Stencil Magic – Guest Post

Last week, I worked with a customer on pixel tracing to create a stencil project. The final outcome was absolutely phenomenal and I asked if I could share it with you here on Team KNK, and I’m so glad she agreed.

Deb creates personalized, unique and beautiful designs in Make-the-Cut for decorative signs using her KNK Zing. Here is one example:

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She uses stencil material; either a 6 mil mylar for one-time use or a 16 mil stencil material for multi-use.

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Settings (KNK Zing):

  • Speed = 13/13
  • Force = 154
  • Passes = 2
  • Blade Height = 9 Post-it Notes


  1. Pixel trace the design in Make-the-Cut or create from scratch
  2. Use layers to separate each color for one stencil
  3. Cut the stencil material
  4. Apply temporary adhesive and press to substrate
  5. Cover any areas outside of the stencil that may inadvertently get sprayed
  6. Paint each layer and allow to dry between colors


And look how stunning this is!!!!


I want one! lol


Until you become a grandparent you have no idea how wonderful it truly is. These adorable little ones enter your life and if you are lucky, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy them. Here are 2 plaques that I have made so that grandparents can either hang their pictures or display their names on the hearts. The number of hearts can easily be changed. Here is the file for both team knk grandkids

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Wood cut at Home Depot

Rustoleum 2x paint



KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

46 force

450 speed

Last minute teacher idea

Happy Memorial Day! As this weekend comes to and end I wanted to share with you a last minute teacher gift that I designed. I saw similar things online and decided to try making it. IMG_3195 Materials

Outdoor vinyl

Indoor vinyl

Clear Transfer tape

2X Rustoleum Spray paint


KNK Maxx 15″

Red capped blade

40 force

400 speed

It was very easy to do. I copied an apple shape from online and pasted it into KNK Studio. I then typed each name in the font I wanted. I believe the font I used is HERALD. I then placed names around the outline of the apple and used Transform, fit text to arc to curve each  name to fit the silhouette. Once the outline was filled with names I randomly filled the apple with the remainder of the names. The Teachers name and the grade were made to fit into the leaf and stem. I cut the names from outdoor vinyl, I think it sticks to wood better. Because I only had the green and brown in indoor vinyl I used that for the leaf and the stem. I had no problem applying them to the wood.

I once again bought wood at Home Depot, 24×12 and had them cut it into 12×12 pieces. I lightly sanded the wood, wiped it down, and then spray painted the wood using the Rustoleum 2X. It is available ay most Wal Marts, Home Depot, etc and is about $4 a can. One can paints a lot of boards. It is a “powdery paint”. Try iy and you will know what I mean. :~)  Once it is painted I let it sit for 24 hours. This part kills me, I do not like waiting, so I generally paint a few at a time so I have some ready to go when I need the. After 24 hours I use my fine sanding block and lightly sand it and then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth to remove any dust. I then used my clear transfer tape to lift the vinyl from the backing and apply it to the wood. I think it took me about 1/2 hour to design it, cut it, and apply it. So if your kids are still in school and you want to make something special, this was a fun, easy project.

Don’t forget to enter our Summer Solstice Challenge  The Grand prize is a new Zing Air!!!!

Just a piece of wood.


Years ago I had a small craft and antique shop on our property. It was in the early 90’s when handmade crafts were very popular. In 1996 I closed the shop. I had some wood that my husband had cut for me to make signs out of and I didn’t use all of it. Every once in a while he would remind me of the wood he cut and I never used. So this week,18 years later, :~) , I decided the time had come to use the wood. So, I saw something I liked on Pintrest and it needed a rectangular piece to put it on, a match made in heaven!





Clear transfer tape

fine sanding block


KNK Maxx 15″

Red capped blade

Force 40

Speed 350

IMG_3157 IMG_3156 Aren’t they sweet…or is it just me because I finally found a use for the wood??? I still have a ways to go before it is gone but it’s a start. I painted the wood the color that I wanted it to be using Rustoleum 2X Painters Touch spray paint. It covers quickly and evenly. I let it dry for at least 24 hours. I then use a fine sanding block and sand the paint and wipe it off with a micro fiber cloth to remove any dust. I find that this step helps the vinyl really adhere. I love to use the clear transfer tape to transfer the vinyl because you can see exactly where you are placing it.

Here is the file Love the wine your with teamknk


Happy Birthday!

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Birthday plaque

1.5″ wood circles


12mm aluminum jump rings (Darice from Joanns)

9/16th screw eyes (Wal Mart)

5.5″ x 24″ wood board

Acrylic paint


15″ KNK Maxx

red blade

46 force

300 speed


This plaque seems to be all of the rage on Pinterest. I had several people suggest that I make them but they looked like a lot of work to me. :O) Then someone actually said they would like to order one. Yikes…and it was someone that I knew and liked.  So I said yes, I would make it. And it was time consuming, but not really a lot of work. A lot of the ” work” was in finding and gathering the supplies. I have listed where I found most of my supplies. My sweet husband was nice enough to drill holes in the circles and the board. He drilled into the bottom of the boards to make it easier to get the eye screws in. I measured my board and decided to put the eye screws at all of the “odd” inches across the board…1,3,5,etc. This came out to 12 evenly placed eye screws, one for each month. Then I painted the board and the circles. With the circles I used freezer paper and placed them on the shiny side so that I was able to paint both sides with out waiting for them to dry and they didn’t stick to the paper. I then lightly sanded the board , cleaned it off good, and applied the vinyl. It seems to make the vinyl adhere better is you sand it. And that was that! Like I said, it was not difficult to do, just time consuming. I think most of you are in the same boat that I am, but I absolutely love my KNK Maxx!

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