Happy 2016

I am always so happy for the Holidays to be over. It seems like they consume my life for several months and I have no time for anything but getting ready for the Holidays. So once they are over my winter months are devoted to getting my house straightened out and spending time with my Klic N Kut. It is my favorite time of the year. :~) IMG_4620

I love Minions. I wanted to make a card with a Minion and did a search for a Minion coloring page. I found this cute little guy and using my KNK Studio did a trace. The easiest way to replicate it for me was vinyl. There are a lot of tiny pieces in the suit and gluing them on piece by piece would be a mess.

And, I wanted a message inside the card.

IMG_4621 Materials

White cardstock

Black solid core Coredinations paper

vinyl

transfer tape

Black Crayola marker

Settings

KNK Maxx 15″

red capped blade

Force

  • Paper 90
  • vinyl 46
  • marker 46

Speed 500

I cut the black paper for the base of the Minion. I then lowered the force to 46 and cut the vinyl. Because the gray part has so many little pieces I used the reverse weed method. To do this you cut out your vinyl and I always include a weed box around the design. You then cover the entire cut area with transfer tape. Make sure that you rub the tape so that the tape has a firm grip on the vinyl. Peel of the entire vinyl section using the tape, flip over, and start weeding any vinyl that you do not want to appear on the card. Once weeded apply it to the minion paper body.

I then inserted a childs Crayola Washable Marker into the tool holder and changed the settings from drag knife to pen. You find this under CUT/PLOTTING DEFAULT. Make sure you click apply when you have selected pen. It also helps to change it back to drag knife when you are done or you will wonder what you did to screw up your machine. :~)

It is fun to experiment to see what types of pens and markers fit into the tool holder and write nicely. The font I chose was Hello Ellie. I chose it because it was a very thin font.

Here is the file if you would like to make your own card. minion in suit

 

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

Aside

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