HIP HIP HOORAY! FOR THE U.S.A.

This is the time of year that I often reflect on how happy I am to live in the U.S.A.   My plate stand was “calling” for a new plate for the season.  So for Memorial Day I created this plate, which will probably reside in the stand through the summer because I think it’s also very appropriate for the 4th of July and maybe even Labor Day, too.

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The vinyl was cut on my 15″ KNK Maxx Air using a Red Tip Blade and my Make-the-Cut Software, Settings used were: F=28, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point.

The challenge for embellishing a plate with vinyl is usually in the placement, not the cutting. The following pictures illustrate my method of getting the vinyl exactly where I want it on the plate.

1. After cutting and weeding the vinyl, I cover it with Transfer Tape.  Next I cut away the tape that extends beyond the design, so I can visually see how it is going to fit and look when applied to the plate. Optimized-EaglePlate_2

2. The next step is to turn the masked vinyl over and turn down approximately 1″ of the vinyl liner at the top. Turn the vinyl back over with the right side up, and place the sticky side of the vinyl to the plate, matching the placement that I determined in the previous step.

Optimized-EaglePlate_3 3.  Now that the top edge is secured to the plate, I use one hand to slowly apply the vinyl, using a firm flat object for a secure, flat application without bubbles. At the same time with the other hand I pull on the vinyl liner, exposing more of the sticky side of the vinyl.

Optimized-EaglePlate_4 4. The final step for the center design is to remove the transfer tape.  I find it works best to pull it away at approximately a 45 degree angle.  The picture that follows is a close-up of the center design.

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The last thing to do is apply the stars around the edge.  For equal spacing I made a stencil so I could mark placement with a Sharpie. This template is included in the free files of this design.  With the plate marked, placement of the stars is easy…and you have a finished plate to enjoy for years to come.

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While still in a patriotic mood I saw these cute little patriotic owls on the Pink Pueblo website.  I fell in love with them and immediately set about deciding what to put them on.  I settled on a tray that is 19″ wide by 8″ tall. The inside measurement is 16″ x 5″.  The owl with the flag and the one with the hat are scaled to be 4.5″ tall.

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Before actually looking at the cutting design I thought I would cut them from vinyl.   But when I looked at the cut design—that thought was out of the question because there were way too many pieces, as well as lots of layering.  So I settled on cardstock for everything but the stars and the saying on the bottom, which I cut from vinyl.

Vinyl Settings used were: F=28, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point.

Cardstock Settings used were: F=55, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point

The biggest change that I made to the design was to add a base file to adhere all the other pieces to.  It was a big missing piece in the files, but was remedied easily with my Make-the-Cut software.

I was totally wowed at the stars on the flag.  There are 50 of them, measuring .06″ each.  If I hadn’t cut and applied them, I would have never known how big .06″ is.  For perspective I photographed it with a penny. Aren’t they wonderful?  I love my KNK for the detail options it gives us.

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Before gluing them to the tray, I sprayed them with an acrylic sealer.

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