Easter Egg Card and Tag

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

As we are well and truly into 2015 and looking forward to Spring, I thought I’d look to Easter for my project today. I designed a Card Cover which makes a simple but fun Easter Egg Card also if you like to give chocolate treats at Easter time, I made a matching Easter Egg Gift Tag. The cut files are available at the end of the post ūüôā

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

I cut the front layer of my card from some white cardstock and the backing layer from some pink paper which I glued together. Once dry, I strategically added some 3d pads behind the Card Cover and popped onto my card base.

To assemble the Tag, simply glue all 3 layers together before adding some thread.

Easter Egg Card Cover and Tag

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 are today’s Cut Files:

Easter Egg Card Cover by Bird

Easter Egg Card Cover Cut File by Bird

Easter Egg Tag by Bird

Easter Egg Tag Cut File by Bird

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 ūüôā

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

Layered Easter Bunny

Bunny_1 Easter comes earlier than usual this year so it is just around the corner, but there is still time to create these easy, free-standing bunnies; or¬†only the front or back, like I¬†did on the card.¬† Each measures 3″ tall.

Supplies needed are white cardstock for the bunny, quilt weight cotton or a pretty decorative paper for the contrasting ears and foot pads, 2 mini black brads for the eyes, 1 mini heart-shaped brad for the nose, 3/4″ pom pom for the tail, and a small amount of ribbon for the bow.

The bunnies¬†were cut out of white cardstock on my 15″ KNK Max Air with a force of 60, Speed of 200, Blade Offset of .35 and one pass.

I used quilt weight cotton to embellish these bunnies.¬† I love using fabric and have finally come up with a method that works consistently for me…To begin with, I have dedicated a cutting board just for cutting fabric, which I make very sticky.¬† I prepare my fabric by ironing “Steam-a-Seam 2” on the back, if I am applying it to fabric or “Heat ‘n Bond” on the back, if I am applying it to paper.¬† In this case the bits of fabric that I used were left over from a sewing project and already had “Steam-a-Seam 2” on the back¬†that worked great.¬† The backing of Steam-a-Seam¬†and Heat n’ Bond has a finish that doesn’t readily stick to the mat, so I spray¬†the backing¬†with 505 (a temporary adhesive).¬† With 505 on the back,¬†the fabric and backing¬†sticks securely to the mat without taping.¬† On my 15″ KNK Maxx Air my settings were Force 75, Speed 200, Blade Offset .75, and one pass.¬† The reason for having a dedicated mat is that there is some residue left on the mat from the 505.¬† I leave it because it just lends to a secure bond the next time.

Since the bunnies are flocked with “Fun Flock”, these were my steps for putting them together:

1) Iron fabric or glue decorative paper to the front ears and the 2 separate feet.
2) Flock the back side of the bunny and the face.
3) When the glue on the face is dry, insert the brads for the eyes and nose.
4) The tail is shown here, but actually, it is best if it is applied last because it makes it easier to flock the front of the bunny.

Bunny_2

5) The picture below on the left is the inside of the back of the bunny.  Do not apply glue below the line, if you want to be able to have him freestanding.  After glue is applied above the line, glue the front in place, matching the edges of the ears and the side attached legs.
6) Glue the face in place.
7) Glue the top half of the bottom paws. If glue is put on the bottom edge of the paws, the front will be attached to the back, eliminating the freestanding aspect.

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8. With the bunny assembled, the next step is to apply glue to the areas on the front that have not had flocking applied to them and complete the flocking process.
9) Lastly glue the pom pom tail in place and finish off with a bow at the neck.

The bunnies on the front of the card are made exactly the same, except the front and back are not glued together.

Bunny_5

Layered Bunny Free Files attached are in KNK, MTC and PDF formats, zipped.

Judy Keating is here visiting this week.¬† My thanks to her¬†for helping me get¬†this project ready to post on time.¬† Don’t miss her special post next Wednesday, which we also have been working on.

Easter Foolery

Happy Friday!

The Easter Bunny is on it’s way, and I have bunnies and Easter eggs galore being cut on my Zing!

Weeks ago, I purchased these bronze colored vinyl platters on sale at Michaels. Determined to get something done with them, I was inspired by a card I was trying to put together. I suddenly realized that the bunnies, eggs and trees would make a great center for the platter. All of the pieces were cut on my Zing in colored vinyl…easy peasy. I found the bunnies and eggs in the MTC library. The tree was downloaded from the net…can’t remember where, but can send you the file or post to the files if there is interest.

Though you might think the platter is finished, I really wish I had some words for the bottom. Everything I can think of is too wordy. Suggestions?

The second project was inspired by SusanBlueRobot’s post on sliceform cards. I wasn’t having much success with the Easter Card (mentioned above) and was trying to figure out how to get more dimension when her post came through my email. THANKS to Susan I finished crafting the card in time for this posting.

 

The townhouse came from the same place as the tree and again, even though I can’t remember where I got the file from, I do have it to upload if you like.

 

The teeny-tiny banner was made on my Zing using the Harrington font and a simple triangle from MTC and using the print and cut feature. And check out the bird soaring in the sky….a 1/2 inch bird, again, cut amaZINGly well on the Zing, also from the MTC library. The Easter basket was downloaded (once again) from the MTC library, printed on my printer and cut using PNC on the Zing.

 

I used Susan’s genius idea of using transparency film for the sliceform bases (so they don’t show) and also applied the film to the “grass” layers to add strength and a little gloss.

 

 

I plan to do some final tweaks before marketing them (need it to fit in a standard envelope, banner could use some more dimension, etc.) but I was pretty happy with the results.  Hope you enjoy them!