W is for White

There are so many shades of white from cream to Navajo, and with applications from nautical to patriotic to winter. How will you use white this week? Will it be with gesso? ink? pen? Or perhaps you will transform simple white cardstock…

Michelle likes mixing white with other neutrals.

When combined, Picket Fence white stain and Simon Says Stamp Khaki Ink create a classic Summer color palette. Together, they are reminiscent of a crisp. white linen shirt and a wide-brimmed straw hat. It was this color combination that inspired me to create tags with the new Waffle Flower Circles Stamp Set. I love the retro inspired graphics of this set. They remind me of Summer.

Mona was inspired to create a patriotic themed layout with an all white background.

I love the texture and dimension of the embossed star studded background! I wanted the patriotic images from Mini Blueprints 2 to standout as well, so I stamped and heat embossed the images using super fine embossing powder then applied white chalk to create a chalkboard appearance.

This week Dan decided to decorate a plain white mirror frame.

I’ve had this mirror kicking around for a couple of years, staring at me sullenly from a pile of neglected items waiting to be altered. When I saw the theme for this week I knew that it’s time had finally come! Among the products I used were the Laboratorie paper pad, French Industrial Salvage Stickers and Commute Tissue Tape.

Andrea relied on classic white Gesso to create this wonderful gift card tin.

I am a total color-aholic, so a “white” challenge posed challenging indeed! I decided to use white Gesso as my base for this gift card tin, which I highlighted with Spun Sugar Distress Paint. The apothecary jar added just the perfect touch for this I-left-as-much-white-as-I-possibly-could project!

Anna-Karin made a card this week, using mainly white.

I like the look of white together with just a touch of another colour, in this case green. Here I used a bunch of fun Simon Says Stamp Exclusive dies. The cardbase is a piece of folded acetate, on top of which the Bubbles Background looked great, adhered with foam dots. The little tree was die cut from cream cardstock and I used Archival Ink Sap Green for the stamping.

Barbara began with white papers to inspire her nautical piece.


White is a color far away from my “comfort zone” and it was not easy for me to find a way to use it in my project! The holidays are really near and the white has reminded me the sea, the waves and the sand, so what better than to use Tim Holtz’s stamp set Nautical? For the background of my card I used the Core’dinations Whitewash cardstocks that I adore for their versatility! My last white inspiration is the fabulous Distress Watercolor paper to color my stamp.

Tracy decided on a classic black and white theme to create her dimensional piece of art.

I have not created anything in black and white for a long time and this made a refreshing change, I love how crisp and clean and classic black and white is in art. Bold black imagery was used from Tim Holtz Nature Walk stamp set combined with a more delicate backdrop created using the Latticework Layering Stencil. Black Soot Distress Ink and Black Archival Ink were key in this project along with Black Soot Distress Paint and Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint. Bold imagery and a delicte backdrop give my piece a real crisp classic feel!

When Suzz thought of ivory and white she thought of her large lace trim collection.

I have been wanting to up-cycle an old dish soap bottle that I cleaned out and the thought of all that lace trims had me thinkng of how I could dress it up like a dress form. After I had dressed up my bottle I decided she needed wings which the angel wings stamp with some lovely white ink on kraft cardstock provided.

Ashli was inspired to create a mixed media piece full of white this week.

I love the look of white on white, on top of more white. The varying shades give such a subtle and lovely dimension to a piece. With lots of Gesso, scrap papers, and a Crate Paper Embellishment, this tone on tone piece is all ready to hang!

Sandra Mouwen went all white in her art journal

For this challenge I made all white pages. White is such a serene color. It’s tricky to make it monochromatic like this, because then it’s all about the texture and composition. I have a thing for doiley dies at the moment, such as Documented For The Record and Note To Self. In the back I also made a doily with Embossing Paste and the Doily Elements stencil.

Emma chose to use plenty of white space as a feature on her card.

I had many ideas for this challenge and my first thought was to do an all white piece but then I thought again, and I chose to use something I don’t do very often and that’s to incorporate white space within my work. So, I transformed a piece of plain white card using Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Broken China Distress Paints and allowed them to drip down the card. I stamped one of Dina Wakley’s Face In The Crowd images and messages onto the background, painted it with more Distress Paint and then mounted the finished piece onto a second piece of white card, and added white Crinkle Ribbon tied into a shabby bow.


Check back on Wednesday to see how Meihsia created her mixed media wall decor with various shades of white.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday July 6th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. Wow ladies you have really pulled some masterpieces out of the hat for this challenge. So many different ideas for using white…thanks so much for the inspiration. Fab work x

  2. I love every single one of the projects by the DT members. White is such a great accent to use in art projects, because it gives them a spark of light. Blessings!

  3. Question: with the challenge being white and seeing that colors are used for the ink I’m figuiing that stamped ink can be other than white? Correct? The white DT cr4eations are bee-utiful. I especially like the SeaHorse.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  4. Who knew you could do so much with white!! Definitely a challenge as I love color!

  5. II just found your blog today and couldn’t help taking part! This challenge was so inspiring and the DT creations are amazing!

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