I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2013 SEMA trade show in Las Vegas (SEMA = Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association). I had two specific jobs at the week-long show – 1) find new technologies that my ‘day job’ might be able to use and 2) chaperon students from my ‘second job’. These are college juniors and seniors so they really needed very little of my time.
While there, I found a third purpose for my visit and it got me thinking. This is all around vinyl of course (hence the title) – there were at least a hundred vendors and probably an acre or two of automotive vinyl application booths/displays!!!! There were even sponsored competitions for vehicle wraps that resulted in some amazing finished products. Wow, I saw some really cool stuff. There is so much we can do if we are only brave enough!!! LOL!
[Toes tapping on the ground, "Okay, Michele, what's your point?"] So, back to my inspired ‘thinking’….I bought some of the AccuPro Wrap Vinyl from KNK USA a couple of months ago. Well….between living in the RV, then commuting back and forth 500 miles one-way every week since Nov 1st, I simply haven’t found the time to play with it. However, I spent two and a half days last weekend getting my craft room set up in the new house and I am READY to make Christmas presents – whoo hoo! Put the two together, and I have ‘wrapped’ gifts to make! I will post my wrap vinyl projects on Wednesday, so please check back.
AccuPro Wrap Vinyl
Wrap vinyl is a highly flexible PVC vinyl film that stretches to conform to the underlying shape similar to the Gemstone Metallic Vinyl I wrote about last month, but where Gemstone is more multipurpose, AccuPro Wrap Vinyl is specifically designed for wrap applications. Wrap vinyl can have a smooth surface with a matte or glossy finish, and be colored or metallic (chrome). It can also be textured to look like grain leather, carbon fiber, crocodile/alligator skin, or snake skin. The real beauty of this product is that it does not lose its texture when heated and stretched across varying surface shapes.
- Thickness: 180-260 microns (depending on the surface texture)
- Adhesive: clear
- Stretchable to approximately 130%
- Easy air bubble removal
- 5-6 year indoor and 4 year outdoor durability
- Removable with no residual adhesive
- Ultraviolet barrier
- Resistant to solvents
- Installation temperatures: 60-80°F
- Usage temperatures: -5 to 200°F
- Standard (red cap) blade
- Pressure and Speed: start with typical vinyl settings and test cut, test cut, test cut to find the perfect settings (more to come on Wednesday)
- Cut on the carrier (backing paper) or apply smaller pieces to a mat
- Cut approximate to your shape (you’ll use your stretching skills to make it fit)
- Clean the surface with rubbing alcohol to remove any foreign material
- Apply in a dust free environment that is within the recommended application temperature range of 60-80°F
- Apply heat to get the maximum stretch
- Use a soft rubber squeegee to smooth out bubbles and wrinkles
- Be patient
AccuPro Wrap Vinyl is more forgiving than other vinyls, so it is probably the perfect product for me! I’m getting soooo excited to try it out. The cutting part is the easiest part for me, and I’ll let you know how the stretch wrapping turns out when you check back on Wednesday!
At our house life has been so hectic that I can hardly believe Christmas is 3 weeks away. I haven’t done any preparations, none. BUT, I did make this Family plaque for a customer who wanted it for a Christmas gift! I do not know where I got the tree from but the verse was designed in KNK Studio. I have been so lucky to get a great supply of cabinet doors from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Cabinet Door from ReStore
Wishing you and your family a blessed Holiday Season!
These two beautiful decorations for Christmas were made using simple shapes from KNK Studio such as, Circles, Triangle, Square and Rectangles, and a little star.
- KNK Studio
- Fun Foam
- Styrofoam Balls
- Glue gun
- Step 1 – Cut all of the tree pieces from the attached file
- With the marker color all the edges of the fun foam
- After that put glitter on it and let it dry
The Christmas Tree
- Use the circles that are in the attached file
- Pre-heat the iron and place the circle on the iron just for few seconds
- After that, hold the circle with your fingers to give the desire shape
- Then, insert a wood stick to form the tree
- And finally, add the star to the top of your tree.
- Use the squares from the attached files
- Pre-heat the iron and heat the fun foam for few seconds
- Cover the Styrofoam with the fun foam and hold it until it is cold
- Cut the remaining shapes in the snowman group
- Do the same to form the body
- After that, draw the face and glue a piece of pipe cleaner to form the arms and nose
- And the last step is to embellish
This project is really fun to make. I did it to decorate a Jewelry case. As an idea, you can take a glass vase, put snow in it and put this tree and snowman inside to decorate any coffee table or office.
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ”
― Roy L. Smith
A simple font (Times New Roman) and letters sized to 9.5″ tall. This quick and easy project is a great addition to your holiday decor! Each letter was shadowed individually using Transform>Contour Object (I used 5 as my contour setting).
Additionally some Christmas shapes were added to my banner: holly leaves, jumping reindeer, holiday bow and a little bird. I create all my cutting files by scratch using a node by node method (please review my prior posts if you need direction on how to do this.)
Blue cap / thick materials blade
I keep my 15″ KNK Maxx settings at Overcut 15 & Trailing Blade 20 because I only use my machine to cut paper.
Please visit the KNK Gallery on my website to see more projects that I have created using my Klic N Kut.
Cardstock, Patterned Paper and Embellishments by Bazzill Basics Paper
Ribbons from Designer’s Stash
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Hi There fellow KnK-ers!
I have a set of layered Christmas cards made with my Zing today where I have taken Christmas words and replaced the ‘o’ with a snowflake. I have used a different snowflake for each card but they are interchangeable.
I have added all 4 card cut files at the end of the post but if you would like to create your own layered card in Make The Cut, using someones name on their Birthday perhaps, here’s how:
- Type your letters and use the ‘Shadow Layer’ option increasing the ‘Shadow Width’ as desired, I usually opt for a Rounded ‘Corner Join’.
- Repeat step 1 for more layers.
- To create your card base, add another ‘Shadow Layer’ then ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste in place’ to create 2 identical shapes.
- If you want a top folding card you need to ‘Flip’ one of these shapes and move upwards until they only slightly overlap, if you want a side folding card you need to ‘Mirror’ one of these shapes instead and move to the left until they only slightly overlap.
- Select both of your overlapping card base shapes and ‘Weld’.
Here are all of today’s cards:
- Blade = Standard
- Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
- Offset = 0.30
- Speed = Card 10 & Glitter Card 9
- Force = 70
- Passes = 1
Pic 1: Here are all of the pieces for my Ho Ho Ho card, I chose to alternate layers of red and white ColorMates Smooth & Silky cardstock and cut some white glitter card for my top layer:
Pic 2: I folded my card base and set side. I used double sided tape to adhere the larger 2 layers together then cut down some 3D foam pads to hide behind my H’s and snowflakes to give them some dimension:
Pic 3: Once my card front was assembled I added more 3D foam pads onto the reverse and placed onto my card base. As a finishing touch I popped some sparkles in the middle of the snowflakes.
All of the cards are assembled in the same way, here’s a closer look at them:
If you would like to see more projects that I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com
Here are today’s Cut Files:
Ho Ho Ho Card Cut File
Let It Snow Card Cut File
Joy Card Cut File
Noel Card Cut File