What is a ‘CAS card’?

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q&a -

Har­riet Keeble, Mil­ton Keynes

Si­monne says: CAS is an acro­nym for ‘Clean & Sim­ple’, so a ‘CAS card’ is one that has a clean and sim­ple de­sign. These types of cards usu­ally have large ar­eas of ‘white space’ which al­lows the eye to be drawn to the fo­cal point. (‘White space’ doesn’t have to be white per se – it is an area of the card which is left blank and can be any block colour). Prod­ucts that are tra­di­tion­ally thought of as em­bel­lish­ments should be kept to a min­i­mum, but more im­por­tantly, when used, they should form an in­te­gral part of the de­sign rather than sim­ply be­ing an ‘em­bel­lish­ment’. To add de­tail with­out de­tract­ing from the main fo­cal point, I used a stitched edge rec­tan­gu­lar die to cut out the main panel. I stamped the con­fetti im­age from the Su­garPea De­signs: Cel­e­brate All the Things stamp set mul­ti­ple times us­ing a rain­bow of inks across the bot­tom. Heat em­boss­ing the sen­ti­ment in white onto black card con­trasts well with the black die-cut Su­garPea De­signs: Cel­e­brate word against the white back­ground. To add sub­tle sparkle, I ap­plied clear Wink of Stella to the ‘cel­e­brate’ die-cut and added three care­fully placed star se­quins to fin­ish the CAS de­sign.

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