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Today I had my first experience using a KNK Zing Air.  It is an amazing little machine!!  Recently there has been a surge of interest in using electronic cutters to cut fabric pieces for applique both for people who do hand applique and those who applique by machine.  The shop where I work has decided that the KNK Zing Air is the best cutter for the job.  (I might have had a bit of influence in the decision 🙂 ).  Friday two Zing Air cutters arrived at the shop.  Today (Sunday) one of them is helping me prepare my post.

A friend who works with us at the shop had a request to create an applique for a wall hanging she wants to create.  She explained her plan to me and provided a copy of a photo that was her inspiration.  I was able to use an existing file from the Make The Cut Gallery and node edit it so it resembled the photos.

Materials Used:

Cotton Quilting Fabric backed with Heat-N-Bond

Cotton Quilting Fabric backed with Steam-A-Seam Lite 2

Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Zing Air

For Cotton Fabrics: Fabric blade, Speeds 11/15, Force 75, Multi 2, Offset .75, PIN 25

For Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl:  Red blade, Speeds 15/15, Force 30, Multi 1, Offset .25, PIN 25

optimized-skulls

Okay, skulls are not my thing, but—.  The request was for a 4″ high skull cut from fabric so it could be appliqued onto a base fabric.  The green one in the picture is about 3.5″ high because I forgot that the measurements in the bar in MTC also include the vector handles.  So I corrected the size before cutting the others.  The green one has Heat-N-Bond fused to the back of the fabric.  The two pieces did not get cut cleanly apart because the Zing mat was not sticky enough to hold the fabric in place while cutting.  The white one has Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 fused to the back of the fabric and the Steam-A-Seam itself is sticky so that stickiness, in addition to the adhesive on the mat, was successful in holding the fabric in place for a clean cut.  After seeing the amount of detail that would have to be dealt with in using this design for an applique, I thought that the Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl would be a better choice for the applique and it would not have to be stitched down.  The black glittery skull was cut from this vinyl.  And I did remember to mirror the image before cutting the vinyl since it is cut from the back side.

So now I know a little about the Zing and will be able to help customers as they expand their skills into our world of Klic-N-Kut.

cute purse

I get the weekly Splitcoast Stampers email with a project for the week and I knew when I saw it, I wanted to make it.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/news/comments.php?id=1921_0_1_0_C

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There’s a .pdf file that you can download and print and cut out… but you know that’s not how I do things. 🙂

I imported it into Make the Cut as a pdf (it’s two pages). When you import it, you have to click “break apart” because all of the lines are solid. Then, select the lines you need to be score lines and copy them to a new layer and change them to dashed lines.

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Then cut out and decorate.

Since the file specifically says not to share it electronically, I won’t put my file here, but as you can see, it’s very simple to do if you want to make one.

I did forget to put a clasp on it, but I think I’ll just put some velcro on it and it is an easy holder for small cards or treats.

I used the KNK Zing

Settings: 10/10, force 100. Red blade

I used card stock I found on clearance at Michaels. I think for future ones, I’d use solid card stock or two-sided because a lot of white shows, but I liked the paper, so it’s all good.

 

happy birthday

Isn’t this cute?

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(I didn’t make that). I saw it on this website: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/oh-happy-day-2622736/paper-birthday-cake-box-4332241899

And I thought, I could make something similar with a file I previously created. Wow. I guess I’ve been doing this for a few years. Three years ago, I posted about a hat I made for St. Patrick’s Day. See this post: http://teamknk.com/zing-goes-green/

I took that file and modified it just a bit and came up with this:

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So basically all I did was adjust the base layer so the rim wasn’t as big. I guess you could use the original file and use that part as the birthday cake “plate.”

I also created that fringe around the top and bottom and included that too. If you like the fringe better on the original box, you could use crepe paper and scissors, but I thought this looked just fine.

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When you open it up, you can slip a little gift inside.

I really like the paper straws for candles that were in the original picture, but I used some clear straws I had and made some “flames” that fit easily inside. I cut the straws 2″ to use the flames I included in the file.

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I’m planning to give this to my son with some money, as it is his birthday Sunday.

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The happy birthday border was made using a Martha Stewart punch, but it could easily be made with some block letters and the weld function in Make the Cut.

Remember, this is a free file so depending on the paper you use, you might have to play with the size of the lid a little bit. I used DCWV paper and the top is snug, but it fits.

djm_birthdaybox.mtc

Materials:

Make the Cut

KNK Zing

red blade

DCWV cardstock

white copy paper for fringe

washi tape (striped)

 

Settings:

cardstock: f- 95, 10/10

copy paper: f-30, 10/10

Print and Cut Shower Invitation

Shower Invitation Created with Zing and MTCIt seems that many of us have been busy making cards or other paper crafts lately.  I too, have gotten into my paper stash to make an invitation for a family baby shower I’m planning for my daughter. I was able to use my Zing with MTC’s Print and Cut to put a scalloped edge around the invitation and add holes to thread ribbon through. I also used a pen in the Zing to address the envelopes.

  • invitation for tutorial 2Materials:
  1. White premium card stock
  2. Patterned paper for background
  3. Ribbon
  4. Printer
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Pen and Pen Holder (I don’t have a pen holder so use a little foam mounting tape around the pen.)
  7. Free MTC file
  8. Invitation Design
  9. Envelopes
  • Zing Settings for Invitation:
  1. Speed:10
  2. Force: About 50 – 70 (check MTC manual)
  3. Offset: .25
  • Envelopes Addressed Using KNK Zing with PenZing Settings for Addressing Envelopes:
  1. Speed:10 (slower for more ink on paper, faster for less)
  2. Force: 20 (depends on pen)
  3. Offset: 0
  4. Blade Height: 25 Post it Notes
  • Steps for Invitation:
  1. Create the invitation design. I designed my invitation in Inkscape and put a rectangle around the design so that the rectangle is bigger than the finished invitation. I then exported it as a PNG before importing into MTC. (You can download the SVG here if you’d like to use my basic format. )
  2. Go to Import > Pixel Trace to import design.  Adjust “Threshold” to around 250 – 255. Click on “Texturize” and “Blackout”. Put your print on its own layer. (You can use my “Print Layer” as an example. Then turn my Print Layer off or delete it.)
  3. Set your “Printer Options”. Make sure that it is set to “Show Paper on Mat”, “Show Reg Marks”, and “Print Reg Marks”.
  4. If you are not familiar with MTC’s print and cut, please refer to your manual and/or videos.
  5. Make sure all layers are turned on and align horizontally and vertically. Check that the Rectangle lines up with the outside of the print design. This will insure that your registration marks for your “Print Layer” and “Cut Layer” will be in the same place. This is very important to make sure the scallop cuts where you want it to.
  6. Turn off “Rectangle Layer” and “Cut Layer”. Print the “Print Layer”
  7. Place printed design on mat and insert into Zing. Turn off the “Print Layer” and turn on other two layers.
  8. Follow instructions to complete Print and Cut.
  9. Use Zing or other method to cut backing paper and place ribbon holes to line up with ribbon holes in invitation.
  10. Thread ribbon through holes and tie to secure back to invitation.
  • Steps for Envelope:Envelopes addressed with Zing
  1. Adhere envelope to mat with flap open.
  2. Choose desired font in MTC and complete address.
  3. Put pen into pen holder and place in Zing. Adjust settings. Use “Knife Point” setting and set origin to where you want to your text to start. “Cut” and watch your Zing address your envelope perfectly.

Print and cut takes a little bit of practice if you’ve never tried it. Be patient and don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time. It works great once you get used to it and is well worth the effort to learn!

 

 

Photo frame

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So I was cruising PInterest, like I do and I found this site:

http://www.lotsofdiy.com/great-idea-for-photos/

So I thought I’d create the file in MTC.

I used a white core paper so the dash lines show a little bit, but I guess I could’ve inked them to take care of that.

Materials:

Zing

  • Cardstock (DCWV Christmas stack used here)
  • embellishments and ribbon
  • glue

 

Directions:

  1. Cut out the file on cardstock and crease the fold lines.
  2. Glue the top and bottom of the frame first. In this picture, the person who made this did the top, then the right side. I found it easier to glue the top and bottom and then gently slip the left and ride sides into those angles.
  3. Embellish as desired.

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Optional: Check out what they did to it. This would be pretty easy to recreate with just a rectangle and some pearls or metal brads for faux screws:

 

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Settings:

Zing

  • f – 98
  • speed: 10/10

Here’s the file:

djm_frame.mtc