Boxes are a Treat!

Holidays bring to mind many kinds of treats.  My creative friend, Cherrie, has partnered with her KNK Maxx to create 2 different boxes for giving food treats.  She embroidered kitchen towels with recipes for different chocolate treats, made the treats and fabric covered boxes to present the treats and towels as unique and special gifts.  The files for the boxes were created in the KNK Studio software.

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Pie Box-Optimized

Materials Used:

Poster Board

Various Cotton Quilting weight fabrics

HeatNBond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive

Self adhesive Velcro dots – 1/2″ diameter

Office Supply clear plastic report cover

Vinyl for lettering on pie box

Liquid glue such as Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate

 

Settings:

15″ KNK Maxx

To cut Poster Board:  Thick Materials Blade (blue cap), V=200, F=100 1 pass

To cut Fabrics:  Fabric Blade, V=400, F=120  2 passes

To cut Vinyl:  Red Blade, V=200, F=50  1 pass

Instructions:

Score and cut the box shape from the poster board.

Prepare a piece of fabric 2″ larger than dimensions of cut poster board shape.

Adhere HeatNBond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive to wrong side of fabric piece following directions that accompany the adhesive.

Remove paper backing from fabric/adhesive piece and place adhesive side down on a

very sticky mat.

Cut fabric using the same file as for the poster board.

Align the cut fabric and poster board pieces and adhere together following the direction included with the HeatNBond Ultrahold.

This picture shows the cut poster board and fabric pieces for a Truffle Box.  The word “Truffles” is also cut from fabric and will be adhered to the box lid by ironing after the fabric has been ironed to the poster board.  The cut fabric pieces have been placed on the HeatNBond backing sheet to preserve the adhesive until the box parts are assembled.

Box Parts-Optimized

Fold box on score lines with tabs to inside.  Glue tabs in place with liquid glue.

Add  self adhesive Velcro dot to hold lid flap closed.

For pie box, use poster board settings to cut the clear insert from an office supply report cover.  Place clear insert between poster board and fabric when adhering fabric to poster board.  NOTE:  Plastic insert will melt if touched with iron.  Use vinyl for the lettering on the pie box.

Click on the following link for the box files generously shared by Cherrie.

CutFiles CM Boxes

 

 

 

 

 

Cut Fabrics for OESD’S Haunted House with the Klic-N-Kut

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Use your Make-The-Cut software and Klic-N-Kut cutters to cut the fabrics for OESD’s Haunted House. The house is comprised of 15 separate pieces that are made up of freestanding lace and applique.  The finished size measures 8.5″ tall  and has a footprint of 6″ x 6″.  The hole in the bottom is sized for a tea light to project light in its windows.

 Materials:

  • Purple, Black, Light & Dark Grey Polyester Satin or Dupioni Silk
  • Yellow/Gold Polyester or Silk Organza
  • Black Isacord Embroidery Thread
  • OESD Black Medium Weight Tear-Away Embroidery Stabilizer was used for Satin or Silk
  • OESD Stabil-Stick Tear-Away used for Organza
  • Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web
  • 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Water-Soluble Stabilizer or Film Water Soluble Stabilizer

Tools:

Settings:

  • Maxx Air:  Force = 50; Offset = .75; Speed = 150; Passes = 1; Blade Height =25
  • Zing!:  Force = 65-90; Offset = .75; Speed = 9/10; Passes = 1-2; Blade Height = 25

 Method:

  1. Each piece of the haunted house, when stitched out, is a combination of lace and fabric appliqué.  The first step is to make the fabric appliqué shapes that will be cut on the KNK and included in the design. Steps, using my Bernina Artista V6 software, are available as a PDF.  If you have a different software, hopefully my process will be an inspiration of what might be possible with your software also.
  2. Prepare fabrics for cutting
    1. Iron the Steam-A-Seam 2 to one side of the Black Stabilizer
    2. Remove the Steam-A-Seam 2 paper from the Black Stabilizer – this will leave one side of the Black Stabilizer sticky
    3. Iron the sticky side of the Black Stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric
    4. Your fabric is now prepared for cutting
  3. Cut fabrics into appliqué shapes
    1. The cutting mat needs to be very sticky
    2. Place the fabric on the cutting mat with the Black Stabilizer side next to the mat and the fabric facing up
    3. Fabric is now ready for placement in the embroidery as an appliqué
  4. Embroidery steps
    1. Hoop the embroidery hoop with Water-Soluble Stabilizer or Film Water Soluble Stabilizer
    2. Fill the bobbin with the same thread that you are using in the needle
    3. Begin embroidering on the hooped Water-Soluble Stabilizer.
    4. The embroidery machine will automatically stop for the addition of an appliqué fabric shape
    5. Spray the Black Stabilizer side of the fabric with the 505 Temporary Adhesive
    6. Place the Black Stabilizer side of the fabric in the designated place in the embroidery design and continue sewing.  

Repeat the above steps for each piece in the design.  When complete, follow the directions in the pattern for washing away the Water-Soluble stabilizer, drying and assembling them into a haunted house.

This is a fun project, especially because the KNK Maxx Air and Zing cut all my fabric pieces perfectly to the size required by the embroidery design.  Being able to cut my applique shapes to the exact size needed with my KNK cutters has revolutionized the accuracy of my applique embroidery on the embroidery machine. 

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Winter Wonderland Card – 5 KNK Applications!

FIVE KNK Zing applications for making ONE card… it was not intentional! 😛 It was just one of those things that happened as I designed this card for my friend Marty’s Winter Wonderland swap. It was on my to do list to try cutting and ironing fabric onto a card at some point. And with the theme being what it was, I knew there would need to be some glue and some glitter! But the rest was just stuff that happened as I went about designing this project. In the end, the five KNK Zing applications were:

  • Cutting the snowman, tree, and hat from fabric
  • Drawing snowflakes with a Quickie glue pen using the Zing
  • Cutting double-sided adhesive to create the snow bank
  • Cutting the tree trunk and snowman arms from wood paper
  • Cutting a rhinestone template for the snowman’s other features


  • Ingredients for this card:

    KNK Zing
    Silvery gray cardstock from Recollections
    Light blue and green patterned cotton fabric
    Black cotton fabric
    Thermo-web Heat n Bond
    Creative Imaginations Thin Wood Veneer Paper
    Ranger Ink – Frayed Burlap
    Sookwang Be Creative Tape (double-sided adhesive) Sheets
    Quickie Glue Pen
    Fairy Dust Glitter – Sugar Shimmer
    Rock-It Rhinestone Template material
    Rhinestone Transfer Tape
    SS6 Siam Ruby Rhinestones
    SS10 Jet Black and Orange Rhinestones
    SS16 Jet Black Rhinestones
    Cutting file designed in Make The Cut

    Steps:

    (1) Cut a base card: 5.5″ x 8.25″, score in the middle and fold.

    (2) Insert glue pen into Zing Pen Tool. While you can insert glue pens directly into the grip on the Zing, I needed to make sure my snowflakes were drawn in very specific locations. Using the pen tool would center the pen in the same location I used for the blade when I calibrated the laser. I then used WYSIWYG mode in MTC to draw the snowflakes after setting the origin for my cut by putting the laser light in the very tippity corner of my card front.

    (3) Cut out the snow bank from Sookwang double-sided adhesive sheets. Peel one side, apply to the bottom of the card, and then peel off the other side. Apply glitter to both the snowflakes and the snow bank. Brush away excess glitter.

    (4) Cut out tree trunk and snowman arms from wood veneer paper. Darken with Ranger Frayed Burlap ink. Glue into place on the card.

    (5) Apply Heat n Bond to the reverse side of the three fabrics. Cut out the tree, snowman body and snowman hat, using the KNK Zing fabric blade. Arrange in place on the card and then press with home iron set to cotton setting.

    (6) Cut the rhinestone template and then, because of there being so few holes, just place the various stones into the template by hand. (Cutting a template probably wouldn’t be necessary if this were just one card. But because I was making ten cards, the template worked great!) After arranging the stone, lift with rhinestone transfer tape and then press with a hot iron for 10 seconds.

    The settings I used are covered in the Zing User Manual, available here.

    That’s it! LOVE my KNK Zing and had fun using it in so many different ways!