Easter Pop Up Card

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I know it seems a little early to be sharing an Easter Card but I’m sure it will be here before we know it, I’m certainly looking forward to Spring and the warmer weather it will bring 🙂

I used Make the Cut’s new Popup Card Studio to make the insert for my card today and then designed the card front in Make the Cut, the Cut File for both the insert and the card front is available at the end of today’s post (mtc format only today).

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 = 65
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. The picture below shows all of the pieces you will need for today’s card. I cut a piece of Worldwin Worldwin Colormates Smooth & Silky Card in half to make a 6 inch square card, all of the other pieces were cut from Worldwin Cutmates Cardstock which I love as it cuts like a dream! As the card insert is quite intricate I definitely recommend Cutmates for this:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 1

Pic 2. Starting with the card front, I glued the 2 card front layers together and also the 2 sentiment layers:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 2

Pic 3. Next I adhered all of my scene pieces to the card front panel, they slot together like jigsaw pieces:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 3

Pic 4. I popped my sentiment into place with some 3d foam pads and the card front is done, I set it aside for attaching to the card base after the insert had been added:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 4

Pic 5. Moving onto my card insert, I carefully folded along all of the perforated lines until it looked like this:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 5

Pic 6. I attached double sided tape to just one side of the pop up insert and placed it into the card base, next I added tape to the other side of the insert and closed the card onto it to ensure perfect placement:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 6

Pic 7. Once the insert has been added to the card I can go ahead and pop the card front onto the card base with 3d foam pads, Here’s how the completed card looks:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 7

Pic 8. …and here’s how the inside looks:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 8

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Easter Pop Up Card

Easter Pop Up Card MTC Cut File by Bird

Halloween Treat Bags

Hello there fellow KnK-ers!

Halloween is on the horizon so today I have made a couple of treat bags for the little ones in our lives to take trick or treating. The Cut Files are available at the end of this post 🙂

I used my Zing and Make the Cut to cut the pieces for my Pumpkin Treat Bag from some Worldwin Colormates Smooth and Silky cardstock. My settings were: height 25 post-it notes, standard blade, 0.30 offset, speed 10, force 75, one pass:

treat bag 1

I folded along all of the perforated lines and added some red-liner style tape to the tabs:

treat bag 2

The tab should follow the edge at the bottom of the pumpkin area to ensure a 90 degree angle:

treat bag 3

The Pumpkin and Stalk can now be glued onto the front and back of the bag and ribbon can be added to the holes in the sides:

treat bag 4

Here is the skull and crossbones version made with the same method:

treat bag 5

Bring on the Sweets! 🙂

treat bag 6

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here are today’s Cut Files:

Pumpkin Treat Bag by Bird

Pumpkin Treat Bag Cut File by Bird

Skull Treat Bag by Bird

Skull Treat Bag Cut File by Bird

Independence Day Rhinestoning!

Closeup2 America

A BIG thank you to my wonderful assistant, Gabriella Lex, for designing and making today’s three projects! Let’s begin with the materials she used:

KNK Maxx Air
Rock-It Rhinestone Flock
SS10 Rhinestones in Siam Ruby, Crystal, and Capri Blue
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
KNK Heat Press
Black T Shirt
White Cotton Placemat
Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates Cardstock
Red and Blue Decal Vinyl

For the design in Make The Cut, Gabriella used a rhinestone font from http://www.synergy17.com/ (note that you can download a free rhinestone font on the 17th day of each month). This font is designed with 2.0 mm circles which would have been way too small for the SS10 rhinestones. To resize the text in Make The Cut, so that the circles were 3.5mm, instead of 2.0mm, the method I show in this video was applied: Resizing Rhinestone Patterns.

For the flag, Gabriella made her own design and, as you can see, used it as the “i” in America.

After cutting the design on the Maxx Air from Rock-It, she brushed in the rhinestones, lifted with transfer tape and then heat pressed the stones to a black T Shirt I had in my closet. Now I have something special to wear at our 4th of July party this year!

America Shirt Cropped

But wait… there’s more! I decided I wanted to see the same colors on a white background, so I had Gabriella make two more items. I had some plain thin cotton placemats which I thought might also work great as basket liners for crackers or chips, So, Gabriella brushed and filled her template again with the same colors of rhinestones and then lifted and pressed to this placemat:

Cotton Placemat 2

And finally, I thought, “How about a greeting card, too?” So, we picked a red sheet of cardstock from the Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates line now being carried at KNK USA to use as the card base. Then Gabriella filled the template again with rhinestones and lifted and pressed to the center of a pre-cut rectangle of the white cardstock for the front of the card. I decided we needed just a little more embellishing to fill the white space to the left of the flag, so Gabriella cut some red and blue vinyl star frames and I arranged them on the front.

America Card

This is what I’ve always loved about making rhinestone templates…one template results in something you can use as many times as needed AND in different applications! Now let’s see if some of our readers can come up with their own ideas!

Here is the cutting file in MTC, KNK, and SVG file formats: America Design

Feel free to send me any project photos you take of this or other rhinestone designs! And again, a big thank you to Gabriella for helping us out at Team KNK!