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Birthday Cards using the KISS Technique

100_1194The KISS Technique
by:  Nancy Dees, Artistic Guide

KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stamper and it is a handy approach to save you time and have cards ready to go at the drop of a hat.  You know, like when you forget Uncle Mike’s birthday and find out he is coming for a visit that day.  Of course, you have important things to do to get ready for the visit.  You can’t spend an hour in your studio making a birthday card (it would take me that long to find what I wanted).  So I thought I would share something that works for me.

I decide what colors I want for the card and use the Cuttlebug birthday embossing folder to emboss the main color cardstock.  Next I load up a brayer with ink and brayer over the top of the embossing till the color is just how I like it.  Then it's time to determine how you want to decorate your card front.  Sometimes all I do is color in some of the embossing with a darker shade of the ink I brayered on (see examples).  I might add a chipboard accent, outline the word with a die cut tag, use brads, stamp a birthday greeting on a contrasting tag or use some self adhesive bling.100_1197

The last thing I do is mount the embossed  cardstock on to my chosen card base .  The first time I tried this technique, I mounted the embossed section before I did any decorating.  Needless to say, I messed it up and wasted both the embossed part and the card base.

So now that you know what KISS is, let me know if you try it and like it. Maybe, you have discovered your own KISS technique.  Send me a comment and share your idea with me and all our readers.100_1196

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2 Responses »

  1. Nancy.....I enjoyed looking and reading how to make a KISS card. Beautiful cards!.......Nancy Calvert

  2. thank you for this post! I have this folder and found it hard to use! KISS technique I guess is all this one needs!