If I had to pick one card style that I like best, it would be clean and simple (‘CAS’) cards. With their minimal use of paper and embellishments, CAS cards really put the focus on great stamping design. Yet despite how elegantly simple these cards look, they can be surprisingly challenging to make.
So often as stampers, we’re tempted to throw all our favorite materials at a card. But even if our supplies are amazing, they still lack something if they aren’t well designed.
If you have a hard time making CAS cards, or just want to improve your card design skills, I highly recommend trying a few CAS papercraft challenges. This is what I’ve been doing, and I’m finding it super helpful. Playing along with CAS challenges is kind of like learning a foreign language by being dropped in the middle of a foreign country — over time, you pick it up without even realizing you’re learning!
Today I’ve made a CAS card based on the current sketch from one of these awesome challenges — Less Is More.
To make this card, I used another of my favorite retiring stamp sets: Message in a Bottle. This playful set has been my go-to for cards for kids, so I’m really going to miss it. You just can’t beat these wholesome but ‘punny’ sentiments for making a kid smile!
In keeping with the CAS theme of the Less Is More challenge, I used just stamps, inks, cardstock, and a little adhesive to make this card. It was really hard to resist adding more of an ocean around the whale, but I guess that’s why they call these ‘challenges’, right?
Since I was already crafting outside my comfort zone with this card, I decided to stretch a little further and try some colors I don’t normally use together:
What do you think? Do you like how these look together?
Personally, I still haven’t decided about this color combo, but it’s always fun challenge yourself to try something different, isn’t it?
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