Tuesday, February 16, 2016

City Crafter Challenge 299 - Negativity

Good day to you all once again.  I'm in my third week as a guest designer at the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  This has been so much fun for me.  I find myself working on projects I wouldn't otherwise challenge myself to as well as being inspired to prolific crafting.  This is such a treat!

Today the theme is Negativity.  The challenge requires you to use the negative space created by a die cut and has this photo inspiration:

My card was made using my Avery Elle Balloons stamp and die set with some creative stamping.  Here's the details:

  • I first positioned and cut the balloon out of a piece of white cardstock.  This allows placement of the rest of the card design.  
  • Onto the white negative space from the balloon die cut, I used my MISTI tool to do some selective stamping similar to whats in this video including:
    • Stamping the balloon string in black Archival ink.
    • Stamping the "For You" sentiment from my Penny Black Sweet Wishes stamp set in Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy ink.
    • I placed the negative space onto the card front to position the "Birthday" balloon  to stamp it in Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue ink.  This was a bit tricky, but I got it right because the MISTI is such an awesome tool for placement.
    • Stamping the "wishes" sentiment in Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy ink.
  • I created confetti using the same inks on some scratch paper and die cut the stars using the dies from the Avery Elle Balloons dies.  I created the shaker element following the technique similar to this video including some hexagonal iridescent pieces as well.  

I'm super pleased with this card.  It will be one of my favorite shaker cards for a while.  I ended up making a couple of the same design just to perfect the technique and will have them in the stash now for those last minute - hey that's your birthday - occasions.

If you haven't joined us at the City Crafter Challenge Blog, this is the week.  What can you think up with using the negative space in your project?  Give it a try and then head on over to join the fun.


  1. Oh it's a wonderful shaker Andie! Love the stamping inside the balloon!

  2. This is super fun Andie, we are so pleased to have you with us this month, thank you so much!

  3. Andie your shaker is specatacular; my oh my! I LOVE this and your take on this weeks'theme is amazing! I love balloons so this is right up my alley!

  4. Such a fabulous shaker card (great minds think alike!)- I don't know how you craft so cleanly, all that white! Thank you so much - we are honoured to have you as our special guest at CCCB.

  5. Such a lovely shaker card I do adore them even if they are hell to photograph. Once again you have done your magic.


  6. Beautiful shaker card - love it.


Thank you so much for your kind words. Isn't it fun to encourage one another, even from a distance?