Upcycled Window – Vinyl Decals on Glass

Upcycled windows are currently popular home decor items. They can often be found for free by people replacing old windows, and I have found a few put out for trash pick-up. One of my favorite projects is decorating windows with vinyl. Upcycled Window

Materials:

  1. Vintage windows
  2. Paint scraper, sandpaper, window cleaner, window glazing, razor blade (as needed).
  3. Outdoor Sign Vinyl
  4. Transfer tape
  5. Small squeegee
  6. Red Capped Blade

Settings for MTC and KNK Zling:

  1. Force – 15-20
  2. Multi-cut – 1
  3. Speed: 10

Steps:

  1. Clean and prepare window as desired. I sometimes leave wood as I find it. Other times I paint and sand, often brushing on several coats of various paint colors to give it that “just right” look. (You will want to repaint if there is old, flaking lead paint.) If window glazing is loose, use a screwdriver to pull out the old glazing and replace with new.
  2. Clean the glass thoroughly, using razor a blade to clean off any old paint.
  3. Open MTC file or other file of your choice. If you’d like to use the tandem bike file, it is available in the MTC gallery.
  4. Cut and weed vinyl.
  5. Apply transfer tape.
  6. Adhere vinyl design to glass, carefully burnishing to remove bubbles.
  7. Remove transfer paper.

Deployment Pillowcase

My friend’s husband was deploying for 6 months on a submarine and she asked me to make her a pillow case for him.  She wanted a saying on it and pictures of her boys since there is little to no contact with families when a submarine goes underway.  I was happy to help and now I think I will be making one for my husband before his next underway.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  15
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Passes:  1
  • Offset:  .25

Steps:

  1. Print the pictures you want on the iron-on transfer.  She did this at her house and then cut them with scissors.
  2. Type out text in MTC or cutting software you use, remember to mirror your words!!
  3. Cut out and weed the saying
  4. Press your items on the pillow case (A heat press helps)
  5. Send with your loved one!!

I only got a finished project picture because we were trying to wrangle 5 kids and make the pillow case in a short amount of time.

Blinded by the light! Where is that Visor?

This month we took another trip to Disney World. We live nearby and have annual passes so we go often. As usual I forgot to bring a hat and the sun was really getting to me. Of course, Disney has a million hats to sell you at the park, but I prefer a lightweight visor. For our next trip, I am determined to remember to pack a visor and decided one of those foam visors would be the perfect style.

I found a foam visor at my local craft store and realized I could just as easily cut one on my Maxx Air. I scanned the visor into Make The Cut! with the Pixel Trace tool and went to town decorating it. I will make up a few and store them in my car so I don’t forget one next time!

 

Materials

Craft Foam – I used a 3mm craft foam, it required some extra blade to get a good cut.

Vinyl – Gemstone Metallics

Clear Transfer Tape

Coil Cording – This is hard to find, but you can use a coil wrist keychain bracelet or coil shoelaces cut to size. Amazon is a good source for these. Coil-Bracelet-Keychains

Mickey Visors – Download the Disney Visor project file/SVG to make your own.

Since our next trip is around St Patrick’s Day I designed a Mickey and Minnie head filled with shamrocks. I am giving away the design in in the project/SVG download, but I will walk you through my design process.

  • Create your fill pattern by duplicating your image and offsetting the rows. Join all rows.
  • Layer your mouse head over the fill and move it around until you get a pleasing fill inside the shape.
  • Perform a Boolean Join B-A.
  • Create a Shadow Layer of the mouse head. I made mine thin, mitered at .0360.
  • Layer and align the shadow layer and the Boolean join result in step 3.
  • Join the layers.
  • Create a weeding rectangle and join to the mouse head. Now you are ready to cut!

 

 Maxx Air Settings

Gemstone Metallics: Red Blade, Force = 42, Speed = 250, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25

Craft Foam 3mm: Blue Blade extended to the depth of the foam, Force = 80, Speed = 200, Passes = 2, Blade Height= just barely above the surface of the foam (start with 25 in testing) Note that the project file has a Punch Hole layer. This is included as a reference only; these holes are too small to cut in craft foam. Hide this layer before cutting the foam.

To assemble:

  • Apply the vinyl to the visor using the Clear Transfer Tape.
  • Glue the cord support circles to the outside of the visor tips.
  • Punch holes through the tips with an awl.
  • Thread the coil cording through the holes.

Make several with different decorations and embellishments for a fun way to keep your eyes shaded from the blinding sun!

 

 

Word Art Shaped Card

Hello.

 

I haven’t made a card in ages! So I finally got the urge. I downloaded this cute word art from www.lovesvg.com (same place I got the He sees you when you’re drinking quote).

I brought it into MTC and broke apart the words so I could move them around a bit. I overlapped the “YOU” with the other two lines and welded them together.

 

I also duplicated the YOU so I could cut it out in a different color and lay it on top.

I used the offset feature to make a background and then did it again and sized it big enough to make a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card. I copied that image and mirrored it to the left of the original and then welded those two images to make the card base.

Right after I cut all the pieces out, my computer did this horrific crash and I realized I didn’t save the file. I don’t think MTC starts making backups until you save, at least I couldn’t find one.

So boys and girls save your files. If I get a chance to recreate it, I will add the file here. It was pretty easy to do.

Last year we planted a bunch of succulents in our yard and they are blooming (along with some other flowers we didn’t plant, but they look cool). So I took the photos using those as a back drop.

My kids didn’t get the “Happy YOU day” as a birthday card. Please tell me you get it and it’s not totally lame.

Machine

Zing (10/10/ 110) 2 cuts for the glitter paper.

red blade

Materials

DCWV paper (Hate that stuff because of the white core)

Michaels cheap paper

Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart

Better late than never…

Sorry about posting so late in the day, but this is late in more ways than one. Over a year ago I converted a drawing into a cutting file and made an adorable owl treat box. I was already to post and do you think I could find the cutting file anywhere? So, I finally recreated the file, remade the owl to make sure it worked, and here she is. And here is her file owl box.knk

Materials

Cardstock

Double sided glue tape

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Force 90 cardstock

36 vinyl

Speed 450

She was very easy to make. I used cardstock for everything but the black part of her eyes which is vinyl. I like to use the double sided tape for boxes like this because it seems to have a stronger hold.