Happy 4th of July!

A friend of mine is hosting her Family Reunion. She asked me to make signs for door prizes and also wanted some patriotic signs for the veterans in her family.

This is what I came up with.



Rustoleum 2X spray paint




red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 500

Once again it was just a matter of picking 2 different fonts and resizing them to fit on the board. This was an 8×12 piece of wood that I spray painted white. I always allow the paint to dry at least 24 hours. I then lightly sand the painted board and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. Then it is simply applying the vinyl. Here is the file land of the free 7 2018    land of the free svg   I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July!


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 http://www.synergy17.com/ (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!


This is the time of year that I often reflect on how happy I am to live in the U.S.A.   My plate stand was “calling” for a new plate for the season.  So for Memorial Day I created this plate, which will probably reside in the stand through the summer because I think it’s also very appropriate for the 4th of July and maybe even Labor Day, too.

Optimized-EaglePlate_1 Supplies:

The vinyl was cut on my 15″ KNK Maxx Air using a Red Tip Blade and my Make-the-Cut Software, Settings used were: F=28, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point.

The challenge for embellishing a plate with vinyl is usually in the placement, not the cutting. The following pictures illustrate my method of getting the vinyl exactly where I want it on the plate.

1. After cutting and weeding the vinyl, I cover it with Transfer Tape.  Next I cut away the tape that extends beyond the design, so I can visually see how it is going to fit and look when applied to the plate. Optimized-EaglePlate_2

2. The next step is to turn the masked vinyl over and turn down approximately 1″ of the vinyl liner at the top. Turn the vinyl back over with the right side up, and place the sticky side of the vinyl to the plate, matching the placement that I determined in the previous step.

Optimized-EaglePlate_3 3.  Now that the top edge is secured to the plate, I use one hand to slowly apply the vinyl, using a firm flat object for a secure, flat application without bubbles. At the same time with the other hand I pull on the vinyl liner, exposing more of the sticky side of the vinyl.

Optimized-EaglePlate_4 4. The final step for the center design is to remove the transfer tape.  I find it works best to pull it away at approximately a 45 degree angle.  The picture that follows is a close-up of the center design.


The last thing to do is apply the stars around the edge.  For equal spacing I made a stencil so I could mark placement with a Sharpie. This template is included in the free files of this design.  With the plate marked, placement of the stars is easy…and you have a finished plate to enjoy for years to come.


While still in a patriotic mood I saw these cute little patriotic owls on the Pink Pueblo website.  I fell in love with them and immediately set about deciding what to put them on.  I settled on a tray that is 19″ wide by 8″ tall. The inside measurement is 16″ x 5″.  The owl with the flag and the one with the hat are scaled to be 4.5″ tall.


Before actually looking at the cutting design I thought I would cut them from vinyl.   But when I looked at the cut design—that thought was out of the question because there were way too many pieces, as well as lots of layering.  So I settled on cardstock for everything but the stars and the saying on the bottom, which I cut from vinyl.

Vinyl Settings used were: F=28, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point.

Cardstock Settings used were: F=55, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point

The biggest change that I made to the design was to add a base file to adhere all the other pieces to.  It was a big missing piece in the files, but was remedied easily with my Make-the-Cut software.

I was totally wowed at the stars on the flag.  There are 50 of them, measuring .06″ each.  If I hadn’t cut and applied them, I would have never known how big .06″ is.  For perspective I photographed it with a penny. Aren’t they wonderful?  I love my KNK for the detail options it gives us.


Before gluing them to the tray, I sprayed them with an acrylic sealer.