Tag, KNK is “IT”

A friend at work has a package of commercially prepared cardstock sheets that are perforated into 18 small scalloped tags on each letter size sheet.  She asked me to help her find a template so she could print these tags with some text and a small graphic.  I was able to find and download the template as well as figure out how to place the text and graphic like she wanted.  I wondered how many times the tags on those perforated sheets would become separated/detached/torn on their journey through a printer.  Also when using the template, it is necessary to populate each tag separately.  Even when using the copy and paste functions that becomes a tedious task.  And if you really only wanted to print 5 tags, once you removed them from the sheet, running that sheet through the printer again is all but impossible.  The solution to the dilemma?  Why, my 15″ KNK Maxx Air and my Make the Cut software using the wonderful Print and Cut function!!!  Here is a picture of the tag I created.  And, I was able to cut 30 tags from a letter size sheet of cardstock instead of 18!

Tag-Optimized

Materials Used:

White 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock

Settings:

Machine:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Blade:  Red Cap Standard Material,  Force:  50,  Speed:  80,  2 Passes,  Print and Cut

Instructions/Comments:

My original intent was to use the MTC pixel trace function with the tag outline from a screen capture.  However, the screen capture image was such poor quality that the trace would have required much remedial work.  Creating the shape from scratch was much quicker with more accurate results.  I knew the size of the tag was 2″ long by 1 1/4″ wide – not very big.  I started with a rectangle and welded circles to that to create the scalloped top edge.  A hole for hanging was added using the Boolean Join function.

The graphic was downloaded from the Internet, saved as a PNG file, and used as Texture on the tag.  The font was chosen and words added just like I wanted them. I thought I was all set and filled up the page by duplicating my tag.  I checked the page full of tags using the Print Preview function and they looked great.  Imagine my surprise when I printed a whole sheet of tags that looked like this.

Black-Optimized

To diagnose the problem, I removed the texture from the tag and printed a single one and it looked like this.

GoodTest-Optimized

That told me that the use of the texture function was somehow to blame.  So I increased the size of the white background on the texture graphic (my PNG file) and added it back to the tag.  The next printout looked like this.

HalfTest-Optimized

I knew I was on the right track so I again increased the size of the white background on my graphic file and did another test which gave me the result I wanted.

Lesson learned:  the file used as texture in a shape needs to be as large as or larger than the shape itself.  I also realized that if I could see the grid lines on the mat inside of my tag shapes after I had added the texture, I was going to get black in those areas when I printed the tags.  This is only true when using the “Contrast” option in the “Mat Configuration”.  If using a color for your mat, you will always see the grid lines on top of your objects.

An alternative method of preventing the black fill is to create a background white rectangle larger than the whole group of objects as Sandy McCauley teaches in her tutorials.

A downloadable file for the tag shape can be found in the link below.

Cut Files Little Tag_JudyKay

 

 

 

 

Engraving Trophy Plaques with KNK

I do adore trying new things with my KNK machines and this is a new material for me. 20150424_204346_opt2 I’ve engraved plastic sheets, glass tiles, and metal tags but this plaque material is very different. It is a metal base with adhesive on the back (covered with a non-stick sheet), and has some kind of painted surface. I cut a template from craft plastic to frame the plaques on the mat so they would not move during the engraving. Because of the non-stick backing, and having to hold the template in place, I used my stickiest mat. 20150424_204346_opt This particular surface needed a little more force than what I’ve used on plain metal tags when engraving. But once I had it right it really looked fabulous!

Materials:

Settings (KNK Maxx Air):

  • Cutting Grafix Craft Plastic
    • f = 190
    • v = 300
    • p = 2
  • Engraving Trophy blanks
    • f = 140
    • v = 300
    • p = 2

Instructions:

  1. Measure the engraving blanks. Add a small amount (.02) to the dimensions so that the blank will slide into the template easily. You can create this by using the shadow layer function in Make-the-Cut Templateblank
  2. Hide the original shape and ‘lock’ the template shape so that you don’t accidentally move it while placing your engraving shapes.
  3. Use a very sticky mat and press the craft plastic down well with your brayer. Use painters tape to ensure it will not move on the mat during cutting or engraving.
  4. Using a standard blade, cut the shape from the craft plastic and remove only the cut piece from the mat. Do NOT turn off the machine so that you don’t lose your origin point.
  5. Leave the protective film on the trophy blank. Insert it into the cut shape in your craft plastic template.
  6. In MTC, place the engraving design over the cut shape. Use the center marks to center the engraving over the blank/template. Hide the blank. Template
  7. Insert the Engraving Tool into your KNK digital cutting machine.
  8. Change the settings for force, speed and passes as needed. Uncheck the offset.
  9. Engrave the blank and apply to your trophy.

Last Minute Gift

Omayra, KNK, MTC

If you own a cutter machine and want to make a very last minute gift, this is a cute idea for you. This is great for Mother’s Day, Teacher’s Appreciation, Birthday gift, etc. It is a coffee mug that holds a little spoon. The mug already has the print on it, you just have to add the name or a message to that special person and you are done. MTC software has a GREAT feature called “Bézier Warp” that allow you to make text on different paths or shapes.

The vinyl that I bought from knkusa.com is a 5 year outdoor vinyl. It is a REALLY great vinyl. I applied that vinyl to some plastic cups three years ago, and I have put them in the dishwasher (knowing that it was a vinyl decal but I LOVE to try everything to see how it works). At this time, I still have my plastic cups with their names on it. BUT I am not saying that this is going to work all the time. I just did it because if the vinyl is used on vehicles where you wash your vehicle and even go through the car wash and the vinyls remain in their same position, then with the cups it should be the same. Just try different things and make your own challenge to see what happens, LOL. But the vinyl is AWESOME. Now, I am trying it on this ceramic mug to see what happens, LOL.

For this last minute project, you are going to need:

Materials:

Steps:

  1. Write the name that you want to add to your mug using MTC
  2. Click the “Bézier Warp” Icon. The text will start wrapping around a circle. Bézier Warp
  3. Then change the settings to your desired position. I scrolled the Size & Position to fit the text to halfway around the circle. And because I wanted to make more mugs with the same setting I saved it.                     Settings
  4. And finally the name will take the shape that you have set.                         Finish

It is wedding season!

It is that time of year again when I get lots of requests for wedding related items. This year it seems to be different types of guest books and chalkboard signs.

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For this grouping I cut a piece of MDF 8″x12″ and painted it white. I then cut black outdoor vinyl and applied it to the board. The frame was a bit harder. I bought an 8″x8″ shadow box frame. The frame is plastic. I took it apart and cut a slot all the way through using an exacto knife. It took a while, but it cut through. I applied black cardstock to the inside back of the frame. The hearts were cut from white cardstock. I used the same black vinyl to apply the name to the heart.

IMG_3884 This was a request, it will be used for the flower girl to carry down the aisle. It was made from an 1/8th” thick piece of wood. My husband was sweet enough to cut it for me. It was painted with black paint and then the vinyl was applied. I drilled holes and inserted a ribbon.

IMG_4010 This is a guest book, the wedding guests will sign the board. It was made using 4 pieces of wood attached, stained black and then white washed. The heart was made using vinyl as a stencil.

IMG_4011 And this was made the same way as the “Here comes the Bride” heart. The couples 2 year old son is going to wear this around his neck. :O)

It is so much fun to be able to create new and different things using my KNK Maxx!

Materials

Settings

 

 

 

InkJet Transfer Image with MTC

KNK, Omayra, Blanket, Personalized

This time I wanted to use my Groove-e to make a Print and Cut using Iron on Inkjet Transfer paper. This is a matching Blanket and Burp cloth for a Baby Shower. I have to say that I LOVE my cutter machine. You can make so many different items that can be very unique for any occasion. This project was a combination of my Groove-e cutting machine and my Sewing and Embroidery machine. The results: A LOVELY Gift for an adorable person.

Materials:

  • MTC Software
  • Computer
  • Fabric
  • Inkjet Transfer Paper
  • Iron
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Stabilizer

Steps:

  1. I searched the internet for a bear and saved it in my pictures. It is a JPEG file.
  2. Then I opened it in  MTC using the Pixel Trace Button. Pixel tracing will open your picture by default as you can see on the picture below.

Pixel Trace

3.  Then, I put a check mark to Texturize Path and Blackout Path so the program would bring my picture onto the map without any part of the interior. Then I changed the Resample Image to x2.0 times and the Treshold to 167 (you have to play a little bit with those numbers until you get the results that you like the most). And the image will look like the one in the picture below.

Pixel Trace Changes

4.  When you are 100% satisfied with your picture, then you will set your printer. You have to go to File ► Print Setup and select the printer that you are going to use and the orientation of your paper.

Print setup

5. Then go to File ► Print Option and mark the following options as they are explained in the manual.

Print Options

As you can see in the picture below, now you can see the paper on the mat as well as the Registrations Marks. So now you are ready to print your image

Orientation

6. Once you have printed your image, click on the Cut Preview icon and check that the shape of your image is going to be cut. See Picture below (The picture below is on Lanscape)

Cut Preview

The picture below show a Portrait Print Preview

Print Preview Portait

7.  Now, Click on the Cut Project with… icon and change the Cut Type to Print and Cut. Check blade offset, force and speed before clicking Start.

Click Start

8. Then click Start and click Begin. 

9. Now, use the arrows to move the laser or in my case the pin tip to set the registration marks on your paper.

10. When the pin is aligned to the registration mark, click the button that is in the middle of the arrows and repeat this step with registration mark 2 and 3. When you finish with the third registration mark a banner will pop up.

11. Click OK to that banner and once your blade holder returns home your machine will cut a perfect image for you.

I LOVE how my machine cut the material, really clean and perfect.

12. My last step was to embroider her name on the blanket and “Dios te bendiga” which means “God Bless you”, and on her Burp Cloth her name and “La Bebé de Abuelo” that means “Grandpa’s Baby”.