Hello sweet friends!
I hope you’re having a nice week with lots of crafty time. I have more than three weeks off and I’m crazy about crafting now 🙂
Today I’d like to share some tips to spice up you CAS creations. Clean and Simple cards often don’t have a lot of embellishments or layers – but there are still many possibilities to spice those projects up and give them something special. Here are 4 techniques I should definitely use more often:
1) Cut a shaped edge
I’ve done this ages ago and should do this more often, because it really adds a lot of interest. You can stamp an image along the edge – just like I did – but you can also use a punch or have only one stamped image that kind of peeks out. Here’s my card – I stamped the mexican hat from “Hats” along the edge and cut around it. I also added a matching patterned paper onto the inside of the card:
Okay, let’s get to the next idea:
2) Add some paper piercing
Again a technique that I used ages ago. I find that this looks very cool on kraft cardstock (and who says that CAS cards have to have a white cardbase?). I put a piece of felt underneath my piece of cardstock and use a ruler to follow it with a thick needle. Very simple – but it adds a little something:
3) Add white on white texture
For your CAS creation you don’t want to create a very busy design. But that does not mean you shouldn’t use texture. White on white texture adds up to your card – and by the way: I think every card should have something that’s interesting to touch. For my card I used a stencil, rubbed my versamark inkpad on top and clear embossed the background. For even more texture I added a few white enamel accents.
You can see the embossed background a little better here:
And last but not least
4) Add colored vellum to your background
We all use patterned paper for our backgrounds, but have you ever thought about using colored vellum? The transparency makes it look very interesting if you layer it. I like to color my vellum with distress inks because I seem to get the best and smoothest result this way. You could also use Copics (but they don’t blend on vellum). For this card I used distress ink in worn lipstick and aged mahagony.
What details do you like to add to make your CAS creations more interesting? Do you stick to embellishments or use fancy techniques? I’d love to know!
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