Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder

I was giving Starbucks gift cards this Christmas and wanted a better gift card holder than the little red envelopes that they give out.  I couldn’t think of a more fitting vessel for a coffee gift card than a coffee cup made from cardstock.

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Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  65
  • Offset:  .25
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Passes:  1

Steps:

  1. Design the coffee cup using basic shapes in MTC
  2. Cut all the pieces out and print and cut if you want names on the cup.  I used  the same settings for the cardstock and the scrapbook paper since it was thicker paper.  If you use thin scrapbook paper just layer it with cardstock to make it sturdy.       card-holderimg_9675_4916
  3. Glue the edges of the coffee cup together so the inner piece slides in and out.
  4. Place the gift card in the slits and slide it in.              card-holderimg_9676_4918

I also slightly flared the edge of the top so it will easily fit on the cup.

Christmas Lantern

Last Christmas I found these lanterns on sale for $10 and thought they would make great Christmas gifts but I never had time to do them.  While shopping for my husband at Home Depot, I spotted a lantern, similar to the ones I bought, with a cute design on them and thought I could do something similar on mine.  While my 3 month old took a nap (since it’s the only time I get to do anything) I designed the file with the help of my 4 year old; she picked out the sleigh.

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Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  15
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes: 

Once my children went to bed I finally got to finish my project.  I only put the design on the front because I couldn’t decide if I wanted identical panels on all sides or maybe just snowflakes in etch vinyl.

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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