Summer School Day 5: White Space

One of our favorite regular educational series is our set of Summer School classes. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort.

We've reached the final day of summer school, and hope that even if you were already familiar with these ideas, you've been inspired to revisit these time-tested concepts. Keep reading for today's lesson, and all the details for submitting your homework for an opportunity to win an MFT shopping spree.

You still have more than a week to complete your homework, so no excuses (not even an eager dog!) for not participating! Create a unique project for each homework lesson to be eligible to win the grand prize.

Today’s Lesson: White Space

The idea of white space doesn’t refer to a primarily white card (though often, as is the case with today’s project, this is true) but rather, the idea of leaving a significant portion of your design open, free from embellishment, allowing your focal point to truly shine.

Karolyn's take on white space is fresh, modern, and exemplifies this concept in vivid detail. You'll notice how the upper half of the card provides ample "resting" space for your eyes, allowing her dreamy Polaroid-framed scene to shine as bright as the sun element she's tucked into the upper corner. ☀️ I don't know about you, but just as the sentiment alludes, I definitely wish I was there!

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch Summer School 2020 | White Space on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below. Once you've completed all five lessons, don't forget to grab the graphic above to proclaim your graduation status!

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 14. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Saturday, August 15.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:

To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.

To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.

To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week.

We can't wait to see what you create!


Greetings & Salutations
Sunny Vibes
Sunny Vibes
Polaroid Shaker Frame Die-namics
Selfie Square
Smooth White
Card Stock
Lemon Drop
Premium Dye Ink Pad
Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink Pad
Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink Pad
Black Licorice
Hybrid Ink Pad

Please direct link to your card/project created for today's Summer School lesson from your blog, Instagram, or online gallery. All winners will be announced on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

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lovely little card to get class rolling in.

Andrea P August 10, 2020

I am not that good in keeping a lot of white space on my cards… But cards with a lot of white space are often soo stunning!! Thanks for making me create a card with a lot of white space! I think it came out great 😁

Loved every bit of Summer School!!! I had a blast. Thank you 😊

Anouk August 10, 2020


MaLCONupWjT August 07, 2020


HzyFMOVmhDYGA August 07, 2020

Another wonderful lesson. I had to go to google (and my art major, daughter) for a little more understanding. I hope the card I submitted is showing this technique correctly.

Jeanie R August 07, 2020

Hi, Karolyn -
The card you made for us as well as many of the extras you shared) was really clean and beautiful. I will try to feature white space more. I agree w/ you about doing 2x certain design elements such as (in your card) the tree top, the surfboard, and the sun. The dimension adds just that extra little pop.
Keep up the good work and thanks for the ideas.

Lori Spitzer August 07, 2020

Learning so much! Wish these could continue. All sooo cute.

Gail Pantalena August 06, 2020

Your cards are terrific and perfect examples of the importance of white space. Love them!

Jeanine Gonzalez August 06, 2020

Finished all 5 days – Yeah I graduated – it was a fun ride! Thanks for having the Summer School

Gail Scott August 06, 2020

A great set of videos and wonderful clear inspiration! Super card examples makes it a fun hop!! Thanks!!

Helen F August 06, 2020

I have always struggled with white space so thank you for this!

Lisa Reber August 05, 2020

This has been LOADS of fun! I have throughly enjoyed Summer School, I can’t say thank you enough for all those who made this possible!

Rebecca W August 05, 2020

I love the stamp set and the design tips have been very helpful. Off to practice!

Mary Webster August 05, 2020

Thanks for sharing what white space is – I find it really difficult to control myself when crafting and always feel that I have to fill every bit of the card with ‘stuff’ – lol

Dee Earnshaw August 05, 2020

Enjoyed all 5 days. Just posted Ombre so will work on White Space now.
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee August 05, 2020

Liked all 5 lessons. Hate to see it end. Cute card.

Sue Brunton August 05, 2020

Love the white space! Your card is awesome Karolyn but what kind of masking material was that??

dolly/scrapthat August 05, 2020

Love summer school! TFS all the inspiration!

Linda Anderson August 05, 2020

Great topic for the last class and such a cute card!

Anita Trippi August 05, 2020

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