Friday, April 12, 2013

Using negative space...

Janelle's Mix-Ability challenge this week is to show off some mixed-media coloring through the opening(s) or negative space of a die cut. I've had some fun in the last few weeks with a little twist on this technique, so I want to share those cards together!

This is the Impression Obsession die I used:

Floral Lace Heart

The technique is really simple - I cut the die from Neenah cardstock, embossed the panel, layered a colored panel behind the opening, then replaced the heart in the negative space. The panel in the card below was scribbled with Derwent watercolor pencils for a fun ombre gradient, then blended with a waterbrush.

For the second card, I did the diecutting and embossing in the same way. For the layered panel, I used the diecut as a guide, laying it underneath a piece of acetate (sometimes called clear cardstock) and then coloring with Touch Twin Markers over each opening. It's a fun way to get a stained glass effect.

 These are the markers I used:

For a super simple and quick card, I used a more open die, and layered the cut panel over some designer paper from Graphic 45.

Heart of Hearts

Check the Mix-Ability Challenge Forum for all the challenge details!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Amazing cards, Dina. I have dies like this but I've never tried this technique. I think the one with the clear acetate sheet will look really like a stain glass widow. Thank you for sharing this wonderful techniques.

  2. Oh my how beautiful. Everyone is so unique. I can't even decide which one I like best because I like them all!

  3. You clever and creative girl! I wouldn't have ever thought of using these dies in this way. You are such a inspiration to me. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Dina, these are really stunning!

  5. Francie in Montreal4/13/2013 11:37 AM

    I must file this away for future use in my "Very Clever & Beautiful" file folder. You're brilliant & so creative.

  6. Love these new dies! And, I love how you used them to make beautiful designs.

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  7. These are all fantastic Dina! I especially love the rainbow colored one! Kudos!

  8. Dina, These are beautiful cards. I especially love the second/rainbow card, but I don't quite understand how you colored the petals. Could you please give us a little more instruction? thanks!

  9. Wow ! These are fabulous cards. I love how you used this die!

  10. How in the world were you able to color thru the die cut without getting color on it? I am so so humbled!!!!!