Embroidered Valentines

It is almost Valentine’s Day. When I needed to come up with a project for one of the classes I teach at the sewing/quilt store where I work, I decided to combine my hobbies again and make Valentine cards that used both the cutter and the embroidery machine.

This is the end result.

Materials Used:

Cardstock – red, pink, and white

Felt squares

Cotton Fabrics

Batting

Soft-n-Stable (a foam batting)

Embroidery Threads

Double-sided tape

Tear Away Stabilizer

Red Cap Standard Material Blade

Rotary Cutter with Pinking Blade

Settings:

KNK Force  Blade: Red Cap

Cardstock:Blade Tension – 2, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth – 60-65 depending on thickness of cardstock, Blade Offset – red cap blade, Overcut – .38

Scrapbook Paper: Blade Tension – 1.5, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth – 35, Blade Offset – red cap blade, Overcut – .38

Husqvarna/Viking EPIC Embroidery Machine

Information:

Kits were prepared that contained three cardstock blanks.  Two of the blanks had heart openings cut into the front of the card.   The third card had a square of felt to be embroidered and sewn to the front.  An extra piece of card stock was included in the kit to be glued over the inside of the front of the card to hide the stitching.  Each kit contained an envelope that was cut from Valentine themed scrapbook paper.  The envelopes were folded with the printed side to the inside and the plain white side to the outside.

The embroidered felt square was embroidered, trimmed with the rotary cutter with the pinking blade and then stitched to the front of the card with a long straight stitch.  The two cards with the hearts were embroidered and as the last step of the embroidery, the prepared card blank was positioned over the embroidery and stitched to the fabric in the embroidery hoop.

Card blanks and felt squares were available in red, pink, and white.

 

 

And the cards continue

I truly do love making cards. I send out close to 100 cards and make them all. The key is finding files or designing cards that are simple yet unique.

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Vinyl

Cardstock

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Speed 400

Force 33 for vinyl 90 for cardstock

dec-2016-team-knk    Here is the file for some of the cards.  The first and second cards are vinyl, #3 is a Cuddlebug embossing file and the stars are cut from cardstock, #4 is white vinyl on cardstock, #5 is glitter vinyl, #6 is left over vinyl from my last post,# 6 is a  My Scrap Chick file cut from vinyl and applied to sparkly paper, #7 is also a My Scrap Chick file cut from a combination of cardstock and vinyl, and the last card is all card stock.

Making them was the easy part, writing them out is another story.

 

The joys of card making

A friend of mine heads up a non profit foundation in our state. The group likes to send out thank you cards to the donors a couple of times a year and she has asked me to make them. Because it is non profit I am willing to make them, generally I only make cards for myself, friends and family.

Because she wanted 225 cards in a few weeks she agreed to keep the design simple. I sent her several designs but apparently her group had a “pintrest” idea in their heads and that is what they wanted. OMG…it could barely get worse…225 cards, 5400 pieces.   img_5344-min img_5345-min img_5351-min img_5354-min img_5355-min They loved the finished product.

img_5361-min img_5362 I am surprised I didn’t have nightmares ,it took me about 20 hours to complete the 225 cards.   :~(      Parts of this were a purchased file or I would share…stay tune next week and I will have files to share.

Materials

vinyl

Cardstock for card base

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade Force 36

Speed 550

 

 

 

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:

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Happy Birthday Edge Card 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!

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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:

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

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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