Independence Day Rhinestoning!

Closeup2 America

A BIG thank you to my wonderful assistant, Gabriella Lex, for designing and making today’s three projects! Let’s begin with the materials she used:

KNK Maxx Air
Rock-It Rhinestone Flock
SS10 Rhinestones in Siam Ruby, Crystal, and Capri Blue
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
KNK Heat Press
Black T Shirt
White Cotton Placemat
Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates Cardstock
Red and Blue Decal Vinyl

For the design in Make The Cut, Gabriella used a rhinestone font from (note that you can download a free rhinestone font on the 17th day of each month). This font is designed with 2.0 mm circles which would have been way too small for the SS10 rhinestones. To resize the text in Make The Cut, so that the circles were 3.5mm, instead of 2.0mm, the method I show in this video was applied: Resizing Rhinestone Patterns.

For the flag, Gabriella made her own design and, as you can see, used it as the “i” in America.

After cutting the design on the Maxx Air from Rock-It, she brushed in the rhinestones, lifted with transfer tape and then heat pressed the stones to a black T Shirt I had in my closet. Now I have something special to wear at our 4th of July party this year!

America Shirt Cropped

But wait… there’s more! I decided I wanted to see the same colors on a white background, so I had Gabriella make two more items. I had some plain thin cotton placemats which I thought might also work great as basket liners for crackers or chips, So, Gabriella brushed and filled her template again with the same colors of rhinestones and then lifted and pressed to this placemat:

Cotton Placemat 2

And finally, I thought, “How about a greeting card, too?” So, we picked a red sheet of cardstock from the Worldwin Smooth and Silky Colormates line now being carried at KNK USA to use as the card base. Then Gabriella filled the template again with rhinestones and lifted and pressed to the center of a pre-cut rectangle of the white cardstock for the front of the card. I decided we needed just a little more embellishing to fill the white space to the left of the flag, so Gabriella cut some red and blue vinyl star frames and I arranged them on the front.

America Card

This is what I’ve always loved about making rhinestone templates…one template results in something you can use as many times as needed AND in different applications! Now let’s see if some of our readers can come up with their own ideas!

Here is the cutting file in MTC, KNK, and SVG file formats: America Design

Feel free to send me any project photos you take of this or other rhinestone designs! And again, a big thank you to Gabriella for helping us out at Team KNK!

24 thoughts on “Independence Day Rhinestoning!

  1. Oh….that is so pretty and I love having 3 different ways to use the design. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love it, Gabriella and Sandy!!! Rhinestones are fun and really dress up a plain garment. They are great on the card. Thanks for the design.

  3. What a great project! I may have to do that for a friend who is born on the 4th of July.

  4. llove the t shirt and what a great idea for the extras…i think i will remember this for australia day next january with the napkins etc…thank you

  5. What a wonderful design! You and Gabriella are the perfect team. Thanks for the suggestion of multiple uses for the same rhinestone template. Adding bling to the placemat and using it to line a chip basket will bring a smile to someone going for chips when the chips are all gone. Neat idea. With your design I can be ‘blinged out’ for the 4th of July. Thanks!

  6. The color really pops on the black t. Love that the letter i is the flag pole. Thank you very much for sharing your file.

  7. Love it!! And thanks Sandy for sharing the files. The reason you have such great friends who do nice things for you is because you are just the sweetest person yourself!!

  8. Gabriella, you’ve passed the test. You are now a full fledged bling crafter. I love your design and the uses you’ve shared for it. It is always neat when a design can be used in multiple ways, especially because it takes a lot of time to design a file. Thanks for sharing the file also. Great job.

  9. I love this!!! haven’t done rhinestones yet but would so do this. tx for sharing

  10. I love it! I had designed flag last year but never cut it- this is sooo much nicer! Thanks for sharing! Did you iron it onto the cardstock? Love hugs and prayers

    • I used my heat press! But in the past, before I owned one, I used my home iron. No steam. You do need to unfold the card first or else you get little indentations on the other side from the stones. I learned that the hard way! lol

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