St. Patrick’s Day Place Cards

My 15″ KNK Maxx Air and my KNK Studio software make it easy to create custom place cards for any occasion.  Since St. Patrick’s Day will be here before we know it, yes, I know it isn’t even Valentine’s Day yet,  I thought I’d get a head start on making place cards and not have to do them at the last minute as so often happens.

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Two colors of green cardstock

Gold Oracal 631 wall vinyl

Double sided adhesive tape

Clear Transfer Tape

Settings:

Machine used:  KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Cardstock – Red cap blade (standard material), Force – 50, Speed – 100, Single pass

Vinyl – Red cap blade (standard material), Force – 13, Speed – 80, Single pass

Instructions:

I was fortunate to be able to attend some of the KNK retreats held in past years and have used the printed instructions Sandy McCauley provided to us for the various sessions.  These instructions have become my go-to resource when I can’t remember the details of a particular project.  Thanks Sandy!

The place card is 2″ x 4″ when it is folded.  I began by creating a rectangle that is 2″ x 4″.  I selected the CAC Champagne font and sized and spaced it like I wanted.  I then used the Transform/Outline function to create a shadow layer that was 0.06 larger than the original letters.  I moved the shadow layer to the center of the top of the rectangle and overlapped the bottom of the shadow layer slightly onto the rectangle.

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I then welded the two objects together.  The next steps were to make sure that my welded object was a polyarc, to select it so the nodes were visible and then to edit it using the “Delete” trash can icon to remove the parts of the rectangle and leave just the cropped shadow layer.

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I created two new rectangles – one was 4″ x 4″ and the second was 3.8″ x 3.8″.  The smaller one is used to cut the lining for the place card.  Shamrocks from the Mini Pics Lil Events dingbat font (uppercase K) were added to my screen and resized and rotated to my liking.  The shamrocks were placed in the lower half of the 4″ square and welded using the XOR welding function to leave holes in the square.

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Finally, the cropped shadow layer was positioned so the bottom of the shadow layer was 2″ above the bottom of the 4″ square and centered side to side.  A very short straight line was drawn at the left and right edges to mark where to score the fold line.  If desired a pounce line could be added instead of using a manually marked fold line.

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The smaller square was folded in half, place inside of the larger square and secured with the double sided adhesive tape.

The name was cut from the gold vinyl, weeded, and positioned onto the place card using clear transfer tape.

The link below will download the files for the place card with the shamrocks and the lining.  Shamrock Place Card_JudyKay

 

KNK Studio

I love the fact that if you own a KNK you don’t have to own a lot of other things and are still able to make just about anything. I needed to make a card for a special baby and knew what I wanted on the card. It was a design from My Vinyl Designer.

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It is the sweetest saying but I knew it would be difficult to cut and weed from vinyl. So I opened the design in KNK Studio and added the name to the Design. I sized it the size I wanted it to be on the card and then exported the image as a JPEG. I then was able to import the image into Word and print it. I used a white textured cardstock, cut to 8.5×11, on which to print the saying. The result is an adorable personalized card. I made the card 5×7 so that if mom wanted to she could frame it and put it in her nursery.

The second card was made the same way.

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KNK Studio

Word

Paper

 

Patchwork Valentine

One of the many things that I enjoy about  my 15″ KNK Maxx Air and the KNK Studio and Make the Cut software is that I can use them in combination with my other hobbies.  For my post today, I combined some sewing techniques with the capabilities of the KNK cutter and software. I created a Valentine card with a fabric patchwork heart and vinyl lettering on the front. CardFront-Optimized And a printed message on the inside. CardInside-Optimized Materials Used:

Five cotton quilting fabrics with Valentine prints

Muslin fabric

Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web

Cardstock:  White, pink, dark chocolate brown

1/4″ Double sided adhesive tape

Fabri-Tac adhesive

Battilizer batting

Sheer Mesh cut away stabilizer

Various Embroidery threads for decorative stitching

Aleen’s Okay To Wash-It Adhesive

Settings:

Machine:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Blades:  Fabric and Red Cap (standard materials)

Force:  Fabrics – 70, Cardstocks – 50 – 75, Vinyl – 13

Speed: 80 – 100

Instructions:

I began by tracing a heart shape I like and sizing to the dimensions I wanted for my finished patchwork heart in KNK Studio.  I then used the Ginsu Knife function to cut the heart shape into 5 pieces.  A copy of the uncut heart shape was resized to a smaller heart for the “backing heart” and a larger heart for the “background heart” using the Transform/Outline function.

Before cutting the fabrics for the heart pieces, the fabrics were pressed and the Steam-A-Seam 2 fused to the wrong side of the fabric.  The second piece of protective paper was removed from the Steam-A-Seam 2 and the wrong side of the fabric brayered to a very sticky mat for cutting.  The outer pieces of the patchwork heart had been enlarged on the outer edge to provide additional fabric for wrapping to the back.

Once the heart pieces were cut, they were assembled into a heart shape and fused to a piece of muslin.  To prepare the heart for decorative stitching, the fused pieced heart was layered on top of the Battilizer batting and the Sheer Mesh cut away stabilizer placed on the bottom of the stack. PiecesForStitching-Optimized Decorative stitches were selected and sewn over the “seams” in the patchwork heart. DecorativeStitching-Optimized The “backing heart” (smaller solid heart) was cut from white cardstock.  The backing heart was centered on the wrong side of the pieced and stitched heart.  The outline of the backing heart was traced on the sheet mesh stabilizer.  Small scissors were used to trim the stabilizer and batting on the marked line.  It was necessary to remove some of the decorative stitching to be able to trim the stabilizer and batting.  The “Okay To Wash-It” adhesive was used on the bobbin threads of the decorative stitches just inside the marked line to keep them from unraveling when the stitches outside of the line were trimmed.  “Fabric-Tac” adhesive was used to glue the backing heart to the wrong side of the heart unit. ReadyForFolding-Optimized Fabric-Tac was used to glue the fabric edge to the backing heart as the fabric was folded to the back. FoldedAndGlued-Optimized FinishedHeart-Optimized A “background heart” (larger solid heart) was cut from the brown cardstock.  The background heart was centered behind the completed patchwork heart and attached using double sided tape.

The card shown at the beginning of this post was created by folding an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of pink cardstock in half to form a top fold card.  The assembled patchwork heart and background heart were attached to the left side of the front of the card with double sided tape.  The words “Your Love” were cut from brown vinyl and placed on the right side of the front of the card.  The message for the inside of the card was printed using Microsoft Word and attached to the fold on the inside of the card with Fabri-Tac adhesive.  The font used for the card is Hancock.

Use the links below to download files for creating this card.  Enjoy!

Patchwork Valentine Cut Files_JudyKay

One File, Many Possibilities

 

Since Christmas always seems to arrive sooner than my completion of all the projects I’ve thought I would accomplish, I’ve made a file that can be used in many ways for lots of projects.  Since my 15″ Maxx Air is capable of cutting lots of different materials and my KNK Studio software and my Make the Cut software can easily resize the files according to my needs at the moment, I am ready to start producing those projects as soon as I decide which one to do first.  Oh wait, I did use the file to make the project for this post so I guess I am on my way.

Last year I made many of the round charger plates with vinyl sayings/graphics.  Later I found some smaller, rectangular platters/plates that I liked and bought a couple of them for my stash.  Today I used one of them for my post project along with that ever versatile and so easy to use vinyl.  This is what I made.

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Materials Used:

Metallic vinyl in brushed silver and gold

Rectangular tray from hobby store

Settings:

Machine – KNK 15″ Maxx Air,  Blade – red cap standard material,  Force – 15,  Speed – 70 (because of detailed design)

As I mentioned above, this design could be used for many different materials and many different projects.  Some that I considered are:

Cut from vinyl and apply to a greeting card.

Cut from velum or cardstock and use as an overlay on a greeting card.  Back the overlay with mylar or foil.

Cut from heavy cardstock, chipboard, thin acrylic, or styrene and use for an ornament.

Cut from the Faux Glass Etch vinyl in various sizes and decorate windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces.

Enlarge to several different sizes, cut from heavy cardstock, chipboard, thin acrylic, or styrene; mount on stands and display as a “forest” on a shelf or mantle.

Cut from velum and adhere one to each side of a glass candle holder with a battery powered tea light inside.

Cut multiple trees in different sizes from wall vinyl and decorate a wall.

Cut the tree and star from any of the iron-on vinyl materials and decorate clothing, tote bags, and other fabric items.  The tree is symmetrical so if you forget to mirror the file before cutting, it is OK.

I am sure you can imagine many additional uses for the file.  Enjoy!

Christmas Tree Cutting Files_JudyKay

 

 

Punkin Head

I like to use all of my various software packages that can create/cut files on my 15″ KNK Maxx Air.  I have KNK Studio, Make the Cut, and Pop-Up Card Studio.  For this post I used all of them to create parts for my Halloween card.  I also used a purchased file from My Scrap Chic which definitely ramped up the quality of my card.

Here is the finished card – outside and inside.  As you can see, I also used a mixture of materials for my card – card stock, wall vinyl, and holographic vinyl.

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 Materials Used:

Various Cardstocks

Wall Vinyl

Holographic Vinyl

Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Settings:

Machine Used:  15″ Maxx Air

Blade Used:  Red (standard material) blade

Force:  Cardstocks – 40 – 50

Vinyls – 13

Speed:  80 – 100

This was a fun card to make because I was able to use all of my software packages and a variety of materials.  The “punkin” eyes, the saying on the card front, and the glitter on the letters inside the card are all vinyl.  The pop-up element on the inside was created in the Pop-Up Card Studio and exported as an SVG format file.  The file was imported into Make the Cut and the card base cut from there.  The holographic vinyl is a shadow layer of the “Happy Halloween” letters.

The file from My Scrap Chick is from a design set named “Lil Punkins”.

Click on this link to download the files I created in KNK, MTC, and SVG formats. CuttingFiles_JudyKay