The first challenge this month over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog is to start with a blank canvas – that is, to use white cardstock for the background of your project. Truly white, white space.
As you may know, I’m doing cards this months, so here are a few that fit the bill.
1) One of the nicest ways to employ a white background is to simply emboss it. Here I used a Sizzix folder called Flowers (original, huh?). Then I topped the flowers with 3 glittered butterflies from Jolee’s, stamped a sentiment from Stampin Up’s Noteworthy stamp set on a Freckled Fawn label which I gussied it up with a flower button and thread. Easy peasy, pretty pleasing!
I think the white background works well with my limited pink and yellow color scheme and the delicate embellishments. By the way, my current go-to plain white cardstock is from Papertrey.
2) This second card uses some glossy card stock from Stampin Up. I am not really a fan of glossy cardstock because it usually requires special ink for stamping, and the slick surface is well ... slick. I have had little luck getting even Staz-on to stay on evenly.
I made a Freckled Fawn washi tape border around the edges, making sure the patterns flows in only one direction. I even mitered the corners; so simple because washi cuts so easily with a craft knife. Then I layered two doilies and punched a scalloped shape to echo the doilies that I placed under my die-cut in the center. The addition of the glossy metal dots really picks up the glossy cardstock.
What do these cards have in common? Well, the fact that I used a mix of flat and glossy/sparkly elements when working with white and pastel colors. Keep that in mind next time you play with white cardstock.