As a follower of this blog, you may be well aware that my style easily leans toward OTT - Over The Top. It can be hard to simplify! But sometimes there just isn't the time to go all out on a card. Or maybe you want to widen your market if you sell cards; there are lots of people who like a simple look but still want to buy handmade.
So what's the problem?
Doesn't really sound like a problem, does it? But for many of us it can be hard to be OK with all the "white space" on our cards. I've even shown cards to my husband, who says, "Um, there's kind of a lot of white space over there". So back into the craft room I go, with embellishments, ribbons, and glitter flying.
I have learned to be OK with the dreaded white space. I can accept it for what it is, just another tool to show off your design. Think about it: what color are the walls in a museum? White! Why? Because they don't want the walls to compete with the art itself. To translate that in card-speak, maybe let an individual stamp do the talking, and let the surrounding white space give it the opportunity to be showcased.
Here is the first card I made with this concept in mind:
What do you think, not so bad after all, huh? Just two stamps. The butterflies are all one stamp, and the 'just because...' sentiment is another. I used all Ice Stickles on the butterflies to let their designs show through a bit. From top to bottom Stickles: Coffee, Lime, Arctic, Blueberry, Cherry, Lemon, Strawberry.
Here's the next one:
As we are coming up on the Christmas holidays, you will start to see more of these cards on the blog. Here's an example of using the 'white space' concept for a simple Christmas card:
It feels good to simplify sometimes. It has made me pay closer attention to the stamps I'm using and focus on the sheer simplicity of this layout.
So what do you think? Have you made peace with all the white space or do you think these cards are missing something?