Engraving Trophy Plaques with KNK

I do adore trying new things with my KNK machines and this is a new material for me. 20150424_204346_opt2 I’ve engraved plastic sheets, glass tiles, and metal tags but this plaque material is very different. It is a metal base with adhesive on the back (covered with a non-stick sheet), and has some kind of painted surface. I cut a template from craft plastic to frame the plaques on the mat so they would not move during the engraving. Because of the non-stick backing, and having to hold the template in place, I used my stickiest mat. 20150424_204346_opt This particular surface needed a little more force than what I’ve used on plain metal tags when engraving. But once I had it right it really looked fabulous!


Settings (KNK Maxx Air):

  • Cutting Grafix Craft Plastic
    • f = 190
    • v = 300
    • p = 2
  • Engraving Trophy blanks
    • f = 140
    • v = 300
    • p = 2


  1. Measure the engraving blanks. Add a small amount (.02) to the dimensions so that the blank will slide into the template easily. You can create this by using the shadow layer function in Make-the-Cut Templateblank
  2. Hide the original shape and ‘lock’ the template shape so that you don’t accidentally move it while placing your engraving shapes.
  3. Use a very sticky mat and press the craft plastic down well with your brayer. Use painters tape to ensure it will not move on the mat during cutting or engraving.
  4. Using a standard blade, cut the shape from the craft plastic and remove only the cut piece from the mat. Do NOT turn off the machine so that you don’t lose your origin point.
  5. Leave the protective film on the trophy blank. Insert it into the cut shape in your craft plastic template.
  6. In MTC, place the engraving design over the cut shape. Use the center marks to center the engraving over the blank/template. Hide the blank. Template
  7. Insert the Engraving Tool into your KNK digital cutting machine.
  8. Change the settings for force, speed and passes as needed. Uncheck the offset.
  9. Engrave the blank and apply to your trophy.
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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

7 thoughts on “Engraving Trophy Plaques with KNK

  1. This is one material and blade I have not used yet! Where did you get the material? When do joy take the plastic off? Did ukengrace right through it? I would love to see a video! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

    • The students brought me the material, so I don’t know what it is or where it is from – lol. I removed the plastic scratch protector sheet after engraving. The engraving tool did go right through it. It helped keep fingerprints off of the black coating, some of the shaving stuck to it, and the black layer looked “cleaner” at the end.

  2. WAOOOWWW, Michele, that is AWESOME. It is really great all the things that we can do with our Machines. Great idea, thank you!!!

    • I know! I’m beginning to thing there is really no end to the applications!

  3. Is there anyway to find out what material they are? I have googled my eyes out and can’t find anything similar.
    Great job and instructions. Thanks for sharing, Millie

  4. Found the plate material onhttps://www.crownawards.com/StoreFront/ENG.Engraving_Plates_&_Name_Plates.cat

  5. Great looking plates! Metal engraving is so easy, yet the results are amazing.

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