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An Easy Way to Color In Diecut Negatives | Channin Pelletier

An Easy Way to Color In Diecut Negatives | Channin Pelletier

Hello friends!! It’s Channin here and today I have a couple of cards to share that feature die cuts which I have colored in the negative spaces.

Coloring in those die cut negatives can be a struggle especially if those negatives are tiny and plentiful but today I have a simple method to share that makes this process a breeze!

For my first card, I used the Folk Dance Die. I knew I wanted to add color to the open sections of this beautiful die but many of these sections were tiny, therefore difficult to color in (not to mention not to lose) and then inlay back into the diecut. I decided to instead deboss the die, which would leave an impression of the die on the cardstock so I would know precisely where to color.

To deboss with your dies you will need a rubber embossing mat. Most die cutting machines have a rubber mat that you can purchase separately. You will then create with your rubber mat your sandwich (refer to your die cutting machine guide) and then deboss on an A2 panel of white cardstock. 

Next, copic color in the impression. No need to worry about staying perfectly within the lines, our top die cut panel will cover any coloring beyond the openings.

For my card I used R20 + R32 for the pinks, YR00 + YR61 for the oranges, Y11 + Y21 for the yellows, BG10 + BG34 for the blues, and G20 + G43 for the greens. 

Once colored I then die cut an A2 panel of white cardstock with the Folk Dance die. I then adhered the panel over my colored panel with liquid glue. Next, I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Leafy Decor Stamp Set onto a strip of gray cardstock. I then finished the card by adhering the panel onto an A2 top-folding card base and then added my sentiment with foam tape.

For my second card I first debossed the Frame Builder: Botanical Oval Dies onto an A2 panel of white cardstock. Once I finished debossing I then colored the leaves (G20 + G43) and flower (YR00 + R32) in with copics. 

Once I had colored the impression I then stamped a sentiment from the Simple Blossoms Stamp Set in Rocky Slope Dye ink. Next, I fussy cut around the oval impression and then adhered two die cuts created with the Frame Builder: Botanical Oval Dies, one stacked on top of the other, over its matching impression. I then adhered the the oval onto an A2 top-folding card base made from light pink cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards!! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!




9. Feb 10, 2020

Those are awesome ideas. I love what you have done with the decorations and coloring in the spaces.

Glenda Durst
8. Feb 06, 2020

What a great idea! I get such fabulous tips from visiting Pink fresh blog. T. hank you Channin. The card with the oval is absolutely stunning! I want to buy all the products so I can duplicate this card.

Annette Gordon
7. Feb 06, 2020

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this technique. Your cards are beautiful.

Nancy Wethington
6. Feb 05, 2020

Beautiful cards-thanks for the inspiration!!

5. Feb 05, 2020

Wow. That is such a fantastic idea. I love the look of these cards so much. I can’t wait to give that technique a try. Such a smart way of accomplishing such a beautiful result. Thanks for sharing.

Laurie Gelo
4. Feb 05, 2020

You are so smart! I have colored these sorts of things before, but didn’t think to deboss. I have tried drawing light lines so I would know where to color, and some other ways that I can’t remember. I thought: THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!!!! Now I know there is:) THANKS!

Sharon Gullikson
3. Feb 05, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this technique! I rarely color my intricate die cuts because of the tiny spaces, but this is a great way to do it!

Margaret R
2. Feb 05, 2020

Really like the look of these. Thanks for the great idea!!!

Susan Carlson
1. Feb 05, 2020

Wonderful tip! I love the look of Folk art and their often bright colors but as you say, they usually come with lots of pieces. I love your pastel choices for both of your beautifully created cards! Very nice & helpful post! 😊

Stephanie Clapper

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