Hot Mess

One of the new “crazes” is the “hot mess”. It looked like fun so I thought I would give it a try.

You start with a board painted white. Then you start adding brush strokes of color.

You continue adding colors until the entire board is covered.

 

Materials

Wood

Paint

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 400

Then you add your stencil, this will be the design that shows through at the end.

 

I chose a rooster and a cow. Then you paint the entire board white again. Paint away from the design to help eliminate bleeding under the stencil and use light coats until you have the coverage you desire. Mine is pretty white, some people like to have the colors show through subtly.

I then used a brush dipped in gray paint and then wiped almost dry and made random brush strokes over the board. When everything is dry, peel off the vinyl.

And here is the end result. It was fun to try. Here is the file for the cow and the rooster in KNK, SVG, and MTC   hot mess rooster and cow

 

 

 

Christmas a bit late…

My nephew Aaron is 42 and single. About a year and a half ago he decided to be a foster parent. He first got 4 brothers ages 8-17. When they returned home he got a 15 year old boy, and 11 months later he got a sibling group of 3, 2 girls, ages 3 and 6  and their 8 year old brother. Our family decided to adopt them for Christmas and Aaron said they would love Christmas stockings with their names on them.  I LOVE making personalized items for kids!

For the stockings I used some red glitter felt. I used the fabric blade and cut the names. I used the multi cut feature and cut the letters 4 times.  I then used fabric glue to adhere them to the stockings. Believe it or not, I had everything pictured in my “stash”, so I didn’t have to purchase anything. I purchase items on clearance and save them for times like this! Otherwise I would have looked for stockings that I could use  with HTV. The aprons and the cinch bags were made using heat transfer vinyl and the water bottles were made using permanent vinyl.

Materials

Cinch bags

Christmas stockings (Dollar Tree)

Water bottles

Aprons (Dollar Tree)

Stiffened felt

Heat Transfer vinyl

Permanent vinyl

Fabric glue

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Stockings/felt

Fabric blade

Force 50 with 4 pass multi cut

Cinch bag and apron/ HTV

Force 50

red capped blade

Water bottle Permanent vinyl

Force 38

red capped blade

All Speed 350

Family Tree

I had a request for a family tree. The person sent me an image of what she wanted and I was able to duplicate it fairly close. First I stained my wood.

Then I cut my tree in vinyl and weeded the tree out.

I then applied the vinyl to the stained wood and made sure that it was adhered well.

Then I painted the tree using a dry brush method…dipping the brush into the paint, painting most of the paint off onto a paper towel and then painting the plaque. The result was very faint so I kept applying layers until my white was nice and bright.

I then removed the vinyl. I cut leaves from various colors of vinyl and then cut the names from vinyl and applied them to the leaves. I then applied the leaves to the tree. I cut the family name and applied that. It was a fairly easy project and while the dry brush paint method was slow it was therapeutic  and the result was no bleeding.

Materials

Wood (Pine)

Stain

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red Capped Blade

Force 33

Speed 350

 

A Cow?

I had a request to make a personalized window for a babies nursery…and she wanted a cow on the window…a cow! So I did a search of my computer to see what I had for “cow files”. I knew I had some black and white Holsteins that I had used for some farm awards. But then I scored! I had an adorable paper piecing cow file from My Scrap Chick

And the rest was history! It was simply cutting the pieces, layering them, and adding the name. I think it turned out adorable!

Materials

window

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 33

Speed 350

Custom Sized Boxes in a Hurry

Need a custom box in a hurry and don’t have the time to design one yourself? There are hundreds of free box templates on the internet, but if you need an odd size you may have to stretch and tweak so much, you might as well draw it yourself. Fortunately, there is a free box design tool called Template Maker. Template Maker is an online tool for making all kinds of boxes. Sandy McCauley made an awesome video on how the Template Maker works, which is how found this tool for my toolbox. Sandy McCauley Template Maker Video

I recently started a new business venture with a laser cutting machine, making custom products I cannot cut with my KNK Maxx. And while it certainly could cut paper for boxes, I did not purchase the Print and Cut upgrade for it (major big bucks!) I wanted a nice presentation box to hold this product for shipping. So, my KNK Maxx Air is far from retired, but is a valuable partner in my business.

I started with the dimensions I needed to hold fifty units of the product and used the Template Maker tool to design the box. One of your options is to download the result as an SVG. Since you are working with a SVG file you can use any cutting design program on the market to customize and cut your box.

I added my logo and text to describe the contents of the box, positioning these objects within the fold lines of the box. Next, I set up the file as a Print and Cut and moved the print, emboss and cut lines to different layers so they could be executed in turn.

After printing on cardstock and mounting to the mat, my first process was to emboss the score or fold lines using the Embossing Tool. Switched to the Standard Material Blade to cut out my box, once again using the Print and Cut operation.

Using a creasing tool while folding the sides and glue flaps of your box helps keep the box rigid. I did notice that the glue flaps were a little bit small and I will increase those in my cutting software next time. Apply glue to the appropriate flaps and form your box.

My custom product fits perfectly and will help protect the contents during shipping.

My Maxx Air allowed me to create a professional presentation of the completed custom job for my client! Be it business or pleasure we all need unique custom sized boxes occasionally. Having our KNK cutters makes the task easy!

 

Materials

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

Embossing Tool

Cardstock

Paper Glue