Leather Appliqué for a Rodeo Queen

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Last month I shared a bit about the leather western show jacket project I have been working on. Since I have now completed the jacket, Rodeo Queen, I wanted to backtrack a little to discuss cutting the appliqués from leather.

Leather is a stretchy material that comes in many different weights and thickness. Leather is classified by the weight quoted in ounces (oz). It can also be identified by the finish, tanning process and suppleness. For this project I worked with garment grade leather, specifically a 1.5 – 2 oz metallic foiled pig suede. As a reference, a 2 oz leather is about the same thickness as a dollar bill folded 3 times.

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Like fabric, it needs to be properly stabilized for a successful cut on our machines. You can stabilize by applying a fusible product to the back or unfinished side, or by ironing on a heavy duty freezer paper. You can also cut the leather bare if you use a very sticky mat. The issue with just using the sticky mat is that the rough side of the leather will leave fibers behind when removed from the mat. It is also possible to stretch the cut unit out of shape if not removed very carefully.

Best results are achieved when using the Fabric Blade and the Extra Sticky Mat (Green Grid). For this project, the two colors of leather were slightly different thicknesses so I needed to adjust my blade exposure for each color.

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Maxx Air Settings

Metallic Pig Suede

Pink, 2 oz: Force = 168, Speed = 250, Passes = 2, Blade Height = 13

Silver, 1.5 oz: Force = 160, Speed = 250, Passes = 2, Blade Height = 13

Materials

Metallic Pig Suede

Paper backed fusible web, paper was removed before pressing the leather on to the mat.

Fabric Blade

Extra Sticky Mat (Green Grid)

The use of my KNK Maxx Air allowed me to cut seventy of the delicate units, some as small as ½” to ¼” wide in one day!

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baseball love

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It’s July. Little League is winding down, but MLB is still going strong. My son plays on a travel ball team and while they aren’t currently doing tournaments, he still practices a few times a week. I saw a shirt on Facebook that had the word love with the ball as the o and bats as a v. I thought, I could easily do that in Make the Cut. So I did. Except I made the o a heart and just put some baseball seams in it.

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A tip you probably already know: Whenever you have to layer more than one color in vinyl, it helps to cut the whole thing in one color and then use transfer tape to transfer the other colors to the design. For example, I cut this all in black and then took everything that wasn’t supposed to be black off the vinyl and used transfer tape to put the red in the right spot and then layered the white on top of the red. I didn’t do so great layering the heart, but it was close enough.

Machine:

KNK Maxx

f- 32

v-350

Materials:

vinyl: red, black and white

baseball ribbon

6″ cork circle… I think I bought them at dollar tree. Not sure, I’ve had them for awhile.

The file isn’t perfect, but it’s free, so feel free to modify it to suit your needs. When I have more time, I want to play with the seams a little more on the heart.

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Burger w/o Cheese

I have a friend who has gotten hooked on Smashburgers.  She lives in Tennessee and comes to the Denver area once or twice a year.  She has been known to dine at Smashburger 4 times in a week.  Last week she was in town to help promote the products she represents that we sell at our store.  When I saw the hamburger box card in the SVG Cuts Sunday with Dad collection I knew it would be a perfect Thank You card for her.

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Since she is allergic to dairy products I left off the cheese.

Materials Used:

Various card stocks

Chalk for shading

White gel pen for sesame seeds

Scrapbook glue

Wall vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Blade Used for cardstock:  Red cap blade, Passes 1 or 2 depending on thickness of cardstock, Blade Tension – 2, Starting Depth – 65, Ending Depth – 65, 70, or 75 depending on the thickness of the cardstock, Cutting Speed – 25

Blade Used for Vinyl:  Red cap blade, Passes 1, without mat, Blade Tension -1, Cutting Depth – 25, Cutting Speed – 15

I chose to do the scoring by hand rather than having it done by the Force because I am very new to using the Force.  I will practice using the dual tool feature for my next project that uses cutting and scoring.

The file cut very well and was easy to assemble.  I did open the SVG files in Make the Cut and re-export them to position them where I wanted them on the mat.

I have been intrigued by the box cards since I first saw them and now that I have made one I realize that they are not at all difficult to cut and assemble. Here is a view of the card from the top.

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The back of the card includes a space where you can put a message.

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The file from SVG Cuts includes an envelope that is large enough to accommodate the size of the card when folded.

BTW, my friend loved her card.

The bigger the horse, the bigger the fun.

Making oversized projects with vinyl is easy since you can get vinyl bigger than 12″ x 12″ whereas scrapbook paper is rarely found larger than 12″ x 12″ sheets.  When making something larger than 12″ x 12″ using paper you need to tile your object.  MTC has a  tiling feature that it is very easy to use.  I made a pin the tail on the horse game for my daughter’s birthday party using the tiling feature because the bigger the horse the bigger the fun.

Materials:

Settings:

Colormates smooth and silky cardstock

  • Force:  70
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Speed:  10/10

Oracal 631 Vinyl

  • Force:  15
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Speed:  10/10

Steps:

  1. Create your file                                                Horse file
  2. Select your object that you what to tile and click the wrench on the bottom tool bar and select “Tiler”                                                 Horse Tile
  3. In the “Tiler” screen input the size of paper you want to use.  I chose 11.5×11.5 to ensure I didn’t go off the paper.                                                    Horse tiles
  4. After you click accept you will get separate pages.  I did learn that when you use the tiling feature to make sure that the object you want tiled is the only thing on your virtual mat if not it will tile your whole project even though you only have one thing selected.                                               horse file
  5. Cut out all your pieces.  Since some of the pieces weren’t a full 12″ x 12″, I combined the pieces on to one mat to not waste paper.     Edited. IMG_8309_3939
  6. Glue down all the pieces using your choice of glue.  I used my advanced tape glider gun.                                                     Edited. IMG_8310_3940
  7. I then transferred my vinyl using paper transfer tape on to the foam board.     Edited. IMG_8313_3943

It’s a windmill! (Almost)

The property that we own was at one time a farm. The only thing left of the old farmstead is the silo. 6 years ago, my husband built a barn, it is red, white and blue. Once the barn was up he often commented that it would be nice to have a windmill. This past month I found a great windmill at a great price in Shipshewana, Indiana. I bought it and it arrived in days. Some assembly required…the dreaded words. My husband is pretty handy, after all he built a barn, and the instructions said the windmill could be assembled in 2 hours. So many days later we have this

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a 30 foot windmill laying on it’s side. It needs to get stood upright, cement footings poured to level and anchor it, and then we need to rent a lift to get to the top of the windmill and add the spinning thing. (Are you still following me?) Apparently you can’t put the spinning thing on prior to standing it up as it may bend the frame. After looking at the tail section for a week my husband suggested we add to it. It came with a red vinyl edge , as did each fin on the spinning part. Here it is covered with transfer tape.

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He wanted it red, white and blue like the barn. So I added a white and blue stripe and then personalized it with our name and the year we married. Now I can’t wait until it is up and spinning.

 

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Materials

Outdoor vinyl

Transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  46

Speed  250

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.