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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  2. Color with alcohol inks  20140413_130341_opt
  3. Apply heat and shape as desired   20140413_131310_opt
  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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I love making cards!

I love being able to make my own cards, but like most of you, there never seems to be enough hours in the day for me to do all that I would like to do. Once again, these were Pinterest inspired cards. card card Materials Used

paper

printer

KNK Maxx

Settings

KNK Maxx

red capped blade

  • force 90
  • speed 400

Because I have never taken time to learn print and cut, I do things my way. :~) I cut the white paper to the size I wanted, designed the saying in KNK Studio and exported the image to word. I selected a 4×6 paper size in word and then printed the saying on the paper. I then placed the paper on my mat and selected the right hand corner as the origin and cut the hearts. In order to make the large heart I just made a big heart, filled it randomly with little hearts, moved them to where I wanted them and then deleted the large heart. Because these cards only involve cutting a design and printing them you can make a bunch quickly. The files are below. Enjoy!

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Tulips for Easter

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What’s better than Tulips for Easter? Tulip wrappers filled with cupcakes of course!! Here’s a colorful way to bring a little spring into the Easter bunny’s step. Can you feel the warm breezes stirring the flowers in the grass? Well, for some of our friends just beginning to thaw, why not fill your home with the sweet aroma of cupcakes baking and colorful cupcake wrappers sure to bring some sunshine to your day. These cupcake wrappers will bring a touch of warm spring to your table…and the cupcakes won’t hurt either! Happy Spring!

Here’s the recipe:

Cutter – KNK Maxx
Blade – Blue Cap – for card stock
Speed – 350
Force – 100
Passes – 1
Stock – Card stock – Green
Stock - Card stock – Tulips – Pink and Yellow
Glue – Used to glue on the Pink and Yellow Tulips cut outs on the
green tulip cupcake wrapper to add color
Cupcakes – May I recommend chocolate!!! YUM!!