This little piggy

Okay, it isn’t a little piggy, it is a fairly big piggy. I make “birth canvases”, plaques with the babies name, date of birth, weight, etc. Some one asked me if I could put that same information on a piggy bank that she had bought. I said of course.

 

Materials

Large piggy bank…it is about a foot tall

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 34

Speed 300

This bank was big enough that the surface that I was applying the vinyl too was fairly flat. I measured the area where I planned to apply the vinyl. I then opened KNK Studio, chose a font and typed in the information that I was provided. And then it was simply arranging it and sizing it to fit. After cutting it and weeding I applied the clear transfer tape. I then applied it to the bank starting in the center of the vinyl and working out. I applied the information on both sides of the bank. I love doing the baby birth items. It is fun to see their names& how big or little they were. The biggest to date was 11 pounds and the smallest 11 ounces.

Law Enforcement Officiers

Law enforcement officers across our country had a rough year in 2016. There are good cops and bad cops, just like in any profession. But the most loved cop is always the K9 officer. In our neighboring community, Utos their K9 officer, died after a very brief illness, a virus which attacked his heart. I made this for his partner. img_5562-min Materials

3″ ornament

extra fine glitter

poly acrylic

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  36

Speed 400

Instructions

I used a clear 3″ flat ornament purchased on line. They can also be found at most craft stores. I removed the top and set it aside. Then I poured some poly acylic into the ornament and swished it around to ensure the entire inside had been coated. Then I set it upside down in a Dixie cup to drain for a minute or two. Next is adding the glitter, once again rolling the ornament to ensure the entire inside is coated. Then I tip the ornament upside down and let it rest in a dixie cup. I generally do a bunch at a time and the poly acrylic that drains is used for the next ornament, same with the excess glitter. I then place them in an egg carton, still upside down and let them dry for a few days. Next I traced the image of shield that I found online. To make a perfect fitting blue line I used snap to grid and then used the ginsu knife feature and cut that section out of the shield. And then it was just adding the words. When cutting letters this small I try to use a basic font so that it cuts and weeds well. I applied everything to the shield prior to transferring it to the ornament. When applying vinyl to any surface that has a curve (although this is a “flat” ornament, it still has a curve) I always start at the center of the design and work out.  You can make a large variety of personalized ornaments by adding vinyl.

Happy 2017!

While some people think the best part of New Years Eve/New Years Day is going out partying and then spending the day recovering, for me it is having 2 days to create.

Materials

vinyl

clear transfer

small paper bags

ribbon

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 37

Speed 500

I am fortunate in that I use my KNK almost every day. So when it is my turn to post I don’t have to hurry up and come up with something, I have problems deciding which of my latest projects to post.

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Our family spends every Friday night at the same eating establishment, Luigi’s! The staff there is wonderful, as is their food. Once or twice a year we try to treat all of the staff, from the dishwasher to the cook. I make goodie bags with candy in them, and one of the bags has a $20 bill. Each person gets to pick a bag and even if they don’t get the money they end up with some good candy. I was planning on doing it for the Friday preceding New Year’s Eve but wasn’t sure what to make. Then Michele posted with her free file “Happy New Year”.

I may have mentioned before, but I buy things on sale, I hate paying full price. So luckily I had all of the supplies on hand. I had one hour to cut 30 of the Happy New Year out of vinyl, weed them, apply them to the bags, put the candy in the bags, punch holes in each bag and tie them shut with ribbon. I knew that I could do it…wrong. But they will be just as nice this coming Friday.

Down to the wire

Sorry this is late! There is one last week to get things done before Christmas. I am close to being done, mainly because I have downsized significantly.:~)

I wanted to share some fun things that I have made recently. So much has changed in the 10 years that KNK has been on the market. Starting out there were few files to be found, now there are thousands. The best thing is that you can find free or very reasonable files every where and it is extremely easy to create your own.

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img_5340-min img_5409-min Aren’t these fun? The first is an ornament that I purchased, added glitter to the inside and then applied vinyl lettering to the outside. It is a flat ornament but has a bit of a curve so it is always helpful to apply the center part of the vinyl first and work your way out. Here is the file he-sees-you-when-your-drinking-team-knk-knk

The second is a purchased file for the truck and tree and the rest was fonts. It is amazing how many fonts are out there free that have flourishes, sayings, logos, etc.

The third is an image I saw on line and developed a file so that I could cut it from vinyl. Here is the file for the window image. In the file, it is sized for a glass block, I also made it into a card. deer-with-tree-and-cardinal-card-team-knk

And the last is a purchased file, I think the company was called APEX. Some files are just worth buying and this was one of them.

Materials

plastic flat ornament

pine board

vintage window

mdf board

vinyl

paper transfer tape for window

Settings

15″KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Speed 500

Force 36

I have found that using the wet method of applying vinyl to glass is a wonderful thing. Just google it and there are videos to show you how. Just make sure that you use the paper transfer tape.

Searching for something for this post an old post of Judy’s popped up , check it out here.  It pays to go back through old posts to see what you may have missed.

Merry Christmas and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.

 

And the cards continue

I truly do love making cards. I send out close to 100 cards and make them all. The key is finding files or designing cards that are simple yet unique.

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Vinyl

Cardstock

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Speed 400

Force 33 for vinyl 90 for cardstock

dec-2016-team-knk    Here is the file for some of the cards.  The first and second cards are vinyl, #3 is a Cuddlebug embossing file and the stars are cut from cardstock, #4 is white vinyl on cardstock, #5 is glitter vinyl, #6 is left over vinyl from my last post,# 6 is a  My Scrap Chick file cut from vinyl and applied to sparkly paper, #7 is also a My Scrap Chick file cut from a combination of cardstock and vinyl, and the last card is all card stock.

Making them was the easy part, writing them out is another story.