Negative Die Cut

By | October 17, 2015

Today, I have a fun technique to share that I tend to forget about.  It’s using the negative of a die cut.  Recently, my upline Kimberly Van Diepen created some beautiful cards using this technique.  She inspired me to create one of my own.

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I used the Little Letters Thinlits Dies to cut the word “SNOW” out of Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Because I had limited space, I knew I needed to select a short word, so “SNOW” worked perfectly.  Here’s a quick tip on using these thinlits.  They tend to move around a little, even with a magnetic plate.  If you have trouble with this, first try flipping the glass over as that can sometimes help.  Second, use some old washi tape to tack down the letters to the paper prior to cutting them.

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To really make my negative die cut show up, I used dimensionals to pop up the die cut layer.

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This next picture really shows the relief created with the negative die cut technique.

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My favorite part of this card is the snow scene.  I used the Happy Scenes stamp set .  This set was designed to work with the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies to create window scenes, but it works great all by itself as well!

I stamped the entire snow scene with Archival Basic Gray ink on watercolor paper.  Then, I used Aqua Painters to watercolor the sky in three colors (Pool Party, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo) and the trees with Mossy Meadow.  I love the soft, serene look of this card!

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To create my winter scene, I used the winter tree stamp from Happy Scenes three times.  I stamped it once on each side, and then I stamped the larger tree a third time down lower.  I was trying to change the silhouette of the trees so that it didn’t look like they were repeating.  Another thing I did to disguise the repetition was to use my White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen to draw different snow patches on the trees after I finished watercoloring them.

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Supplies used on my card:

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Next time you make a card, try this technique.  It’s a great way to get inspired!

Tami Hewlett


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