Today I am sharing a clean and simple card that uses negative die cuts to add a level of detail that LOOKS extra fun and takes SECONDS to create! I guarantee you will start seeing all kinds of new creative possibilities when you look at your cardmaking dies after you check this out!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Scallop, Star Burst and Fireworks, Balloons and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1 set.

A handmade greeting card showing Negative Die Cuts used to make see-through windows forming fireworks

The Card Base and Negative Die Cut Layer

  • Cut an A2 sized card base and scallop layer using white cardstock.
  • Place the scallop layer on the cutting platform and lay the Fireworks dies on the layer and run through the machine. Note:  These dies are made without an outer cutting edge and are intended to cut a design out of a solid piece of cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock large enough to fit behind the die cut openings and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scallop layer and attach it to the card base.

Negative Die Cuts on a handmade greeting card making fireworks

The Balloon and Sentiment

  • Cut a white strip of cardstock about an inch tall and cut the edges using the rectangle scallop die.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Nocturne ink.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment piece and attach it to the card front.
  • Cut the balloon using red cardstock.
  • Create a small gold bow using metallic gold string and attach it to the balloon using glossy accents.  Note:  The gold string doesn’t like adhesive very much so I apply a good amount of glossy accents and allow several minutes for it to dry well to make sure the bow has adhered to the balloon.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the balloon and attach it to the card front.

A handmade birthday card showing the use of Negative Die Cuts to create a design element

Here are the products used for this card.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Cut 5028D
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5319-04D Star Bursts/Fireworks Die
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5319-03D Balloons Die
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Clear Acrylic Block 3.25″ X 4.25″…
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Does this give you some ideas on how you can use negative die cuts in your cardmaking? Are you seeing all kinds of new possibilities? Let me know – I LOVE to hear what you think!