Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms – Print and Cut plus Cuttlelola Dotspen

I was recently introduced to the Cuttlelola Dotspen by Sandy McCauley and Michele Harvey. I was so excited when I saw it, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on one… which I promptly did when I received a check for my birthday.

While I do most of my drawing on the computer and am not a freehand artist, there are a few things that are done best by hand. Such is the case with using the Cuttlelola Dotspen to add shading. (Although I also have plans to try it out in my Zing. You can see some cool results Sandy got here.) Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms

This simple black and white nautical necklace I made has two charms; one is the shape of the lake we live on in Michigan, and the other is a compass rose. I used a sheet of Inkjet Shrinky Dink and did a print and cut. After cutting the charms out, I enhanced them using my Dotspen before baking them. I was able to represent the depth of the lake by shading the deepest areas the darkest, and gradually making the more shallow areas lighter.

Materials:

  1. Inkjet Shrink Plastic
  2. Make the Cut software
  3. Blue-capped blade
  4. Inkjet printer
  5. Cuttlelola Dotspen (purchased from Amazon)
  6. Jewlery Jump Rings – I used some from an old necklace I wasn’t using
  7. Needle Nose Pliers
  8. Hole punch
  9. Ribbon or chain
  10. Oven

Settings for Zing:

  1. Force – 130
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multi-cut – 2

Steps:

  1. Import pixel trace – I used a line drawing.
  2. Follow instructions in manual to complete print and cut.
  3. Use a standard hole punch to put hole in top of your charm for the jump ring Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms
  4. Use Dotspen to shade design as desired. Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms
  5. Place charms on cookie sheet
  6. Bake shrink plastic according to manufacturers directions. I baked mine for 3.5 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Remove from oven. If the charms are not completely flat, quickly flatten with spatula while still hot.
  8. If desired you can spray with clear, use clear nail polish, or use a self leveling resin such as EnviroTex.
  9. Use pliers to carefully apply jump rings.
  10. Add ribbon or chain. Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms

 

 

 

 

Print and Cut Kitchen Jar Labels – Spruce up Your Kitchen with Cute and Practical DIY Labels

We spend part of our winter in Arizona, and the rest of the year at our Michigan home. I have found that leaving baking supplies in plastic during the intense Arizona summer while we are in Michigan, is not a good idea. The heat causes the food to absorb an odor from the plastic containers. I prefer to keep my dry goods in glass jars anyway, so I will begin transferring dry ingredients to the jars this winter.

I have recently purchased some matte inkjet printable vinyl. This is just what I needed to make these cute kitchen jar print and cut labels. Sugar Jar

 

Materials:

  1. Inkjet vinyl (I purchased from HH Sign Supply)
  2. Image
  3. Printer
  4. Make the Cut Software
  5. Glass Jar
  6. Red – capped blade

Settings for KNK ZIng:

  1. Force – 40
  2. Multi-Cut – 1
  3. Speed – 10

Steps:

  1. Import design and pixel trace in MTC. Import Pixel Trace
  2. Print design Printed Image
  3. Complete Print and Cut
  4. Clean the glass jar. I like to clean the area which is going to receive the label with rubbing alcohol.
  5. Apply label to glass jar.

Tips and things I learned during this project:

  1. I was having trouble with my Print and Cut, even though I usually get a perfect result. So…. this should have been common sense and I almost hate to mention it. But, perhaps someone else will make the same mistake, so I will swallow my pride and tell you that I failed to consider that I was using a new computer and hadn’t calibrated the software yet. When I finally figured out what was wrong, I simply looked at my X Y values in MTC on my other computer and plugged them in. Perfection! Calibrate
  2. The printed vinyl seems to be waterproof. (I used an Epson printer with pigment ink. Your results may be different, depending on the ink used.) Vinyl is Waterproof
  3.  Some of the detail of my original image didn’t show up in the printed version, even though I printed at a high quality. While I still like the result, I will keep that in mind when I choose/ design my next image.

My local Walmart only had one of these jars. I will be making be making more labels when I am able to purchase more of these cute jars.

 

 

DIY Decorated Cloth Napkins with Inkjet Heat Transfer – KNK Print and Cut

It’s fun to use DIY decorated cloth napkins for those special occasion dinners. In fact, why not use them everyday and save the cost and waste of paper napkins! For this project I used inexpensive cloth napkins which I found at Walmart. An inkjet transfer is used to add the design.

Cloth Napkins with HTV

Materials:

  1. Cloth napkins
  2. Inkjet transfers (I used Jet Pro Soft Stretch)
  3. Make the Cut Software
  4. Red Capped Blade
  5. Heat Press or Iron

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 40
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multi-Cut – 2

Steps:

  1. Import Pixel Trace  Import Pixel Trace
  2. Mirror Image
  3. Print out image. (Follow instructions in MTC manual if not sure how to complete Print and Cut.)
  4. Cut, using Print and Cut.
  5. Iron napkin and fold so that the surface that is exposed will be the portion you want to apply the image to. Press again while folded. (I used a 13 X 13 inch napkin and folded in eighths.) Fold and Iron Napkin
  6. Place image face down on napkin. Place Inkjet Transfer Face Down
  7. Check instructions for the Inkjet Transfer. (For Jet Pro Soft Stretch and heat press, set at 350 degrees and press for 25 seconds.)
  8. Carefully peel paper off napkin.

Two Upper Peninsula Napkins

 

Anyone from Northern Michigan understands the pride felt by those that are “born and bred” in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since my husband and I were not born in the U.P., we are not considered “Yoopers” by the locals. However, we do enjoy the benefits of living in this beautiful part of the country, and the design I used embraces our “transplant” status.

 

Print and Cut Valentine Card – Elephants in Love

We are half way through January, which means it’s time for me to think of Valentine projects. I don’t make a lot of cards, but thought I’d try one of my JPGs as a simple “print and cut” Valentine Card. Since elephants seem to be popular right now, I decided to use my “Elephants in Love” file.

Elephants in Love Valentine Card

For this project, I printed out the entire design for the background, and then imported as a pixel trace and cut just the elephants. I used hot glue to adhere the elephants to the background, giving the card a 3-D effect.

Materials:

  • Card stock
  • “Elephants in Love” or file of your choice. (If you’d like to purchase this file for $.40, follow link and use coupon code KNK40 until the end of this month.)
  • Red Capped Blade
  • Printer
  • Hot glue
  • Make-The-Cut software

Settings for Zing:

  • Force – 100 (will vary with weight of card stock)
  • Speed – 10
  • Multi-cut – 1 or 2

Steps:

  • Print design on card stock
  • Cut to desired size
  • Score fold line
  • Import > Pixel Trace and adjust settings to capture the portion of design you want to cut. Make sure to tick Texturize Path and Blackout Path. My other settings were: Threshold 136, Despeck 182, and Resample x.50 s. Don’t be afraid to tweak these settings to get the results you want.
  • Complete Print and Cut as described in the Make-The-Cut manual. Here are a few things to remember:
  1. Adjust your mat size to match your paper size.
  2. Go to Print Options and tick Print Registration Marks.
  3. Go to Print Set-Up and make sure your page orientation is set correctly.
  4. Now, look at Print Preview to make sure things look the way you want them to print. (I also set my printer software to do Print Preview just to make sure I don’t get any surprises when I print.) Double-check your orientation, page size, image quality, etc. in your printer software before you print.
  • After printing, adhere your printed paper to your mat. Insert into your Zing, making sure the orientation matches what you see on the screen. Set Origin so that the laser lines up with the corner of your paper. (Refer to manual if you are not sure about this.)Set Origin
  • Select Finished, and then Cut. The mat and blade holder will move so that the laser is close to the first registration mark. (If it does not end up close to the mark that is represented by a flashing red dot on the screen, you may have the mat size or orientation set incorrectly. If this is the case fix what is not right and re-set your Origin.) Use your arrow keys to move the light directly on top of the registration mark.

Move Laser to Registration Mark

  • You might want to decrease the number for Steps as you get closer to the registration mark to increase your accuracy when moving toward the mark. (If you look closely in the photo above, you can see where my laser light ended up before I moved it with the arrows.)
  • Click Next to advance to the next registration mark and use arrow keys again as needed. Do the same for the next arrow. The cutting process will begin.
  • Remove your cut image from the mat and use a dab of hot glue to adhere to background card.

 

A Touch of Magic

Last week on Thursday and Friday the store I work for hosted a two day sewing event showcasing products by Husqvarna Viking and Jenny Haskins.  The theme for the event was “A Touch of Magic”.  My dear friend Lynn had sent me a Valentine gift made using a miniature paper coffee cup with a lid and that inspired me to purchase some of the cups to make favors for each of the persons attending this event.  Using the Magic theme, I created these cups.

Finished-Optimized

Materials Used:

Smooth cardstock in white and colors

Holographic vinyl in silver

White iridescent yarn

5mm thick white Silly Winks Foam Sheet

Woodpile brand Slim Sticks from a craft store

4 oz Paper Poly Hot Cups and Lids from Webstaurantstore.com

Flower pins created using nylon organza, Jenny Haskins’ Krinkle Magic, rayon embroidery threads, and jewelry finding pins

Alcohol Inks

Double sided scrapbooking tape

White craft glue

Hot glue

Fabri-Tac glue

Machines Used:

KNK 15″ Maxx Air and KNK Force

Colored cardstocks were cut on the KNK Force using a Standard Material Red Cap blade, a blade tension of 3, 2 passes, a starting depth of 110, an ending depth of 120, a cutting speed of 30, a blade offset of .25, and an overcut of .45

White cardstock was printed on an inkjet printer and cut on the KNK 15″ Maxx Air via Make The Cut Print-n-Cut.  Blade used – Standard Material Red Cap, Force – 50, Speed – 65, 2 passes

Silver holographic vinyl was cut on the KNK 15″ Maxx Air with a Standard Material Red Cap blade at a force of 20, and a speed of 65 with one pass.

Project Creation:

The pieces used to create the cups are shown in this photo:

Pieces-Optimized As seen in the first photo, cups were made in two different color ways: pink and purple.  The flowers were created on the embroidery machine as three different layers, steamed to cause the Krinkle Magic to shrink, stacked and sewn together on the machine, and a jewelry finding pin hot glued to the back. The larger pieces of card stock were used to cover the outside of the cup.  The narrow piece of cardstock with the vinyl lettering is the band placed over the larger piece of cardstock.  Cardstock was glued to the cup with white glue.  The octagonal piece was cut from the 5mm sheet of foam and colored with alcohol ink.  That was hot glued to the seam where the smaller cardstock band was joined.  A slit was cut in the foam and the pin on the flower inserted into the slit so the flower could be easily removed from the cup and worn.

The scalloped circles with the printing on them were created using the Make the Cut software and used the Print-N-Cut function.  These were placed on the tops of the lids with double sided adhesive tape.

Cup Tops-Optimized

The “magic wands” in the cups are the slim sticks dyed with alcohol inks.  Iridescent yarn was threaded through a hole in the end of the stick, shredded with a toothbrush, glued in place with Fabri-Tac glue and two silver holographic vinyl stars placed back to back for the top.

A total of 40 people signed up for the event.  I made 48 cups so each attendee and the presenters and helpers would each have one.

All48-Optimized

Of course the cups were filled with chocolate candies as an extra added treat.

Thanks to Lynn for her inspiration and sharing her files for the cup covers and bands.