About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

ThermoFlex Extra for heat sensitive materials

I received this adorable free bag with a purchase, and at first did not have a clue what to do with it. It is a synthetic leather, so I had some concerns. I looked up the instructions for the KNK heat transfer vinyl and found that ThermoFlex Extra works with heat sensitive materials.

Free Pink Bag

Free Pink Bag

I needed a bag to carry my dog supplies when we traveled to a meeting or a show. This is a nice roomy bag and would work well for carrying blankets as well as their water and food bowls.

I used a combination of old designs to create a personalized bag.

Decorated pink bag

Decorated pink bag

I had so much fun with it, I found another bag on clearance and decorated it to carry their brushes, paperwork and treats.

This bag has soft leather trim. I put a textbook inside it to iron the sections between the trim, then ironed the lettering onto the trim.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 24
  • v = 175
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open or create your design in the software.
  2. Reverse the design.
  3. Cut using the appropriate settings.
  4. Use a heat press or iron to transfer the vinyl to the bag following the instructions from TeamKNK.

I think I need ThermoFlex Extra in every color now!!!

Heat Transfer on Heat Sensitive Materials?

Have you ever worried about melting or damaging a shirt, bag or other material when applying a heat transfer vinyl? I know I have – probably because I’ve melted an item or two in my crafting endeavors (okay, maybe more than that, but I’m not counting).

ThermoFlex Extra is THE solution to personalization with heat sensitive materials. It is available in 15 great colors:

Twelve of these colors can be layered for additional design options!

ThermoFlex Extra only needs to be pressed for short time periods at 310-315 degrees Fahrenheit on nylon, synthetic leather, leather and other materials. This means you can personalize those materials that were previously untouchable by any kind of heat activated product!

Each material should be tested first.

  • Prepress for 5 seconds (optional, test first)
  • Press for 3-5 seconds
  • Let cool and peel the backing off
  • Cover with a teflon sheet
  • Repress for 10 seconds

Using these steps you can press to nylon, synthetic leather, leather and many more heat sensitive materials. For polyester, press at 330-335 degrees Fahrenheit for 17-20 seconds (ThermoFlex Plus instructions).

As with most heat transfer vinyls, the standard (red cap) blade is recommended. This HTV comes on a thick plastic carrier that makes it easy to cut and weed.

Cut the design in reverse (mirror image).

When applying to a water resistant or moisture-wicking material, clean the area with rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry before pressing the HTV onto it.

Note from the manufacturer: Dye migration has occurred with low energy dyes in polyester and poly-bled fabrics.

Stop back on Monday to see my projects using ThermoFlex Extra!

50th Celebration Tile

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.

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Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Vinyl
    • f = 24
    • v = 250
    • p = 1
  • Double sided adhesive
    • f = 52
    • v = 250
    • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Create or open the design in MTC
  2. 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) stencil
  3. Apply the vinyl stencil and ink the tile
  4. 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) heat set ink
  5. Apply the double sided adhesive and remove the non-stick liner   double sided adhesive
  6. Apply the foil, press on well (don’t do what I did and scratch the surface with the squeegee)  foil
  7. Remove the file and put it on display (on your KNP3D printed easel)  finished project

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!

HTV Happy New Year! – Free File from Team KNK

HTV – a multisurface product?

I’m so glad to be on holiday and finally able spend time in my craft room. I love trying out new products and techniques. And this one is SPECTACULAR! You are going to want to get into your craft room ASAP!   front_opt-1

I read about this technique somewhere, but I was skeptical. Have you ever tried heat transfer vinyl like GlitterFlex on non-porous surfaces – not on fabric for which the product is primarily marketed? It works even better, and apparently lasts longer than glitter decal vinyls. Just make sure the surface you are applying it to is safe for high heat!

The design I used was a freebie from New Evolution Designs, as a wallpaper. They have some very cool and unique designs and lots of freebies.   New Evolutions Designs

I pixel traced the image in Make-the-Cut, which was extremely easy since the design has such clear definition between the colors and is a high quality (high pixel count) image.     closeup_opt

The real magic occurs when you are heat setting it. You might think that it is difficult because of the curve of the bottle, glass, mug or jar – but as I found out, it is easier than it might first appear.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 32
  • v = 250
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open the Free File from Team KNK (below)
  2. Make a TEST CUT to ensure a good, clean cut
  3. Make sure the image is reversed
  4. Cut the file from GlitterFlex Ultra or from GlitterFlex II
  5. Position the design on the object and use an iron to heat set   iron_opt The iron heats up the glass, which radiates to the GlitterFlex Ultra so you don’t have to hit every angle around the bottle with the iron.

Download your Free File from Team KNK. And Happy New Year to all!

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Embroidery Glitter – Free File from Team KNK

Embroidery Glitter Project – Drinks Well With Others

This Embroidery Glitter is going to be a big hit for New Year’s Eve! I already sent the photo to several friends and the requests are rolling in. It was such an easy medium to work with, I can’t wait to create another project using embroidery glitter.

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I created the file in Make-the-Cut, and after exporting the design as an svg file I was able to import it into my embroidery software. The MTC file can be used to cut out the appliques, if desired. After exporting, I was able to create the applique design from the svg file. If you would like the embroidery version, send your email address and the format you need to cuttinwithknk@gmail.com. Now, I can only guarantee that it ‘works’, I am still very new to embroidery!

As this design would look great in other mediums, I created versions for both Heat Transfer Vinyl AND for Rhinestones.

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How-to:

Materials (for embroidery):

  • Embroidery Glitter
  • Standard (red cap) blade
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Thread – matching the embroidery glitter
  • Article of clothing, apron, towel, etc.
  • Sewing or Embroidery Machine
  • Note:  it is not necessary to cut the shapes out of embroidery glitter as it is designed to tear away from the satin stitching.

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 57
  • v = 200
  • p = 1

Steps (cutting material):

  1. Use a VERY sticky mat and tape down the edges, dull side down.
  2. Perform a TEST CUT and adjust your settings as needed.
  3. Cut out the shapes for your appliques.

Steps (embroidery application):

  1. Stabilize the fabric as needed.
  2. Hoop your fabric article ensuring it is taut in the hoop.
  3. Stitch a placement line.
  4. Use a temporary adhesive, one that is safe for your machine, to apply the embroidery glitter over the placement stitch. Place silver embroidery glitter at the top (rim) and bottom (stem) and place your ‘liquid’ colors over it in the appropriate location.
  5. Stitch the applique down with a simple running stitch.
  6. Finish with a 2.5 mm satin stitch, stitching the colors first and the silver last.
  7. Peel away the excess. You may need to use tweezers in tight areas.
  8. Heat set 15-20 seconds at 330-365 degrees.

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I’m so excited with how well it turned out. Get your Free “Drinks” File from Team KNK. We’d love to see your project using the Team KNK free file(s) on our Facebook page!!