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Today I had my first experience using a KNK Zing Air.  It is an amazing little machine!!  Recently there has been a surge of interest in using electronic cutters to cut fabric pieces for applique both for people who do hand applique and those who applique by machine.  The shop where I work has decided that the KNK Zing Air is the best cutter for the job.  (I might have had a bit of influence in the decision 🙂 ).  Friday two Zing Air cutters arrived at the shop.  Today (Sunday) one of them is helping me prepare my post.

A friend who works with us at the shop had a request to create an applique for a wall hanging she wants to create.  She explained her plan to me and provided a copy of a photo that was her inspiration.  I was able to use an existing file from the Make The Cut Gallery and node edit it so it resembled the photos.

Materials Used:

Cotton Quilting Fabric backed with Heat-N-Bond

Cotton Quilting Fabric backed with Steam-A-Seam Lite 2

Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Zing Air

For Cotton Fabrics: Fabric blade, Speeds 11/15, Force 75, Multi 2, Offset .75, PIN 25

For Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl:  Red blade, Speeds 15/15, Force 30, Multi 1, Offset .25, PIN 25

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Okay, skulls are not my thing, but—.  The request was for a 4″ high skull cut from fabric so it could be appliqued onto a base fabric.  The green one in the picture is about 3.5″ high because I forgot that the measurements in the bar in MTC also include the vector handles.  So I corrected the size before cutting the others.  The green one has Heat-N-Bond fused to the back of the fabric.  The two pieces did not get cut cleanly apart because the Zing mat was not sticky enough to hold the fabric in place while cutting.  The white one has Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 fused to the back of the fabric and the Steam-A-Seam itself is sticky so that stickiness, in addition to the adhesive on the mat, was successful in holding the fabric in place for a clean cut.  After seeing the amount of detail that would have to be dealt with in using this design for an applique, I thought that the Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl would be a better choice for the applique and it would not have to be stitched down.  The black glittery skull was cut from this vinyl.  And I did remember to mirror the image before cutting the vinyl since it is cut from the back side.

So now I know a little about the Zing and will be able to help customers as they expand their skills into our world of Klic-N-Kut.

Carry Me

I am again using my wonderful KNK Force to allow me to make something for the store where I work.  We have a new line of embroidery threads and want to do something special and eye catching to promote the sales.  I was asked to put together some mini collections.  Immediately I started thinking about what I could make with my Force to present these mini collection.  This is what I came up with.

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I thought that four would be a good number of threads to start with and since we also sell them individually, the customers can purchase additional colors as they want.

Materials Used:

Recollections Kraft Cardstock Paper

Liquid scrapbooking glue

Settings:

Machine:  KNK Force

Blade:  Standard Materials Blade (red cap),  Blade Tension 2,  Passes 2, Starting Depth  60,  Ending Depth 75, Cutting Speed 25,  Blade Offset  0.25,  Blade Overcut  .50

Additional Info:

Here are pictures of the parts of the box prior to assembly, and after assembly.

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I’m thinking that Snoopy makes a great background for photos of things he has cut!!  (Snoopy is my Force).  I used inspiration from several cup carriers that I’ve seen on the internet and then did my own thing using both my KNK Studio and Make the Cut software to prepare the files for cutting.

I am delighted that the box parts cut beautifully on my Force.  The large ends of the handle piece (the one with 2 holes) are folded at 90 degrees and glued to the inside of the bottom of the box.  The spools of thread are placed in the box and then the insert (the one with 4 holes) is placed over the handle and the spools to hold them in place and to help keep them from falling out.  I will be putting labels on the sides of the box to describe what is inside and to dress them up a bit.

 

Road Trip

As many of you know, I really enjoy being able to combine my hobbies/crafts in my projects.  This month’s project is no exception.  The shop where I work participated in a Shop Hop this past weekend.  The theme of the Shop Hop was “Road Trip”.  Each of the participating shops created a design for a quilt block that represented a location in Colorado that could be visited on a road trip.  Since there were many people in the shop at any one time, I wanted the customers to be able to readily identify the staff for any questions or requests for help.  We had recently gotten a design collection that included a cute embroidered car that I decided would make an appropriate Road Trip “badge” for us to wear.  I embroidered the cars and added a card stock back piece with the words “Road Trip Guide” on them.  After Shop Hop was over, we pinned our cars on the border of our Road Trip quilt which was designed to look like a road.

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Black cardstock

Silver vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Cardstock:  Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 2 1/4, Passes – 2, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 40, Cutting Speed – 25, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45

Vinyl:  Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 1, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 18, Cutting Speed – 15, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45

Details:

A jewelry finding pin was hot glued to the back of the embroidered cars.  The cardstock back piece was created in my Make the Cut and KNK Studio software.  I used a screen captured image of the outline stitching of the car to create a silhouette of the car.  I then made a slightly smaller copy of that silhouette using the Shadow Layer feature with a negative number.  The bottom edge of the Shadow Layer image was extended and shaped with curves to resemble a road.  The words were fit to the path of the curves at the bottom of the back piece.

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 A cutout was created using two circles and a skinny rectangle and Boolean joined to the backpiece.  Thus the back piece could be fitted over the pin on the back side of the car and could easily be removed.

Burger w/o Cheese

I have a friend who has gotten hooked on Smashburgers.  She lives in Tennessee and comes to the Denver area once or twice a year.  She has been known to dine at Smashburger 4 times in a week.  Last week she was in town to help promote the products she represents that we sell at our store.  When I saw the hamburger box card in the SVG Cuts Sunday with Dad collection I knew it would be a perfect Thank You card for her.

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Since she is allergic to dairy products I left off the cheese.

Materials Used:

Various card stocks

Chalk for shading

White gel pen for sesame seeds

Scrapbook glue

Wall vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Blade Used for cardstock:  Red cap blade, Passes 1 or 2 depending on thickness of cardstock, Blade Tension – 2, Starting Depth – 65, Ending Depth – 65, 70, or 75 depending on the thickness of the cardstock, Cutting Speed – 25

Blade Used for Vinyl:  Red cap blade, Passes 1, without mat, Blade Tension -1, Cutting Depth – 25, Cutting Speed – 15

I chose to do the scoring by hand rather than having it done by the Force because I am very new to using the Force.  I will practice using the dual tool feature for my next project that uses cutting and scoring.

The file cut very well and was easy to assemble.  I did open the SVG files in Make the Cut and re-export them to position them where I wanted them on the mat.

I have been intrigued by the box cards since I first saw them and now that I have made one I realize that they are not at all difficult to cut and assemble. Here is a view of the card from the top.

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The back of the card includes a space where you can put a message.

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The file from SVG Cuts includes an envelope that is large enough to accommodate the size of the card when folded.

BTW, my friend loved her card.

Name Tags Plus

These name tags were intended to be used for a Fourth of July celebration.  In reality they could be made in any color and used for almost any occasion.  They are very simple and quick to make. Optimized-TagwRibbons Materials Used:

Cardstock in Red, White, and Blue

Paper Glue

Ribbons in various colors/patterns

Silver Glitter Pen

Settings:

Machine Used: KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Cardstocks – Blade=Red cap standard materials blade, Force=50, Speed=100,Passes=1, PIN=25

Instructions:

The three colors of cardstock were cut and layered with the paper glue.  The top layer was stamped with ‘patriotic’ rubber stamps and black ink.  Instead of stamping the top layer, items such as stars or star bursts could be cut from vinyl and used.  The name was cut from white cardstock, embellished with a silver glitter pen, and glued to the top layer.  The name could also be cut from vinyl instead of cardstock.  A hole punched in the upper left corner provides a place to attach ribbons and a bow.

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The longer ribbons can be used to tie the tag to all sorts of things such as a napkin wrapped set of utensils, a drinking glass, a small gift, etc. and serve as place cards.  The tags could also be used as worn name tags by attaching a pin to the back.

You could also make some Fourth of July cupcake wrappers from the files that are on Sandy McCauley’s site.  You will need to scroll down a bit to find the link.  It is a zipped file in several formats and contains other occasion cupcake wrappers in addition to the Fourth of July ones.

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Cutting files for the Flag Tags are here.  Flag Tag Cutting Files_JudyKay