For your little Prince or Princess

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I have a fun project for you today, I have Crown for your little Prince and a Tiara for your little Princess. These are great to use as party hats or they could be for just playing dress up. The great thing about having a Zing is being able to personalise everything so you can adjust the size of the Cut File to make a Crown or Tiara to fit your little ones perfectly 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 = 100
  • Passes = 1

Crown Assembly:

Pic 1. To make the Crown you will need 2 of each of the pieces within the Cut File, one for the front and one for the back, as shown below:

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Pic 2. To add some detail, I turned the smaller pieces over and scored from the reverse of the card, I added 2 lines either side of the rows of holes:

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Pic 3. Once embossed, I taped the smaller pieces along the bottom of larger Crown shapes taking care not to cover the slits the tabs will need to go through:

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Pic 4. Now you can tuck the tabs into the slits to form the Crown, tuck them in from the front so the tabs remain inside. You can secure the tabs inside if you wish:

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Pic 5. Here’s how your Crown looks once it’s assembled:

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Pic 6. I couldn’t help adding some¬†Sparkles to my Crown but you could use Gems, Sequins, Glitter etc:

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Tiara Assembly

Pic 1. All of the pieces you will need for the front and back of the Tiara are within the Cut File, there is no need to duplicate any this time:

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Pic 2. Using more of the tape, I adhered the smaller strips to the Tiara front and the back band (again avoiding the tab slits):

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Pic 3. Tucking the tabs into the slits gives you a Tiara which looks like this:

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Pic 4. Of course you don’t have to add any bling but I dare you to resist ūüėČ This is how I finished mine:

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project, 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:

Crown by Bird

Crown Cut File by Bird

Tiara by Bird

Tiara Cut File by Bird

Stick Your Neck Out with a Popup Card

I recently participated in a card swap in which the theme for the card was animals.  At the time I signed up, Popup Card Studio had not been released but I had already decided that the card I would make was going to be a popup card.  A dear friend had given me a gift of a wonderful book on creating popups and I was determined to learn to use some of the knowledge in the book.  When PCS was released, I revised my plan for the card to include my original popup idea plus a second popup element created in PCS.

This was the finished card incorporating both types of popup.¬† When the card is closed the giraffe’s head and neck are hidden inside.

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Materials Used:

Photo paper Рglossy and matte finish

Giraffe print scrapbook paper

Cardstock

1/4″ double sided adhesive tape

Settings:

15″¬†KNK Maxx Air

Various cardstocks:  Blades РKNK Standard Blade (red cap) or Thick Material Blade (blue cap) depending on thickness and density of cardstock.  Force:  60 Р80, Speed:  70 Р100, One or two passes depending on cardstock, Offset Рas appropriate for blade (red cap Р0.35, blue cap Р0.75), Blade holder height Р25 PIN

Glossy photo paper – (Heavy):¬† Blade – Thick Material Blade (blue cap), Force – 80, Speed –¬† 70, 2 passes, Offset – 0.75, Blade holder height – 25 PIN

Matte photo paper Р(Thin):  Blade РKNK Standard Blade (red cap), Force Р50, Speed Р100, Single pass, Offset Р0.35, Blade holder height Р25 PIN

Instructions:

After spending quite a bit of time searching the Internet for pictures of giraffes, I finally settled on the two shown in the photos of the card above.¬† I opened the pictures in the Adobe Photoshop Elements software and removed the background except for the area of grass under the standing giraffe.¬† Since I wasn’t going to cut the picture of the giraffe head, I was able to print the photo for the card front directly from the Adobe Photoshop Elements software onto the glossy photo paper.¬† The photo was then trimmed, matted with giraffe print scrapbook paper and adhered to the front of the dark blue cardstock card.

The cleaned-up standing giraffe image was saved as a PNG format file to maintain the transparent background.  The PNG image was Pixel Traced in Make the Cut as an object with Texture to keep the graphic.  I decided where I would separate the giraffe and used the Eraser Tool in the Node Editing Toolbar to separate the image into two parts.  Because I wanted the two pieces of the giraffe to overlap when his head was popped up, I duplicated the whole image and made differently placed eraser lines in each image.  I discarded one portion of each image keeping the longer head piece and the taller body piece.

A graphic file was created using the body portion of the standing giraffe and a pale blue background so I could use the MTC software’s Print and Cut feature for the inside of the card.¬† The whole inside of the card is a PNC image.

The body portion of the giraffe was copied in MTC and pasted into PCS.  To create the flat edges needed for a successful attachment to the card sides, the image was rotated and cropped.  The height measurement of the cropped image was noted and the image was cut from the screen.  The plane was then relocated to a measurement that was one half of the height of the giraffe body image and the previously cut image pasted onto that plane making sure it was even with the left side of the card and the bottom of the plane.  The Fold feature of PCS was used to fold the giraffe body in half and attach it to the card.  The Print Preview feature was used to check that the body would be centered on the card and that the fold lines were in place.  The file was then Exported as an SVG format file.

The exported SVG file from PCS was imported into MTC, the graphic of the giraffe body and blue background was added as a Texture to the imported file and saved as an MTC file.  Options were set in MTC to be able to use the file in a Print and Cut operation.  The inside of the card was printed on the matte photo paper and then cut using MTC.  Score lines were added by hand.

The giraffe head image was duplicated and printed and cut using MTC in a second PNC operation.¬† Since the matte photo paper is thin, a shaped piece of cardstock was cut to be glued to the back of the giraffe’s neck to provide extra support for that piece.

The popup mechanism for the neck and head was designed in the¬†KNK Studio software and several prototypes cut and tested before the design was finalized.¬† During that process, I decided that using cardstock for¬†that mechanism was not what I wanted because the test ones did not hold up to the repeated folding and unfolding.¬† I determined that the glossy photo paper was more durable and used it to cut that element of the card.¬† I also modified the edges of that popup mechanism to fit the contours of the pieces attached to it and it’s placement on the card.

The heart sign around the giraffe’s neck is three layered cardstock hearts that were created in the KNK Studio software.¬† The heart shape began as a square turned 45 degrees so it sat on a point.¬† Two of the sides were¬†pulled into outward curves to create the top of the heart.¬† The shape was resized to provide three different sizes.¬† The¬†middle size heart was modified using a small circle and the Transform/Fit Object to Path and Weld functions to create a scalloped edge.¬† The smallest heart was copied into MTC and a graphic file with text added as Texture.¬† It was then duplicated, printed, and cut as a third PNC operation for the card.¬†¬†The ends of a length of heavy thread were glued to the back of the layered hearts to create a sign that would hang from the giraffe’s neck.

The little sign hanging form the giraffe’s neck makes it a Valentine card.¬† However, with some minor modifications, the card could be used for many different occasions.¬† A note included with the cards for the swap suggested replacing the heart sign with one reading “Happy Birthday!” and adding wording inside the card such as “Seriously???¬† 39 Again this year???”.¬† I’m sure you can imagine other wording¬†for other occasions¬†that would follow the lead-in on the front of the card.

A custom envelope was created for the card and lined with the border portion of the giraffe print scrapbook paper used on the card front.

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If you want to create a similar card and cannot find, or would prefer not to use photographic images, cartoon or coloring book or line art giraffe images would work as well.  Each different image would need to have custom PCS files, MTC files, and popup mechanisms created for it.

The heart sign around the giraffe’s neck could be used and resized, if desired, to create simple Valentine cards or signs to hang around in unexpected places for your loved ones to find on Valentine’s Day or with loving messages for any time of the year.¬† The sayings found on the Valentine candy hearts would be fun to use on the signs.

Files for the heart signs and the envelope with the liner are available for download in KNK, MTC, & SVG formats in the following links.

Layered Heart Cut Files_JudyKay

Envelope 5×7 wLiner Cut Files_JudyKay

“Sealing up” those Holiday Memories

At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
— Thomas Tusser

 

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Thank you for visiting Team KNK and reading this post!¬† Today our project is a mini book created from 6×9″ envelopes.¬† Our design focus is on three simple shapes (bird, heart and star) that repeat throughout the project. The above cover photo shows the bird.

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Page 2 features the heart.

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Pages 3 and 4 show the star and the bird.

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Pages 5 and 6 show the heart and star (attached to the black pull out tag).  See how the shapes repeat and bring a familiar flow to this project?

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Pages 7 and 8 feature the star shape.  You again see the reverse side of the star and now the heart that peeks out from the kraft pull out tag.

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The final layout of this mini book features the bird, but you still see the star and heart from the tag pull outs.  Note how I embellished the hearts and stars differently each time they were featured?

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I created each shape node by node.  I am amazingly quick at just starting with points, converting to poly-arc and curving lines.  I get lots of practice.  I usually import a clip art shape into my screen to use for scale and then I tweak the shape to suit my needs.

If you would like to create your very own version of an envelope book, here is  an instructional video that I created for a recent class.

Material:

Cardstock

Blue cap / thick materials blade

Settings:

I keep my 15″ KNK Maxx settings at Overcut 15 & Trailing Blade 20 because I only use my machine to cut paper.

Please visit the KNK Gallery on my website to see more projects that I have created using my Klic N Kut.

Photos:  Courtesy of Petrini Photography

Supplies:

Printed Papers by Theresa Collins Designs

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper

Ribbons, buttons, rhinestones and envelopes from Designer’s Stash

Thank you for visiting TeamKNK!  Your comments and feedback are appreciated.

Keep Calm and Grinch on…

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Yep. That’s me on the left. I am usually behind the camera, but I was asked to take Santa pictures for the students at our school. I took around 500 pictures, so at the end, I had someone take one of me. Santa said I’m getting coal this year.

See that cool green shirt I’m wearing? My hair is in the way, but it was the inspiration for this month’s project. Back in January, I did a post of Keep Calm stuff and even threw a file in there somewhere.

Well, after a perusal through Dollar Tree and the 99 cent store, I came up with a couple gifts that I think are pretty cool (and my wallet liked it too!)

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It’s a plastic plate, plain and boring, decorated with some white vinyl. The grinch is the base file from the Grinch in the MTC gallery. I think if I had some red vinyl, I would have gone ahead and cut the hat piece. But I don’t have any. Imagination is a good thing.

Let me digress a minute. Have you been to the MTC gallery? I think I’ve had the software about 3 years now and I may have opened it when I first got it, but then kind of forgot about it. For all the free stuff you get there, the software pays for itself about ten times over. If you aren’t using MTC, I highly encourage you to give it a roll. I don’t even use KNK Studio anymore. One of these days I need to convert all my files over. I’m hoping Andy will eventually add an import function because it would be easier than opening the file in Studio and then copy and pasting it. I’m LAZY people! I want things EASY!

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I liked the first picture because I had the cute little decoration behind it, but this one shows the true color of the plate a little better. But wait. There’s more.

(said in my best Infomercial voice)

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I also bought a couple red plates and made this one. Again, pulled the image out of the MTC gallery.

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Here they are, posing together. Dollar Tree had other colored plates like pink and blue so I was thinking Spring or new baby or anything your heart desires.

But wait. There’s STILL more.

I work with the most awesome team of ladies ever. I wanted to do a little something for them and came up with these:

 

 

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Also scored these at the 99 cent store. I love that place!!!

Close up of the front:

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And I personalized the back for each teacher:

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I’m showing you Mrs. E’s cup to protect the names of the innocent because we call her that instead of her full last name. The rest of them have their full last names.

I tied a ribbon on top and added a little tag (I used a reindeer die in my Fiskars Fuse because it has that cool embossing folder with it):

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Materials Used:

KNK Maxx 24″

MTC¬†(it’s on sale!!!) (Slight joke. It’s been on sale since I bought it a few years ago. But it’s worth it at the regular price too)

White vinyl

red blade

Settings:

V – 150 (slowed it down for the thin text, but I’m sure I could bump it up)

f – 30

Instructions:

Cut vinyl. Stick it on stuff. Hope that it’s on there straight.

Have a happy whatever you celebrate! See you next year.

Stay Classy, KNKers! (Certain movie lovers will get it)

 

 

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

‚ÄúHe who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Roy L. Smith

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A simple font (Times New Roman) and letters sized to 9.5″ tall.  This quick and easy project is a great addition to your holiday decor!  Each letter was shadowed individually using Transform>Contour Object (I used 5 as my contour setting).

Additionally some Christmas shapes were added to my banner:  holly leaves, jumping reindeer, holiday bow and a little bird.  I create all my cutting files by scratch using a node by node method (please review my prior posts if you need direction on how to do this.)

TimelessHolly   TimelessReindeer   TimelessBow TimelessBird

Material:

Cardstock

Blue cap / thick materials blade

Settings:

I keep my 15″ KNK Maxx settings at Overcut 15 & Trailing Blade 20 because I only use my machine to cut paper.

Please visit the KNK Gallery on my website to see more projects that I have created using my Klic N Kut.

Supplies:

Cardstock, Patterned Paper and Embellishments by Bazzill Basics Paper

Ribbons from Designer’s Stash

Thank you for visiting TeamKNK!  Your comments and feedback are appreciated.