Monday, November 21, 2011

Clean & Simple White Christmas

Pin It Now! Oh, how I love clean & simple cards, but they're SO hard for me to do! A couple of reasons-
1) I can't keep anything clean &
2) I can't keep anything simple.
Inkypinkies is truly what I am, I get ink on everything. And isn't it easier to keep adding things to a card til you're satisfied that it's brilliant?! {sigh}

But I digress. A clean & simple color palette paired with a beautiful sketch made a Christmas card as fresh as the driven snow...

I wanted to use almost exclusively white for this card, with just a touch of Night of Navy, so to give it the punch it needed but keep it monochromatic, it needed two things: Texture (Simply Scored) and Lighting (Stampin' Dimensionals).

The quilting effect on the background was done by scoring a sheet of Whisper White into 1/2" squares, then cutting down to the size I needed. I popped that background off of the card.

The rosette is a 1-1/2" of Whisper White, scallop punched along one end. Then scored at the dip in each scallop to give it a nice, uniform look. The centerpiece layers are (1) a 1/2" circle punch of white, (2) a silver glimmer snowflake and white snowflake layered with dimensionals, and (3) a medium Basic Rhinestone.

I used Crystal Effects to adhere everything, it tacks up quickly and is truly clear and doesn't leave a residue.

The vertical strip is a 1-1/2 x 5 strip of white, double scored along both sides, and embellished with silver glimmer paper snowflakes. 

The Joy (from The Sounding Joy) was first stamped onto Whisper White, then run thru the Big Shot with one of the Designer Frames embossing folders. Then hand cut and adhered with dimensionals.

Here are the two challenges I was inspired by...


An aside...
Every time I create something, I place it somewhere conspicuous so I can love on it every time I walk by (LOL, don't you do the same thing??!!!)  My son has started doing the same thing.  He created this catapult out of K'Nex, and here's what I saw when I walked by my srsly retro den this morning...

Haha!  He's just like his momma!
...and yes, those are reel to reels. And a TV from 1957.

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.


  1. Erika,
    GORGEOUS. I love that you focused almost entirely on white. It is such a serene card. Your hand cut frame and folded flower are stunning. A truly gorgeous card. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

  2. This is stunning, I love the whole look, while it might look clean and simple, there is so much detail added its amazing.

    Thank you for joining our challenge this week.

    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Friday Mashup DT

  3. Seriously gorgeous the details you have added...just stunning. And I just have to ask about the TV...does it still work? What a riot! Your son is funny, imitating you....just to prove we need to watch what we say & do all the time! :D
    Thanks for playing with us this week at the Paper Players!

  4. Erika, this is just stunning! Wow! I'm totally signing up as a follower so I can see more of your work. Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup this week.

  5. OMG... I love this card! It is so pretty! I love the simplicity of all white, the embossing, the sweet, sweet, snowflake rosette! Great card!

  6. Gorgeous!! I love the use of the white and the subtle details such as the scored background.

    Thanks so much for joining us at The Friday Mashup!

  7. This is stunning! I love the glimmer on your snowflakes and how you used that embossing folder. I totally forgot I had I really like the white on white you used it's perfect for snowflakes. Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup this week.

  8. Love it all! The scoring, all of the white, snowflakes and that gorgeous Rosette! Thanks for sharing with us at the Friday Mashup!

  9. Wow! What a stunner. The sparkly snowflakes look terrific against the gorgeous white backdrop.

  10. Beautiful card, love the almost all white color scheme. Your scoring technique is perfect, just the right touch!

  11. Wowza! This is STUNNING! Every detail is perfect . Thanks for playing the Friday Mashup!

  12. Gorgeous, Erika! The scoring, the frame, the "pop" of navy...what fabulous touches! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  13. Beautiful card Erika. I love the white on white with the little touches of silver and blue. Thank you for playing along with The Paper Players!

  14. LOL! We all love to showcase our product! Fabulous, love the white. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players.

  15. Erica, this is gorgeous! Love the clean white space with all of the awesome details you added. So much texture and dimension...WOWZA!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)