Reindeer Appliques for Christmas

Reindeer are one of my most favorite animals in the whole world. I mean, who doesn’t love Rudolph? Besides there’s also Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Blixen, Comet, Cupid…….and of course we can’t forget Clarice! Am I right?

For this project I resurrected an old cut file I made several years ago for Christmas cards. I’d been promising myself I’d learn how to make appliques, and with Christmas around the corner, I finally had the impetus to just do it!

Since the file wasn’t going to be used to cut card stock this time, I had to make some adjustments to the design. Paper piecing just wouldn’t ‘cut it’ – lol! First I had to copy the design from KNK Studio, paste it to MTC, and then I could make some adjustments. The primary task was to weld all of the main body pieces together so that I had one shape for the deer body. The one on the right was the finished product. I used this file to cut the fabric which had been prepared with a backing of Fuse-n-Bond (for appliques). Then I exported the design to an .svg file so I could import it into my embroidery software.  mtc

What I love about Fuse-n-Bond is that you can use an embroidery machine (if you have one), a simple sewing machine to manually satin stitch it, or you can simply iron the applique onto the selected background material and leave it as-is.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 86
  • v = 200
  • p = 3

Steps:

  1. Prepare the fabric by heat pressing Fuse-n-Bond to the back side.
  2. Create/edit/open the design file you want to cut.
  3. Brayer the fabric with Fuse-n-Bond to a very sticky mat. 20161204_153337_opt
  4. Cut the file from various fabrics as needed. 20161204_162123_opt
  5. Option 1 – If applying with an embroidery machine as an applique, you will need to create your matching design in the embroidery software.

    1. Place background fabric into hoop.
    2. Next, stitch the outline to show where to position fabric.  20161204_164152_opt
    3. Stitch applique onto background, then repeat for other fabric pieces. 20161204_164743_opt
    4. Finally, satin stitch the edges. 20161204_172529_opt
  6. Option 2 – Sewing machine

    1. Apply ‘lowest’ layer first using a heat press or iron and work your way to the top. 20161204_164229_opt
    2. Stitch out the edges using a satin stitch on your machine.
    3. Next, decorate as desired.
  7. Option 3 – Heat application only

    1. Apply ‘lowest’ layer first using a heat press or iron and work your way to the top.
    2. Then decorate as desired. 20161204_174043_opt

I cannot decide which way I like him better! Since he’s going to be used for holiday decorations I might make some each way. Wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays!

 

The joys of card making

A friend of mine heads up a non profit foundation in our state. The group likes to send out thank you cards to the donors a couple of times a year and she has asked me to make them. Because it is non profit I am willing to make them, generally I only make cards for myself, friends and family.

Because she wanted 225 cards in a few weeks she agreed to keep the design simple. I sent her several designs but apparently her group had a “pintrest” idea in their heads and that is what they wanted. OMG…it could barely get worse…225 cards, 5400 pieces.   img_5344-min img_5345-min img_5351-min img_5354-min img_5355-min They loved the finished product.

img_5361-min img_5362 I am surprised I didn’t have nightmares ,it took me about 20 hours to complete the 225 cards.   :~(      Parts of this were a purchased file or I would share…stay tune next week and I will have files to share.

Materials

vinyl

Cardstock for card base

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade Force 36

Speed 550

 

 

 

It’s a Pintrest Christmas

I had some one send me this picture and ask if I could make a wood plaque for them so they could make this sign that they saw on Pintrest.

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Materials

Vinyl

MDF wood from Home Depot

Rustoleum 2X spray paint

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 46

Speed  400

Obviously the one in the picture was hand painted but she wanted to make a sign like it so that she could put her grandchild’s footprints on the plaque.

Instructions

I get my wood at Home Depot and they are nice enough to cut it to size for me. I usually get it cut into 12″x24″ pieces and then if I need it smaller my husband cuts it. But, Home Depot will cut it any size for you. This plaque was 8″x 12″.

I then spray painted the plaque with white Rustoleum 2X spray paint. I like to let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. I then use a fine sanding block and lightly sand it. This makes a huge difference in having the vinyl adhere. I use a micro dusting cloth to remove any dust.

I designed the file in KNK Studio. The ovals represent the size of the little ones feet. It gave me a perspective for sizing the other pieces. The other “pieces” were either drawn in KNK Studio or used the basic shape tool.

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I cut the pieces from outdoor vinyl.

IMG_4562 I applied the words to the plaque and the rest of the pieces will be added once the foot prints are in place. She was making 4 identical plaques, thus all of the little pieces.

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Here is the file twas the night before Christmas

So when you see something on Pintrest that you like don’t be afraid to try making it, you still have 10 days until Christmas Eve to make some awesome gifts. Enjoy the Holidays!

A Tag/An Ornament

If you are a frequent visitor to our site, you know that I enjoy being able to combine my sewing and cutting hobbies when making a project for a post.  I have used both again for the project this month.  I cut Christmas shapes out of a thin plastic and then decorated them by sewing lines of outline stitching on them.  They can be used as tags for gifts or as ornaments or possibly both after the gifts have been opened.  I used my KNK Studio software and my Make the Cut software to create and cut the shapes.

Finished-Optimized

Materials Used:

Thin clear plastic – I used some clear poly plastic that is .12mm thick

Water soluble mesh embroidery stabilizer – “Wet N Gone”

Various 40 wt rayon and polyester embroidery threads to match yarns

Various fine metallic yarns in gold, silver, white, and red

Settings:

Machines used – 15″ KNK Maxx Air, Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro sewing machine

Blade – Red Cap Standard Material Blade

Force – 40 for the plastic, 14 for the vinyl

Speed – 80,  1 pass

Instructions/Information:

The mat I used was very sticky and I still put some strips of painter’s tape on the edges of the plastic pieces to hold them in place during the cutting.  The shapes I used are very basic and include a hole for a ribbon or cord.

Shapes

The water soluble stabilizer was placed under the cut plastic shape to provide traction during the sewing process as well as to prevent damage from the feed dogs.  Since the yarn that I used is too heavy to be used in the needle of the sewing machine, I employed a method of sewing known as Bobbin Work.  The heavier thread/yarn is wound onto the bobbin and regular weight thread is used in the needle.  A special bobbin case that can have tension adjustments made to it is used.  The piece being sewn is placed with the right side down so the bobbin thread appears on the right side when the stitching is completed.

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In order to more easily see the clear plastic that I was sewing on, I outline the piece on the stabilizer with a marker that also washes away.  When the stitching was complete, I soaked and rinsed the pieces in warm water to dissolve the stabilizer and markings.

I cut names out of vinyl to personalize the tags/ornaments.

Cutting files for the basic shapes can be found here Tag Shapes Cut Files_JudyKay

Etched Floating Christmas Ornament

Photo of floating Christmas ornament with etched transparency insert

Etched “Floating” Snowflakes

 

I make a lot of floating Christmas ornaments to sell, or to give to friends and family. I was trying to think of something a little different to do with them and decided to see if I could “etch” the transparency film that I use inside the ornament. I think my etched floating Christmas ornament turned out pretty cute, and I’m looking forward to trying more designs in the near future!

Materials:

  1. Intermediate Outdoor Vinyl
  2. Blue Capped Blade
  3. Clear Glass Ornament
  4. Overhead Transparency
  5. Glue Gun
  6. Ribbon
  7. Krylon Gold Leafing Pen

Settings on KNK Zing:

  • Etching Transparency:
  1. Force – 8
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 3
  • Cutting Transparency:
  1. Force – 45
  2. Speed and Multicut – Same as above
  • Cutting Vinyl:
  1. Force – 15
  2. Speed – Same
  3. Multicut – 1

Steps for Creating Etched Floating OrnamentsSteps:

  1. Adhere transparency to mat and insert into cutter.
  2. Open free MTC file.
  3. Turn On “Snowflake Circle”, “Circle”, and “Registration” Layers.
  4. Other Layers must be Off.
  5. Adjust blade so that very little is exposed and insert blade and holder in cutter.
  6. Adjust settings and cut.
  7. DO NOT remove mat and transparency.
  8. Remove blade holder and expose enough blade to cut through transparency..
  9. Replace holder and blade
  10. Turn off “Snowflake Circle” and “Circle” layers.
  11. Leave “Registration” layer on, and turn on “Insert” layer.
  12. Set “Blade Origin” to “Use Last”.
  13. Cut, then remove from cutter.
  14. Turn off all layers except “Snowflake”..
  15. Cut vinyl according to settings above
  16. Weed excess vinyl.
  17. Before removing vinyl from backing, carefully paint tips of snowflake with Gold Pen.
  18. When dry, use transfer tape to adhere vinyl to center of insert. (It may be helpful to tape insert to surface to hold in place for this step.)
  19. Roll up insert and place in glass ornament.
  20. Snip off portion of insert tab that is sticking above neck of ornament.
  21. Replace ornament cap.
  22. Add Gold Leafing to cap and to tips of ribbon if desired.
  23. Make bow and hot glue to cap.
  24. Add vinyl text to exterior of ornament if desired.

Collection of three Floating Ornaments with etched inserts