Try this clean and simple feminine birthday card the next time you need a quick, pretty card for a special female in your life.
What is a “clean and simple” card anyway?
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Clean and simple cards, also known as “CAS” cards, are made with very few products/layers. Some CAS cards are simple, one-layer cards with stamped images, but honestly, I get hives if I don’t add at least one or two layers. Layers of cardstock add a little weight and stability to clean and simple cards, which feels luxurious to the recipient.
Clean and simple cards don’t rely on a lot of embellishments and other “doodads” to pack a punch. They use stamps and colors to convey the message; however, don’t think that because they’re simple they have to be boring. Au contraire. Clean and simple cards can use colors and prints as well as stamps to build a sweet message of love or encouragement to a lucky recipient.
The best part of CAS cards is that they’re quick and easy to make. Since they don’t require added embellishments, most can be made in less than an hour. Which will save your bacon when you realize you need a last-minute card.
Clean and simple cards depend on simple, straightforward design.
The easiest way to do this is to follow a “sketch,” which is a layout showing where elements belong. I used an oldie created by the designers at My Favorite Things from my hobby-blogging days. Check them out – sketch challenges are great fun and open to creative interpretation. (This one’s old and discontinued, but you’ll uncover countless more with a quick Google search.)
With so few elements, this card relies on color and a sweet floral pattern to convey a friendly birthday greeting to my son’s girlfriend. And it’s so simple, I didn’t even ink the edges of the layers (except for the tiny butterfly’s wings).
Shameless plug: This floral paper is my own design. The pattern comes in 3 sizes and 5 soft, vintage colorways: pink, blue, yellow, green and lavender. And it’s available in my Etsy shop for immediate download. Check this center step card out to see more colors in use.
I’ve added a sweet little butterfly punched from yellow cardstock as the only decoration. (Of course I had to glitter it. I am me, after all.) But this step is optional – the card would be equally lovely without it. And it would be even quicker to make, too.
- Plain cardstock
- Printed designer paper
- Greeting stamp(s)
- Butterfly paper punch (optional)
- Glitter (optional)
How to make a clean and simple feminine birthday card in less than an hour
Cut your cardstock. This card is a standard A2, which means I cut the off-white base layer in half lengthwise. So that means cutting a piece of cardstock that’s 8.5 x 11″ into half to equal 4 1/4″ x 11″.
Cut the additional layers as dictated by your sketch. In this case, I cut the layers as follows:
- Floral designer paper: 5 ¼”L x 4”W
- Pink belly band: 4”W x 1 ½”L
- Top layer (for greeting) 2 ½”L x 4 ½” W
Depending on which stamp(s) you use, you might wish to modify these measurements. In cardmaking, the “rules” are loose, limited only by your imagination.
- Score the base layer at 5 ½”, then fold in half on score line.
- Stamp the greeting on the top layer. I used two stamps, a frame and a message inside the frame. Use your imagination.
Attach all layers together
My preferred practice is to attach all top layers before gluing them to the base layer. This saves me from having to cut a fresh sheet of cardstock in the event of a mistake. Upper layers are often made from scraps of card stock, of which there’s never a shortage in my stash. It’s much easier to fix small, top-layer mistakes than it is the larger bottom layer. And less expensive, too.
Step 4 (optional)
Punch out butterfly in contrasting color. If desired, decorate with a small amount of glitter. This little embellishment will lay flat for shipping. No need for a special (and more expensive) padded envelope!
Write (or stamp) an inside greeting, and mail your little CAS treasure off!
Clean and simple cards are easy to mail. They don’t require special containers or envelopes and cost the same as a 1st Class letter.
I hope she likes her CAS feminine birthday card – I had fun making it. It’s a departure from my usual fancier card style, but every now and then I like to keep things “clean and simple.”
Try the clean and simple style for your next card whether it’s feminine for a birthday, or any other occasion.
Let pattern and color guide you to make a special card for the special gal in your life. And if you like this floral paper, give my collection a try. With 3 sizes and 5 soft colorways, the design options are unlimited!