CASology: Contrast

I’m flying by the seat of my pants again.  Thus, the reason this post didn’t go live at 8:00 a.m. this morning as it should have.  I apologize!

Being Tuesday, we’re off and brainstorming for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This week, we’re also reviewing what exactly defines CAS design, so sit back and take the refresher course as you hop between the design team members’ blogs this week!


When I think of contrast, I immediately think of black and white.  Two very different colors, but they are such a complement to each other so well!
Since we’re trying to give visuals this week showing some of the aspects of CAS design and I’m not much of a lots of embellishments & decorative papers kind of gal, you’ll have to humor me a bit with my attempt to make a not-so-CAS card!  Drumroll, please….here it is…
Stamp:  Uniko Studio
Now to some, this card looks very CAS!  After all, there are no embellishments!  I’m just going to show you a little tweaking that I did to help CASify it a bit more.  You probably wonder what exactly the design team looks for each week when selecting the winner and honorable mentions!  While this design seems plenty CAS, here is what I did with it…

First, I reduced the busy look.  I went with the Rule of Three and only placed three circles on the design.  This accomplished two things.  First, it freed up more of that beautiful thing called “white space.”  Second, it allowed the sentiment to be more center stage.  Do you notice one other subtle difference?  To add a little more interest (due to the lack of embellishments), I stamped the sentiment twice!  Do you see how it visually adds a little more dimension?

It’s little things like these that can kick your CAS cards up a notch!  I don’t always get so technical when designing cards, but sometimes when I feel like a design is going nowhere fast, I’ll stop and start thinking about the components of a true CAS design.  Often times, it helps get past the brain block!

I hope you’ll join us over at CASology this week for this challenge!  We’re not asking you to make two versions of a card!  In fact, interpret the CONTRAST cue any way you like!  We’re just using this word to give you some visuals of CAS design!  Be sure and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for even more CAS design tips and go say, “Hi!” to our guest designer this week too!

Guest Designer:  Amy 

Be sure and link up your CONTRAST creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (CST) for a chance to win a seat in a class over at My Creative Classroom, our fantastic new sponsor!

I’m going to be busy playing with pictures today!  I kind of offered to take some photos of some friends’ children at the last minute yesterday.  Love little ones!  If I ever got serious about doing photography as a side business, I’d totally focus on children!  They make me laugh!

Have a terrific Tuesday!



  • Lisa Posted Tuesday, 01/21/2014 4:10 pm

    Cute card Melissa, I like the polka dots!! CUTE picture too. Theres nothing like little bare feet and little boys in bibbed overalls~SWEET!!!

  • Judy1223 Posted Tuesday, 01/21/2014 6:57 pm

    Melissa, your explanation of CAS versus no-CAS is wonderful, and so are your cards! I prefer the second one, and I love the double stamping of the sentiment.

    Beautiful photograph, too…you are a pro!

  • Shelly Posted Tuesday, 01/21/2014 8:20 pm

    Such a fun and cute cards! 🙂 Love the photo, too! 😉

  • Gillian R Posted Tuesday, 01/21/2014 8:59 pm

    Such a good explanation Melissa, I'm sure lots of people will find it useful love the design of your card too, both of them 🙂

  • Meghan Posted Tuesday, 01/21/2014 9:01 pm

    You are an extreme CAS card maker. I was pretty curious how you were going to tackle this cue card. Of course, you nailed it! Perfect explanation!

  • Deepti Posted Tuesday, 01/21/2014 9:12 pm

    This post is a sweet perfection, lovely card and lovely picture 🙂

  • Maureen Merritt Posted Wednesday, 01/22/2014 12:16 am

    Not only do your cards show a contrast of CAS & a little more CAS, the Barack and white with pops of red are a striking contrast. LOVED this cue card and the samples from the DT. Lots of fun!

  • ~amy~ Posted Wednesday, 01/22/2014 1:00 am

    Both of your cards are simply adorable! Love the pops from the polka paper.

    …the picture of the kids…DARLING.

    Thanks so much for having me as a guestie!

  • Joyce Posted Wednesday, 01/22/2014 2:06 am

    Both cards are fabulous. I liked reading about how you set about CASifying. I think that this is going to turn out to be one heck of a banner week at CASology.

  • Tracey McNeely Posted Wednesday, 01/22/2014 2:50 am

    I was curious to see what you were going to do. Both cards are CAS is my opinion, but the second card if definitely perfect! Great lesson.

  • Barb Ghig Posted Wednesday, 01/22/2014 3:47 am

    Thank you so much for explaining the subtle and not so subtle differences in the design of these 2 cards! I also love the stark contrast of the dark background and bright polka dots…Great lesson, Melissa!

    I'm also loving how this sweet photo follows the 'Rule of Three' as well 🙂

  • Radhika Posted Wednesday, 01/22/2014 8:32 am

    Cute card the photograph of adorable kids ..:)

  • Jasleen Posted Thursday, 01/23/2014 8:19 am

    I loved reading your post as much as I enjoyed seeing your cards and the adorable kids 🙂 Thanks for explaining CAS so well. And you are a terrific photographer Melissa 🙂

  • wienerhoneymooners Posted Saturday, 01/25/2014 5:45 am

    Wonderful photography, and I hope I did CAS as well!!!!!!!! I just adore your photography, you definitely need to GO FOR IT, seriously, I know, you got it git, YOU GOT IT!

  • Ngan R. Posted Saturday, 01/25/2014 7:05 pm

    Love the card and helpful card comparison. The photography is beautiful and the kids are so cute!

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