Snowflake gift tag – FREE FILE from Team KNK

Snowflake gift tags are perfect for the season! They pretty much go with anything and everything!

Because I really wanted to use a snowflake but I needed some space to write (the main purpose of a tag, you say!), I decided to make it into a ‘peeking’ pocket tag.

The design is adapted from a free file offered by retired Team KNK Designer, Bird. You can get the original snowflakes file from her blog. She is a very talented designer, check out her other files while you’re there!

First, I created the pocket shape, then I welded the snowflake to it. I created an inset shadow layer, trimmed it and added a half circle from basic shapes. I had to use the skew tool to make it fit the available space correctly, as well as a bit of node editing, but I really like how it turned out.

To match my wrapping paper, I chose a metal finish card stock for the inside and Smooth & Silky for the pocket itself. I used a brad to bind the two together and to give me a place to anchor the tag string.

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I considered using my KNK to ‘write’ the message but since all of my gifts are hand made this year, I felt like I needed to do that part by hand as well.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 52
  • v = 200
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open the FREE FILE from Team KNK
  2. Hide the card cut layers, show the emboss layer only
  3. Insert the embossing tool and turn off the offset
  4. Emboss the fold lines
  5. Hide the fold lines layer and show the “Cut – Pocket” layer
  6. Set your offset to the standard blade setting
  7. Cut the cardstock for the pocket
  8. Hide the pocket layer and show the “Cut – Inside of card” layer
  9. Cut the cardstock for the inside piece
  10. Bind the two pieces together with a brad
  11. Adhere the pocket flap with two sided tape to close the pocket
  12. Decorate as desired and add string or twine

Please leave me a comment below if you find this post and its free file useful!!!

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Merry Christmas to all!

Halloween in July Apothecary bottles – Free File!

My blades, blade holders, tools, and other supplies are still in transit from the retreat last weekend. I had hoped to get them today so I could work on an anniversary card for my DH, but instead I’ll have to do something else for him. And as a result…… I get to post an early Halloween project instead!

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This project took several weeks to complete, and even longer to gather up the bottles before I could even get started. In the end, I am very happy with the results and can’t wait to decorate for Halloween (although fall can hold off, I am still enjoying summer).

The prep work:

The first step was to remove the labels and then carefully wash and dry the bottles. Next, I covered them with Etchall glass etching cream so that the chalk paint would stick to them very well. After letting them set for 15 minutes, I scraped off what I could and returned it to the bottle. Then I washed and dried the bottles again. To completely cover the glass so no light would show through I had to spray paint light, even layers six to eight times. Once the bottles were dry, I was ready to work with my KNK digital cutting machine, the KNK Maxx Air 24″.

I decided to go with two color schemes: white/silver and aged/dark. I found several free Halloween labels by searching the web. Most of them were pdf downloads, rather than images so I used the snipping tool in Windows 10 to ‘take pictures’ of the labels. There were several different sources:  liagriffith.com, Brooklyn Limestone, and Love Manor.

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Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 31
  • v = 300
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open Make-the-Cut.
  2. Pixel Trace the images.
  3. Apply an inset shadow layer as desired to cut inside the ink area (and eliminate white outlines). If using an inset shadow layer for cutting, add alignment marks so that the print and cut registration marks do not move as the layers are hidden or visible. VirtualMat
  4. “Hide” the cut layer during the print.
  5. Place the printable vinyl in the printer.
  6. Send the images to the printer.
  7. Place the printable vinyl on the mat, tape down if needed.
  8. “Hide” the print layer and “view” the cut layer.
  9. Perform the print and cut alignment process and cut the labels.  PrintView
  10. Apply the labels to the bottles and embellish as desired.

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Now I want to collect more bottles and make some more of these!!! If you would like a quick project, my file is included here.

It’s in the mail! Free Christmas Card file.

I’ve always altered/embellished a purchased card or made my own greeting cards from scratch. I love that my KNK die cutting machines allow me to explore and create in entirely new ways. They also significantly speed up the process!

I like clean and simple, and this card style adapted from a Pin fits my requirements perfectly. It uses our machines’ ability to write, emboss, and cut in a three step file.
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I used a simple rounded rectangle for the reverse side of the card front. In some of the cards, it is simply card stock that shows through the ornament shape, but in others I used Christmas fabrics and then covered them with the rounded rectangle.

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Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Writing (Pilot G-2 0.7 Gel Pen)
    • f = 30
    • v = 200
    • p = 2
    • offset = 0
  • Embossing (WorldWin CutMates)
    • f = 150
    • v = 300
    • p = 3
    • offset = 0
  • Cutting (WorldWin CutMates)
    • f = 50
    • v = 300
    • p = 1
    • offset = 0.35 (old blade) or 0.25 (new blade)

Steps:

  1. Open the Christmas Ornaments Cards/Tags file.
  2. Hide the emboss and cut layers. Insert the gel pen into the Pen Tool, then into the KNK.
  3. Send the “Write” layer to the machine using the appropriate settings.
  4. Exchange the Embossing Tool for the Pen Tool. Unhide the “Emboss” layer, hide the “Write” layer.
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  6. Exchange the Blade Holder for the Embossing Tool. Hide the “Emboss” layer and unhide the “Cut” layer.
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  8. Adhere the fabric and/or card stock to the back of the card front, covering the ornament cut-out shape.
  9. Fold at the embossed fold line. Press with a bone folder.

20151129_185839 (741x1024) Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas (a little early)!

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

Christmas Craft Project Guide from Team KNK

Here is your Team KNK Christmas Craft Project Guide:

Greeting Cards and Memory Keepers:

Christmas Cards

http://teamknk.com/text-within-cut-design/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/wish-merry-christmas/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/charley-harper-inspired-cardinal-postcards/  greeting card

http://teamknk.com/layered-snowflake-word-christmas-cards/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/as-easy-as-123/-part-1/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/card-design-easy-123-part-2/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/card-design-easy-123-part-3/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/snow-scene-card/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/winter-wonderland-card-swap-5-knk-applications/  greeting card

http://teamknk.com/christmas-in-july/   greeting card

http://teamknk.com/sealing-holiday-memories/  memory album/scrapbook

http://teamknk.com/paper-crafting-impact/ holiday photo album

 

Holiday Table Setting and Decorating:

Christmas table settings

http://teamknk.com/wax-version-martha-stewart-table-setting/  cut wax sheets for reusable temporary decor

http://teamknk.com/one-file-many-possibilities/   vinyl on platter

http://teamknk.com/keep-calm-grinch/  vinyl on charger plate

http://teamknk.com/christmas-christmas-and-more-christmas/  vinyl on charger plate

http://teamknk.com/are-you-getting-underwear-for-christmas/  vinyl on charger plate

http://teamknk.com/a-snowman-theme-print-and-cut-with-free-file/  place setting tags or décor

http://teamknk.com/celebrate-the-season/  napkin rings and coasters

http://teamknk.com/christmas-treat-box-place-card-2/  place setting

http://teamknk.com/christmas-cupcake-wrappers/  cupcake wrappers

http://teamknk.com/place-card-ornaments/  place setting tags

 

Gift Tags:

Christmas Gift Tags

http://teamknk.com/its-an-operation-write-home-party/  tags

http://teamknk.com/last-minute-gift-ideas/ tags

http://teamknk.com/tag-ornament/   ornaments/tags

http://teamknk.com/knku-chipboard/   ornaments/tags

 

Holiday Decorations:

Christmas Decorations

http://teamknk.com/beginning-look-lot-like-christmas/   banner

http://teamknk.com/its-me-again/   glitter ornaments with vinyl decals

http://teamknk.com/just-when-you-thought-christmas-was-over/ ornaments

http://teamknk.com/spiral-stars/  ornaments

http://teamknk.com/snow-christmas-decoration/  snowflake decoration

http://teamknk.com/simples-shapes-christmas-decoration/  fun foam holiday shapes

http://teamknk.com/poinsettia-holiday-decor-free-file/   layered vinyl multi-use decoration

http://teamknk.com/gift-wrap-embellishment/  layered snowman multi-use decoration

http://teamknk.com/christmas-mobiles/  decoration

http://teamknk.com/hodge-podge/  wall hanging

http://teamknk.com/happy-holidays-door-knob-decoration/  felt decoration

http://teamknk.com/paper-angels/   paper angel table decoration

http://teamknk.com/organize-your-stuff-with-vinyl/    useful for after the holidays

 

The next, and last, installment will be a Hand Crafted Gift Guide – be sure to stop back on Monday!

 

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