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.
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?