PCS Tutorial Videos

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Today’s post is definitely a technical post… nothing cute, nothing whimsical, nothing Pinterest-worthy here! lol But I still hope this post will be a valued one!

In the last post I made on February 12, I showed off a popup card I made for a swap. While I received a lot of nice comments from readers here and from my local card-swapping friends, it was apparent that most of you had missed my link to a video I made for designing single word cards in the new Popup Card Studio! (That was my fault for having a subtle link that said click here. lol)

So, to be a little more bold this time, I’m going to re-announce that first video by giving it a line of its own:

Free Video for Designing a Simple One Word Popup Card

AND… for today’s post, I put together a sequel which shows how to add a second word to the same card design:

Free Video for Designing a Two Line Popup Card

Now at this point, I want to share a list for those of you new to PCS. This is kind of like a list of reminders about what you’re most likely to forget to do when working with this fun and powerful design program:

  • Hold down the D key when clicking on shapes that might not be on the current plane. This is how you select them. If you need them on a different plane then click on the icon at the top to Cut them to the Clipboard, go to the new plane, and then click to Paste them onto that plane.

 

  • When you find you’re unable to select anything (and you ARE holding down the D key), you are probably in the wrong mode! I often do this! I’m still in the Text mode or I’m still in the Bezier mode! Click on the Arrow icon on the left side to return to the Selection mode.

 

  • Certain functions work better if you have the right Snap selection. If you need to use the Crop Tool or Resize shapes or Move shapes, make sure Snap is really low… as in 1/256. If you need to use the Bezier tool to create those really cool two point rectangles, make sure you’re using a higher Snap, such as 1/8″.

 

  • Before adding two point rectangles, you need the shapes to have flat horizontal lines so that those all-important mountain or valley fold lines will be automatically added. The Crop tool makes this simple to do! Just pick either external or internal and then marquee select what you need to exclude or include from the selected shape.

 

  • Also, before adding those two point rectangles, make sure you’ve aligned your shape to the bottom plane! Simply select it and then click on the appropriate icon under Align and Distribute (it’s the middle icon in the second row). Also, there’s a left-to-right centering icon you might want to use just to the left of this bottom alignment function.

 

  • File>Print Preview will save you time and headaches! Use this function often to make sure you see those needed dashed lines indicating that you have shapes and two point rectangles properly positioned.

 

  • Remember that if you’re more comfortable editing in MTC, then do that! Just use File>Export>Project Rendering>As SVG File to save your project in a format that will then import into MTC. Once imported, RIGHT click on the Layer Bar thumbnail and select To Each Its Own. The Cut Lines, Mountain, and Valley folds will be put onto their own layers. You can then use the node editing tools, such as Knife, Erase, and Bezier to further perfect the design.

 

  • Just like with ANYTHING, don’t get frustrated, get help! My knowledge increases as I am forced to research PCS AND answer questions. Please don’t hesitate to challenge me. Of course, I may end up simply referring you to Susan Bluerobot’s videos! lol But I do enjoy helping and I do benefit from being asked questions! So go for it!



If you’d like to try out the demo version of PCS:
Demo Version (scroll to the bottom to find a link for the trial version).

If you decide to buy PCS use this link and remember that your MTC registration code saves you 15%!):

Buy PCS Here!
 

My First Card Using Popup Card Studio

Know who’s MY new BFF? A software program called Popup Card Studio! If you’ve been following Team KNK the past few weeks, you’ve seen some of the cool cards created by our Team KNK designers. I’ve also been “playing around” with PCS during my spare time and have just been amazed by the features of this new program. It removes so much of the trial and error designing and has allowed me to really step up my popups!

For anyone interested in making popup cards, this IS the tool to have! With so many features AND so many videos being released every week, learning to design a popup card has never been easier! If you’d like to see my demo video on how to make a simple card, click here. If you’d like to try out the demo version of PCS, then click here and scroll to the bottom to find a link for the trial version. If you decide to buy PCS, order from here and receive my free support for any questions or issues you may have. Remember that if you already own MTC, you get a 15% discount at check out.

So, here’s my first published PCS popup card (message reads, “I’m not ‘lion’ when I say…”):

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And then the inside (message reads, “You’re my ‘beast’ friend forever!):

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I did make some simpler popup cards, as I was learning PCS, but since this card was for an animal-themed card swap due last Thursday, I knew I wanted to make something that would match the standards of the other participants! (What I lack in elegance in my card designs, I try to compensate with “a wow factor!” 🙂 )

    Materials
  • Cardstock: gold, green, red
  • Glossy photo paper
  • Popup Card Studio
  • Make The Cut
  • KNK Maxx Air
  • Maxx Air/Zing Embossing Tool
  • Font: 2Peas DW Sidney
  • Lion and Lamb images from Doodle Dragon Studios
  • Bone Paper Folder and Artist’s Palette Knife (tools for folding popup)
  • Various Adhesives and a pop dot

    • Instructions

    (1) I designed the popup in Popup Card Studio and then exported as an SVG file to import into MTC. I apologize for not sharing the file, however I used copyrighted images from Doodle Dragon Studios. Note that I design my popup cards to be slightly smaller than the planned base card so that there’s a small border around the popup on the inside.

    (2) I prefer scored folds, so I used the small end of the Zing/Maxx Air Embossing Tool for the job. I set the force to 180, speed at 350, and multi-cut at 3 passes. I turned off blade offset and used WYSIWYG mode so that my cut lines would align with the score lines.

    (3) After scoring, I hid the fold layers and turned on the cut layer. I set the force to 60, the speed at 200, and multi-cut at 2 passes. (Even though I probably didn’t need 2 passes, I always use it when cutting LOTS of repeats for swaps… as insurance!)

    (4) For the colored images of the lion and lamb, I did a print and cut using glossy photo paper. The same cut settings were used.

    (5) The messages were created using 2 Peas DW Sidney font and a print and cut performed on the gold cardstock.

    (6) The jungle leaves are from the MTC Users’ Gallery database… just search on the word “jungle”. (Yes, I do realize that lions don’t live in the jungle, but hey, I grew up with the original Tarzan movies and they always had lions living in the jungle! 😛 )

    (7) The red pieces on the stage were designed by making a copy of the popup shape and then breaking it up into the separate pieces needed. (I probably should make a video for this part! I’m sure some of you will be wanting to do the same with your future popups!)

    (8) Then I just glued everything together! I used a pop dot for the lion on the front. If you’ve never glued a popup card before, remember to do the bottom first and press closed. Open and check for wrinkles. Then apply the glue to the top part and press closed. Again, open and check for wrinkles.

    As I posted earlier, if you interested in Popup Card Studio or if you’ve purchased it and need some help, let me know! I’ll direct you to videos made by others or I’ll make one for you myself. As always, the best way to master something new is to start helping others with it… or just sign up for a swap!

    My Valentine Card – Pop Up Card Studio with Free File

    Love is in the air, and I just love sharing Valentine wishes with my loved ones! I make sure to send something special to my DH, my sister, my mom, my niece, and of course, my DD. This year, with the help of Pop-up Card Studio I have a whole new fabulous style to share with my loved ones.

    I used a simple phrase (as I am not ready to do anything too complicated in PCS – LOL) to create my cards for this year.

    I added the text “My Valentine”, and used a heart shape from the basic shapes options, to create a “universal” valentine card for 2014. This project was made with my KNK Maxx Air 24″.

    Materials:

    • 2 sheets of 8.5×11 or larger complimentary color card stock
    • Adhesive
    • Absolutely nothing else – its sooooo simple!!

    Settings:

    Instructions:

    • Open the file below
    • Cut the inner layer card stock
    • Fold at the fold lines and apply adhesive
    • Fold the 2nd sheet of 8.5×11 card stock in half
    • Adhere the cut, inner layer to the outer layer card stock (first one side, then the other)
    • Voila! Fabulousity!!!

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    How lovely! Pop-up Card Studio helps make fantastic designs, never before imagined! Here is your free file. Tell your loved ones how special they are to you!