It took me about a year to break my Zing cutter out of its box and give it a try — and now I am kicking myself for waiting so long! I love it — it is cutting paper that I had trouble cutting with my Expression. The paper that gave me problems was usually textured. I had some Bazzill that the Expression would refuse to cut — it looked like it tried to gum its way through. So far the Zing has cut everything I’ve thrown at it.
What I am really loving is cutting svg files. svgcuttingfiles.com has some of the cutest designs and I love that jadedblossom.com has coordinating stamps for many of the cut files. For this project I used two cutting files and two different sets of stamps.
I made this birthday card and matching box that holds little Nugget candy bars for my niece. I love shaker cards and when I saw the Party Shaker Tag file, I had to buy it. I made the candle card — there are three other shakers in this set. I used the Birthday Treat Tags stamps to heat emboss the design in the shaker. Of course I used my favorite embossing powder, from Lindy’s Stamp Gang. I think the color I used was Cleopatra’s Copper.
The patterned paper is from the Secret Garden collection by Graphic 45. I used a Martha Stewart punch around the page set called Vintage Floral. I stitched around a couple of the mats, added some lace trim at the bottom, along with a satin bow made using one of my favorite tools, the Zutter Bow-it-All. The roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the sequins in the shaker from Doodlebug Designs.
I used two Cuttlebug folders, Dotted Swiss and Charles (for the flames).
For the box, I used the Candle Nugget Box svg. I wrapped each nugget and then topped it with a circle sentiment from the Birthday Candies stamp set.
- svgcuttingfiles.com – Party Shaker Tags, Candle Nugget Box
- jadedblossom.com – Birthday Treat Tags, Birthday Candies stamps
- Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Cleopatra’s Copper embossing powder
- Graphic 45 – Secret Garden collection
- Cuttlebug – Dotted Swiss and Charles embossing folders
- Martha Stewart – Vintage Floral Punch Around the Page set
- Doodlebug Designs – sequins
- Wild Orchid Crafts – roses
- Zutter Bow-it-All
- Satin ribbon from my stash