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.

Embroidery Glitter – No Hansel and Gretel Story

Embroidery Glitter is a new favorite at my house!

From my post earlier this month, you may remember that I just recently learned how to create appliques. I use Make-the-Cut to create my designs, since the program is second nature to me (I am working on learning SCAL though). The MTC file can also be used to cut out my applique material, saving me from potentially square feet or yards of waste. Finally, I export the cutting file as an svg and import it into my embroidery software to create the applique.

So what about Hansel and Gretel and their trail of bread crumbs?

I admit, although I love, love, love glitter in general I hate glitter anywhere it is not intended to be. I was reminded of this while at the neighbor’s house last week for a Christmas crafting party. There were eight other ladies there enjoying hot cocoa, pastries, and lots and lots of decorative embellishments for cards, bags and boxes. Many of the embellies were coated in glitter and there was glitter literally EVERYWHERE! There was glitter all over the counters. The tables and the floors glistened. There was even glitter on the cat, on the dog, and on people’s faces…. That’s why I love the products from KNK USA. I never have to worry about loose glitter showing up wherever I have been!

Embroidery Glitter from KNK USA

Embroidery Glitter is stunning. The flash really made it flash – look at those sparkles (from the material, not the floor)!

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Embroidery Glitter is similar to Glitterflex Ultra, but made specifically to be used with embroidery machines (sewing machines work as well – I just wouldn’t have the necessary hand-eye coordination). It is available in a width of 19.5 inches and 1, 5 or 10 yard lengths. The flakes of glitter are encased in a heat sealing adhesive so you will never leave a trail of glitter crumbs!

Embroidery Glitter is available in 14 stunning colors:

Embroidery Glitter

Embroidery Glitter will adhere to cotton, uncoated polyester, fabric blends, wool and linen. It can be used with any sewing or embroidery machine, just like a regular applique. A typical applique process can be used:

  1. Stitch a placement line
  2. Use a temporary adhesive, that is safe for your machine, to apply the embroidery glitter over the placement stitch
  3. Stitch the applique down with a simple running stitch, and then
  4. Finish with a thin satin stitch

If you decide not to cut pieces to match the applique pattern, you can simply pull away the excess material from around the satin stitch. The final step with Embroidery Glitter is to heat set it.

Embroidery Glitter Heat Settings

With this product, as with most HTV and appliques, you will want to wash it inside out in warm water on a gentle cycle. You can tumble dry on low heat.

Please visit Team KNK on Wednesday when I reveal my project made with Embroidery Glitter from KNK USA! I can’t wait to show it to you! Team KNK will also be offering a FREE FILE with HTV, Embroidery Glitter and Rhinestone options!!!

Snowflake gift tag – FREE FILE from Team KNK

Snowflake gift tags are perfect for the season! They pretty much go with anything and everything!

Because I really wanted to use a snowflake but I needed some space to write (the main purpose of a tag, you say!), I decided to make it into a ‘peeking’ pocket tag.

The design is adapted from a free file offered by retired Team KNK Designer, Bird. You can get the original snowflakes file from her blog. She is a very talented designer, check out her other files while you’re there!

First, I created the pocket shape, then I welded the snowflake to it. I created an inset shadow layer, trimmed it and added a half circle from basic shapes. I had to use the skew tool to make it fit the available space correctly, as well as a bit of node editing, but I really like how it turned out.

To match my wrapping paper, I chose a metal finish card stock for the inside and Smooth & Silky for the pocket itself. I used a brad to bind the two together and to give me a place to anchor the tag string.

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I considered using my KNK to ‘write’ the message but since all of my gifts are hand made this year, I felt like I needed to do that part by hand as well.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 52
  • v = 200
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open the FREE FILE from Team KNK
  2. Hide the card cut layers, show the emboss layer only
  3. Insert the embossing tool and turn off the offset
  4. Emboss the fold lines
  5. Hide the fold lines layer and show the “Cut – Pocket” layer
  6. Set your offset to the standard blade setting
  7. Cut the cardstock for the pocket
  8. Hide the pocket layer and show the “Cut – Inside of card” layer
  9. Cut the cardstock for the inside piece
  10. Bind the two pieces together with a brad
  11. Adhere the pocket flap with two sided tape to close the pocket
  12. Decorate as desired and add string or twine

Please leave me a comment below if you find this post and its free file useful!!!

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Merry Christmas to all!

Reindeer Appliques for Christmas

Reindeer are one of my most favorite animals in the whole world. I mean, who doesn’t love Rudolph? Besides there’s also Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Blixen, Comet, Cupid…….and of course we can’t forget Clarice! Am I right?

For this project I resurrected an old cut file I made several years ago for Christmas cards. I’d been promising myself I’d learn how to make appliques, and with Christmas around the corner, I finally had the impetus to just do it!

Since the file wasn’t going to be used to cut card stock this time, I had to make some adjustments to the design. Paper piecing just wouldn’t ‘cut it’ – lol! First I had to copy the design from KNK Studio, paste it to MTC, and then I could make some adjustments. The primary task was to weld all of the main body pieces together so that I had one shape for the deer body. The one on the right was the finished product. I used this file to cut the fabric which had been prepared with a backing of Fuse-n-Bond (for appliques). Then I exported the design to an .svg file so I could import it into my embroidery software.  mtc

What I love about Fuse-n-Bond is that you can use an embroidery machine (if you have one), a simple sewing machine to manually satin stitch it, or you can simply iron the applique onto the selected background material and leave it as-is.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 86
  • v = 200
  • p = 3

Steps:

  1. Prepare the fabric by heat pressing Fuse-n-Bond to the back side.
  2. Create/edit/open the design file you want to cut.
  3. Brayer the fabric with Fuse-n-Bond to a very sticky mat. 20161204_153337_opt
  4. Cut the file from various fabrics as needed. 20161204_162123_opt
  5. Option 1 – If applying with an embroidery machine as an applique, you will need to create your matching design in the embroidery software.

    1. Place background fabric into hoop.
    2. Next, stitch the outline to show where to position fabric.  20161204_164152_opt
    3. Stitch applique onto background, then repeat for other fabric pieces. 20161204_164743_opt
    4. Finally, satin stitch the edges. 20161204_172529_opt
  6. Option 2 – Sewing machine

    1. Apply ‘lowest’ layer first using a heat press or iron and work your way to the top. 20161204_164229_opt
    2. Stitch out the edges using a satin stitch on your machine.
    3. Next, decorate as desired.
  7. Option 3 – Heat application only

    1. Apply ‘lowest’ layer first using a heat press or iron and work your way to the top.
    2. Then decorate as desired. 20161204_174043_opt

I cannot decide which way I like him better! Since he’s going to be used for holiday decorations I might make some each way. Wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays!

 

Freezer Paper? Fantastic and Fun Paper!

I use burlap for a variety of seasonal decorations and I had some tucked away especially for the coming holidays. It is important to use a good quality burlap for a couple of reasons: 1) it will make your life sooo much easier when assembling your product 2) your finished project will last much longer and 3) quality burlap just looks nicer!

First project for this season, Fall Greetings for the entryway!

I started this project with a tan burlap infused with gold threads and some freezer paper. Then I created my words in Make-the-Cut, reversed the image, and cut it out using vinyl settings. I made sure to use a font that didn’t have many loose interior pieces. With the Harrington font, I had to use the eraser tool to leave a tag for the center of the “A”.

Freezer paper is such a wonderful medium, and so easy to use! I ironed it onto my burlap and then taped off the edges.

Stencil made from freezer paper

I used Tulip fabric paint to paint the words onto the burlap. On fabric this product dries almost instantly. On the freezer paper it stayed wet for a long time.

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I didn’t have the patience to wait so I removed the the outer edges by hand and the inside pieces with tweezers (and now have a very interesting black pattern on my hands). The freezer paper peels off very nicely.

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I love it! Next I cut two rectangles and sewed three of the edges. Then I filled it with bean bag ‘beans’.

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Next, I used Elmer’s glue to seal the last edge. These clips came in handy to hold the edges until they dried.

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Once dry, I finished closing up the last edge and set it on my entryway table.

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The “Recipe”:

Materials:

  1. Burlap
  2. Freezer paper
  3. KNK digital cutting system
  4. Standard (red cap) Blade
  5. Iron
  6. Tulip aerosol fabric paint
  7. Blue tape
  8. Scrap paper
  9. Needle and thread
  10. Filling/stuffing
  11. Elmer’s Glue

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 20
  • v = 225
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Create your design in the software.
  2. Reverse the image
  3. Cut the stencil.
  4. Apply to the fabric.
  5. Spray the fabric paint.
  6. Remove the stencil.
  7. Finish your project. For this pillow, I sewed 3 edges and then filled it and finally I closed it up.

Happy Fall everyone!

Reclaiming Glass with Stencils

I really didn’t know what to title this post, so I thought about it overnight and still didn’t come up with anything, lol. In the end, it just made sense to state exactly what we did – reclaimed used glass with stencils.

My husband found this solid oak, Amish-made gun cabinet on the local Swap and Sell facebook page. We took a drive to check it out and he decided he had to have it. The biggest issue was the sandblasted etching on the glass. The door itself was built around the glass, so we would need a woodworker to replace it, but my husband didn’t want to weaken the integrity of the door. That left us with the option of altering the glass while still in the door frame.

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We put some scrap vinyl over a letter to see how badly it would show through, and then a second layer. The sandblasted texture definitely would show through both layers. I knew that acid etching wouldn’t match the texture, so that was out. It was time to get creative.

I measured the area that had been etched, and created it in Make-the-Cut. Then we tried out different shapes to cover it, until he found the one he liked best. I cut the stencil out of 24″ wide vinyl on the roll using a slow speed. I covered the stencil with transfer paper to pick up the thin border and then I used application fluid to give me some time to adjust/move the vinyl around to get it positioned perfectly. After two tries applying the vinyl to the door, we decided to trim it down to just a few inches all the way around because it was just too hard to handle 24″ of vinyl.

Once the stencil was in position, and we had squeegeed the water and bubbles out, we masked the area using freezer paper – one of my favorite multipurpose craft supplies.

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At this point, I had to decide if I was going to use acid etch to make the glass hold the paint securely or try something else. In the end, since it was a very large area and I don’t have a lot of acid etch on hand, we decided to use an universal bonding primer (it boasts that it bonds to ANY surface – let’s hope that’s accurate).

Universal Bonding Primer

Universal Bonding Primer

After the primer had dried completely, we added a stone coat paint. This was how we were going to hide the sandblasted letters within the stencil area. On top of the stone coat, I also added a Matte Finish Coat. Then, the big REVEAL!

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There was some water under the vinyl in the upper left hand corner, and it had watered down the primer there. Once it dried completely, I placed small strips of vinyl over the clear glass and touched it up.

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Now that the previous owner’s etched ‘sign’ is covered, hubby just has to decide what he wants to put on it. 😉

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air 24″):

  • f = 28
  • v = 150
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Measure the area to be stenciled
  2. Create or find a pattern that will cover the area
  3. Cut the vinyl
  4. Apply the vinyl and mask
  5. Paint according to directions
  6. Peel away the mask and vinyl