Card Creations, Vol. 8 is out on newstands, so of course I have it and have already flagged it with about two dozen post-it notes. There's lots of gorgeous stuff in this one, especially options for CASification.
For those who are new to Simplicity, CASification is a word I made up as a shorthand for the process of cleaning up and simplifying heavily embellished or layered cards. I CASify these cards to make them work for me.
Aren't neologisms fun?
Anyway, today's CASification comes to us courtesy of Jenyfur Pohl, whose "It All Matters" card inspired me to make an anniversary card for my darling husband. We're celebrating 24 years of wedded bliss this June. No way are we that old.
As you can see, Jenyfur's card is nicely balanced and laid out beautifully, and it's heavily embellished and layered, even on the inside. Just on the outside, I counted 14 separate elements. My version has only seven elements, which is a lot for me but still, I think this works pretty well and preserves the essential integrity of Jenyfur's design.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First, I used my spiral border punch from SU, which I love but don't get to use very often. Second, the marriage of black and white with punches of red make a perfect guy color combo for a romantic card. Third, using my office-supply stamps and punches always makes me happy. Fourth, the white background makes this so crisp and fresh my heart goes pitter patter.
I hope this inspires you to go forth and CASify! Clean and Simple Inspiration comes from anywhere if you open yourself up to it.
Two Other Things:
1. Check out this post for stamps I'm selling.
2. Check out my other blog Questioning my Intelligence for a Memorial Day Tribute.