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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