Saturday, November 08, 2014

Making the Most of the Negatives (Jen Carter)

Making the Most of the Negatives
by Jen Carter

The card I am sharing today uses what would be considered the "negative" pieces from the die cut.

To start I prepared my pieces that I would be layering.
  • Kraft card base
  • Polka dotted patterned paper cut to layer on top of the card base
  • Vellum cut to layer on top of the polka dotted paper
  • Chevrons cut with the Ombre Card Panel die from 4 pieces of patterned paper:  2 - 3 from each pattern (I only used a small section of each patterned paper and didn't cut out the full dies worth to save paper)
  • One piece of cardstock cut with the full Ombre Card Panel die (to use as a guide for placement)

I started by layering the polka dotted paper on top of the kraft card base adhering it with dimensionals.  I layered the vellum on top of that. I laid the full Ombre Card Panel die cut cut from cardstock on top of the vellum but didn't adhere it because I would be removing it after all of the chevron pieces were adhered.  This is the piece that will be acting as a guide or stencil.  I put adhesive on the back of the chevron piece and then placed each piece where I wanted it.  When each chevron had been placed, I removed my guide and set it aside for a later project.

Chevron Congrats red Closeup

Next, I layered another piece of vellum over the bottom portion of the chevron card.  I folded the vellum around to the backside of my card panel so that I wouldn't have to worry about the adhesive showing through.  I die cut the "Congrats" from the Accolades die set in a coordinating piece of paper (I used the same pattern as the top 2 rows of chevron to tie it all together).  I also die cut the congrats in 2 pieces of a coordinating cardstock and adhered them all together to add dimension and contrast.  I love how you can see the coral peeking out from underneath the sentiment.

Chevron Congrats red Side

I die cut two butterflies from the Petite Butterflies die set, adhered them together and added a sequin in the middle and adhered it to my card.

*** Materials for this project are available at

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  1. Jen, this is just beautiful! Love your use of patterned paper for your Ombre effect. The font used for that Congrats die is my absolute favorite. Your technique of layering the die for depth is so striking. Nice work!

  2. Jen this is such a beautiful card, I love the way you used the patterned papers.