Independence Day Rhinestoning!

Closeup2 America

A BIG thank you to my wonderful assistant, Gabriella Lex, for designing and making today’s three projects! Let’s begin with the materials she used:

KNK Maxx Air
Rock-It Rhinestone Flock
SS10 Rhinestones in Siam Ruby, Crystal, and Capri Blue
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
KNK Heat Press
Black T Shirt
White Cotton Placemat
Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates Cardstock
Red and Blue Decal Vinyl

For the design in Make The Cut, Gabriella used a rhinestone font from http://www.synergy17.com/ (note that you can download a free rhinestone font on the 17th day of each month). This font is designed with 2.0 mm circles which would have been way too small for the SS10 rhinestones. To resize the text in Make The Cut, so that the circles were 3.5mm, instead of 2.0mm, the method I show in this video was applied: Resizing Rhinestone Patterns.

For the flag, Gabriella made her own design and, as you can see, used it as the “i” in America.

After cutting the design on the Maxx Air from Rock-It, she brushed in the rhinestones, lifted with transfer tape and then heat pressed the stones to a black T Shirt I had in my closet. Now I have something special to wear at our 4th of July party this year!

America Shirt Cropped

But wait… there’s more! I decided I wanted to see the same colors on a white background, so I had Gabriella make two more items. I had some plain thin cotton placemats which I thought might also work great as basket liners for crackers or chips, So, Gabriella brushed and filled her template again with the same colors of rhinestones and then lifted and pressed to this placemat:

Cotton Placemat 2

And finally, I thought, “How about a greeting card, too?” So, we picked a red sheet of cardstock from the Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates line now being carried at KNK USA to use as the card base. Then Gabriella filled the template again with rhinestones and lifted and pressed to the center of a pre-cut rectangle of the white cardstock for the front of the card. I decided we needed just a little more embellishing to fill the white space to the left of the flag, so Gabriella cut some red and blue vinyl star frames and I arranged them on the front.

America Card

This is what I’ve always loved about making rhinestone templates…one template results in something you can use as many times as needed AND in different applications! Now let’s see if some of our readers can come up with their own ideas!

Here is the cutting file in MTC, KNK, and SVG file formats: America Design

Feel free to send me any project photos you take of this or other rhinestone designs! And again, a big thank you to Gabriella for helping us out at Team KNK!

Stand Alone Cards with Hearts & Shamrocks

Heart and shamrock shapes bear a universal message of love and good fortune.  This time of year they suggest Valentine’s Day, which is just a couple weeks away and St. Patrick’s Day in March.  But they work for other occasions, as well.

Both of these cards were created using the heart and shamrock shapes to convey a message without a lot of text.  The greeting is cut out at the same time the top layer and pull tab are cut to shape. The second cutting consists of a red or green backing for the top layer and matching hearts and shamrocks.  The small hearts and shamrocks are glued on the matching shapes in the center of the card and on the pull tab.  The pull tab gives a place for a personal message.

The basic shape of this card can be easily modified for a vinyl message by simply cutting the shape without the greeting cutouts.  Consider adapting the shamrocks into a graduation card and the thank you card into a Valentine card.

My 15” KNK Maxx makes it fun to create cards like this where accuracy is needed for shapes fitting on top of identical shapes.    The link below contains the files for both cards which are cut from cardstock.

Hearts and Shamrocks Cards

 

Stand Alone Cards with Hearts & Shamrocks

Heart and shamrock shapes bear a universal message of love and good fortune.  This time of year they suggest Valentine’s Day, which is just a couple weeks away and St. Patrick’s Day in March.  But they work for other occasions, as well.

Both of these cards were created using the heart and shamrock shapes to convey a message without a lot of text.  The greeting is cut out at the same time the top layer and pull tab are cut to shape. The second cutting consists of a red or green backing for the top layer and matching hearts and shamrocks.  The small hearts and shamrocks are glued on the matching shapes in the center of the card and on the pull tab.  The pull tab gives a place for a personal message.

The basic shape of this card can be easily modified for a vinyl message by simply cutting the shape without the greeting cutouts.  Consider adapting the shamrocks into a graduation card and the thank you card into a Valentine card.

My 15” KNK Maxx makes it fun to create cards like this where accuracy is needed for shapes fitting on top of identical shapes.    The link below contains the files for both cards which are cut from cardstock.

Hearts and Shamrocks Cards