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Monday, August 31, 2009

Negatively Speaking

Last week we discussed storage for all of our precious scraps of paper. This week I would like to look at all the things we can do with those scraps. Something more than just cutting them into small shapes and borders. I love the shapes and borders, but what I love more is to work with the negative image you are left with after you cut out your desired shape. I love to work with negatives such as the left overs from paper punches, Nestabilities and Cricut cut outs. There are so many fantastic things you can make with negatives. I love the challenge of finding a unique way to use them up. It's almost like getting two for one if you find a way to use them.

I thought I would share this card I made with a negative from the Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge available with the Cricut Expression at Die Cuts R Us. Once I saw how beautiful this negative looked I couldn't bear to trash it. The card itself is made from clear acetate. I placed a few of the hearts I was originally cutting out for another project on the front. I used glue dots to adhere the negative to the front sheet of acetate, only along the inside crease. I then did the same to the patterned paper, but to the back piece of acetate.

I added a ribbon and some buttons to the front to hide the glue dots, because they show up on acetate. I like the way lover boy, be mine and XOXO show through the hearts. I was actually more pleased with the card I made with the left over negative than I was with the original design idea for the hearts!

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and see what can me made from negative images. I'm sure there must be more negative items out there too, I just can't think of them. Can you think of any other type of negatives that could be used creatively? I would love to hear your ideas, please share them with us.

Don't forget to take a peek at whats new over at Die Cuts R Us. There are new Spellbinders dies and Cuttlebug embossing folders! And DCRU now has stamps from The Greeting Farm, including one special set Butterfly Wishes designed by our very own design team member Jessica! Lets hear it for Jessica! Thanks for looking. ~Diane


CelticWoman said...

fantastic use of scraps, beautiful card. Sandi

Crayola58 said...

Ah, Diane, this is so wonderful. I love the color theme going on here, and the hearts and paper that shows through is fantastically matched.
Carole DCRU DT

Cara said...

Well done post and card, Diane! A great follow to all that talk last week about our scraps!

- - Sheryl - - said...

yes - it inspires us, to look at scraps in a "do I toss or keep" LOL.

Yvette said...

Love love love this idea!!! I've "thought" of doing this but never have, but after seeing this I think I will have to come up with another scrap organizer just for these! TFS!!!

margie c said...

What a wonderful post, Diane!
I love this idea, and plan on really using up all of my scraps from now on... usually my boys get my scraps, but I think that they're better off going back to construction paper ;) lol!

- - Sheryl - - said...

I sat down tonight to complete this challenge, I chosed a stocking negative, but I have others I will be completing as well. Thanks!
here’s my card

1CardCreator said...

Sheryl, you did an excellent job on your Tuesday Challenge card! Faux stitching and piecing was really clever. Thanks for joining us in the DCRU DT challenge.
~Diane DCRU DT

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