Cards, Techniques

Playing with White Space on Cards

Happy Birthday White Space Card

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I’ve really been trying to experiment with leaving more white space on my cards.

I am so used to covering the whole back ground with patterned paper.

Many of the cards and even scrapbook pages have lots of beautiful white space.

White Space Thank you card

For both of these cards, I used Close To My Heart stamps from my stash.

I can’t get enough of these layered flower stamps.

I’m still loving the Blossoms paper pack as well. Also it helps that I already have that pile of scraps out and ready to go!

I love the simplicity of the black outline on white background.

The Thank You card uses a spotlight technique. I stamped the back ground in black outline and popped card stock that matched up with the background, but had color added.

The Happy Birthday card is actually from an idea for a scrapbook layout I adjusted to fit onto a card.

Happy Birthday White Space Card Close Up

White space is really starting to grown on me. It takes me a little bit to get my head around “less is more” for cards, but I’m starting to like it!

Thanks for stopping by Emma Hearts Paper.

Happy Crafting!

Floral White Space Cards Pin Image
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Embossed Vellum Floral Card

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white embossed flower on vellum with background colored on card

I’m just going to share this creation real quick today.

I’ve been on a Close To My Heart Blossoms Paper Pack kick lately. I’ve got a pile of scraps that are just too pretty to go unused, so I’m making lots of cards.

This card has a stained glass vellum technique that I’d never tried before. It is very very simple!

After I heat embossed the stamp with white onto vellum, I used CTMH markers to color on the back of the vellum where I wanted the color to show.

I love how soft the colors look showing through the vellum.

I’d really like to experiment with this technique some more. It is such a quick and simple way to make add a bit of soft color.

Cards, Techniques

Inking Stamps with Sponge Daubers

Finished card with inks

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This is one of my favorite cards I’ve made recently. I used a Close To My Heart stamp set called Blossom Blocks. It is great for this technique because of the large solid surface to ink.

I began by mentally splitting the stamp image into thirds. I used the sponge dauber to pick up the Sunflower color ink and dabbed onto the bottom third of the stamp.

I didn’t want defined lines where the color changed so I made sure to dab into the middle part of the stamp as well.

After that Sunflower I dabbed on the Sorbet color in the middle of the stamp and into the top third a bit. I also dabbed down into the Sunflower color as well.

To finish it off I used the Hollyhock to color in the top third of the stamp, being sure to dab the color down into the Sorbet section too.

Stamped Images

This was repeated for another stamp block from the same set. I fussy cut each image.

I used another CTMH stamp set called Adorable Backgrounds to random stamp the background on a white card.

The small colored strip was made using the same Sponge Dauber technique. I simply dabbed directly onto the paper instead of onto a stamp.

Sunset Background Finished card

After attaching the black card stock and colored strip to the card base I used 3D foam adhesive to attach the sunset stamped flowers to the card. I did add a white square distressed on the edge with black in behind each image. You can see I also used the black ink to distress the edge of the image and the card base.

I made a quick video of how I used the Sponge Daubers to add ink to the stamps. This is my very first YouTube video ever! I know I have a lot to learn, but I enjoyed making it. I wasn’t going to do anything on YouTube, but my daughter convinced me to just do it, who cares if it isn’t as good as others out there! So I did it!