Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like nothing goes right? You just can’t get things to work they way you thought they would? Well, I’m having one of those. I had a project on the back burner just waiting for a play date with the Force. First I couldn’t find my rotary tool collets or drill bits – well, I haven’t used them since the last KNK Retreat so I can’t even remember what I might have done with them. Okay, scratch that project. Next, I wanted to make a stencil to screen print a t-shirt for my daughter and I darned if I can remember where the screens are. Now, those I haven’t seen for a year so they could be anywhere!
Then I decided to try out some thermo-fusible adhesive and that project totally bombed, I can’t even show you because I threw it out with the trash. 🙂 It’s okay though because I learned several things not to do and a few things that I can do!
Next I took a break and ate the yummy steak my husband grilled for me in the frigid 9 degree Fahrenheit weather.
Okay, back to work.
All in all, my KNK machines work perfect and they are the only reason I was able to complete the next project on my list!
I pulled a free shared image off the web and pixel traced it in Make-the-Cut, then I cut it out of vinyl for a stencil, and double side adhesive for foil.
Well, it took about three full days of my holiday break to complete this book, but I think it was worth it – my mom LOVED it! She can’t wait to start filling in all of the important dates like her children’s anniversaries and grandchildren’s birthdays.
I may have also been working on the upcoming retreat projects in between tasks so hopefully it didn’t really take three whole days! I do like how it turned out, and although I would settle on a specific color scheme for myself – my mom is colorful and that made for a fun project.
In the previous post I discussed the foundation for this book – the pages – and how I used Make-the-Cut‘s Print and Cut feature to create the special dates lists for each month. This post will focus on the embellishment and completion of the Special Dates book. This post is photo intensive – be prepared!
Opening of front cover – I was able to fit 3 blanks in the oval behind the written one, in case she ever wants to change the title.
Here is my first page with Gemstone metallic – Wow, does that make the tulips POP off the page!
The flowers and frogs for May were airbrushed with Copic Markers.
Many of the shapes I used came from Team KNK posts. Others came from my own files or the gallery in MTC.
I love Bird’s baubles, swirly deer, and Christmas trees!
I decided to use craft plastic to increase the book’s durability.
The craft plastic cover also gave me a nice, strong foundation to be able to attach the metal book plate. I used a gel pen to write the title with my KNK Maxx before cutting out the oval.
In the end, I also decided to add some pockets/envelopes so she can store notes or other small/flat items.
I saw a lovely special occasion reminder book on Bloglovin, and just loved the concept. That particular one was focused on a specific brand of stamps, but I wanted to create one that utilizes the power of my KNK digital cutting systems. This post is step 1 of 2 for the project. Step 2 will follow on January 7th. This is where the project will come together using a variety of mediums.
The first thing I needed to do was create my pages; one page for each month. I imported a scroll shape for the frame and added lines for the items that will be handwritten into the book. I used the Print and Cut feature in Make-the-Cut and printed the insets on various colored card stock with different colors of ink. The cut lines were created using basic shapes (a rectangle and circles).
I want the book to be durable, so I also cut hole reinforcements.
I added double sided adhesive and placed the reinforcements over the ring holes on both sides. I thought about using the back side of each page for the next month’s list, but decided to keep that area free for decoration/embellishments.
I am making this book for my mom and she likes as much color as possible, so I went with a multitude of color combinations.
This is our final paper entry post before sharing the full details on the Summer Solstice Challenge Grand Prize winner’s projects. (What a mouthful!) If you’ve been following along, you are sure to be feeling an inkling of the struggle the judges had in making a decision. Please be sure to stop by the project you liked the best and leave words of encouragement for these artists!
This paper project is an elegant card, with very amazing and fine details.
Nona describes this project in great detail:
The project I have made with my KNK Zing 3-Wheel Die-Cutter is a card celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my friend’s parents. Because of the significance of the event, I wanted to produce a card that went outside the bounds of traditional anniversary cards. Moreover, the card had to convey my respects, my well wishes, and feelings of my celebration to the recipients.
1. I began by selecting a basic rectangle shape from the Make The Cut Basic Shapes gallery, which I duplicated twice more for a total of three rectangles of uniform size and shape.
2. I then laid these rectangles end to end across the mat workspace, enlarged the center rectangle (both height and width), and then welded (Edit > Shape Magic > Weld) the three rectangles together. The two end rectangles would form the basis for the card’s “gates”. The enlarged center rectangle was a place-holder for the card’s message.
3. A Half Round Red (Generic) shape from the Basic Shapes gallery was rotated a quarter turn (so that the flat edge faced downward) and placed (and welded) at the top center of the center rectangle.
4. I then took a Half Circle (Generic) shape from the gallery, rotated it a half-turn (again, with the flat edge facing downward) and duplicated it. These two Half Circles then were placed and welded on either side of the rotated Half Round shape at the top of the rectangle, so that the total width of the three shapes exactly spanned the length of the center rectangle. Three more Half Circles, rotated to the same angle, were reduced in size and then placed and welded so that their total width spanned the arc of the Half Round Red.
5. Next, I selected the Heart 1 (Generic) shape from the Basic Shapes gallery, reduced the size, then place eight of these heart shapes along the outer edges of all five Half Circles. All shapes were then welded together.
6. Again, I selected the Heart 1 (Generic) shape from the gallery, reduced it size (even smaller than the hearts already placed on the edges), and centered this smaller heart inside one of the hearts along the edges. I then duplicated the process for all the hearts along the edges.
7. I used the Magic Shape tool to join the two groups of hearts (the original hearts along the edges and the smaller ones inside them) and cut out the smaller heart from each edge heart.
8. The hearts were then welded to their respective Half Circles.
9. I selected the Scalloped border from the gallery, reduced the border size, and placed one along the center of the bottom half of each outer Half Circle (the ones at the tops of each of the outer two rectangles).
10. Three hearts – two upside down and one right side up – with smaller hearts inside them and cut out using Magic Shape (see Steps 6 and 7) were then added to the bottom of each of the two Half Circles below the scalloped border. Because the hearts were spaced equidistant, edge-to-edge, the space between them was treated as white space and automatically cut out by the program.
11. I selected the Dove shape from the Basic Shapes gallery, duplicated it once, then flipped the second Dove horizontally so that it mirrored the first.
12. I reduced both Doves in size and welded them, respectively, to the left and right sides of the card.
13. I had the program cut out two copies of the card, because I wanted to salvage parts from the second card to embellish the first.
14. I used scissors to cut the two doves from the second card and laid them over the doves on the first card, with gold vellum between the two.
15. The six flowers on the card were placed on the card with gold vellum sandwiched between flowers and card.
16. I painstakingly added liquid pearls to select areas of the card – this step took the longest amount of time, about a day between adding and letting the pearls dry.
17. I added a real pearl to the center of each of the six flowers.
18. I added a rectangle of gold vellum as a backdrop for the greeting onto the center of the central rectangle.
19. I added 50th Anniversary 3D Embellishments (Kay and Company) to appropriate areas of the card.
20. I printed the card message onto white cardstock, cut it out with a paper-cutter into a rectangle smaller than the gold vellum rectangle in Step 18, and affixed this to the gold vellum rectangle.
21. I used hand scoring tools to score the card in four places so that it would fold properly (quad- fold).