White Space

Happy New Year my crafty friend! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best for 2023! We celebrated with a small family gathering for Christmas (anything less than 20 people for dinner is a small gathering for us). As fate would have it, our kitchen sink stopped up Christmas evening, so I couldn’t do the dishes – a real life Christmas miracle!!! I didn’t even call the plumber until Tuesday, in hopes of extending his holiday a little too. It was calm and quiet over the following week. Then for New Year’s Eve, Micah and I went to a movie and made it home before 10pm. We figured we’d be fast asleep before midnight, but by another miracle, we were still up talking and laughing. I tell you, with all these little miracles, I have a feeling it’s going to be a wonderful year. I hope you are finding joy and magic surrounding you too!

During the quiet time last week, I found time to play in my craft room. Want to see one of the cards I made?

I was inspired to create a card with a lot of white space for the new Heffy Doodler’s Challenge. The theme is TONE ON TONE, and I always love a crisp white card. Of course, the real challenge is to keep it clean while you’re working, right? (Lol, there may or may not have been a bit of stray red ink inside this card, but my sand eraser will never tell.)

To create a card like this, grab your supplies and meet me in the craft room…

SUPPLY LIST
Woodgrain Texture Background Die
It’s Your Day Jumbo Sentiment Dies
Gumbelievable Stamps and Coordinating Dies
Copic Markers

The first thing you’ll want to do is to stamp, color and cut out your focal point images. I used a rainbow of Copic markers to color my gumball machine and the extra gumball hidden under the flap. Then, use the coordinating dies to cut out the colored images, along with two more plain white layers of the machine. Stack the two white layers together and color the flap area red, before gluing the stamped/colored image on top. Lift the flap and glue the single gumball underneath. (Side note: you know I love interactive cards of all types, so when I saw that the die cuts the flap on the machine, I just had to have this set. How fun is it to lift the flap or open doors and windows on cards?)

Next, die cut the woodgrain texture from a white panel and cut it down to 3ยพ” x 5.” Cut the jumbo sentimentย once from white cardstock, and two more times from a color that matches your Copic colored images. I chose a red similar to my machine.

To assemble the card, use thin foam tape to attach your woodgrain layer to the card base. Stack your white sentiment on top of the colored layers, slightly offset to create a drop shadow. Then, glue it to your card. Use more thin foam tape to adhere the focal image in place, overlapping the sentiment a tiny bit, to visually connect them. Add gems or clay embellishments to finish the card. I stamped a punny sentiment from the Gumbelievable stamp set inside my card to tie the whole card together. Here’s a closer look…

I love how this turned out! The white on white gives the card a clean and simple feel and doesn’t let the sentiment take over. To keep the sentiment from disappearing altogether, the textured background and colorful drop shadow add contrast. Of course, you don’t have to use white. You can use shades of any color you like. Don’t be afraid to swap out the focal point image and sentiments as well. Think of this as a template for any occasion’s card: hearts for Valentine’s Day, flowers for Mother’s Day, a hot rod for Father’s Day… The possibilities are endless!

I hope I’ve inspired you to give this card a try (or one like it)! And I hope you’ll play along with us in the Heffy Doodler’s Challenge this month. You can enter to win a ยฃ35 shopping spree to the Heffy Doodle shop if you do! Head on over to their blog for all of the details… heffydoodle.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll be back soon with another fun card to share. Oh, and I’ll be hosting Craft Roulette again this Friday night, along with my friend Carrie Rhoades, so I hope you’ll join me. Friday is my birthday and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! (You can click the link now and set a reminder.) See you soon my friend…

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