Love is in the air…

It is that time of year when weddings and bridal showers abound. It is so much fun to be able to make personalized gifts.

Materials Used

Vinyl

wall tile

repurposed cabinet doors

Settings

KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

40 force

400 speed

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All 3 designs were from My Vinyl Designer. Using KNK Studio I was able to add the names to the design.

Box cards

Hey Peeps! How’s it going? I screwed up Easter’s date this year and thought my post was scheduled after so I didn’t do anything Easter related. At all. So this post will not contain cute little bunnies and chicks and those nasty peeps.

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Have you seen these box cards? They are super-uber cool. They are a card…in a box! But the cool part about them is…

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…they fold flat! Well…mostly flat. This card will fit in the standard 4.25 x 5.5 envelope. It will be a little lumpy in there, but most of my cards are lumpy, so I must be well-loved by the post office.

I didn’t create this idea myself, or even come up with it, but I like to think I “digitized” it. At least I couldn’t find a cutting file out there, so I drew it pretty easily in MTC.

Here are some really good directions. If you haven’t signed up for Split Coast Stampers tutorials, you really should. They have some great ideas! And they’re free. I like free.

Here’s another really good direction sheet (and the dimensions I used) from Tina at www.serenestamper.com

 

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Pinterest has some neat ideas of what you can do with this card style.

I didn’t use the card dimensions that Split Coast Stampers used, I believe the card in that tutorial is bigger and I wanted the card to fit on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock, which it does.

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Here’s a shot of the side of it.

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You can use the back for the greeting. Obviously I didn’t. But you could, if you wanted.

20140417-IMG_3376 I put a 1 1/4 x 8 1/4″ band on my card to make it fold flat. While this is a Martha Stewart punch for the Happy Birthday border, I’m going to make something similar with different fonts and cut it out with Zing.

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I hope this is something you can use. I’m including the file. djm_boxcard.mtc

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Materials:

paper: Michaels recollections birthday paper pack, kraft paper

Zing

glue stick

Martha Stewart punches: mini cupcake, happy birthday border (I drew something similar in Make the Cut but didn’t use it because of copyright and all that, but know that something similar can be made and you can size it ANY size you want (that reasonably fits on the paper)

Settings:

Zing

red blade

~105-110 (when I’m getting high on my settings, I know it’s about time to change my blade)

As always, until next month.

 

 

Little Card

Making cards on my KNK Maxx Air is always fun and lets me tap into my creative side.  I recently made a card that can be used for many different occasions.  I made it for a friend who was accepting a year long temporary job assignment in another location and I wanted her to know that I would miss her.  I didn’t want anything fancy or wordy or flowery.  So I made her a Little Card with a Big Thought inside.

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When closed the card measures 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ so it really is a little card.

Materials Used:

Cardstock – white and pink

Double sided adhesive tape

Foam Pop-Dots

Settings:

KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Thick Materials Blade – Blue Cap

Force – 55, Speed – 80, Blade Offset – .75, 1 pass

Instructions, etc.:

I created the heart border using KNK Studio and Make the Cut software. Because of the small size of some of the cuts, I decided to use the blue blade rather than the standard material blade.  The scalloped center panel on the front of the card, the heart on the inside of the card and the card itself were print-and-cut items.  The score lines on the scalloped panel were added manually since they are scored from the back side of the panel rather than the front.  I used a Martha Stewart Score Board so my lines would be straight and have extra definition.  The scalloped panel was secured to the front of the card with foam Pop-Dots so it would be raised above the surface of the card front.

The following photo shows the placement of the heart inside of the card.  The center fold of the heart is placed on the center fold of the card.  The point of the heart is right at the bottom of the card and the folds towards the top of the heart are almost at the top of the card.  Thus when the card is folded, the heart is completely concealed inside so it is a bit of a surprise when it pops up as the card is opened.  Adhesive should be placed only on the lower portions of the heart that are below the side-to-side fold lines.

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To make the presentation a bit more special, I cut an envelope from a sheet of flower printed scrapbook paper using the printed side as the outside of the envelope.  I then cut my friend’s name out of coordinating vinyl instead of writing her name on the envelope.

Files for the card and the envelope can be downloaded by clicking on the link here.  LittleCardCuttingFiles_JudyKay

 

 

 

 

KNK Maxx Air cuts Modeling Film Pansies – Spring Blooms

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I bought some of this, just to try out – and oh, baby does my Maxxie cut it beautifully! It’s a thick material, it resists tearing, but it cuts very smoothly. The product is called modeling film and it comes in clear (transparent), black and white. You can stamp it and/or color it, and then heat it up to mold it into your desired shape. I made Easter themed napkin rings with it, but didn’t feel that project really did the modeling film justice so I decide to make some 3D pansies. And I LOVE them!

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For the one on the left I used more ink, and for the one on the right I used more blending solution to soften it – I can’t decide which I like better.

Materials:

Settings:

  • f = 125
  • v = 200
  • Multipass = 2

Steps:

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  4. Cool and glue the pieces together
  5. Embellish with glitter, flowersoft, paper shavings, or something similar for the stamens

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This was a fun and easy project, and opened my mind up to lots of possibilities with this very ‘cuttable’ product.

Worldwin Cutmates Cardstock

Worldwin CutMates Cardstock is diecutable cardstock which is specifically engineered to cut better in today’s cutting machines. Use CutMates solid coloured cardstock to get clean, crisp cuts in the first pass.  Every time.

CutMates is solid coloured cardstock with a solid core and a weight of approximately 65lb. It comes in a 12 inch x 12 inch sheet size and a wide variety of useful colours.

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Cutmates has a distinctive subtle texture which gives an expensive look and feel to your finished card making and scrapbooking projects.

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Cutmates is the go-to cardstock choice for your intricate cutting designs, it leaves you with clean and crisp results that you can rely on.

The design below is 5.75 inch x 5.75 inch with 625 paths included, my Zing cut it from Cutmates Cardstock perfectly in just one pass.

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Here is the finished project along with a couple of other cards where the use of Cutmates was invaluable:

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