Customized stickers on demand
I rely on my KNK machines to help me customize and make personal items and gifts. They are my trusty partners in all things crafty. For this project, I used my KNK Maxx Air to make stickers, and as usual, it did not let me down. (By the way, have you seen that new KNK Maxx Duo? Eek, I’m sooooo excited!).
This may be the first time I made outdoor items for my dogs. I’m pretty proud of it, although I have a few more items to complete. All of my dogs (before you ask, I have six now) graduate from obedience training. Sometimes one of them really has a talent for it, and they get additional training and opportunities to show off their skills. I was a 4-H dog club leader and my daughter and niece were active in showing until they graduated so we’ve had lots of practice. As an empty nester starting this winter, I’ve been spending more time with the dogs and collected three new dogs in just the last year.
To keep the young ones busy, we tried an agility class this spring. We’ve been having lots of fun so I decided to build all of them a course here at home. I purchased the jump cup strips, furniture grade pipe and fittings online, and the lattice locally. I cut the pipe and assembled everything myself. The finishing step was adding visual cues (alignment marks) for the dogs. I downloaded the fact sheet on the pipes which contained the outside diameter of the pipe and used that to create rectangles one inch and four inches wide.
Of course I had to add some cute paw prints on the center alignment mark. I am amazed at how perfectly the stickers came out! They wrap around the pipe exactly.
This is my super agility dog, Penelope. Once she figured out what I wanted she started to enjoy it more than I do! The brown girl that photo bombs all the time is Gigi.
And this is my clutz, Memphis, who skinned his nose and chin tripping over his own feet. He’s never going to be an agility dog.
Don’t worry, it healed up nicely! Yes, that’s Gigi trying to photo bomb on the left.
In the end, I made six jumps and twelve weave poles. I also purchased 24 cones for which I will be cutting numbers 1-24 to install on either side of them (they give the order in which to go through the course). I also have a mostly finished pause table and next will be a teeter and a dog walk (high up in the air, oh my).
This project is simple:
- Two colors of outdoor vinyl on 12 x 24 sheets
- Application fluid (can use a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle)
- Standard (red cap) blade
VINYL STICKER Settings:
- f = 21
- v = 300
- p = 1
- Measure or acquire the outside diameter of the pipe.
- Create rectangles of the desired width and the height equal to the pipe’s outside diameter.
- If desired, add cut-outs of any decorative shape.
- Cut and weed.
- Remove the vinyl from the backing sheet and spray application fluid on the sticky side. This allows you to reposition the vinyl if you don’t get it applied squarely the first time.
In the end, I made enough stickers for another six jumps which I donated to the dog training school. It was a lot of fun and hopefully others will get to enjoy basic agility.