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

Bookmarks

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Today I thought I’d do something a little different and make some bookmarks. I was thinking that it would be really cute to make personalised ones for children with their names on. That’s the great thing about having a cutting mchine, no matter how unique our child’s name is, we can make personalised items to make them feel special. You will find the cut files I used for today’s project 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 =  80 paper/100 card
  • Passes = 1

The bookmark is made up of 4 layers to add some rigidity and for a contrasting edge, I chose a bright spring green. You will find little reinforcing rings in the file to add around the ribbon hole to strengthen them. I glued all of the pieces directly on top of each other to keep the bookmark as flat as possible so it doesn’t add bulk to the book you are reading.

Book-Bookmark

How about adding a pocket to a greetings card to slide a personalised bookmark inside. A card and gift all in one 😉

Reading-Bookmark

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:

BookmarksbyBird

Bookmarks Cut File by Bird

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

So Blessed…

I think those of us who own a KNK or Zing and are able to use it on a regular basis know that we are blessed. :O) I have fun doing the simplest little things.

Every year I make stickers to put on my calendar to help remind me of important Birthdays. I have a large family, 7 siblings, most who have spouses, kids, grandkids…and I like to send them all cards. So the reminders on the calendar are helpful. Last year I did balloons, this year hearts. You can cut a ton of them on a small piece of vinyl and when weeded they become stickers. If you don’t want to put them on your calendar you can make them and make your kids or grandkids happy with some inexpensive stickers that they can use to create. This heart is the perfect heart and can be used for many things. Here is the file team knk heart

IMG_3698 IMG_3697 IMG_3699 Materials Used

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 45

speed 450

IMG_3704

And here is one of the Birthday cards that I made. My dear friend Colleen sent me some colored twine. When I saw this card on Pintrest I knew I had to make it to use the twine to make her Birthday card! If I knew how to do a print and cut (some day!) I would have done that. But there are 50 ways to avoid learning how to do a print and cut. I cut the white part of Snoopy from white cardstock and then cut the black part from vinyl and applied it to the cardstock!  The background was run through my Cuttlebug. The joys of being a KNK owner are indeed endless. Here is the card file snoopy card

Materials

Cardstock

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 45 for vinyl

100 for cardstock

Speed 450

1 Cut – 3 Cards

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Do you ever look at the waste left behind after you’ve made your cut and thought it was too nice to throw away?

One simple step to make your waste more usable is to draw a square (or other shape) around the design you are about to cut to produce a frame effect from your waste material making it super easy to remove from your mat and use right away. How about taking this idea one step further and adding a shadow layer around your design to create a slightly different version of it?

This is exactly what I’ve done today, I’ve added an internal layer to my Bauble and an external layer to my Snowflake then drew a Square around the outside. This one 5 inch cut will give me enough elements for all 3 of these 6 inch cards!

Bauble Layers 3

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 =  120
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. I cut my design from kraft cardstock at 5 inches, here’s how it looks straight from my Zing mat:

Bauble Layers 1

Pic 2. I separated out the different elements to make the most pleasing combinations:

Bauble Layers 2

Pic 3. Here are the 3 cards I made from the elements above along with some festive papers, a little twine and some pearls:

Bauble Layers 4

Bauble Layers 5

Bauble Layers 6

Who would think that you could get so much from just one 5 inch piece of 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:

Snowflake Bauble Layers by Bird

Snowflake Bauble Layers by Bird