Print and Cut Shower Invitation

Shower Invitation Created with Zing and MTCIt 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.

  • invitation for tutorial 2Materials:
  1. White premium card stock
  2. Patterned paper for background
  3. Ribbon
  4. Printer
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Pen and Pen Holder (I don’t have a pen holder so use a little foam mounting tape around the pen.)
  7. Free MTC file
  8. Invitation Design
  9. Envelopes
  • Zing Settings for Invitation:
  1. Speed:10
  2. Force: About 50 – 70 (check MTC manual)
  3. Offset: .25
  • Envelopes Addressed Using KNK Zing with PenZing Settings for Addressing Envelopes:
  1. Speed:10 (slower for more ink on paper, faster for less)
  2. Force: 20 (depends on pen)
  3. Offset: 0
  4. Blade Height: 25 Post it Notes
  • Steps for Invitation:
  1. 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. )
  2. 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.)
  3. Set your “Printer Options”. Make sure that it is set to “Show Paper on Mat”, “Show Reg Marks”, and “Print Reg Marks”.
  4. If you are not familiar with MTC’s print and cut, please refer to your manual and/or videos.
  5. 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.
  6. Turn off “Rectangle Layer” and “Cut Layer”. Print the “Print Layer”
  7. Place printed design on mat and insert into Zing. Turn off the “Print Layer” and turn on other two layers.
  8. Follow instructions to complete Print and Cut.
  9. Use Zing or other method to cut backing paper and place ribbon holes to line up with ribbon holes in invitation.
  10. Thread ribbon through holes and tie to secure back to invitation.
  • Steps for Envelope:Envelopes addressed with Zing
  1. Adhere envelope to mat with flap open.
  2. Choose desired font in MTC and complete address.
  3. 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!