Negative Space | Use It To Your Advantage

When I posted about punching your scraps, another idea occurred to me: using the negative space from our punches and chipboard. It’s certainly not a new concept, but if you are stuck in a rut or stumped on a page, just being reminded of different treatments we could add to our pages and projects might get the creative juices flowing again!

5 ways to use negative space

1. Create a window in a tag or card. On my example, I inked the background of my tag with distress inks (Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint), stamped the quote journaling block (from an old Autumn Leaves quote set with Timber Brown StayzOn) and then punched the flourish square from the bottom of the tag. I stamped owl image (from October Afternoon) on pattern paper and placed it behind the window.

This will be a great journaling block and embellishment on a future scrapbook page or in a mini album.

2. Punch shapes out of plastic and use as a mask. On this next example, I punched some stars (with the Fiskars small star punch) out of some plastic packaging. The plastic is nice and sturdy and provided a great mask to add some colorful stars (with Tattered Angels Inchworm Chalkboard mist) to my card.

I just placed the plastic mask over the card and sprayed with some chalk glimmer mist. I outlined the misted stars, stamped my sentiment, added an embellishment (from Doodlebug) and wrapped the card with some embroidery thread to finish it off.

3. Punch a shape directly from cardstock background. On this example, I punched a plane shape in the left-hand corner of the layout to reinforce the “travel” theme.

This same technique could be used for titles and words on your page. Check out this great example from Lisa Truesdell for Studio Calico.

4. Use negative space from chipboard in your titles. If you still have some chipboard letters around, don’t discard the negative space, use it on your page! In this example from TSC at 2Peas, the T in her title is the background from a chipboard letter. And in this example from jenchapin at 2Peas, the heart embellishment is negative space from a chipboard heart, beautifully filled in with buttons.

5. Create your own unique background. On this page at 2Peas from Paige Evans, the entire background has been die-cut to reveal several different pattern papers and photos. The effect is unique and super cute!

There are so many different things we can do on our pages. If you haven’t used negative space, adding a little something different to your pages, give it a try soon!

What special touch have you used recently on one of your pages or projects that you are particularly proud of?

15 Comments

  1. Awesome ideas. I love the tag! So often I just throw away the negative part of my punched image. Now I’ll have to throw it in my tray to use!

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    • I usually do too but I’m trying more and more to think outside the box, make the good stuff and my favorite papers last just a little longer! 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the reminder! Love these ideas – your first project is cute btw!

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    • You’re welcome!

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  3. Great blog and lots of good information. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you – glad you stopped by today! 🙂

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  4. Great ideas Tammy! So new stuff to try with my punches.

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    • Cool! 🙂

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  5. Love all of your tips! I love the card idea. Sure wish I did not throw away my negative part to my chipboard. I’ll have to remember to keep it next time. TFS!

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    • When I went hunting, I found that I still had some. Now I just need to plan a project to use it! 😀

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  6. Some great ideas Tammy! Do I spy an i.scrap album page there? :>)

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    • Yes and mine is still in progress. The pages came together so quickly but the journaling takes time and my life is crazy right now. But I will finish……

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  7. Great Idea’s Tammy.
    Your layout is stunning, Beautiful photo of you.

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    • Thank you. The backdrop helps! LOL 🙂

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  8. oh i love those tags–great idea! going to have to try that! have a great weekend!

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