KNK Adds Sparkle to Patriotic Holidays

My KNK Maxx Air is the perfect helper to allow me to add some extra sparkle to the patriotic holidays.  Sandy McCauley recently posted some new rhinestone videos that explain and illustrate how to use Make the Cut and KNK Studio to add radiant and spray fills to a rhinestone design.  What a great way to get some extra sparkle and to really enhance a plain rhinestone or iron-on vinyl design!  Since Memorial Day is fast approaching and will soon be followed by Flag Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, I decided to put my newfound knowledge to use by making a patriotic sparkle shirt for myself.  I combined the radiant rhinestone effect with letters I cut from Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-On Vinyl for an extra dose of sparkle.  The photo below shows my finished shirt.

Completed Shirt-Optimized

 Materials Used:

Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-On Vinyl

6SS Crystal Rhinestones

Rhinestone Motif Rubber (green)

Rhinestone Transfer Tape

Make the Cut Software


15″ KNK Maxx Air

To cut rhinestone rubber:  Blue blade (Thick Materials Blade), F=66, S=150, Blade Offset=0.75, Knife Point setting, 2 Passes

To cut Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-On Vinyl::  Red blade (Standard Materials Blade), F=50, S=90, Blade Offset=0.35, Knife Point setting, 2 Passes


Although I was using two different iron-on materials on my shirt, I did not want to do two separate fusing operations.  In order to accomplish this, I cut spaces for the Iron-on vinyl in the rhinestone rubber template.

Template Ready to Fill-Optimized

I then brushed my rhinestones into the template and removed any that had wandered into the letter spaces.  The letters were cut from the vinyl, weeded, and the attached backing was trimmed to about 1/16″ so it would not be on top of any of the rhinestones.  The letters were positioned into their spaces.  The remaining backing on the letters was enough to hold them into place so I could apply the rhinestone transfer tape.

Template Filled-Optimized

I applied the rhinestone transfer tape to the entire design.  Placing it over the rhinestones and the vinyl letters with the attached backing.  When I lifted the rhinestone transfer tape off of the template, I made sure to do it slowly and had to do a little bit of lifting on the vinyl letters since the backing on them was very stiff.  I placed the rhinestone transfer tape with the attached design onto the transfer tape backing sheet until I was ready to iron it on my shirt.

Ready to Iron On-Optimized

To create my radiant design I used the Rockwell Extra Bold font.  Check the sizes of the letters you plan to use since I discovered that they were not all the same height.  I used a 3mm shadow layer and spaced the rhinestones out so there was not a solid line.  The directions in Sandy’s videos are very clear and easy to follow.

If at all possible I prefer to store my vinyl, rhinestone rubber, and rhinestone transfer tape flat rather than rolled up into a tube.  If these multi-layered materials are stored rolled up they can develop bubbles or ripples when they are unrolled.

Use this link to download the files for the template and the vinyl letters.  Cutting Files-USA_Judy_Kay

7 thoughts on “KNK Adds Sparkle to Patriotic Holidays

  1. I love this, Judy, wow very nice!! Thanks for showing and sharing your file too!!

  2. Very nice Judy…I can’t wait to try rhinestones and heat transfer vinyl! Yours turned out great.

  3. Beautiful shirt and now you have me interested in finding out even more about the rhinestones too! ~Diane

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