Print and Cut your own card and scrapbook embellishments

I love embellishments for my cards and scrapbook pages, but they are often expensive to buy, and in my experience a few good ones come in a package mixed with a lot of pieces I won’t ever use.  So, of course I decided to make my own using my KNK!  These embellishments could be printed on any material, but I wanted the sheer quality of real wings, so I used clear plastic adhesive sheets.

What you need:

Printable transparency or clear sticker paper

Printer

KNK digital cutter

That’s it – all you need is those three items!

Aaaahhhh, this is so much fun!  Import your graphics, create outlines, and print out the sheets.  Place the printed sheet in your cutter and perform the alignment procedure required by the software.

Remove the printed and cut sheet.

Here is a close-up.  See those perfect cut lines?

Now, peel off the extra material and your embellishments will be easy to grab and apply to your card or page.

The shadow on the card in this photo shows you how the light shines through the clear plastic.

And another example, here is the bee on a flower:

and finally….here is the printable clear plastic I used:

Hope you try this out.  Remember, you can use any printable material – depending on what you want your embellishment to look like.

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

26 thoughts on “Print and Cut your own card and scrapbook embellishments

  1. Ooo…I like! It adds such a soft look to your card. Love that bee! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this cool way to embellish!

    • Thank you very much. I experimented with both inkjet and laser printers. I think the inkjet is slightly more vibrant in color but the laser is more durable.

    • Thank you! I didn’t mention it in the post, but I also like the flexibility of making my embellishments whatever size fits my project. When you purchase them from the craft store they may simply be too large to use on a card.

  2. LOVE this! I use transparency sheets to add a little shine to accents on the cards anyway and this is a terrific new use! Why didn’t I think of that! LOL

    • That’s great! I’d love to see some examples! I’ve used acetate or transparencies with alcohol ink and stamps myself. It gives a whole other look to the project.

  3. Very nice! What a great idea to use the clear transparency paper thanks for the inspirations.

  4. I love making my own embellishments! I agree that you can get exactly the right touch and color…perfection! TFS.

  5. Michelle,
    are you printing it on the paper or the transparency or both? I’m a little confuse :-/ Thanks
    love hugs and prayers
    Carol
    love this idea! I was just thinking that the other day about only using a few items in those packs!

    • Sometimes I print on transparency film – be sure to buy the printable kind – and then use glue dots made with Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over if I want them to stick ‘up’ off the paper. I use adhesive backed clear plastic sheets if I want the items to lay flat (if I am mailing the card, for example). These clear sheets come with a backing paper so the adhesive stays sticky for when you need it.

  6. How Fun , Michelle! It is a wonder we get anything done besides working (playing) witih our cutters. Thanks for the reminder of yet another things we can do.

    • I know exactly what you mean! If my craft room were on the main floor I would really be in trouble – constantly distracted and so easy to go in for ‘one little thing’.

  7. Love the gorgeous butterflies! Going to have to look around for some transparencies.

  8. Loved the butterflies. I have used transparencies for lots of craft projects. I love how they can stabilize them. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That big pink flower (the last picture I think….what material was that made from? Surely not the clear sticker sheet adhesive? It looks like silk in the picture..beautiful. Now if I could just figure out the PnC procedure, but am just now really starting to play with the zing, and have had the craft robo several years and STILL can’t do a PnC with it either. I have instructions from someone but haven’t been up to messing with it for several months now…but feeling more energetic now 🙂 Really love the whole idea, TFS

    • I made the flower using Copic coloring paper, then colored them by hand with my markers to match the paper. You can see the original post of the card here: http://www.cuttinupdesigns.com/?p=146 – where you can find a link to the flower tutorial from Penny Duncan. Print and Cut opens up a whole new world of ideas for us!

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