Minnie’s Gift Box

 

Box, KNK, Minnie

In my last post I said that I would tell you how I made this Minnie’s Box using the Card Stock from knkusa.com. Since the first time that I used the Worldwin CutMates cardstock, I fell in love. This cardstock cut really nice and smooth with clean edges in just one pass. Attached are the Free Files so you can use the Awesome CutMates cardstock from knkusa.com and give it a try.

Materials Used:

Settings:

  • KNK Groove-e
  • Blue Blade
  • Force = 20
  • Speed = 150

Instructions:

    • I traced Minnie’s head from a keychain picture (The same used for the decoration)
    • Cut all the pieces using the respective colors to form her head and face (you can make her face just for the front of your box)
    • Glue it together
    • Form the box that is in the attached file and glue Minnie’s head to the front (and back, if using two Minnie heads) of your box.
    • To make the box that you see in the picture, take the Box Base that is included in the Free File and glue it to the Minnie head for both the front and the back. After that, take the “Base Stand” and glue together the two ends and then glue it in the middle. Next, make two triangles on each side and glue them together. After that, glue the Box on top of the stand so the box stays up. Finally, glue the handle and make a bow with the tissue paper to decorate Minnie’s head.

I hope you enjoy the files. Happy Cutting!!!

Free Files

 

 

 

 

To Emri Grace, with Love

 

Hello and WELCOME to the Team KNK designers blog! I’m so thankful that you’re here! You are so very special!

Today’s project is a memories of ‘love’ book for the parents of a new baby girl.  The title of the book is, “To Emri Grace, with love.”The parents will place a photo of their little one inside the front  picture frame plus write little ‘love notes’ to their precious Emri Grace for her to cherish for years to come. It can be a journal entry of –‘precious one, your smile made my heart sing today’–or–‘You are so strong–you stood on your own today!’………making sure to date each entry.

Primary materials  used:

KNK Zing

Make the Cut Software

KNK Zing thick cut blade

computer

spiral notebook (this one is considered to be 5X7)

card stock and cereal box

various ribbon scraps

Acetate/transparency

Xyron Sticker Maker machine

We r Memory Keepers Big bite

Scissors

pencil

straight pin

embellishments

Today’s project may appear to be more on the advanced side of the spectrum, but with all sincerity, that’s what crafting with the over the top Zing is all about!  Your projects are sure to have the look as if you are a professional.

This is the first time I’ve used my awesome Zing to cut cereal box—can you say ‘one pass’??  I am definitely impressed!!

To view the project tutorial video, please click on the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-9s_tcH3a8

 

Thank you for dropping by, we’d love to hear from you plus see what our posts have inspired you to create! Until next time:  HUGE {{{HUGS}}} and be blessed

~Beyond Measure

Tammy

PS~  Make sure to place a little scrap of paper/card stock in between the ‘frame backing’ and the bottom layer of cereal box so that it leaves an opening to slide your photo inside:)

IMG_0838   Notice that since this is a shabby Chic/ Vintage project, it adds more character if things are not perfect:)

 

 

 

New Mommy – New Daddy: an Iron-on and Rhinestone Project

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Today I’m posting two shirts decorated by one of our Team KNK designers, Omayra! What a fun gift idea for couple expecting their first baby! The rhinestone additions to the new mommy shirt is also a great way to get your feet wet with rhinestones. I know a lot of KNK owners are hesitant to try rhinestones, so just like with other first time applications, it’s important to start with something easy and then work your way up to more complicated tasks.

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So, on with the details…

Ingredients for this project:

T-Shirts
Iron-on transfer
Rhinestones
Rhinestone Rock-it template material OR Rhinestone Motif Rubber
Rhinestone transfer tape
Shur-line Trim and Touchup Pad
Home iron or Heat Press

Instructions for iron-on application:

(1) Design the lettering in the software of your choice. Omayra used either KNK Studio or Make The Cut. Both will work great.
(2) Mirror the letter!!! This is the number one mistake made by those new to iron-on projects. Because you flip the material over (dull side up) and cut only through the adhesive and iron-on layer, you need to mirror your shapes.
(3) Use a 45 degree (red capped blade) and set your blade length to only cut through the top layer. The bottom shiny layer is the heat protection layer that will be on top when you iron or heat press the material to the shirt.
(4) Use a relatively lower force. Iron-on materials do not cut as easily as regular wall or decal vinyl, however, they do not require the high force needed for most cardstock. The older Maxx and Groove-e need a force of about 60 while the KNK Zing and Maxx Air need a setting of about 30. Remember to do small test cuts first to make sure the cut is clean, weeds easy from the protective backing layer and isn’t cutting into that layer.
(5) Use 1 pass and a speed of about 200 mm/sec.
(6) After cutting, weed out the excess leaving just the shapes you want to press onto the shirt.
(7) Pre-heat your home iron to a cotton setting or about 330F (165C) on a heat press. Press your shirt first for a few seconds to remove any wrinkles and moisture from the material.
(8) Arrange your design carefully. If using a home iron, you may wish to press one part at a time.
(9) Press for about 10 seconds. Allow to cool before removing protective top sheet. You may wish to put a soft cloth over the top and press for another 5 seconds.

Instructions for rhinestone application:
(1) Design the rhinestone pattern in the software of your choice. There are free videos and tutorials teaching how to design and edit rhinestone patterns in both KNK Studio and Make The Cut. Remember that you need to make the circles larger than the actual stone size so that the stones easily brush into the holes. For 10SS (3 mm) stones, the circles should be ~ 3.4 – 3.6 mm in diameter.
(2) For cutting, remove the backing sheet and brayer the material to your sticky mat. This will great aid the weeding of the circles after cutting.
(3) Refer to KNK user manuals for the recommended cut settings for either the Rock-it or the green motif rubber. Remember to use 2 passes and, if cutting from KNK Studio, turn off Overcut so that the blade stays down during the two passes. And don’t forget to do a test cut of a small section of your rhinestone pattern. Then make sure that when you peel up the template material, the circles stay stuck to the mat.
(4) Watch this video on weeding and brushing in the stones, and lifting with the transfer tape: Cutting a rhinestone template on the Maxx. The same basic procedure is used with these recommended template materials listed in the ingredients above. Note that you do not need a backing for the Rock-it material since it has a repositionable adhesive applied.
(5) Follow the same instructions for applying to the shirt as with the iron-on, however press for a full 15 seconds. After cooling, remove the clear transfer sheet.

As always, if you have questions, let me know! And be sure to share your FABULOUS iron-on and rhinestone successes with us at our Klic-N-Kut Yahoo group or KNK USA forum!

Valentine Kiss as Sweet as a Rose

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Valentine Rose Kisses Side View

Val.Pink Rose with Kiss

Val.Pink Rose Open Flower with Kiss

Aaaah, yes, love is in the air and I was so distracted with the thought of roses and sweet kisses that I forgot to post this!!! So without further delay, here it is!!! Just in time for your special Valentine! First, let’s get the how to’s over with so we can get to the good part – what’s inside!!! I used my honey of a MAXX and card stock for the rose and heart and paper for the calix (the green part outside the rose). I used two passes on the card stock and one on the paper. The force was 100 w/a speed of 350. This tiny rose is a perfect favor for your honey. If you’re a little shy and have been pining over that cutie but didn’t know how to approach them or even what to say. Here’s a memorable way to do just that. Walk up to that person, smile, bat your eyes and ask them if they’d like a kiss. Then, before you chicken out, hand them this sweet treat. Feeling a little bolder, tuck a little message inside the bud with the candy and hope that cupid works his magic. Hey, it couldn’t hurt! LOL Have a rosey sweet Valentine’s Day filled with kisses!

Printable Vinyl Gift Wrap and Ornament

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Printable Vinyl Gift Wrapp

Christmas is around the corner. I decided this year to wrap a few Christmas presents in a different and unique way. I also had a new idea for a Christmas ornament. So I took advantage of the printable vinyl that KNKUSA.com sells. For this project the materials I used are:

Klic-N-Kut

Printable Vinyl

Cardstock

Recycled plastic bottle

Poinsettia

Tulle

Ribbon

Instructions: I began by using Photoshop to design the images and saved them as JPG’s. I imported and pixel traced these images in MTC and then printed them on a sheet of Printable Vinyl. Here is the printed ornament image showing the registrations marks:

After printing, I used my TERRIFIC Klic-N-Kut Groove-e for the print and cut. (To perform a print and cut from Make-The-Cut, watch the video “Using Make The Cut to do a Print and Cut to a Klic-N-Kut” by Sandy McCauley). I also cut a piece of cardstock with the same shape as my design. In this case a Christmas ball. Then I applied the vinyl to the cardstock.

After that, I made another design to place in front of my plastic bottle. And I wrapped the bottle cap with ribbon.

And finally, I decorated the top of the bottle cap with a poinsettia, tulle, and my personalized Christmas ball.

The print on the vinyl looks fantastic. Inside the plastic base you can put candies or any special gift that will fit. I know the person who receives this present will be so excited.