Saturday, August 29, 2015

Using Diecuts to Create a Layered Card around Negative Space

Hi Everyone!

I love using punches and die cutting in my card and paper crafting projects - I'd have to say it's an addiction with me!  So I'm always looking for different ways that I can do just that to create a simple card.

Here's my card today - I saw this idea awhile ago watching uTube, and decided to give it a try with today's card.

I used a Nestabilities die to create my window or negative space however you could achieve the same with a punch or even a xacto knife.  The key is to pop-up the top portion of the piece with the window and layer behind it another piece of white cardstock the same size.  Giving you dimension and an element to work around on your front layer.

I chose to use the shape I cut into my card as a vase for the bouquet of flowers I added.  My flowers were stamped and embossed with Rubber Cafe' detail embossing powder, and to color I used my Distress inks, and with a brush, water-colored in my flower.  The embossing helped keep the colors contained and from pooling out and into each other.

Here's a pic of all the front elements to my card....  in addition to the stamping the bouquet, I stamped and fussy cut additional flowers to apply around the base of the vase-  I also free handed in some stems for the flowers which I continued down into the vase on the second layer. (as you can see in my finished card)   To add my tag with the phrase 'let love bloom'  I punched tiny holes and wove the natural twine through and tied the ends into a bow.
The card was popped up on double layered foam tape - and cut down to 3 1/2 x 4 " - which I applied to a navy diagonal stripe layer cut at 4 x 5 1/4 "-  That piece was than put on a Red card cut at 4 1/4 x 11, scoring at 5 1/2" to create a top fold card.

For the inside I cut a piece of white aprox 2  x 3 on which I stamped my sentiment; made with love, and in the lower RH corner stamping off the edge using the floral bouquet stamp.
Here's another look at my finished card

 Thanks for stopping by - I hope you'll take a look at your punches and dies in a different way and give the negative space they create a try in your next card or project!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Café Kit- Farm Fresh -Home Grown Stamp set
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Café Kit- Farm Fresh -Echo Park's- Home Grown 6x6 pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versa Mark; Rubber Cafe' Black detail embossing powder; Distress Inks- Tumbled Glass; Broken China; Red Lipstick; Festive Berries; Mustard Seed; Painted Shingles
Adhesives: Dimensional tape; tape runner
Embellishments: Twine from the kit

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