Saturday, September 10, 2016

VIDEO: Negative Die Cut Masking

I previewed today's card on Instagram a week or two ago and many of you seemed to really love it.

This is one those techniques that yields amazing results. You know, the ones that people look at and ask, "how did you do that?". And the best part is, it's pretty darn simple!

In today's video, I'll share how I used the negative masks from die cuts to add quick and easy graduated color to these outlined images.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

As I mentioned in the video, I used Simons Says Stamp's Intense Black ink on the first card and it became a much softer black after I inked over it. I actually ended up preferring this one as it really created a visual difference between the leaves and the stark black of the floral berry image that I added using the Wplus9 Black PURE Color Dye Ink.

You can see the difference in the card below where I used the Wplus9 Black PURE Color Dye Ink for both the leaf outlines and the floral berry.

I still like them both, but I think that one little change sure makes a big difference to the final outcome. How about you? Or, perhaps it's not as noticeable as I think is.

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the supplies (or equivalents) used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list does contain some affiliate links.


  1. Looks wonderful ! Thanks for sharing the video :)

  2. This is a true beauty Dawn. Love your color choices. Thanks for sharing and for the good information about the inks.

  3. Love the colors that you used on this card! I vote for the first card -- the one with the lightened black outline on the background and the rich black berries. It makes a nice statement...I don't know what it is saying, but it makes a nice statement, lol.

  4. I love this Dawn.The contrast is fantastic.

  5. So beautiful Dawn, can't wait to try this!

  6. Love this ... great trick to using the negative dies. Thanks

  7. Fantastic card! Such an awesome background!!!

  8. This is an awesome technique to colour in images. Love the cards especially the toned down black one.

  9. I love everything about this card. Ste stamps, the ink blending and all the details. It's perfect for many occasions. Thanks for sharing.


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