It’s not a Hallmark

Hallmark has wonderful cards, but they don’t personalize the cards the way we can. A friend of ours had a massive stroke right after Christmas. He loves to golf and ride motorcycle, things that are encouraging him to work very hard at his rehab. Shortly after his stroke he celebrated a birthday and a card popped into my head. Dick has a good sense of humor but I decided to “run the card past my husband” before sending it to make sure he thought it would be okay.

Materials

Paper

 

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 400

It was as simple as cutting the vinyl and applying it to cardstock.  Dick loved the card, when he moved from the hospital to a rehab center he took it with him and has it on display.

The font is King Basil

The golfer was a file from My Vinyl Designer

Snowflake gift tag – FREE FILE from Team KNK

Snowflake gift tags are perfect for the season! They pretty much go with anything and everything!

Because I really wanted to use a snowflake but I needed some space to write (the main purpose of a tag, you say!), I decided to make it into a ‘peeking’ pocket tag.

The design is adapted from a free file offered by retired Team KNK Designer, Bird. You can get the original snowflakes file from her blog. She is a very talented designer, check out her other files while you’re there!

First, I created the pocket shape, then I welded the snowflake to it. I created an inset shadow layer, trimmed it and added a half circle from basic shapes. I had to use the skew tool to make it fit the available space correctly, as well as a bit of node editing, but I really like how it turned out.

To match my wrapping paper, I chose a metal finish card stock for the inside and Smooth & Silky for the pocket itself. I used a brad to bind the two together and to give me a place to anchor the tag string.

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I considered using my KNK to ‘write’ the message but since all of my gifts are hand made this year, I felt like I needed to do that part by hand as well.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 52
  • v = 200
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open the FREE FILE from Team KNK
  2. Hide the card cut layers, show the emboss layer only
  3. Insert the embossing tool and turn off the offset
  4. Emboss the fold lines
  5. Hide the fold lines layer and show the “Cut – Pocket” layer
  6. Set your offset to the standard blade setting
  7. Cut the cardstock for the pocket
  8. Hide the pocket layer and show the “Cut – Inside of card” layer
  9. Cut the cardstock for the inside piece
  10. Bind the two pieces together with a brad
  11. Adhere the pocket flap with two sided tape to close the pocket
  12. Decorate as desired and add string or twine

Please leave me a comment below if you find this post and its free file useful!!!

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Merry Christmas to all!

Goodness

Slowly, slowly, slowly, I am learning how to use my KNK Force.  It is an awesome machine!!  Like Nancy said recently, it is very quiet.  Yesterday I used it to cut some files I had purchased from My Scrap Chick.  The file I used is from the set named Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy.  Three cute chicks.  I used Goodness to make a birthday card.  I like the play on words. Optimized-Front Settings:  (keep in mind that I am very new to the Force and although these settings worked for me, they might not be the ideal settings)

Machine:  KNK Force

Blade: Red Cap Standard Material

Blade Tension:  2 for cardstock, 1 for scrapbook paper

Passes: 2

Starting Depth/Ending Depth: 60 for cardstock, 40 for scrapbook paper

Cutting Speed:  30

Blade Offset:  0.25

Overcut:  45

The files from My Scrap Chick are very well done.  I used the SVG files, taking them into Make The Cut and exporting them as separate files according to the color/paper I was going to use for those particular pieces.  When I had assembled Goodness, I scanned her and then used her ‘photo’ on the inside of the card.  I found a background I liked on the Internet to use for the front of the card.

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This was a fun card to make and I intend to use Shirley and Mercy to make cards also.

 

Pleather: Why didn’t I try this sooner?

Cutting pleather (synthetic leather) on KNK digital cutting systems is a dream! I cannot believe I didn’t try it sooner! I bought this pleather at JoAnn Fabrics with some project in mind, but never got around to using it. I TOTALLY REGRET not trying this before!!! It cuts like butter, and turns out beautifully. For this project I made a simple card, but I have plans….oh, do I have plans!!!

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Dove: approximately 2″ x 2.5″

Materials:

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Settings (Maxx Air):

Method:

  1. Apply pleather to a very sticky mat. Use a brayer to ensure good contact.
  2. Cut pleather using the fabric blade. Set aside.
  3. Apply the watercolor paper to a lightly sticky mat. Cut the watercolor paper using a standard blade. Embellish if desired – I used silver ink splash on the piece with the dove.
  4. Apply the WorldWin ColorMates cardstock to a lightly sticky mat.
  5. Emboss the fold line with the embossing tool.
  6. Cut WorldWin ColorMates cardstock using the standard blade.
  7. Apply the pleather to the front of the card using a strong double sided adhesive and the watercolor paper to the inside of the card with scrapbooking tape.
  8. Embellish as desired.

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I have so many ideas for pleather on chalkboard-painted or chalkboard vinyl covered projects! Too cool!

A fun card to make

I love making cards, and I make them by the dozen. Besides making them for my mom, sisters, and the “swim club” ( a group of elderly women who swim at the same time my kids swim), I have a big family and need a ton just for my self. My mom and dad had 8 kids, who had 17 kids, who had 19 kids and counting…so I send out cards weekly. :O)

This card was made for a special friend, Colleen, who I meet through the KNK group. When I make a card I find it just as easy to make a dozen at once. IMG_4639 IMG_4640 IMG_4641 Materials

Settings

  • 15 KNK MAXX
  • red capped blade

force

  • 46 for vinyl
  • 90 for paper
  • speed 400

The card base is paper, as is the black background for Hello Kitty. Everything else is vinyl. Using the clear transfer tape makes it simple to line everything up. It was fun and easy to make.  Here is the file hello kitty with star balloons  It was sized for an A6 card.