Making handmade cards is my happy place and all my friends know how much I love creating. However, sometimes when I’m short on time or even going through a creative block but still I want to be creative, I turn to CAS cards. What is CAS cards? I just learned this abbreviation which stands for “Clean and Simple”. These are the kind of cards that I take a little help from pre-made materials or patterns to come up with beautiful creations in half the time!
Pattern papers are the perfect addition for CAS cards and I love using them. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy making my own patterns, but I don’t get to craft full time so taking a little help is crucial for me on those days. And, one of the things I love about receiving a monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp is the pretty pattern papers we get introduced to that I wouldn’t even know about. Other companies like Simon that do monthly card kits include pattern papers too. And, I don’t think it’s wrong to use them in our cardmaking, it doesn’t take anything away from embellishing and making our cards our own.
The papers in the photo below (l to r) are from Honeybees (“The Bees Knees”), Vicki Boutin (“Color Kaleidoscope”) and Holly Jolly by Simple Stories. I’ll have a link to all these papers at the end of this post.
I’ve used a bunch of pattern papers to make 7 cards that I’ll be posting soon so be sure to come back and 4 of them are shakers! Another good point about pattern papers is when you need to make a bunch of cards for a special occasion or for the Holidays. As we run a full time shop, it’s important for us to have more quantities of our cards and offered in different colors or similar patterns.
Also, pattern papers for the most part have a good price point. If you purchase the 12 x 12 packs, you can make a bunch of cards with them, but the 6 x 6s and 6 x 8s are great too! I don’t have to break out my large trimmer with the smaller paper packs. Also, some pattern papers are made from heavyweight cardstock, are single sided, meaning the pattern is on one side and the other side is white and these are great as card bases.
What embellishments do I like to add to CAS cards?
- Sequins, beads, pearls. These little gems just add such sparkle and interest to a finished card. They come in many colors, shapes and sizes.
- Heat embossing. Gold, white, black and even other colors can bump a plain card up few notches making it look not only professional but artsy too.
- Stitching. This is a method I’ve haven’t played with a lot but I have used and can turn a CAS card into a beautiful mixed media piece.
- Chip board. As long as it doesn’t add too much dimension, I use it. It comes in many designs, sizes and dimensions and can add a sense of nostalgia to any card.
- Die cutting images. Of course, adding a die cut imagery that’s colored like with watercolors or Copics is a terrific addition and as long as it mixes well with the pattern paper and doesn’t compete with it. I also like to die cut several times and glue them together to really make it stand out on the card.
- Ribbons, buttons, etc. Adding these to any card gives it an extra special touch and sometimes can make a card really stand out when it needs something extra.
One other reason I like making CAS cards is that I don’t have to think too hard about the design. I can use the supplies I have adding my own style to help spread more handmade kindness!
List of Pattern Papers
NOTE: some of these are affiliate links meaning if you make a purchase with one of them, we’ll receive a small commission which helps us run our small business. And, purchasing through our links is no additional cost to you.