It 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.
Speed:10 (slower for more ink on paper, faster for less)
Force: 20 (depends on pen)
Blade Height: 25 Post it Notes
Steps for Invitation:
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. )
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.)
Set your “Printer Options”. Make sure that it is set to “Show Paper on Mat”, “Show Reg Marks”, and “Print Reg Marks”.
If you are not familiar with MTC’s print and cut, please refer to your manual and/or videos.
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.
Turn off “Rectangle Layer” and “Cut Layer”. Print the “Print Layer”
Place printed design on mat and insert into Zing. Turn off the “Print Layer” and turn on other two layers.
Follow instructions to complete Print and Cut.
Use Zing or other method to cut backing paper and place ribbon holes to line up with ribbon holes in invitation.
Thread ribbon through holes and tie to secure back to invitation.
Steps for Envelope:
Adhere envelope to mat with flap open.
Choose desired font in MTC and complete address.
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!
I used a white core paper so the dash lines show a little bit, but I guess I could’ve inked them to take care of that.
Cardstock (DCWV Christmas stack used here)
embellishments and ribbon
Cut out the file on cardstock and crease the fold lines.
Glue the top and bottom of the frame first. In this picture, the person who made this did the top, then the right side. I found it easier to glue the top and bottom and then gently slip the left and ride sides into those angles.
Embellish as desired.
Optional: Check out what they did to it. This would be pretty easy to recreate with just a rectangle and some pearls or metal brads for faux screws:
This old footstool has been kicking around my attic for a while. I think I picked it up at a second-hand shop…. somewhere. I have been meaning to recover it, but haven’t gotten around to it.
I love using a Sharpie in my Zing. I especially like the result I get when I draw with a Sharpie on canvas! So, when I cleaned up my attic room and took another look at the old footstool, I decided to use this process to create a cute new cover for it.
So does anyone else watch the Little League World Series? I’m pretty excited because my friend’s son is on one of the teams competing in Williamsport this year.
So I needed a baseball card and I used an image I found on a website selling hats to trace and create this shape card.
Isn’t that a terrible image to trace from? MTC didn’t think so. I did very little clean up, duplicated the hat, mirror imaged it and welded it. Pretty cool, eh?
I sized it so that it will fit in a standard envelope (4.25 x 5.5…think that’s A2? A4? Not sure), but I made an envelope out of some baseball paper I had left over.
To get this card to “stand,” you bend the bills out a little bit and it gives it kind of a 3-Dish look as well.I originally planned to have it say “thank you” on the front, but I had this cute baseball stamp so I went that direction and glued a star button on the front.
I used Worldwin Cutmates paper for the solid colors and some baseball patterned paper I picked up at Michael’s for the bill and the envelope. I used a swiss dot embossing folder for the blue part of the card.
I used the Zing
The settings were: 100 for the card stock, 80 for the patterned paper, speed 10 and red blade.Here is the file if you want to give it a go:
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.
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.