Turn a negative into a positive

by Aimes

Hey!

It's Aimes here today kicking off September with a little card that shows you a fun way to turn your negative die-cut scraps into a fun element of a design. I'm known for keeping all of my scraps and leftover bits and bobs after a creative session and when I say keeping scraps, I mean every. single. bit. So it makes me happy when I can use those scraps to create another card such as this one.

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This card uses the negative die-cut of the Doodle Blooms dies that I used for my previous project here. The Doodle Bloom dies come assembled together and although the idea is to separate them so you can use each individual die as you please, I kinda liked the pattern of them all secured together. It also means that one run through my die-cutting machine means lots of die-cut shapes to play with in addition to this large negative piece.

By simply layering a piece of cardstock underneath the negative die-cut panel you can create a fun patterned paper effect to complement any project. The hardest part is deciding what colour cardstock to use!

As always, here are a few more hints and tips about this technique and design:

  • Allow the negative areas to overhang the edges of the panel and trim away the excess to create what looks like a continuing pattern.
  • I love this sweet little sentiment from Many Thanks. I echoed the shape of it through the use of the circular sequins.
  • Without the sequins, the card was missing something. Instead of grabbing clear gems, I opted to add sequins and alternate the colours to balance the panels of the card design. The liner layout of them helps to keep your eye focused on the sentiment too.

I hope that my card inspires you to keep hold of your negative die-cut scraps and turn a negative into a positive by using it for a new project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Aimes

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Holly Saveur September 1, 2015 - 08:11

great idea!

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Aimes September 1, 2015 - 17:35

Thanks, Holly! :)

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littlesavedgirl September 1, 2015 - 08:28

I also have gotten some excellent new insight into my negative cuts, after all isn’t that why we purchase those background dies to cover our whole card ???! Eureka I think she’s thinking now! Whoopie!!!

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Aimes September 1, 2015 - 17:36

It’s like getting a background die and a die set in one with those Doodle Bloom dies, right? Double the bonus! :)

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tsurutadesigns September 1, 2015 - 08:47

Awesome upcycling….fab card!

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Aimes September 1, 2015 - 17:36

Thanks so much Amy (and a HUGE congrats on your amazing HA gig!) xx

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Yana Smakula September 1, 2015 - 14:40

looks fabulous!

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Aimes September 1, 2015 - 17:37

Thank you so much, Yana! <3

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May Park September 1, 2015 - 14:40

Yes, I keep my scraps, too. But I mostly throw away the negative die-cuts. Thanks so much for giving me a reason who I should keep them, too. Love your card, Amy!

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Aimes September 1, 2015 - 17:37

Now I just need to use the rest of the negative die-cut pieces I keep! ;) x

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Christine Smith September 1, 2015 - 18:28

Fab idea and a gorgeous card! xxx

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Daisies Girl September 10, 2015 - 19:03

So very pretty and what a fabulous idea!!!

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Antok February 12, 2016 - 11:32

we hebben niet met 1-6 maar met 1-8 verleronen dat pakken we hun dan terug, als wuij dan weer tegen hun moeten spellenwij uit tegen hun thuis. Daar kunnen wij er op gaan vertrouwen op dat momment,dat zou gert en lia ook zeggen gr van stefan

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