Free is good!

We are so fortunate as owners of KNKs’ that we are not limited to a cartridge or a specific file type. We can use  so many file formats that it makes it easy to find free files online.

Free files makes it easy to make projects quickly, no design time! (But, it is also awesome to create your own files so you aren’t making the  same things as everyone else.)

Pintrest is always a good place to start when looking for free files. I look for free ai, eps, or svg files. I found this free file and made a cute card. This  phrase is how I often end letters to my kids and family members.

It is simply vinyl and paper. When I think back to how  I struggled to cut letters from paper and  then glue those little pieces down without having a mess of dried glue showing, vinyl is awesome.

Materials

vinyl

Coredinations paper

cardstock

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 34

speed 450

Two of  my favorite finds are  Cutting for business who has a  page with 40  great sites to find free files, and then  the site that had the file  for this card is  http://www.lovesvg.com

 

It’s not a Hallmark

Hallmark has wonderful cards, but they don’t personalize the cards the way we can. A friend of ours had a massive stroke right after Christmas. He loves to golf and ride motorcycle, things that are encouraging him to work very hard at his rehab. Shortly after his stroke he celebrated a birthday and a card popped into my head. Dick has a good sense of humor but I decided to “run the card past my husband” before sending it to make sure he thought it would be okay.

Materials

Paper

 

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 400

It was as simple as cutting the vinyl and applying it to cardstock.  Dick loved the card, when he moved from the hospital to a rehab center he took it with him and has it on display.

The font is King Basil

The golfer was a file from My Vinyl Designer

Hot Mess

One of the new “crazes” is the “hot mess”. It looked like fun so I thought I would give it a try.

You start with a board painted white. Then you start adding brush strokes of color.

You continue adding colors until the entire board is covered.

 

Materials

Wood

Paint

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 400

Then you add your stencil, this will be the design that shows through at the end.

 

I chose a rooster and a cow. Then you paint the entire board white again. Paint away from the design to help eliminate bleeding under the stencil and use light coats until you have the coverage you desire. Mine is pretty white, some people like to have the colors show through subtly.

I then used a brush dipped in gray paint and then wiped almost dry and made random brush strokes over the board. When everything is dry, peel off the vinyl.

And here is the end result. It was fun to try. Here is the file for the cow and the rooster in KNK, SVG, and MTC   hot mess rooster and cow

 

 

 

Craft Room Remodel – Adding a Personal Touch

Photo of Craft Room RemodelIt’s cold in the north… very cold! But that’s okay because I’m updating my studio, and this craft room remodel is keeping me busy in my cozy, happy space. I’ve spent the past couple months organizing, sorting, adding in new furniture, and decorating my space. I painted the walls bright white, and Hubby helped me add lights, lights, and more lights.Photo of Ikea Alex Drawers - Craft Remodel

All of the new furniture I added to my room is from Ikea. I am in love with Ikea Kallax and Alex units; they are minimalistic, sturdy, and functional. (If you want to see more about my craft room remodel, you can take a look here.) They also make a perfect canvas for a little personalization with vinyl.

Next to my work desk resides my Zing Orbit (or original Zing) on top of one of the Alex six-drawer units. This sits out in my room in such a way that the back of the drawer unit shows. This large, smooth white surface was begging for some vinyl… and I was happy to oblige.

Photo of Alex Drawers with Create Joy Vinyl for Craftroom RemodelI used my “Create Joy” file with black for the outlines and gold for the fill. It turned out well, but I thought it still needed something. So, I used Inkscape’s inset command (I usually design in Inkscape, but you could use MTC or SCAL for the inset) to cut a yellow piece slightly smaller than the gold. Close-up of Vinyl EmbellishmentThe gold gives a little extra bling around the yellow.

After decorating the back of the drawer unit, I decided the face of the drawers needed a little love. If you’d like the SVG (no font included) click here.Photo of Alex Drawers with Numbers

Next, on to the sewing area for a little flower embellishment on my Ikea Finthorp” condiment and utensil” buckets.

And finally, tiny squiggles on my not for cosmetics… “cosmetic organizer”.

Photo of small desk top organizer drawers

 

 

 

Materials:

Intermediate Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Red Capped Blade

Settings for KNK Zing and MTC:

Force – 25

Multicut – 1

Speed – 11

 

Family Tree

I had a request for a family tree. The person sent me an image of what she wanted and I was able to duplicate it fairly close. First I stained my wood.

Then I cut my tree in vinyl and weeded the tree out.

I then applied the vinyl to the stained wood and made sure that it was adhered well.

Then I painted the tree using a dry brush method…dipping the brush into the paint, painting most of the paint off onto a paper towel and then painting the plaque. The result was very faint so I kept applying layers until my white was nice and bright.

I then removed the vinyl. I cut leaves from various colors of vinyl and then cut the names from vinyl and applied them to the leaves. I then applied the leaves to the tree. I cut the family name and applied that. It was a fairly easy project and while the dry brush paint method was slow it was therapeutic  and the result was no bleeding.

Materials

Wood (Pine)

Stain

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red Capped Blade

Force 33

Speed 350