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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Maria Goes CAS with a Message

Welcome to my spotlight post about creating a super simple CAS card which still has a lot of "heart". If you've ever eaten at a Cracker Barrel restaurant you'll recognize where I got my inspiration ;) And you can imagine that my parents, who love the place, will appreciate my card.

I created a sheet of woodgrain cardstock, a la Karen D. of Snippets. Here is a link to her tutorial for this fabulous technique. I used Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Gathered Twig inks.

 Since it immediately reminded me of Cracker Barrel visits with my folks, I grabbed the rocking chair image from Country Rustic and decided on the big hello from Big Greetings.

Trimmed a rectangle of woodgrain paper to mimic a sign and heat embossed onto it. The embossing is "rustic" (due to the glue splotches and scored lines on the woodgrain) but that was perfect for this design.

Opted to go extreme CAS (no grounding of the chair with a floor or a shadow) but to try to have the sign appear behind the rocking chair. So I decided roughly where it should hang and stamped the rocker and a tidbit of the rocker on the corner of the sign.

Added some jute to reinforce the "rustic sign" feel, lined things up and adhered.

So there you have it. My extreme CAS card that still packs a punch cuz it has a "message" sure to be appreciated by the recipients. Care to create a CAS project with a specific message/recipient in mind and share it with us? Enter your project to our Spotlight Project Showcase for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate (random drawing) OR your choice of 5x7 stamp set + a Spotlight Project guest designer spot (randomly drawn from the Top 3 picks).


Products Maria used in today's project:


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  1. Wonderful - and thanks to the link for the technique

  2. Fabulous CAS card! The woodgrain panel looks awesome...when I first saw the card I thought the woodgrain panel was a pattern paper....

  3. What an amazing wooden panel...love this card Maria! :)
    Suchi xx

  4. CAS to the mark !! Minimal elements and max effect ..loved it !

  5. Gorgeous CAS card with all the focus on that fabulous sign x

  6. The wooden panel looks fabulous. Very effective CAS

  7. Very cute! And way too funny ... I just went to Cracker Barrel yesterday with my mom! lol We didn't sit in the rockers, though. :-)

  8. GENIAL !!!!
    gefällt mir total gut !!!!
    LG hellerlittle

  9. Cracker Barrel, yes please! ;)
    Awesome card!

  10. So happy you were able to create some papers...looks wonderful!

  11. Love the rustic sign. I shall have to have a go at this one:)

  12. I love Crackle Barrell and this card is awesome! That panel you created look like real wood! Great work :) Thank You!

  13. Your woodgrain paper is fantastic! I like how you stamped the corner of the rocker on the sign to give it dimension.

  14. Woowza I love your Idea Maria and I bought this stamp set..still waiting till it comes..your card is masculine cool


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