Easter Pop Up Card

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I know it seems a little early to be sharing an Easter Card but I’m sure it will be here before we know it, I’m certainly looking forward to Spring and the warmer weather it will bring 🙂

I used Make the Cut’s new Popup Card Studio to make the insert for my card today and then designed the card front in Make the Cut, the Cut File for both the insert and the card front is available at the end of today’s post (mtc format only today).

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 = 65
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. The picture below shows all of the pieces you will need for today’s card. I cut a piece of Worldwin Worldwin Colormates Smooth & Silky Card in half to make a 6 inch square card, all of the other pieces were cut from Worldwin Cutmates Cardstock which I love as it cuts like a dream! As the card insert is quite intricate I definitely recommend Cutmates for this:

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Pic 2. Starting with the card front, I glued the 2 card front layers together and also the 2 sentiment layers:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 2

Pic 3. Next I adhered all of my scene pieces to the card front panel, they slot together like jigsaw pieces:

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Pic 4. I popped my sentiment into place with some 3d foam pads and the card front is done, I set it aside for attaching to the card base after the insert had been added:

Easter Egg Pop Up Card 4

Pic 5. Moving onto my card insert, I carefully folded along all of the perforated lines until it looked like this:

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Pic 6. I attached double sided tape to just one side of the pop up insert and placed it into the card base, next I added tape to the other side of the insert and closed the card onto it to ensure perfect placement:

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Pic 7. Once the insert has been added to the card I can go ahead and pop the card front onto the card base with 3d foam pads, Here’s how the completed card looks:

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Pic 8. …and here’s how the inside looks:

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If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Easter Pop Up Card

Easter Pop Up Card MTC Cut File by Bird

Valentine’s Day Card

Hi there fellow KnK-ers!

As Valentine’s Day is approximately 6 weeks away, I’m sharing a Valentine’s Day Card with you today. It is a Z-Fold Card which has a lace-y edged heart and a choice of 2 sentiments, the cut file is available at the end of this post 🙂

Here is the card I will be making today:




  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force = 70
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. Here are all of the pieces needed for today’s card, I sized them in Make the Cut to produce a 5.5 inch square card and cut them with my Zing:


Pic 2. Using Double Sided Tape, I adhered my largest heart piece and the layer for the inside of my card directly to the card base:


Pic 3. Next, the patterned paper pieces are adhered using more tape:


Pic 4. Moving on to my focal point, I glued the smaller heart to the lace-y edged heart and glued my 2 sentiment pieces together. The wet glue allows a little extra time for wiggle room:


Pic 5. I placed some 3d foam pads behind the letters on my sentiment piece and mounted it onto the lace-y heart panel:


Pic 6. Once the focal point is finished, it can be adhered to the card with more 3d foam pads:


Pic 7. Now that all of the pieces are in place, the card can be folded along the perforated lines. The center line is a valley fold as normal, the line running through the heart is a mountain fold which creates the Z shape:


I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, if you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is the Cut File I used for today’s project:


Heart Z Fold Card Cut File by Bird

Halloween gifts

I suck at coming up with post names. I’m sorry, but I do.

How are ya? Well, by the time you’re reading this, I will have loaded my car up with 471 tests and delivered them to the education center. They will be gone. Out of my office. What are these tests, you ask? (If you didn’t, just skip on down to the next paragraph, I won’t be offended). I’m in charge of testing kids who speak another language other than English to find out what their English proficiency level is. I’m not sure how other states do this, but I have to do this by law or our school is out of compliance. It is a huge undertaking as the Kinders and 1st graders have to be tested one to one and it takes at least a half hour to administer the tests. My school has around 170 K’s and 1st graders so…. when you try to do the math, your eyes roll back into your head. At least mine do. Anyway, since this is a HUGE job, I have three helpers that really rock and help me get this done. So I wanted to do something special for them. Were you beginning to wonder if there was a point to all my rambling here? Don’t forget I told you to move to the next paragraph.

So I made them these:


I love stores like Dollar Tree and 99 cent store. I went there and managed to spend a bunch of money, but I came home with a ton of cool stuff!! I get a lot of my ideas wandering the aisles of these places because I think about what I can create with the neat things I see.

I bought some plain orange plastic trays and decorated them with black vinyl (cut with Maxx) so they look like this:



Just as an aside, do you see that pumpkin decoration in the top left corner? When I first got my chihuahua mix dog Duke, he fit in that pumpkin so I took a picture of him in it. When I uploaded the pictures from my camera, I noticed I didn’t pay attention to the nose of the pumpkin and a certain appendage was sticking out of it. I’d post the picture here because it’s really funny, but I don’t want to offend anyone.



This time I apparently didn’t notice the hard water stains on the tray before I took the picture. I considered photoshopping the spots out and then decided, “nah, I keep it real here.”

Then I saw these cute little orange buckets so I knew I could do something cool with them so I did their name on one side and a cute pumpkin face on the other.

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Are you wondering why I use the Maxx for vinyl and the Zing for cardstock? Well, I’ll tell you: I’m extremely lazy. I have the Maxx set up so perfectly with vinyl that I do not want to change it. I don’t even have to do test cuts, I just stick it in and go. The other thing is once you start cutting paper, it dulls your blade faster and you won’t get as clean cuts for vinyl. So I definitely recommend getting a blade holder and a blade that you use exclusively for vinyl. I put that blade in Maxx over 6 months ago and have cut a ton of vinyl, but since I haven’t used it for paper, it still cuts beautifully.

Finally, I wanted to make them a set of Halloween cards, so I cut out some of those same shapes in paper and put together some cards:

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I don’t understand their love for candy corn, but those three were eating it constantly. I personally hate candy corn. It’s disgusting. It’s right up there with Peeps. There are very few candies I won’t eat, but candy corn and peeps are…. ewww. I just shudder thinking about them. So I bought them some candy corn to fill the buckets at the bottom.

I hope they like their stuff. I sure appreciate everything they did, and while they got paid for it, I wanted to do something extra special for them to show them just how much I appreciate them.

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Materials Used:

I got the graphics here: http://burtonavenue.blogspot.com/2013/10/freebie-friday-halloween-silhouettes.html They might not be free anymore, but any graphics will do.

Cool Halloween fonts

(I used LD Frightmares) Which is currently $1.

Worldwin Cutmates Paper


Make the Cut


black vinyl




force: 100

speed: 10/10

.35 offset


force: 40

velocity: 250


1. Find graphics you like.

2. Find cool stuff  you want to decorate.

3. Cut out vinyl.

4. Get beverage of choice.

5. Apply vinyl to objects. I can’t say enough about using the masking tape method to make a hinge and make your vinyl easier to apply. I have a post somewhere that talks about that and has pictures!, but not sure which one. I will look it up though.

(You really don’t have to get your beverage of choice. I felt like getting two or three or four of them when my Mac kept crashing Parallels the other night.)

Well, I think that’s everything. See you next month!

The cards are 4.25×4.25 with handmade envelopes (4.5 x 4.5). I’m really digging that size cards because I like the square format and they are fun and different from the normal A4 size.

Stay Classy KNKers!

Halloween Diorama Card – Free MTC Cutting File!


Recently, I participated in a Halloween card swap and it was during the sign-up period (several months prior) that I happened to see Brianna’s challenge over on the Make The Cut forum:

Diorama Card Challenge

I was immediately inspired to design a diorama card for this swap. Above you can see the front of the card. This inside had a surprise:


And here’s the recipe:

Materials / Tools

KNK Maxx Air and KNK Zing
KNK Embossing Tool
Worldwin Black Ice Dust Cardstock
Brown, Orange, Green, Purple, and White Worldwin Smooth and Silky Cardstock
Halloween Diorama Cutting File in MTC Format
Double sided Adhesive Tape
Googly Eyes
Bat Brad
Pop Dots
Glue Dots


(1) I was at a crop when I first started cutting the various pieces for this card. So, I had the Zing with me. For the score lines in the Black Ice Dust cardstock, I used a force of 160 and three passes. For cutting I used a force of 90 and speed of 9 to cut the 105 lb Black Ice Dust cardstock. The next day, at home, I finished up using the KNK Maxx Air with a force of 65 and a speed of 200. This cardstock is heavier than most and ideal for making a strong durable card of this type. The Smooth and Silky was cut at a force of 75 on the Zing and 50 on the Maxx Air.

(2) Note that I had to use WYSIWYG to score the lines with the Embossing tool and then switch to the blade holder for cutting. The scores lines and cut lines are on different layers in Make The Cut and this is one of those “stop and think” procedures because it’s important to make sure the correct layer is turned on for each process, as well as making sure you reset the force, number of passes and blade offset before you send the cutter to either score or cut. Also, note that I did not cut the base card on the cutter… only the cutout part. This is because the base card is a 12″ rectangle. So I used my paper trimmer to precut a 12″ x 5.5″ rectangle and then positioned that rectangle in the corner of the grid where I set the origin.

(3) I used an embossing template in the Fiskar’s Fuse to provide a textured background on the purple background piece behind the ghost. Popdots were used to adhere the ghost to that background.

(4) Print and cut was used to do the lettering pieces on the front and on the inside.

(5) The various cardstock pieces were attached using tape runner or glue. The Googly Eyes were attached with regular glue. I cut off the “metal” parts of the Bat brad and attached with a glue dot.

(6) When folding the card, remember that all folds are valley folds. This makes it easy to then see where to apply tape to attach and form the box part of the card. I used the newly released double sided adhesive tape from KNK USA and I have to say… this tape ROCKS! It is very strong and far less expensive than the double sided tapes sold at local craft stores.

I think that’s it! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Independence Day Rhinestoning!

Closeup2 America

A BIG thank you to my wonderful assistant, Gabriella Lex, for designing and making today’s three projects! Let’s begin with the materials she used:

KNK Maxx Air
Rock-It Rhinestone Flock
SS10 Rhinestones in Siam Ruby, Crystal, and Capri Blue
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
KNK Heat Press
Black T Shirt
White Cotton Placemat
Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates Cardstock
Red and Blue Decal Vinyl

For the design in Make The Cut, Gabriella used a rhinestone font from http://www.synergy17.com/ (note that you can download a free rhinestone font on the 17th day of each month). This font is designed with 2.0 mm circles which would have been way too small for the SS10 rhinestones. To resize the text in Make The Cut, so that the circles were 3.5mm, instead of 2.0mm, the method I show in this video was applied: Resizing Rhinestone Patterns.

For the flag, Gabriella made her own design and, as you can see, used it as the “i” in America.

After cutting the design on the Maxx Air from Rock-It, she brushed in the rhinestones, lifted with transfer tape and then heat pressed the stones to a black T Shirt I had in my closet. Now I have something special to wear at our 4th of July party this year!

America Shirt Cropped

But wait… there’s more! I decided I wanted to see the same colors on a white background, so I had Gabriella make two more items. I had some plain thin cotton placemats which I thought might also work great as basket liners for crackers or chips, So, Gabriella brushed and filled her template again with the same colors of rhinestones and then lifted and pressed to this placemat:

Cotton Placemat 2

And finally, I thought, “How about a greeting card, too?” So, we picked a red sheet of cardstock from the Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates line now being carried at KNK USA to use as the card base. Then Gabriella filled the template again with rhinestones and lifted and pressed to the center of a pre-cut rectangle of the white cardstock for the front of the card. I decided we needed just a little more embellishing to fill the white space to the left of the flag, so Gabriella cut some red and blue vinyl star frames and I arranged them on the front.

America Card

This is what I’ve always loved about making rhinestone templates…one template results in something you can use as many times as needed AND in different applications! Now let’s see if some of our readers can come up with their own ideas!

Here is the cutting file in MTC, KNK, and SVG file formats: America Design

Feel free to send me any project photos you take of this or other rhinestone designs! And again, a big thank you to Gabriella for helping us out at Team KNK!