Monday, July 11, 2011

CASification of a Card by Michelle Woerner

CASification (if you're new to Simplicity) is my made-up word for "taking a gorgeous layered and embellished card, and simplifying it." Sometimes, when I encounter a particularly well-designed card, I just have to make it my own, and that's how I felt when I saw Michelle Woerner's card on page 12 of Take Ten's summer issue.

*swoon*

I totally love her design: balanced, fresh, and just begging me to make one myself.

Michelle (who's known as sf9erfan on SCS) doesn't have the exact card posted online, but she did make a whole set of similar cards and put them on her blog HERE. The card in Take Ten is almost identical to the first card on her post.

Here's my version:


As you can see, to simplify the design, I replaced Michelle's strips of patterned paper with a stamp (Text Style, Papertrey). It gives a ground to the circles, even though I'm not using ribbon or patterned paper at all. Instead of using patterned paper for my circles, I stamped two Hero Arts backgrounds in red and blue and punched them out. Then, I stamped the sentiment (Limitless Labels, Papertrey), added a Maya Road velvet flower with brad in place of Michelle's pretty yet bulky Prima flowers. Plus, I needed a spot of red near the flower since I hadn't used the ribbon...gotta complete that visual triangle of red! The red brad is a bit lumpy, but the whole thing is mailable with regular postage.

Michelle's version has an elegance the simplified version can't match (the rose and twine and ribbon and DP really are perfect on her card!). But her overall design...using three different circles and a red-white-blue color scheme and a background to anchor it all...is such an inspiration.

Thanks, Michelle! 

19 comments:

  1. love your card so much! one of my faves on your blog. also really love Michelle's card. thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love how you simplified Michelle's card. I also like her card. I so wish I had your eye for design! I continue to learn so much from you - thanks!

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  3. A perfect CASification! I really like the text strip to ground everything.

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  4. Gorgeous! So well balanced. Love it!!

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  5. Lovely! Super colours and a super CAS-ification of Michelle's cards. Checked hers out - wish I could make cards like that!

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  6. Superb card! That's all I have to say!

    Hugs, Sandra

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  7. Excellent interpretation, but I love both hers and yours

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  8. Really fabulous interpretation. Wonderful design work.

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  9. I love it when you deconstruct cards for us.

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  10. Brilliant CAS-ification! I love your card. Thanks for doing these posts as it helps me look at cards in magazines and on SCS, and see ways to use some of the ideas.

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  11. I really like your card! Have been following Michelle for several years and you for a couple. Both of you very talented ladies! Thanks you for sharing your work!

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  12. What an inspiration YOU are! I love your card, but it was great to see Michelle's also. I do not have any text stamps, so I will be using up some of my patterned paper from scrapbooking.

    Thank you Susan for sharing great ideas and designs with us everyday.

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  13. Love when you do CASifications! It's so interesting to see the original and then your version!

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  14. oh my gosh! This is a great card. I consider my card CAS and wondered how you were going to "simplify" it, but NOW I see! Great idea using the text stamp. Don't ya just love circles? Perfect job on this beauty!

    AND thanks for all the praise!! I love your work and it's funny/cool to read all the nice things you said about me! lol!

    Big hugs to you, michelle

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  15. Wow wow wow just love this one so fresh clean and very modern Luv Sue x

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  16. I think this has to be one of my all time favourite cards, love everything about , case or not it's gorgeous, Gay xxx

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