InkJet Transfer Image with MTC

KNK, Omayra, Blanket, Personalized

This time I wanted to use my Groove-e to make a Print and Cut using Iron on Inkjet Transfer paper. This is a matching Blanket and Burp cloth for a Baby Shower. I have to say that I LOVE my cutter machine. You can make so many different items that can be very unique for any occasion. This project was a combination of my Groove-e cutting machine and my Sewing and Embroidery machine. The results: A LOVELY Gift for an adorable person.

Materials:

  • MTC Software
  • Computer
  • Fabric
  • Inkjet Transfer Paper
  • Iron
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Stabilizer

Steps:

  1. I searched the internet for a bear and saved it in my pictures. It is a JPEG file.
  2. Then I opened it in  MTC using the Pixel Trace Button. Pixel tracing will open your picture by default as you can see on the picture below.

Pixel Trace

3.  Then, I put a check mark to Texturize Path and Blackout Path so the program would bring my picture onto the map without any part of the interior. Then I changed the Resample Image to x2.0 times and the Treshold to 167 (you have to play a little bit with those numbers until you get the results that you like the most). And the image will look like the one in the picture below.

Pixel Trace Changes

4.  When you are 100% satisfied with your picture, then you will set your printer. You have to go to File ► Print Setup and select the printer that you are going to use and the orientation of your paper.

Print setup

5. Then go to File ► Print Option and mark the following options as they are explained in the manual.

Print Options

As you can see in the picture below, now you can see the paper on the mat as well as the Registrations Marks. So now you are ready to print your image

Orientation

6. Once you have printed your image, click on the Cut Preview icon and check that the shape of your image is going to be cut. See Picture below (The picture below is on Lanscape)

Cut Preview

The picture below show a Portrait Print Preview

Print Preview Portait

7.  Now, Click on the Cut Project with… icon and change the Cut Type to Print and Cut. Check blade offset, force and speed before clicking Start.

Click Start

8. Then click Start and click Begin. 

9. Now, use the arrows to move the laser or in my case the pin tip to set the registration marks on your paper.

10. When the pin is aligned to the registration mark, click the button that is in the middle of the arrows and repeat this step with registration mark 2 and 3. When you finish with the third registration mark a banner will pop up.

11. Click OK to that banner and once your blade holder returns home your machine will cut a perfect image for you.

I LOVE how my machine cut the material, really clean and perfect.

12. My last step was to embroider her name on the blanket and “Dios te bendiga” which means “God Bless you”, and on her Burp Cloth her name and “La Bebé de Abuelo” that means “Grandpa’s Baby”.

Flower Wrap Card

Hi There fellow KnK-ers!

I thought I’d revisit the style of card I created for the Snow Scene Card I posted here but change it up for a spring/summer look, so instead of snowy buildings and trees I’ve opted for some bright sunny flowers. The card base has a cut away section and wraps around the card insert which then both become the front of your card. The cut file is available at the end of the post :)

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  100 (75 for cutmates)
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. Here are all of the elements within the cut file, the 2 green layers were cut from Smooth & Silky Cardstock which is nice and sturdy and all of the other elements were cut from Cutmates which is great for more intricate cuts:

Flower Wrap Card 1

Pic 2. Using wet glue to give me some wiggle room time, I glued the 2 green layers together and popped the flower heads into place. While I had the glue out, I also glued the 3 sun layers together:

Flower Wrap Card 2

Pic 3. I flipped the card over and added one strip of double sided tape along the left edge of the back inside the card:

Flower Wrap Card 3

Pic 4. I folded my insert and lined up the fold line with the left edge of the double sided tape:

Flower Wrap Card 4

Pic 5. You can now fold your card base and add your sun to the top of the insert layer with a 3D foam pad:

Flower Wrap Card 5

Pic 6. With a few enamel dots popped into the middle of the flowers for some extra dimension, my card is finished:

Flower Wrap Card 6

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Flower Wrap Card by Bird

Flower Wrap Card Cut File by Bird

Sign Spectacular

I recently helped a student organization at the local university with their final fundraiser of the year. Knowing that I own a KNK Maxx Air digital cutting system, they asked me to help by making signs to point their ‘customers’ to the event location.

The student organization needed 10 double sided signs that could be reused for future events. The students ordered the sign blanks and school mascot logos, and I ordered the rest of the supplies from knkusa.com.

Using the university approved font loaded to Make-the-Cut, I created the first element of the sign. I made extras, which is good because I lost an “F” along the way when a piece of the weeded vinyl fell on it and pulled it off the backing paper. For the permanent parts of the sign I used MacTac 8300 Pro Intermediate Outdoor Vinyl.

CutVinyl

I applied Paper Transfer Tape to pick up the designs and place them on the sign blanks. Here you can see I placed the transfer tape across a row, and then cut down the middle with scissors to speed up the process.

TransferTape

After lifting the design with the transfer tape, I placed one end on the sign and used the squeegee to easily and quickly adhere the vinyl across the sign with virtually no bubbles.

For the temporary part of the sign, the arrows, I used MacTac 8900 Pro Glossy Wall Vinyl. I applied the arrows using the same technique. The arrows were later removed so the signs can be used this coming weekend with new temporary decals for a Car Show event.

Sign

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

Instructions:

  1. Design the objects and or words in Make-the-Cut.
  2. Cut the objects using the appropriate settings for your machine.
  3. Weed the excess vinyl with a Piercing Tool.
  4. Apply Paper Transfer Tape, using a Squeegee to ensure good contact.
  5. Lift the vinyl from the backing paper.
  6. Apply vinyl die cuts to the sign using a Squeegee.
  7. Remove the transfer tape carefully.

Zing and Quilling

A couple months ago I was in Joann’s craft store and I picked up a little quilling kit and I thought it might be fun to give it a try.

 

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It came with this little quilling thing, but it was broken. Mr. KrapiKreate took it apart and fixed it for me though. :) It doesn’t look pretty, but it works. 20150414-IMG_7320 20150414-IMG_7321 20150414-IMG_7323

So I started making stuff. These are my first attempts and I promise the glue marks don’t look as bad as they look in these pictures. Sometimes my camera is TOO good at picking up details:

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Then, I was reading this post: http://teamknk.com/engraving-knk-mtc/ and I thought to myself, hmm. I think I could apply that to quilling. The set I bought only came with 5 colors and I have a million colors in my stash. The thought of trying to cut 1/8″ strips with my paper trimmer scared me. Immensely.

I followed Michele’s steps, except I changed the distance to .125″, since that is the size of the quilling strips.

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Notice how I didn’t have it cut out the sides. With strips that thin, it’s easy for them to get messed up. I don’t want to pick them individually off the mat either, so I left the sides in tact, because it’s also easy to store them as flat strips. When I want to use a color, I just tear the piece off and cut the ends so they are neat. 20150414-IMG_7313

I made a cute little pink balloon. Again, excuse the yucky glue marks. 20150414-IMG_7314

The quilling shapes make fun cards. 20150414-IMG_7309

They give them some dimension. Which I like. 20150414-IMG_7311

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Here’s the file, if you want to see what I did. It’s pretty easy to make a set any size and amount you want using MTC.

Machine used: Zing; 10/10; 115, one pass

Materials used: paper.