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The Power of *Negative* Thinking

When it comes to diecutting, "negative" thinking can be quite an advantage. When you think about it, each cut actually results in TWO pieces: the shape itself, plus the remaining cardstock with an aperture in it, which is known as negative space. More about that in a minute, but first I should mention that there are amazing new items arriving at The Ink Pad literally every day, so if you haven't stopped by the Chelsea store or the Online Shop recently, it's definitely a good time to visit! Today's card features a few fun new items:
The focal image is the four largest sizes of Hero Arts' Flower Infinity Dies, cut from analogous shades of cardstock. These are the "Postitive" space of the die... by which I mean the actual shapes we cut out. In this case they're stacked on foam tape, in size order, for maximum impact. I've layered them over a brand new Balzer Designs 12 x 12" Stencil called "Explosion" which will be arriving soon. It can seem challenging to use a BIG stencil on a card, but really you just have to be selective about placement. I put the center of the explosion at the top lefthand corner of my 6" square card, and filled it in with five shades of Distress Oxide Ink, working in concentric circles, using rainbow order, and blending where they overlap. The sample colors are Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry; but as long as you put shades which blend well together next to each other, you can literally use ANY combination. (If you find color combinations tricky, a Color Wheel is a huge help!) The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Spring Shadows cling stamp set.
Now here's the NEGATIVE part: When I cut each flower layer, I used slightly larger-than-necessary pieces of cardstock and placed the flowers in the same position, at the center of each. This way, I had colored squares with flower-shaped holes, which could be stacked with the smallest at the back and the biggest at the front, to give a sort of telescoping effect. Which means that from ONE set of diecuts, I was able to make TWO cards. Gotta love that, right?!
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