“Quinceañera” Mask

Quinceañera Post

There is a “Quinceañera” in my family. So I looked like Donkey from the Shrek Movie, saying, “I want to use my KNK, I want to do it, I want to do it!” LOL. A “Quinceañera” is a very important event when a young girl turns 15 years old. It is similar to a Sweet 16 celebration. And I always like having an excuse to cut with my KNK Groove-e. Sandy taught me to love my KNK… Thank you Sandy!

They are going to celebrate with a “Quinceañera Mask” party and the colors that they chose are Apple Green, Blue and Purple. After I traced one mask template from the Internet, I found that the MTC program has a beautiful mask included in the program. So I used my WONDERFUL and TERRIFIC KNK to cut the masks out of chipboard from KNK USA. I am making a mask for every guest girl and porcelain dolls for the centerpieces. I am decorating them with feathers, ribbons, and glitter.

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Mask Centerpiece Quinceañera Mask

 

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To make the masks, I cut two chipboard pieces to make it firmer, then added glitter and embellished them. I glued the embellished mask to a wood stick which was covered with ribbons. After that, I decorated a glass base to hold the masks as a centerpiece so the girls could each take a mask from the table.

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I used masks everywhere! LOL. So now for the Guest Book:

Quinceanera, Guest Book, KNK, Mask I simply resized the mask file to be smaller, cut it out, and decorated it to match the others items.

Now the main Centerpiece…

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I also used my KNK to cut the number 15 and the mask that the doll is wearing out of chipboard. As you can see, the chipboard worked beautifully for all of these decorations!

Personalized Travel Kit

Personal Travel Kit Set

I had to travel to Puerto Rico, so I decided to make my own Personal Travel Kit set. To do this I used the printable vinyl from KNK USA and I LOVE IT!!!. Because these bottles were obviously going to get wet at some point, I used my printer with ink that is water resistant. I had created wine labels with this printer and these bottle have been inside my fridge for about one year and the printing still looks great! So I decided to use it with the bath bottles. If you do not have a printer with water resistant ink, I recommend that you cover the sticker with transparent mailing tape.

Okay, these are soooooo simple to make:

** Design your label in Make The Cut (or import using the Pixel Trace function) and print your art work with your inkjet printer using the printable vinyl from KNKUSA. There are free videos on tracing linked throughout Chapter 6 of the Make The Cut user manual.

** Click this phrase: print and cut to follow the instructions on how to perform a print and cut in Make The Cut.

** Peel and stick your printed labels onto each bottle that corresponds with the label. The printable vinyl has a really great adhesive, so they will stick very well.

As you can see, the printable vinyl looks great on any surface and allow you to label and personalize everything!

 

 

 

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 MailBox

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This is the first Valentine’s Day for my granddaughter, Carlea, so I decided to make something special for her. This mailbox and many of other items in this post feature the printable vinyl from knkusa.com.

The mailbox was so simple to do! Just measure your mailbox, design something special, print it, cut it, and attach it to your mailbox! I also cut the big flower on my Groove-e!

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I would like to share other things that I made for her birthday, too, where I used printable vinyl and my WONDERFUL KNK Groove-e machine.

Decoracion Carlea

I used the Groove-e to add decorations to the castle show above (Click on the photo to bring up a much larger version to see the details!. I added her name, flowers, and hearts cut with my cutter and I added six pictures of her (these were pictures taken during her first twelve months of life).

Carlea plastic ba This was using Printable vinyl from knkusa.com.

I hope you like my post. The possibility of using KNK cutters and products like the printable vinyl are endless. I use my KNK Groove-e for everything, always finishing my projects using my WONDERFUL cutter.

 

 

 

Ready to Support and Cheer for Your Team?

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My son is playing on the football team for his school. I am so proud of him that I decided to support him by making some T-shirts with his name. I made a T-shirt for all my family to wear to his game! LOL. Even my granddaughter, who is only nine months old, was supporting him.

This is very simple to do. What you will need:

1. KNK

2. Iron-On Transfer Vinyl

3. Iron or Heat Press

4. MTC or KNK Studio

Procedure:

Design your own artwork in MTC or KNK Studio and cut it with your KNK cutter machine. IMPORTANT: because you cut iron-on with the adhesive side up, remember to mirror your lettering and shapes before cutting. Also, you only cut through the vinyl layer, and not through the thick shiny, heat-protection layer.

Pre-heat your shirt for 2 seconds with your iron or heat press. Then, follow the vinyl manufacturer’s instructions on how to apply the vinyl. I used iron-on vinyl from knkusa.com, and because my heatpress machine is Celsius instead of Fahrenheit, I used 180C for 15 seconds and it worked great.

And because we also had to take a chair to the game, I decided to make some for it, too! LOL

 

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To apply to a chair, follow the same procedure that you use for shirts, however, for this type of material, you can NEVER use the big regular heat press because it will melt your chair. I used the manual iron sold at knkusa.com (currently out of stock), and you have to be very careful with the pressure and the amount of heat applied so your chair does not melt.

But your final project will be amazing!!!

Finally, my inspiration to make this project: my handsome and my very special football player EVER, whom I LOVE so much. God Bless him!!!