Use Positive and Negative Die Cuts Together!

Rubbernecker Blog Be-Thankful-IMG5461

Come see a GORGEOUS card where you can use positive and negative die cuts together to make an easy yet stunning focal element.

Rubbernecker Stamps has rebranded and is now Brass & Bliss Craft Co. The items in this blog post can be found on our new website at The shopping links in this blog have been updated to take you to the correct location for purchasing.

Today’s card is one of the best examples we’ve seen that shows how to use positive and negative die cuts together. Julie turned our new Pumpkin Cut Out Die into something so elevated and elegant and when you see how easy it is, we are pretty sure you are going to want to make a stack of these cards using all kinds of different color combinations.

When you create a die cut, you end up with two elements – the positive die cut which is usually the piece you wanted to cut from the paper and the negative die cut which is the “leftover” paper or the cut out “holes” that accentuate the design.

With our Pumpkin Cut Out Die, most crafters would call the lacy outline piece the positive piece and all the little filigree holes and the central pumpkin the negative piece. (Though, of course, this depends on your own personal perspective!)

Let’s see how Julie used all the elements in this die cut to create her magical look.

Julie started by using the largest die from our also new Nested Rectangle With Small/Large Holes set to cut a piece of white card stock which she matted on a piece of cranberry card stock cut to serve as a narrow layer on a white card base.

She then used that new Pumpkin Cut Out Die to cut another piece of white and a piece of brushed gold card stock. She used the outline die to cut a piece of the same cranberry card stock. She pushed out all the little pieces from each die cut. PRO TIP: Place each die cut and all the little parts and pieces on different sheets of plain white printer paper so you don’t end up with a messy “die cut salad” on your work table!

Now Julie adhered her white positive die cut to the cranberry shape. She then picked up the negative die cut pumpkin and leaf pieces and adhered them into their little slots in the positive die cut. You can see this well in this photo.

Rubbernecker Blog Be-Thankful-xcu-IMG5465

Julie stamped her sentiment from our Give Thanks set at the bottom of her white die cut panel and then used two of the little negative brushed gold die cut leaves to bracket the words.

She then adhered her striking positive and negative die cut element to the card with some foam tape adhesive for a little pop.

Rubbernecker Blog

If you’d like to make this card – or your own version using your own color story – here’s what you will want to grab from the store:


Rubbernecker Blog

Doesn’t this make you want to experiment and use positive and negative die cuts together? We’ve been eyeing other dies in the shop, imagining how we can apply Julie’s vision to our other designs. Browse your own stash and see what pops out for you!

Leave a Reply