Blinded by the light! Where is that Visor?

This month we took another trip to Disney World. We live nearby and have annual passes so we go often. As usual I forgot to bring a hat and the sun was really getting to me. Of course, Disney has a million hats to sell you at the park, but I prefer a lightweight visor. For our next trip, I am determined to remember to pack a visor and decided one of those foam visors would be the perfect style.

I found a foam visor at my local craft store and realized I could just as easily cut one on my Maxx Air. I scanned the visor into Make The Cut! with the Pixel Trace tool and went to town decorating it. I will make up a few and store them in my car so I don’t forget one next time!

 

Materials

Craft Foam – I used a 3mm craft foam, it required some extra blade to get a good cut.

Vinyl – Gemstone Metallics

Clear Transfer Tape

Coil Cording – This is hard to find, but you can use a coil wrist keychain bracelet or coil shoelaces cut to size. Amazon is a good source for these. Coil-Bracelet-Keychains

Mickey Visors – Download the Disney Visor project file/SVG to make your own.

Since our next trip is around St Patrick’s Day I designed a Mickey and Minnie head filled with shamrocks. I am giving away the design in in the project/SVG download, but I will walk you through my design process.

  • Create your fill pattern by duplicating your image and offsetting the rows. Join all rows.
  • Layer your mouse head over the fill and move it around until you get a pleasing fill inside the shape.
  • Perform a Boolean Join B-A.
  • Create a Shadow Layer of the mouse head. I made mine thin, mitered at .0360.
  • Layer and align the shadow layer and the Boolean join result in step 3.
  • Join the layers.
  • Create a weeding rectangle and join to the mouse head. Now you are ready to cut!

 

 Maxx Air Settings

Gemstone Metallics: Red Blade, Force = 42, Speed = 250, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25

Craft Foam 3mm: Blue Blade extended to the depth of the foam, Force = 80, Speed = 200, Passes = 2, Blade Height= just barely above the surface of the foam (start with 25 in testing) Note that the project file has a Punch Hole layer. This is included as a reference only; these holes are too small to cut in craft foam. Hide this layer before cutting the foam.

To assemble:

  • Apply the vinyl to the visor using the Clear Transfer Tape.
  • Glue the cord support circles to the outside of the visor tips.
  • Punch holes through the tips with an awl.
  • Thread the coil cording through the holes.

Make several with different decorations and embellishments for a fun way to keep your eyes shaded from the blinding sun!

 

 

My First Card Using Popup Card Studio

Know who’s MY new BFF? A software program called Popup Card Studio! If you’ve been following Team KNK the past few weeks, you’ve seen some of the cool cards created by our Team KNK designers. I’ve also been “playing around” with PCS during my spare time and have just been amazed by the features of this new program. It removes so much of the trial and error designing and has allowed me to really step up my popups!

For anyone interested in making popup cards, this IS the tool to have! With so many features AND so many videos being released every week, learning to design a popup card has never been easier! If you’d like to see my demo video on how to make a simple card, click here. If you’d like to try out the demo version of PCS, then click here and scroll to the bottom to find a link for the trial version. If you decide to buy PCS, order from here and receive my free support for any questions or issues you may have. Remember that if you already own MTC, you get a 15% discount at check out.

So, here’s my first published PCS popup card (message reads, “I’m not ‘lion’ when I say…”):

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And then the inside (message reads, “You’re my ‘beast’ friend forever!):

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I did make some simpler popup cards, as I was learning PCS, but since this card was for an animal-themed card swap due last Thursday, I knew I wanted to make something that would match the standards of the other participants! (What I lack in elegance in my card designs, I try to compensate with “a wow factor!” 🙂 )

    Materials
  • Cardstock: gold, green, red
  • Glossy photo paper
  • Popup Card Studio
  • Make The Cut
  • KNK Maxx Air
  • Maxx Air/Zing Embossing Tool
  • Font: 2Peas DW Sidney
  • Lion and Lamb images from Doodle Dragon Studios
  • Bone Paper Folder and Artist’s Palette Knife (tools for folding popup)
  • Various Adhesives and a pop dot

    • Instructions

    (1) I designed the popup in Popup Card Studio and then exported as an SVG file to import into MTC. I apologize for not sharing the file, however I used copyrighted images from Doodle Dragon Studios. Note that I design my popup cards to be slightly smaller than the planned base card so that there’s a small border around the popup on the inside.

    (2) I prefer scored folds, so I used the small end of the Zing/Maxx Air Embossing Tool for the job. I set the force to 180, speed at 350, and multi-cut at 3 passes. I turned off blade offset and used WYSIWYG mode so that my cut lines would align with the score lines.

    (3) After scoring, I hid the fold layers and turned on the cut layer. I set the force to 60, the speed at 200, and multi-cut at 2 passes. (Even though I probably didn’t need 2 passes, I always use it when cutting LOTS of repeats for swaps… as insurance!)

    (4) For the colored images of the lion and lamb, I did a print and cut using glossy photo paper. The same cut settings were used.

    (5) The messages were created using 2 Peas DW Sidney font and a print and cut performed on the gold cardstock.

    (6) The jungle leaves are from the MTC Users’ Gallery database… just search on the word “jungle”. (Yes, I do realize that lions don’t live in the jungle, but hey, I grew up with the original Tarzan movies and they always had lions living in the jungle! 😛 )

    (7) The red pieces on the stage were designed by making a copy of the popup shape and then breaking it up into the separate pieces needed. (I probably should make a video for this part! I’m sure some of you will be wanting to do the same with your future popups!)

    (8) Then I just glued everything together! I used a pop dot for the lion on the front. If you’ve never glued a popup card before, remember to do the bottom first and press closed. Open and check for wrinkles. Then apply the glue to the top part and press closed. Again, open and check for wrinkles.

    As I posted earlier, if you interested in Popup Card Studio or if you’ve purchased it and need some help, let me know! I’ll direct you to videos made by others or I’ll make one for you myself. As always, the best way to master something new is to start helping others with it… or just sign up for a swap!

    Halloween Witches Hat – Embroidery Pattern made with my KNK

    Halloween Witches Hat – Embroidery Pattern: I love finding new ways to use my KNK digital cutting systems! (Lynn C. – I thought of you the whole time I was making this!)

    My mom was visiting recently and we spent a day shopping and eating in Le Claire, IA – home of Antique Archaeology, otherwise known as American Pickers. Mom and I spent a couple of hours in the local shops, as well as a couple of dollars! Since retiring from 35 years of teaching she’s picked up Quilting and spends hours and hours every week on her new, and beloved, hobby. While we were shopping I found a needle punch embroidery project and thought it might be something I could do while traveling because its pretty compact. Some day when I have more time, I’d love to learn how to embroider – Team KNK Designer, Judy, creates such fabulous things with embroidery!

    Crafting is currently a challenge! I am in between houses, and traveling back and forth between Illinois and Michigan every other weekend. Because of that, I have carved out a little corner of mom’s family room to do my crafts. Thank goodness she’s okay with this – I can’t go too long without my KNKs!

    CraftArea And……back to the project. Finished needle punch items can be added to quilts, pillows, or books as an accent, or they can be used in many other craft projects. The thread is colorfast, so they can even be used as coasters!

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    I purchased a couple of yards of the weaver’s cloth, and some nice fall color threads to make other projects. I made the Halloween Witches Hat with a dark purple thread, the spider with black, the bittersweet with olive thread and red thread, and the star and moon with a harvest gold thread. The background is a thread that is variegated in off whites.

    Materials:

    Settings:

    • Speed:  200
    • Force: 80
    • Passes: 1-2

    Method:

    • I used the brayer to adhere the fabric to the mat and to remove all of the fold lines. My material was a little wider than the mat, but by only using the center 3 pinch wheels it had no effect on the task.

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    • I used a ball point pen, simply because my fabric pens are all packed and traveling on a truck somewhere. It worked just fine!

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    I only used a single pass on the Moon and Star – since there isn’t a lot of detail I figured it wouldn’t make much difference. The weaver’s cloth accepted the ink very well.

    • Next, I use the needle punch to craft the Halloween Witches hat design.

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    I can’t wait to ‘draw’ my next needle punch design with one of my KNKs! I am going to use this method to make Christmas patterned designs for everyone in my family. If nothing else, it will be a great way to spend my time in the car!