Man card

I always struggle when it comes to masculine cards. I make many cards that could be for a guy or a girl, but few that say MAN CARD. I saw this card on Pintrest  and as you know, with a KNK, if you see it, you can make it.

When I am looking for an image to recreate I always Google ____ silhouette. In this case I Googled Gear Silhouette . I found an image I  liked, copied and pasted it into KNK Studio, scanned it, vectorized it, and i t was ready to cut. And it cut so nicely!  The file is at the end of this post.

Materials

Gemstone paper by Coredinations

Glue dots

Black and gray cardstock

Printer

hand punch

Settings

15″ kNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 100

Speed 500

I could have done a print and cut or done the lettering in vinyl but I took the easy was out. I saved the words as a jpeg, imported it into Word, and ran it through the printer. I then cut it to size and used one of my few paper punches and cut the corners. I used mini glue dots to  attach the gears to  the card. Here is the file gear card  You could easily turn this into a Father’s day card!

 

Tis the season for new babies!

In the last month I have had so many requests for baby plaques with the birth info. I often get asked to create something unique.

 

 

Materials

Wood

Stain

Paint Vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 36

This was an 11×14 piece of pine wood that I stained with an ebony stain. I then dry brushed over the top with a white acrylic paint until I was happy with the way it looked. I like to let my paint and stain dry a few days before applying vinyl. I then designed the file in KNK Studio, cut it, applied it with clear transfer tape and it is done!   I absolutely love making these. I love babies and feel a bit of a connection every time I make one.

Coffee?

I have had friends ask me if I could make personalized coffee cups and while I have told them yes, I  also tell them they are not dishwasher safe. I would use the permanent vinyl and it would last through many hand washes. But I wanted something I didn’t have to worry about so when I found an inexpensive mug press I bought it! Such fun!!!

Materials

HTV heat transfer vinyl

mug

mug heat press

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 32

Speed 400

multi pass 2

When cutting HTV I always use the multicut. I simply typed the sayings, resized them to fit the mug, mirrored the image and cut it. Once it was cut and weeded it was just a matter of applying it to the cup and placing it in the heat press. I used 350 degrees for 60 second but each press will have it’s own settings. My son in law and niece are realtors so I thought they might enjoy these cups.

Just a KNK

You don’t have to have any other tools other than a KNK to make awesome things.

I love Re-Store! They have awesome deals and they help people. One of my area Re-Stores has cabinet door seconds. They come in all sizes. I generally will pick up a bunch and then use them when the perfect project comes along. Many of the things that I make are things that people see on Pintrest and then they ask me “Can you make this?”. That is how this project came about.

Materials

Cabinet door

Vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 34

Speed 500

I used 2 fonts, Daydreamer and calibi bold. It was a simple matter of typing the saying, changing the words that I wanted in Daydreamer , and welding the saying because of the script font. I then grouped each word so I could rearrange them the way that I wanted them. Once I had everything where I wanted it I then selected the whole thing and dragged it to the size that I wanted. Then I cut the saying from vinyl, weeded it, applied clear transfer tape, and applied it to the door. So simple!

 

Free is good!

We are so fortunate as owners of KNKs’ that we are not limited to a cartridge or a specific file type. We can use  so many file formats that it makes it easy to find free files online.

Free files makes it easy to make projects quickly, no design time! (But, it is also awesome to create your own files so you aren’t making the  same things as everyone else.)

Pintrest is always a good place to start when looking for free files. I look for free ai, eps, or svg files. I found this free file and made a cute card. This  phrase is how I often end letters to my kids and family members.

It is simply vinyl and paper. When I think back to how  I struggled to cut letters from paper and  then glue those little pieces down without having a mess of dried glue showing, vinyl is awesome.

Materials

vinyl

Coredinations paper

cardstock

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 34

speed 450

Two of  my favorite finds are  Cutting for business who has a  page with 40  great sites to find free files, and then  the site that had the file  for this card is  http://www.lovesvg.com