you’re tearrific part 2

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I saw this cute die on the sizzix web site so I decided to draw my own using Inkscape and MTC. Usually you can easily trace these in MTC, but I hadn’t drawn anything in awhile and there were very few curves in this, other than the handle. I did trace the cup and spoon attachment though, which is why I can’t share those. I changed up some things as well so not to step on any copyright toes.

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The sides kind of taper in at the top, which was a bit of a trick to draw, but I think I got it. It’s not perfect, but it worked.

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It comfortably holds 3 teabags.

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Here’s the file if you want to make one. It just includes the teabag holder. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the front and I have some coffee/tea clear stamps I used for the “you’re teariffic” part.

Materials:

K&C double sided designer paper

glue

twine

Martha Stewart punch

clear stamp

Machine:

KNK Zing

red blade: 10/10, 90

 

So I gave it to the aide that works in my classroom and she seemed to like it a lot. ūüôā

cute purse

I get the weekly Splitcoast Stampers email with a project for the week and I knew when I saw it, I wanted to make it.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/news/comments.php?id=1921_0_1_0_C

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There’s a .pdf file that you can download and print and cut out… but you know that’s not how I do things. ūüôā

I imported it into Make the Cut as a pdf (it’s two pages). When you import it, you have to click “break apart” because all of the lines are solid. Then, select the lines you need to be score lines and copy them to a new layer and change them to dashed lines.

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Then cut out and decorate.

Since the file specifically says not to share it electronically, I won’t put my file here, but as you can see, it’s very simple to do if you want to make one.

I did forget to put a clasp on it, but I think I’ll just put some velcro on it and it is an easy holder for small cards or treats.

I used the KNK Zing

Settings: 10/10, force 100. Red blade

I used card stock I found on clearance at Michaels. I think for future ones, I’d use solid card stock or two-sided because a lot of white shows, but I liked the paper, so it’s all good.

 

String of Pennants

This craft space needs pennantsI do not have one of those “to-die-for” kind of craft spaces. I do love my space… but it truly is more “function” than “form”. In fact, it often isn’t even as functional as I’d like it, because it seems to be in constant stay of disarray.

Someday perhaps I’ll have my dream studio. But for now, I figure the least I can do is “pretty it up” a little.

So… today I created a string of pennants to add a little joy¬†to my space. I’m not much of a paper crafter, but of course I have a large amount of purchased papers that sit and collect dust most of the time. It didn’t take long to find several pretty papers that I knew would work great!

Pretty Paper for Pennants

Just picking out all of this pretty paper made me smile. I think I should do more paper crafting!

  • Materials:
  1. Red capped blade
  2. String or Ribbon (I found mine at our local department store clearance center for $.50)
  3. Natural Kraft Cardstock or other solid color Cardstock
  4. Printed paper
  5. Make-The -Cut
  6. Free MTC “Pennant- Double-Layer Scalloped” File
  • KNK Zing settings: (your settings will vary depending on the paper/cardstock you choose)
  1. Force – 40
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 2 to 3 (My paper weight varied so I increased the multicut to 3 at times. This worked better than increasing the force for accommodating the different papers that I cut.)
  • Steps:
  1. Choose a variety of printed papers, as well as some plain cardstock for the back layer.
  2. Download my free file from¬†MTC Gallery. “Pennant- Double-Layer Scalloped”
  3. Cut your papers into 6 X 6 squares and lay them on your carrier mat. A brayer is very helpful to get the paper stuck down evenly. (Make sure the mat is not too sticky or the paper will be difficult to remove.)Paper for Pennants
  4. Cut your pennants. (I found it easiest to use Knife Point setting.)
  5. Remove the pennants from the mat.
  6. Now adhere your solid color to the mat and cut the back, scalloped layer. (I set this layer up for a 8.5″ X 11″ paper because that is what I had. If you have a 12″ X 12″ sheet, you’ll need to duplicate.)
  7. Cut file and remove pennants.
  8. Layer pennants and string onto ribbon.
  9. Hang them up to add a little fun to your space, or use for your next celebrations!

String of Pennants

 

 

 

 

 

happy birthday

Isn’t this cute?

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(I didn’t make that). I saw it on this website:¬†https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/oh-happy-day-2622736/paper-birthday-cake-box-4332241899

And I thought, I could make something similar with a file I previously created. Wow. I guess I’ve been doing this for a few years. Three years ago, I posted about a hat I made for St. Patrick’s Day. See this post:¬†http://teamknk.com/zing-goes-green/

I took that file and modified it just a bit and came up with this:

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So basically all I did was adjust the base layer so the rim wasn’t as big. I guess you could use the original file and use that part as the birthday cake “plate.”

I also created that fringe around the top and bottom and included that too. If you like the fringe better on the original box, you could use crepe paper and scissors, but I thought this looked just fine.

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When you open it up, you can slip a little gift inside.

I really like the paper straws for candles that were in the original picture, but I used some clear straws I had and made some “flames” that fit easily inside. I cut the straws 2″ to use the flames I included in the file.

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I’m planning to give this to my son with some money, as it is his birthday Sunday.

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The happy birthday border was made using a Martha Stewart punch, but it could easily be made with some block letters and the weld function in Make the Cut.

Remember, this is a free file so depending on the paper you use, you might have to play with the size of the lid a little bit. I used DCWV paper and the top is snug, but it fits.

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Materials:

Make the Cut

KNK Zing

red blade

DCWV cardstock

white copy paper for fringe

washi tape (striped)

 

Settings:

cardstock: f- 95, 10/10

copy paper: f-30, 10/10

Print and Cut Shower Invitation

Shower Invitation Created with Zing and MTCIt seems that many of us have been busy making cards or other paper crafts lately. ¬†I too,¬†have gotten into my paper stash to make an invitation for a family baby shower I’m planning for my daughter. I was able to use my Zing with¬†MTC’s Print and Cut to put a scalloped edge around the invitation and add holes to thread ribbon through. I also used a pen in the Zing to address the envelopes.

  • invitation for tutorial 2Materials:
  1. White premium card stock
  2. Patterned paper for background
  3. Ribbon
  4. Printer
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Pen and Pen Holder (I don’t have a pen holder so use a little foam mounting tape around the pen.)
  7. Free MTC file
  8. Invitation Design
  9. Envelopes
  • Zing Settings for Invitation:
  1. Speed:10
  2. Force: About 50 – 70 (check MTC manual)
  3. Offset: .25
  • Envelopes Addressed Using KNK Zing with PenZing Settings for Addressing Envelopes:
  1. Speed:10 (slower for more ink on paper, faster for less)
  2. Force: 20 (depends on pen)
  3. Offset: 0
  4. Blade Height: 25 Post it Notes
  • Steps for Invitation:
  1. Create the invitation design. I designed my invitation in Inkscape and put¬†a rectangle around the design so that the rectangle is bigger than the finished invitation. I then exported it as a PNG before importing into MTC. (You can download the SVG here if you’d like to use my basic format. )
  2. Go to Import > Pixel Trace to import design. ¬†Adjust “Threshold” to around 250 – 255. Click on “Texturize” and “Blackout”. Put your print on its own layer. (You can use my “Print Layer” as an example. Then turn my Print Layer off or delete it.)
  3. Set your “Printer Options”. Make sure that it is set to “Show Paper on Mat”, “Show Reg Marks”, and “Print Reg Marks”.
  4. If you are not familiar with MTC’s print and cut, please refer to your manual and/or videos.
  5. Make sure all layers are turned on and align horizontally and vertically. Check¬†that the Rectangle lines up with the outside of the print design. This will insure that your registration marks for your “Print Layer” and “Cut Layer” will be in the same place. This is very important to make sure the scallop cuts where you want it to.
  6. Turn off “Rectangle Layer” and “Cut Layer”. Print the “Print Layer”
  7. Place printed design on mat and insert into Zing. Turn off the “Print Layer” and turn on other two layers.
  8. Follow instructions to complete Print and Cut.
  9. Use Zing or other method to cut backing paper and place ribbon holes to line up with ribbon holes in invitation.
  10. Thread ribbon through holes and tie to secure back to invitation.
  • Steps for Envelope:Envelopes addressed with Zing
  1. Adhere envelope to mat with flap open.
  2. Choose desired font in MTC and complete address.
  3. Put¬†pen into pen holder and place in Zing. Adjust settings. Use “Knife Point” setting and set origin to where you want to your text to start.¬†“Cut” and watch your Zing address your envelope perfectly.

Print and cut takes a little bit of practice if you’ve never tried it. Be patient and don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time. It works great once you get used to it and is well worth the effort to learn!