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Technique Spotlight: Split Negative Card

Updated: May 21, 2022

I'm often found scrolling through Pinterest, on the lookout for something amazing; some great fold, technique, color combination...whatever I can find that will get my creative juices flowing. Most especially that happens when that creative brain just can't pull an idea all on its own. I don't even know what brought me to Pinterest that day, but when I ran across a Split Negative card by Gesche Preisler, I knew what had to be done. Here is the basic gist of this super cool card:

Start with two different colored pieces the exact same size. Position one in the Stamparatus. Then all I had to do was stamp the sentiment in the spot I wanted it on that cardstock, switch it out for the cardstock (lining it up in the same Stamparatus) and again, use the Stamparatus to stamp the same stamp in the exact same spot. Cut each piece in half or in this case close to it, then swap those "puzzle" pieces so there will be one of each color on the card, as shown above.

For this card, I used the following pieces of cardstock:

Thick Basic White cardstock:

-4 1/4" x 11"

Night of Navy cardstock:

-4" x 5 1/4"

-2" x 2" for the grad hat

Basic White cardstock:

-3 7/8" x 5 1/8", cut at 2 1/8"

Balmy Blue cardstock:

-3 7/8" x 5 1/8", cut at 2 1/8"

The split negative pieces of cardstock would have been easier to cut and would have been centered had I cut the White and Balmy Blue each 4" instead of 3 7/8", but I digress. I think it worked out just great!

Let's take a quick peek at the grad cap!

I embossed the 2" square with the Splatters 3D Embossing Folder from the combo pack in the January-June Mini Catalog 2022, and then created the tassel with the silver trim from the Simply Elegant Trim Combo Pack. To watch it all unfold, you can watch the video tutorial here on Facebook Live.

For a complete list of products used on this card and links to my online store, see below.

I do want to share a couple other split negative cards with you. The first features the Blessings of Home stamp set and Sweet Sorbet and Petal Pink cardstock:

The Here Together stamp set, which is only available until May 31, makes the perfect split negative card. Black ink on white paper and white embossing on black paper, layered on Basic White cardstock, then onto black and white Designer Series Paper. I used Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper for my cards, but the All Together Designer Series Paper (also available until May 31) would be PERFECT for this, as well!

Stamping Blessings,


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