Fabric Flower Embellishments

It is Spring in Florida and the flowers are starting to bloom. If you are still dealing with old man winter, make some of these colorful fabric flower embellishments to brighten your world!

Fabric flowers can be used on headbands, attached to a pin for a fun brooch or added to a quilt for some 3D effects. Make a bunch attached to floral stems and put in a vase for a perky permanent bouquet.

Materials

  • Fabric scraps large enough for your chosen flower petals. Chose two colors for each petal. For my flowers the scraps were 5” square
  • Heat and Bond Ultra (heavy weight) fusible
  • Button or gem for flower center
  • Fabric glue
  • Flower SVG that has different size petals. You can download my Blooming Flowers for free here! Blooming Flowers

Maxx Air Settings

Force = 130, Speed = 200, Passes = 2, Blade Offset = .25, Blade Height = 25

Process Details

  • Cut out fabric squares large enough for your chosen petal size. You will need two squares for each petal. Mix up the colors for a fun funky look.
  • Cut one 5” square of the Heat and Bond Ultra for every petal.
  • Fuse the Heat and Bond Ultra to the wrong side of one fabric square per petal.
  • Peel off the paper backing and lay another fabric square over the first one wrong side down. Fuse. Your fabric square should have the right sides (the pretty sides) showing on each side.
  • Adhere to a very sticky mat, you don’t want the fabric to move around when cutting.
  • Insert your fabric blade and cut out the petals.
  • Stack up the petals, offsetting each one slightly to get a full look to your flower.
  • Sew a button in the center through all layers. Or just glue a gem in the center.
  • Cup the flower in your hand to curl up the petals to shape them. You can curl or scrunch up any petals to give the flower a more 3D appearance.
  • Glue the leaves to the back of the flower with fabric glue.

 

Now you have some pretty fabric flowers to use as a cute embellishment. Something bright and cheery to chase away any winter blues!

 

 

Gemstone Metallic Vinyl decorated bottles

This was a fun project I completed with my daughter. Gemstone Metallic vinyl is the ONLY type she wanted to use, so lucky for me I have some of nearly every color!!! I don’t blame her, this vinyl is really stunning – the colors are gorgeous and the sparkle is breathtaking!

For the vinyl I did the design work in Make-the-Cut and she loaded the vinyl into the cutter, weeded it and applied it. For the flower embellishments, I cut the shapes out of card stock and colored them with Copic markers, then used a large ball tip against craft foam to give them a 3D shape.

Friendship Bottles:

20150131_174452_opt The hibiscus design came from the gallery in MTC, and I made some alterations so it could be cut in a single color. For example, different colored shapes that previously butted up against each other had to have some separation. To do this, I created a shadow layer for one of the 2 objects and then used boolean join to deduct it from the other shape. This gave the design the necessary space between the adjoining shapes so each shape did not lose its definition. 20150207_113829_opt

Materials:

Vinyl Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Standard Material Blade (red cap)
  • f = 11
  • v = 350
  • p = 1

Vinyl Instructions (Lettering and Hibiscus flowers):

  1. Import or create the design
  2. Cut design from vinyl
  3. Weed the excess vinyl, leaving the design on the backing (or carrier) sheet
  4. Use transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the backing sheet and transfer to your substrate
  5. Use a squeegee to push any air pockets out from under the vinyl

Card Stock Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Standard material blade (red cap)
  • f = 68
  • v = 275
  • p = 1

Card Stock Instructions (3D Flowers):

  1. Import or create the the flower design
  2. Cut design from card stock
  3. Color with markers or pencils
  4. Place the cut flowers, colored side down, on a craft foam sheet
  5. Use the large embossing tool to shape the petals by pressing and moving in a circular motion
  6. Flip the flower over and press in the center using a circular motion
  7. Fill center with flakes, fuzz or glitter

Rotated Duplicate – A Reason to Upgrade to MTC 4.6!

Rotated Duplicate2

I’ve always called this function the “wreath maker” when referring to it in KNK Studio. It allows you to take any shape and arrange it in a circle with repeats and equal spacing. There are a few more settings, but essentially that’s the main purpose. So, if KNK Studio is your design software of choice, then be sure to review this video, if you’ve not tried it out before: Circular Array Function

Recently, an almost identical feature was introduced with the release of Make The Cut 4.6. It’s called Rotated Duplicate and was added to the Duplicate menu under Edit. It’s so simple to start testing because MTC is loaded with basic shapes to quickly access and send to this function. Take for example, these basic shapes and how they were used to create a scalloped circle and a flower:

Circle

Badge

What I enjoy most is that some of the shapes can be used to create predictable outcomes, such as the following ring and spiral designs…

Ring

Spiral and Ring

… while other shapes will yield surprisingly unpredictable designs, such as with this call-out “think” and bow:

CallOut

Bow

This is what makes it all the more fun to see what will happen with any given shape and a combination of settings:

Arrow

Asteroid

Heart

SemiCircle

Star

Do not make the mistake of thinking this is all you get with the shapes I’ve chosen. With any of these same shapes I’ve used, a change in the total number of repeats, a deletion of interior paths, welding in new centers or just changing the offset settings will yield entirely new and different designs!

Ready to start playing? First of all, make sure you have installed Version 4.6 of Make The Cut, available here: Lastest MTC

Then watch this video to learn how to put YOUR favorite shapes into a semi-circle or circular pattern:

Using the Rotated Duplicate Function

Then go crazy with the designing possibilities! If you want some additional free shapes for making snowflakes and flowers, be sure to check out these two posts at the MTC Forum! A big thank you to Fred Muraca, our Australian KNK distributor and owner of Skat Katz for his contribution of the shapes in the following two posts:

Designing Snowflakes

Designing Flowers

Snowflake and Flower

 

If you don’t already have Make-The-Cut, it can be downloaded, as a demo. Licenses are $58.36 and can be purchased at KNKUSA.com.

Birthday Centerpieces

Fun foam, Centerpiece, arrangement, Dry branch

I already started making the decorations for my granddaughter’s first birthday party. I have a lot of ideas that I would like to bring to reality… I hope I can. Let me begin by introducing my beautiful granddaughter, Carlea. She is 4 months old and she likes to pose for me. I already have more that one thousand pictures of her from every position! LOL I love photos and since her birth, photos have been an even more important thing for me,. And Carlea must also love it because, in the poses that I place her, she stays! LOL

fun foam, butterfly, flower, arrangement, knk, centerpiece

 

The butterflies and flowers in this arrangement were made out of fun foam from cutting files available at Visual Designs by Chris:

Butterflies

Flowers

The base is a recycled plastic container covered with plastic leaves. I painted a dry branch from my back yard. Finally, I printed a picture of my adorable granddaughter and added it to my project.

Centerpiece, fun foam, dry branch, knk, arrangement

This project can be used as a centerpiece by itself or you can add a stand like I did here to place the arrangement in the front of your home or close to the main table.

BOY CENTERPIECE

Because, in my last post I said that my next project will be a centerpiece for a boy birthday, I am going to add that centerpiece too to this post.  These centerpieces are also made out of my favorite material, fun foam! And, as always, with glitter added. : )

Fun Foam, Centerpiece, Birthday

 

The cutting files for the baseball player and football player available here:

Football player in KNK, MTC, and PDF formats

Baseball player in KNK, MTC, and PDF formats