Turning negative to positive

This is another post where I had to recover a mistake I made…and using positive and negative die cuts! I  have a Butterfly heart die from Memory Box that I love. Apart from the fact that its simply beautiful, its also very versatile. Here I’ve shown 3 ways you can use this die.

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The 1st one was done the normal way, by my daughter, for me for Mother’s Day! She used it directly on the card and added a light blue card paper behind. She has a CAS style!

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The 2nd one was a lot more complicated. I first painted a white cardstock with Distress paints before I cut it with my Butterfly heart die. Then I cut out every single butterfly and put them aside! I used the die again on a black card and again cut out all the butterflies. I proceeded to stick the coloured butterflies into the slots where the black ones were. This process ensured that only my butterflies were coloured and not the whole heart. I replicated the colours on the butterflies by swiping distress paints at the bottom and stamped & heat embossed my sentiment from Impressions Obsession C9712 on it. I still felt the colours on the butterflies didn’t stand out enough so I drew a white  circle around it. I mounted the whole composition on the blue card.


I entered this card in the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies HLS AG with Dies Badge

Seize the Birthday – Dimensions topping seize the birthday

Create and Inspire – Anything Goes create and inspire welcome

The third one below was made using the negative die cut of the heart as a stencil, once I had cut out all the butterflies, which I coloured in with my distress paints again. The inlaid die stripes around was also painted with distress paints and cut using 2 different heart dies from my Xcut heart dies.

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I inlaid the heart and happy birthday sentiment from Hero Arts which came from this card.


Spot the error! I must not make cards late at night in poor lighting, lol! I salvaged the painted hearts with my Xcut heart die and pasted it on the other card! To finish the card I stuck little butterflies from a first try I wasn’t so happy with.

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Honestly after all that effort, I’m not 100% satisfied with the result. I guess I wanted the colours to pop more, yet these cards are the favourites among my friends!

OK Here is a question for everyone out there (and to see who reads my posts till the end!). I haven’t managed to find any stitched dies that fit into any card stocks I use. I even bought a really expensive one from Sue Wilson which had really bigger sizes but they don’t fit either :(.

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As you can see above, I mainly use three sizes of cards. The first one going from right to left is a normal 4×6, in the middle is my favourite size – 4.7 by 6.7, and the white one is a 5 x 7. But as you see none of the dies I have fit perfectly in to the card. I often have to cut the cards to have the same border all the way round. Now I see a lot of you use stitched dies and they fit perfectly in to your cards. Where do you find them? Or do you cut your owns cards from A4 card stock? Do you know of any stitched dies that are larger than a 5.5 x 4.25? Thanks for your help!

I’m playing along with:

AAA Cards – 2nd Birthday Bash! Go join their fun bloghop, theres loads of prizes to be won!   AAA birthday banner 2

CASology – Stencil  casology

Inkspirational – Photo Inkspiration – just love the colours in the photo and I tried to replicate it in my stripes  Inkspirational Photo Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS Addicted to stamps.jpg

11 thoughts on “Turning negative to positive

  1. I so enjoyed looking at all of these designs! Lovely job and very creative!! Thanks for joining the girls and I over at Seize the Birthday!

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  2. WOW… amazing projects with this heart and butterfly die. I love your cards and creative ways.
    THANK YOU so much for playing with our Happy Little Stamper Anything Goes with Dies – May Challenge!

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