It’s in the mail! Free Christmas Card file.

I’ve always altered/embellished a purchased card or made my own greeting cards from scratch. I love that my KNK die cutting machines allow me to explore and create in entirely new ways. They also significantly speed up the process!

I like clean and simple, and this card style adapted from a Pin fits my requirements perfectly. It uses our machines’ ability to write, emboss, and cut in a three step file.
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I used a simple rounded rectangle for the reverse side of the card front. In some of the cards, it is simply card stock that shows through the ornament shape, but in others I used Christmas fabrics and then covered them with the rounded rectangle.

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Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Writing (Pilot G-2 0.7 Gel Pen)
    • f = 30
    • v = 200
    • p = 2
    • offset = 0
  • Embossing (WorldWin CutMates)
    • f = 150
    • v = 300
    • p = 3
    • offset = 0
  • Cutting (WorldWin CutMates)
    • f = 50
    • v = 300
    • p = 1
    • offset = 0.35 (old blade) or 0.25 (new blade)

Steps:

  1. Open the Christmas Ornaments Cards/Tags file.
  2. Hide the emboss and cut layers. Insert the gel pen into the Pen Tool, then into the KNK.
  3. Send the “Write” layer to the machine using the appropriate settings.
  4. Exchange the Embossing Tool for the Pen Tool. Unhide the “Emboss” layer, hide the “Write” layer.
  5. Send the “Emboss” layer to the machine using the appropriate settings.   20151129_180516 (1024x549)
  6. Exchange the Blade Holder for the Embossing Tool. Hide the “Emboss” layer and unhide the “Cut” layer.
  7. Send the “Cut” layer to the machine using the appropriate settings.   20151129_180714 (1024x871)
  8. Adhere the fabric and/or card stock to the back of the card front, covering the ornament cut-out shape.
  9. Fold at the embossed fold line. Press with a bone folder.

20151129_185839 (741x1024) Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas (a little early)!

Snoopy and Woodstock

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Who doesn’t love Snoopy and Woodstock?

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Materials

vinyl

coredinations paper

Settings

KNK MAXX

red capped blade

force  45 vinyl 90 paper

speed 400

I saw a black and white image on line that I knew wood be easy to trace. I scanned it and vectorized it and viola, a cute vinyl cutting file. The cutting file is just above the photo. I love using vinyl for files like this because it eliminates the need for messy glue.

Thank you so much

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Today I’d like to share a Thank You card that I made with very minimal supplies, having a Zing means that I can create cards such as this one below using just card, paper and adhesive. If you would like to re-create it, the cut file is available at the end of the post.

Thank You Swirly Set

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

Assembly: Using a square card from my stash, I added 2 layers of patterned paper to the front. I cut the larger pieces inside the cut file from some grey card and the smaller pieces from some white card and glued them together. I adhered the corner pieces directly to my card front then added some small pieces of 3d foam pads behind the middle element to give it some dimension and make it really stand out.

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:

Thank You Swirly Set by Bird

Thank You Swirly Set Cut File by Bird

Happy Birthday Edge Card x 3

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I have a Birthday Card for you today, the Happy Birthday sentiment protrudes diagonally from the card base layers. The design is a simple one but it can easily be decorated to suit different recipients. I have decorated the card in 3 different ways today, one card is more masculine, one card is more feminine and the card I show in the assembly photos is more suitable for a young girl. The cut file is available at the end of the post 🙂

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These are the Materials I used:

  • My KnK Zing
  • Make the Cut Software
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • 3D Foam Pads
  • Glitter Card, Twine & Gems to embellish

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

Pic 1. Below are the pieces you will find within the cut file folder, I cut my card base pieces from some pink card and chose some fun patterned paper for the layering pieces:

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Pic 2. The patterned pieces are adhered directly to the card base pieces:

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Pic 3. Turn the front panel over and add 3d foam pads to the back, I found 2 layers of foam pads worked best:

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Pic 4. Pop your front panel into place, you are now free to decorate as you wish:

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My Completed Card: I lined the inside of my card with more of the patterned paper. Carrying on the Butterfly theme of the paper, I cut a few of these butterflies to embellish my card then popped on a few gems:

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Alternative Card 1: For my second card I cut the card base from some white card, I chose some subtle white and green patterned paper then added a strip of green glitter card:

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Alternative Card 2: For my third card I simply cut the card base from some kraft coloured card and added some natural coloured twine to the front panel before I stuck it down to my card base:

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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:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCardbyBird

Happy Birthday Edge Card Cut File by Bird

Flower Wrap Card

Hi There fellow KnK-ers!

I thought I’d revisit the style of card I created for the Snow Scene Card I posted here but change it up for a spring/summer look, so instead of snowy buildings and trees I’ve opted for some bright sunny flowers. The card base has a cut away section and wraps around the card insert which then both become the front of your card. The cut file is 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 =  100 (75 for cutmates)
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. Here are all of the elements within the cut file, the 2 green layers were cut from Smooth & Silky Cardstock which is nice and sturdy and all of the other elements were cut from Cutmates which is great for more intricate cuts:

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Pic 2. Using wet glue to give me some wiggle room time, I glued the 2 green layers together and popped the flower heads into place. While I had the glue out, I also glued the 3 sun layers together:

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Pic 3. I flipped the card over and added one strip of double sided tape along the left edge of the back inside the card:

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Pic 4. I folded my insert and lined up the fold line with the left edge of the double sided tape:

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Pic 5. You can now fold your card base and add your sun to the top of the insert layer with a 3D foam pad:

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Pic 6. With a few enamel dots popped into the middle of the flowers for some extra dimension, my card is finished:

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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:

Flower Wrap Card by Bird

Flower Wrap Card Cut File by Bird