In Depth Pixel Trace – “Window Decal”

 

123145 This is an example of how easy it is to Pixel Trace using MTC in collaboration with the KNK Cutter, to cut a design out of vinyl. This time the tracing was done using the “Paste” icon. This post is for instructional/educational purposes ***ONLY*** ! Enjoy!

For this project I used:

Settings for Groove-e Machine:

  • Force = 15
  • Speed = 150

Steps:

  1. Search in the internet for the image you would like to trace and right click with the mouse to make a copy.
  2. Then, in MTC click the pixel trace iconKNK, MTC, tracing, vinyl
  3. When the Pixel Trace Window opens click the “Paste” button Pixel Trace2 Logo
  4. Keep the “Caret” at the very top left corner so you can see the image that you are tracing. Remember that MTC will place the image on the area that the Caret is located. Logo2
  5. Once you have the image, then you have to use the different available icons until you get the image ready to cut. In this case I just changed the “Resample Image” setting, the “Despeck” setting. I altered the Despeck settings to remove tiny circles that the machine will not cut or will not cut properly because it is too small. Then, I also changed the  “Threshold” settings. Remember to click on the “Apply Changes” button every time that you change a setting, in order to see the changes.
  6. Once the image is ready and you are satisfied with the results. Send the image to cut.
  7. Once it is cut, weed the design, apply transfer tape on top of it and put it where you see fit. In my case, this was a design that I put it on my friend’s truck.

Have Fun with your own UNIQUE project!

 

Boat’s Name Decal

KNK, Vinyl

With the KNK machines we are able to decorate and create many things. Our Friend wanted to write the name of his boat on it. Thankfully, I just so happen to have a repertoire of wonderful machines at my disposal :), the KNK Groove-e plus a TERRIFIC KNK Force. So I decided to do it for him. This vinyl has a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years outdoor, it also has a permanent-aggressive adhesive.

This is a very, very  easy project to make.

The materials that I used for this project were:

Settings for Groove-e Machine:

  • Force = 15
  • Speed = 150

Steps to make the Decorative Arc:

  1. I Wrote the Letters using MTC.
  2. I peel off the excess of vinyl from the cut letters.
  3. Applied clear transfer tape on top of the Letters.
  4. Lastely, I applied them to the surface.

“Quinceañera” Banner

KNK, Omayra Duarte, Cortadora, Digital,

We were celebrating our niece’s “Quinceañero”, so I decided to make something really, really special for her. Using my wonderful KNK Groove-e, vinyl and some embelishment, I was able to make the “perfect” lettering, fixed in the position of an arc to put on top of a portrait of her, that i drew. The portrait, the arc, and the back of the numbers 15 were done using Styrofoam and vinyl. With her name and the number 15 on on the arch, decorated with flowers.

The materials that we are going to use for this project are:

Settings for Groove-e Machine:

  • Force = 15
  • Speed = 150

Steps to make the Decorative Arc:

  1. I cut an arch out of Styrofoam using a Foam Cutter Wire.
  2. I measure the arc and I made a virtual mat on MTC a little bit bigger than the size that would be my arch.
  3. Then, Inside that virtual mat, from Basic Shapes>Generic, I choose the Block Arc and put it approximately the size of my arc.
  4. After that, I choose the letter that I wanted to use and I wrote the name of my niece, t which is Zaylene.
  5. Click on the Bézier Warp icon on the Magic Toolbar. 
  6. I choose Manual size and stretched the sides to make an oval.
  7. Then, I played with the width and height bottom until I get the shape that I wanted and clicked apply.
  8. The final step was to size the name inside the Block Arc that I had on my virtual mat. I wrote the numbers 15 and send it to cut.
  9. The numbers 15 were placed on a Styrofoam, cut with a foam cutter wire, stuck in a wood stick and glued to the arch with hot glue.

Memorial Day Table Topper (Free File)

Hoorah! I am ahead of the game, FOR ONCE! I have been saving bottles for a year, with many project ideas swarming around in my head. There are many different ways to decorate and use glass bottles and jars – and they don’t even have to be Mason jars – lol. For the upcoming season, I wanted to make some table toppers for our family get-togethers. For both Memorial Day and the 4th of July, these will be perfect!

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I filled this bottle with red ‘straw’ gift packaging material, but there are endless possibilities to add more dimension to the decoration.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air + contact paper):

  • f = 21
  • v = 350
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Clean the bottle thoroughly and allow to dry.
  2. Apply glass etch cream and set for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove glass etch cream, wash thoroughly and allow to dry.
  4. Open or create the stencil file. Cut stencils from wall vinyl or contact paper.
  5. Use transfer tape to pick up all of the pieces of the stencil.
  6. Apply stencil to glass bottle/jar.
  7. Using the airbrush system, apply Copic marker colors where desired.
  8. Allow to dry and decorate.

One of my favorite things about this method is that the glass etch process makes the glass ‘cloudy’ but the Copic markers make it very shiny and transparent again. It gives the glass project a wonderful contrast.

Memorial Day Decoration

I have some leftover glass blocks from Christmas projects, and I can’t wait to get started on the next phase of the decorations – which I will fill with white lights! I plan to have a decorated bottle on each of the tables for our Memorial Day gathering. Then I will use the lighted glass blocks for around the patio.

Memorial Day decorations

 

Fabric Cross

I always enjoyed helping my mom make end off the year gifts for my teachers and couldn’t wait for my time to do it with my daughter.  My daughter attends a christian based pre-school and thought that a fabric cross on wood with a bible verse would be a perfect gift.  My daughter got to pick out the fabric and the paper for the project so she can have some part in it since she is still too young to use my Zing.  I haven’t yet tried my hand at cutting fabric with my Zing so I used an old school method…scissors.  My husband was very nice and cut, sanded, and stained the piece of wood since I really don’t want to be around the stain smell.  And then I got to work on finishing the project.

Finished

Materials used:

Settings (KNK Zing):

Cardstock (embossing):

  • Force:  165
  • Passes:  3
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Offset:  no offset
  • Embosser Height:  25 post-its

Cardstock (cutting):

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

Vinyl:

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

Steps:

  1. Stain or paint your board to your desired color.
  2. Attach the fabric in the back with staples, then tie with the embroidery floss to look like a cross.                                                                          cross tied
  3. Emboss your paper and then with out taking it out of your machine (or moving it in any way) change to your blade holder, modify settings, and cut out your strip of paper (make 2 of them).
  4. Fold and glue your pieces of paper together and then glue circles on each side to stabilize the pleated circle.                 pleated circle
  5. Hot glue the pleated circle and place a decorative embellishment to the center of the pleated circle.                                                                           no words
  6. Cut out your vinyl and place it on the board.                                      Finished