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We were celebrating our niece’s “Quinceañero”, so I decided to make something really, really special for her. Using my wonderful KNK Groove-e, vinyl and some embelishment, I was able to make the “perfect” lettering, fixed in the position of an arc to put on top of a portrait of her, that i drew. The portrait, the arc, and the back of the numbers 15 were done using Styrofoam and vinyl. With her name and the number 15 on on the arch, decorated with flowers.

The materials that we are going to use for this project are:

Settings for Groove-e Machine:

  • Force = 15
  • Speed = 150

Steps to make the Decorative Arc:

  1. I cut an arch out of Styrofoam using a Foam Cutter Wire.
  2. I measure the arc and I made a virtual mat on MTC a little bit bigger than the size that would be my arch.
  3. Then, Inside that virtual mat, from Basic Shapes>Generic, I choose the Block Arc and put it approximately the size of my arc.
  4. After that, I choose the letter that I wanted to use and I wrote the name of my niece, t which is Zaylene.
  5. Click on the Bézier Warp icon on the Magic Toolbar. 
  6. I choose Manual size and stretched the sides to make an oval.
  7. Then, I played with the width and height bottom until I get the shape that I wanted and clicked apply.
  8. The final step was to size the name inside the Block Arc that I had on my virtual mat. I wrote the numbers 15 and send it to cut.
  9. The numbers 15 were placed on a Styrofoam, cut with a foam cutter wire, stuck in a wood stick and glued to the arch with hot glue.

How to Dress up a Bag with Rhinestones

Upcycled Bags with Rhinestones
Last week I was browsing through Target’s “Dollar” area, and spotted some cute little bags.  I thought I could dress up bags with rhinestones for our little princesses for Easter. I had never worked with rhinestones before and figured this would be a good beginner project.

Yesterday I decided to get going on the project. However, after taking a better look at the Target bags, I decided the quality was so poor (even at $3.00 a piece) that it wasn’t really worth the effort: the bags are going back for a refund. I went through my stash of fabric and found a vintage tablecloth that I figured would be perfect for my little bags.

I have made several larger bags in the past, so I took the basic pattern for those bags and cut it down to make something more appropriate for little girls.

Sewing Easter Bags
Our awesome KNK team sent me rhinestones several months ago but I had yet to take the time to learn how to apply them. Thank goodness for Sandy McCauley and her awesome videos! I watched all of her rhinestone designing videos and learned so much. (I will be watching a LOT more of her videos in the near future, because I learned so many awesome tips.)

Sandy made it look so easy designing the rhinestone templates that I couldn’t wait to get going. Of course, there was a bit of a learning curve so it didn’t seem quite as easy as it looked watching her, but I managed to get a good result for my first try.

  • Materials:
  1. Rhinestone Motif Rubber
  2. Rhinestones
  3. Rhinestone Transfer Tape
  4. Blue-capped Blade
  5. Small baking pan
  6. Backing board such as chipboard, foam board, etc.
  7. Iron
  • Settings on KNK Zing:
  1. Force – 100
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 2
  4. Offset – .25
  • Steps:
  1. Design Template (or open pre-made design)
  2. Remove backing from rubber and place sticky side down on mat.
  3. Use brayer, or rub firmly with hand to make sure rubber is adhered adequately to mat.
  4. Insert into Zing and cut.
  5. Peel template off mat slowly. Make sure all holes are clear. (All the circles should stay on mat.)
  6. Apply rubber template to firm backing. I used a piece of foam board.
  7. Place template in baking pan to contain rhinestones.
  8. Spread rhinestones over template. Spread rhinestones over template until all holes are filled. Make sure all holes are filled and rhinestones are right-side-up.
  9. Brush off excess rhinestones.
  10. Cut piece of transfer tape and adhere to top of rhinestone design. Press gently and make sure all rhinestones are sticking to tape before removing from template.
  11. Place your rhinestone design on your bag or other item.
  12. Use iron on wool or cotton setting. Hold for ten seconds. Pick up to move slightly, and repeat a few times.
  13. Remove transfer tape.
Make sure all holes are cut out of template.

Holes Should be Empty and Circles will be Stuck to Mat

Rhinestones are spread over template

Spread Rhinestones Over Holes

 

If you are designing rhinestone templates for the first time, you will definitely want to watch Sandy’s videos. She also has a YouTube video that shows clearly how to apply them. You will learn a lot of tips that I did not include here.

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

Happy Birthday Edge Card x 3

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I have a Birthday Card for you today, the Happy Birthday sentiment protrudes diagonally from the card base layers. The design is a simple one but it can easily be decorated to suit different recipients. I have decorated the card in 3 different ways today, one card is more masculine, one card is more feminine and the card I show in the assembly photos is more suitable for a young girl. The cut file is available at the end of the post 🙂

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard8

These are the Materials I used:

  • My KnK Zing
  • Make the Cut Software
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • 3D Foam Pads
  • Glitter Card, Twine & Gems to embellish

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

Pic 1. Below are the pieces you will find within the cut file folder, I cut my card base pieces from some pink card and chose some fun patterned paper for the layering pieces:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard1

Pic 2. The patterned pieces are adhered directly to the card base pieces:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard2

Pic 3. Turn the front panel over and add 3d foam pads to the back, I found 2 layers of foam pads worked best:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard3

Pic 4. Pop your front panel into place, you are now free to decorate as you wish:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard4

My Completed Card: I lined the inside of my card with more of the patterned paper. Carrying on the Butterfly theme of the paper, I cut a few of these butterflies to embellish my card then popped on a few gems:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard5

Alternative Card 1: For my second card I cut the card base from some white card, I chose some subtle white and green patterned paper then added a strip of green glitter card:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard6

Alternative Card 2: For my third card I simply cut the card base from some kraft coloured card and added some natural coloured twine to the front panel before I stuck it down to my card base:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCard7

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:

HappyBirthdayEdgeCardbyBird

Happy Birthday Edge Card Cut File by Bird

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