Monday, 21 September 2009

Whiter Whites mean coloured Whites

What? Well, I came up with an idea for a Christmas card workshop and tra-la, decided to call it something enormously original: White Christmas. My idea, also enormously original, was to try to make 4 cards using just white - cardstock, stickers, embossing powder and add a teeny bit of glitter or hint of colour to accent the well, whiteness. I know, I know; you never for one moment imagined that this much planning and pain went into workshop preparation. Well it ain't gonna. Because I can't hand on heart, find any whites that actually match enough to be layered onto each other. How frustrating is that! I've got quite a lot of white card stock and pre-folded cards in various sizes from the same manufacturer, and they're all different shades. Aargh. So the 'hint' of arty colour - that's a bit more of a 'statement' colour now, to distract you from the fact that not a damn thing matches! Ah well. At least when I get to making the cards for the Blue Christmas workshop, I won't have to worry about shades. Because of course that's the fickle thing isn't it - I only want one shade of white but I'm counting on loads of shades in every other colour. Now don't get all zen on me about whether White is actually a colour, please. I'm practically snow blind since trying to make white cards!

Housekeeping:
Just want to say thanks for the Comments - I know what a time consumer it always is, so really appreciate them -especially when they extend a discussion. Or compare me to famous literary heroines. I mean, Heidi of course, but let me have it for a few non hysterical seconds, huh! Of course I invited it by making an erroneous comparison between myself and Heidi Swapp (scrapbooker extraordinaire, and pretty hot self-promoter too), but it was worth it for the laugh. And I did laugh!

13 comments:

Carmen said...

I'm to amazed that an all white card passed through your mind to contest whether white is a colour. (It is!) Queen of Colour shocker!

As for the comments - I love getting them and I love giving them - espescially when they extend a conversation. I quite often pop back to blogs to read comments after my own and so keep a nosy beak on the rest of the convo :P

Myzdamena's World said...

... ooh how annoying that they are all different shades!! ... I don't have that problem..the problem I had was finding some digital download stamps, going to print them out, and the only white card I have is too thick for my printer- d'oh! hehe xxxx

Kathy said...

I love the idea of white on white. I've done a couple of things like that in the past, but take it from me, they are a pig to photograph!

I bet that whatever you do will be wonderful, white, shades of white or white with a hint of....

I sound like a paint chart

Wipso said...

I look forward to seeing the results of white cards. I'm sure they will be, as ever, gorgeous. A x

Linda Elbourne said...

Your ideas never cease to amaze me ... White Christmas is such a fabulously clever and original idea ... I bet you could sell film rights to that title and maybe even record a song ... What???? Who said it's been done before????? When????

Ann said...

Now if only you'd asked! I still have loads of white cardstock from that American Crafts bargain I grabbed! It all matches perfectly (as it's from the same box!)

nerllybird said...

Julia, I was just reading your post and I remembered that I'd arranged to go and see my friend Heidi this evening and completely forgotten about it! Your card marathon sounds like a brilliant idea - I haven't bothered making Christmas cards since my boys were tiny, seems like such a faff, but to do them all in one go is fab!

Pam said...

I bet that all those shades of white would look fab on a card even if they aren't exactly the same-especially once some paint, ink, embossing, glitter is added. card marathon-a bit to far for me, but sounds great!!

Angie said...

I discovered, a while back, that not only is white not white but black is not black. I had some black and white patterened card stock that I wanted to rip and tear and stick onto black and/or white bazzil .... well I ended up buying ALL the blacks and ALL the whites and NOTHING matched the patterned tones!!!!
Love your 'white Xmas' idea .... hope you find some that atleast look right together.
Re comments I love them all ...long or short ... and I love giving comments but sometimes I ramble a bit ....like now lol.

Enfys said...

I don't suppose "All different shades of white" Christmas has the same ring to it. I made black Christmas cards one year and upset some people!

helen miles said...

i seriously can't wait to see the white cards, i think it'll look kinda funky jules!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh I really wanna see this cards :) Kim

redsmudge said...

Maybe the snow blindness has been caused by chasing after all those mountain goats!!LOL!! Yodel eh etc etc....!!! Am looking forward to the results of those white cards!!!!