Crisp and Clean: All-White for The Paper Players

When I saw Sandy Mathis’ theme challenge for the Paper Players this week, I nearly fell out of my chair (I was sitting in a chair when I saw it).  White-on-white.  An all-white card.  Are you kidding me, Sandy?  My initial thought was that this could not be done and that I would need a “hall pass” for this week’s Paper Players Challenge.  It’s not like me to not accept a challenge, but I had no idea where to start.  Then, I just sat down and started playing around with paper and layers and textures.  If you have never made an all-white card, I suggest you try it.  Right now.  Stop what you are doing, and challenge yourself to make an all-white card. 

***Pick up here when you come back from making your card.*** 

If you are back (or if you decided to not go make a card, here’s my card (please note – no inks and no stamp sets): 

And here’s Sandy’s challenge banner:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Tips for making an all-white card.  I’m obviously an expert in all-white cards since I have made [count them] one all-white card.  When you are done here, make sure you click over to the Paper Players’ challenge (click on the banner above) and check out the amazing cards by the Design Team Members.  Their cards tell the story of what is required by an all-white card challenge.  Texture.  Layers.  Dimension.  Depth.  Even though the challenge allows for ink with the sentiment, we are somewhat limited with an all-white challenge.  As a result, clean-and-simple is difficult with an all-white card.  I had to keep adding layers and textures to build the card you see here.  It was unlike me, but it was really fun.
  • Paper.  I used two pieces of white paper in the creation of this card:  Whisper White Card Stock and Whisper White Core’dinations.  While Core’dinations can be used for a distressed, embossed look (there are fibers on the inside of the Core’dinations that are exposed when you sand away the surface), it’s also effective to just showcase the textured surface of the paper.  Since this card stock is thicker and sturdier than regular card stock, I used Core’dinations paper for the textured background and the “love” Thinlit die.  I also used the Core’dinations and the Tiny Wave Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition to create the scalloped edge around the band in the center of the card.
  • Flower Layers.  Do you recognize all the layers on the featured flower I created for this card, including the leaves on which the flower rests?  Can you name three?  Here’s a clue:  one is a sneak peek punch from the Occasions Catalog (open for orders on Jan. 3, 2014), so you might not know it yet.  They are (from the bottom to the top): leaves from Bird Builder punch, Blossom punch, Pansy punch and Petite Petals punch.  I added a large pearl to the center for additional texture.  After I punched the flowers, I curled the edges of each with a bone folder.

Papers:  Whisper White, Neutrals Core’dinations Card Stock  Accessories:  Blossom punch, Pansy punch, Petite Petals punch, Bird Builder punch, Expressions Thinlits, Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder, Tiny Wave Rotary Trimmer Addition, Pearl Basic Jewels, Small Heart punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. I Love this Card sooooo beautiful

  2. Yes! I’m glad you stuck to the challenge and added layers of white for Wedding! That’s the first thing that came to mind! I look forward to seeing the other Players take on this all white theme! Nicely done!

  3. Crisp, clean and GORGEOUS!!

  4. Stunning…beautiful….I love it ! I love all white cards . I made a few Christmas cards that were all white but, i used a sentiment in color ….soft color . I think all of the details adds the WOW factor to this card . A Masterpiece !

  5. A white on white card is always, always so elegant and it’s perfect for weddings but, it’s hard to come up with a design and layout with absolutely NO color. Your card is gorgeous Brian, the layers and texture work wonderfully together, no bling except that sweet pearl, truly lovely.

  6. Simply Gorgeous!!

  7. I really like this card. Can’t wait to see the other’s too. Great Job Brian! 🙂

  8. You have risen to the challenge well Brian. This is sensational! White on White – very elegant and classy. Maybe I will try that challenge sometime??? I think your card is awesome. Love all the details and texture.


  9. Justin let the cat out of the bag !!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ! That`s not fair to your fans and admirers to let it sneak up on us ! I know what it is …it`s the age thing ! We love you any way …no matter how old you are ! XOXOXO

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR FRIEND! Breathtaking! Using Core’dinations with the Woodgrain EB is excellent. Giving it the extra look of bark on a tree. Combining the various flower punches for depth another great feature. You can’t tell I absolutely LOVE this card can you? Everything about it has it’s perfect place. You have made countless beautiful cards but I am putting this one on the top!

  11. Heh! I just came from Justin’s blog too…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brian!! Beautiful card! I LOVE the way you avoided using ink . . .so clever!! Hope you have a very happy birthday:-)

  12. Hi Brian, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Do you like our blog hop in your honor? Sadly, my post made it out late, I got interrupted when finishing it and forgot to hit “schedule” — duh! It’s up now.

    I absolutely LOVE your card! What a challenge; I need to try this. Well done my friend 🙂

    Enjoy your birthday!!!!! 🙂

  13. Oooooooooooooooo, Brian you out did it !!! BEAUITIFUL , MsMary is going to love it tooooo,
    Hugs frenchie,

  14. this is just stunning Brian!!! So very very beautiful! Makes me wish we could get some snow here in GA (the crispness and textures of all the whites reminds me of fresh snowfall).


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  16. Happy Birthday Brian! You have Justin to thank! 😉 This is a beautiful card and no stamping! It’s fun to try that every now and again. Enjoy your day!

  17. Happy Birthday Brian, beautiful card.

  18. Very elegant! And, a very happy birthday to you! Sandy

  19. its your birthday ?? well HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. Hope you have a wonderful birthday . this card is awesome, i love love it never tried one but will have to.. this could also make someone a awesome valentines card. again have a wonderful day ,brian


  21. You nailed it! LOVE it!!

  22. Absolutely stunning card Brian (as usual). I’ve done several white on white but, before I finish them I can’t stop myself from sticking in something with color. For instance if I made the card you did (yeah, like I even come close to that much talent), I probably would have acquiesced and put in a green leaf. I commend you on your self discipline. AND, of course, I wish you the best birthday EVER!

  23. Wowee, what an absolutely gorgeous card, Brian! I can’t believe you never made a white on white card before because you rocked this, my friend! Your layered flower with leaves is stunning, and I love how you kept a pure white card by doing your sentiment in white, too. And LOL, your opening paragraph cracked me up! Thanks so much for playing along with my challenge this week at The Paper Players! And Happy Birthday once again!

  24. HBDTY, Brian!
    Your card is amazing, beautiful, gorgeous and it’s nice you got to play with a new toy ( the punch) on your birthday!

  25. Wow! All in white and all so very beautiful…love it!

  26. Hi Brian…..this is breathtakingly stunning! Congratulations on totally acing the challenge!!! I will definitely make one of these oh so special cards…but getting ready to take great niece and nephew to school and then promised the cat a lap after I get back….am sure you under the last part!

  27. Simply gorgeous!

  28. You really nailed the White on White, Awesome card. I just finished the hop for your Birthday and the cards were fit for a King! Happy Birthday.

  29. What a gorgeous card. It looks so elegant. I really like the wood grain in the background–another winner!

  30. Love it. It is just beautiful.

  31. First, Happy Birthday! Had to say that first else I would forget it. Your card is absolutely all the words that have been used already…stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, elegant, amazing and I don’t think I have seen exceptionally beautiful! How do you do it, my friend! This one is a super winner!

  32. Nothing short of spectacular! What a card! Happy birthday!

  33. fabbymundo!! and you’re a brat for not letting anyone know it’s your bday! i hope someone makes you as happy today as you make all of us. so thankful our paths crossed this year!

  34. WOW! White on white!

  35. Perfectly beautiful use of the white core’dinations paper! I love this card. Must copy it soon…Nancy B

  36. Absolutely stunning! *Love* your design, Brian. The detailed wave trim made with your rotary trimmer is subtle, yet provides a really finished effect. The combination of the 3 hearts beneath the sentiment is a perfect touch that amplifies the thought and enhances the design. And of course, the flower is *so* pretty. Your card is just beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you had a great birthday! Looks like you enjoyed your birthday lunch with Pam.

  37. this is BEAUTIFUL! You nailed it!!!

  38. Can we say….. STUNNING!!??!! Brian, this has got to be the BEST all white card I’ve ever seen. What a challenge and you pulled it off perfectly! Wedding card for sure…. but I can see this as a birthday, valentine’s day, and “just because” card too. Your thought to use Core’d’nations card stock is genius! I have yet to get any, so you may have taken my card making skills to the “unknown” zone. I may have to try it! Super great card….and HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend!

  39. I am a huge fan of monochromatic cards and your humor! Thanks for all of the awesomeness!

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  41. Dazzling Diamonds would have been good, too. (laughing hysterically because I know what you think about glitter) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Seriously, though, you absolutely rocked this challenge! It’s a gorgeous card worthy of any congratulatory card for weddings, anniversaries, and even a “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” Christmas card. LOVE it!

  42. I LOVE making white on white and so do my stamp club members. If any of you are wanting inspiration for white-on-white in addition to resources Brian has mentioned, searching for wedding cards will help.

  43. Gorgeous card, Brian! I am amazed that you turned out this beauty without any stamps or ink. All your textures and layers are the perfect elements to make this WOW beauty SHINE! So glad you shared this with us at The Paper Players! Happy Holidays…and happy belated Birthday!!

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  45. Grats Brian! WOW ! Your card is absolutely gorgeous xo

  46. Stunning, breathlessly stunning

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