ThermoFlex Extra for heat sensitive materials

I received this adorable free bag with a purchase, and at first did not have a clue what to do with it. It is a synthetic leather, so I had some concerns. I looked up the instructions for the KNK heat transfer vinyl and found that ThermoFlex Extra works with heat sensitive materials.

Free Pink Bag

Free Pink Bag

I needed a bag to carry my dog supplies when we traveled to a meeting or a show. This is a nice roomy bag and would work well for carrying blankets as well as their water and food bowls.

I used a combination of old designs to create a personalized bag.

Decorated pink bag

Decorated pink bag

I had so much fun with it, I found another bag on clearance and decorated it to carry their brushes, paperwork and treats.

This bag has soft leather trim. I put a textbook inside it to iron the sections between the trim, then ironed the lettering onto the trim.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 24
  • v = 175
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open or create your design in the software.
  2. Reverse the design.
  3. Cut using the appropriate settings.
  4. Use a heat press or iron to transfer the vinyl to the bag following the instructions from TeamKNK.

I think I need ThermoFlex Extra in every color now!!!

Minnie’s Gift Box

 

Box, KNK, Minnie

In my last post I said that I would tell you how I made this Minnie’s Box using the Card Stock from knkusa.com. Since the first time that I used the Worldwin CutMates cardstock, I fell in love. This cardstock cut really nice and smooth with clean edges in just one pass. Attached are the Free Files so you can use the Awesome CutMates cardstock from knkusa.com and give it a try.

Materials Used:

Settings:

  • KNK Groove-e
  • Blue Blade
  • Force = 20
  • Speed = 150

Instructions:

    • I traced Minnie’s head from a keychain picture (The same used for the decoration)
    • Cut all the pieces using the respective colors to form her head and face (you can make her face just for the front of your box)
    • Glue it together
    • Form the box that is in the attached file and glue Minnie’s head to the front (and back, if using two Minnie heads) of your box.
    • To make the box that you see in the picture, take the Box Base that is included in the Free File and glue it to the Minnie head for both the front and the back. After that, take the “Base Stand” and glue together the two ends and then glue it in the middle. Next, make two triangles on each side and glue them together. After that, glue the Box on top of the stand so the box stays up. Finally, glue the handle and make a bow with the tissue paper to decorate Minnie’s head.

I hope you enjoy the files. Happy Cutting!!!

Free Files

 

 

 

 

Halloween Treat Bags

Hello there fellow KnK-ers!

Halloween is on the horizon so today I have made a couple of treat bags for the little ones in our lives to take trick or treating. The Cut Files are available at the end of this post 🙂

I used my Zing and Make the Cut to cut the pieces for my Pumpkin Treat Bag from some Worldwin Colormates Smooth and Silky cardstock. My settings were: height 25 post-it notes, standard blade, 0.30 offset, speed 10, force 75, one pass:

treat bag 1

I folded along all of the perforated lines and added some red-liner style tape to the tabs:

treat bag 2

The tab should follow the edge at the bottom of the pumpkin area to ensure a 90 degree angle:

treat bag 3

The Pumpkin and Stalk can now be glued onto the front and back of the bag and ribbon can be added to the holes in the sides:

treat bag 4

Here is the skull and crossbones version made with the same method:

treat bag 5

Bring on the Sweets! 🙂

treat bag 6

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here are today’s Cut Files:

Pumpkin Treat Bag by Bird

Pumpkin Treat Bag Cut File by Bird

Skull Treat Bag by Bird

Skull Treat Bag Cut File by Bird

Big Strong Bags!

Good Morning Fellow KNK-ers!

Today I bring you bags…big strong bags! There are 2 different bag styles to chose from, a Tote bag and a Gift bag.

One of the most exciting things for me about getting a Zing was knowing that I would be able to make bigger and stronger bags & boxes. My Zing cuts through the thickest card stock I own, 340 gsm (approx 120lb), using the standard blade in just 1 pass! My Zing also has a massive 14″ by 24″ cutting mat which accommodates even the largest sizes of card stock in my collection. These two things mean that I can make bags and boxes of a really decent, usable size which are also very strong.

I cut my bags in one piece from A3 (ledger) sized card, the finished tote bag measures 7 inches tall and the gift bag is 7.5 inches tall (without handles). I used an offset of .30 and a force of 70 for my paper and 120 for my card.

Tote Bag

Pic 1: It is much easier to attach my patterned paper pieces to the bag before assembly.

ToteBag1

Pic 2: I use wet glue when I assemble bags and boxes for the strongest hold and as it takes a minute or two to dry I use bulldog clips or paper clips to hold the tabs in place.

ToteBag2

Pic 3: Once the tabs have dried I can glue the sides into place to complete my bag.

ToteBag3

Pic 4: I added a simple tag in matching papers to finish my bag.

ToteBag4

ToteBag5

Gift Bag

Pic 1: As with the Tote Bag, I attached my patterned paper pieces to the Gift Bag before assembly, it’s much easier trust me 🙂

GiftBag1

Pic 2: The Gift Bag has a reinforced top to turn down, rather like a hem. I glue this into place and hold with my handy clips.

GiftBag2

Pic 3: I add glue to the side tab then fold the bag over and clip into place until dry. Once the side tab is dry we glue the base, it can help to reach inside the bag at this point and coax the tabs down with a bone folder or ruler until the glue dries.

GiftBag3

Pic 4: The handles can be added in 2 ways, the first is to thread some ribbon or string through the holes then tie a knot on the inside as I have done in the picture below with my white twill ribbon.

GiftBag4

GiftBag5

Pic 6: The second way to add handles is to apply some red liner style tape to some ribbon then attach it along the sides of the bag, the ribbon can also reach across the under side of the bag for extra support. Pierce the ribbon at each hole and insert a brad, this method gives you an extra sturdy Gift Bag.

GiftBag6

Pic 7: Again I added a tag in matching papers to write my message to the recipient.

GiftBag7

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here are the Cut Files used for today’s projects:

ToteBag

Tote Bag Cut File

GiftBag

Gift Bag Cut File