Monday, 26 March 2012

When negative is good

Think positive, stay positive, look on the bright side, the glass is half full.  This is me.  However, when we're crafting, we can overlook the negative side of things........and it's a shame when we do.
What is she talking about?  Well, everytime you die cut a shape with your Big Shot - you need one of these - or you punch out a shape with your punches, you are left with a negative, or the bit of cardstock that the shape came out of. 

But look what you can do with it.......

The frame on this card was made by attaching the negative from a Top Note die cut to my card front with a bit of low-tack tape (I use drafting tape).  Then I used a sponge and Pink Pirouette ink to define the frame.  I like to dab all the way around the shape so I get an even colour, then I go back over it building up the colour as I go until happy with the results.  I gradually get lighter towards the middle and actually left some of the cardstock white in the centre.

Next, I got my scrap of cardstock that I'd punched repeatedly with the Boho Blossom punch for a previous project.  I used a dauber with Cherry Cobbler & Wisteria Wonder to stencil the flowers.   Once done with that, I used some leftover punched flowers as masks and stamped the flourish from Vintage Vogue in Pear Pizzazz.  

Tip:  A sponge is a piece of sponge - I like the soft, light ones from SU.  I cut them into wedges & staple a piece of cardstock to the top. It acts like a handle & makes it easy to see which colour it's for.
A dauber is one of those little plastic things with foam on the end that you can put on your finger.

The green punched flowers were the ones I used as masks.  I liked that some of them had ink on them so I used them to highlight 3 of the stencilled flowers and added rhinestones for bling.

Do you like the sentiment frame?   Well, it's the Decorative Label punched twice.  The Wisteria Wonder one is just the two shorter ends cut off and stuck behind the oval stamped image.

So, there you have it.   Hope you find some time today to craft.  Make it a Monday to remember!

1 comment:

  1. This is such a cool idea and really effective. This is such a pretty card.


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