Elegant White on White Handmade Cards

Texture is what makes these white on white handmade cards so beautiful!

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-1With a few simple tips, you can elevate very simple handmade cards to eye-catching showpieces in no time at all!

Supplies needed to make your own monochromatic white handmade cards:

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-11The first thing  I did was cut some cardstock to fit the top of my card base. You could just emboss the card base itself, and skip this step. Personally I like the look of the layer, and it gave me “wiggle room” in case I embossed the image crooked or messed up, I can just start over without ruining the card base.

Trim some white cardstock to 4″ by 5 1/4″.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-3This size will fit the top of an A2 card base- with a perfectly sized gutter around the perimeter of the card.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-4Select your embossing folder. For this tutorial we will be using this beautiful “Butterfly on Flower” folder from Darice. I think it is a perfect all-occasion image.

When you use embossing folders, place your cardstock inside the folder, texture side up, with the name of the manufacturer also facing up.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-5Center your piece of cardstock inside the folder. The folders are clear, and you can easily see how your image will end up.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-6When your cardstock is positioned how you like, run the folder through your embossing machine, following the manufacturer’s  instructions for your machine.

You should have a beautifully embossed image!

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-7I am going to show you how to add some simple elements to make your embossed image really pop!

Choose some elements on the image that you would like to highlight. On this image, I chose the large flower and the butterfly.

I am adding glitter to the flower, and I am making the butterfly 3-D.

Let’s start with the glitter. Using a fine tipped glue bottle or glue pen, go over the image you would like to glitter.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-8Make sure the glue you are using dries clear.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-9Once your image is covered with glue, sprinkle extra fine glitter over the entire image.  I really love this extra fine glitter from Darice in “Snowfall.” It is a beautiful shimmery glitter with an iridescence to it!

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-10Tap your image onto a sheet of paper, or a tray mate.

This way, the excess glitter can be dumped back into the bottle with no waste!

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-11The glitter will only adhere to the areas covered with glue. You will be left with a wonderful iridescent flower!

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-12Pretty, right?

When I am working on monochromatic paper projects like this, I think texture is the key to making it really beautiful. I like to add dimension. I usually like to match up craft punches to the project or cut out elements to make them dimensional.

I punched a butterfly that roughly matched the size of the butterfly embossed in this image.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-13Then, since the butterfly in the image is in flight, I cut my punched butterfly in half to more closely match the image.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-14Then I added some adhesive pearls, and adhered the half butterfly to the embossed image.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-17Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-18Then I added some pearls to some of the flower centers.

Elegant-handmade-cards-Crafts-Unleashed-19You could also add some white punched flowers to the embossed flowers to add even more dimension to your handmade cards – it is up to you!

Your finished monochromatic white card can then be added to your card base. I chose to machine stitch it onto the card base, but that is certainly optional.

<a href="http://blog.consumercrafts.com/team/#shaunte"><img src="http://blog.consumercrafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Shaunte.jpg"></a>a1White on white is a perfect look for handmade cards for Christmas. There are many beautiful options for Christmas cards in embossing folders, like snowmen and snoflakes and Christmas trees and ornaments.

Dry embossing is a fantastic way to mass produce handmade cards. Here are some finished options. I am not sure which one I like the most for my Christmas cards this year. Do you want to help me decide?

Handmade Cards Option One: A traditional Christmas Tree Embossing Folder with glittered garland, rhinestone ornaments, and a punched star, attached to the top of the tree with foam dimensional adhesive.

a2Handmade Cards Option Two: A darling Snowman Embossing Folder with glittered scarves, and rhinestone embellishments.

a3Handmade Cards Option Three: A classic Snowflake Embossing Folder with glittered flakes, adhesive pearl centers, and a 3D layered snowflake punch.

a4All three are quick and easy options for (mass produced) holiday greetings. Which one do you like best?

Keep in mind- this monochromatic look can be done in other colors too. A tone on tone look is beautiful in any color. There are certainly matching glitter and cardstock combinations to create any color scheme you desire!

I hope you give these elegant handmade cards a try!

Want more fabulous handmade card ideas?

About Shaunte

Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).


  1. Aggie says

    Hey Shaunte!
    Your cards are GORGEOUS!:)..Am a designer based in Kenya,unfortunately we don’t have those embossing folders available locally ..:( BUMMER!

  2. Tifani Price says

    Shaunte, I also am a Utah mom of nine kids and almost 8 grandbabies. The difference is I am a spaz. Do you hire out? I would love 100 of the snowflakes but seriously will never do them myself.

    • Shaunte says

      HA! That made me laugh! 100? You just need to get those kids and grandkids involved and start a little card sweat shop! 😉
      They truly weren’t hard. You wouldn’t have to add all the fanciness! The embossing alone looks very pretty.

  3. says

    I love all three cards for Christmas. My favorite I would have to say is the Snowman card. They are very elegant cards. Great idea. Thank you and have a great day…

  4. says

    I love all three for Christmas Cards. My favorite is the Snowman card. They are very elegant….. Great idea. Thank you and have a great day.

  5. JennyH. says

    What absolutely gorgeous cards, and thank you so much for the details for how to achieve that effect. They would look lovely framed as Christmas decorations – these would surely have to be kept!!

  6. Karen McNamara says

    All of the cards are so beautiful. I love the Christmas tree card and then I saw the snowflake card and I love it too. Go for the snowflake card.

  7. JaneEllen says

    Your cards are so exquisite, love the tone on tone with the embossing. Hope I can find holiday themed embossing folders. I know HL has the Darice embossing folders, hopefully the holiday ones. With glitter these would be quite pretty as a tree ornament as well as a card. Great project.
    Happy Thanksgiving

    • says

      JaneEllen- I have also seen the Darice embossing folders at Jo-anns if you need a second source. :) Tree ornament idea is brilliant! These are too pretty to send to people!


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