Batty Halloween Wreath at a Spooktacular Price! Free!

I don’t know about you, but I am going batty this time of year with a packed quilt show/teaching schedule. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love all the spooky decorations. I designed this Batty Halloween Wreath for my small cutting group using elements from one of my quilting design collections converted to SVG and some bare tree branches from the MTC User Gallery. And I am sharing these files with you free!

While it is a Halloween wreath featured here, you can easily use the wreath base in different colors and add other seasonal cut files to adapt it for any holiday. A brown twig base for fall with leaves, a green one for Christmas. And how about Easter or Valentine’s Day? The possibilities are endless!

Materials

Cardstock – Halloween patterned and at least 4 sheets of black solid.
Foam Core Board – Black about 12” square.
Fuzzy Craft Wire (pipe cleaners).
Glue – Hot glue gun and basic paper adhesives.
Seasonal Embellishments – Let your creativity go wild!
Free Files! – Batty Halloween Wreath

Maxx Air Settings

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade
Machine settings depend on the cardstock papers you choose.

Process Details

Wreath Form – I used foam core board to provide a stiff sturdy base for my wreath. Unfortunately, we cannot cut foam core board in our cutting machines due to its thickness. I did manage to get a piece into my Maxx Air by moving three of the pinch wheels to the far left and was able to lower one partially on the farthest left grit wheel. But you can only score the board with a blade or use a pen to draw the circle base, so it is safer to use the template method. Using the Wreath Form SVG, cut a template out of cardstock or chipboard, and trace onto foam core board. Cut foam core board manually with a circle cutter tool or X-Acto type knife.

Wreath Base – Cut one Wreath Base and glue to the wreath form, centering the form beneath the base.

Branches – Cut at least two sheets of each branch size. Layer branches over the wreath base to form a pleasing twig branch wreath look.

Bats – I cut out lots of bats! I only wanted bats on mine so I cut few from every patterned cardstock I had. (17 to 20) Cut them all from one paper or divide number needed over several different papers. Finger fold the wings as desired for a 3D effect. Glue a short length of black pipe cleaner to underside. My friends Joanne and Karen also cut some cats to add to theirs.

Assembly – Punch holes through completed wreath with a stiletto or ice pick. Thread the pipe cleaner through hole and bend over form back, securing with hot glue. Shape front of wire to position bat as desired.

Add other sparkly or spooky embellishments as desired to make the wreath your own! This is a fun crafting activity for a group. Even though we all cut the same basic wreath our personal design choices made each one different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween is just around the corner! Free File Downloads

I love fall, and the vibrant colors of autumn are blooming here in central Michigan! I already have the house decorated for Halloween but also wanted to bring a few  disposable decorations to my office. I recently started using SCAL 4 instead of MTC and this was a perfect project to exercise my new knowledge. I could not find an SCAL 4 keyboard shortcut list so I made one up. You can download it here. If you know of any shortcuts that I missed, email me at cuttinwithknk@gmail.com and I’ll get it updated.

SCAL 4 shortcuts

I used the spider and web from the library in SCAL. Then all I had to do was create a shadow box and weld (ALT + U) the web to it.

Halloween Light Box:

I used WorldWin CutMates Licorice card stock. This is still THE BEST brand of card stock to cut, hand down! If I was going to keep these boxes for future use I would probably make them with WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky since it is a much thicker material and is also a dream to cut.

Halloween Light Box

No adhesive is necessary for the box, although they may last longer with a little bit on the flaps. The pop dot is white which makes the eyes on the spider appear white.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 42
  • v = 300
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open design file in SCAL 4.
  2. Add additional elements as desired.
  3. Hide cut layer and emboss fold lines.
  4. View cut layer, hide emboss layer and cut out the box.
  5. Fold at crease lines and assemble.
  6. Place light inside.
  7. Use a pop dot to adhere the spider or other embellishment.

Halloween Light Box

Click here to download the box file.

Earrings

Sorry for the late post. I knew what I wanted to make but haven’t had a spare minute to make it. My son’s girlfriend decided we should try making earrings so we bought the basic supplies. We then decided it may be a winter craft project because so far it has been to nice out to sit inside.

I saw a lot of leather earrings and then found that Cricut made a faux leather. You know if it cuts with a Cricut it will cut better with a KNK. Because I was in a hurry these are a rough draft. I used the red capped blade and should have used the blue or maybe even the fabric. The faux leather has a felt like back and cutting it with the red capped blade resulted in a lot of “fuzzies” that need cleaning up. The fuzzies are hard to cut with a scissors so I may apply some type of sealant to the back to hold them down. They aren’t “awesome” but it was fun trying something new and I will continue to work with the faux leather.

Materials

Cricut faux leather

jump ring

earring hook

Settings

red capped blade (I would suggest blue)

15″ KNK Maxx

Force 90 4 passes

Speed 500

“Please Take One” Halloween Sign Using Floor Vinyl- Great Idea

Halloween Sign for Candy Basket Using Floor Vinyl

“Please Take One” Halloween Sign Using Floor Vinyl. This is great and really easy to make. I really love Holidays, it is yet another thing that gives me tons of crafting ideas! Inspirations can come from any where, this time it came while doing some remodeling. We were remodeling our stairs and instead of carpet we decided to install floor vinyl, not only is it cheaper it is also a lot easier to install than tile or carpet. However as I saw the texture of the floor vinyl the idea to use it as a tombstone for a Halloween sign came to mind. Seeing as we are already in the month of Halloween, there really is no better time. So, As per Halloween tradition we give candy out  every year to children. This time I wanted to attach a sign to the candy basket.

Halloween Sign for Candy Basket Using Floor Vinyl

Materials:

Settings:

  • Blade = Red
  • BT = 1
  • P= 1
  • CD = 14
  • CS= 20
  • US = 20
  • PS = 20
  • LS = 20

Instructions:

  1. First, I Traced the tombstone in MTC.
  2. Then, inside of the tombstone I added a bat and as well as the text which wrote, “Please Take ONE” inside the tombstone.
  3. Then, I used the KNK Force to cut the design out of vinyl
  4. Lastly, Using clear transfer tape, I transferred the vinyl to the floor vinyl.

Clothing Label

My baby girl started kindergarten this year and putting names on her sweatshirts and jackets is a new thing to me.  She has already left a sweatshirt on the bus and my sister had asked me if I wrote her name in it.  I hate writing names on the tags of clothes because what if I sell it and the next person doesn’t want my kid’s name on their stuff.  My husband, who is under the deep blue sea, said why don’t you make a tag to sew on the tag of her clothes.  Duh why didn’t I think of that.  Yeah I could just take a pen and write her name on a piece of ribbon or fabric and sew it in but what fun is that!!  And custom printed ribbon is so expensive.

Materials:

Settings:

Glitter HTV

  • Force:  17
  • Passes:  2
  • Blade Height:  25 Post-its
  • Speed: 10/10

Regular HTV

  • Force:  15
  • Passes:  2
  • Blade Height:  25 Post-its
  • Speed:  10/10

Steps:

  1. Create your label in the program of your choice, I used MTC
  2. Cut out your HTV                                             
  3. Adhere the HTV to your fabric or ribbon using either a heat press or iron, I used an iron
  4. Cut your fabric or ribbon to the size you need
  5. Attach your newly created label to your clothing.  I chose to use stitch witchery since my sewing is not that great.