Birthday Cards using the KISS Technique
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.
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.