Technique Tuesday: Split Negative

Serene Silhouettes Split Ivory Artichoke PEEK

This month I am showing you the Split Negative Technique. It may look complicated but it isn’t, and it produces a stunning finish.

The detailed instructions are for the most basic card [which I think looks great]. At the end I will give some short points on how to create some more complicated versions.

  1. You will need to start with a half sheet of card stock [21cm x 14.8cm or 8½” x 5½”] and score it at 10.5cm [or 4¼”] to create the base card.Split Negative 1
  2. The first layer is 0.5 cm [or ¼”] smaller than the card front [i.e. 10cm x 14.3cm or 4″ x 5¼”].Split Negative 2
  3. The two layers for stamping the split image are each 4.75cm x 13.8cm or 1⅞” x 5″. Select colours that either complement or contrast each other.Split Negative 3
  4. Select an image that can be easily split in half vertically and stamp in on the Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet.Split Negative 4
  5. Line up the left piece of card stock from step 3 with the Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet so that the middle of the image will finish on the right edge of the card stock. Add a piece of removable tape to keep it in place.Split Negative 5
  6. Remove Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet and stamp left half of image.Split Negative 6
  7. Keep left piece and Stamp-a-ma-jig in place and butt the right layer against it.Split Negative 7
  8. Carefully remove stamped piece whilst keeping Stamp-a-ma-jig in place and stamp right half of the image. You may wish to add a piece of removable tape to keep the card stock in place.Split Negative 8
  9. Take ink pad and sponge dauber and sponge around the outer edges of the two stamped pieces. Add sentiment to one of the panels if required.Split Negative 9 Split Negative 10
  10. Line up and adhere the left hand image piece to the layer from step 2. Line up and adhere the right hand image.Split Negative 11
  11. Add layered art panel on to base card stock. Here is the finished card.Serene Silhouettes Split Ivory Artichoke
  12. Add a stamped panel to the inside to complete the project.Serene Silhouettes Split Ivory Artichoke INSIDE
  13. Notes: If you intend making two cards, you can simplify the stamping process by stamping the complete image on both colours and cutting down the middle. I found that this can be a bit tricky if both pieces are not stamped and cut in exactly the same place.

Here is another sample I made using the same steps as above, but adding more layers and embellishments.

Lovely As A Tree Split Crumb Vanilla


… and here is the inside

Lovely As A Tree Split Crumb Vanilla INSIDE


And this one takes it up even further. Thanks so much to Denise for creating this sample for me. Denise has gone for a three dimensional look with this one, rather than stamp. Isn’t it magnificent? You can see more of Denise’s great creations on Splitcoaststampers here.

Denise Butterfly Split Negative


Contact me if you would like further details on this project. If you have a technique that you would like me to showcase, please let me know.

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