So my son just finished his first season of high school baseball. He did pretty good. He worked hard and I’m very proud of his mindset to keep trying, no matter what. He did not give up, even coming into the season recovering from a major broken wrist and being weak from a total of 11 weeks of some sort of cast.
Boy also grew 3 inches during the season and towers over me. Anyway, the parents wanted to give the coach a gift card and a signed card from the boys so I came up with this.
Originally it looked like this, but it just looked too plain, so I added the thanks in brannonball font. Looks baseball-ish, no?
The inside was blank and all the boys signed their names and gave it to the coach. I wasn’t able to get a picture of it all signed, but it was neat to give a personal something that I created that only took minutes to make.
I used: KNK Zing, red blade. Don’t even regard my settings. I need to change my blade again so I won’t even post them.
I saw this on Pintrest and thought “I could make that”. And so I did.
clear transfer tape
15″ KNK MAXX
red capped blade
I saw a design on Pintrest where they used baseballs and bats to create a flag. I Googled “baseball bat silhouette” and found an image I liked and traced it. I then used the array feature in KNK Studio under arrange to line them up perfectly. I had a baseball file and did the same with that. I then made a square around the baseballs and rounded the corners. I made a rectangle the same size as my wood plaque and placed the balls and bats where I wanted them to represent a flag. I then found a font that I liked and used it to write the song. I resized it as necessary to fit with in the bats. I then cut both the balls and bats and weeded out the letters. I used clear transfer tape to apply it to a painted board.
It’s July. Little League is winding down, but MLB is still going strong. My son plays on a travel ball team and while they aren’t currently doing tournaments, he still practices a few times a week. I saw a shirt on Facebook that had the word love with the ball as the o and bats as a v. I thought, I could easily do that in Make the Cut. So I did. Except I made the o a heart and just put some baseball seams in it.
A tip you probably already know: Whenever you have to layer more than one color in vinyl, it helps to cut the whole thing in one color and then use transfer tape to transfer the other colors to the design. For example, I cut this all in black and then took everything that wasn’t supposed to be black off the vinyl and used transfer tape to put the red in the right spot and then layered the white on top of the red. I didn’t do so great layering the heart, but it was close enough.
vinyl: red, black and white
6″ cork circle… I think I bought them at dollar tree. Not sure, I’ve had them for awhile.
The file isn’t perfect, but it’s free, so feel free to modify it to suit your needs. When I have more time, I want to play with the seams a little more on the heart.