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.
- Yarn of your choice
- Large needle
- Ribbon, twine, or string
- Heavy cardstock or art paper (I used 100 lb Bristol)
- Scoring Stylus (optional)
- 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.)
- Pennant and Pom Pom file or other file of your choice (If you’d like to give my MTC file a try, leave me a comment and I’ll email it to you.)
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.
KNK Zing Settings with MTC Software:
- Force – 130
- Multicut – 2 or 3
- Speed – 10
The file I used is my pennant design which was drawn in Inkscape. I exported the printed portion from Inkscape as a PNG, and then imported that into Make the Cut. For the cut layer, I simply copied the SVG lines from Inkscape and pasted into Make the Cut. The two portions then had to be adjusted slightly to make sure they were exactly the same size.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If desired, turn pennant over and use stylus to emboss dots in scallops
- 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!
We are so fortunate as owners of KNKs’ that we are not limited to a cartridge or a specific file type. We can use so many file formats that it makes it easy to find free files online.
Free files makes it easy to make projects quickly, no design time! (But, it is also awesome to create your own files so you aren’t making the same things as everyone else.)
Pintrest is always a good place to start when looking for free files. I look for free ai, eps, or svg files. I found this free file and made a cute card. This phrase is how I often end letters to my kids and family members.
It is simply vinyl and paper. When I think back to how I struggled to cut letters from paper and then glue those little pieces down without having a mess of dried glue showing, vinyl is awesome.
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
Two of my favorite finds are Cutting for business who has a page with 40 great sites to find free files, and then the site that had the file for this card is http://www.lovesvg.com
Tired of wasting vinyl when working on word signs that use multiple colors? You could ignore the format and cut each color to use the smallest piece possible but trying to get it correctly lined up can be a pain. So many of us just chalk up the waste as an unfortunate by-product of our craft. However, if you plan carefully you can minimize the waste and still get great alignment.
I made this logo sign for a friend to put in her vendor booth for a trade show. The logo is two colors, the bulk of the lettering is black and the word “Passion” and two small diamonds are purple.
By creating multiple weeding rectangles to surround each word instead of one big square, a large useable rectangle of vinyl was saved for another project. The purple portions of the vinyl sign did not need to be formatted so weeding rectangles fit to size were used and the words were easily placed on the leather after the black vinyl was heat pressed.
Leather for sign
Siser EasyWeed Extra heat transfer vinyl (for leather)
KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade
Maxx Air Settings
Force = 43, Speed = 210, Blade Offset = .25, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25
Set up sign in cutting program separating the colors to different layers. Cut each color vinyl, reversing (mirror) for the heat transfer vinyl.
When weeding, preserve any large areas of un-used vinyl by cutting out and setting aside for future use.
Heat press to the leather one color at a time. I did the black letters first and then lined up the purple by eye and pressed. Press for the time and temperature recommended by the manufacturer.
Careful planning can create less waste and maximize your vinyl stash, so you can make more fun stuff!
Last month I made a card out of a panda I modified. At work, we had a secret cupid and I knew I wanted to do something with that panda again. So I sized it up and made a panda shape card.
The person I was secretly giving gifts for figured out it was me.
She said that she heard I was the one who “made cute cards.” So I guess I outed myself.
I stamped some envelopes to match.
It was a lot of fun and even though she figured out it was me, it was worth it.
Machine Used: Zing
Materials: Michaels Recollection paper.
Hallmark has wonderful cards, but they don’t personalize the cards the way we can. A friend of ours had a massive stroke right after Christmas. He loves to golf and ride motorcycle, things that are encouraging him to work very hard at his rehab. Shortly after his stroke he celebrated a birthday and a card popped into my head. Dick has a good sense of humor but I decided to “run the card past my husband” before sending it to make sure he thought it would be okay.
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
It was as simple as cutting the vinyl and applying it to cardstock. Dick loved the card, when he moved from the hospital to a rehab center he took it with him and has it on display.
The font is King Basil
The golfer was a file from My Vinyl Designer