Hi there! I hope everyone’s week is going well. I wanted to stop in today with a concept in card design that is very foreign to my brain…CAS – Clean and Simple – cards. These typically have a lot of white space, not a ton of dimension and would be great for mass producing if you needed to. My brain does NOT work this way.
Don’t get me wrong, I see them on Instagram or Pinterest and immediately fall in love with them all the time. I’ve even tried to copy the design a few times and was so uncomfortable with all the white space that the design gets totally changed and I fill it in one way or another.
Honey Bee Stamps has a Facebook page dedicated to their challenges. They hold two a month – 1-15 of the month and 16-end of the month. I hadn’t really been interested in them until lately when all these different challenges were starting to get my wheels turning. For the second half of May, the Honey Bee Stamps challenge is CAS cards with any Honey Bee Stamps you have.
After a car ride with my family Saturday morning and some serious brain storming, I came home to the craft room and set out with one mission…be okay with white space. LOL!!! And…here’s what I came up with.
For this first one, I stamped and colored my bees and flower with copic markers and die cut everything. Then, I stamped the flower stem, leaves, buzzing trails and HELLO directly on the background. Next, I took a stitched rectangle and cut it out from the middle. At this point I thought a little burst of color would be great behind the flower so I took out my distress ink in cracked pistachio and blended an area a little bigger than the flower itself. I added two additional rectangles underneath the original to pop the middle up just a bit and glued it all to the card front. I adhered the flower and bees with foam squares and finished it all off with some lavender Nuvo Crystal Drops. I really do love it!
While I was working on the first one, I wanted to see what the same concept would look like in landscape format instead.
This time I trimmed the panel down to 4×5.25 inches, and used wild honey distress ink in the corner. I stamped my flower, leaves and bee and colored them all with copic markers. I die cut everything and started to assemble. I popped up the flower and bee with foam squares and then alternated popping up and gluing leaves to the panel itself. I stamped the sentiment and buzzing trail directly to the panel. Next, I glued the panel directly to the card front and added some clear Crystal Nuvo Drops for a finishing touch.
I love both of these cards so much! It has inspired me to be okay with white space a little at a time and to think outside the box in uses for some of my other stamps. Have you created CAS cards? Do you like them? Leave a comment below and let me know.
I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!