto the misted ink and slightly move the paper to get full coverage.  Full disclosure – you may have to add more scribbled ink and misting to get the color you desire.  And you may have to try this a few times to get the hang of it!!

Here is what my piece looked like …

Now attach the watercolored piece behind the cardstock  with the die cut piece.   And there you go!!

To finish it off I stamped a sentiment (from Flourishes) with Memento Rich Cocoa ink  and added a grosgrain ribbon.  The piece was mounted on a piece of orange and cocoa cardstock.  The base card is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

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