Deco Film HTV – Happy Mother’s Day Card

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has days where the simplest tasks turn out to be… not simple. Today was that kind of day.

Today, my phone didn’t cooperate; my camera didn’t cooperate; none of my cutter software combinations cooperated. It’s kind of hard to blame technology when NOTHING is working right. Could it be the operator?? It was that kind of day!

Consequently, it’s now nearly 9:00 p.m. and the project that should have been completed by early afternoon is finally done. Sometimes, it just takes perseverance… or as Sandy says, “GRIT”! Yup, it was that kind of day!

Having said that, let me continue by confessing that although I am going to share this project for the Zing Orbit and SCAL, in reality I also used my original Zing with both MTC and SCAL. But… that was just because… it was that kind of day!

Photo of Mother's Day card with watercolor paper and gold deco film. HTV

In spite of the difficulties I had while making this card, I am very happy with the way it turned out. It honestly IS a simple project.

I want to thank Deb for her recent post where she shared with us a site that has some awesome free files. I used one for this tutorial and I think it worked out great. (Please… if you use any of the files from lovesvg.com for products you sell, be sure to purchase their commericial license. And if you use a lot of free files for any purpose, you may want to give a donation. I’m sure they put a lot of work into their files.)

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper or cardstock. (My paper was 140 lb and a little heavy for the intricacies of the design I chose.)
  • Contrasting cardstock or paper for lining the card.
  • Adhesive to secure cardstock lining. (I used 3M foam mounting tape.)
  • Ribbon and/or other decorative elements.
  • Embossing machine and folder – OPTIONAL
  • Design of your choice. (I used this one from lovesvg.com)
  • Red Capped Blade
  • Deco Film HTV

Settings for Zing Orbit and SCAL:

Watercolor Paper:

  • Force – 160
  • Speed – 13
  • Multicut – 2
  • WYSIWYG (or Origin Point if you prefer)

Deco Film HTV:

  • Force – 85
  • Cut Speed -13
  • Multi-cut – OFF
  • Origin Point

Instructions:

  • In SCAL, draw a rectangle 8.5 inches X 4.25 inches. Import your design.

Screen shot of step one in SCAL

  • Center the design where you want it on your card. Draw an oval or circle around it.Screen shot for mother's day card 2
  • Make sure each of the elements is on its own layer with the rectangle on the bottom. Select the rectangle and oval. Path > Back Minus Front.
  • Select the design element. Right Click > Appearance > Add Shadow Layer. Adjust layer until it overlaps the edge of the cutout slightly. You may need to resize it a bit. If you resize it, make sure you select both the design and the shadow so that they resize in proportion to each other. The shadow should overlap, but the design itself should fit within (or meet up to the edge of) the circle.
  • Now, select just the design and mirror it. Right Click > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Turn off the design layer.

screen shot for mother's day card 4

  • Select the shadow layer and rectangle. Path > Union.
  • At this point, you might want to clean up some nodes. I deleted any tiny little cutout portions that I knew were too small to cut properly.
  • Load your paper and mat, and cut. Carefully remove paper from mat.
  • Use scoring board and bone folder, or other method for folding card in half.
  • Turn off your card layer and turn on the design layer. Double check to make sure it is mirrored. Adhere HTV to mat with shiny side down. Check manufacturer’s instructions for cutting. (You might need the blue capped (thick material) blade for some.) Cut design.
  • Remove and weed design.
  • Open card flat. Carefully line HTV up on shadow layer portion of card.
  • Lay Teflon sheet on top and use heat press or iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. (I used a heat press at 305 degrees for 10 seconds, removed clear lining, and repeated for 3 seconds.)
  • Cut a contrasting piece of paper or cardstock for inside of card. I used my embossing machine and folder to emboss this piece, but that is up to you.
  • Adhere to inside of card with foam tape or other adhesive. Tie a ribbon as shown, and/or add other design elements.
Now, if you are blessed to still have your mom, give her this beautiful card and tell her how much she means to you!

 

Flour Sack Towel with Heat Transfer Vinyl – Zing Orbit with Sure Cuts Alot

Flour Sack Towel  Heat Transfer Towel Our little town does not have much to offer visitors. So when I saw that our local fish market had expanded and started selling items highlighting our area, I asked them if they’d like me to make up a few things for them to offer. I had made this file into a shirt for my husband last year using an inkjet transfer. I decided it would do well on a flour sack towel with a few changes. This time I used Heat Transfer Vinyl.

I recently purchased a KNK Zing Orbit and am now using Sure Cuts Alot. Being accustomed to Make The Cut, there has been a small learning curve, but for basic cutting I was able to get right at it with no problems.

Materials:

  1. ThermoFlex Plus
  2. Flour sack Towel (I purchased mine at Walmart)
  3. Red-Capped Blade
  4. Iron or Heatpress

Settings on Zing Orbit with SCAL:

  1. Pressure: 50
  2. Speed: 15
  3. Overcut: 1mm
  4. Multi-cut: Off

Steps:

  1. Open or import file in SCAL
  2. Reverse design
  3. Cut design and weed
  4. Set heat press at 335 degrees and press for 17 minutes (for hand iron, refer to manufacturer’s instructions)
  5. Fold towel in half and crease mid-point using iron or heat press
  6. Lay towel flat and use crease to place center HTV
  7. Press vinyl onto towel (Use teflon sheet or towel between iron and vinyl)
  8. Remove clear backing and repeat

I am having fun getting to know my Zing Orbit. So far, one of my favorite features on the Orbit is the ability to adjust the pinch wheels. The ability to move them close enough to cut small pieces of vinyl without using a mat saves me a lot of time, and I find myself using the feature a lot.

 

Orbit Meets Fabric

I am fortunate to have gotten to play with a new ZING ORBIT!!!  It is a great cutter and the improvements and new features make it a delight to use.  Of course, without the super manual by Sandy McCauley, I would have been lost.  Because of the nature of my job at Sew-Ciety, I have been test cutting fabrics to be used as appliques in quilting projects. The Orbit has performed flawlessly.  Any difficulties I’ve encountered have been due to the old bugaboo “Operator Error”.

Here is a sample of the testing that I have done most recently

Okay, you can ignore the large red rectangle on the upper left.  That was an additional piece of fabric that had been placed there in case my settings for a similar piece on the upper right weren’t working.

Materials Used:

Cotton Batik Fabric

Cotton Quilting Fabric

Cotton Flannel

Lite Steam-A-Seam 2

Settings:

Machine used:  KNK Zing Orbit , Blade:  Fabric Blade, Speed: 10, Blade Offset: 0.75, Height:  20 PIN

Cotton Batik Fabric:  Force:  60, Passes: 1

Cotton Quilting Fabric (Green): Force:  75,  Passes:  1

Cotton Quilting Fabric (Pink):  Force:  65,  Passes:  2

Cotton Flannel (Both colors):  Force:  70, Passes:  2

Additional Information:

This is what the fabrics looked like before I did any cutting so you can relate the settings to the fabrics.

All of the fabrics had Lite Steam-A-Seam fused to the wrong side prior to being placed on the mat.  The mat is new and the blade is new also.  I was pleased to see that the adhesive on the mat did not ‘bond’ with the Steam-A-Seam and pull the Steam-A-Seam off of the fabric after cutting.  It is necessary to be sure that the Steam-A-Seam is securely fused to the fabric before placing the fabric on the mat.

I wanted to see if it made any difference when cutting the cotton quilting fabrics (green & pink) whether I used more or less force and one or two passes.  In this instance it worked equally well.  The Cotton Batik cuts very easily and is thinner than the Cotton Quilting fabric so the blade length setting is important when cutting different types of fabric.  The Cotton Flannels are thicker and need a blade length adjustment also.

The sizes of the hearts are (smallest to largest) 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, and 1 1/4 inches, and 1 1/2″ inches.  The stars are 1 inch.  I am intrigued that the 1/4″ hearts cut so perfectly.  That’s why I had to cut more of them up by the stars.

The other part of my testing was that I was cutting from Sure Cuts A Lot which, again, I would have been floundering without the excellent information and instruction from the User Manual by Sandy.  Thanks, Sandy, for all your help!!