Vinyl Stencils, Print & Cut and 3D Printing with KNK

I am so pleased with how these turned out! And I would be hard-pressed to decide which one I like better. These were so much fun because they combined Print and Cut, cutting both paper and vinyl, and 3D printing – yet I created everything in Make-the-Cut.


This first paddle (pictured on the right in above photo) used Print and Cut for the ‘wallpaper’ background and the crest, it also used a lot of 3D printing for the accent pieces. I scanned the paddle to get the exact shape. I imported the shape into Make-the-Cut and then imported the wallpaper. I used boolean join to create the wallpaper in the paddle shape (rather than printing a whole page of wallpaper – simply to minimize printer ink usage). I printed it on a large format printer and then cut it out with my Maxx Air using the Print and Cut feature. For the crest, I imported the image and created an outline. I printed it and then cut the outline, also using Print and Cut. For the ‘platform’ I created a second outline, and then exported the outline shapes as an svg. I imported the svgs into 3D software and created the bilevel platform for the crest. This was 3D printed on the KNP3D, along with all of the roses, lettering and numbers. Some of the 3D objects were spray painted gold. The 3D roses were hand painted with acrylic paint. Once all of the pieces had been glued on and were dry, the entire paddle was sprayed with a clear gloss.


The second paddle used layer after layer of vinyl stencils to spray paint all of the individual colors (medium teal, pink, dark blue, gold and white) over the light teal base. At first, I used contact paper but quickly found out that the fine details of these flowers were hard to identify so I switched to a colored wall vinyl for the stencils. The gold letters and numbers were purchased, and are made from wood. I 3D printed the names and the roses. The roses were hand painted with acrylic paint and then all of the pieces were glued onto the paddle. Finally, a clear gloss coating was applied to the entire project.



Settings – Standard Material Blade (red cap):

  • Paper
    • f = 65
    • v = 250
    • p = 1
  • Vinyl
    • f = 10
    • v = 300
    • p = 1

Instructions (Print and Cut):

  1. Import or create the designs and die cut shapes in Make-the-Cut
  2. Print the designs
  3. Cut out the designs/shapes using Print and Cut (I cut a shadow layer rather than the object to allow for some ‘white space’ around the crest)
  4. Apply design to the ‘platform’ with adhesive of choice (mine is a 3D print of the outline and I used double sided adhesive sheets to adhere it)

Instructions (Vinyl stencils):

  1. Import or create the designs (this design had 6 layers) in Make-the-Cut
  2. Cut the 5 top layers from vinyl for your individual color stencils
  3. Apply one stencil layer at a time and spray paint
  4. Remove stencil(s)

Instructions (3D prints):

  1. Import or create the designs in Make-the-Cut
  2. Export as an svg
  3. Import the svg(s) into any 3D design software
  4. Edit the svg as desired (I use a push/pull function to turn the flat designs into 3 dimensional shapes)
  5. Export the 3D file as an .stl
  6. Import the .stl file into Slic3r and resize if needed
  7. Export the file as a .gcode
  8. Convert the file to the KNP3D file format (x3g) and save to an SD card
  9. Print on KNP3D from SD with your choice of filament color

Personalized Kid’s Table

Omayra Duarte, KNK, Personalized

This time I wanted to decorate a table for our BEAUTIFUL granddaughter. I found the table at a garage sale for $3.00. The table was all painted with markers and crayons. As soon as I saw the table my mind was blown and full of ideas on how I could cover the table for Our Little Princess and because I have a WONDERFUL machine called KNK Groove-e, I said “yeeessss, that is going to be so much fun”. The table came with four different color chairs that I did not want to change, so I took pictures of my granddaughter with clothes that I knew would match the scheme of the table set. She looks absolutely ADORABLE.

Michele and I went to Accugraphics and we bought a TERRIFIC new material called Pressure Sensitive GlitterFlex. Ok, below is the step-by-step on how I did this project.



  1. I painted the whole table.
  2. I measured the table to determine the sizes I needed for the pictures and the vinyl.
  3. I cut a border with my granddaughter’s name “Carlea” but I cut each letter ‘in relief’ inside a flower using the Pressure Sensitive GlitterFlex vinyl.
  4. Then I applied the border to the table and printed the pictures.
  5. I glued the pictures to the table with Mod Podge and put Mod Podge on top of the pictures as well to ensure they would not peel off.

Post 2 23 0 6. Then I cut her name out of regular vinyl to cover an empty space that was in the corner of the table and blew some glitter on top of the table for a better look.

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7. The last step was to mix resin with a hardener and pour it on top of the table so she can eat and put her cups without damaging the photos.

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Now she has a personalized table that all her friends will admire! AND because of the resin it will last her a long time and will be super easy for me to clean!!




Love is in the Air

This card is perfect for both a wedding or anniversary. I saw a card like it on a site where it was made with a stamp and embossing powder. I love embossing powder, it was the “magical thing” that hooked me into making cards and eventually getting a KNK.  But I do not like having to buy stamps every time I want to make something different. So I tried to create the same look using my KNK and vinyl.

silver and gold Mr & Mrs IMG_3783

Materials used




KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

speed 350

force 46 vinyl 110 card stock

I purchased a bunch of card blanks in various sizes because i make a lot of cards and it saves a couple of steps. So I used an A6 white card blank and then cut a piece of silver card stock slightly smaller that the A6 card front and then  cut a piece of white slightly smaller than the silver. I usually cut the card fronts on my Maxx. I get 4 fronts from a 12×12 piece and they are all perfect. I applied the silver card front to the card base, then the white.  Then I cut the vinyl and applied it to the front of the card using clear transfer tape.  It really went very quickly. I like the way it turned out. I wish I would have put money in a jar every time I saved money by using it instead of buying that stamp, punch, etc.  :O)

The file for the card is here silver and gold Mr & Mrs


Howdy KNK-ers!


Today’s post is brought to you by the Minions. I love the minions and so I’ve been noodling around a project I want to do. I ended up making a card.


This is where I downloaded the file:

Minion files in .svg and .mtc format

I cut the papers out of card stock at about 110 force, 10/10 speed.


I glued the pieces together and lifted some of the parts with foam tape.


I used little black buttons for the overalls. I typed “You’re one in a minion” in word, printed it out and stuck it on with foam tape.


I love shape cards. It’s so easy to put a small shadow layer, copy it and mirror it and you have an instant card.

Here’s some other cool minions to check out. I haven’t opened them, but they looked cute.

Minion invitations in .svg format

minions in illustrator and pdf format

girl minions

font close to Despicable Me (used this for my card)

I so want to make these. I need to order the vinyl so I can.


It would be super easy to do with the KNK Zing.

I’m not sure I’m going to give this card away. I like it and it’s sitting on my dresser right now :)


Until next month KNK-ers!

Stay Classy.


Engraving Glass Tiles

I had so much fun engraving on craft plastic after the Orlando retreat, I wanted to try a glass tile. I just love the way it looks! For this particular project, I used the diamond fill – I wanted it to radiate from the ‘heart’ – and a black glass tile. I found a number of glass tiles at Menard’s in the clearance bin.



Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 70
  • v = 180
  • p = 2


  1. Tape the tile to the mat – between roller locations – ensuring that it will not move during the engraving process. 20150131_180830_opt
  2. Move the blade carriage over the tile so that you can test the tool height. Place 25 post it notes on top of the glass tile and insert the engraving tool. Tighten the engraving tool in place.  20150131_180913_opt
  3. Place the object at the lower right corner of the virtual mat in Make-the-Cut. Use WYSIWYG and set the origin at the lower right corner of the glass tile on your mat. I used a rounded square to simulate my tile so that I could properly place my words and silhouette. EngraveTile
  4. Uncheck ‘offset’ before engraving (using the settings for your model of KNK). 20150131_181659_opt
  5. Remove the glass tile and clean/polish.