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Stretch your supplies to create two cards using Positive and Negative Die Cutting Techniques

Are you looking for ways to stretch your supplies? We love to share tips and tricks and we can’t wait for you to see today’s projects. Emily Mydlowski is sharing a couple of her favorite techniques that will help you create not one but two fun cards.

Hi Friends! Emily here with you today sharing one of my favorite die cutting techniques. I’m a big fan of Stretching my supplies and using Positive & Negative die cuts to create two cards from one process is definitely my jam! The EBE Home & Hearth Designer Die by  Julie Ebersole is such a cute set with so many possibilities and perfect for Positive/Negative Die Cutting.

To get started with my two-fer set, I first needed to determine where I wanted my houses on my first card panel. I secured the dies with washi tape before running the panel through my die cutting machine. I carefully removed the dies from the panel, making sure I kept all the little window negative pieces–I’m going to use those later. 

Tip/Trick: Use Washi Tape to pick-up those little bits from your dies & cutting plates. Washi tape is a great “pick-up tool” and it keeps them together in one place for later use.

Then, I moved over to my second card panel and arranged-rearranged the houses and then added the Star Dies to the panel and secured it with washi tape. I removed the houses and ran the panel with the star dies through my die cut machine. Collecting the die cuts to use as embellishments on my first card panel. 

Now I have two panels to work with…both with negative and positive die cuts. I turned the panels over and adhered scraps of yellow to the stars and scraps of aqua tones to the houses. Each piece of scrap paper was secured with everyday clear tape. 

Then came the fun part after I  turned the panels over-Card Decorating Time!

For the first card, I started by adhering the windows back in place. I added the stars above the houses along with an extra large star from yellow cardstock. Then using a MISTI, I stamped the cute sentiment from the EBE Cozy Lady Stamp Set using VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. To finish the card, I added the panel to an EBE Ebony Cardbase.

Tip/Trick: Use your Positive House Die Cuts as a template to determine where to adhere your windows. Just inlay the positive die, add a drop of adhesive through the negative, plop the windows into place and remove the House Die Cut to reveal perfectly placed windows. 

For the second card, I started by adding dimension to my house die cuts. I really enjoy adding mult-dimensional die cuts to my clean and simple cards…it gives the design that little detail. You can add dimension with different types of foam adhesives. For my houses,  I added dimension in two ways (1) Fun Foam: I die-cut two of the houses from fun foam and secured it to the cardstock die cut with Liquid Adhesive and (2) Stacking up multiple cardstock die cuts for extra dimension…this method gives you lots of control over the depth of your die cuts along with a chipboard image effect. 

I placed the card panel in a MISTI and arranged my houses so I could position the Let’s Stay In Sentiment from the EBE Cozy Lady Stamp Set. I removed the houses, stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and adhered the houses to the panel. Using my MISTI I also placed and stamped (with VersaMark Ink) the Happy Housewarming sentiment from the EBE Modern Succulents set to an Aqua Sentiment Strip which I then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I adhered the houses to the panel along with the sentiment strip. To finish the card, I adhered the decorated panel to an EBE Oyster Gray Cardbase. 

So there we are friends, TWO clean and simple Happy Home cards using Positive & Negative Die Cutting techniques. I hope you enjoyed my cards today and it inspires you to stretch your metal dies in fun new ways. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!


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  • Reply ggnurse January 24, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Love how you made 2 wonderful cards with these dies! Thanks for the inspiration!

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