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06 August 2015

August Counterfeit Challenge #1–Blank Canvas

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.

august cards

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.

august cards-001

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.


  1. These are beautiful! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!

  2. Both very pretty cards Suzanne.I like the 2nd one best but I am partial to yellow & green. :)

  3. The embossing really adds a nice finishing touch to your first card and I really like what you did with the washi on the second one.

  4. The embossing on the first card really appeals to be. I forget to do that so often. I ought to start a list of techniques to remember!

  5. I sorted my embossing folders and embossing powders this week - looking forward to playing with both. I love embossed backgrounds for cards, such a nice way to add interest.