Flower Wrap Card

Hi There fellow KnK-ers!

I thought I’d revisit the style of card I created for the Snow Scene Card I posted here but change it up for a spring/summer look, so instead of snowy buildings and trees I’ve opted for some bright sunny flowers. The card base has a cut away section and wraps around the card insert which then both become the front of your card. The cut file is available at the end of the post 🙂

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 =  100 (75 for cutmates)
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. Here are all of the elements within the cut file, the 2 green layers were cut from Smooth & Silky Cardstock which is nice and sturdy and all of the other elements were cut from Cutmates which is great for more intricate cuts:

Flower Wrap Card 1

Pic 2. Using wet glue to give me some wiggle room time, I glued the 2 green layers together and popped the flower heads into place. While I had the glue out, I also glued the 3 sun layers together:

Flower Wrap Card 2

Pic 3. I flipped the card over and added one strip of double sided tape along the left edge of the back inside the card:

Flower Wrap Card 3

Pic 4. I folded my insert and lined up the fold line with the left edge of the double sided tape:

Flower Wrap Card 4

Pic 5. You can now fold your card base and add your sun to the top of the insert layer with a 3D foam pad:

Flower Wrap Card 5

Pic 6. With a few enamel dots popped into the middle of the flowers for some extra dimension, my card is finished:

Flower Wrap Card 6

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:

Flower Wrap Card by Bird

Flower Wrap Card Cut File by Bird

Spring Birthdays

Hi There fellow KnK-ers!

There are lots of Birthdays in my Family at this time of year so today I have made a Spring Flower card. I turned my card into a Birthday card but with a change of sentiment I think it could be suitable for many other occasions. Cutting the Latticed Daffodil was a breeze as I used CutMates Cardstock, it really is second to none when it comes to more intricate cuts. The Cut File is available at the end of this post 🙂

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 =  100
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. Below are the 3 layers you will find within the Cut File, I cut my card base and card front layer from Smooth and Silky Card then cut my lattice detail layer from Cutmates Card:

Daffodil Card 1

Pic 2. I first adhered the larger layer directly onto my Card Base with double-sided tape:

Daffodil Card 2

Pic 3. Next, I adhered the detail layer with some wet glue to give me some time to wiggle it into perfect placement:

Daffodil Card 3

Pic 4. I cut a simple banner shape then I picked a font from my computer to cut and use as my sentiment. I popped some 3d foam pads behind the ends of the banner to give my card some dimension and with that my card was finished:

Daffodil 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:

Daffodil Card by Bird

Daffodil Card Cut File by Bird

Vintage Easter

 

My 15″ KNK Maxx Air plus my Make the Cut software make it so easy to create special cards for special occasions.  The Print and Cut feature in the Make the Cut software is one of my favorite features of that software.  I can take almost any image into the software and use the excellent tracing features to incorporate that image into my project.  For today’s post I chose a beautiful image of a vintage Easter post card which I found on the Graphic Fairy’s website.  This is how my Vintage Easter card looks.

Easter Card-Optimized

Materials Used:

Matte finish photo paper

Cardstock in yellow, light green, pink, and white

1/4″ double sided adhesive tape

Medium and dark chalk

Settings:

Machine – 15″ KNK Maxx Air

Blade – Red Cap (Standard Material)

Force – 50 – 65 for the cardstocks and the photo paper

Speed – 80 -100

After finally settling on the image that I wanted to use, I downloaded it, and created a rectangle with rounded corners the size I wanted for the image on the front of the card.  Then I added the image as a texture to that rectangle.  Next I created 3 shadow layers for that rectangle.  Each shadow layer is 5 mm larger than the previous one.  One last shadow layer was created, again at 5 mm larger than the last one.  The largest shadow layer was duplicated, moved next to the one from which it was duplicated and the two welded to create the card base.

The layer with the image was cut using the Print and Cut function.  All of the others were cut using the knife point function.

After the card was assembled with the double sided tape, the edges were chalked with the brown chalks to further enhance the vintage look.

 

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 🙂

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

Patchwork Valentine

One of the many things that I enjoy about  my 15″ KNK Maxx Air and the KNK Studio and Make the Cut software is that I can use them in combination with my other hobbies.  For my post today, I combined some sewing techniques with the capabilities of the KNK cutter and software. I created a Valentine card with a fabric patchwork heart and vinyl lettering on the front. CardFront-Optimized And a printed message on the inside. CardInside-Optimized Materials Used:

Five cotton quilting fabrics with Valentine prints

Muslin fabric

Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web

Cardstock:  White, pink, dark chocolate brown

1/4″ Double sided adhesive tape

Fabri-Tac adhesive

Battilizer batting

Sheer Mesh cut away stabilizer

Various Embroidery threads for decorative stitching

Aleen’s Okay To Wash-It Adhesive

Settings:

Machine:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Blades:  Fabric and Red Cap (standard materials)

Force:  Fabrics – 70, Cardstocks – 50 – 75, Vinyl – 13

Speed: 80 – 100

Instructions:

I began by tracing a heart shape I like and sizing to the dimensions I wanted for my finished patchwork heart in KNK Studio.  I then used the Ginsu Knife function to cut the heart shape into 5 pieces.  A copy of the uncut heart shape was resized to a smaller heart for the “backing heart” and a larger heart for the “background heart” using the Transform/Outline function.

Before cutting the fabrics for the heart pieces, the fabrics were pressed and the Steam-A-Seam 2 fused to the wrong side of the fabric.  The second piece of protective paper was removed from the Steam-A-Seam 2 and the wrong side of the fabric brayered to a very sticky mat for cutting.  The outer pieces of the patchwork heart had been enlarged on the outer edge to provide additional fabric for wrapping to the back.

Once the heart pieces were cut, they were assembled into a heart shape and fused to a piece of muslin.  To prepare the heart for decorative stitching, the fused pieced heart was layered on top of the Battilizer batting and the Sheer Mesh cut away stabilizer placed on the bottom of the stack. PiecesForStitching-Optimized Decorative stitches were selected and sewn over the “seams” in the patchwork heart. DecorativeStitching-Optimized The “backing heart” (smaller solid heart) was cut from white cardstock.  The backing heart was centered on the wrong side of the pieced and stitched heart.  The outline of the backing heart was traced on the sheet mesh stabilizer.  Small scissors were used to trim the stabilizer and batting on the marked line.  It was necessary to remove some of the decorative stitching to be able to trim the stabilizer and batting.  The “Okay To Wash-It” adhesive was used on the bobbin threads of the decorative stitches just inside the marked line to keep them from unraveling when the stitches outside of the line were trimmed.  “Fabric-Tac” adhesive was used to glue the backing heart to the wrong side of the heart unit. ReadyForFolding-Optimized Fabric-Tac was used to glue the fabric edge to the backing heart as the fabric was folded to the back. FoldedAndGlued-Optimized FinishedHeart-Optimized A “background heart” (larger solid heart) was cut from the brown cardstock.  The background heart was centered behind the completed patchwork heart and attached using double sided tape.

The card shown at the beginning of this post was created by folding an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of pink cardstock in half to form a top fold card.  The assembled patchwork heart and background heart were attached to the left side of the front of the card with double sided tape.  The words “Your Love” were cut from brown vinyl and placed on the right side of the front of the card.  The message for the inside of the card was printed using Microsoft Word and attached to the fold on the inside of the card with Fabri-Tac adhesive.  The font used for the card is Hancock.

Use the links below to download files for creating this card.  Enjoy!

Patchwork Valentine Cut Files_JudyKay