Hi, all! I'm visiting at Sheila's place today, come on over and visit for some great projects!
Don't you think this summer has spend past? I have two short weeks of vacation left. And, I will be getting a few "Welcome Back" gifts for my grandson's teachers finished. Join me in this project.
I know of very few teachers who don't enjoy a gift card. And this holder will make the grade!
Please note: this project was completed on the Zing with MTC software. It can, however, be accomplished using a Gypsy or CCR.
Brown 6 x 12"
Black 6 x 6"
red 3 x 3"
green 2 x 2"
Font: LDT Teacher from Lettering Delights
Shapes used: rounded corner square, from from square and apple
White pen (I used Inkssentials)
Chomas Adustable Pen holder
Wood Grain embossing folder
Distress Ink: Antique Photo
Tape runner 1/4" wide
A gift card to insert in the back
First, I created the file in MTC.
I Selected the rounded square from Basic Shapes. I then, sized it to 3.5"
and duplicated for a total of 3.
To create the the frame I started with one of the squares and generated an inset shadow:
I accepted my imaged.
To finish the "frame" I then joined the two together:
I opened the Font, LDT Teacher and typed the message.
"Java great year!"
I then, opened an apple file that I had in my "stash" and sized it to 2".
I arranged all of my cuts on a 12" mat. I have the cuts assigned to different layers in the software...
you'll see that in a second! (BTW, the writing will be on the solid square in the upper right hand corner.
This looks funny now,
but that is because I will use the arrangement so I can cut with scraps of papers.
And this is how the screen translates to my actual mat:
On to cutting! Or, rather the writing...
I loaded the white pen in the Amy Chomas holder.
(For more information on using this pen holder in your Zing click here.)
From the software, I selected only the layer with the writing.
I set the software as shown:
I chose: Set Blade Origin
The laser light illuminates and it can be seen reflecting off of the paper.
Using the arrows, I moved it until I could see it approximately 1/8" from the upper and
right edges of the paper.
I then told the software that I was finished. Within seconds,
the white writing was on the black cardstock.
I did not remove the mat from the machine at this point.
Instead I changed the pen holder for the Red blade holder (and red blade).
I returned to my software and reversed the layers selection:
Cut one time
When asked to set the origin, I chose "use last"
The cutting was so smooth!
Ink all parts
Emboss the frame with the wood grain folder.
Assemble the front of the holder first, in this order:
black board with writing
I ran 1/4" tape around the edge of 3 sides
of the solid brown backing.
I positioned the edge without tape at the top.
Finally, I pop dotted the apple to the front and inserted a gift card.
Such a warm greeting for any returning teacher, don't you agree?
Thanks for stopping by...