Halloween Diorama Card – Free MTC Cutting File!

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Recently, I participated in a Halloween card swap and it was during the sign-up period (several months prior) that I happened to see Brianna’s challenge over on the Make The Cut forum:

Diorama Card Challenge

I was immediately inspired to design a diorama card for this swap. Above you can see the front of the card. This inside had a surprise:

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And here’s the recipe:

Materials / Tools

KNK Maxx Air and KNK Zing
KNK Embossing Tool
Worldwin Black Ice Dust Cardstock
Brown, Orange, Green, Purple, and White Worldwin Smooth and Silky Cardstock
Halloween Diorama Cutting File in MTC Format
Double sided Adhesive Tape
Googly Eyes
Bat Brad
Pop Dots
Glue Dots
Glue

Method

(1) I was at a crop when I first started cutting the various pieces for this card. So, I had the Zing with me. For the score lines in the Black Ice Dust cardstock, I used a force of 160 and three passes. For cutting I used a force of 90 and speed of 9 to cut the 105 lb Black Ice Dust cardstock. The next day, at home, I finished up using the KNK Maxx Air with a force of 65 and a speed of 200. This cardstock is heavier than most and ideal for making a strong durable card of this type. The Smooth and Silky was cut at a force of 75 on the Zing and 50 on the Maxx Air.

(2) Note that I had to use WYSIWYG to score the lines with the Embossing tool and then switch to the blade holder for cutting. The scores lines and cut lines are on different layers in Make The Cut and this is one of those “stop and think” procedures because it’s important to make sure the correct layer is turned on for each process, as well as making sure you reset the force, number of passes and blade offset before you send the cutter to either score or cut. Also, note that I did not cut the base card on the cutter… only the cutout part. This is because the base card is a 12″ rectangle. So I used my paper trimmer to precut a 12″ x 5.5″ rectangle and then positioned that rectangle in the corner of the grid where I set the origin.

(3) I used an embossing template in the Fiskar’s Fuse to provide a textured background on the purple background piece behind the ghost. Popdots were used to adhere the ghost to that background.

(4) Print and cut was used to do the lettering pieces on the front and on the inside.

(5) The various cardstock pieces were attached using tape runner or glue. The Googly Eyes were attached with regular glue. I cut off the “metal” parts of the Bat brad and attached with a glue dot.

(6) When folding the card, remember that all folds are valley folds. This makes it easy to then see where to apply tape to attach and form the box part of the card. I used the newly released double sided adhesive tape from KNK USA and I have to say… this tape ROCKS! It is very strong and far less expensive than the double sided tapes sold at local craft stores.

I think that’s it! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Wedding Card

A Wedding Card

First off, I have to thank Sandy Evans for this design idea. She gave me an assortment of beautiful cards she had made and this one especially “spoke to me!” I thought it was just so beautiful and so clever! So, I used it for a card swap with my local craft group. I googled this design and, sure enough, there are quite a few variations and I believe it may have originated as a Stampin’ Up idea. Nevertheless, I designed my own version in Make The Cut and the cutting file is at the bottom of this post. Now for the recipe!

Materials and Tools

Black and white smooth cardstock
Black grosgrain ribbon
Black mini brads
KaiserCraft self-adhesive white pearls
White envelopes and white cards (cards are 6″ x 8.5″, folded in half)
KNK Zing
KNK Zing embossing tool
Fiskars Fuse
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Birds and Swirls
Sizzix Embossing Folder: Beaded Ribbons
Printer
Pop Dots
Various adhesives

Directions

(1) The file was designed for a 6″ x 4.25″ card. I used a paper trimmer to cut a black 6″ x 4.25″ rectangle and a 5.75″ x 4.25″ white rectangle. I then cut all of the pieces from the cutting file. Note that the lapels on the groom’s heart were scored using the small end of the Zing embosser. This provided a much sharper and more symmetrical center fold line than attempting to fold by hand. I used a force of 160 and two passes on the KNK Zing to score that fold.

(2) The white rectangle was adhered to the center of the black rectangle. The smaller white rectangle with the scalloped corners was embossed in the Fiskar’s Fuse using the Birds and Swirls embossing template. Then it was adhered to the center of the smaller black rectangle with scalloped corners. Before layering the rectangles to front of the card, grosgrain ribbon was added so that it wrapped around the sides and to the back of the larger pair of rectangles. To save on ribbon, I used short pieces and taped them to hide just behind the smaller pair of rectangles. Refer to the photo below for placement:

Wedding Card Closeup Cropped

(3) I cut two pieces of the grosgrain ribbon to form the groom’s bow tie. In the cutting file, you’ll see that the cut piece for the groom’s heart shirt was designed with two slits for wrapping one piece of the ribbon around the other. I used tape to secure it to the back of that heart. Then I added three small black brads as buttons, using the three holes that were also cut in that same white heart:

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(4) Next I used the Beaded Ribbon embossing template in the Fiskar’s Fuse for the bride’s front heart and then adhered it to the scalloped white heart. I added three self-adhesive pearls to the front.

(5) The hearts were mounted to the card using pop dots under the large rounded parts of the hearts and then the bottom parts of the hearts were glued flat to the background.

(6) For the inside of the card, I did a print and cut on the KNK Zing using a greeting typed and centered on another scalloped cornered rectangle:

Wedding Card Inside

(7) Finally, I decided to dress up the envelope by creating an insert with entwined rings cut from black cardstock. I created the rings from joined circles in MTC and arranged along a rectangle sized to fit the envelope:

Wedding Card Envelope

Here is the cutting file I created in MTC, KNK, PDF, and SVG file formats: Wedding Card

Independence Day Rhinestoning!

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A BIG thank you to my wonderful assistant, Gabriella Lex, for designing and making today’s three projects! Let’s begin with the materials she used:

KNK Maxx Air
Rock-It Rhinestone Flock
SS10 Rhinestones in Siam Ruby, Crystal, and Capri Blue
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
KNK Heat Press
Black T Shirt
White Cotton Placemat
Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates Cardstock
Red and Blue Decal Vinyl

For the design in Make The Cut, Gabriella used a rhinestone font from http://www.synergy17.com/ (note that you can download a free rhinestone font on the 17th day of each month). This font is designed with 2.0 mm circles which would have been way too small for the SS10 rhinestones. To resize the text in Make The Cut, so that the circles were 3.5mm, instead of 2.0mm, the method I show in this video was applied: Resizing Rhinestone Patterns.

For the flag, Gabriella made her own design and, as you can see, used it as the “i” in America.

After cutting the design on the Maxx Air from Rock-It, she brushed in the rhinestones, lifted with transfer tape and then heat pressed the stones to a black T Shirt I had in my closet. Now I have something special to wear at our 4th of July party this year!

America Shirt Cropped

But wait… there’s more! I decided I wanted to see the same colors on a white background, so I had Gabriella make two more items. I had some plain thin cotton placemats which I thought might also work great as basket liners for crackers or chips, So, Gabriella brushed and filled her template again with the same colors of rhinestones and then lifted and pressed to this placemat:

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And finally, I thought, “How about a greeting card, too?” So, we picked a red sheet of cardstock from the Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates line now being carried at KNK USA to use as the card base. Then Gabriella filled the template again with rhinestones and lifted and pressed to the center of a pre-cut rectangle of the white cardstock for the front of the card. I decided we needed just a little more embellishing to fill the white space to the left of the flag, so Gabriella cut some red and blue vinyl star frames and I arranged them on the front.

America Card

This is what I’ve always loved about making rhinestone templates…one template results in something you can use as many times as needed AND in different applications! Now let’s see if some of our readers can come up with their own ideas!

Here is the cutting file in MTC, KNK, and SVG file formats: America Design

Feel free to send me any project photos you take of this or other rhinestone designs! And again, a big thank you to Gabriella for helping us out at Team KNK!

Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-on is Ultra Cool!

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I’ve recently become hooked on yet another product from KNK USA. It’s called Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-on and it sparkles like there’s no tomorrow! Since I enjoy wearing T-shirts that advertise the Klic-N-Kuts, I decided to whip out a new shirt to wear to the CK Mesa Convention today. This project took one hour, from start-to-finish, and I hope it will encourage all of you to give iron-on transfer materials a try (if you’ve been hesitant to indulge in the past! 🙂

Before I get started… a funny thing happened. I had ordered 4 colors of the material: Light Gold, Blue, Green, and the Holo Pink. I had noted at the time of my order, that the Holo Pink was mentioned in the product description as being transparent and taking on the color of the material. Of course, with my typical 55+ year old brain malfunctions, I completely forgot about that and decided that I would cut the letters in blue and use the Holo Pink for the flourish, and apply it all to a black T-shirt. Well, the Holo Pink did NOT come out pink! Instead, it came out gold! I was shocked at first, then angry with myself for not remembering that the pink should be applied to white shirts only. But once I stepped back and looked at the shirt, I realized the gold actually looked great… and probably better than the pink I had in mind!

Ingredients:

  • 1 KNK Zing
  • 2 colors of Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-on
  • 1 black T Shirt
  • Cutting File


  • Method:

    (1) To create the design, I used Make The Cut. The font for the “Klic-N-Kut” logo is called Eras Bold. I typed it out and sized it according to what I felt would work best on my T Shirt:

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    (2) To create the flourish, I first designed a spiral using the new Spiral Tool in MTC. I added a Stretch Hexagon from the Polygon folder in Basic Shapes:

    Spiral and Stretch Hexagon

    (3) To open the Wrap Object to Path window, I held the Ctrl key and dragged the Stretch Hexagon over onto the Spiral until I saw the cursor icon change. I then let go of the Ctrl key and the mouse button:

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    (4) Next I marked the Warp option and then the Stretch option. I verified that Flatten was set to x5 so that my flourish would be very smooth:

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    (5) After clicking on Accept, I then deleted the single line spiral and resized the flourish to be much wider and shorter. I also rotated it slightly so that the outside tip would point upwards a bit more:

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    (6) I made a copy which I then flipped and mirrored. Next I overlapped the original so that those outside points were symmetrically aligned. Then I welded both shapes together:

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    (7) Then I resized the design to perfectly match the width of my title, rotated again slightly to look perfectly horizontal, and recolored to be pink. My design was ready to be cut… or at least I thought so… (keep reading! lol)

    Design

    (8) Because the Glitter Flex Ultra comes in 19″ wide rolls, I cut what I needed for each color and pressed to the cutting mat. I set up the Zing and did a small test cut to verify my settings: Red blade (with very little blade exposed), force of 30 (the Glitter Flex Ultra requires a bit more force than normal heat transfer vinyl), and a speed of 10. I sent the lettering to cut first from the blue Ultra. And just as it started the first letter, I remembered what must ALWAYS be remembered when doing iron-on projects! You MUST mirror the shapes before cutting because you cut iron-on materials with the adhesive side up! So, I hit the panic button on my Zing (aka Power button :P) and mirrored the design:

    Design Mirrored

    (9) Fortunately, I had only wasted 1/4″ of material, so I still had plenty of room to complete the title from the piece I had pre-cut. After cutting the second piece from the pink (oh… I mean, gold :P), I weeded both, which I found to be much easier than with normal heat transfer vinyl. : ) I used a paper piercer to lift up the waste and, occasionally, cut off the waste with scissors so I could discard pieces as I was weeding.

    (10) Once the waste was removed, I flipped over the designs, centered onto my T-shirt, and applied for 20 seconds with my KNK USA Heat Press set to 165 C (330 F). Then I remove the clear protective sheet, covered with a Teflon sheet, and pressed for another few seconds. DONE! : )

    (11) Note that you can also use your home iron for applying heat transfer! If you buy the material from KNK USA, contact me for recommended settings for both cutting and applying. Also, be sure to check Section 10.05 of the current KNK user manuals for more details on Iron-On Transfer applications.

    My completed T-shirt:

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    Thanks for reading! Happy Cutting!

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    Rotated Duplicate – A Reason to Upgrade to MTC 4.6!

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    I’ve always called this function the “wreath maker” when referring to it in KNK Studio. It allows you to take any shape and arrange it in a circle with repeats and equal spacing. There are a few more settings, but essentially that’s the main purpose. So, if KNK Studio is your design software of choice, then be sure to review this video, if you’ve not tried it out before: Circular Array Function

    Recently, an almost identical feature was introduced with the release of Make The Cut 4.6. It’s called Rotated Duplicate and was added to the Duplicate menu under Edit. It’s so simple to start testing because MTC is loaded with basic shapes to quickly access and send to this function. Take for example, these basic shapes and how they were used to create a scalloped circle and a flower:

    Circle

    Badge

    What I enjoy most is that some of the shapes can be used to create predictable outcomes, such as the following ring and spiral designs…

    Ring

    Spiral and Ring

    … while other shapes will yield surprisingly unpredictable designs, such as with this call-out “think” and bow:

    CallOut

    Bow

    This is what makes it all the more fun to see what will happen with any given shape and a combination of settings:

    Arrow

    Asteroid

    Heart

    SemiCircle

    Star

    Do not make the mistake of thinking this is all you get with the shapes I’ve chosen. With any of these same shapes I’ve used, a change in the total number of repeats, a deletion of interior paths, welding in new centers or just changing the offset settings will yield entirely new and different designs!

    Ready to start playing? First of all, make sure you have installed Version 4.6 of Make The Cut, available here: Lastest MTC

    Then watch this video to learn how to put YOUR favorite shapes into a semi-circle or circular pattern:

    Using the Rotated Duplicate Function

    Then go crazy with the designing possibilities! If you want some additional free shapes for making snowflakes and flowers, be sure to check out these two posts at the MTC Forum! A big thank you to Fred Muraca, our Australian KNK distributor and owner of Skat Katz for his contribution of the shapes in the following two posts:

    Designing Snowflakes

    Designing Flowers

    Snowflake and Flower

     

    If you don’t already have Make-The-Cut, it can be downloaded, as a demo. Licenses are $58.36 and can be purchased at KNKUSA.com.