We are half way through January, which means it’s time for me to think of Valentine projects. I don’t make a lot of cards, but thought I’d try one of my JPGs as a simple “print and cut” Valentine Card. Since elephants seem to be popular right now, I decided to use my “Elephants in Love” file.
For this project, I printed out the entire design for the background, and then imported as a pixel trace and cut just the elephants. I used hot glue to adhere the elephants to the background, giving the card a 3-D effect.
- Card stock
- “Elephants in Love” or file of your choice. (If you’d like to purchase this file for $.40, follow link and use coupon code KNK40 until the end of this month.)
- Red Capped Blade
- Hot glue
- Make-The-Cut software
Settings for Zing:
- Force – 100 (will vary with weight of card stock)
- Speed – 10
- Multi-cut – 1 or 2
- Print design on card stock
- Cut to desired size
- Score fold line
- Import > Pixel Trace and adjust settings to capture the portion of design you want to cut. Make sure to tick Texturize Path and Blackout Path. My other settings were: Threshold 136, Despeck 182, and Resample x.50 s. Don’t be afraid to tweak these settings to get the results you want.
- Complete Print and Cut as described in the Make-The-Cut manual. Here are a few things to remember:
- Adjust your mat size to match your paper size.
- Go to Print Options and tick Print Registration Marks.
- Go to Print Set-Up and make sure your page orientation is set correctly.
- Now, look at Print Preview to make sure things look the way you want them to print. (I also set my printer software to do Print Preview just to make sure I don’t get any surprises when I print.) Double-check your orientation, page size, image quality, etc. in your printer software before you print.
- After printing, adhere your printed paper to your mat. Insert into your Zing, making sure the orientation matches what you see on the screen. Set Origin so that the laser lines up with the corner of your paper. (Refer to manual if you are not sure about this.)
- Select Finished, and then Cut. The mat and blade holder will move so that the laser is close to the first registration mark. (If it does not end up close to the mark that is represented by a flashing red dot on the screen, you may have the mat size or orientation set incorrectly. If this is the case fix what is not right and re-set your Origin.) Use your arrow keys to move the light directly on top of the registration mark.
- You might want to decrease the number for Steps as you get closer to the registration mark to increase your accuracy when moving toward the mark. (If you look closely in the photo above, you can see where my laser light ended up before I moved it with the arrows.)
- Click Next to advance to the next registration mark and use arrow keys again as needed. Do the same for the next arrow. The cutting process will begin.
- Remove your cut image from the mat and use a dab of hot glue to adhere to background card.
We took a family trip with our adult kids to Disney World during Christmas vacation. Instead of tickets and hotel keys, Disney issues these wristbands called MagicBands, that interact with the park entries and hotel rooms. They can even be used to purchase food and souvenirs at the parks.
You can purchase special MagicBands with Disney characters, but what is the fun in that? I can make it myself! So, I decided to make the trip more memorable by customizing our MagicBands to suit each family member.
We each chose a Disney movie or favorite park attraction to personalize our MagicBands. In all the designs, I sought to invoke the feel of the theme, not a direct copy of a licensed Disney graphic. Finding inspiration was easy, scaling the designs to fit a 7” by ¾” canvas was not! I played around with a few templates I found free online and finally redesigned one that works great, which I have provided as a free file.
Vinyl – I used several different types of vinyl I had on hand. Such as Gemstone Metallics and Oracal 651
Clear Transfer Tape
Maxx Air Settings
Force = 42, Speed = 300, Red Blade, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25
- Open the MagicBand Templates project/SVG file.
- Select your graphics and size to fit the template. You can choose to size your graphics or text to fit within the borders of the template or to hang over the edges for an overlay effect. (Note that one side of the MagicBand has holes for the closure. You can create a design that avoids them or just punch holes through the vinyl after application.)
- Join all your graphics. Place the template on a separate layer and hide.
- If you are doing an overlay effect, join all your individual graphics. Next select both the graphic and the template and perform a Boolean Join – Intersect.
- Add a weeding rectangle and join.
- Weed excess vinyl. Apply Clear Transfer Tape and then transfer vinyl to MagicBand. Since the MagicBands are curved and cannot be laid down flat, I draped them over my roll of transfer tape to support them while applying the vinyl. I also found it was easier to apply the Mickey head separately from the band design.
Our MagicBands were a fun, unique fashion accessory customized for each family member. We got many compliments at the park on our wearable works of art! Can you guess the movie or park ride the bands represent?
Here’s a quick, easy, and inexpensive project that is also very practical. These cute little cork coasters with HTV would be great for a hostess or other small gift.
I bought some cork squares using my half-off coupon at JoAnns. I think my price was around $1.50 for 4. You could also buy a sheet of cork and cut them yourself.
- ThermoFlex Plus
- Simple SVG design
- Red-capped blade
Settings for KNK Zing:
- Force – 18
- Multi-cut – 1
- Speed – 10
- Import SVG from MTC Gallery or other source
- Mirror Image
- Cut and weed HTV
- Place onto coaster, vinyl side down
- Place piece of paper, cloth, or Teflon sheet on image so that it is between iron and HTV carrier.
- Use hot, dry iron to apply according to manufacturers instructions
- Peel HTV clear sheet off and repeat
It is time to celebrate my Granddaughter’s birthday again. She can already decide her birthday theme! This time she wanted to make it about hatchimals. So, I made an Egg invitation for her birthday. But what happened? After I made her invitations she decided to make her birthday party of Trolls… :(. And then? Well now, we are making a Hatchi-troll Birthday party, LOL The Hatchimals and the Trolls are very popular right now and our granddaughter loves both. We wanted to make her happy, so Uncle Bryan spoiled her by drawing her a Special troll to put on top of the Egg Invitation that previously had been done. So at the end of this post, you will see what was the final project.
Instructions to make this Egg Invitation:
Settings for KNK Groove-e:
Settings for KNK Force:
- Blade = Red
- BT = 2
- P = 1
- CD = 70
- CS = 25
- I searched MTC Gallery for an Egg.
- From that File, I just kept the parts that I wanted to use and resized it.
- in my regular printer, I printed the information needed for the invitation. Then I put my family to cut it so I could continue cutting the cardstocks. (We were really late organizing her birthday… LOL)
- To cut the file with my KNK Force, I save it as a SVG File. I cut two for each invitation and one of them was in mirror image.
- Once the files were cut, I started to put it together. So I started gluing just the border of the egg leaving the upper part without glue, so the invitation could go in and out.
- The same I did with the top of the egg but gluing the top of the egg to the top of the invitation that has the information for the party. Then, I glued the back that was the mirror image of the top of the egg.
And this had been the final project:
But because now it is going to be a Hatchi-Troll Party. This is the Final, final Project, LOL:
Oh, what a day!
Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like nothing goes right? You just can’t get things to work they way you thought they would? Well, I’m having one of those. I had a project on the back burner just waiting for a play date with the Force. First I couldn’t find my rotary tool collets or drill bits – well, I haven’t used them since the last KNK Retreat so I can’t even remember what I might have done with them. Okay, scratch that project. Next, I wanted to make a stencil to screen print a t-shirt for my daughter and I darned if I can remember where the screens are. Now, those I haven’t seen for a year so they could be anywhere!
Then I decided to try out some thermo-fusible adhesive and that project totally bombed, I can’t even show you because I threw it out with the trash. 🙂 It’s okay though because I learned several things not to do and a few things that I can do!
Next I took a break and ate the yummy steak my husband grilled for me in the frigid 9 degree Fahrenheit weather.
Okay, back to work.
All in all, my KNK machines work perfect and they are the only reason I was able to complete the next project on my list!
I pulled a free shared image off the web and pixel traced it in Make-the-Cut, then I cut it out of vinyl for a stencil, and double side adhesive for foil.
Settings (Maxx Air):
- Double sided adhesive
- Create or open the design in MTC
- Cut the file from vinyl and double sided adhesive using the listed settings (I cut one corner square so that it would line up with my tile easily)
- Apply the vinyl stencil and ink the tile
- Carefully remove the vinyl and heat set the ink (I forgot to take a pic with the vinyl on the tile except for the little pieces I circled)
- Apply the double sided adhesive and remove the non-stick liner
- Apply the foil, press on well (don’t do what I did and scratch the surface with the squeegee)
- Remove the file and put it on display (on your KNP3D printed easel)
Glass tiles are fun to use and I like how the surface image casts a shadow.
Whew, I think I need to rest now. Hope you enjoyed today’s project from Team KNK!