About laurie nash

Laurie Nash is a retired Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is also a wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of arts, crafts, and design. She uses Inkscape and Make the Cut for designing. Her KNK Zing keeps her busy cutting, and she is now the proud owner the new KNK Force.

Draw and Cut – Make a Card with Zing and Make the Cut

Photo of layered draw and cut cardSince many people are still using an original Zing/Zing Air and Make the Cut software, I thought I’d give you a little card making inspiration. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make this cute draw and cut card.

Materials:

  • Red Capped Blade
  • Make the Cut
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Fine Sharpie Pen
  • Scoring Board (optional)
  • Paper Trimmer (optional)
  • SVG Line Drawing of your choice (here’s a link to mine)

Settings for Zing and MTC:

Drawing: 

  • Force -20
  • Speed – 9 or 10
  • Multicut – 1
  • Offset – 0

Cutting:

  • Force – 160
  • Speed – 9 or 10
  • Multicut – 2
  • Offset – .25

I decided to make a video tutorial for you this time around. It’s my first try so feel free to let me know if you think it is helpful…. or if you’d rather have everything written out instead. (Hopefully I will get a little better with the camera and not cut off the top of my head!)

Upcycle a Vintage Window – Create a One-of-a-Kind Piece for Your Home

Photo of upcycled old window with sailboat on itIt’s easy to upcycle a vintage window with some intermediate vinyl and a simple design.

While these vinyled windows may not be quite the trend they were a couple of years ago, they still look amazing with the ever popular farmhouse decor.

For my two most recent vintage window projects, I chose windows that have 6 panes, but any old window with a wooden sash will do. Please keep in mind that many old windows have lead paint. Because of this, you will want to take care of anything that might be chipping off. Sometimes I am able to leave the windows as I find them, and other times they need a bit of work.

The sash for my sailboat window didn’t really have any paint left on it, and I liked it just as it was. Hubby did spray the wood for me with a clear lacquer, just to make it a little easier to keep clean. However, you really wouldn’t have to even do that.

Capture of design software window layout

When using windows with several panes, it is easiest to divide your design before you cut it. I prefer to draw up the window in my design software before I do any cutting. By doing this, I am able to lay the image out so that I know exactly where the muntins (the pieces of wood that divide the panes of glass) will cross my design. That way, I can put cut lines there, making the large vinyl design easier to manage and lay out on the window after cutting.

Materials:

Settings for Zing Orbit and MTC:

  • Force – 23
  • Speed – 10
  • Multicut – 1

Photo of upcycled old window with Easter Quote

Steps:

  • Clean and refurbish sash of window as needed.
  • Clean glass. Use a razor blade to clean up any old paint drips, etc. from glass.
  • If needed, lay out design on drawing of window as shown above. This will not be necessary in all cases. Put cut lines where required in design.
  • Cut and weed design. Apply transfer tape.
  • If you have a large self-healing cutting mat, it is useful to lay that out on your work table and place your window on top of it. This way you can use the lines of the mat to line up your design as you place it on the window. (Just make sure you have the window aligned carefully with the line of the mat before you begin laying out your vinyl.)
  • Place your vinyl carefully on the glass. In some cases, you might have vinyl that comes up to an inside corner of crossed muntins. (In the case of the sailboat design, you’ll see that I did not have this issue, as the design did not cross any corners. You may want to consider this issue when you choose your design.) If so, work your vinyl carefully into the corner and up the wooden muntins.
  • You may need to slice the vinyl from the outside corner in slightly to be able to work the vinyl into the corner. Use your squeegee to get any air bubbles out, working from the middle of the vinyl outward. Snug vinyl up to muntin and use an xacto knife and straight edge to careful trim any vinyl at the edge of the muntin.
  • Continue in this way until your design is complete.
  • Now, display your vintage window work of art for all to admire!

 

 

DIY Custom Doormat

It’s time for a new doormat! I’ve been looking at the ugly one by our front door long enough! A ragged door mat doesn’t make a very good first impression for guests. This DIY custom doormat is just what I needed.Photo of doormat with bike.

This project can be done with different kinds of mats, depending on your needs. Since we live in a rural setting, ours needs to be able to remove sand and mud from shoes, so I chose one of those really scratchy mats. I found mine at IKEA and it is quite large (about 24 X 35 inches), and according to the tag, the natural fiber is coir. I had to Google to figure out what coir is; turns out, it’s made from the husk of the coconut. Who knew!Photo of Corner of doormat to show detail.

To complete the project, you’ll need a stencil. I cut mine from outdoor vinyl. I think if I did it again, I might try cutting from poster board and then spray adhesive to the back. The vinyl was difficult to remove from the transfer tape, and I had a hard time getting it to stick to the mat. However, a different type of mat might not have caused this problem.

I used fabric paint for the design. The plan was to use spray paint, but by the time I got the stencil stuck down, I was afraid to move it. So I poured some fabric paint in a cup and dabbed it on with a sponge brush. This actually worked quite well.

Materials:

Settings for Zing Orbit and Make the Cut:

  • Force – 23
  • Speed – 12
  • Multicut – 0

Steps:Photo of Welcome Doorma

  • Import design.
  • Load vinyl and cut design.
  • Weed vinyl and apply transfer tape. Optional – Rub sticky side of transfer tape with a cotton cloth to make it less sticky before applying to the vinyl.
  • Apply vinyl stencil to mat and remove transfer tape
  • Stick vinyl to mat. Slowly, carefully remove transfer tape.
  • Pat vinyl down to adhere as firmly as possible it to doormat.
  • Use sponge brush to carefully dab paint on mat.
  • Let dry and remove stencil.

 

 

Create a Pennant and Pom Pom Bunting for Your Craft Space

Photo of "CREATE" pennant bannerAdd some fun and inspiration to your craft space with this cute pennant and pom pom bunting. It’s an easy DIY project using your favorite KNK machine and common craft room supplies. 

Now that we are well into February, and many of our friends in the milder climates are even talking spring, I thought I’d change up my ornament garland on my little studio fireplace to something more appropriate for this time of year. Since pom poms seem to be popular right now, I combined them with some little pennants for a fun bunting.

Materials:

  • Yarn of your choice
  • Large needle
  • Ribbon, twine, or string
  • Heavy cardstock or art paper (I used 100 lb Bristol)
  • Scoring Stylus (optional)
  • Printer
  • Red Capped Blade
  • Make The Cut software (If you are using SCAL, you will just have to adjust some of the instructions and steps below.)
  • CREATE pennant file or other file of your choice

I am not a pom pom pro, but they are pretty easy to make and I was lucky to find some variegated yarn in my stash that I knew would work well. After a little practice, I was satisfied with my results. I used cotton yarn and wrapped it around 2 or 3 fingers about 40 times. Then, I removed it from my fingers, and tied a small length of yarn very tightly around the middle of the bunch. Next, I cut the loops on both ends and fluffed the balls. My pom poms didn’t turn out very uniform, so I did a lot of trimming to get them roundish. Close Up Photo of Pennant and Pom Pom Bunting

KNK Zing Settings with MTC Software:

  • Force – 130
  • Multicut – 2 or 3
  • Speed – 10

The SVG file can be simply copied and then pasted into MTC. Each portion should be on a separate layer. I created a third layer with a rectangle surrounding the pennants which I set as the bottom layer. (I may not have needed the rectangle, but I wanted to make sure the registration marks stayed in the same exact place for the printing and cutting. By having the rectangle layer turned on for both steps, the registration marks never moved.)

I labeled the image layer, “Print Only”, the cut line layer, “Cut Only”, and the rectangle layer, “Print and Cut”. This was to remind me which layers should be turned on, and which should be turned off for each step.

Screenshot of Layers in MTC.

 

Steps:

  • Open Pennant and Pom Pom file (or file of your choice) in Make the Cut.
  • Prepare for printing. Make sure the check box for “Print Registration Marks” is checked in Print Options. Double-check that your print layer is on and cut layer is off. Photo of Pennants on Mat after Print and Cut
  • Print
  • Place printed image on mat. (I have learned from a multitude of errors, to make sure my mat is sticky enough, and scrapped clean of extra paper scraps, residue, lint, etc. This will save you both time and wasted material.)
  • Turn on the cut layer and make sure that the print layer is off. Follow instructions for print and cut.
  • Remove pennants from the mat.Photo of using a stylus to emboss dots in scalloped area
  • If desired, turn pennant over and use stylus to emboss dots in scallopsClose Up Photo showing Details of Pennants
  • Thread a large needle with the ribbon or twine. Start stringing pom poms by sticking the needle through a pom pom so that it goes right through the middle. Alternate pennants and pom poms, starting and ending with a pom pom.

Display your new bunting in your craft space for a little fun inspiration. It will make you smile!
Photo of Pennant and Pom Pom Bunting

 

Craft Room Remodel – Adding a Personal Touch

Photo of Craft Room RemodelIt’s cold in the north… very cold! But that’s okay because I’m updating my studio, and this craft room remodel is keeping me busy in my cozy, happy space. I’ve spent the past couple months organizing, sorting, adding in new furniture, and decorating my space. I painted the walls bright white, and Hubby helped me add lights, lights, and more lights.Photo of Ikea Alex Drawers - Craft Remodel

All of the new furniture I added to my room is from Ikea. I am in love with Ikea Kallax and Alex units; they are minimalistic, sturdy, and functional. (If you want to see more about my craft room remodel, you can take a look here.) They also make a perfect canvas for a little personalization with vinyl.

Next to my work desk resides my Zing Orbit (or original Zing) on top of one of the Alex six-drawer units. This sits out in my room in such a way that the back of the drawer unit shows. This large, smooth white surface was begging for some vinyl… and I was happy to oblige.

Photo of Alex Drawers with Create Joy Vinyl for Craftroom RemodelI used my “Create Joy” file with black for the outlines and gold for the fill. It turned out well, but I thought it still needed something. So, I used Inkscape’s inset command (I usually design in Inkscape, but you could use MTC or SCAL for the inset) to cut a yellow piece slightly smaller than the gold. Close-up of Vinyl EmbellishmentThe gold gives a little extra bling around the yellow.

After decorating the back of the drawer unit, I decided the face of the drawers needed a little love. If you’d like the SVG (no font included) click here.Photo of Alex Drawers with Numbers

Next, on to the sewing area for a little flower embellishment on my Ikea Finthorp” condiment and utensil” buckets.

And finally, tiny squiggles on my not for cosmetics… “cosmetic organizer”.

Photo of small desk top organizer drawers

 

 

 

Materials:

Intermediate Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Red Capped Blade

Settings for KNK Zing and MTC:

Force – 25

Multicut – 1

Speed – 11