I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has days where the simplest tasks turn out to be… not simple. Today was that kind of day.
Today, my phone didn’t cooperate; my camera didn’t cooperate; none of my cutter software combinations cooperated. It’s kind of hard to blame technology when NOTHING is working right. Could it be the operator?? It was that kind of day!
Consequently, it’s now nearly 9:00 p.m. and the project that should have been completed by early afternoon is finally done. Sometimes, it just takes perseverance… or as Sandy says, “GRIT”! Yup, it was that kind of day!
Having said that, let me continue by confessing that although I am going to share this project for the Zing Orbit and SCAL, in reality I also used my original Zing with both MTC and SCAL. But… that was just because… it was that kind of day!
In spite of the difficulties I had while making this card, I am very happy with the way it turned out. It honestly IS a simple project.
I want to thank Deb for her recent post where she shared with us a site that has some awesome free files. I used one for this tutorial and I think it worked out great. (Please… if you use any of the files from lovesvg.com for products you sell, be sure to purchase their commericial license. And if you use a lot of free files for any purpose, you may want to give a donation. I’m sure they put a lot of work into their files.)
- Watercolor paper or cardstock. (My paper was 140 lb and a little heavy for the intricacies of the design I chose.)
- Contrasting cardstock or paper for lining the card.
- Adhesive to secure cardstock lining. (I used 3M foam mounting tape.)
- Ribbon and/or other decorative elements.
- Embossing machine and folder – OPTIONAL
- Design of your choice. (I used this one from lovesvg.com)
- Red Capped Blade
- Deco Film HTV
Settings for Zing Orbit and SCAL:
- Force – 160
- Speed – 13
- Multicut – 2
- WYSIWYG (or Origin Point if you prefer)
Deco Film HTV:
- Force – 85
- Cut Speed -13
- Multi-cut – OFF
- Origin Point
- In SCAL, draw a rectangle 8.5 inches X 4.25 inches. Import your design.
- Center the design where you want it on your card. Draw an oval or circle around it.
- Make sure each of the elements is on its own layer with the rectangle on the bottom. Select the rectangle and oval. Path > Back Minus Front.
- Select the design element. Right Click > Appearance > Add Shadow Layer. Adjust layer until it overlaps the edge of the cutout slightly. You may need to resize it a bit. If you resize it, make sure you select both the design and the shadow so that they resize in proportion to each other. The shadow should overlap, but the design itself should fit within (or meet up to the edge of) the circle.
- Now, select just the design and mirror it. Right Click > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Turn off the design layer.
- Select the shadow layer and rectangle. Path > Union.
- At this point, you might want to clean up some nodes. I deleted any tiny little cutout portions that I knew were too small to cut properly.
- Load your paper and mat, and cut. Carefully remove paper from mat.
- Use scoring board and bone folder, or other method for folding card in half.
- Turn off your card layer and turn on the design layer. Double check to make sure it is mirrored. Adhere HTV to mat with shiny side down. Check manufacturer’s instructions for cutting. (You might need the blue capped (thick material) blade for some.) Cut design.
- Remove and weed design.
- Open card flat. Carefully line HTV up on shadow layer portion of card.
- Lay Teflon sheet on top and use heat press or iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. (I used a heat press at 305 degrees for 10 seconds, removed clear lining, and repeated for 3 seconds.)
- Cut a contrasting piece of paper or cardstock for inside of card. I used my embossing machine and folder to emboss this piece, but that is up to you.
- Adhere to inside of card with foam tape or other adhesive. Tie a ribbon as shown, and/or add other design elements.
Now, if you are blessed to still have your mom, give her this beautiful card and tell her how much she means to you!