Sometimes the most simple techniques can be the more stunning ones. Negative die cutting is one of those techniques. It’s so simple that sometimes we don’t even think of it!
Negative die-cutting is really just removing the positive shape you get when die-cutting and using the area that’s left behind. Keep reading as I show you how easy this card is to recreate.
I’ve also paired up this technique with a simple sketch. It’s Sketch Challenge day at MFT Stamps and this week there’s a simply elegant layout to inspire you. You can find all the challenge details (and tons of inspiration) here. I hope you decide to join us and play along!
To create a negative die cut, it’s easy to just die cut through the layer and be left with the shape. But I wanted to take this technique a step further and die cut through a few layers that were inspired by the sketch. I wanted the design to be really smooth and look like one layer so that I could stamp the sentiment right across the panel. This meant that I couldn’t just layer the strips of pink cardstock over the white cardstock. They NEEDED to be side by side, butted right up against each other. When die cutting that, both the pink and white cardstocks needed to be firmly attached to a layer beneath.While you could choose a white scrap of paper to do this, I chose vellum so that I could really see the placement well.
Step by Step Die-Cutting Details
- adhere strips of white and pink cardstock to vellum panel the size of a card front
- place butterfly die over panel where you want it to die cut, hold in place with washi tape
- die cut butterfly and remove positive image
- trim away excess vellum so that you don’t see it.
- adhere layers to Grout Gray cardstock panel
- die cut layer with stitched rectangle die from Blueprints 13 Die-namics
Don’t worry! It’s sounds trickier than it is! You can leave the negative shape as it, but I die cut another butterfly to place inside the image to add the effect of a butterfly about to take flight. It’s adhered just in the center section and the wings lightly curved upwards so that you can see that lovely soft grey layer beneath.
The card design is finished off with some simple stamping and a few sparkling sequins!
Now it’s your turn to get creative! Get sketchy and play along with the MFT Stamps Weekly Sketch Challenge!