Graduation card

I know this is a little late, but I’ve been a little behind this year. I’m really into watercolor pencils right now so I used them to make this card. I downloaded the graduation cap from the internet. It was in two parts:

So when I stuck it on the card, I used foam tape for the top part and glued the bottom part right underneath. It’s hard to see that in the card, but I think it gave it a little pop. I use my die cuts and my machine simultaneously. Each has it’s own pros and cons. One pro of using the machine is you can easily set it to duplicate an image and you can cut out a whole sheet of something, which is what I did. Also, you are not limited to the size of the die cuts, with a machine, you can size the image any size you want.

I’m using the same card format for my daughter’s thank you cards, which we are also behind on and need to write… of course, I have to finish putting them together too.

A little hint: if you do make water color cards, they tend to warp when they dry, so it’s a good idea to put them under a heavy book for a day or so. I forgot to do that with this card and it’s a little warped.

Machine:

KNK Zing

red blade: 10/10

Materials:

water color paper/pencils

kraft and black paper

foam tape

Pandas with heart part 2

Last month I made a card out of a panda I modified. At work, we had a secret cupid and I knew I wanted to do something with that panda again. So I sized it up and made a panda shape card.

The person I was secretly giving gifts for figured out it was me.

She said that she heard I was the one who “made cute cards.” So I guess I outed myself.

I stamped some envelopes to match.

It was a lot of fun and even though she figured out it was me, it was worth it.

Machine Used: Zing

Materials: Michaels Recollection paper.

 

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

Panda with heart

At the school I work at, one of our sayings, since the Panda is our mascot, is that we are pandas with heart. I found a cute stamp set at the swap meet and had been wanting to make a Panda-piecing card for awhile. A few months back, I did a print and cut, but I wanted to do paper-pieced one.

I found this cute little dude at this site

And I found this bamboo at this site

But I didn’t want the hat. It was cute… but I wanted him to be plain, so I imported into Inkscape

I deleted the hat (even though it was cute), but I was left with a squashed face, so I easily stretched the head until I had this:

I pieced it all together and ended up with this:

On the inside, I stamped the saying from my new stamp set:

Machine used:

Zing (red blade, 10/10,)

Materials:

Cardstock (colormates) and Michael’s Recollection

Christmas Tree-t Box

At the shop we are getting ready for people to make their Christmas projects.  In fact we have sold out of several bolts of Christmas themed fabrics already.  To help people make some projects and to give them the tools to work with we are having an event next week where they will be making several items.  As a thank you for participating in the event, the coordinator asked me to make something in which she could put some small gifts for each person.  I remembered a Christmas tree shaped box that would be perfect for this purpose.

Materials Used:

Cardstock – Green and Dark Brown

Double Sided Scrapbooking Tape 1/8″ wide

Clear plastic sheets

Scrapbook glue

Settings:

Machine used:  KNK Force, Red cap standard material blade, 2 passes, Starting Depth – 35, Ending Depth – 45, Cutting Speed – 40, Blade offset – Red Blade, Blade Tension – 1.75

Additional Information:

When I made the sample box, I was not happy with how the trunk of the tree turned out.  The tree and trunk were joined together and the trunk just was too cumbersome and wouldn’t cooperate and stay together.  Since the opening flap of the box is the bottom of the tree it was going to cause problems when people were opening and closing the box.  I decided to make the trunk a separate piece and to glue it to the bottom flap.  That also gave me an opportunity to make the trunk a different color which I think looks better than having the whole box one color.

Here is a picture of the unassembled parts:

No, those are not chocolates on the right side of the picture.  They are the little boxes which are the trunks of the trees.  There is an unassembled one at the top right.  When the box is assembled, the flaps are at the top (open edge) of the box and are inserted into a slot in the fold on each side of the bottom flap.  The flaps are then attached to the adjacent box parts with double sided tape.  The small round holes near the peak of the box are for attaching a ribbon for decoration.  The triangular pieces at the bottom right are the plastic which is the ‘window’ in the box.

Each side of the box measures about 5 1/2″ so it is big enough for a few sewing related goodies.  It could also hold an assortment of other types of treasures.  Maybe even chocolates.