Clean and Simple Masculine Birthday Card

Clean and simple cards are not my usual, but I wanted to play with the Paper Players this week. You may see clean and simple abbreviated as CAS. But what does it mean? A CAS card has minimal layers, minimal, if any, embellishments, and lots of blank space. The clean and simple challenge from the Paper Players this week was a birthday card. Here’s what I came up with.

A Masculine Clean and Simple Birthday Card

Clean and Simple masculine birthday card featuring Stampin' Up! Rustic Retreat and Woodland embossing folder.

I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla card stock. The next layer was an experiment. I used the Natural Touch DSP. This paper has a woodgrain texture already embedded in it. I wasn’t sure how it would do being embossed, but it held up really well. Using the soon to be retired Woodland embossing folder was a nostalgic moment for me. I think this is the first embossing folder I ever bought from Stampin’ Up! and I love it.

Next, I used a 2″x5″ strip of Very Vanilla and stamped it using the Rustic Retreat set in Cinnamon Cider. I used my Stamparatus so I could ink and stamp both images at once. I left a lot of blank space at the top as part of my Clean and Simple design. Using Mossy Meadow, I did color in a few spots of grass under the deer to add a spot of contrasting color. For the final touch, I added a simple knotted Cinnamon Cider ribbon between the sentiment and the deer.

I enjoy creating cards for challenges that stretch my creativity. I’m so glad The Paper Players continue to issue great challenges and I thank them for letting me play along. Do you like Clean and Simple cards? Have you experimented with your craft supplies lately? Let me know and happy crafting!