I like to do theme birthday parties for my kids and try to make everything with my KNK Zing. This year we decided to do a joint party for our kids since their birthdays are one day apart. The theme we did this year was tractors!! I made the invitations, banner, goodie bags and everything in them except for the pencils, the kids shirts, the center pieces, and the pin the smoke stack on the tractor game. The items in the goodie bags were temporary tattoo, tractor crayons, pencil, bottle coozie and water bottle and all were made with the Zing except the pencils and crayons but I did make the crayons.
Temporary Tattoo: I saw online about printable temporary tattoos online and thought they would be really cool to do. There’s a few different kinds of paper out for these and I got what was available locally since I waited til the last minute to do them. The paper I used was from Silhouette.
- I found the image I wanted and pixel traced in MTC, then I mirrored the image because it has lettering on it and I also added a shadow layer to give a little bit of room around it.
- Print out the tattoos and make sure it is 100% dry before putting on the clear layer
- Place the clear layer on top of the dried tattoo paper
- Cut out the tattoos using 2 passes to ensure that you have gotten through the plastic and paper.
- Apply like normal temporary tattoo.
Below are the other items I made for the party.
Invitation: I made it out of cardstock and used Print and Cut (PnC) for the words on the back
Shirts: I made each of my kids special shirts for their day. My daughters was made with glitter HTV and my son’s onesie was made with flocked and denim HTV
Pin the smoke stack: This I made extra large and used the tiler function in MTC to make it large
Center Piece and Banner: I made these just out of cardstock. This year I remembered to cut the holes out for the banner with the Zing rather than hole punching them later.
Coozies: I just used regular HTV on these coozies and personalized them for each child
Goodie bag and water bottle label:
And I have to add a picture of the cakes my friend made and the balloon tractor my husband made:
I had a special request for a sign for a wedding. It had leaves, lots of leaves, and the guests were each suppose to sign a leaf at the reception. She sent me a Pintrest picture of what she wanted. I was able to make the leaf and the stems in shapes and then went to Layout/array and made multiple leaves and stems. I then scattered them all over the space and when I had them all where I wanted I welded them together, along with an open rectangle in the center.
I then weeded out the leaves and the center rectangle and applied it to a stained wood plaque. I painted over the areas that I had weeded and waited until the paint was fairly dry before removing the vinyl.
Here is the finished result.
stained wood plaque
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
This time I wanted to make some Beautiful Baby Shower Ideas but first, I wanted to Race my KNK Groove-e Machine PNC. I just wanted to verify how fast and precise I was cutting utilizing scissor vs my KNK machine, lol. Let me tell you that I only cut a little bit more than a half on my first pic before my machine had cut two perfectly precise PNC pieces, with no errors. AWESOME for my machine :).
Beautiful Baby Shower Ideas:
- KNK Digital Cutting Machine
- Blue cap blade
- Blue and green printer paper
- Plastic plate
- Wood Stick
- Curly Ribbon
- Tissue Paper Streamer
- Plastic plates
- Empty paper towel roll
- First, I opened SCAL4 and selected the image that I wanted to trace. In this case the airplane.
- I did the PNC process.
- Click here so you can see the race between the KNK machine and me, lol. You also could see the results from cutting the project with a scissor vs the cleanest when it is cut with the machine.
- After everything was cut, I started gluing strips of the two colors of photocopy paper and placing the tissue paper roll all over the plates. Also, I used two different colors of tissue paper.
- Then, I covered a piece of styrofoam with the same photocopy paper and on the two corners, I placed two of these plates.
- After that, I glued the empty paper towel roll in the center of the Styrofoam. Fill the empty paper towel roll with something that makes it stable.
- Then, I glued another plate on top of the paper towel roll and to this plate, I glued a piece of styrofoam so I could place the wood stick with the airplane on top.
- Finally, I made a bow and glued it in the middle of the paper towel roll.
Instrucciones en Español:
Esta vez yo quise hacer algunas ideas para “Baby Shower”, pero primero yo quise competir contra mi cortadora KNK Groove-e en una impresión y corte. Sólo quise verificar cuan rápida y precisa yo era cortando con tijeras vs mi cortadora KNK, jajaja.
Dejenme decirle que yo sólo corte un poco mas de la mitad de uno, cuando la máquina muy precisa había cortado dos :).
- Cortadora Digital KNK
- Cuchilla tapa Azul
- Papel impresora Azul y Verde
- Platos Plásticos
- Palitos de Madera (pinchos)
- Cinta para enrizar
- Rollo de Papel Tissue
- Rollo vacío de Papel Toalla
Paso a paso:
- Primero, abrí el programa SCAL4 y traje a este el archivo que quería trazar. En este caso un avión.
- Luego hice la impresión y corte. Para los que no saben el proceso de impresión y corte, hagan clic aquí para que puedan ver un tutorial.
- Haga clic aquí para que puedas ver la competencia entre la cortadora y yo, jajaja. Ustedes tambien pondran ver el resultado de cortar el proyecto con tijera vs lo limpio del corte cuando se corta con la maquina.
- Despues que todo fue cortado, Comencé a pegar tiras de papel de fotocopias (azul y verde) en todo los platos y tambien pegué el papel tissue alrededor de estos platos.
- Luego, cubrí un pedazo de Styrofoam con esos mismos papeles y ubiqué platos a cada esquina de este.
- Luego, pegué el rollo de papel toalla vacío en el centro del Styrofoam. Rellene este rollo vacío con algo que lo mantenga estable.
- Ahora, ubiqué otro plato encima del rollo de toalla y a este le pegué un pedazo pequeño de styrofoam para poder espetar el palito de madera con la imagen.
- Finalmente, le hice un lazo y lo pegué en el centro del rollo de papel toalla.
Hello KNKers! I’m pretty excited because I am changing schools this coming school year. It is the school both my kids attended, two miles from my house, and I’ll be teaching 5th grade. I’ve never taught 5th grade before, but I’m pretty excited.
Anyway, the mascot is a panda and this school has extremely involved parents, so I thought it would be cute to have some ready-made cards on hand for next year. I can also use them for gifts for other teachers to use as well.
I found the panda on the internet and traced him into MTC. Then I duplicated until I had an array of 24 of them and then used print and cut with my Zing to cut them out on card stock. I did print them out on a laser printer and my specific printer is a little bit picky about card weights, but it seems to handle the 60 lb weight okay. Anything more and I get the dreaded paper jam.
However, when I went to cut them out on my mats, they were dirty and no longer sticky! I’ve probably shared this tip before, but it bears mentioning again. I’ve had the best luck with Aleen’s tack it over and over. The ratio is about 1:1 with water, with maybe a little more water. I don’t even measure. I just squirt the glue on the mat and then use a paintbrush and water to spread it out. I put it out in the sun for a couple hours and my mat is as good as new. The first use can be a little bit too sticky, so it’s not a bad idea to stick down a piece of paper you don’t care about and pull it up to test it. I also scrape it with an old credit card and that helps smooth it out and it’s ready to go.
I don’t know if it’s considered cheating, but I did use hero arts metal dies for the “thanks”, the banner, the tree branch (sizzix) and the cut out with the holes. I could’ve easily used my machine, but I like to use all sorts of stuff when I create. 🙂
I used the Zing (f-95, 10/10) and MTC software.
DCWV patterned paper stack, Worldwin cardstock, foam tape for the pandas and the banners and gingerbread ink for the edges of the banners and patterned paper.
Until next time!
Our little town does not have much to offer visitors. So when I saw that our local fish market had expanded and started selling items highlighting our area, I asked them if they’d like me to make up a few things for them to offer. I had made this file into a shirt for my husband last year using an inkjet transfer. I decided it would do well on a flour sack towel with a few changes. This time I used Heat Transfer Vinyl.
I recently purchased a KNK Zing Orbit and am now using Sure Cuts Alot. Being accustomed to Make The Cut, there has been a small learning curve, but for basic cutting I was able to get right at it with no problems.
- ThermoFlex Plus
- Flour sack Towel (I purchased mine at Walmart)
- Red-Capped Blade
- Iron or Heatpress
Settings on Zing Orbit with SCAL:
- Pressure: 50
- Speed: 15
- Overcut: 1mm
- Multi-cut: Off
- Open or import file in SCAL
- Reverse design
- Cut design and weed
- Set heat press at 335 degrees and press for 17 minutes (for hand iron, refer to manufacturer’s instructions)
- Fold towel in half and crease mid-point using iron or heat press
- Lay towel flat and use crease to place center HTV
- Press vinyl onto towel (Use teflon sheet or towel between iron and vinyl)
- Remove clear backing and repeat
I am having fun getting to know my Zing Orbit. So far, one of my favorite features on the Orbit is the ability to adjust the pinch wheels. The ability to move them close enough to cut small pieces of vinyl without using a mat saves me a lot of time, and I find myself using the feature a lot.