Making Cards · Techniques

Using Die Cut Negatives

Hey all! I just a quick post to show some ways I’ve used my die cut negatives, or what you are left with once you remove your die cut shapes. In this case, what I did with what was left from the two of the three negatives from this card. 


As you can see, I used one of the three negatives on this card.  Afterwards I was left with a white panel and a silver glitter panel. The silver glitter panel was actually only a partial panel. I knew I wasn’t going to need all of the butterflies for the card above, so I only used a scrap of the glitter cardstock.

Let’s start off with the white panel as it’s the most straightforward. 

I laid the white panel over some more glitter cardstock and added a simple fishtail banner (MFT) with a silver heat embossed sentiment (Simon Says Stamps’ Floral Bliss). I tucked a small vellum piece under the banner with a supporting sentiment (also from SSS Floral Bliss). I adhered the negative to the silver cardstock with foam dots, to give it dimension.

On my second card, I had to think of a way to use partial pieces of the negative space, since I didn’t have a full panel. It was also tricky because of all the holes. 

I cut a large heart using Hero Arts Nesting Hearts and layered it over a red heart of the same size, using foam dots to adhere it.

I heat embossed the sentiment in silver and stamped “Happy Anniversary,” inside the card. Both stamps are from Altenew’s 365 stamp set. I finished it off with Lucy’s Cards jewels.

I was able to cut a couple of circles from what remained of the silver glitter panel, using Spellbinder’s Circle Dies. 

I used the same circle dies to cut matching circles from black cardstock and inlaid the silver glitter circles. Then I used foam tape to adhere more black cardstock behind it. 

I used Concord and 9th’s Sunshine Dies to cut out the black circle and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from their Sunshine Turnabout set in silver. I finished off this card with silver confetti sequins.

When I was die cutting the heart and circles from the intricate negative I was careful to line up the shapes so that I would be left with as many full butterflies as I could. I either centered a butterfly or squeezed in what I could.

I tend to be a pack rat and save every tiny scrap from my projects. I save the centers of all the little frames I cut out… Even after making theses cards, I still have tiny pieces of the silver glitter panel left.

Do you keep all the bits and pieces from your projects? I’d love to hear from my fellow pack rats!

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Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge, 8/2

Hello! Hope your weekend went well!

This week, Wednesday challenge from Simon Says Stamps was “Splatter it,” and featuring Ranger products. A perfect opportunity to play with those lovely Mica Sprays!


I had those lovely backgrounds I made with the Concord and 9th Sunshine Turnabout. I picked the one with the Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide inks, and I sprayed it with the Crushed Grapes Vibrant Turquoise and Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.

I die cut a cloud from Hero Arts Nesting Clouds, and adhered the two dragon image from Clearly Besotted’s Hot Stuff, which I had previously colored and cut out. I used foam tape on the dragons and to adhere the cloud to the background. I used MFT’s Sno Cone cardstock as the card base. I finished the card off with Pool jewels from Lucy’s Cards.

I stamped “double trouble,” inside the card.

Some close up shots of the mica spray.

Those baby dragons are so cute!

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Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Sketch Challenge 343

Welcome to my attempt at this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge!

Here is the sketch for this week:


I normally don’t participate in sketch challenges when I don’t have one of the elements, but I decided to get creative this week. I’m missing ovals and oval frames. But I can work with this 🙂

Instead of the oval, I decided to use a square frame. Next I got out all of the MFT images that I had already colored and die cut. I spread them out on the floor and thought about what to do. I took the dragons out as I always use them.


I really like the cats, but I decided on the otters. They are hard to resist!

Using Spellbinders Classic Small Squares, I cut out a frame. Then I laid out my die cuts.

I adhered the rocks behind my frame with scor-tape and adhered that to a MFT Sno-Cone cardstock panel. I adhered the otter and the fish with foam tape. I decided the scene inside the square was a little bare, so I added some clouds using foam tape. I cut a 1/2″ strip for DCWV blue glitter paper and a 1/4″ strip of DCWV white glitter paper. These strips were layered together and added to the right side of the card. I used the MFT Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strip for the sentiment (I used the die to trim it down by die cutting it a second time, placing the right edge at the width I wanted). The Sno-Cone panel was adhered to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lbs card base.

I finished the card with some Lucy’s Cards Pool Jewels and some Wink of Stella clear shimmer on the heart.

He is soooo cute!!! How can you not adore otter?!?!

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Making Cards · New Products

Hero Arts July Kit-Cards

Hello! I hope your week is going well! I wanted to share a couple of cards I created with the new Hero Arts kit. I’ve really enjoyed working with this set!

The first thing I did was to stamp and color all of the flower images, and a lot of the containers with Copic Markers. Then I played around with pairing up the images.

My first card used the large Sweet Pea image, along with the mason jar.


Instead of stamping and masking, I used an X-acto knife to cut along the lines on the jar around the top, so I could slide the stems in. I cut the large white panel from the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames and the smaller Sno Cone panel from MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles. I adhered the large white panel with fun foam, and the Sno Cone panel with a tape runner. The flower images where adhered with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from the HA kit with Altenew Jet Black ink. I finished the card off with Wink of Stella clear shimmer on the flowers and Grape Jewels from Lucy’s Cards. I also covered the mason jar in Glossy Accents. You can see all the shimmer here.


The next card is rather similar to the first one. I used the large Lilac image and wrapped the bow around it instead of using a container.


The main difference on this card is that I stamped the single lilac image and the butterfly on the white background in MFT Gray Grout ink, and I used vellum for the smaller panel. I also stamped the sentiment from the set in Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed it with the Wow Hologram embossing power. Check out the color below.


The third card is very different. I knew that I was going to have a hard time wrapping my head around putting flowers in a rain boot. So, I didn’t. Instead I used the image on it’s on. Well, I added the butterfly.


I used one of my Distress Oxide ink panels for the mat. I tried some patterned paper, but this was the best fit. I stamped the sentiment from the kit in Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to tie in the color. Both the boot and the butterfly are ahdered with foam tape, and I adhered the Distress Oxide ink panel with fun foam. I covered the boot in Wink of Stella clear shimmer before covering it with Glossy accents. The butterfly also has Wink of Stella clear shimmer. I used a kraft card base. Orange and yellow Lucy’s Cards jewels finish it off. I love how the rain boot turned out!


My last card features one of the add-on items. This is the Butterfly Confetti Fancy Die and it was love at first sight! There are so many options with theses card size dies. You can use it for confetti for shakers, use the negative space for a quick background, or inlay some of the die cuts.

Here I used one of my Distress Oxide panels. I die cut the butterflies and saved the butterflies (always save the confetti!). I also die cut the butterflies from Silver Sparkle Paper and from white cardstock. I used MFT ‘s Mini scalloped Stitched Rectangle Frames to trim down my main butterfly panel. That was tricky as the frame ended up with butterflies that overlapped, and I had to put it back together. A lot of this card was like a puzzle!

My plan was to put some of the butterflies back, inlaying them. I wanted to use the original butterflies and some of the silver sparkle die cuts. The reason I cut out an extra butterfly panel from white cardstock was because I wanted to layer some of the butterflies to add interest and dimension. Some of the butterflies were just inlaid, some had 2 layers, on up to 4 layers! I ended up putting a strip of silver sparkle up the center of the card. 

I added Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer to the  colored butterflies and stamped the Thank You from the kit in Versafine Black Onyx ink on vellum and used Wow Hologram embossing powder. I love how it takes on a purple color when tilted.

I had planned on the sentiment strip spanning the width of the card, but my first attempt failed (the embossing powder flaked off the vellum because I was handling it too much). At that point I was tired and already a couple of hours into this card, so I took the easy way out. I think next time I will use white embossing powder. Even though I love the Hologram powder, white would have been a better match. 

Now to figure out what to do with the rest of the images!

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Challenges · Making Cards

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 8

Hello! This is my first time entering a Lawn Fawnatic card challenge. It just seems fitting, as I have a lot of their products!

This challenge is Summertime Fun! So, I decided to use a set that I have been using mainly for special orders, and hadn’t really played with on my own. And I decided to play with Distress Oxide Inks some more.

Nothing screams summertime fun like fishing at the lake!


I used Broken China Distress Oxide ink for the sky, and Cracked Pistachio for the grass. I colored the bear, moose, hate and fist with Copic markes, and stamped the other images with Lawn Fawn ink. I stamped the sunglasses on vellum, and colored it gray. After I added them to the animals, I covered them in Glossy Accents.


I adhered the animals, late, stream and mountains with fun foam, to try something new. I also sprayed both the Broken China and Cracked Pistachio panels with Sparkle Spray I forgot I had. You can see the shimmer a little bit below.


The sentiment was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in white. I added some Your Next Stamps gum drops to accent the card and sentiment.

I have to say, I think the sunglasses are hilarious! I think the card came together nicely. Next time I think I might use the die cut inlay for the lake and stream, and not fun foam. Please let me know what you think!

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Challenges · Making Cards

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Summer Sunshine

Good morning! This week the challenge was Summer Sunshine, using Simon Says Stamps products. What’s more summery then flowers and weddings? I decide to use the Floral Bliss stamp set, but to use the smaller single images instead of the large image. I also decide to test out my new Mica Sprays (post coming soon).


I used the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames in the largest size to cut out the rectangle and frame. I left them together because I wanted the shape. I wasn’t planning on using this panel for the SSS challenge. My plan was to end up with a circle of concentrated Vibrant Turquoise Mica Spray, but that didn’t quiet work out. Instead I ended up with very damp paper. I wiped off the moisture and sprayed the Brushed Pewter instead. The paper warped a bit, as you can see in the picture. But I’m stubborn and I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away.

Back on track :). So I masked off the circle and as I mentioned, eventually sprayed the pewter spray. I left the panel to air dry, and started on the other elements. I stamped the flowers with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid colored them with Copic Markers. Since I knew I was going to fussy cut them, I was very messy coloring. It was a bit liberating and I played around. I added accents with colored Wink of Stella markers (pink, blue and green). Then I cut out the pieces. Once I was done cutting out everything, the paper was dry.

I played around with the layout I wanted, moving the pieces around. Once I was happy with the layout I took a picture with my phone.


Then I removed the flowers and stamped my sentiments. I stamped them with black Versafine Ink, and heat embossed in clear.  Next I started gluing down elements. I used my Xyron sticker maker for the bottom layer. For the large pink flower, the yellow and purple flowers on the bottom and the blue flower on the top I used clear foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

I adhered the panel to fun foam to try to make it lay flat and then a Neenah Solar White card base. I used tons of Scor-tape too. Then I added Silver Confetti sequins for accents. I also added Nuvo drops to the flower centers.

It wasn’t exactly what I envisioned this morning, but the circle of mica spray is really pretty. It has the look of spray paint, but shimmery. Next time I’ll use watercolor paper if I want to use that much. I made a card earlier where I wasn’t going for such a concentrated look, and it didn’t mess up the paper. It was 100% operator error!

I will write a post about the mica sprays. They are great, especially on dark card stock. And I go into greater detail about what I attempted (there are some pictures lol).

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Challenges · Making Cards

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 340

Happy Sunday! Here is a quick post sharing my card for the MFT Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

This week’s sketch:


Here is my card 🙂


I used MFT’s Magical Dragons as well as their Cornflower Sparkle Paper, for the strip on the left. The dome was cut from a panel I colored with Gansai Tambi Pearlescent watercolors. For the sentiment, I used vellum that I colored with Copic Markers, then removed a lot of the color with a alcohol wipe. I cut it out with the MFT Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I finished the card of with Lucy’s Cards Rose Pink Jewels. Both dragons are adhered on fun foam, and I used a Neenah Solar White card base.

This card has some spark and the watercolor dome is gorgeous.


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