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How to Create a Negative Space Text Background

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Hello Everyone! Naomi here, with a fun tutorial for you on creating a negative spaced text background.

I really like quote “LOVE was made for me and You” (from an old song). I wanted to include that in my layout, and in a big way. I went to my silhouette, and decided to cut it out of my background cardstock, and then fill the negative space with some fun things. I simply played with different fonts and resized them until I had them looking the way I wanted. I cut the quote out, and decided to put some layers underneath the words.

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Naomi Atkins

For the word “LOVE”, I chose to back it with red cardstock, and then fill the space with red buttons. I wanted it to be bright and stand out and I really like the way it turned out. You could fill it with a variety of colors of buttons for something different as well.

For the “Me” I took one of the vellum bags that hold little embellishments and come with our kits. I put some red sequins in the bag, sewed it up, and stitched it underneath of the “Me.” I then chose to cut out a heart from the digital cut files this month, and then added the patterned paper behind it.

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I then cut out the word “And” from my silhouette and layered that over the heart and patterned paper with pop dots. I kept the “you” backed with plain red cardstock to match the red buttons at the top and pull the layout together. I then layered some die cuts, the heart doily, the die cut “&” and some wooden embellishments underneath my photo.

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I colored the wooden embellishements with the chalk inks from this month, which I LOVE! They are great for inking stamps, or small embellishments. I also inked some of the pink paislee hearts with the chalk inks, and it was a very clean process. I like my spray inks, but sometimes want something fast drying, and not messy. These fit the bill perfectly! I stiched a square around the whole layout for a finished look, and I was done.

You could do this technique with any title and font mix that you choose, with endless different looks! Thanks for stopping by today!


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