My favorite card-making tip to share with you today could easily be mistaken for the KISS acronym that many of us paper artists know and love—Keep It Simple Stamper. However, that only applies if you are actually STAMPING. My favorite acronym addresses more than just the card.
When in doubt, when there’s burn out, when the creativity just needs to COME OUT already … KIC it!
That’s right … KIC is my acronym of choice—Keep It Clean.
If you are feeling less than creative and your design table is a mess, KIC it!
If you are feeling a tad under the weather, KIC it … take a shower, HA! That always makes me feel better.
If you can’t find anything in the fridge, KIC it and toss a few of those hot sauce bottles, he,he,he.
When it comes to greeting cards, CLEAN doesn’t always mean “simple” so I try not to label many of my KIC Cards as CAS (Clean And Simple) Cards. Most of my KIC Cards are on a white or cream colored base. KIC Cards have absolutely NO embellishments, NO layers, and NO die cuts. KIC cards are rather quick and easy to create. They are super easy to duplicate. And they are more than easy to expediate (I’ve officially made that a word! It means MAIL IT NOW!)
KIC cards focus on TECHNIQUE rather than “stuff.” The card you see here uses the Acrylic Block Background Technique, the Outer Edge Sponging Technique, the Color Spritzing Technique and the Outlining Technique.
Let’s look at the Acrylic Block Technique first:
Dab a bit of color from an ink pad onto an acrylic block. I used Peekaboo Peach as my first layer and then added Dapper Denim to my block. Next, spritz the block with two or three spritzes of water. Stamp the block onto the cardstock. Done.
Now, let’s look at the Outer Edge Sponging Technique:
Using a sponge or sponge dauber tool, add ink around the outer edge of the card front. That’s it! Choose the amount of ink you want to show by going further onto the card with the sponge. Many times Outer Edge Sponging is just what a white or cream colored base needs to really make a card “pop.” Keep in mind, KIC Cards don’t always use this technique just because they are always white or cream based cards. This is just one of the techniques that I chose for the KIC card you see here.
Moving on to the Spritzing Technique:
Notice the little spritzes of what looks like water in the ocean at the bottom of my card? That was created by using this technique. There are many ways to achieve this look. And there are many tools available to help you achieve it. Use a paintbrush with a bit of ink on the end of it, lightly tap the inked brush over the cardstock. A spritzer bottle filled with a mixture of ink and water works very nicely. I used an actual spritzer tool with a maker to achieve the sprinkled look on my card.
And finally, one of my favorite things to add to my KIC cards is the Outlining Technique:
The Outlining Technique is simply using a marker to LIGHTLY (I can’t stress “lightly” enough) add a frame around a particular image. I usually enjoy putting the outline around the entire card front. But this time I selected only the acrylic block background. The key to using the Outlining Technique is to try and cause the outline to encounter an image so that the outline has to come to a stop for the image it encounters. This creates a dimensional effect and makes the image “pop” to the natural vision of our eyes.
I am always amazed at how popular my KIC cards are when I post them on social media. They tend to be my most simple, most fun and quickest cards I create. You can find oodles of my KIC cards on Instagram when you use the hashtag #HandmadeCardsforChrist. These are the cards I like to give to my church leaders and volunteers because they also save on postage (remember … no embellishments, wink.)
Thanks for checking out my favorite card tip with CardMaker magazine today! Go have a creative day and KIC it!!!
All supplies are from Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.