Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Cards Created Using Positive and Negative Cuts

I am participating in Pebbles November Sketch Challenge. I enjoyed creating these cards because it did not only made me use my Pebbles stash but is also stretched my imagination on what to create using my available resources.

For the first card, I am using a colorful plaid paper called Perfect Day from the Seen and Noted collection. I cut a 6"x6" piece from a 12"x12" patterned paper. I rotated the paper to make the stripes diagonal instead of the original print of horizontal and vertical lines. Using the pattern as a guide to the design, I die cut several squares, or should I say, diamonds. I kept the positive cuts for the other card. I drew black lines in between the colored stripes for added detail.

Using the same metal die, which is the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square, I die cut squares out of Cherry Arc Crafts Wood Tape. I adhered this tape on scrap cardstock first to prevent it from cracking.

I adhered the plaid paper on a top folding A2 sized kraft note card. I puzzle pieced the stitched wood tape to the windows on the plaid paper. I added a dot of Stickles to each diamond. Since the plaid paper was rotated, it left open spaces on the corners. I adhered the same wood tape to these corners.

For the sentiment, I trimmed a phrase from the Family, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I mat this on a stitched die cut red-orange cardstock. I traced the sentiment with a Sakura Glaze Pen. I adhered the rest of the sentiment on the inside of the card to complete the thought of this
encouragement card.

For the second card, I didn't want to put the negative cuts of my first card to waste. They have also stitched detailing on it. Actually, I adhered these cuts using the negative cut on my first card as a guide. Excuse me for the disorder of this post.

I embossed the stitched squares using Versamark ink with clear embossing powder. I repeated this process about three times to make the squares raised and sort of look like puffy stickers. I wanted to preserve the original pattern of the plaid cardstock. I applied a non-tacky tape to the back of the window plaid patterned paper. I pieced in the embossed stitched squares so these will adhere to the tape. I removed the tape gently to peel off the squares. Using a temporary adhesive, I adhered the window patterned paper to a kraft Neenah cardstock. I picked the embossed squares from the tape and puzzle pieced it to the plaid patterned paper. Once I am done adhering all the pieces, I carefully removed the window plaid paper. I placed an acrylic block on the top of the these adhered die cuts while I allow the liquid glue to dry.

Once the glue has dried, I drew lines in between the diamonds using a white Uniball Signo Broad pen. For the split panel, I am using the B side of the Chalkboard patterned paper from the Lakeside collection. The yellow was too overwhelmingly bright. To mute it down, I inked the paper with Tim Holtz Distress inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I drew in the chevron pattern using a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I used a foam adhesive to adhere these split panels.

For the sentiment, I used another phrase from the Famiy, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I fuzzy cut the 'hello' part. I cut the 'there' into a banner with fishtail edges. I traced the letters using the Uniball Signo Broad pen. I added a dot of white Ranger Enamel Accents to the ends of the label.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.


  1. Great cards Maria! Love the sentiments!

  2. Congratulations on your latest win for these fun cards Maria!