Simon Says Stamp | Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine! Negative die cut star fish pattern with a distress ink blended background. Video & Card by Yana Smakula

Simon Says Stamp | Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine! Negative die cut pattern. Video

Hello friends! Die cutting is something I really enjoy – there are so many options when it comes to using dies and doing die cutting. Today I’m exploring one of those options – negative die cutting and creating a negative die cut panel (with a repeated die cut image) for a hot Summer card! Grab your dies and join me!

Simon Says Stamp | Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine! Negative die cut star fish pattern with a distress ink blended background. Video & Card by Yana Smakula

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VIDEO TUTORIAL – NEGATIVE DIE CUT PATTERN

I filmed a video tutorial where I explain the process of negative die cutting in detail and also show how to make this card. Watch video below or on my Youtube channel:

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CARD DETAILS

I stared working on this card by die cutting a star fish image from the Set Sail die set from Simon. This is not a stand-alone die set, but rather a set of dies that goes with a stamp set; and if you think about it, we always use our dies with our stamps.

However for this card I am using just the matching die and skipping using stamps (I’m actually skipping stamps altogether – there isn’t a single stamped image on this project; everything is done with the help of dies and die cutting).

Simon Says Stamp | Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine! Negative die cut star fish pattern with a distress ink blended background. Video & Card by Yana Smakula

There are lots of various background dies (and I love using those for my cards), but die cut backgrounds can also be created with the help of a single individual die like this star fish on my today’s project. The beauty of using a single die is that it lets you make a unique custom background.

I don’t think I’m going to use a star fish background like this more than on a few cards, so I wouldn’t justify buying a star fish background die, but since this is a single small die that I can also use as an accent or a focal point on a card – it has a different, bigger value now.

Simon Says Stamp | Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine! Negative die cut star fish pattern with a distress ink blended background. Video & Card by Yana Smakula

I wanted to layer my die cut background over something bold and colorful, so I created an ink blended background with a bit of sparkle. I was thinking about hot Summer sand when I was making it, although I’m sure you will all agree, sand doesn’t really look like this.

I used several colors of Distress ink (all linked below), mini ink blending tools and Watercolor Cardstock along with Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder to create this piece. Watch video to see the process in detail. Its addictive and I want to try this in other colors too.

Simon Says Stamp | Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine! Negative die cut star fish pattern with a distress ink blended background. Video & Card by Yana Smakula

Instead of a stamped sentiment I went with colorful word blocks – Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine. They say it all – this card is all about Summer by the sea. I have another card HERE where I used identical dies on a different style card.

Of course I just had to add some sequins to this card, especially to the recessed areas – I used Simon’s Translucent mix and picked out just yellow and red ones. I also added a bunch of clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Simon Says Stamp | Beach, Flip Flops, Sunshine! Negative die cut star fish pattern with a distress ink blended background. Video & Card by Yana Smakula

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers
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Neenah 80 Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah 80 Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Ranger .5 Oz. Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
Ranger .5 Oz. Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
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Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Cardstock
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Xyron Adhesive Eraser
Xyron Adhesive Eraser
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Simon Says Stamp Set Sail Dies SSSD111478
Simon Says Stamp Set Sail Dies SSSD111478
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Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder PW105
Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder PW105
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
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Ranger Glossy Accents Glue Dimensional Adhesive
Ranger Glossy Accents Glue Dimensional Adhesive
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Wild Honey
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Tsukineko 6 SPONGE DAUBERS Tools STDAB006
Tsukineko 6 SPONGE DAUBERS Tools STDAB006
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Picked Raspberry TDP40088
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Picked Raspberry TDP40088
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Crushed Olive
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Crushed Olive
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Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections Sequins CRQ14
Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections Sequins CRQ14
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Crystal Ninja CRYSTAL KATANA Mixed Media Pick Up Tool
Crystal Ninja CRYSTAL KATANA Mixed Media Pick Up Tool
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Worn Lipstick
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad Worn Lipstick
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Simon Says Stamp Summer Greetings Dies SSSD111483
Simon Says Stamp Summer Greetings Dies SSSD111483
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Simon Says Stamp Orange Peel Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Orange Peel Cardstock
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad SPICED MARMALADE Ranger TDP40187
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad SPICED MARMALADE Ranger TDP40187
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad BARN DOOR Ranger TDP39853
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad BARN DOOR Ranger TDP39853
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5 Comments

    1. So incredible cool! I have to try this technique one day!

    1. Dear Yana, your cards are beautiful! This is such a great technique with so many possibilities. I really enjoy your videos! They are always professional and inspirational!

    1. Such an awesome card Yana! I love the colors and all the texture. This die is on my wish list for sure. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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