My blades, blade holders, tools, and other supplies are still in transit from the retreat last weekend. I had hoped to get them today so I could work on an anniversary card for my DH, but instead I’ll have to do something else for him. And as a result…… I get to post an early Halloween project instead!
This project took several weeks to complete, and even longer to gather up the bottles before I could even get started. In the end, I am very happy with the results and can’t wait to decorate for Halloween (although fall can hold off, I am still enjoying summer).
The prep work:
The first step was to remove the labels and then carefully wash and dry the bottles. Next, I covered them with Etchall glass etching cream so that the chalk paint would stick to them very well. After letting them set for 15 minutes, I scraped off what I could and returned it to the bottle. Then I washed and dried the bottles again. To completely cover the glass so no light would show through I had to spray paint light, even layers six to eight times. Once the bottles were dry, I was ready to work with my KNK digital cutting machine, the KNK Maxx Air 24″.
I decided to go with two color schemes: white/silver and aged/dark. I found several free Halloween labels by searching the web. Most of them were pdf downloads, rather than images so I used the snipping tool in Windows 10 to ‘take pictures’ of the labels. There were several different sources: liagriffith.com, Brooklyn Limestone, and Love Manor.
Settings (Maxx Air):
- Open Make-the-Cut.
- Pixel Trace the images.
- Apply an inset shadow layer as desired to cut inside the ink area (and eliminate white outlines). If using an inset shadow layer for cutting, add alignment marks so that the print and cut registration marks do not move as the layers are hidden or visible.
- “Hide” the cut layer during the print.
- Place the printable vinyl in the printer.
- Send the images to the printer.
- Place the printable vinyl on the mat, tape down if needed.
- “Hide” the print layer and “view” the cut layer.
- Perform the print and cut alignment process and cut the labels.
- Apply the labels to the bottles and embellish as desired.
Now I want to collect more bottles and make some more of these!!! If you would like a quick project, my file is included here.
Be sure to scroll down for the quick ghoulie eyes (includes free file) project.
When my kids were little, I cut halloween silhouettes from construction paper, poster board, and foam board with a pair of scissors or a utility knife. Boy, am I glad those days are over.
For the window decorations this year, I decided to do something a little different. I used chalkboard vinyl for the silhouettes and faux glass etch for the ghosts in the windows. In keeping with our ‘fun’ theme, I used Monsters Inc. as my inspiration for the living room windows.
Settings (Maxx Air):
- Create the files in MTC.
- Test cut the vinyl using a shape with curves and corners.
- Cut silhouettes from chalkboard vinyl and ghosts from faux glass etch vinyl. I hate to waste vinyl, so I filled in all of the spaces with some pawprints and eyes that I’ll be using for a different project.
- Apply to windows, picture glass, or any other surface compatible with the vinyl.
This is where my dog likes to sit, so I kept the ghosts above his line of sight.
You can’t quite make it out, but you know something is there because you can clearly see the eyes! Oh, those eyes!
Get ready for Halloween with some quick and fun projects! I saw this idea on Pinterest using t.p. rolls. There’s no way I was going to use a razor sharp blade to cut eyes out of that! But of course I don’t have to because I have my mighty KNK digital cutting systems to do the work for me!
- Black WorldWin CutMates or ColorMates Smooth & Silky card stock
- Standard (red cap) blade
- Glow sticks
Settings (Maxx Air):
- Cut the Eyes! file from 12 x 12 card stock.
- Cut the card stock into 6 x 6 squares.
- Place adhesive along the top or bottom edge.
- Curve over a tube/cylinder. I start with a large one and shape the paper slightly, then graduate to a smaller one and then one that is the final size. If the paper is stiff, I use a fine mist sprayer with water to soften it. The WorldWin card stock will not be damaged by a fine mist of water, but the color may leak out onto your cylinder.
- Adhere the top edge to the bottom to create a cylinder.
- Place the activated glow stick inside the cylinder and place the eyes around the yard or house.
How cute are those little ghoulies?
I started a small group of cutting enthusiasts and we meet monthly to share ideas and craft together. This month we did a challenge involving mason jars. Not surprising that we all did one with a Halloween theme!
Smoky Quartz Gemstone Vinyl
KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade
Clear Transfer Tape
Craft Vinyl for etching mask
Glass Etching Cream – I used Armour Etch.
Mason Jar, Halloween Flowers and Ribbons
- I found a spider web design I liked (Spider Web Lace, Samatha Walker) and changed the dimensions to fit the circumference and height of the mason jar in Make the Cut!
- Searched for a spider in the MTC Gallery, I always look here first for new designs! (Spider: MTC Gallery, Halloween Spiders #2900, User ID 8719). I erased the web string from the spider so I had only the spider.
- I then duplicated the spider so I had several to place around the jar.
- I wanted a skull for the front of my vase and I had a perfect design, in my embroidery files. Since it was not an SVG, I used a clipping tool, SnagIt! To create a PNG file of the skull. Make the Cut! Pixel Trace worked well to create the SVG file for cutting. I would caution that it only worked because the photo of the original stitch-out of the design was all in black and it was well defined. Individual threads were not apparent in the photo.
- I cut the skull and spiders out of the Smoky Quartz Gemstone Vinyl and the spider web lace from craft vinyl.
Maxx Air Settings
Blade = Red Blade, Blade height = 25
Force = 45
Velocity = 300
# Passes = Disabled
Blade Offset = .35
Crafting the Vase
- When weeding the web etching mask, I weeded out the actual web and left the negative space to apply to my jar as I wanted the web to be etched into the glass.
- Applied the etching cream over the entire jar except for the lid threads.
- After removing the vinyl etching mask and washing and drying the jar, I applied the spiders and skull to the jar.
- Added some black Halloween flowers and ribbons and I now have a new Halloween floral arrangement!
It’s funny, I’m not sure I still can drive a stick. I don’t even drive an automatic that well. But I saw this saying and knew I had to recreate it. So I found a spooky font on daft and a free witch graphic on the web and then cut it out in black vinyl.
I’ve never stuck vinyl to cork before, but guess what, it works. I don’t know where I got these cork circles, but I apparently have a collection of them in my cabinets. I was originally going to cut this saying out and stick it on my car, but I thought it would make a cool little hanging sign. cork circle is about 7.25″
Apparently I don’t have “Halloween” themed ribbon, but luckily I had orange and black.
^There’s the file if you want to make one.
I used the KNK Maxx 24, f-300 and v – 30. (Wow, come to think of it, I may have the f and the v mixed up. I haven’t adjusted the settings on Mr. Maxx in two years because I’ve only been using it to cut vinyl. No specific reason, I just found a perfect setting for vinyl and am just way too lazy to change it. Besides, I use the Zing for all of my paper stuff.
Until next month! Stay classy KNK-ers!
I love fall, especially when it is a pleasant fall like we are having this year in the midwest. I can’t wait for the trees to start changing color! And nothing feels more like fall than Halloween! This file can be used as a 2 dimensional design, or as a 3 dimensional design. Using WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky, it is sturdy enough to hold more than napkins. It could also hold candy for the desk at work!
Settings (Maxx Air):
- Open the haunted house file (free for a limited time).
- Cut the interior color from WorldWin CutMates.
- Cut the exterior from WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky.
- Assemble with scrapbook adhesive.
Although I made this house for halloween, with a different color scheme it could easily be used for a multitude of projects and events. Picture a white card stock colored with red brick pattern on the walls and black shake shingles for the roof!