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.

Did you know? KNK USA offers more than machines?

You may already be aware, but there are some people who don’t realize how many cool and amazing products KNK USA offers. I talk to people all the time who did not realize KNK sells some of the best cutting materials on the market including vinyl, paper, chipboard, stencils, rhinestone supplies and so much more!!! Yes, their magical KNK cutters are are the focus, but I love to learn about the other fabulous products they bring us that complement the cutter lineup.

Today, I want to introduce Polymorph moldable plastic pellets. This is an easy and fun product, with many potential uses. I can attest it will keep kids (and adults) entertained for hours! (Not recommended for small children, do not ingest) Polymorph kit

Polymorph comes as tiny (~2 mm diameter) pellets that transform into mouldable plastic when heated. There are brilliant colors crystals that can be added to create stunning colors. Why stop with one color? You can add multiple colors; either knead until the color is consistent or leave with streaks of color running through it.

Place the Polymorph pellets and desired color crystals in a glass cup or jar. I found if you use plastic it tends to stick to the surface of the container. Add hot water (140°F, 60°C) and wait one minute. My coffee maker does the job perfectly.

Hot water applicator

You’ll see the pellets start to lose their solidity. In this photo we are about halfway there.

Polymorph in transition

Now the pellets are ready to mould.

Polymorph ready to mould Use caution pulling it out of the hot water. I found it was a perfect temperature at this point to pull it out with my fingers. Knead the beads until smooth while starting to form your shape. I chose to use silicone moulds for this project.

Knead and mould

I left some of the color in streaks because I wanted to see how cool it would look when it cooled. This one has almost all red coloring. I’m not very good at estimating how much material I need for my mould, but that’s okay because I can shave it off with carving tools.

extra material

tooling

Next, I made a rose with the material that wasn’t as well mixed. I have to say it is my favorite!

While I was working, the material started to get a little hard to mould so I just popped it back in the hot water for a minute.

Once it is cooled you can carve it, drill it, shave it………Have some fun with Polymorph!

Cutlery pocket – Free File for the 4th of July: Show off your Red, White and Blue!

Cutlery pocket – Free File for the 4th of July!

I love the holidays and getting together with family and friends. My mom bought a lake house last fall where we get together at every opportunity (and now I don’t have to clean my house before and after every gathering!). Mom LOVES to decorate for the holidays. She usually is totally over the top! I’m helping out this coming holiday with homemade decorations because she doesn’t have much for this particular celebration.

Making life easier

Since we grab our food from the kitchen and head back outdoors whenever the weather is fair, I thought it would be nice to create some cutlery pockets to make the task easier (especially for the wee ones!) I love using the WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky for this project, but any heavy card stock will work.

This is an emboss and cut project created in MTC:

One side will hold a napkin and the other side will hold the cutlery.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 82
  • v = 200
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open the Cutlery Pocket file.
  2. Insert embossing tool (or use the blade with the lowest setting to just score the surface of your card stock).
  3. If using the embossing tool, be sure to set the offset to -0-.
  4. Hide the cut lines layer and send the emboss lines to the cutter.
  5. Once that is complete, hide the emboss lines and show the cut lines.
  6. Remove embossing tool and insert blade holder. Be sure to set the correct offset for the blade you are using.
  7. Test cut a small shape outside of the design area.
  8. Cut the pocket and remove from mat.
  9. Fold at emboss lines, apply adhesive and attach one flap to the ‘front’ and the other flap to the ‘back’ of the center piece.
  10. Fill with a napkin and cutlery.
  11. Save all of the cut out stars for table confetti.

Download the Cutlery Pocket file here.

For the bottle, see Memorial Day Table Topper (Free File)

For the banner, see Banner for Independence Day – Free File from Team KNK

Fabric Tissue Box Cover – No Sew!

I received an email recently for a Cartonnage class – I hadn’t a clue what that meant so I googled it. During my perusal of the Google results, I saw these cute tissue box covers made from paper and decided to adapt them for a project that hadn’t been getting any steam. It was perfect timing! I wanted to make my daughter something both useful and nice with some fat quarters of fabric she picked out. This was just the inspiration I needed!

First, I created my design file in MTC. I made it for paper (hence the fold lines), but cut it from fabric.

I want the fabric to hold its shape, so I ironed a heavyweight fusible Pellon stabilizer to the back before cutting. Cutting was so easy! I ran three test cuts to make sure it was going all the way through the fabric and the stabilizer and then I was cutting away!

I learned to put the fabric side down on my sticky mat when the stabilizer left a lot of fuzz and thin layers of the material during the first go-round.

I put Aleene’s STOP Fraying around the tissue opening and let it dry. I covered the tissue box first. I wasn’t worried about the fabric not fitting tightly because the next layer would hide it.

For the ‘bottom’ piece, I ironed the ‘side’ flaps over and glued them with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. Then I put a ribbon around the shape and folded the outer flaps down over the ribbon and glued them down.

I pulled the ribbon tight and placed the tissue box inside it. By laying the box on its side I was able to pull the ribbon and fasten it in place without fighting over the longer side panels.

I placed another ribbon around the outside and tied the bow. Then, using steam from my iron I shaped the side panels so they’d puff out.

And voila!

Materials:

  • box of tissues
  • 18″ x 24″ fabric (two matching patterns)
  • matching ribbon
  • Pellon heavyweight fusible stabilizer
  • Aleene’s STOP Fraying
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Fabric Blade (yellow cap)

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 74
  • v = 200
  • p = 2

Steps:

  1. Iron the stabilizer to the fabric.
  2. Create or open the cut file.
  3. Using a sticky mat, brayer the fabric down so it is completely stuck to the mat.
  4. Cut the shapes from the stabilizer/fabric.
  5. Apply STOP Fraying to the tissue opening.
  6. Press flaps and folds with an iron.
  7. Cover the tissue box with the first layer and glue pieces together at the flaps.
  8. On the outer fabric cut, glue down the side flaps first.
  9. Insert a ribbon in the outer folds, and glue them down as well.
  10. Fold up the tissue box cover and pull the ribbon.
  11. Insert the tissue box, pull the ribbon tight and tie it.
  12. Tie another ribbon around the top rim of the tissue box.
  13. Use steam from the iron to shape the sides. Apply steam to each side, then set it upright to cool.

I wish I had some springtime fabric to cover all of our tissue boxes!

Stencils from vinyl for an easy peasy Le Boudoir wood plaque

Spring Break is over, boo hoo. I don’t feel like I even got a break. Why not? Because my dear husband volunteered to paint my mom’s house and even though I only spent 4 days over there during break I feel like I had zero time for myself for the entire holiday. Well, until today when I finally got to finish my stencil project.

Mom selected a dark pinkish red for her master bedroom, and it is a much bolder look than I would have expected from her. My mom is in Florida for the winter so she hasn’t even seen it yet. I jokingly told her that she wasn’t allowed to call it her bedroom – it is now the boudoir.

I used Harrington font and created the border from a variety of basic shapes that I skewed and welded together. Next I traced the chandelier from a free image and voila!

Materials:

Settings for vinyl (Maxx Air):

  • f = 28
  • v = 300
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Create your design in your favorite software
  2. Cut the vinyl and weed the waste
  3. Use transfer tape to pick up the design and transfer to the wood plaque   vinyl stencil
  4. Use a squeegee to adhere the vinyl to the wood, remove the transfer tape  
  5. Paint as desired   stencil peeled off
  6. Remove stencil vinyl  
  7. Fill in with color or simply cover with the Matte coating   stencil area filled in with color
    The copic marker spreads by just touching the wood and fills in the color. The painted area keeps it locked in. I coated the entire plaque with matte coating.

I’m going to mount it over the bedroom door before she gets home from Florida – tee hee hee. lol

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!!!