Tracing a Baby Shower Invitation for Print and Cut (Enlace para Versión SCAL4 en Epañol)

Tracing a Baby Shower Invitation for Print and Cut

This is an invitation that I made for this tutorial only. In this tutorial, we will be tracing an invitation for a baby shower as well as printing and cutting it.The invitation was done in PowerPoint using some files from MTC. After making it, I then imported and traced it in MTC and/or SCAL4. All the information on that invitation is, however, false and completely made up.

Tracing a Baby Shower Invitation for Print and Cut

Materials:

Settings KNK Groove-e:

  • Blade = Red
  • F = 9
  • S= 150

Instructions:

  1. First, I opened MTC and searched in the gallery for an airplane as well as a baby. After selecting the ones that I liked I then combined both files to put the baby on top of the airplane.
  2. Once the file was done, I then opened it in PowerPoint to make the invitation. This was very simple and easy just applying Copy and Paste.
  3. In PowerPoint, I just went to Insert>Shapes and chose Thought Buble: Cloud. I resized the cloud to be 5×7, which will be the size of my invitation.
  4. After that, I went to Format Shape and filled the cloud with a picture.
  5. Finally, I placed the airplane that I brought from MTC where I saw fit, in this case, it was one of the corners of the cloud.
  6. Once the invitation was done, I imported the file to MTC in order to make the tracing.

Tracing Process:

  1. Go to Pixel trace icon
  2. Select the image to be traced and Click Open
  3. Then, I adjusted the Threshold to 206, Resample Image to 1.5
  4. Checked Mark on Texturize Path and Blackout Path
  5. Then, Apply Changes
  6. Import
  7. Finish Tracing
  8. After that, I Copy and Paste in Place 
  9. I added the Reg Marks 
  10. Finally, I proceeded to make the Print and cut

Video en Español  utilizando SCAL4 para el trazado y la máquina KNK Force para el corte

Print and Cut Locket – KNK Zing Print and Cut – KNK Cutter and Jewelry – Magnetic Locket

Completed Print and Cut Locket

These little magnetic lockets are so fun and there are so many things you can do with them. I created this Print and Cut Locket using my KNK Zing and an illustration I drew. You could also use a photo, and charms can be inserted as well. I used permanent vinyl to add the word “Michigan” to the exterior glass.

Materials:

  • Magnetic Locket (Can be found at most craft stores)
  • High quality paper or printable vinyl
  • Make the Cut, or similar software
  • Red Capped Blade
  • KNK Zing (or other KNK cutter)
  • Scrap of vinyl
  • Low Adhesive Cutting Mat

Settings for KNK Zing:

  • Force – 40
  • Multicut – 1 or 2
  • Speed – 10

Steps:

Illustration for Print and Cut Locket

  • Trace your design.
  • Draw a Circle and place it on the layer below your design. Make the circle the exact size you need to fit inside the locket.
  • Size the design so that the portion you want to show fits within the circle.
  • Marquee select the two and join (ctrl j).

Create a Print and Cut Locket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Keep selected and break apart (ctrl b).

Print and Cut Locket design in a circle

 

 

 

 

 

  • Drag the original design away and delete, or move to another layer and turn off/lock.
  • Duplicate if you want the same design on the front and back sides of the locket.
  • Print out your design for a print and cut. Make sure you print the registration marks. ( I used paper for mine, but a printable vinyl would work better if you want to be able to put items in the locket without scratching the design.)
  • Now you are ready to complete your print and cut. Adhere to a not-too-sticky mat and complete the cut.
  • Carefully remove the cut circles from the mat and gently push into locket.
  • If desired, cut text for outside of locket.

Print and Cut locket with Gems

Here is the other side of the locket. I actually prefer the side without the gems, but perhaps I’ll turn it if I want to wear it with a dressy outfit sometime.

 

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

The Iron Throne

When I envisioned this quilt, The Iron Throne, I knew I would use my KNK Maxx Air cutting machine to cut the intricate appliqué out of heat transfer vinyl. What I did not guess is how many other things I would make to help me bring The Iron Throne to life.

Last month I shared the longarm ruler I made, Need a Special Longarm Ruler? No Problem! . Here are the other items I made to assist me in the construction of this quilt.

Cutting Template to ensure each diamond block was exactly the same size. I used Grafix Craft Plastic .020 mm to make the template and included registration marks to help be line it up. I included a cut out in the center so that the quilted appliqué would not distort the template when used.

Fabric! I wanted to include a flange border in the binding of each diamond and I did not have any fabric that I was happy with to match the colors. So, I made my own fabric by cutting strips of the same heat transfer vinyl I used in the appliqués and fused it to muslin. Now I had the perfect color flanges to inset into my binding.

Sword Marking Templates to mark my quilting lines on the leather corners of the quilt for the swords that make up The Iron Throne. Quilters template plastic was used for these templates.

Hole Marking Guides to accurately and evenly mark where the holes needed to be punched for the installation of the grommets. I first made one specifically for the diamonds and then refined it to a multi-use tool for future projects. I used a quilters plastic template material for these guides.

My cutting machine has become a valuable tool in my quilting studio to create original art!

Materials

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

KNK Zing/Zing Air 12″ x 12″ Extra Sticky Mat Set (Green Grid)

Engraving Tool

Grafix Craft Plastic .020 mm

EZ Quilting Thick Template Plastic

 

Maxx Air Settings

Text – Sharpie Ultra Fine

Force = 5, Speed = 350, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 13+, Blade Offset = 0

Cut Settings for Grafix Craft Plastic

Red Blade, Force = 190, Speed = 300, Passes = 3, Blade Height = 25Blade Offset = .25

Cut Settings for Quilters Template Plastic

Red Blade, Force = 130, Speed = 80, Passes = 3, Blade Height = 25, Blade Offset = .25

Engraving Tool, Force = 135, Speed = 350, Passes = 4, Blade Offset = 0,

Blade Height = 25

Baseball card

So my son just finished his first season of high school baseball. He did pretty good. He worked hard and I’m very proud of his mindset to keep trying, no matter what. He did not give up, even coming into the season recovering from a major broken wrist and being weak from a total of 11 weeks of some sort of cast.

Boy also grew 3 inches during the season and towers over me. Anyway, the parents wanted to give the coach a gift card and a signed card from the boys so I came up with this.

Originally it looked like this, but it just looked too plain, so I added the thanks in brannonball font. Looks baseball-ish, no?

The inside was blank and all the boys signed their names and gave it to the coach. I wasn’t able to get a picture of it all signed, but it was neat to give a personal something that I created that only took minutes to make.

I used: KNK Zing, red blade. Don’t even regard my settings. I need to change my blade again so I won’t even post them.