Zip to Open

Sometimes I would like to create a greeting card that is just a little different than the ordinary style of a folded piece of cardstock inserted into a traditional envelope.  The card shown in this post is one answer to that.  The envelope is part of the card to my way of thinking and if I were going to mail it, I would put in into a traditional envelope to be addressed and mailed.  If I were presenting it in person, I most likely would not use an additional envelope.

Here is a picture of the front of one of these types of cards – a Zipper card – that has not been embellished.  I am intending to create a Birthday card for a young lady whose favorite color is pink.


You can see that there are two lines of cuts across the top portion of the card.  The bow is made from two separate pieces of ribbon which are attached to the back of the center ends of the “Zipper” as shown in the photo below.


I used craft glue to securely attach the ribbon to the inside ends of the “Zipper”.  When the bow is untied and the two sections pulled in opposite directions, the “Zipper” opens by tearing the perforated strips from the front part of the card.  You can see an example of this in the photo below.


The contents of the card/envelope can then be removed.

The back of the card is cut the same size as the front but without the “Zipper” and attached to the front with 1/4″ double sided tape.

I originally created the files as a gift card holder.  The free files contain both the Greeting Card with Insert size as well as a size for standard Gift Cards.  Of course either size would easily hold a $100 bill or a personal check. The files can be downloaded from this link.  Zipper Cards Cutting Files_Judy_Kay

Materials Used:


Craft Glue


1/4″ Double Sided Tape


Machine Used:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Cutting cardstock: Standard Materials Blade (Red Cap), Force – 50, Speed – 80, PIN – 25, 1 pass




40th Birthday T-shirt

KNK, Omayra Duarte, T-Shirt, vinyl

One of my sisters-in-law turned 40 today. She had seen a T-shirt similar to this one, and because she knows that I am always looking for excuses to use my Wonderful KNK Groove-e machine, she asked me if I could make this T-shirt for her. I made a fast search for a crown and Minnie’s silhouette in the MTC gallery to design the shirt. My mind ran a little more and I wanted to embellish the crown with some rhinestones too. So the T-shirt has three different materials on it.




  • I chose a Minnie’s silhouette and a crown from MTC gallery and placed the crown as if Minnie was wearing it to determine the exact size of the image to be cut.
  • Then, as you can see on the below picture, because I wanted to add rhinestones to the design, I placed holes where the rhinestones are going to be and joined so when I cut the design it comes out with the holes to perfectly place my rhinestones. Rhinestones should be applied directly to the fabric so when you wash the garment they will stay put. I purposely created these holes because I want to conduct an experiment and see how many wash processes I can make with the rhinestones staying in place.

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  • Now that I have all my designs and words cut with their respective colors it was time to add them to my T-shirt. I used a heat press machine.
  • I heated the first color (pink) for 3 seconds and then placed the gold designs (number 40 with the dots and the crown) on top and finished the heating the process with 17 more seconds.
  • Once the vinyl was heated to my T-shirt I put on the rhinestones using a Hot Fix Rhinestones setter.
  • KNK, Omayra, Rhinestones


Memorial Day Wishes

Memorial Day, which started after the Civil War in 1868, was created to honor Americans who died while fighting for their country (International Business Times).

I was inspired for today’s project by this American holiday and thoughts of my family members who have served or are serving.

I finally decided to pull out the punch tool and see what I could create. This project was not without challenges. First and foremost, I could not find a single sheet of craft foam in my creative room (I recently cleaned and organized – surprise)!

For my first attempt I tried to use the dashed line style but the lines would not get short enough and I was concerned they would not make a “punch”. However, I did love how it looked with a pen (this may become an embroidery design in the future).

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Next, I tested the monogram using the rhinestone feature and it appeared to be a much better choice.


I placed a piece of cardboard in the Maxx, since I could not find my craft foam. The problem that subsequently ocurred with the cardboard was that the pinch wheels pressed the corrugated sheet down flat in two channels and as it continued to move it back and forth, it skewed so badly that it was actually weaving back and forth through the machine.

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

I was back to using a mat, instead of cardboard! I looked for my ’embossing’ shelf liner but couldn’t find that either. Not to be discouraged, I combed the room and finally decided to try a piece of craft felt. Eureka! It worked. I used a flag design I made years ago, and added the text.


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 15
  • v = 150
  • p = 1


  1. Select or create your design. I used the font Melior for my text. Capture
  2. Enlarge the design 4-6 times the size of the desired final project.   Capture2
  3. Use the rhinestone option in Make-the-Cut to create small, evenly spaced circles.   Capture4    Capture3
  4. Resize the design to your desired project size.   Capture5
  5. Punch away!   20150525_010038 (614x800) 20150525_010058 (603x800)


Engraving License Plate Blanks with Fill

I just can’t get enough of KNK ENGRAVING! These acrylic license plates are a lovely medium to work with – very easy to engrave and very striking when done.

Some license plates are a solid glossy color, while others are a mirror or reflective glossy color. The black in these photos are solid while the red are mirror-like.   Engraving License Plates


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 60
  • v = 150
  • p = 3


  1. Use a very sticky mat. Place the license plate blank on the mat between pinch wheels. Use painter’s tape to ensure it will not move during the engraving. I used the grid on the mat to place my plate and to set the origin. This made it easy to turn off the machine and work on the plates at different times (unlike when you create a template to place an engraving object into).
  2. Adjust the settings for engraving. Be sure to uncheck offset.
  3. Engrave your design(s).
  4. Remove all of the shavings and clean the license plate. I used a non-ammonia glass cleaner.

Engraving on Black License Plate

The solid fill engraving shows up clearly. The first plate I engraved had only an outline and I can’t even get a clear picture of it. The solid fill makes a profound difference.

New Anniversary Invitation

Post May 18 This is a new invitation for our 25th Anniversary. The Invitation was made using my WONDERFUL KNK Groove-e machine.



  • V=600
  • F=160


  • Design what you want on your invitation.
  • Follow these steps that our Friend Michele did on a video to make our design ready to Emboss in MTC. (Michele Step by Step instructions on Videos and PDF)
  • When your design is ready to be Embossed, attach your Vellum Paper to a card-stock (I used staples).
  • Once your machine is finished Embossing you will see how beautiful it looks. It has really good details.
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  • Then, you will outline the Front of your design with white marker that is made specially for Vellum.
  • Invitation, Omayra, KNK, Vellum
  • Now, you will start painting your design on The Back. Never ever use water based paint on Vellum paper. I use Crayola oil paint so my Vellum never becomes wrinkled. I painted the back with silver oil crayon.
  • The following step, you can do it either after the machine has finished the Embossing or at the end when you have painted your invitation. This step is to Punch the border of your invitation to make a jagged edge. Remember to put a Craft foam underneath.The KNK cutter machine can do the punches but I did not have the Punch tool, so I have to do it with my hands, lol ;(
  • PonchThis is a close-up of the front of the invitation so you can see how pretty it looks after the whole process.

Front Half


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