Video: Use The Negative Space!

Hello friends! I’m back with Honey Bee Stamps sharing inspiration using the new Lovely Layers Rose Die Set. I’m going to be sharing with you 2 ways to use this die and one of them is using up the negative space you created when die cutting the image. The other way, is how to quickly add color using Distress Spray Stains.


I have a full video tutorial that you can down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

Since I go into full detail in the video, I’m just going to go through some highlights here on the blog.

So most times, we die cut something and then throw the negative piece in the trash right? Logical.

But wait! Don’t throw out those negative pieces just yet!

My original idea for today’s card was spraying my die cut pieces with distress spray stains, which I did. But when I turned around and noticed my negative pieces in the trash, and an idea hit me. Why not use it as a stencil?

Let’s check out my first idea.

I die cut my Lovely Layer Rose from 80 lb white cardstock. Then I used Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Spray Stains to quickly add color to the pieces. I also added a bit of Distress Mica Spray in Tarnished Brass which gives it kind of a vintage feel.

I layered everything together with liquid glue.

For this card, I went for a high contrast by using Pitch Black cardstock. I first heat embossed my sentiment from the You Buzzword stamp set using white embossing powder and white pigment ink.

Then I flicked on Gold speckles from the Starry Watercolor set.

I finished it off by adding my floral to the front of the card and the You Buzzword die cut from Matte Gold cardstock.

Here’s where the second idea comes in.

I did a lot of masking to protect my card but I think it was totally worth it.

I used the negative space to ink blend on Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles Distress Oxides and a blending brush.

To keep things simple for myself, I used the same design and stamp set for the sentiment.

This time, I stamped a sentiment in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink because that stamps so well on oxides.

I love how I was able to use the negative space to create my own stencil and still show the different layers of the flower.

Be sure to check out the video as I explain the process in more detail.


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  1. Whoa, Mindy! Absolutely gorgeous cards. 💜💜💜

  2. Hi, Mindy – Great tutorial! I agree that it would be a pity to pitch the negative space leftovers from the die cutting… they’re a perfect stencil. I love both cards. Thanks for using black paper and explaining ways to make it look less stark. By the way, YOU rock!
    Lori S in PA

  3. These are Beautiful!!

  4. Beautiful cards. Thank you for the tutorial.

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