I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has days where the simplest tasks turn out to be… not simple. Today was that kind of day.
Today, my phone didn’t cooperate; my camera didn’t cooperate; none of my cutter software combinations cooperated. It’s kind of hard to blame technology when NOTHING is working right. Could it be the operator?? It was that kind of day!
Consequently, it’s now nearly 9:00 p.m. and the project that should have been completed by early afternoon is finally done. Sometimes, it just takes perseverance… or as Sandy says, “GRIT”! Yup, it was that kind of day!
Having said that, let me continue by confessing that although I am going to share this project for the Zing Orbit and SCAL, in reality I also used my original Zing with both MTC and SCAL. But… that was just because… it was that kind of day!
In spite of the difficulties I had while making this card, I am very happy with the way it turned out. It honestly IS a simple project.
I want to thank Deb for her recent post where she shared with us a site that has some awesome free files. I used one for this tutorial and I think it worked out great. (Please… if you use any of the files from lovesvg.com for products you sell, be sure to purchase their commericial license. And if you use a lot of free files for any purpose, you may want to give a donation. I’m sure they put a lot of work into their files.)
- Watercolor paper or cardstock. (My paper was 140 lb and a little heavy for the intricacies of the design I chose.)
- Contrasting cardstock or paper for lining the card.
- Adhesive to secure cardstock lining. (I used 3M foam mounting tape.)
- Ribbon and/or other decorative elements.
- Embossing machine and folder – OPTIONAL
- Design of your choice. (I used this one from lovesvg.com)
- Red Capped Blade
- Deco Film HTV
Settings for Zing Orbit and SCAL:
- Force – 160
- Speed – 13
- Multicut – 2
- WYSIWYG (or Origin Point if you prefer)
Deco Film HTV:
- Force – 85
- Cut Speed -13
- Multi-cut – OFF
- Origin Point
- In SCAL, draw a rectangle 8.5 inches X 4.25 inches. Import your design.
- Center the design where you want it on your card. Draw an oval or circle around it.
- Make sure each of the elements is on its own layer with the rectangle on the bottom. Select the rectangle and oval. Path > Back Minus Front.
- Select the design element. Right Click > Appearance > Add Shadow Layer. Adjust layer until it overlaps the edge of the cutout slightly. You may need to resize it a bit. If you resize it, make sure you select both the design and the shadow so that they resize in proportion to each other. The shadow should overlap, but the design itself should fit within (or meet up to the edge of) the circle.
- Now, select just the design and mirror it. Right Click > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Turn off the design layer.
- Select the shadow layer and rectangle. Path > Union.
- At this point, you might want to clean up some nodes. I deleted any tiny little cutout portions that I knew were too small to cut properly.
- Load your paper and mat, and cut. Carefully remove paper from mat.
- Use scoring board and bone folder, or other method for folding card in half.
- Turn off your card layer and turn on the design layer. Double check to make sure it is mirrored. Adhere HTV to mat with shiny side down. Check manufacturer’s instructions for cutting. (You might need the blue capped (thick material) blade for some.) Cut design.
- Remove and weed design.
- Open card flat. Carefully line HTV up on shadow layer portion of card.
- Lay Teflon sheet on top and use heat press or iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. (I used a heat press at 305 degrees for 10 seconds, removed clear lining, and repeated for 3 seconds.)
- Cut a contrasting piece of paper or cardstock for inside of card. I used my embossing machine and folder to emboss this piece, but that is up to you.
- Adhere to inside of card with foam tape or other adhesive. Tie a ribbon as shown, and/or add other design elements.
Now, if you are blessed to still have your mom, give her this beautiful card and tell her how much she means to you!
I have had friends ask me if I could make personalized coffee cups and while I have told them yes, I also tell them they are not dishwasher safe. I would use the permanent vinyl and it would last through many hand washes. But I wanted something I didn’t have to worry about so when I found an inexpensive mug press I bought it! Such fun!!!
HTV heat transfer vinyl
mug heat press
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
multi pass 2
When cutting HTV I always use the multicut. I simply typed the sayings, resized them to fit the mug, mirrored the image and cut it. Once it was cut and weeded it was just a matter of applying it to the cup and placing it in the heat press. I used 350 degrees for 60 second but each press will have it’s own settings. My son in law and niece are realtors so I thought they might enjoy these cups.
My nephew Aaron is 42 and single. About a year and a half ago he decided to be a foster parent. He first got 4 brothers ages 8-17. When they returned home he got a 15 year old boy, and 11 months later he got a sibling group of 3, 2 girls, ages 3 and 6 and their 8 year old brother. Our family decided to adopt them for Christmas and Aaron said they would love Christmas stockings with their names on them. I LOVE making personalized items for kids!
For the stockings I used some red glitter felt. I used the fabric blade and cut the names. I used the multi cut feature and cut the letters 4 times. I then used fabric glue to adhere them to the stockings. Believe it or not, I had everything pictured in my “stash”, so I didn’t have to purchase anything. I purchase items on clearance and save them for times like this! Otherwise I would have looked for stockings that I could use with HTV. The aprons and the cinch bags were made using heat transfer vinyl and the water bottles were made using permanent vinyl.
Christmas stockings (Dollar Tree)
Aprons (Dollar Tree)
Heat Transfer vinyl
15″ KNK Maxx
Force 50 with 4 pass multi cut
Cinch bag and apron/ HTV
red capped blade
Water bottle Permanent vinyl
red capped blade
All Speed 350
My son recently bought his own practice and moved from San Diego to Wisconsin.Then they got a kitten to keep their older cat company. Their older cat had a skin condition which made it scratch and caused sores. So like any good cat person, his better half Annie, had a dress made so the open area would be covered and ordered a matching dress for the kitten. I applied the logo to the dresses. The kitten in a Savannah hybrid, her name is Lily. The older cat , Mia, has since healed and the kitten has outgrown her dress.
And then because at one time I had ordered 200 koozies ( just in case I ever needed a koozie) I made some Koozies with their logo.
Heat transfer vinyl
15″ KNK MAXX
Force 33 2 passes
red capped blade
Both were pretty simple. My son had designed the logo and sent it to me as a jpeg. I was able to trace it and turn it into a KNK file. I then mirrored the image and cut it from the heat transfer vinyl. When cutting htv I use a lower force but do a multiple cut with 2 passes. It seems to weed better this way. I don’t do a lot with htv and my heat press compared to regular vinyl, but everytime I make something with HTV I am so happy that I invested in a heat press.
Our little town does not have much to offer visitors. So when I saw that our local fish market had expanded and started selling items highlighting our area, I asked them if they’d like me to make up a few things for them to offer. I had made this file into a shirt for my husband last year using an inkjet transfer. I decided it would do well on a flour sack towel with a few changes. This time I used Heat Transfer Vinyl.
I recently purchased a KNK Zing Orbit and am now using Sure Cuts Alot. Being accustomed to Make The Cut, there has been a small learning curve, but for basic cutting I was able to get right at it with no problems.
- ThermoFlex Plus
- Flour sack Towel (I purchased mine at Walmart)
- Red-Capped Blade
- Iron or Heatpress
Settings on Zing Orbit with SCAL:
- Pressure: 50
- Speed: 15
- Overcut: 1mm
- Multi-cut: Off
- Open or import file in SCAL
- Reverse design
- Cut design and weed
- Set heat press at 335 degrees and press for 17 minutes (for hand iron, refer to manufacturer’s instructions)
- Fold towel in half and crease mid-point using iron or heat press
- Lay towel flat and use crease to place center HTV
- Press vinyl onto towel (Use teflon sheet or towel between iron and vinyl)
- Remove clear backing and repeat
I am having fun getting to know my Zing Orbit. So far, one of my favorite features on the Orbit is the ability to adjust the pinch wheels. The ability to move them close enough to cut small pieces of vinyl without using a mat saves me a lot of time, and I find myself using the feature a lot.