Spider-Man birthday card and gift wrap

My daughter was invited to one of her best friend’s birthday party and he wanted Spider-Man presents.  I am one of those cheesy moms that likes to coordinate cards with gifts if at all possible.  So I went searching on the web for a cute little Spider-Man and a related saying for the front of my card.  My daughter then decided we should have Spider-Man gift wrap too.  I might be rubbing off on her a little bit.   I knew we had plain red paper from previous Christmases and I could cut out some spider webs for a Spider-man theme.         img_6008

Materials:

Settings:

Cardstock-

  • Force:  65
  • Offset:  .25
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Passes:  1

Vinyl-

  • Force:  15
  • Offset:  .25
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Passes:  1

Steps:

  1. I designed both the card and the wrapping paper decals.  The Spider-Man for the card I found online but the web and the Spider-Man for the wrapping paper was found in the Make The Cut gallery.
  2. I cut out all pieces from the cardstock and assembled them immediately so I didn’t loose the small pieces on my black hole of a craft table.          img_6007
  3. For the wrapping paper I wrapped the gifts first then I put the decals on using tweezers so I could ensure that they were visible.  (Transfer paper and wrapping paper are NOT friendly.)         spider man paper

Customized Gift Box

This year we told my mother-in-law that her gift was going to be a little late because we wanted to get her something that had both kids’ pictures on it.  Since her birthday was before my due date she just had to wait on her gift.  She got an iPad mini recently so, after our family pictures were taken, we had a custom iPad case made for her.  I wanted something special as a gift box rather than wrapping it in plain paper.  I had my 4 year old, who is learning how to write, write “Happy Birthday Grammy” for the top of the box.  Rather then having her practice writing on nice cardstock she used her drawing pad and I scanned/pixel traced her handwriting into MTC.  This not only saved paper but allowed me to then center the message on the gift box.  This is only a practice of the box, I’m planning on making it out of heavier cardstock before we see her (my crafting time has sort-of been put on the back burner with a newborn in the house).                                           ipad-case-boximg_8939_4592 gift box

 

Materials:

Settings:

Embossing:

  • Force:  150
  • Passes:  3
  • Off-set:  none
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Embosser height: 25 post-its

Cutting:

  • Force:  65
  • Passes:  1
  • Off-set:  .25
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Blade height:  25 post-its

Steps:

  1. Draw what you want your box to say.  High contrast between the paper and writing makes life easier.                                      ipad-case-boximg_8935_4588
  2. Scan in your drawing
  3. Design your file including pixel trace for your drawing.  This is an occasion where the “color” option on pixel trace comes in handy.  The handwriting can now be moved, resized, and even thickened to make it easier to read.
  4. Print out the design you want on the top.
  5. Emboss the fold lines.  I attempted Print and Cut with the embossing but I couldn’t get it to work properly due to minimum printer margins.  My design was pretty much in the center of the paper anyways so I just made do.
  6. WITHOUT taking out your mat change out the embossing tool to a blade and hide the emboss layer and make sure the cutting layers are active.
  7. Cut out the project and fold along the embossed lines.
  8. Tape your flaps to the sides to make a box .                            ipad-case-boximg_8937_4590
  9. Repeat with a second piece to make a full box (and add heart cutout as desired).  Making the bottom slightly smaller helps the two halve slide together easier.                                ipad-case-boximg_8938_4591 gift box

Painted Negative Party Favor

painted negative

For my daughter’s horse birthday party I wanted to do a fun little craft for the kids to take home as a party favor.  Originally I was going to have the kids each paint a small wooden horse.  It turns out those little wooden cutouts are hard to find in stores (cute ones anyway) and the ones on craft websites are pricey.  I settled on getting small canvas boards and placing a horse silhouette on it before letting the kids paint them.  All of the kids loved it and I even had a parent ask me to cut out tiaras for her daughter’s birthday party.  I think this will be a craft for future parties as well.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  15
  • Offset:  .25
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Passes:  1

Steps:

  1.  Choose what object/font you want for the negative.
  2.  Cut the file out of your vinyl.                     zing cutouts
  3.  Place the vinyl on the canvas panel.  Since my object was just a silhouette of a horse I used tweezers to transfer the vinyl.       vinyl on canvas
  4.  Paint the canvas however you want to paint it.  I just gave each child a plate of paint and let them have at it.
  5.  Before the paint fully dries carefully pull up the vinyl.
  6.  You have your painted negative.           painted negative

Also, here is the newest member of Team KNK, Rhett!  I was actually due today but he decided to come into the world early!                    edited_shrunk_IMG_8389_3981

The bigger the horse, the bigger the fun.

Making oversized projects with vinyl is easy since you can get vinyl bigger than 12″ x 12″ whereas scrapbook paper is rarely found larger than 12″ x 12″ sheets.  When making something larger than 12″ x 12″ using paper you need to tile your object.  MTC has a  tiling feature that it is very easy to use.  I made a pin the tail on the horse game for my daughter’s birthday party using the tiling feature because the bigger the horse the bigger the fun.

Materials:

Settings:

Colormates smooth and silky cardstock

  • Force:  70
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Speed:  10/10

Oracal 631 Vinyl

  • Force:  15
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Speed:  10/10

Steps:

  1. Create your file                                                Horse file
  2. Select your object that you what to tile and click the wrench on the bottom tool bar and select “Tiler”                                                 Horse Tile
  3. In the “Tiler” screen input the size of paper you want to use.  I chose 11.5×11.5 to ensure I didn’t go off the paper.                                                    Horse tiles
  4. After you click accept you will get separate pages.  I did learn that when you use the tiling feature to make sure that the object you want tiled is the only thing on your virtual mat if not it will tile your whole project even though you only have one thing selected.                                               horse file
  5. Cut out all your pieces.  Since some of the pieces weren’t a full 12″ x 12″, I combined the pieces on to one mat to not waste paper.     Edited. IMG_8309_3939
  6. Glue down all the pieces using your choice of glue.  I used my advanced tape glider gun.                                                     Edited. IMG_8310_3940
  7. I then transferred my vinyl using paper transfer tape on to the foam board.     Edited. IMG_8313_3943

Baby Clothesline Shower Card

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This card is a favorite of mine to make.  It just so happens this year I have been making it a lot since it seems to be the year of the baby.  I first made this card over a year ago and since then I have discovered how to embellish it more and more.  Everyone I have given this card to has loved it.  One of my friends guessed it was from me before she even read the inside.

Materials:
KNK Zing
Standard Blade (Red Cap)
Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape
Recollections cardstock
Scrapbook paper
Embroidery floss
Hot glue
Foam glue dots
Embossing folders
Tim Holtz distress ink(Walnut stain and Broken china)
Mini clothes pins

Settings:
Recollections Cardstock:
Force:  65
Offset:  .25
Passes:  1
Blade height:  25 post-it notes
Speed:  10/10

Scrapbook paper:
Force:  50
Offset:  .25
Passes:  1
Blade height:  25 post-it notes
Speed:  10/10

Steps:

  1.  I created a file using basic shapes, shapes from the MTC gallery, and found a saying on-line.
  2.  I cut all my shapes out and print and cut the saying and the name for the front.          Edited. IMG_8301_3930
  3. Fold your card and place the saying piece inside the card using the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape
  4.  Embossing the clothes line posts and the onesies adds a cute little touch then distress inking the posts and the clouds make them really stand out.          Edited. IMG_8303_3932
  5. I used the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape to attach the blue sky and the clothes line poles but don’t pull the backing completely off the poles.       Edited. IMG_8304_3933
  6.  Place the grass at the bottom using the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape
  7.  Place the embroidery floss under the poles and pull the backing off to secure the embroidery floss ends under the poles.  Tie two small bows out of floss and hot glue them to the poles in-line with the “clothesline.”      Edited. IMG_8305_3934
  8.  Place the foam glue dots on the back of the clouds and place them wherever you see fit.
  9. Using mini clothes pins attach the onesies to the clothes line.                Edited. IMG_8308_3937