A ~ K.I.S.S. ~ Card … about Friends

I’ve been trying to K.I.S.S my cards over the past few weeks. No not  ‘Kiss’ – as in ‘kiss on your cheek’ K.I.S.S.   Right now you might be saying  “What the heck is K.I.S.S.?”  . . . .  K.I.S.S.  is short for: Keep It Simple Stupid’.

I’m a bit of a lover of embellishments and falderals.  I love those extra little happy touches.  But the problem with these things is that it adds so much depth to a card which means having to make deeper boxes for them, and then that adds to the cost of posting them and … well I told myself that I had to try harder at making cards which were less ‘deep’.  I  challenged myself to make  K.I.S.S. cards.

Friends are the Sunshine of Life 3

As you can see from this card –  I failed slightly.  I ‘had’ to add a butterfly to it.  Forgive me … I needed some sparkle and joy.  But this butterfly, although on the large(ish) size, it isn’t actually that deep, so it still fits inside a regular envelope! (although … I’d add a little layer of either bubble wrap or line the envelope with extra card to protect it).

This was an incredibly easy to make card.  Here’s what I used:

Friends are the Sunshine of Life 1

The stamps all came from ‘Emily’s Garden’ collection from Card-io Majestix Stamps.

Card-io Stamps are such versatile stamps and you can make so much from them, for all sorts of things from Tags to large cards to Scrapbooking,  for all through the year or for a particular time of year such as Christmas.  (I’ll do a post just about Card-io Stamps at some point as I’d love you to ‘meet’ them.).

I chose colours of stamp pads, and got to work.

Using a 6×6″ white scored card, I masked off a section of the card which would be wide enough for the ‘rub on’ sentiment I’d chosen to fix to the card.

Although I have masking tape, I’ve never got great results when I’ve masked off on cards, and have found that it can pull off sections of card stock.  So I now use Washi Tape. (hence the roll of green Washi that you can see in the photo).

Once masked off I then stamp the leaves and ferns in the green ink pads I’ve chosen.  Wiping my stamp off between changing colours, using a baby wipe.  Then do the same with the flowers (only using the other colours you’ve chosen for the flowers) again wiping the flower stamps between colour changes.

Friends are the Sunshine of Life 4

 

Once done remove the Washi Tape carefully and the next bit is optional:  Using a Micron pen, I butt my ruler up against the stamping and draw a thin line along it on both sides.  But – again – this is optional.

Add your sentimenteither a die cut or rub on, or sticker,  and Voila!  You can finish the card right there.  Or you can be like me and go on to add a little something extra to make it yours.

This was so SO close to being a K.I.S.S. card.  I was almost there.  I shall try harder next time.

Well that’s me done and dusted.  🙂

I trust that you’re going to have an excellent Wednesday.  If a gremlin gets into your day then just mentally show it the door and be done with it.  It’s just a day … really doesn’t matter what it’s called,   you just have to make the decision that it’s going to be a good one.

Sending oodles of love and squishes to your corner from mine…

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20 thoughts on “A ~ K.I.S.S. ~ Card … about Friends

    • Hello Eva. 🙂
      I always feel the ‘peace’ you bring with you when I see your name here. It’s a wonderful feeling.
      Thank you for the comment, my beautiful blogging friend.
      Have a truly blessed rest of your day ~ Cobs. x

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  1. I like the sparkly butterfly trail! I love embellishments but never seem to get the right balance between underwhelming and ‘looks like a 5 year old who’s raided mum’s jewellery box’. Yours works really well. 😊

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    • Hello Mrs. Craft
      I’m laughing like crazy here. “…looks like a 5 year old who’s raided mum’s jewellery box” … aww that one tiny sentence has set the mood for my day, and the mood is one which is bright, sparkling, happy and filled with that sort of giggly feeling you get from sharing something wonderful with a friend. Fan-bloomin’-tastic! 🙂

      Thanks for coming to share a coffee with me, and thank you SO much for this lovely comment – it’s made this Wednesday sparkle and joyous, and I love you for doing that.
      Have a wonderful, blessed day my blogging friend. ~ Cbs. x

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    • I can take no credit for you being able to see the glitter. I have below zero skill with a camera. If the glitter makes itself known, it’s a total fluke. LOL

      But I sooo wish I could take better photos. I know that most of the things I’ve posted photos about look far nicer in real life. I just wish I could get a good photo of them. (I’ve tried to video a couple of times too, but so far the results weren’t happy ones. But I shall continue to try because I want to blog about something and a video would be so helpful to show how it’s made.)

      Sending knitted squidges 🙂 ~ Cobs. x

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  2. I am LOVING the butterfly addition. Definitely makes the card super-duper. Oh, so shouldn’t have typed that, now I have Abba Soo-pa-pa troo-pa-pa song in my head…

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  3. I love Card-io, it was one of the things that got me hooked, x amount of years ago, and I still have every single teeny tiny stamp! Amazing little things aren’t they. Beautiful flowers Cobs, and the butterfly glitter just finishes it off xx

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    • Aw thanks Kim.
      Like you … I love Card-io, and I’ve got quite a box full of their stamps and go back to them time and time again. They just work so well and for any occassion … and they store SO easily too. I keep all of mine in their original packaging, inside a box on my desk.
      Thanks for the visit Kim. Love seeing you here, you always feel like a much loved friend and neighbour who’s popped round for a coffee with me. Fabulous.
      Sending squidges and love ~ Cbs. x

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