Hello KNKers! I’m pretty excited because I am changing schools this coming school year. It is the school both my kids attended, two miles from my house, and I’ll be teaching 5th grade. I’ve never taught 5th grade before, but I’m pretty excited.
Anyway, the mascot is a panda and this school has extremely involved parents, so I thought it would be cute to have some ready-made cards on hand for next year. I can also use them for gifts for other teachers to use as well.
I found the panda on the internet and traced him into MTC. Then I duplicated until I had an array of 24 of them and then used print and cut with my Zing to cut them out on card stock. I did print them out on a laser printer and my specific printer is a little bit picky about card weights, but it seems to handle the 60 lb weight okay. Anything more and I get the dreaded paper jam.
However, when I went to cut them out on my mats, they were dirty and no longer sticky! I’ve probably shared this tip before, but it bears mentioning again. I’ve had the best luck with Aleen’s tack it over and over. The ratio is about 1:1 with water, with maybe a little more water. I don’t even measure. I just squirt the glue on the mat and then use a paintbrush and water to spread it out. I put it out in the sun for a couple hours and my mat is as good as new. The first use can be a little bit too sticky, so it’s not a bad idea to stick down a piece of paper you don’t care about and pull it up to test it. I also scrape it with an old credit card and that helps smooth it out and it’s ready to go.
I don’t know if it’s considered cheating, but I did use hero arts metal dies for the “thanks”, the banner, the tree branch (sizzix) and the cut out with the holes. I could’ve easily used my machine, but I like to use all sorts of stuff when I create. 🙂
I used the Zing (f-95, 10/10) and MTC software.
DCWV patterned paper stack, Worldwin cardstock, foam tape for the pandas and the banners and gingerbread ink for the edges of the banners and patterned paper.
Until next time!