Filling Die Cut Negative Spaces and Color Wheel Free Cut File

Welcome everyone! I have a few things to share with you today including a scrapbook page, a quick tutorial on how to fill die cut negative spaces and a FREE cut file. To start, I want to share a scrapbook page that I was inspired to create after I finished a page for the 3 Birds Studio Blog using their Graceful Season collection. We are having a Pinterest Inspiration week on the 3 Birds Blog and the image I found and used as my source of inspiration was a color wheel image. Make sure you stop by today and see my inspiration image and scrapbook page.

I Adore You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection and Color Wheel Digital Cut File

During the process of creating the page for 3 Birds, I designed a cut file to use for both the shapes on my background and as a guide to help me position these shapes. I hated the idea of throwing away that "scrap" guide and was inspired to use it on a another scrapbook page. That is when my "I Adore You" scrapbook page was born!

I Adore You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection and Color Wheel Digital Cut File
I used the color wheel shape that I cut from white cardstock (this is the scrap guide I mentioned above) and then filled in the negative spaces / openings with alternating pieces of patterned paper.

I Adore You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection and Color Wheel Digital Cut File


What are negative spaces you might ask? They are the openings that are left when you remove the cut shapes from the die cut. The full color wheel shape is the positive image. This tutorial describes a simple way to fill these openings with patterned paper.

Color Wheel Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels used as guide
This is the color wheel shape and I cut from white cardstock and how I positioned it to use as a guide for my scrapbook page that is on the 3 Birds Studio Blog.

Negative Pieces from Color Wheel Digital Cutting File
These are the scraps or negative pieces from the color wheel image you see above.

Tracing negative piece from Color Wheel Digital Cutting File
I took one of these pie shaped scraps and placed it on the backside of a piece of patterned paper. Next, I traced around it with a pencil. By tracing on the backside of the paper, it saved me from having to worry about erasing the lines.

Cutting traced image
I trimmed around the outside of the traced image with scissors, leaving a small border about 3/8" thick. This extra space allowed me to be able to glue this piece to the back side of the large color wheel shape.

Filling in negative spaces
I turned the color wheel shape over so the back side was facing upward.

Filling in negative spaces
Next, I applied liquid glue along the edges of each opening and 

Filling in negative spaces
then adhered one of the pieces of patterned paper to fill the opening.

Filling in negative spaces
I repeated this process to fill in every other opening with the same pattern.

I later decided to trim around the edge of my color wheel shape, however I have made the cut file so that it will do this for you if you want it too. Letting your electronic cutting machine cut it for you is certainly easier than hand trimming it!

I then adhered the cut image onto another piece of patterned paper to fill in the other openings.

I again decided to trim around the orange polka dot paper with my scissors. Again, to make this easier for yourself, I would recommend using the outer circle from my cut file and your cutting machine to cut the large circle.


This cut file is called Color Wheel and was inspired by a color wheel image I saw on Pinterest. This image can be cut from vinyl, stencil material, cardstock and patterned paper using an electronic digital cutting machine. It can be used for a full range of projects, including cards, home decor, scrapbook pages and more. This digital file is available in SVG, PNG, DXF and Studio formats and you may download this digital cut file for FREE for your own personal use. Please refer to my terms of use for more information if you wish to use these for more than your own personal projects.

Color Wheel Free Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels


Patterned Paper: 3 Birds Studio | Graceful Season 12 x 12 Paper Pad, Graceful Season 6x6 Foil Pad and 6x6 Paper Pad
Stickers: 3 Birds Studio | Graceful Season 3D Embellishment Kit
Chipboard: 3 Birds Studio | Graceful Season
Digital Cut File: Juliana Michaels | - Color Wheel
Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo
Adhesive: Scotch ATG Gun, Scotch Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive
Scissors: EK Success | Cutter Bee Scissors
Punches: various small circle punches - 1/4" and 1/8"

One last thing before I go. Make sure you visit the 3 Birds Studio Blog today and everyday this week to see loads of Pinteresting Inspiration from myself and the rest of the 3 Birds Design Team!


  1. This looks FABULOUS....that graphic style is really attractive - I can't DO it, but I LOOOVE it:):)

  2. So fresh and so pretty, Juliana! Love the color wheel design. Thank you for sharing the cut file!

  3. I really like the color wheel. I plan on putting pictures in the spaces. Thanks for the file!

  4. Fun layout and
    thanks for the cut
    Carla from Utah

  5. Ohhhhhhhhh this is gorgeous! I love love love that pie!!!

  6. This looks awesome! Thanks for the pie or wheel!

  7. awesome layout- that color wheel i s great

  8. I loved this page! Is very beautiful!

  9. This page is so awesome Juliana!! I LOVE the colors and the die cut wheel is such a fun design element!! Thanks for sharing it!

  10. Very pretty page. Thank you for the file and the tutorial.


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