Memorial Day Wishes

Memorial Day, which started after the Civil War in 1868, was created to honor Americans who died while fighting for their country (International Business Times).

I was inspired for today’s project by this American holiday and thoughts of my family members who have served or are serving.

I finally decided to pull out the punch tool and see what I could create. This project was not without challenges. First and foremost, I could not find a single sheet of craft foam in my creative room (I recently cleaned and organized – surprise)!

For my first attempt I tried to use the dashed line style but the lines would not get short enough and I was concerned they would not make a “punch”. However, I did love how it looked with a pen (this may become an embroidery design in the future).

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Next, I tested the monogram using the rhinestone feature and it appeared to be a much better choice.

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I placed a piece of cardboard in the Maxx, since I could not find my craft foam. The problem that subsequently ocurred with the cardboard was that the pinch wheels pressed the corrugated sheet down flat in two channels and as it continued to move it back and forth, it skewed so badly that it was actually weaving back and forth through the machine.

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

I was back to using a mat, instead of cardboard! I looked for my ’embossing’ shelf liner but couldn’t find that either. Not to be discouraged, I combed the room and finally decided to try a piece of craft felt. Eureka! It worked. I used a flag design I made years ago, and added the text.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 15
  • v = 150
  • p = 1

Instructions:

  1. Select or create your design. I used the font Melior for my text. Capture
  2. Enlarge the design 4-6 times the size of the desired final project.   Capture2
  3. Use the rhinestone option in Make-the-Cut to create small, evenly spaced circles.   Capture4    Capture3
  4. Resize the design to your desired project size.   Capture5
  5. Punch away!   20150525_010038 (614x800) 20150525_010058 (603x800)

 

Embossing Metal with KNK

Wow what an honor to be asked to post something here!!

A friend of mine wanted to do something unique with her company logos to hang in her office. The above picture was the end result! Course this was only after some help from Sandy (Thank you!!) and watching and re-watching one of her videos and a LOT of experimenting!!

I started by scanning all four logos into MTC using Pixel Trace. Then I saved as EPS files and imported each into KNK Studio. Since I am more familiar with KNK Studio, I did all my node editing there. All of these were going to be ‘debossed’ which means the logo was reversed and embossed into the back side of the metal so the image would be raised on the front side.

I used sheets of 36 Gauge .005 Aluminium Foil. I used a pressure of 100 with two passes on my Groove E. I had to be a little careful so the rollers on KNK would not run on the good part of the metal and leave an impression. After Groove E did all the work, I applied a few drops of Alcohol Ink in three different Earth Tone colors. I let them run together and then gently blotted with a sponge and occasionally adding a little Alcohol Blending Solution until I was happy the colors. It may be a little hard to see in the picture but I ended with a rustic copper look to the metal. I let all that dry over night and then gently sanded the raised logo.

After this was finished and hanging in her office for less then a day, her boss liked it so well that he claimed it as his own and I have yet to make her another one!! Guess I should get started on that!!