A Simple Christmas

It is not too early to begin preparations for Christmas.  I designed a simple Christmas card that is easily and quickly made.  The words and decoration are cut from vinyl making it possible to get very fine details.  I used an eight pointed star created in KNK Studio for the decoration on my card.  The card itself was designed in Make the Cut. You could just as easily use an ornament, a holly spray, a Christmas tree, a manger scene, a gift, or any other thing that symbolizes Christmas for you.  You could also not put any decoration on the card.


Materials Used:

Matte vinyl in silver

Sparkle vinyl in gold


Textured Cardstock

Double Sided Adhesive Tape


KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Standard Materials Red Cap blade for all cutting  Force: 15 for vinyls, 55 for flat cardstock, Speed: 80, Single pass,  Pin: 25 for cardstock, none for vinyl

Instructions etc.:

The completed card is 5″ x 7″.  The textured cardstock was used for the card base with the smooth cardstock being used as the mat for the vinyls. The matte silver vinyl photographed as almost white but it is really a silver color.  The files can be downloaded from the following link.  Merry Christmas Card_JudyKay



Yes I can drive a stick

Hey all,


It’s funny, I’m not sure I still can drive a stick. I don’t even drive an automatic that well. But I saw this saying and knew I had to recreate it. So I found a spooky font on daft and a free witch graphic on the web and then cut it out in black vinyl.

I’ve never stuck vinyl to cork before, but guess what, it works. I don’t know where I got these cork circles, but I apparently have a collection of them in my cabinets. I was originally going to cut this saying out and stick it on my car, but I thought it would make a cool little hanging sign.  cork circle is about 7.25″

Apparently I don’t have “Halloween” themed ribbon, but luckily I had orange and black.

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^There’s the file if you want to make one.

I used the KNK Maxx 24, f-300 and v – 30. (Wow, come to think of it, I may have the f and the v mixed up. I haven’t adjusted the settings on Mr. Maxx in two years because I’ve only been using it to cut vinyl. No specific reason, I just found a perfect setting for vinyl and am just way too lazy to change it. Besides, I use the Zing for all of my paper stuff.

Until next month! Stay classy KNK-ers!


A Different Kind of Gift Card

Last Christmas I made many Mug Mats for gifts using a set of embroidery designs from KimberBell designs.  At that time I was aware that the CD contained SVG files that would have allowed me to cut my applique fabrics on my 15″ Maxx Air but I did not use them.  With the announcement of the Force, I realized that I could use those SVG files to create unique “Gift Cards”.

Here is a picture of two of the seasonal mug mats I made.


This is a picture of the “Gift Cards” that I made that include the Mug Mats as part of the cards.



Cardstock in various colors

Thin plastic sheets to fit inside the frame for the Mug Mat.

Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Craft Glue

Embroidered Mug Mats

Holographic and Metallic vinyl


15″ Maxx Air

Cutting cardstocks – Blade: red cap standard material blade,  Force: 72 – 75, Speed: 80, 25 PIN

Cutting Vinyl – Blade: red cap standard material blade, Force: 14, Speed: 80, 25 PIN


The card is constructed from two pieces of cardstock.  The larger one is the card base and the smaller one is the frame that is attached to the card front.  The thin plastic sheet is taped to the inside of the frame before it is folded on the score lines.  The folds are made, the mug mat placed inside the frame.  The corners the frame are glued together where they overlap.  Double sided tape is placed around the outside edges of the front of the card.  The assembled frame is poisitoned on the front of the card and secured with the double sided tape.  A small note is attached to the flap about removing the mug rug from the card.


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I used the SVG files that correspond to the mug rug to cut cardstock images to be placed on the inside of the cards.  Words were cut from vinyl and added to the inside of the cards.


The frames are approximately 1/4″ thick as shown in the photo below.


The file for the card and attached frame can be found here Picture Frame Card_JudyKay



Zip to Open

Sometimes I would like to create a greeting card that is just a little different than the ordinary style of a folded piece of cardstock inserted into a traditional envelope.  The card shown in this post is one answer to that.  The envelope is part of the card to my way of thinking and if I were going to mail it, I would put in into a traditional envelope to be addressed and mailed.  If I were presenting it in person, I most likely would not use an additional envelope.

Here is a picture of the front of one of these types of cards – a Zipper card – that has not been embellished.  I am intending to create a Birthday card for a young lady whose favorite color is pink.


You can see that there are two lines of cuts across the top portion of the card.  The bow is made from two separate pieces of ribbon which are attached to the back of the center ends of the “Zipper” as shown in the photo below.


I used craft glue to securely attach the ribbon to the inside ends of the “Zipper”.  When the bow is untied and the two sections pulled in opposite directions, the “Zipper” opens by tearing the perforated strips from the front part of the card.  You can see an example of this in the photo below.


The contents of the card/envelope can then be removed.

The back of the card is cut the same size as the front but without the “Zipper” and attached to the front with 1/4″ double sided tape.

I originally created the files as a gift card holder.  The free files contain both the Greeting Card with Insert size as well as a size for standard Gift Cards.  Of course either size would easily hold a $100 bill or a personal check. The files can be downloaded from this link.  Zipper Cards Cutting Files_Judy_Kay

Materials Used:


Craft Glue


1/4″ Double Sided Tape


Machine Used:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Cutting cardstock: Standard Materials Blade (Red Cap), Force – 50, Speed – 80, PIN – 25, 1 pass




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