Details Make a Difference

When I got my first KNK cutter, one of the things that I wanted to be able to do was to add some details to the shapes that I was cutting.  If I cut a flower, to me, it was just a flat, blah, silhouette of a flower.  It had no dimension to it and therefore wasn’t very pretty or interesting.  To add some details, I would add some cut lines to the interior of the shape to show some of the edges of the petals in the case of the flower.  Still that wasn’t enough detail to suit me.  The piece was still flat and still blah to me.

Since I was not a person who had done much with paper piecing for scrapbooking or card making, this was a whole new world to me.  After seeing a lot of examples of items that had details that others had made, I discovered chalk.  What a wonderful addition that made to my cut pieces.  Not only could I add shadows to edges with darker chalks, I could add highlights with lighter colors and even combine the dark and light chalks on the same piece to add the details that would provide dimension.

Here are some examples of cut pieces without and with chalk added.  These are shapes that I created to use on a recipe card.  I was very pleased with the difference just a bit of chalk made.


As you can see I still used the cut lines in the cardstock and the chalk enhanced those cut lines in addition to adding the dimension that I wanted.

Here is a picture of the completed recipe card to show how the finished pieces were used.


The little pitcher for the dressing is cut from clear acrylic with the printed recipe glued to the back of it.  The acrylic is the same as what was used in my previous post A Cactus in a Box.

Engraving License Plate Blanks with Fill

I just can’t get enough of KNK ENGRAVING! These acrylic license plates are a lovely medium to work with – very easy to engrave and very striking when done.

Some license plates are a solid glossy color, while others are a mirror or reflective glossy color. The black in these photos are solid while the red are mirror-like.   Engraving License Plates


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 60
  • v = 150
  • p = 3


  1. Use a very sticky mat. Place the license plate blank on the mat between pinch wheels. Use painter’s tape to ensure it will not move during the engraving. I used the grid on the mat to place my plate and to set the origin. This made it easy to turn off the machine and work on the plates at different times (unlike when you create a template to place an engraving object into).
  2. Adjust the settings for engraving. Be sure to uncheck offset.
  3. Engrave your design(s).
  4. Remove all of the shavings and clean the license plate. I used a non-ammonia glass cleaner.

Engraving on Black License Plate

The solid fill engraving shows up clearly. The first plate I engraved had only an outline and I can’t even get a clear picture of it. The solid fill makes a profound difference.

Acrylic Cover Album or home decor




This is an acrylic sheet that was engraved with my KNK Groove-E using the green capped engraving tool. I used these setting: Velocity = 600 and Force =140.

In KNK Studio, you send the image to the cut window and before you cut, right click on the Banner Fill icon. Then, make the following settings; Pen Diameter = .02000, Fill Style = S-Sweep, Fill Overlap = .01500 75% and Fill Angle = 45. Don’t think that I am super brilliant, LOL, the honor is for Sandy who taugh me that in the Tampa Retreat. THANK YOU SANDY, AGAIN I love the results.


After I engraved everything, I painted with acrylic and fabric paint. The glitter is glue it with decoupage medium glue.