On Her Majesty’s Honor – Emboss, Cut and Write

Supplies used:

  • Foil Card Stock 10 pt
  • CutMates Card Stock
  • Aleene’s Tack It Over and Over
  • White Gel pen
  • Adhesive

Tools used:

Today I will share with you a ‘Prom’ scrapbook cover page project using several different KNK methods. The theme is 007 – yes, I mean the one and only James Bond! I used both my Maxx 24″ and my Zing for this project – mostly so I could go back and forth between them and do multiple things at one time. My daughter’s prom dress is a black evening gown with a flirt of white showing through an inverted V off to one side. She will be wearing black satin opera gloves and gads of rhinestones. Her date is going to be dressed in a James Bond style tux. If you remember my previous post showcasing body art created with my KNK, you’ll want to come back and see what I have in mind for Prom!

I began with a photo, and using MTC I created stacked, grayscale scans to emboss. Although Bridgette Bardot was never a Bond girl, this picture embodies the “look” my daughter wants to capture in her ensemble.



After tracing and adjusting until I achieved a satisfactory scan, I flipped the design so that the embossed cardstock would be in the same direction.


Once the file was done, my next step was to prepare my ‘cutting’ surface. I use craft foam sheets as my surface to emboss cardstock. To start, I spread Aleene’s Tack It Over and Over (mixed 50/50 with water) onto my craft foam using a sponge paint brush. I let it dry for an hour or so. Using a very tacky KNK mat and this prepped craft foam, I don’t have to tape down my surface, and never worry about it moving/shifting on the mat. I simply use a brayer to ensure good contact.

I placed the craft foam sheet in the center of my mat, so that my pinch wheels do not roll on it. If you allow the pinch wheels to roll on the craft foam, it will eventually wear out and start to break up along those roller lines.


Next, I taped down my card stock, finish side down. I used a good masking tape, so I can just tape two of the edges.


Then I loaded the mat with the craft foam and cardstock into my Maxx, set my speed to 450 and my pressure to 135, and sat back to watch the magic happen.

I really like how the rose turned out:


Next, I loaded 12×12 paper into my Zing to trim as a 2-layer square mat.  For the final touch, I used a Uniball white pen to write the title with my Maxx (using the spacers created on my Maxx previously.)


Here is another embossed design, tinted with alcohol inks (don’t laugh at my mistake, I did correct it later):



I hope to see you back in a few weeks, when I reveal my Prom bling surprise!

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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.

48 thoughts on “On Her Majesty’s Honor – Emboss, Cut and Write

  1. I’ve been wanting to try something like this, except etch it instead of embossing it. You’ve inspired me to go forward with my idea!

  2. this project is amazing. I bought an embossing tool for my zing but haven’t used it yet. thanks for the tip to use the craft foam and not put under the pinch wheels. will give that a try.

    • Thank you! I can’t wait either! (secret – my husband is even a little geeked about it this year – last dance we’ll experience as parents)

  3. Great post!!! Thanks for sharing. Going to have to give embossing more attention.

    • Glad to hear it – I am going to try other materials myself, and try using both tips in one project, and try debossing, and so on…..

  4. I am amazed at what some people think of, this is awesome. I have always loved the KNK’s ability to write on a design in the exact spot that you want it.

    • I agree, I like trying out all different fonts. I really like the light letter on dark – the contrast makes the words POP. I can’t do that on a printer.

  5. Fantastic, Michele!! You do some really neat and innovative things with your KNK cutters even though it isn’t always cutting. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration. Staying tuned for your next ‘bling’.

    • I cannot wait to fill the book with pages and photos! Then I have to create another for graduation – the list never ends. lol

  6. Beautiful project. I’m sure your daughter will be stunning, her dress sounds fabulous.

    Michelle E x

    • Thank you! I cannot wait to see her all ready in the complete ensemble with her hair and everything ‘done’ – so much fun!

  7. Wow! That is card stock? It looks like copper sheeting. Very very cool. You really think outside the box.

    • It looks like the rough side of aluminum foil but it is adhered to cover weight card stock (white). With various alcohol inks you can create all kinds of effects.

  8. What a fantastic project. The suspense to see more is killing me. You always seem to reach new heights with your creativity, Michele. This inspires all of us to try new things with our KNK cutters. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much! I am very excited to ‘do’ this project ‘on’ my daughter – I can’t wait to show you how it turns out.

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