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Two Cards: Die Positive and Die Negative

Die Positive and Negative

Hi All!

For something a little different, I decided to use both the positive and negative portions of my die to make two different cards. Waste not, want not. Especially when it comes to watercolor panels! 🙂

The first card uses the negative portions of my watercolor:

Die Positive and Negative

I created an inlay with the Rose Garden Thinlits die and popped it up on the card. You can use any kind of intricate die for this look. Here is a close-up:

Die Positive and Negative

For the second card, I used the positive portion of my watercolor panel:

Die Positive and Negative

I used Iridescent Ice embossing powder on the inside (you’ll have to watch the video to see how I used the die negative for this part). Here is a close-up:

Die Positive and Negative

I would compare this embossing powder to WOW! Sparkling Snow embossing powder (used on THIS CARD), but the Iridescent Ice is a little smoother when you touch it.

Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Gansai Tambi colors used: #31, 33, 52, 53

Rose Garden Thinlits Dies
Rose Garden Thinlits Dies
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
SSS Summer Garden
SSS Summer Garden
Altenew Label Love
Altenew Label Love
Size 12 Round Brush
Size 12 Round Brush
Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Sequins
Stampin’ Up! Sequins
Clear Sequins
Clear Sequins
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Sizzix Mylar ShimsSizzix Mylar Shims Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 6:16 am


    Thanks Darlene! Even though I don’t have this particular die, I do have others that should work I a similar way. So I must experiment soon. Both cards were lovely and so different too. Very clever!

  2. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 7:42 am


    Very pretty Darlene! If I had to choose one, I would vote for the positive card but they are both lovely. I can’t wait to see the video in full later. Have a good day!

  3. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 8:15 am


    Love these both. Love the color combo you chose. I’m about to fish through my dies to see if I have one that I can try these techniques on. Thanks for sharing and for the idea!!

  4. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 8:17 am


    They are both beautiful,thanks for such a great video

  5. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 2:27 pm


    Beautiful cards, Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 3:21 pm


    That looks like a fun technique. Love the puzzle bit.

  7. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 3:30 pm


    Great, now I need to order that die set. 😉
    Will you be using the matching stamps in the future?

    • wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Actually, I decided not to get the stamps. I just bought the dies.

      • wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 11:37 pm


        I like that. I hadn’t considered the set because I couldn’t envision using the flower stamp with the die set. I also just went back to the catalog and the sentiments aren’t my style. My first order will be the Going Global products to attempt moRe masculine cards.

  8. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Carol Mac

    Wow, what a great idea using the iridescent ice! Love these cards!

  9. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 3:55 pm


    Out of the park again!

    • wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      lol Jenny – you are so nice. 🙂

  10. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Both are gorgeous! My favorite is the one with the iridescent ice. Love it!

  11. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    This is just simply beautiful. I love what you have done here Darlene. I never thought of using Iridescent Ice like this. I definitely want to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  12. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 5:13 pm


    DOUBLE WOW!!!! I absolutely enjoyed every single minute of that video and so beautifully presented. I am looking forward to see if I have a die that will suffice, if not, guess what!!!

  13. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 6:53 pm


    Thank you. This is lovely.

  14. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 7:30 pm


    Love both these cards. Great idea Darlene!

  15. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 8:45 pm


    Oh WOW!! I can’t choose!!! both cards are amazing, both cards are unique, what a clever idea to make them like this. I love how you made your water color background, just so pretty, the colors are wonderful for this pretty rose.
    Thank you for this video Darlene, it’s so much fun see you create this gorgeous cards.

  16. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 9:26 pm


    Beautiful, I haven’t done this inlay for awhile, thanks for more great ideas. I’ve used the negative and positive of the peel off foil stickers (I think that’s what they are called). A trick I’ve used with them, that might work with this, is to use painters tape, I’ll pat the tape on my jeans to get some of the sticky off. Then I put the tape on top of the sticker and peel off just the negative off.

    • wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 9:31 pm


      Sorry one more tip, when I stick the negative to paper, I find if I hold the painters tape as close to the paper when pulling off, it leave the negative sticker to the paper easily. Hope this makes sense. I’m off to a crop this weekend, I’ll give it a try with an intricate die. Thanks again for the great ideas Darlene

  17. wrote on January 13th, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Jan Richardson

    Two beautiful cards. Thanks once again Darlene.

  18. wrote on January 14th, 2016 at 2:06 am


    I really loved these cards and the idea of using both the negative and positive. Great job!

  19. wrote on January 14th, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Mary Jane

    you have the best ideas! Love both of those cards and luckily I do have some of that ice powder. Thanks for your inspiration.

  20. wrote on January 14th, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Terri Blindstamper

    Just had to say how gorgeous and clever these cards are.

  21. wrote on January 14th, 2016 at 2:28 pm


    Darlene, these cards are gorgeous! I’m glad I finally got to see the video. For some reason, it didn’t want to play yesterday! Love the colors you used, and that Iridescent Ice looks wonderful peeking out through the outline die cut. A tip for the inlay pieces is to use Glad Press ‘n’ Seal. You can get it at the grocery store, where the plastic wrap & foil & such are. It’s sticky on one side, so you can press that side to your die cut, before you take any pieces out. Then just lift your outline die cut off, and the inside pieces stay put. You would still have to put them back one by one to inlay them, but you wouldn’t have to stop & figure out where the different pieces went. It would probably go faster that way. Hope this makes sense! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  22. wrote on January 14th, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Susan Berry

    Both cards are beautiful. I can’t wait ton get this die and try this. Thanks for another great video.

  23. wrote on January 14th, 2016 at 8:33 pm


    Darlene, these cards are amazing! You really outdid yourself.

  24. wrote on January 17th, 2016 at 11:26 pm


    These are both so beautiful Darlene. I love the way you have used the Embossing Powder to look like an inlay.

  25. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 12:59 pm


    Gorgeous! I love that embossing powder and now that I’ve seen it I will have to pick some up!! Both of these cards are so stinkin’ pretty I don’t know which one I like better!! I also love those moonshine sequins. They’re already on my wishlist along with the rose die and stamp set. Thanks for another super video!! =)

  26. wrote on February 13th, 2016 at 1:19 am


    Oh my goodness I am in love with both of these cards!!! I just love how you put them together. They are just beautiful Darlene thank you so much for sharing!

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