St. Patrick’s Day Plates

This posting evolved from a mind’s eye vision of decorating a rich green plate with white vinyl for St. Patrick’s Day.  That almost didn’t happen because all the normal places that have charger plates for the holidays didn’t stock shamrock green this year!  But, as you can see here, I finally found one…it was left over from Christmas and on close-out for the big bargain of 39 cents!  The lesson is …if you want shamrock green, buy them in  December in the Christmas decorations.

All the cutting was done on my Klic-N-Kut Maxx Air, using Make-the-Cut software.  The design was created in KNK Studio software.

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This green plate is decorated with white glossy vinyl from Accugraphics. The St. Patrick’s Day letters are a  ‘fussy’ design with shamrocks embellishing them. Settings used for cutting on my Maxx Air were:  Force, 20; Speed, 150; Blade Offset, 35; Red Blade; Blade height 25.  Font used for ‘happy’ was Charlee Regular.

Since I think you may not be able to purchase green plates now, I have also decorated a gold plate, using the same design.

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The shiny gold plate was a little more difficult to photograph, so it is photographed at an angle.  The design was cut from Con-Tact Brand self-adhesive foil.  It was very thin and the adhesion characteristics had something to be desired.  I’ve included it as part of this post, just in case you have this product it in your stash or are tempted to purchase it.  I think there are better choices for this application.  Like the green plate the design is going to be a bit difficult to read from across the room, but both are very readable in my small breakfast area.  Settings used for cutting on my Maxx Air were:  Force, 6; Speed, 150; Blade Offset, 35; Red Blade; Blade height 25.

Although I like the ‘fussy’ design used on the green and gold plates, if you are in a hurry or you want to make multiples of them, then the simpler design on the silver plate might be a better choice.  Optimized-SilverPlate

The vinyl used on the silver plate is my very most favorite vinyl.  Accugraphics calls it Gemstone Metallics Vinyl – color #6220, Emerald Green.  On the silver plate it is very readable from a distance. The simplistic design lends itself to easy assembly, while the Gemstone Metallics vinyl gives an instant, smashing impact.  Settings used for cutting it on my Maxx Air were:  Force, 20; Speed, 150; Blade Offset, 35; Red Blade; Blade height 25.  Font used for the lettering was Freehand521 BT.

In addition to embellishing plates, you might also find some of the pieces perfect for other applications such card and scrapbooking design.

Free Files for StPatrick’s Day Plates  in MTC & PDF formats; zipped

Rhinestone T for St. Paddy’s Day!

Who doesn’t LOVE St. Patrick’s Day? I’ve always made it a special celebration, having married into an Irish family! I would love to tell you about the amazing traditional Irish dinner I make every year. But the truth is… hubby’s not so fond of Irish food! lol So, I usually just pick up a half dozen sandwich rolls, several selections of deli meat (including corned beef, or course), sliced cheese, a pint of coleslaw (hey, it is made from cabbage), and some potato salad. And that’s our “traditional” St. Paddy’s Day meal! Oh… and I always add some green food coloring to a pitcher of Coors Light! 😛

This year, I have something special to wear. I designed a rhinestone pattern, cut template material on the KNK Zing, and then brushed in Peridot and Crystal 10SS stones from KNK USA to fill the template. After filling, I lifted the stones with rhinestone tape, and then pressed onto a black T Shirt.

Here’s a close up of the design in MTC:

I used the automatic fill feature in MTC for the shamrock and then tweaked to get the rows of stones perfect. Note that I cut the entire template at one time and then used masking tape to cover the holes for the words while brushing in the Peridot stones. Then I removed the masking tape and brushed in Crystal stones for the lettering. This works really well for two color templates where one color is clearly separated from the other.

Finally, if you would like to cut the pattern yourself, here’s a link to a zip containing the design in .KNK, .PDF, and .MTC formats:

Rhinestone Kiss Me I’m Irish Files

I hope everyone has a fabulous St. Paddy’s Day!

Irish Claddagh-Heart Box

Gosh and begorrah my fellow Leprechans, its that magical time o’the year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Now, tis the wearin’ o’the green that brings you luck. If ya don’t, ye be gettin’ pinched all over, unless you’re likin’ that sort of thing, but that’s another suject best talked about while drinkin’ good Irish whisky…but I digress…where was I…ah, yes, St. Patty’s Day!!! Let the party begin with this lovely Claddagh-Heart Box honoring sweet Irish semtiment. The hands represent friendship; the heart is love and the crown mean loyalty. This Claddah-Heart box promises treasures of Irish gold! And that’s no blarney! Your guests will find this box charming and the treasure, magically delicious! So take a break from River dancing and enjoy this Irish treat with your guests!