Easter Egg Card and Tag

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

As we are well and truly into 2015 and looking forward to Spring, I thought I’d look to Easter for my project today. I designed a Card Cover which makes a simple but fun Easter Egg Card also if you like to give chocolate treats at Easter time, I made a matching Easter Egg Gift Tag. The cut files are available at the end of the post 🙂

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80 paper/100 card
  • Passes = 1

I cut the front layer of my card from some white cardstock and the backing layer from some pink paper which I glued together. Once dry, I strategically added some 3d pads behind the Card Cover and popped onto my card base.

To assemble the Tag, simply glue all 3 layers together before adding some thread.

Easter Egg Card Cover and Tag

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here are today’s Cut Files:

Easter Egg Card Cover by Bird

Easter Egg Card Cover Cut File by Bird

Easter Egg Tag by Bird

Easter Egg Tag Cut File by Bird

1 Cut – 3 Cards

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Do you ever look at the waste left behind after you’ve made your cut and thought it was too nice to throw away?

One simple step to make your waste more usable is to draw a square (or other shape) around the design you are about to cut to produce a frame effect from your waste material making it super easy to remove from your mat and use right away. How about taking this idea one step further and adding a shadow layer around your design to create a slightly different version of it?

This is exactly what I’ve done today, I’ve added an internal layer to my Bauble and an external layer to my Snowflake then drew a Square around the outside. This one 5 inch cut will give me enough elements for all 3 of these 6 inch cards!

Bauble Layers 3

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  120
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. I cut my design from kraft cardstock at 5 inches, here’s how it looks straight from my Zing mat:

Bauble Layers 1

Pic 2. I separated out the different elements to make the most pleasing combinations:

Bauble Layers 2

Pic 3. Here are the 3 cards I made from the elements above along with some festive papers, a little twine and some pearls:

Bauble Layers 4

Bauble Layers 5

Bauble Layers 6

Who would think that you could get so much from just one 5 inch piece of card?

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Snowflake Bauble Layers by Bird

Snowflake Bauble Layers by Bird

Multi-Section Shaker Card

Hi there fellow KnK-ers!

Usually shaker cards are squares or circles so that adding the foam tape walls will be as easy as possible, but what if we build up our walls with shapes cut from our KnK machines? We can have any shape of shaker card we like but we could also chose to have more than one cavity to fill with different shaker elements.

Here is a card I made for my Mum’s Birthday. I chose 3 different colours of sequins to match my patterned paper but the fun thing is, the sequins will never get mixed together as they are within their own section:

mum shaker 5

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  100
  • Passes = 1

Assembly:

Pic 1. Below are the pieces you will need to cut to complete your shaker card. You will need to cut your card base once, then cut the solid Mum/Mom piece once in acetate and once in your chosen patterned paper. You will also need to cut the Mum/Mom outline once in the same cardstock as your card base then cut it several times to build your shaker walls, I cut 9 of these for my card:

mum shaker 1

Pic 2. Glue your front outline onto your acetate piece and set it aside to dry. Next, adhere your other outline pieces one by one on top of your patterned piece using wet glue so you have a little wiggle time:

mum shaker 2

Pic 3. Fill each section with different coloured sequins, you could use glitter, small beads or confetti instead. The trick is not to add to much:

mum shaker 3

Pic 4. To seal your shaker sections, carefully add glue to the top of your shaker walls and pop your acetate panel into place:

mum shaker 4

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here are today’s Cut Files:

MumShakerCardbyBird

Mum Shaker Card Cut File by Bird

MomShakerCardbyBird

Mom Shaker Card Cut File by Bird

Using Cut Files as Masks & Stencils

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

In my last post I demonstrated how I use cut files for embossing and I thought I’d look at another use for cut files today so I will show how cut files can be used for masking or stenciling.

You can use a large patterned panel such as these designs as a one-piece stencil to spray or ink through to create a great background for your peojects. Today though I will use smaller pieces to build up a scene and as Halloween is fast approaching I will create a spooky graveyard picture for the front of my card. The cut file is available at the end of this post 🙂

These are the Materials I used:

  • My wonderful KnK Zing
  • Make the Cut Software
  • Copic Markers & a Copic Airbrush set (sponging with ink works great too)

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. I cut the pieces I will use as masks (the pieces which will protect my card and keep it white underneath) from some paper and added temporary adhesive on the back of them:

Halloween Scene 1

Pic 2. I cut my stencil pieces ensuring that there was plenty of paper around them to protect my card from over-spray (or over-sponging). I added temporary adhesive to the back of these too:

Halloween Scene 2

Pic 3. I placed my masking pieces, except for the clouds, onto my card front:

Halloween Scene 3

Pic 4. I placed the first cloud piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed along the top edge and slightly upwards with a light purple marker. You could also use ink sprays or your regular ink pads and a sponge to achieve similar results:

Halloween Scene 4

Pic 5: I continued to spray the clouds with 4 different colours of purple gradually getting darker towards the top alternating the 2 cloud pieces as I went:

Halloween Scene 5

Pic 6. Now the the masking is done we can do the stenciling, I placed the graveyard stencil piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed with a dark grey marker:

Halloween Scene 6

Pic 7. As I wanted my bats to look like they are flying in front of the moon I needed to remove my moon mask before I stenciled my bats, I used a black marker this time:

Halloween Scene 7

Pic 8. Once all of your masking/stenciling is done you have the fun of peeling any remaining masks from your card to reveal the bright white card underneath. I added the cloud pieces back over my moon and gave it a subtle cloudy look with a pale lilac marker:

Halloween Scene 8

Pic 9. To complete my card I backed my Halloween scene with some black card. I cut my sentiment from some more black card and adhered it to a strip of vellum which I wrapped around my scene panel and stuck to the back of it with tape. I then popped my panel onto a purple card base with 3d foam pads:

Halloween Scene 9

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Halloween Scene by Bird

Halloween Scene Cut File by Bird

Embossing with Cut Files

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I love the look of embossing on cardstock especially for those really special cards such as Wedding and Christening cards, it adds a tactile quality to your cards and makes them look expensive too 🙂

Today I will show you how I emboss using cut files (available at the end of this post) and my trusty Zing, this is yet another way that my Zing saves me money as I no longer have to purchase Embossing Folders 😉

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  100
  • Passes = 1

Assembly:

Pic 1. I cut my chosen background design from some heavyweight cardstock, I cut 2 copies and stuck them together with some wet glue so I had a few seconds to slide them into place. I cut 2 pieces to give me a deeper empression when I emboss:

Swirly Background Embossing 1

Pic 2. This is the sandwhich I use in my big shot, one cutting plate – my cut file – my card for embossing – a tan embossing mat – my second cutting plate. If you don’t achieve a deep emboss add a shim (a piece of card) above your sandwhich and add a second if necessary, you should feel a certain amount of resistance in order to achieve a decent impression:

Swirly Background Embossing 2

Pic 3. Experiment with different materials, you can achieve fantastic results with pearl, satin and mirror effect cardstocks:

Swirly Background Embossing 3

Pic 4. I chose some white card for my card today, the embossing doesn’t photograph quite as well in white unfortunately but it is lovely in the flesh. I backed both my embossing panel and my sentiment with silver card:

Swirly Background Embossing 4

Pic 5. Here is my completed card, I kept the layout quite simple so I didn’t cover too much of my embossing, I added some lace and ribbon to the middle and finished the corners with some pearls:

Swirly Background Embossing 5

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here are today’s Cut Files:

Swirly Backgrounds 1 by Bird

Swirly Backgrounds 1 by Bird

Special Day Circle by Bird

Special Day Circle by Bird