Monthly Challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables-Travel

If you’re looking for my Technique Tuesday-Mixed Media post, please click here.  But don’t leave ’til you check out my first ever DT project for Miss Kate Cuttables’ September Challenge.

I’m super excited to share some news which I had to keep secret ’til now….I’m the newest design team member for Miss Kate Cuttables.  As the Silhouette is my first love in card making, this is like a match made in heaven.  Let me tell you a bit about Miss Kate Cuttables.   Better yet, here it is in their words,

Here at Miss Kate I, (Kate),make SVG files, PNG files, and JPG files to use in your scrapbooks, cards, or other paper crafting projects. I have been designing SVGs on a daily basis for forever, and I know how to make files that are easy to cut, easy to layer, and will make your scrapbooks pop!

I have been using her files for some time now and have to agree they are easy to work with…and fun!  And here’s something else about Miss Kate Cuttables you are going to love…they offer a freebie every day.  That’s right; a FREEBIE EVERY DAY!!  And you can get yours here.   I’ll wait if you want to go get it now, but don’t forget to come back!

MKC has a themed monthly challenge on their Facebook Page starting the second Tuesday of the month running through the fourth Tuesday.  The winner is announced the following Friday.  You can get all the details on Facebook but clicking on that link above.  This month’s theme is travel.

Here’s the card I made:

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I used a number of cut files to make this card.  The globe comes from First Day of 4th Grade file, the Airplane is a separate file (there were several great airplane files I could have used).  The greeting on the flip side of the globe is the World Traveler file.  Here’s a peek at those files:


I resized the globe to 5 1/2″ high.  I debated over making the card in the shape of the globe but decided I wanted to just have that shaped right edge.  To do that, I lined the globe up to the bottom and right edge of the card front (I created a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle with a score line at 4 1/4″).  Using the subtract option in my Silhouette’s modify window, I removed the areas to the right of the globe.

I also decided I wanted to suspend the globe from clear string and to spin (more about that later).  So, in my design screen, I placed the globe where I wanted it and then created a .063 offset to make an opening slightly larger than the globe.  To get really technical, I copied that offset and pasted it in front; then I selected that front circle and the globe stand, grouped them and moved them off the card front.  All that did was enable me to cut the midsection from the stand as I didn’t want it to extend beyond the circle opening in the card front.  That remaining offset circle should be grouped with the card base so it stays perfectly aligned when cutting.  Clear as mud, right?

I cut the card base from Very Vanilla card stock.  The base of the globe was cut from Mossy Meadow Textured Card Stock.  I used Island Indigo for the water.  Very Vanilla was also used for my print and cut greeting and sentiment, the same size as the globe.  Finally, Basic Black for the globe stand.

I used Stampin’ Up’s Going Places paper stack for the background paper.  For the front, I used the right side of the card base to cut the DSP.  The colors in this paper are Lost Lagoon, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  I wanted some green in there as well, so I got my Mossy Meadow ink pad out and picked up some color with an Aqua Painter and lightly brushed randomly.  I cut the paper for inside the card to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ (after you attach it, trim off any excess from the right side).

As for my print and cuts, I converted the world traveler to print only and centered that on a Very Vanilla circle.  I converted the plane to print only and used that as an accent for my sentiment.  I typed the sentiment with Ballpark font as it was the closest match I had to the word “traveler”  Thinking this World Traveler would be a beautiful cut file…I decided to make a travel journal to go with this card using it on the front.

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Still with me?  Now for assembly.  I attached my clear string with double-sided tape directly to the card front.  To make sure my placement was accurate, I placed the globe stand in place and marked on either side of the top and bottom of the globe “holders”.  I placed my string in the middle of those two marks, top and bottom.  Next, I placed my World Traveler, right side down, centered on the circle and attached the string to it with more double-sided tape.  The Mossy Meadow circle went on top…I used Tombow Liquid Adhesive for this to give myself wiggle room to get the two circles centered perfectly. The water needed some dimension, but I didn’t want something as deeply embossed as I would get with an embossing folder. I pulled out an ancient letter-press plate with a slight wave to it…perfect!  Next I attached the DSP, again with Liquid Adhesive.  Last step for the front of the card was to emboss the globe stand with Clear Embossing Powder and attached that.

This is when I discovered what I guess should have been obvious from the get-go.  If you look at the globe cut file, the globe is not centered on the stand and is slightly angled…as a result, it certainly wouldn’t spin in a round circle as the sides are not equal.  So it’s not a spinner…it’s a flipper 😉  No one would know I didn’t intend it that way unless I tell them…which I probably would.  In fact, I just did.

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Okay, so the inside is a snap.  Slap on that piece of DSP, trim excess where necessary and attach that circle centered under the globe and done.  If you’re still with me after all that, I applaud you.

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I hope you’ll enter the challenge I mentioned above.  If you do, tell ’em Katydid Cards sent you!



10 Responses to “Monthly Challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables-Travel”

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  1. Carol says:

    Congratulations, Kim. You will be great as a design team member. Your creations are amazing!

  2. Jeanette says:

    Oh my goodness, Kim… I love all things travel/world/globe related… so of course I LOVE this card! Such a beauty!!! And fun, too!

  3. Denise Sayers says:

    So cute and as usual the inside is as special as the front. I love mixing up things and changing them, but I use my Explore & Design Space since that is what I have. It is hard to explain how to do that sometimes, but you did a good job.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thanks, Denise. Yup, what sounds so clear to me because I work with it daily must sound like jibberish to someone who doesn’t I appreciate the vote of confidence.

  4. nclights7 says:

    I love your flipper card- great job!

  5. Lynn McAuley says:

    How lucky is Miss Kate Cuttables to snag you, Kim! Your remarkable cut designs are exquisite: inside, outside, and upside down! Congratulations!

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