Multi use card

I struggle to come up with something different and easy for cards. In our family we have about a dozen birthdays each month. I make all of my own cards and also make cards for my mom. So something simple is great. I came up with this design. I used the ginsu knife to cut a rectangle in half diagonally and used the shape tool for the rest of the design. Because I wanted to use double sided card stock I mirrored one half of .the triangle part of the card. I typed the words I wanted to use for the cards and resized them to fit into the smaller circle. I then cut them from vinyl and applied them to the cards.

Materials

double sided cardstock

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Speed 500

Force 100

These cards were fast and fun to make. Here is the file multi use card 7 2018    multi use card svg

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!