Lucille’s Footed Box

Hi, my name is Liz Ackerman, I am one of the newer members of the KNK team and a very big fan of the KNK Zing!! I am going to bet that I was one of the first to write to KNK asking when they were going to take preorders when the Zing was first announced! I even had mine ordered before Make The Cut! announced their affiliation with KNK. Oh, did I tell you, I am also a big fan of Make The Cut!

Over the years I have created and used templates for computer crafting. One of the most talented artists I have ever known was Lucille Wilcox. Lucille F. Rock Wilcox (died Nov. 2008) was noted for her meticulously precise designs for boxes of all shapes and sizes. Her templates were very popular and hugely sought after in the early 2000’s, and she had a large internet following. Of all of Lucille’s designs, her footed box was and is still today one of my favourite files, the front seen here is one of my earliest creations using Lucille’s template, back then we printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper, and then cut by hand using exacto type knifes, a metal straight edge ruler and a sewing cutting mat:


Using Make The Cut! I have raster traced Lucille’s template and created this box so that it can easily be cut using electronic cutters such as the KNK Zing, the newest cutter in the KNK family. Here is the completed project (my apologies for the horrible photos):



The completed project is 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ tall. Papers used are DoubleMates Racy Raspberry (red) and a paper from the K&Company Designer Papers, a double sided printed paper that I thought coordinated well with the DoubleMate. You could easily embellish the box with bling, silk or paper flowers (quilled flowers would be the ultimate touch!), etc, and the box has many possibilities: gift box, chocolate box, knick-knacks, jewelry, etc. You will need 2 sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock (or several 8-1/2 x 11 sheets) for the construction of the box as designed, and one half sheet of printed or contrast if you want to use the panels as shown. The complete box could be made with a printed paper and a solid colour used for the panels, or just plain without the panels. The file that I am offering is in Make The Cut! format, and has two pages. Here are some photos I took during the construction phase:



And here is a link to the Make The Cut! file: Lucille’sFootedBox-Temp


If you have any questions or need help with the file, please feel free to give us a shout out: Liz Ackerman

PS – I have added a piece to the file, it’s a lattice panel, I added it to the front of the box using the flip side of the paper used for the panels…very cute! email me if you would like that file!

Apocalypse Father’s Day Card

With Father’s day right around the corner, I decided to make my dad a card this year. Considering the amount of “zombie” stories in the news, I feel it’s only necessary I provide the old man with a Zombie Apocalypse survival kit! (Really just a gift card to Harbor Freight).

For the outside of this card, I wanted to imitate one of those MRE type sardine cans. I laminated a piece of chipboard with some silver decal vinyl. Then, I cut the dad in gasmask / tie logo out of black wall vinyl, since it has a nice matte finish. This happens to match the green WorldWin cardstock, nicely. Next, I laminated some white WorldWin cardstock with the same silver vinyl I used on the chipboard.  This gave the outside a neat metallic appearance.

On the inside, I used a regular pen in my KNK Zing to write a little note. I’ll attach the giftcard below this 🙂

I designed my card in KNK Studio. I created the gas mask, collar and can opener using Node editing. The font for “DAD” is called Ideal_ie (comes with KNK Studio). I then copied and pasted my artwork over to Make The Cut and cut all my pieces out on the KNK Zing.


Apocalypse fathers day card in .KNK
Apocalypse fathers day card in .MTC

Magnetic Lawncare Signs

A good friend of mine owns a lawn care company, and wanted to advertise on his vehicle. Unfortunately, his HOA doesn’t allow vehicle advertising. So I suggested we make him some removable magnetic signs!

I  created the design in Make-The-Cut and cut the design out of Forest Green Decal vinyl on the KNK Zing. I used our 12″ x 24″ pre-cut magnetic sheets, and sliced it down the middle. Each side is only 6″ high x 22″ wide, so I was able to get 2 signs for the side and one big sign (12″ x 24″) for his tailgate.

As some folks might know, I come from a family of Sign makers. The Zing is the perfect cutter companion for making small signs like this, or for any sign guy who needs a system “on the go”.

RevitaliZing a mailbox with vinyl (and a few fun tricks!)

A few days ago, I went to check the mail and noticed how horrible the numbers on our mailbox were. Time for a little spruce up!


There are so many cool tricks you can do with vinyl.  Today, I’ll show you how to add a little “texture” to your vinyl.

I started with some of our outdoor decal vinyl, (Like our table cloth? Pretty fancy, eh??)

Next, I crumpled it up, creating lots of fold lines. Then, I flattened it back out.

TIP: You don’t have to ball it up as much as I did. I’d recommend playing around with this, to find what suits you best.

After loosely flattening my vinyl, I brought it out to the backyard and gave it a light coat of black spray paint. When doing this, you want to spray from 2 – 3 feet away, and at an angle. It’s important that you only spray from one side. Otherwise, it will ruin the effect. Also, you don’t need much! We’re not looking for a solid coat of paint. Just enough to make a variation of color.

TIP: Krylon is my spray paint of choice. Other brands might work, but I find Krylon never fails! Also, don’t be afraid to play around with different colors! I used a dark color on a lighter vinyl. It works using lighter paint on darker vinyl, just as well. You can even create a neat marble or granite appearance. 

Here’s a closeup of the finished paint job:

Next, I applied my vinyl to a 12″x12″ cutting mat. You’ll want to use a brayer or squeegee to get the vinyl as flat as possible. I used a squeegee, but a brayer might work better, because it wont scratch the paint.

TIP: When cutting crumpled up vinyl in your cutter, I recommend slowing the machine down and doing 2 passes. This is because the vinyl will have some uneven spots, which may cause the cutter to “skip” over a few places. Due to the amount of crumpling I applied to my vinyl, I ended up having to touch up a few spots, with an Exacto knife.

I included an additional border of grey vinyl, to add a little contrast between the red vinyl on my black mailbox. I find the easiest way to create a border, is to lay a completely solid bottom layer. I created my design in Make The Cut, using the shadow tool.

TIP: If you need to create a patch, like I have, use your cutting mat to hold the bottom layer of vinyl. It will stabilize the vinyl and make the entire process a bazillion times easier!

Lastly, I applied my painted red vinyl on top of the grey border. I used a paper transfer tape, but we also have a clear plastic transfer tape, if you want a clear view of what you’re applying your vinyl to.

The finished product:

Stand Alone Cards with Hearts & Shamrocks

Heart and shamrock shapes bear a universal message of love and good fortune.  This time of year they suggest Valentine’s Day, which is just a couple weeks away and St. Patrick’s Day in March.  But they work for other occasions, as well.

Both of these cards were created using the heart and shamrock shapes to convey a message without a lot of text.  The greeting is cut out at the same time the top layer and pull tab are cut to shape. The second cutting consists of a red or green backing for the top layer and matching hearts and shamrocks.  The small hearts and shamrocks are glued on the matching shapes in the center of the card and on the pull tab.  The pull tab gives a place for a personal message.

The basic shape of this card can be easily modified for a vinyl message by simply cutting the shape without the greeting cutouts.  Consider adapting the shamrocks into a graduation card and the thank you card into a Valentine card.

My 15” KNK Maxx makes it fun to create cards like this where accuracy is needed for shapes fitting on top of identical shapes.    The link below contains the files for both cards which are cut from cardstock.

Hearts and Shamrocks Cards