Thank you cards panda style

Hello KNKers! I’m pretty excited because I am changing schools this coming school year. It is the school both my kids attended, two miles from my house, and I’ll be teaching 5th grade. I’ve never taught 5th grade before, but I’m pretty excited.

Anyway, the mascot is a panda and this school has extremely involved parents, so I thought it would be cute to have some ready-made cards on hand for next year. I can also use them for gifts for other teachers to use as well.

I found the panda on the internet and traced him into MTC. Then I duplicated until I had an array of 24 of them and then used print and cut with my Zing to cut them out on card stock. I did print them out on a laser printer and my specific printer is a little bit picky about card weights, but it seems to handle the 60 lb weight okay. Anything more and I get the dreaded paper jam.

However, when I went to cut them out on my mats, they were dirty and no longer sticky! I’ve probably shared this tip before, but it bears mentioning again. I’ve had the best luck with Aleen’s tack it over and over. The ratio is about 1:1 with water, with maybe a little more water. I don’t even measure. I just squirt the glue on the mat and then use a paintbrush and water to spread it out. I put it out in the sun for a couple hours and my mat is as good as new. The first use can be a little bit too sticky, so it’s not a bad idea to stick down a piece of paper you don’t care about and pull it up to test it. I also scrape it with an old credit card and that helps smooth it out and it’s ready to go.

I don’t know if it’s considered cheating, but I did use hero arts metal dies for the “thanks”, the banner, the tree branch ¬†(sizzix) and the cut out with the holes. I could’ve easily used my machine, but I like to use all sorts of stuff when I create. ūüôā

I used the Zing (f-95, 10/10) and MTC software.

DCWV patterned paper stack, Worldwin cardstock, foam tape for the pandas and the banners and gingerbread ink for the edges of the banners and patterned paper.

Until next time!

Flour Sack Towel with Heat Transfer Vinyl – Zing Orbit with Sure Cuts Alot

Flour Sack Towel  Heat Transfer Towel Our little town does not have much to offer visitors. So when I saw that our local fish market had expanded and started selling items highlighting our area, I asked them if they’d like me to make up a few things for them to offer. I had made this file into a shirt for my husband last year using an inkjet transfer. I decided it would do well on a flour sack towel with a few changes. This time I used Heat Transfer Vinyl.

I recently purchased a KNK Zing Orbit and am now using Sure Cuts Alot. Being accustomed to Make The Cut, there has been a small learning curve, but for basic cutting I was able to get right at it with no problems.

Materials:

  1. ThermoFlex Plus
  2. Flour sack Towel (I purchased mine at Walmart)
  3. Red-Capped Blade
  4. Iron or Heatpress

Settings on Zing Orbit with SCAL:

  1. Pressure: 50
  2. Speed: 15
  3. Overcut: 1mm
  4. Multi-cut: Off

Steps:

  1. Open or import file in SCAL
  2. Reverse design
  3. Cut design and weed
  4. Set heat press at 335 degrees and press for 17 minutes (for hand iron, refer to manufacturer’s instructions)
  5. Fold towel in half and crease mid-point using iron or heat press
  6. Lay towel flat and use crease to place center HTV
  7. Press vinyl onto towel (Use teflon sheet or towel between iron and vinyl)
  8. Remove clear backing and repeat

I am having fun getting to know my Zing Orbit. So far, one of my favorite features on the Orbit is the ability to adjust the pinch wheels. The ability to move them close enough to cut small pieces of vinyl without using a mat saves me a lot of time, and I find myself using the feature a lot.

 

Quilt Show Ribbons – Customized with Bling!

The theme for my quilt guild show this year is Diamond Jubilee, so bling on the ribbons is in order! I designed a theme logo for the show consisting of four diamonds in a modern take on a diamond quilt block motif. To carry the theme from the marketing materials to the ribbons, I designed a rhinestone embellishment for the ribbon centers. I was lucky to find acrylic rhinestones in the exact shape of the show logo diamonds. But the thought of individually adhering all those stones to 120+ ribbons was daunting. I knew I needed an accurate way of replicating the logo with the stones.

I decided that Rhinestone Motif Rubber and Rhinestone Transfer Tape would be the answer to transfer the diamond logo to the ribbon centers.

Materials

Glitter Adhesive Backed Paper

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Rhinestone Motif Rubber

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Thick Material Blade

Rhinestone Transfer Tape

Glue for adhering rhinestones to paper, I used Krazy Glue‚ĄĘ.

Maxx Air Settings

Glitter Paper – Force = 45, Speed = 300, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25

Rhinestone Motif Rubber – Force = 60, Speed = 400, Passes = 2, Blade Height = 25

The ribbons as they came from the supplier had plain centers the color of the ribbon, so to get more bling, I measured the centers and cut circles out of glitter adhesive backed paper to dress up the ribbon centers.

The diamond motifs were designed in Make The Cut! based on the size of the actual rhinestones. I used the shadow function to make my template cut out slightly larger than the stones. The green rhinestone template material is super sticky and I needed a backing for my template anyway, so I used an old mat that I could retire. Once the shapes were cut out of the material, I weeded the positive and left the negative stuck to the mat for my rhinestone template.

Unlike the round rhinestones where you can just brush them into the round holes in a template, these diamond shaped stones had to be placed individually into the template.

I then applied the Rhinestone Transfer Tape to the entire template, lifting all 48 diamond logo motifs at one time. Repeated the process three times until I had enough motifs.

A few passes with my rotary cutter yielded individual diamond motifs ready for transfer to the ribbons.

Unfortunately, these rhinestones were not self-adhesive, so the additional step of applying glue to each stone needed to be done before transferring the motifs to the ribbon centers.

Accurate transfer of the diamond motif is a snap with the Rhinestone Transfer Tape!


And now I can recruit some help with the rest of the ribbons and be assured that the designed motif will look the same on every ribbon.

 

 

Cheerful Card

I have a dear friend who recently lost the majority of the contents of her apartment due to water and smoke damage when the apartment above hers burned.  She will be moving to another apartment in the complex in a few days.  When she does I am going to send her a card I made using a file from My Scrap Chick.  They have some wonderful files and I can often find one that fits the occasion I am wanting to make a card or box or something else for.

This is the card I made for my friend – card front

Card inside

Materials Used:

Various Cardstocks

Vinyl – Oracal 631 type

Uni-ball Signo white ink pen

Settings:

Machine & Blade used:  KNK Force & red capped (standard Material) Blade

Cardstocks:  Blade Tension 2, Passes 1 or 2, Cutting Depth 60 Р75, Cutting Speed 25

Vinyls:  Blade Tension 1, Passes 1, Cutting Depth 20, Cutting Speed 20

Comments:

The words were handwritten with the Uni-ball Signo white ink pen. ¬†The Firefly’s eyes, antennae, the bulb screw base and filament were cut from vinyl. ¬†The remainder of the pieces were cut from cardstock.

 

 

And it all came tumbling down…

Last year I posted pictures of a windmill my husband put up on our property. It took him months to get it done. I personalized the tail with our name and date of our marriage. I always wished I had made it bigger but once it is 30 feet up in the air there is no going back…or so I thought. The perfect storm of a very wet spring and straight line winds and down it came.

It pulled 3 foot long cement pillars out of the ground. It was all salvageable except for the 4 bottom “feet” and the tail. So I had a chance to do it again and here it is.

Materials

vinyl

paper transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 36

speed 300

I used the wet method to transfer the vinyl to the tail. You use paper transfer tape and a spray solution (Action Tac). You apply the paper tape to the vinyl and remove vinyl from the backing. Then you spray the surface with Action Tac and lay the vinyl onto the surface. The solution allows you to move the vinyl around a bit and get it exactly where you want it. Then you run a squeegee over the paper tape and it removes the solution and any bubbles. You end up with perfectly smooth vinyl and none of the annoying bubbles. Now we just need to get a boom lift to get the top back onto the 30 foot tower. My husband used 4 times the cement on each foot and says it isn’t coming down again. Let’s hope he is right!