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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Print and Cut Shower Invitation

Shower Invitation Created with Zing and MTCIt seems that many of us have been busy making cards or other paper crafts lately.  I too, have gotten into my paper stash to make an invitation for a family baby shower I’m planning for my daughter. I was able to use my Zing with MTC’s Print and Cut to put a scalloped edge around the invitation and add holes to thread ribbon through. I also used a pen in the Zing to address the envelopes.

  • invitation for tutorial 2Materials:
  1. White premium card stock
  2. Patterned paper for background
  3. Ribbon
  4. Printer
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Pen and Pen Holder (I don’t have a pen holder so use a little foam mounting tape around the pen.)
  7. Free MTC file
  8. Invitation Design
  9. Envelopes
  • Zing Settings for Invitation:
  1. Speed:10
  2. Force: About 50 – 70 (check MTC manual)
  3. Offset: .25
  • Envelopes Addressed Using KNK Zing with PenZing Settings for Addressing Envelopes:
  1. Speed:10 (slower for more ink on paper, faster for less)
  2. Force: 20 (depends on pen)
  3. Offset: 0
  4. Blade Height: 25 Post it Notes
  • Steps for Invitation:
  1. Create the invitation design. I designed my invitation in Inkscape and put a rectangle around the design so that the rectangle is bigger than the finished invitation. I then exported it as a PNG before importing into MTC. (You can download the SVG here if you’d like to use my basic format. )
  2. Go to Import > Pixel Trace to import design.  Adjust “Threshold” to around 250 – 255. Click on “Texturize” and “Blackout”. Put your print on its own layer. (You can use my “Print Layer” as an example. Then turn my Print Layer off or delete it.)
  3. Set your “Printer Options”. Make sure that it is set to “Show Paper on Mat”, “Show Reg Marks”, and “Print Reg Marks”.
  4. If you are not familiar with MTC’s print and cut, please refer to your manual and/or videos.
  5. Make sure all layers are turned on and align horizontally and vertically. Check that the Rectangle lines up with the outside of the print design. This will insure that your registration marks for your “Print Layer” and “Cut Layer” will be in the same place. This is very important to make sure the scallop cuts where you want it to.
  6. Turn off “Rectangle Layer” and “Cut Layer”. Print the “Print Layer”
  7. Place printed design on mat and insert into Zing. Turn off the “Print Layer” and turn on other two layers.
  8. Follow instructions to complete Print and Cut.
  9. Use Zing or other method to cut backing paper and place ribbon holes to line up with ribbon holes in invitation.
  10. Thread ribbon through holes and tie to secure back to invitation.
  • Steps for Envelope:Envelopes addressed with Zing
  1. Adhere envelope to mat with flap open.
  2. Choose desired font in MTC and complete address.
  3. Put pen into pen holder and place in Zing. Adjust settings. Use “Knife Point” setting and set origin to where you want to your text to start. “Cut” and watch your Zing address your envelope perfectly.

Print and cut takes a little bit of practice if you’ve never tried it. Be patient and don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time. It works great once you get used to it and is well worth the effort to learn!

 

 

Tag, KNK is “IT”

A friend at work has a package of commercially prepared cardstock sheets that are perforated into 18 small scalloped tags on each letter size sheet.  She asked me to help her find a template so she could print these tags with some text and a small graphic.  I was able to find and download the template as well as figure out how to place the text and graphic like she wanted.  I wondered how many times the tags on those perforated sheets would become separated/detached/torn on their journey through a printer.  Also when using the template, it is necessary to populate each tag separately.  Even when using the copy and paste functions that becomes a tedious task.  And if you really only wanted to print 5 tags, once you removed them from the sheet, running that sheet through the printer again is all but impossible.  The solution to the dilemma?  Why, my 15″ KNK Maxx Air and my Make the Cut software using the wonderful Print and Cut function!!!  Here is a picture of the tag I created.  And, I was able to cut 30 tags from a letter size sheet of cardstock instead of 18!

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Materials Used:

White 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock

Settings:

Machine:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Blade:  Red Cap Standard Material,  Force:  50,  Speed:  80,  2 Passes,  Print and Cut

Instructions/Comments:

My original intent was to use the MTC pixel trace function with the tag outline from a screen capture.  However, the screen capture image was such poor quality that the trace would have required much remedial work.  Creating the shape from scratch was much quicker with more accurate results.  I knew the size of the tag was 2″ long by 1 1/4″ wide – not very big.  I started with a rectangle and welded circles to that to create the scalloped top edge.  A hole for hanging was added using the Boolean Join function.

The graphic was downloaded from the Internet, saved as a PNG file, and used as Texture on the tag.  The font was chosen and words added just like I wanted them. I thought I was all set and filled up the page by duplicating my tag.  I checked the page full of tags using the Print Preview function and they looked great.  Imagine my surprise when I printed a whole sheet of tags that looked like this.

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To diagnose the problem, I removed the texture from the tag and printed a single one and it looked like this.

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That told me that the use of the texture function was somehow to blame.  So I increased the size of the white background on the texture graphic (my PNG file) and added it back to the tag.  The next printout looked like this.

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I knew I was on the right track so I again increased the size of the white background on my graphic file and did another test which gave me the result I wanted.

Lesson learned:  the file used as texture in a shape needs to be as large as or larger than the shape itself.  I also realized that if I could see the grid lines on the mat inside of my tag shapes after I had added the texture, I was going to get black in those areas when I printed the tags.  This is only true when using the “Contrast” option in the “Mat Configuration”.  If using a color for your mat, you will always see the grid lines on top of your objects.

An alternative method of preventing the black fill is to create a background white rectangle larger than the whole group of objects as Sandy McCauley teaches in her tutorials.

A downloadable file for the tag shape can be found in the link below.

Cut Files Little Tag_JudyKay

 

 

 

 

Vintage Easter

 

My 15″ KNK Maxx Air plus my Make the Cut software make it so easy to create special cards for special occasions.  The Print and Cut feature in the Make the Cut software is one of my favorite features of that software.  I can take almost any image into the software and use the excellent tracing features to incorporate that image into my project.  For today’s post I chose a beautiful image of a vintage Easter post card which I found on the Graphic Fairy’s website.  This is how my Vintage Easter card looks.

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Materials Used:

Matte finish photo paper

Cardstock in yellow, light green, pink, and white

1/4″ double sided adhesive tape

Medium and dark chalk

Settings:

Machine – 15″ KNK Maxx Air

Blade – Red Cap (Standard Material)

Force – 50 – 65 for the cardstocks and the photo paper

Speed – 80 -100

After finally settling on the image that I wanted to use, I downloaded it, and created a rectangle with rounded corners the size I wanted for the image on the front of the card.  Then I added the image as a texture to that rectangle.  Next I created 3 shadow layers for that rectangle.  Each shadow layer is 5 mm larger than the previous one.  One last shadow layer was created, again at 5 mm larger than the last one.  The largest shadow layer was duplicated, moved next to the one from which it was duplicated and the two welded to create the card base.

The layer with the image was cut using the Print and Cut function.  All of the others were cut using the knife point function.

After the card was assembled with the double sided tape, the edges were chalked with the brown chalks to further enhance the vintage look.

 

Print and Cut Adds Dimension

The Print and Cut feature of the Make the Cut software is a very versatile tool for my 15″ KNK Maxx Air.  When I needed to create a greeting card for a card swap, the design I came up with included four different Print and Cut elements.  One element was placed on the front of the card on 1/8″ thick adhesive foam squares.  The second element was glued directly to the inside of the card so the card would still close flat.  The third and fourth elements were printed with the Print and Cut feature but the cutting was accomplished on a manual paper cutter since these elements were the outside and the inside of the card and were printed back to back on the same piece of cardstock.

This card swap theme was “Funny Cards”.  Although I think mine is a bit more corny than funny, it was fun to make and MTC’s Print and Cut feature helped me to add some dimension so the card wasn’t just a flat printed piece of cardstock.

 

Front-Optimized Inside-Optimized Materials Used:

White cardstock

Settings:

15″ KNK Maxx Air

Red cap blade (standard material), Force – 70, Speed – 85, Single pass

Instructions:

Since I wanted to print both the inside and outside of the card on one piece of cardstock, I had to do some experimenting with the positioning of the images on the mat in my MTC software to have them line up correctly.  Also I had to learn how to correctly re-insert the cardstock into my printer once the first side had been printed.  Here are screen shots of the MTC files that I used for the inside and the outside of the card.

ScreenshotFront-Optimized

ScreenshotInside-Optimized

Although you can see the image of the Print and Cut doctor on the screenshot of the front of the card, that was not actually printed on the card.  The image was there so I could get the placement of the images that were printed in the proper positions.

The Print and Cut elements that were actually cut were the doctor and the duck’s bill.

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When the card was opened and the duck’s bill lifted, the message under the bill could be seen.

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