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How to Use a Die Cut Negative as a Focal Point

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Learn how to make a Die Cut Negative the focal point of your next handmade card.

Ever wonder what to do with all of those negative pieces you have left over from die cutting? Wonder no more! Learn how to make a Die Cut Negative the focal point of your card!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Your Next Stamp Waddles Happy Brrr-thday Clear Stamp Set SKU BL503454
  • My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste Adorbs 6x6 Paper Pack SKU BL261124
  • Die Cutting Machine (Cuttlebug used) SKU BL457874
  • Avery Elle Elle-MentsGeek Love Die SKU BL484973
  • Avery Elle Elle-Ments Scalloped Banner Die SKU BL407561
  • Distress Ink Spun Sugar SKU BL431546
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool SKU BLRGRIBT40965
  • Sakura Pen Touch White Marker 1.0 SKU BL135190
  • Clear Embossing Powder SKU BL359672
  • Heat Gun SKU BL135190
  • Heidi Swapp Diagonal Stripe Stencil (similar stencil available in this pack SKU BL109088
  • Versamark Watermark Ink SKU BL231200
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink SKU BL267083
  • Thermoweb Zots SKU MI3690
  • Craft Medley Black & White Classic Sequins SKU BLMULGC457A
  • Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares SKU BL239706
  • Memory Tape Runner XL SKU BL287333
  • Spectrum Noir Markers (CT2, CT4, TN2, TN3, TN4, BT3, BT4, CR6, CR7, OR2, IG2, IG3, BG4, BG5, BG6) Sets: Yellows, Pale Hues, Lights, Pastels, Turquoises, Brights, Cool Grays, Warm Grays SKUS BL204802, BL205099, BL205096, BL204790, BL205097, BL204791, BL204794
  • Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth White Cardstock SKU BL245512
  • Washi Tape or Respositionable Tape SKU BLPIT2650W
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Die cut a banner out of patterned paper. Or, if you already have a negative die cut to use, place the banner die over it and cut around it.

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If you aren't already using a left over negative die cut, place the heart die over the banner and run that through the die cutting machine.

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Place the die cut on what will be the front panel of the card. To create the panel, trim out a piece of white cardstock, sized 3.75 x 5. Gently trace around the die cut with a pencil. This will be our guide so we know where to stamp.

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Stamp the image in Versafine ink and then cover with clear embossing powder. Use the heat gun to activate. When stamping, make sure part of the image is sticking out in what will be the window. Once everything is dry, gently erase the pencil lines.

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Color in the image using alcohol markers.

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Adhere the panel down with washi or respositionable tape. Place a stencil over it and adhere that down, too.

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Gently add color using Spun Sugar Distress Ink and the Ranger foam blending tool. Add in a circular motion. When you are done, adhere the panel to a card base (4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5). Adhere the negative die cut to that panel. Add sequins using Zots.

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That's it! So, save those negative die cuts! Don't be afraid to recycle every last piece of that patterned paper!

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