Photo props

I know, I’m late to the game. And these were made for New Year’s. But I think they could easily be adapted for Valentine’s, Easter, birthdays and other holidays.

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These are easy to make:

Materials:

chipboard

paper

KNK Zing

skewer sticks (?? I don’t know what they’re called. I got them at the grocery store, you use them to make kebobs).

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Steps:

1. I just did a search for photo props and I found a ton of printable free ones. I traced them into MTC.

2. Cut the shape out in chipboard first. I forgot to write down my settings, but I did two passes and they cut out cleanly. I was using thin chipboard so I just kept my red blade in and it did fine.

3. Cut the shape out again in decorative card stock. I used those DCWV 12×12 paper pads and found some of the more glittery, shiny pieces to use. My settings for that were 10/10 and 125, with one pass.

4. Glue the decorative card stock onto the chipboard. I piled about 3 of my son’s junior high text books on top of each one so it would dry flat.

5. Hot glue the skewer sticks on the back. Notice that the sticks are sideways and not straight. It makes it easier to hold them for pictures.

6. Glitter it up. It made everything shiny, but messy ūüôā

7. Set up a back drop of some sort (I just use a huge piece of white upholstery vinyl I bought at Joann’s many years ago.) I hang it up on a curtain rod when I want to use it.

8. Take pictures and have fun.

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Christmas Snow Decorations

Every Christmas should be different. The advantage that a person who owns a cutter machine has is that we can make any idea into reality without spending too much money. Every time that I go to the store and see something that I like before I buy it, I see if I can do it myself. When I go home and try to make it, many ideas come to my mind so I always have a very unique and different project. So before you spend a lot of money buying something that you can do by yourself, give yourself an opportunity to try it. You will be surprised to see the wonderful ideas that will come to your mind.

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This is a really easy and simple project to decorate your windows or glass door this Christmas. The snow flake above is covered with a gift wrap from the dollar store.

Materials:

Settings (Groove-e):

  • F¬†=¬†48
  • V¬†= 150

Steps:

  1. If you are using a gift wrap to cover the snowflake, then you have to spray the chipboard with the glue on spray and cover the chipboard with the gift wrap before cutting the snowflake. If you just want to use glitter then put the chipboard on the mat and cut the snowflake with your cutter machine.

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The difference in this snowflake from the first one is the glitter. I just cut the Snowflake with my cutter machine, used spray-on glue on top of it and applied silver glitter.

2.  I took the snowflakes and tied them with a fishing line, giving some distance between each of them.

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3.  Then, I took a piece of tape and stuck the fishing line to the top of the window where it is not visible. And your project is done.

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Make your own decoration using your unique ideas and you will have a very special Christmas.

Happy Cutting!!!

 

Make Your Own Slider Buckles for Scrapbooks and Cards with KNK

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Slider Buckles Project from Lisa of Quilling Patch Crafts. Visit Lisa’s site for tons of free cutting files and ideas.
Lisa also owns Quilling Patch Store and is a KNK dealer.


Fun Chipboard and Glitter Project for KNK Cutting Machines

One of the great things about KNK machines, which differentiates them from most home use cutters, is the ability to cut chipboard.

I made these inexpensive and cheerful slider-style “buckles” popular to use on gift cards, tags, invitations and scrapbook pages. These look great and cost pennies to make! Make them in bulk and have on hand to use when needed.

When I first started cutting I found the idea of chipboard intimidating and just tossed the idea aside for other people more proficient than I to tackle. The reality is that the right chipboard is as easy to cut as card stock and you just need a teeny bit of patience to get the settings for your blade right.

This project, Making your own Slider Buckles, is an easy entry-level idea to initiate yourself into working with chipboard.

Here is what you’ll need:

Make the Cut, KNK Studio or software that supports SVG cutting files
Klic-N-Kut
1 Sheet Chipboard
Extra Fine Glitter
Spray Adhesive (I like Krylon All-Purpose Spray Adhesive)
Metallic craft paint or similar
Sanding material (I like to use an emery board)
Inks for edging

Download Downlowd Free SVG, MTC and KNK File: Buckle Slider cutting file to your hard drive.

You can also download all the files used in this project here, Guest Post on TeamKNK.com Today: Making Your own Slider Buckles

There are enough shapes to fill a 12″ x 12″ piece of chipboard.

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Plain buckle shapes cut from chipboard before glitter and final finishing touches

Before cutting, make sure you test cut to get clean cuts.
Use the blue thick material blade with the Zing. These are APPROX settings for the KNK Zing :
I used my KNK Groove-E with a thick material blade and a pressure of 150. I cut chipboard on the slowest speed and cut twice.

I tried a couple of methods to get a nice clean finish when adding the glitter and this was the best method.

I first cut out the shapes and then, WITHOUT removing the shapes, I lightly painted the chipboard with a metallic paint.
I used silver metallic craft paint and sponged on for the silver glitter, red for the red glitter and bronze/copper for the copper glitter. It is fun to mix and match colours. The idea is cover up the cardboard look of chipboard that may come through after you’ve put on the glitter. It is these little touches that make your work look polished and professional and not “too” crafty and homemade.
Use a short stubby brush to stipple on. A stencil brush or sponge works very well. Avoid making the paint too thick.
Let air dry.

When dry, you can now spray on adhesive and apply glitter.

It is VERY important when using spray glue to shake shake shake the can to have the glue disperse evenly.
After spraying a light but even coat of glue over chipboard, you can shake on the glitter. I PILE it on. Let dry for 1/2 hour to an hour. Do not skimp on the glitter. If you put on glitter too lightly it will look uneven.

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Pile on the GLITTER!

By not popping out the shapes, the glitter doesn’t look messy and gives a nice finish that you can ink. I used several colours of glitter- the silver glitter turns out really well. The white iridescent not so great and I would not recommend trying. I also loved the teal and purple glitter.

After waiting for the glue and glitter to set you get to the fun part- popping out the shapes and adding finishing touch.
Pop out your shapes and, using an emery board or sanding paper of some sort, clean up edges on glue spots. I honestly didn’t have to do much- the chipboard cuts really well. Because I applied glue and glitter to just the top surface, it wasn’t messy at all.

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You can then ink your edges to finish off. I used several of the Metallic Dew Drop Inks and was very pleased with the results.

You now have a stash of buckle sliders! These are so pretty to use as an accent on ribbons and bows.
Hope you enjoy!

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Visit Quilling Patch Crafts to download all the files needed to make the cards, titles and files used in today’s Slider Buckle Project.

“Quincea√Īera” Mask

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There is a “Quincea√Īera” in my family. So I looked like Donkey from the Shrek Movie, saying, “I want to use my KNK, I want to do it, I want to do it!” LOL. A “Quincea√Īera” is a very important event when a young¬†girl turns 15 years old.¬†It is similar to a Sweet 16 celebration. And¬†I always like having an excuse to cut with my KNK Groove-e. Sandy taught me to love my KNK… Thank you Sandy!

They are going to celebrate with¬†a “Quincea√Īera Mask” party¬†and the colors that they chose are Apple Green, Blue and Purple. After I traced one mask¬†template from the Internet, I found that the MTC program has a beautiful mask included in the program. So I used my WONDERFUL and TERRIFIC KNK to cut the masks out of chipboard from KNK USA. I am making a mask for every guest girl and porcelain dolls for the centerpieces. I am¬†decorating them with feathers, ribbons, and glitter.

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To make the masks, I cut two chipboard pieces to make it firmer, then added glitter and embellished them. I glued the embellished mask to a wood stick which was covered with ribbons. After that, I decorated a glass base to hold the masks as a centerpiece so the girls could each take a mask from the table.

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I used masks everywhere! LOL. So now for the Guest Book:

Quinceanera, Guest Book, KNK, Mask I simply resized the mask file to be smaller, cut it out, and decorated it to match the others items.

Now the main Centerpiece…

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I also used my KNK to cut the number 15 and the mask that the doll is wearing out of chipboard. As you can see, the chipboard worked beautifully for all of these decorations!

A House of Chipboard

Each year in August I eagerly search the magazine racks at stores looking for a publication titled “Holiday Crafts” by Better Homes and Gardens.¬† It contains craft ideas for Halloween through Christmas.¬† Some years I like the projects better than others but I usually find something in there that grabs my interest.¬† This year it was a house and a church constructed of “lightweight cardboard”.¬† It sounded to me like the perfect application for the chipboard from KNKUSA.¬† Since my 15″ Maxx Air had recently arrived this was going to be a good project to use to learn my new machine.

The first challenge was to get the diagrams from the pattern sheet included in the magazine into the format I needed for cutting.¬† That process involved scanning the pattern pieces into Adobe Photoshop Elements, combining pieces that wouldn’t fit in one scan, enlarging the pattern pieces to 150%, and saving the pieces in PDF format.¬† I attempted to use the pixel trace feature of the Make The Cut software¬†but found that even though the drawings of the pieces looked square and straight on the pattern sheet, after they were scanned and enlarged, they needed some adjusting.¬† Using my KNK Studio software, I manually traced the pieces and adjusted them until I was satisfied with them.¬† Then, since the Maxx Air can only cut from the Make The Cut software, I copied and pasted in place all of the pieces for the two buildings.

Finally I was ready to cut my chipboard.  Using a blue cap blade (thick material blade) in my Maxx blade holder, a force of 165, a velocity of 85, a blade offset of .35, and two passes, it was done.  After cutting all of the pieces from chipboard, I decided that I would like the look of the windows if they were cut from cardstock instead of the chipboard.  So those were cut with a red cap blade (standard material blade) in my Maxx blade holder, using a force of 60, a speed of 150, a blade offset of .35, and one pass.

When everything was cut, this is what I had.

The pieces on the left side of the picture are for the church and those on the right side are for the house.¬† At the top right of the picture are several long strips that have been scored down the middle.¬† Those are pieces that I added to be use as ‘joining strips”.¬† The pattern was drawn such that in most cases pieces would be glued together with only the thickness of the chipboard for gluing surfaces.¬† To me that was courting disaster and frustration big time so I created the “joining strips” to be glued inside of the joins to reinforce them.¬† The “joining strips’ were cut to the desired length and folded in half lengthwise so they were rather like angle iron inside of the building.¬† Some of the areas I used them in are shown in this photo.

The chipboard pieces needed to be covered with patterned paper.¬† I decided it was going to be easier to do that manually rather than attempt to create a cutting file that would accurately fit the pieces after they were assembled.¬† Actually, the paper was applied during the assembly process for the 4 sided pieces¬†such as the house, the chimney, the church, and the steeple.¬† This is because when putting the paper around the piece, there needs to be additonal paper to go around the corners.¬† So I glued paper on one side, folded the piece at the correct angle, glued the paper to the next side, and continued until all sides were covered.¬† Then after the gule dried, I used a craft knife to cut out the openings using the openings in the chipboard as a guide.¬† I would recommend using a “dry”¬†adhesive rather than a water based glue when applying the paper.¬† The water based glue soaks into the chipboard and it can end up warped a bit out of shape when it dries which doesn’t help when fitting the pieces together.¬† Been there done that!

The edges of the pieces and the openings were darkened with some Walnut Ink by Tsukineko on a felt pad.  The windows were glued into the openings and backed by pieces of velum.  The buildings were assembled using a quick dry adhesive rather than the dry adhesive because I believed it to create a stronger bond.

Each building sits on a platform with sections of fence cut from the chipboard at the two front corners.  These platforms are also covered with patterned paper before the buildings are glued to them.  I added joining strips to the bottom edges of the buildings before gluing them to the platforms.

A little snow on the roofs (grated styrofoam stuck to some dry adhesive), some minature evergreen trees, and a tissue paper garland and the house and church were complete.

The tissue paper garland was created by cutting strips of ordinary tissue wrapping paper into 1″ strips, stacking 6 strips on top of one another, and using a sewing machine to stitch down the center¬†over a light weight wire using a narrow zig zag stitch.¬† The edges of the strips were cut like fringe almost up to the wire.¬†¬† The strips were applied to the edges of the platforms using very tacky double sided tape.¬† The fringe was then fluffed out so it resembled snow.

There is an opening in the back of each building so a light can be inserted giving the structures a glow as in this picture.

This was a labor intensive project.  The chipboard cuts well and is easy to work with.  Maybe by next Christmas I will have found or created some patterns for different buildings so I can have a whole village.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!