Clean and Simple cards, CAS for short, are some of my absolute favourite cards to make. I’ve never been a fan of fussy card fronts, so this part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program is perfect for me. I picked the Garden Hydrangea stamp set because I confess I’m becoming a little obsessed with it.
What is a CAS card?
A CAS card means a card with a lot of ‘white space’, although technically it doesn’t have to be white. It really means ‘blank space’. The idea is to have a clean and fresh look without a lot of clutter, but you can achieve this while still using colour and bold imagery. Sometimes, people can find it hard creating CAS cards because there’s always the temptation to just add a little bit more. If you’re the sort of person who regularly feels your crafts are ‘unfinished’, then this might not be the style of cardmaking for you. Personally, I love it, and it’s probably the technique I use the most.
Creating my CAS Hydrangea Card with Altenew
To start, I took a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and marked out a few lines to indicate the rectangular card panel I was going to cut out eventually. If you look closely in the picture above, you can see them faintly. Then I stamped the outline of the hydranghea twice, in diagonal corners. I made sure they were overlapping what would be the edge of the cover panel when it was trimmed to size.
To finish the flowers, I inked them both with Spectrum Noir ink in Oasis. It’s a lovely soft blue that looks super pretty on flowers. Then I took one of the detail stamps and went over both flowers again, this time using the ink pad in Ocean Blue. These detail stamps really make the hydrangea look realistic!
I trimmed the card panel by die cutting it into a rectangle using my Sue Wilson Double Stitched Rectangle Dies. I like the finished look cards have when using dies like these. Then I went ahead and stamped another hydrangea onto a piece of scrap card. I also stamped the leaves using Altenew ink pads in Forest Glade and Frayed Leaf.
I adhered the card front panel to the kraft base using double sided tape roller. Before I stuck it down, I threaded a piece of light blue baker’s twine around the back, and tied it in a small bow. When the front panel was stuck down, I arranged the third hydrangea flower and the three leaves to the card and stuck them in place using foam tape and ordinary adhesive.
To finish the card, I stamped the ‘thanks’ sentiment from the same stamp set onto the front of the card. I used black ink because I wanted it to stand out with a crisp finish. The finishing touch was a few self-adhesive enamel embellishments from Pinkfresh Studio.
Clean and Simple Cards with Altenew
This was a great class as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I only uploaded this card as part of my course but I actually made way more. I love the crisp and clean images this Garden Hydrangea stamp set gives, and it was interesting to see different ways of using it. I also love how many different cards I can create with a single stamp set, without any of them looking remotely similar. It’s very satisfying!
Have you ever used the Garden Hydrangea Stamp Set from Altenew? Why don’t you share your projects with me on Instagram? Just use the hastag #fionagallowaydesigns so I can see it!