Create Faux Rhinestones Using DecoSparkle

Create Faux Rhinestones with DecoSparkle I’ve been tempted to add rhinestones to baby bodysuits, but I didn’t want to take a chance of baby putting them in her mouth. So instead, I decided to try some faux rhinestones using ™DecoSparkle heat transfer vinyl.

It’s pretty simple to make your own faux rhinestones using Make the Cut software. If you prefer, you can use my free Blackeyed Susan file.


  1. Infant Bodysuit
  2. ThermFlex Plus HTV
  3. DecoSparkle HTV
  4. Make The Cut 
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Iron or Heat Press

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 18
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 1 or 2

Steps :

  1. Use my free file or
  2. Open or Import file in Make the Cut. Make sure you reverse your design if you have any text.
  3. Select portion of design that you want to add “rhinestones” to
  4. Right Click > Shape Magic > Rhinestones
  5. When box pops up, choose size and spacing. You can choose either Fill Shape or Outline. Click on Delete Original. Rhinestones Make the Cut Box
  6. Select Preview on Mat to make sure it looks the way you want it to.
  7. Don’t worry if some things don’t look exactly the way you want them to because you will be able to adjust that.
  8. Rhinestones Click Accept.
  9. Select “rhinestones” design. Ctrl > P to split. Now you can adjust/delete/add any “rhinestones” as needed.
  10. Now use your heat press or iron to apply HTV according to manufacturers instructions. (Make sure iridescent HTV is applied last if you are layering, as you cannot layer on top of this vinyl.)

Our little princess loves her new bodysuit with the faux rhinestone bling!!

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Wild Fashion Prints Heat Transfer Vinyl

Wild Fashion Prints Heat Transfer Vinyl  

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Wild Fashion Prints™ is a preprinted heat transfer vinyl in many popular patterns that add fun to lettering, numbers or your custom design. KNK carries them in 17 different prints including animals, camo, perforated and leather looks. Many of the prints are also textured such as the leather.

And of course, since I am working with my friends Cathy Wiggins and Olde City Quilts to promote a line of garment leather to sewers, I just had to try out the leather vinyl on this t-shirt project. We are vending at the largest quilt show in the USA, Houston Quilt Market and Festival this fall.  We not only wanted to create a unified look when in the booth, but also peak attendee interest when we were spotted away from the booth with a slogan that made folks stop and ask us, what does #itsbetterinleather mean?

First, I created the design for the shirt in Make The Cut! , using the hashtag, #itsbetterinleather and the Olde City Quilts logo.  I did not know what the font name was for the Olde City logo, so I uploaded a picture of it to the WhatTheFont page of My This great font resource identified the font I needed and directed me to where I could purchase it. Once downloaded, I installed it into Make The Cut! and finished my design.

Filled up the virtual mat with as many as I could fit, mirror imaged the designs and cut on my KNK Maxx Air.


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

Wild Fashion Prints Heat Transfer Vinyl 

Maxx Air Settings

  • Blade = Red Blade, Blade height = 25
  • Force =55
  • Velocity = 250
  • # Passes = Disabled
  • Blade Offset = .25

The material cuts like all heat transfer vinyl, but since it is textured I did have a bit of an issue when weeding. The second time I increased the force a tad and exposed a tiny bit more blade. The design should be reversed and the clear heat proof carrier sheet face down on the mat.

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I then set up my design on the t-shirts and pressed with my heat press for the recommended time and pressure. Temperature at 325°F – 340°, firm even pressure for 12-15 seconds. Peel the clear backing when cool. Cover with a Telfon© sheet or kraft paper and repress for 3 seconds.

This is a fun material to get some cool effects on clothing, and it is perfect for our #itsbetterinleather message!

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cute purse

I get the weekly Splitcoast Stampers email with a project for the week and I knew when I saw it, I wanted to make it.

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There’s a .pdf file that you can download and print and cut out… but you know that’s not how I do things. 🙂

I imported it into Make the Cut as a pdf (it’s two pages). When you import it, you have to click “break apart” because all of the lines are solid. Then, select the lines you need to be score lines and copy them to a new layer and change them to dashed lines.

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Then cut out and decorate.

Since the file specifically says not to share it electronically, I won’t put my file here, but as you can see, it’s very simple to do if you want to make one.

I did forget to put a clasp on it, but I think I’ll just put some velcro on it and it is an easy holder for small cards or treats.

I used the KNK Zing

Settings: 10/10, force 100. Red blade

I used card stock I found on clearance at Michaels. I think for future ones, I’d use solid card stock or two-sided because a lot of white shows, but I liked the paper, so it’s all good.


Dress Shirt Gift Card for Men (FREE FILE)

Gift Card, KNK, Omayra, Arrangement for men

This time, I wanted to take the time to thank a person for being very kind. Often we highlight the bad things that people do but we don’t really stop to think about the great things that people have done for us. Sometimes nobody even pays heed, to the wonderful things that people have done. That’s why this time I wanted to stress my gratitude to this person’s great work, he went the extra mile, and that I wanted to relay the fact that i noticed his hard work! I almost cried to see his face of excitement and joy for letting him know simply that he had done well. It honestly baffles me, what I thought it was a simple, minuscule detail, to him meant the world.   

The materials that I used for this project were:

Settings for KNK Force:

The settings used for the Red Blade:

Settings to cut the Cardstock

  • Passes = 1
  • CD = 90
  • CS =  Default-40
  • US = Default-40
  • PS = Default-20
  • LS = Default – 20
  • Blade Offset – Red Blade

Settings to cut the Vinyl

  • Passes = 1
  • CD = 30
  • CS = 25
  • US = Degault-40
  • PS = Default-20
  • LS = Default – 20
  • Blade Offset – Red Blade

Settings for KNK Groove-e

Cutting the CardStock

Settings (Groove-e):

  • F = 45
  • V = 150

Cutting the Vinyl

  • Force =  15
  • Speed = 150
  1. I Designed the Dress cloth and the tie.
  2. Then, I cut the Dress shirt and I glued just the sleeves of the dress shirt, leaving the top side of the dress shirt open to insert the gift card. Gift card envelope empty
  3. My next step was to glue the tie and the vest.
  4. After that, I made a hanger with a twist tie to glue it on the dress shirt
  5. I put the card envelope aside and started to work with the words “thank you,” that I first cut on vinyl and then proceeded to make a shadow out of cardstock. Then placed the vinyl on top of the cardstock.
  6. Then, I wrote the “Thank you” again to place it on the balloons. Before I cut that word I used the Bezier Warp Icon to make the text a little curve.  Bezier Warp Steps
  7. Balloon
  8. Finally, I started to build the arrangement.
    1. I filled out the glass cup with candies and covered it with foil paper to cover the candies.
    2. Then, I glued a piece of Styrofoam to the top of the glass to stick the balloon as well as the gift card.
    3. With tissue paper I covered the Styrofoam.
    4. My last Touch was to make a bow with tulle to put under the balloon. I also put some curly ribbon underneath the tissue paper just to make the arangment more beautiful!


Wrap Text Around Shape with MTC

I do most of my design work in an open source software called Inkscape. I have used this for so many years that it is second nature to me. But, as I learn more about Make The Cut, I am finding functions that MTC handles much better than Inkscape. One task that I prefer MTC for is when I want to wrap text around a shape.


Import or open your shape in MTC. I drew the shape of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, copied and then pasted it into MTC.

Open the Text and Font Box and choose your font.

Wrap Text to Shape

Click icon to open Add Text Group, and enter your text.

Add Text Group

Drag to resize your box of text to the size that you think will work best.

If you like, you can add a shape. I added a heart from Basic Shapes at the end of my string of text.

Drag around text and shape to select. Ctrl + J to Join.

Now click on your selected text (and shape if you have one). Hold down Ctrl while you drag the text box onto the shape you want to wrap around. Release.

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Things might look a little strange, but don’t worry. You can make adjustments using this Wrap Objects to Text box. The easiest way to adjust the settings is to just play with them until you get the look you want. You can change the spacing, number of repeats, offset, etc. It is pretty simple to figure out what they do.

Wrap Objects to Text

Keep working the settings until you get things close to what you want. It doesn’t need to be perfect because you can tweak things manually.


Click Accept. You will be asked if you want to Weld Paths now. Select NO.

UP with wrapped text

Now you can move things around if need be. First drag around your design. Ctrl + P to Split (ungroup) into individual parts so you can make adjustments. You may even need to delete some letters if things look too bunched up like they did in my design.

I ended up with this. Now I’ll try this process and create an inkjet heat transfer. (For more information and settings for cutting ink jet heat transfer sheets, you can check out another tutorial here.

Finished Text around Shape

Here’s what I made with the heat transfer I created using this process. (…and a little Michigan trivia for those that don’t know: A person that lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is called a Yooper. And Yoopers often refer affectionately to their beautiful peninsula as “The Yoop”.)

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