March 23, 2015

Negative Effect ...

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Hi Everybody,

When we make cards there is such a lot of card that we discard.

But with just a little thought and some planning ahead we can put it to good use and make some pretty cards.

I needed some butterflies for another card that I was making and I used the Spellbinders Les Papillions Two 

I used the solid base to the die and rather than just cut it out randomly I carefully positioned one on some card that I would use for my top layer

Once cut and embossed this negative piece was the piece I used for this card.  I also cut another piece in pink and used it underneath as a shadow but the butterflies have been kept safely for the next card

The pink card in the negative space says "Happy Birthday"  and is from  AnnaMarie Designs

The embossing folder is from Crafters Companion

I used a large flourish from Want2Scrap for the butterfly trail

And there is my free sentiment again  from  Simply Cards and Papercrafts   Magazine stamped and embossed at the bottom of the card.

It really was that simple to make this card and yet the result is very pretty

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


45 comments:

  1. hi Christina, that is such a clever idea, yes we do waste quite a bit of card stock, great that you are shraing this with all of us........ big hugs
    Lyn xxx,.....

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  2. Very pretty card and clever use of what could have been scrap

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  3. Lovely card Christina, great idea too x x x

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  4. Superb card, superb idea ...thanks Christina....luv Ursula xx

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  5. Beautiful card, love the pearls trailing from the butterfly.

    Michele

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  6. Morning Christina,
    Lovely card, great use of the negative.
    Lydia
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  7. Good morning Christina, a very nice card today and I will have to do a little more planning ahead as to make more use of the papers .great idea! Take care Jane B.

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  8. This is the type of thing I do Christina, I hate waste. Gorgeous card too, xxxx

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  9. This is a lovely idea. I am planning on cutting some butterflies later to day for a project. Now I will think carefully about where I place them on my card. x

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  10. Your card is just beautiful Christina , sometimes i look at cards and think "why did i not think to do that " , a lovely idea and i will be trying it soon Thank you .
    Elaine H X

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  11. this is a great idea and looks good too. just takes a bit of planning and all's good. thanks.

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  12. So beautiful and creative! I love the reminder to use the negative space. I get so much inspiration from your blog. Thank you.

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  13. Good morning Christina, I really like negative cards, they can be dressed like you have and then they are stunning. Have a great day. X Ros

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  14. Good morning Christina. This is a gorgeous card! I'd really like to have a go at this. You are very inspirational and so very talented. All the best from up here in the Faroe Islands <3

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  15. Hi Christina
    Love the card. Will remember this idea for future use, thank you
    Love & best wishes
    Jenny C xxx

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  16. Hi Christina
    Another stunning card today. Just love how you've done this.

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  17. I just love this card . I like the way you put together your colors on your cards . Great job.

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  18. Used to great effect, Christina. From me sitting here with multiple fractures in my RIGHT! wrist. Jackie x

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    1. Oh My Goodness Jacqueline! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  19. Such a lovely card Christina even without flowers and ribbons. Thanks Ann

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  20. Stunning card Christina, love the negative idea, will have to try it x

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  21. Hi Christina,
    I LOVE THIS!!! My two most favourite things are butterflies and owls, so even if you had just used the positive dies cuts I would have been happy. However, you've shown us that if we're careful about where we position the die, we don't end up with waste cardstock but with a wonderful layer for our cards...I'm off to look at my butterfly dies to see which I can play with. x

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  22. Good Morning Christina :) Beautiful, Beautiful Card this morning. Love the title too! Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy your day.

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  23. Beautiful Card Christina, and a great way to use up negative cut outs too! love the colours! Thanks for sharing this great tip with us!
    Hugs,
    Karen xx

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  24. Beautiful butterfly card...love the pearl swirls...very delicate
    Well done Christina

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  25. A gorgeous card, will make me think next time I am die cutting! xx

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  26. Hi Christina a lovely card loving the butterflies, and loving your inspiration.
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens

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  27. Hello Christina,
    It's amazing how a little thinking and planning can turn something "negative into something positive".
    Really lovely card.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Beverly

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  28. I love making use of all the bits from my die cuts! Why waste paper when it can be used again? This is a very pretty card! TFS!

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  29. Beautiful card Christina. I just love the simplicity of it and perfectly placing the die cut will reduce so much waste. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great day.

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  30. Beautiful card, love the simplicity.
    This really appeals to me, my kind of thing
    Patricia x

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  31. This is a very pretty card using the negative piece. Thanks for sharing Dianne

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  32. I need to think ahead before I cut anything. I usually just try to get as many die cuts as possible because I hate throwing anything except the smallest scrap in the bin. Will try to think this way at times.
    Janice W

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  33. Hi Christina,
    Love the card it is different. and of course love the pearls.
    Di B x

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  34. So beautiful, love the way you have done the butterfly, and the colours are perfect.

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  35. A very beautiful card Christina. So delicate. The Negative effect is lovely. The butterfly trail is wonderful. Thank you for sharing how we can get this wonderful effect.xxx
    Get well soon Jacqueline. x Dorothy C.

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  36. Lovely card Christina, great idea to use the negative piece. Pat x

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  37. Beautiful use of a 'shape' instead of the piece that was cut out ;). I keep 'shapes' to use as it is wasteful, in my opinion, when they look as lovely when used as this has been. Another idea is to use this type of base and also add the cut out to look as if it has flown off the page. You are very creative and resourceful! Xx

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  38. Just outstanding. I keep negative cuts and find places to use them for scrapbooks. I will now think ahead for my cards before I cut them. So pretty.

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  39. Absolutely beautiful! I don't understand, though, how you did the shadow. The bottom butterfly looks smaller than the top, yet the dies are the same size?

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