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

41 thoughts on “1 Cut – 3 Cards

  1. just opened the file and not snowflake. got baubles 3 file instead. possibly linked to wrong file?

    • I’ve just downloaded it and opened it to check and it seems to be the right file, you did click on the link below the grey image?

  2. Thanks Bird, I have a hard time throwing away anything that I can salvage. The cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving.

    • It’s extra hard to throw away special papers like glitter or foil papers so this way I can make more use of the negative areas 🙂

  3. Hello and Thank you Little Birdie.
    I just did this with fancy pumpkin file to make family Thanksgiving cards.
    I sent to all my brothers and sisters and to our mom.
    When I told her what I did (hers was the first outside cut one, she wanted to know “who got the rest of “her” card”
    Thank you again, always a “tweet” to get a lovely file from you.

  4. Bird…you are just so talented! I really appreciate your tutorials and cut files…I’ve really learned a lot from you 🙂
    Thank you for your generosity.

  5. Thanks, again with the AWESOME! You’d never guess just by looking at the cards that they were cut in the same piece.

  6. I LOVE this!! Your first line completely describes me — after something’s cut, the “leftovers” are too nice to throw away! Thanks for this well thought-out process of how to make the leftovers ready to use all in one cutting operation.
    Always grateful for your sharing of your time and talent.

  7. Thank you Birdy for the lovely cut file. Your generosity overwhelms me and I am so grateful for friends like you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  9. You are so amazing! A brilliant idea and great use of all of the pos and neg components of the cut file. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

  10. Hi Bird

    thanks for this ingenious idea – I worry that I have too many cards to do and so too many cuts to do, but this would save a heck of a lot of time and effort.

    Paula x xx

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