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Keep it Clean

Hi everyone, Cathy here again. For today’s blog, I was set the challenge of describing the difference between Clean and Simple and Clean and Layered cards. It isn’t quite as easy as I thought!

There is lots of debate about what makes a Clean and Simple card. For me there are two main features: one focal point and lots of white space. Usually CAS cards only have one layer, or limited layers, and very few embellishments.

This example uses the Christmas Cheer collection:


I have made a quick and easy card using strips of the 8×8 papers and one sentiment.

Stamped images are fabulous on Clean and Simple cards. I’m a very inexperienced stamper but made this using Stamp It stamps:


I stamped the image using Distress inks and the words using a black permanent ink. I like the effect of the cut out works (and it also let me stamp more than once until I got a perfect stamped word). You can also see here how using a single white layer and rounding edges can add more interest to a CAS card.

To be honest I struggle a little with Clean and Simple cards, I just want to fill that white space,  but Clean and Layered cards are just my cup of tea. They still rely on clean lines and some white space, but they also have lots of layers, use more designer papers and have more embellishments.

This card uses the Christmas Cheer collection again:


You can see it is very different to my first card but still has lots of clean lines and space. I would be tempted to use Distress inks on this card but that wouldn’t be suitable, except for Clean and Layered card.

This is another example, this time using the Frozen Forest collection:


In this case, although I’ve used dark background papers, there is still plenty of clean, ‘white’ space.

My final card uses the Boutique Floral collection and shows how die cuts can still be used to create a Clean and Layered look:


That’s all from me this time but I’d love to know how you would define Clean and Simple and Clean and Layered cards and to see lots of your designs too.

Happy crafting,




  1. Jennifer Kray

    20th October 2016 - 9:23 pm

    Hi Cathy
    Thanks so much for the explanation and inspiration! I love your cards <3 x

  2. Sue Smith

    22nd October 2016 - 10:45 pm

    Very well explained Cathy! Love all your samples which are a great visual guide! xXx

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