I really like CAS, Clean and Simple, cards and have wanted to learn how to make them. Clean and Simple cards typically have one main image, one layer, lots of open space and minimal embellishments. It's much easier for me to make a card with lots of layers than it is to make one that doesn't have any or just one! Learning to make CAS cards is a way to challenge myself and stretch my card making abilities. One way to learn a new style or technique is to follow blogs that already use them. I had been following the blog, CAS-ology for a while. It is the "study of all things clean and simple." Each week they have a cue card with a word on it that the design team uses to make their cards. This week's card were based on the word "light."
I chose, at my Mom's suggestion, to use lightening bugs for "light." I was going to use a stamp with a light bulb or a stamp that looks like a floor lamp. It was her idea to use lightening bugs, or fire flys, which I thought was very clever and ended up being super cute. Picking out stamps was the easy part! After I picked my stamps for "light," I had to figure out how to make my CAS card. This is where the CAS-ology blog came in, again.
Each of the design team member's cards have an explanation of how it qualifies as clean and simple. The explanation my card is based on is "an all die cut card works well in CAS design." The stamp set I used, "Love Bugs" from Taylored Expressions, comes with it's own matching dies. There is one for the jar and one for the lid.
Another blog I had been following to learn about clean and simple cards, ShowCASe Your Style, also had a similar challenge- to use at lease one die cut on your card. (I love how they used "ShowCASe" in their name. So clever!) These two blogs sealed the deal on how I would create my CAS card. From there, it was easy. I stamped, die cut, and then colored my images. I adhered them to my white card base, which is typical of a CAS card, and one of the hardest parts for me! I stamped my sentiment directly under the jar and my card was complete! It is CAS. It uses at least one die cut and it works with the word "light."
Is there a style of cards or a technique you'd like to learn in the new year? Find websites, classes, or even YouTube videos to help you and then give it a shot! You can always keep practicing and trying until you succeed. It feels great to learn something new. You'll be seeing more CAS cards on my blog as I keep trying new ways to make them.
To go along with my blog, you can teach this old dog a new trick!
I used the following products to make this card:
Love Bugs Stamp and Die Set by Taylored Expressions
Daisy Bouquet Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko
Garden Green Classic Ink by Stampin' Up
Solar White 110 lb Card Stock by Neenah
Kraft In Color 6x6 Paper Pad by Doodlebug Design Inc.
Scotch Double Sided Permanent Foam Tape by 3M
Finally, I will be entering my card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "Anything Goes."