In reverse

So many of the “hand painted signs” that you see are actually made with a vinyl stencil.

Materials

wood

wood stain

vinyl

spray paint

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 38

Speed 500

For this project I used a 12×12 piece of wood which I had stained black. I then designed my saying and centered it in a 12×12 square and cut it out. I weeded the letters out of the square and used clear transfer tape to transfer the 12×12 square of vinyl to the 12×12 square wood plaque. I then used a hard squeegee and  made sure the vinyl was adhered to the wood plaque. After removing the transfer tape I went over the vinyl again with the squeegee. I then debated whether to use a brush to apply the paint or use spray paint and decided to use spray paint. I sprayed several “misting coats” until all of the lettering was white. Spray paint dries very quick so I was able to remove the vinyl after a few minutes

Blinded by the light! Where is that Visor?

This month we took another trip to Disney World. We live nearby and have annual passes so we go often. As usual I forgot to bring a hat and the sun was really getting to me. Of course, Disney has a million hats to sell you at the park, but I prefer a lightweight visor. For our next trip, I am determined to remember to pack a visor and decided one of those foam visors would be the perfect style.

I found a foam visor at my local craft store and realized I could just as easily cut one on my Maxx Air. I scanned the visor into Make The Cut! with the Pixel Trace tool and went to town decorating it. I will make up a few and store them in my car so I don’t forget one next time!

 

Materials

Craft Foam – I used a 3mm craft foam, it required some extra blade to get a good cut.

Vinyl – Gemstone Metallics

Clear Transfer Tape

Coil Cording – This is hard to find, but you can use a coil wrist keychain bracelet or coil shoelaces cut to size. Amazon is a good source for these. Coil-Bracelet-Keychains

Mickey Visors – Download the Disney Visor project file/SVG to make your own.

Since our next trip is around St Patrick’s Day I designed a Mickey and Minnie head filled with shamrocks. I am giving away the design in in the project/SVG download, but I will walk you through my design process.

  • Create your fill pattern by duplicating your image and offsetting the rows. Join all rows.
  • Layer your mouse head over the fill and move it around until you get a pleasing fill inside the shape.
  • Perform a Boolean Join B-A.
  • Create a Shadow Layer of the mouse head. I made mine thin, mitered at .0360.
  • Layer and align the shadow layer and the Boolean join result in step 3.
  • Join the layers.
  • Create a weeding rectangle and join to the mouse head. Now you are ready to cut!

 

 Maxx Air Settings

Gemstone Metallics: Red Blade, Force = 42, Speed = 250, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25

Craft Foam 3mm: Blue Blade extended to the depth of the foam, Force = 80, Speed = 200, Passes = 2, Blade Height= just barely above the surface of the foam (start with 25 in testing) Note that the project file has a Punch Hole layer. This is included as a reference only; these holes are too small to cut in craft foam. Hide this layer before cutting the foam.

To assemble:

  • Apply the vinyl to the visor using the Clear Transfer Tape.
  • Glue the cord support circles to the outside of the visor tips.
  • Punch holes through the tips with an awl.
  • Thread the coil cording through the holes.

Make several with different decorations and embellishments for a fun way to keep your eyes shaded from the blinding sun!

 

 

This little piggy

Okay, it isn’t a little piggy, it is a fairly big piggy. I make “birth canvases”, plaques with the babies name, date of birth, weight, etc. Some one asked me if I could put that same information on a piggy bank that she had bought. I said of course.

 

Materials

Large piggy bank…it is about a foot tall

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 34

Speed 300

This bank was big enough that the surface that I was applying the vinyl too was fairly flat. I measured the area where I planned to apply the vinyl. I then opened KNK Studio, chose a font and typed in the information that I was provided. And then it was simply arranging it and sizing it to fit. After cutting it and weeding I applied the clear transfer tape. I then applied it to the bank starting in the center of the vinyl and working out. I applied the information on both sides of the bank. I love doing the baby birth items. It is fun to see their names& how big or little they were. The biggest to date was 11 pounds and the smallest 11 ounces.

Two by two

I hope that every one had a nice Labor Day weekend. We stayed home which is our favorite place to be. I worked on a few wedding items, both very simple in design. One used two fonts, one used two colors. The first picture was made using a cabinet door from Re-Store .  I used Cambria and scriptina fonts, typed my saying, broke path, and then arranged and resized my words to come up with this design. I placed rectangles between the different colored words to use to line them up during application. I attached the file  here Team knk what I love most.     I then used clear transfer tape to apply the tan layer on top of the white layer and then transferred both to the cabinet door .

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The second was made using a canvas which I painted brown. Using the same method as above I typed my saying, broke path and resized and arranged the words as I wanted them. I am not sure which one I like best.

Materials

vinyl

Clear transfer tape

cabinet door

canvas

Rustoleum 2X spray paint

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 36

Speed  500

 

 

 

A fun card to make

I love making cards, and I make them by the dozen. Besides making them for my mom, sisters, and the “swim club” ( a group of elderly women who swim at the same time my kids swim), I have a big family and need a ton just for my self. My mom and dad had 8 kids, who had 17 kids, who had 19 kids and counting…so I send out cards weekly. :O)

This card was made for a special friend, Colleen, who I meet through the KNK group. When I make a card I find it just as easy to make a dozen at once. IMG_4639 IMG_4640 IMG_4641 Materials

Settings

  • 15 KNK MAXX
  • red capped blade

force

  • 46 for vinyl
  • 90 for paper
  • speed 400

The card base is paper, as is the black background for Hello Kitty. Everything else is vinyl. Using the clear transfer tape makes it simple to line everything up. It was fun and easy to make.  Here is the file hello kitty with star balloons  It was sized for an A6 card.