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I’m so embarrassed. For one, I was supposed to post last Friday. I made this project three weeks ago and was so excited that I had my project done already… and then forgot to post it. My excuses get worse: I took pictures of it and can’t find them anywhere!! The only picture I have is horrible and it isn’t even finished here. I since added to the blank square. So on Monday, when I go to school, I will take pictures of it and get a nicer shot of it.

This even has my dog’s foot in it because she decided to back into the picture, but I was able to crop that part out.

Anyway, I wanted a banner to hang in front of my desk, so I used the chipboard from the KNK store and cut it into 4″ squares. And since it is 12×12, you get 9 squares from a sheet, (did I do that math right, because I’ve since learned I’m not smarter than a 5th grader in math), and look at that, my name and a blank square is perfect for this so I only used 1 sheet. I like this chipboard as it is very sturdy, but also very easy to trim. I haven’t tried cutting it on my Zing, but I’m sure it would do just fine. I glued 4×4 sheets of a pretty damask paper I found from my DCWV stash and cut the letters out of DCWV red glitter paper. It is glittery, I promise. I made the letters a little big, I should’ve made them about 3″ and I made them about 3.5.” I had to “smoosh” the M’s or they didn’t fit. I also didn’t center them on the squares because I was debating having the ribbon go across the top, but I ended up going behind the squares. I inked the edges with black ink (as well as my fingers… and some of the table), and used foam tape to stick the letters on. Then I cut holes in the top and threaded the ribbon through. The other version I saw of this had ribbon bows tying each square together and I think I should’ve done that instead, but it’s fine the way it looks.

Since the panda is our mascot, I used print and cut to cut him out and I used foam tape to stick him in the middle. As I said before, I’ll get a better picture of the finished project and you’ll even see my messy desk! Bonus! I have it taped it front of my desk and since I was new to the school, it was a nice way to announce myself and a pretty way to dress up my desk.

Teaching 5th grade is really fun! It’s really hard work, but I’m really enjoying it and I absolutely love my new school. I promise I’ll be on time next month!

Machine used: Zing, red blade, 10/10, 105 (don’t use my settings, I am very lazy about changing blades)

Materials: KNK chipboard, DCWV paper, foam tape, black ink pad.

Law Enforcement Officiers

Law enforcement officers across our country had a rough year in 2016. There are good cops and bad cops, just like in any profession. But the most loved cop is always the K9 officer. In our neighboring community, Utos their K9 officer, died after a very brief illness, a virus which attacked his heart. I made this for his partner. img_5562-min Materials

3″ ornament

extra fine glitter

poly acrylic

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  36

Speed 400

Instructions

I used a clear 3″ flat ornament purchased on line. They can also be found at most craft stores. I removed the top and set it aside. Then I poured some poly acylic into the ornament and swished it around to ensure the entire inside had been coated. Then I set it upside down in a Dixie cup to drain for a minute or two. Next is adding the glitter, once again rolling the ornament to ensure the entire inside is coated. Then I tip the ornament upside down and let it rest in a dixie cup. I generally do a bunch at a time and the poly acrylic that drains is used for the next ornament, same with the excess glitter. I then place them in an egg carton, still upside down and let them dry for a few days. Next I traced the image of shield that I found online. To make a perfect fitting blue line I used snap to grid and then used the ginsu knife feature and cut that section out of the shield. And then it was just adding the words. When cutting letters this small I try to use a basic font so that it cuts and weeds well. I applied everything to the shield prior to transferring it to the ornament. When applying vinyl to any surface that has a curve (although this is a “flat” ornament, it still has a curve) I always start at the center of the design and work out.  You can make a large variety of personalized ornaments by adding vinyl.

Embroidery Glitter – Free File from Team KNK

Embroidery Glitter Project – Drinks Well With Others

This Embroidery Glitter is going to be a big hit for New Year’s Eve! I already sent the photo to several friends and the requests are rolling in. It was such an easy medium to work with, I can’t wait to create another project using embroidery glitter.

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I created the file in Make-the-Cut, and after exporting the design as an svg file I was able to import it into my embroidery software. The MTC file can be used to cut out the appliques, if desired. After exporting, I was able to create the applique design from the svg file. If you would like the embroidery version, send your email address and the format you need to cuttinwithknk@gmail.com. Now, I can only guarantee that it ‘works’, I am still very new to embroidery!

As this design would look great in other mediums, I created versions for both Heat Transfer Vinyl AND for Rhinestones.

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How-to:

Materials (for embroidery):

  • Embroidery Glitter
  • Standard (red cap) blade
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Thread – matching the embroidery glitter
  • Article of clothing, apron, towel, etc.
  • Sewing or Embroidery Machine
  • Note:  it is not necessary to cut the shapes out of embroidery glitter as it is designed to tear away from the satin stitching.

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 57
  • v = 200
  • p = 1

Steps (cutting material):

  1. Use a VERY sticky mat and tape down the edges, dull side down.
  2. Perform a TEST CUT and adjust your settings as needed.
  3. Cut out the shapes for your appliques.

Steps (embroidery application):

  1. Stabilize the fabric as needed.
  2. Hoop your fabric article ensuring it is taut in the hoop.
  3. Stitch a placement line.
  4. Use a temporary adhesive, one that is safe for your machine, to apply the embroidery glitter over the placement stitch. Place silver embroidery glitter at the top (rim) and bottom (stem) and place your ‘liquid’ colors over it in the appropriate location.
  5. Stitch the applique down with a simple running stitch.
  6. Finish with a 2.5 mm satin stitch, stitching the colors first and the silver last.
  7. Peel away the excess. You may need to use tweezers in tight areas.
  8. Heat set 15-20 seconds at 330-365 degrees.

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I’m so excited with how well it turned out. Get your Free “Drinks” File from Team KNK. We’d love to see your project using the Team KNK free file(s) on our Facebook page!!

 

Happy Birthday Edge Card x 3

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I have a Birthday Card for you today, the Happy Birthday sentiment protrudes diagonally from the card base layers. The design is a simple one but it can easily be decorated to suit different recipients. I have decorated the card in 3 different ways today, one card is more masculine, one card is more feminine and the card I show in the assembly photos is more suitable for a young girl. The cut file is available at the end of the post 🙂

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These are the Materials I used:

  • My KnK Zing
  • Make the Cut Software
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • 3D Foam Pads
  • Glitter Card, Twine & Gems to embellish

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80 paper/100 card
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. Below are the pieces you will find within the cut file folder, I cut my card base pieces from some pink card and chose some fun patterned paper for the layering pieces:

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Pic 2. The patterned pieces are adhered directly to the card base pieces:

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Pic 3. Turn the front panel over and add 3d foam pads to the back, I found 2 layers of foam pads worked best:

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Pic 4. Pop your front panel into place, you are now free to decorate as you wish:

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My Completed Card: I lined the inside of my card with more of the patterned paper. Carrying on the Butterfly theme of the paper, I cut a few of these butterflies to embellish my card then popped on a few gems:

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Alternative Card 1: For my second card I cut the card base from some white card, I chose some subtle white and green patterned paper then added a strip of green glitter card:

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Alternative Card 2: For my third card I simply cut the card base from some kraft coloured card and added some natural coloured twine to the front panel before I stuck it down to my card base:

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If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

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Happy Birthday Edge Card Cut File by Bird

Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra

All that sparkles!

Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra is so much fun and so beautiful! I could totally see a “Frozen”-themed project with the light blue, white and silver!!!! Hint, hint – someone has to want to do this!!!

I don’t have young children to make projects for anymore, so I took a more practical approach. And along the way I discovered two great ‘features’ of this new vinyl product.

The first thing is that it doesn’t interfere with haptic buttons so it can easily be used on phones and tablets, and the second thing I discovered is that it gives a somewhat sandpapery surface which definitely helps with keeping a grip! If only I had back all the money I spent on cell phones that I’d dropped – I could buy more Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra!!!!

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Doesn’t my phone look gorgeous?

Materials:

  • Pressure Sensitive Glitter Flex Ultra
  • Rhinestone Transfer Tape
  • Thick Material Blade (blue cap)

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 60
  • v = 250
  • p = 1

Instructions:

  1. Create your design in Make-the-Cut or KNK Studio
  2. Cut the vinyl using the appropriate settings for your machine
  3. Weed the extra vinyl
  4. Apply Rhinestone Transfer Tape and pick up the cut design
  5. Apply design to object using a squeegee to ensure good contact
  6. Slowly peel off the Rhinestone Transfer Tape