Tis the Season

I was working on a Christmas card for todays post, I even ordered a cute embossing folder so that I could make the cutest card that I had saw on Pintrest. After 2 attempts and the card still looking pathetic I decided to move on to plan b. The decision was helped in part by an email that I received about a sale at Lettering Delights. They had a cute set of 3 gift boxes  called LD Holiday box. It has an angel box, a wreath box, a snowflake box and a top for the box, all for $1. How could I go wrong! I decided on the snowflake box, it cut like a dream. It  was an easy box to make as it cut perfectly and the Double sided adhesive tape makes a strong, clean bond.

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Materials

White textured cardstock

Blue Textured cardstock

Standard (red cap) blade

Double Sided Adhesive

Settings

15″ Maxx

Force 100

Speed 500

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We have had a warm fall so far. Last year on December 1 it was 2 degrees, today it was 40 degrees. So instead of snow we are still enjoying the leaves on the ground. Today we had some visitors to add to the beauty of autumn. To those of you who aren’t familiar they are two male ring necked pheasant.

 

 

Winter Wonderland Card – 5 KNK Applications!

FIVE KNK Zing applications for making ONE card… it was not intentional! 😛 It was just one of those things that happened as I designed this card for my friend Marty’s Winter Wonderland swap. It was on my to do list to try cutting and ironing fabric onto a card at some point. And with the theme being what it was, I knew there would need to be some glue and some glitter! But the rest was just stuff that happened as I went about designing this project. In the end, the five KNK Zing applications were:

  • Cutting the snowman, tree, and hat from fabric
  • Drawing snowflakes with a Quickie glue pen using the Zing
  • Cutting double-sided adhesive to create the snow bank
  • Cutting the tree trunk and snowman arms from wood paper
  • Cutting a rhinestone template for the snowman’s other features


  • Ingredients for this card:

    KNK Zing
    Silvery gray cardstock from Recollections
    Light blue and green patterned cotton fabric
    Black cotton fabric
    Thermo-web Heat n Bond
    Creative Imaginations Thin Wood Veneer Paper
    Ranger Ink – Frayed Burlap
    Sookwang Be Creative Tape (double-sided adhesive) Sheets
    Quickie Glue Pen
    Fairy Dust Glitter – Sugar Shimmer
    Rock-It Rhinestone Template material
    Rhinestone Transfer Tape
    SS6 Siam Ruby Rhinestones
    SS10 Jet Black and Orange Rhinestones
    SS16 Jet Black Rhinestones
    Cutting file designed in Make The Cut

    Steps:

    (1) Cut a base card: 5.5″ x 8.25″, score in the middle and fold.

    (2) Insert glue pen into Zing Pen Tool. While you can insert glue pens directly into the grip on the Zing, I needed to make sure my snowflakes were drawn in very specific locations. Using the pen tool would center the pen in the same location I used for the blade when I calibrated the laser. I then used WYSIWYG mode in MTC to draw the snowflakes after setting the origin for my cut by putting the laser light in the very tippity corner of my card front.

    (3) Cut out the snow bank from Sookwang double-sided adhesive sheets. Peel one side, apply to the bottom of the card, and then peel off the other side. Apply glitter to both the snowflakes and the snow bank. Brush away excess glitter.

    (4) Cut out tree trunk and snowman arms from wood veneer paper. Darken with Ranger Frayed Burlap ink. Glue into place on the card.

    (5) Apply Heat n Bond to the reverse side of the three fabrics. Cut out the tree, snowman body and snowman hat, using the KNK Zing fabric blade. Arrange in place on the card and then press with home iron set to cotton setting.

    (6) Cut the rhinestone template and then, because of there being so few holes, just place the various stones into the template by hand. (Cutting a template probably wouldn’t be necessary if this were just one card. But because I was making ten cards, the template worked great!) After arranging the stone, lift with rhinestone transfer tape and then press with a hot iron for 10 seconds.

    The settings I used are covered in the Zing User Manual, available here.

    That’s it! LOVE my KNK Zing and had fun using it in so many different ways!

    AHOY! A Beach Themed Card Swap


    My local group of crafting friends do cards swaps and our last one was based on a beach theme. I found a really cute card idea on the Internet to “borrow from” and proceeded to create a very similar card using KNK Studio and my 15″ KNK Maxx.

    First, I traced the sea creatures from the photo using the polyarc/manual tracing function in KNK Studio. After cutting the crab, octopus, and starfish from three different colors of cardstock, I then used embossing folders to add different textures to the creatures. This was the first time I had used my Epic embossing machine since buying it several years ago! How sad is that? lol

    The eyes are obvious… I glued on googly eyes. Behind the “smile holes” in each creature I glued a small black cardstock oval, also cut on the Maxx. And then each creature was pop-dotted to a light blue card.

    For the water, I also used KNK Studio’s polyarc function to design some waves and then I cut these waves from blue paper. The waves seemed a bit “dull” so I inked them with Ranger Broken China distress ink.

    For the word “AHOY”, I picked a font called Feetish and cut the letters from Sookwang double-sided adhesive sheets. Without removing the letters from the surrounding waste, I carefully peeled off the back sheet of the parts I needed to press down to the card first. After arranging on top of the wave, I then removed the surrounding waste, peeled off the top sheet of the cut letters and then applied gold colored embossing powder. However, I did not apply heat because it causes the powder to turn a deep gold. I preferred the raw look which more closely resembled, in my opinion, sand with sun hitting it:

    So, there you have it! Wish I could share the cutting files, but because I used someone’s manufactured card, I will not share. Maybe this will be an incentive for some of you to give the manual tracing feature in KNK Studio a try? It’s VERY powerful and actually kind of fun and relaxing at the same time! Kind of like a day at the beach!