A month or so ago, I received a comment about one of my projects; characterizing the work as CAS. Well, this was not the first time I had seen this acronym used, but I could not figure out what it meant. So I asked. And the answer was: Clean and Simple. To me, CAS means that the design element is accomplished in a minimum of steps, there is plenty of "white space" and the focal point clearly conveys the intent of the card. Today's card certainly fits into the CAS category.
I used the Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder to create the embossed dots on the Bermuda Bay cardstock card front. Rather than insert the entire card front into the embossing folder, I rotated the card front so that one side was sitting alongside the fold line of the embossing folder. This way, the polka dots end right above the eyelet edge of the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper attached to the bottom of the card front.
The butterfly thank you image from the Oval All stamp set was stamped on Soft Suede cardstock using Soft Suede ink. This image was punched out with the Scallop Oval punch. The stamp was cleaned and the image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink. The dotted line oval was punched out using the Large Oval punch. These were adhered with SNAIL and the focal point was placed just above the eyelet border slightly to right of center with Stampin' Dimensionals. A Mini Glue Dot was placed on the back of the Rose Red bow, and the bow was adhered to the eyelet border just below the focal point.
Not shown, but pretty darn cute, are the small butterflies gathered in the upper left and lower right corners of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card. To make these, the butterfly thank you stamp was cleaned and the butterfly was inked with the brush end of a Bermuda Bay In Color Marker and randomly stamped. The butterfly was inked each time it was stamped.
The lower left corner of the Very Vanilla envelope was stamped with the butterfly thank you image using Soft Suede ink. The open circles around the dotted line and the dots on the butterfly's wing were filled with Bermuda Bay using the writing tip of the Bermuda Bay In Color marker. A matching piece of Thoroughly Modern Designer Series paper was adhered to the envelope flap with SNAIL and the excess was trimmed off with Paper Snips.
Sometimes the simplest designs are the most effective. As with more elaborate cards, this card has an array of color, touchable texture, and a vividly conveyed sentiment. The difference is that this card can be reproduced quickly. Make a stack for a quick gift for a friend or family member or to replenish your stash.
Stamps: Oval All; Inks: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede; In Color Markers: Bermuda Bay; Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Thoroughly Modern; Embellishments: Rose Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Eyelet Border punch, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, sponge, Big Shot, Multi-purpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pads, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope