Merry Christmas Cards – Mylar, Foil and Bling, Shiny!

In this day of electronic communication, I still like to say Merry Christmas the old fashion way with Christmas cards. Since getting my KNK Maxx Air, I love to make my own special cards for family and friends. This year I took some purchased SVG cut files designed by Daniela Angelova and added my own shiny touches to them with foil and Mylar.

Mylar cards

Materials

Embossed Cardstock
Mylar
Foil
Pre-cut card base
Adhesive (I used my Xyron sticker machine)
Embellishments
SVG Cut Files from; http://digiplayground.com

Maxx Air Settings

Pearl Embossed Cardstock
Force = 70, Speed = 300, Red Blade, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25
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  1. Using pre-cut 5″x5″ cards, I printed the Merry Christmas sentiment inside the cards with a laser printer.
  2. Layer heat reactive foil over the words and run through Minc machine, or a laminator machine to activate the foil adhesion and make the words shiny!
  3. Set up SVG files in Make the Cut to maximize paper. Cut shapes using the appropriate settings for your paper type.
  4. Run cut shapes through Xyron adhesive sticker machine, or use the glue of your choice.
  5. Apply cut shapes to metallic Mylar and trim to outer edges of shape.
  6. Run through Xyron again (or apply adhesive to back of Mylar that is now adhered to the cut shape).
  7. Apply to card base (Pre-cut 5”x5” cards). I set up a jig to make sure I lined everything up just right.
  8. Add any additional embellishments for a special touch!

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Adding the shine really made my project stand out. This card project was fun and an easy way to use many of my creative “toys”!

The joys of card making

A friend of mine heads up a non profit foundation in our state. The group likes to send out thank you cards to the donors a couple of times a year and she has asked me to make them. Because it is non profit I am willing to make them, generally I only make cards for myself, friends and family.

Because she wanted 225 cards in a few weeks she agreed to keep the design simple. I sent her several designs but apparently her group had a “pintrest” idea in their heads and that is what they wanted. OMG…it could barely get worse…225 cards, 5400 pieces.   img_5344-min img_5345-min img_5351-min img_5354-min img_5355-min They loved the finished product.

img_5361-min img_5362 I am surprised I didn’t have nightmares ,it took me about 20 hours to complete the 225 cards.   :~(      Parts of this were a purchased file or I would share…stay tune next week and I will have files to share.

Materials

vinyl

Cardstock for card base

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade Force 36

Speed 550

 

 

 

Christmas Lantern

Last Christmas I found these lanterns on sale for $10 and thought they would make great Christmas gifts but I never had time to do them.  While shopping for my husband at Home Depot, I spotted a lantern, similar to the ones I bought, with a cute design on them and thought I could do something similar on mine.  While my 3 month old took a nap (since it’s the only time I get to do anything) I designed the file with the help of my 4 year old; she picked out the sleigh.

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Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  15
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes: 

Once my children went to bed I finally got to finish my project.  I only put the design on the front because I couldn’t decide if I wanted identical panels on all sides or maybe just snowflakes in etch vinyl.

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Custom Quilting Line Stencils

I am working on new class samples for a workshop I teach, Custom Cuts, which introduces quilters to the many ways a computerized cutting machine can be a valuable tool in their quilting studio.

Stencils for fabric painting or wax resist work are often closed shape objects where you need to mask off the negative space. Quilters however, also use stencils to mark the lines of stitching used in quilting the three layers of a quilt together. You can purchase many designs from quilt stencil vendors, but if you need a special size or an original design, you will need to make your own. Traditionally, this is achieved by hand-cutting with a stencil blade the narrow channels that represent the stitching lines.

The challenge to do this by machine is to draw these channels or slots that the marking pen rides in without too much distortion. One of the fastest is to simply create a shadow layer of the object that is ½ the width of the desired channel size. Note that your design must be an open, not closed object. You want to create a shadow around the line itself not the design.

  1. In Make The Cut!, I found that a shadow layer of .025” produces a channel wide enough to accommodate a standard quilt marking pen, and a shadow layer of 0.017” works well for fine line marking pens.
  2. Separate the original design from the Shadow Layer and hide.
  3. Using the Eraser Tool in the Node Editing toolbar, erase portions of the shadow line to create the breaks necessary to hold the cut portions of the stencil together. I used an eraser width of 1 mm.
  4. Join the edited design to a rectangle to complete the stencil.
  5. Note that once created, the stencil SVG cannot be resized as that will also change the size of the marker channels.
  6. Cut!

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I tested on a few different materials, a pliable quilters stencil plastic that comes in a roll and a more rigid stencil plastic. Both material types are readily available from sewing and craft stores.

Best results are achieved when using the Extra Sticky Mat (Green Grid) to firmly hold the plastic sheets in place. I also taped the edges for extra security.

Maxx Air Settings

Blue Stencil Plastic (pliable)

Extra Sticky Mat (Green Grid), tape edges

Force = 110, Speed = 270, Red Blade, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25

Hard Stencil Plastic

Extra Sticky Mat (Green Grid), tape edges

Force = 130, Speed = 80, Red Blade, Passes = 2, Blade Height = 25

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To use your new stencil, lay it over the area of the quilt top you wish to mark, insert marker into channels and mark quilt. Now you have lines to follow to add some special quilting designs to your quilt!

Painted tiles…

So I found this really cool website: https://lovesvg.com/free-svg-cut-files/ and downloaded a file and decided to make a coaster.

So even though the Zing is pictured here, I actually used trusty old maxx to cut the vinyl and I reversed weeded it and placed it on the tile.

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I had bought a box of Sharpie oil based markers awhile back and I hadn’t had the chance to use them so I felt like this was the perfect project to give them a go.

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They color on the tile so nicely. It comes out looking like paint, rather than a marker. You have to shake them a whole bunch to get them started, but I really liked how vibrant the colors were.

I let it dry for a bit and then peeled the vinyl off:

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You can see a couple areas where I may have peeled the vinyl off too soon, so it’s probably a good idea to wait longer than I did to peel it off. All in all, I like the look. It’s kind of a stamped look and when you run your fingers over it, the paint dries kind of raised.

I will definitely be trying this with some more images as it was relaxing and enjoyable to do.

Machine used: Maxx 24″

Materials:

4.25×4.25 white smooth tile

sharpie oil based markers

vinyl