A friend sent me an image that she had snagged from Pinterest and asked me if I could make her a tile like the image.
The image had paper with musical notes on it and she wanted that in the background, just like pictured. Well, I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish that…but I did! I think I have almost an exact replica. :~) I found some scrapbook paper that had musical notes on it. Once I got it home I realized it was probably the exact same paper. I then designed the saying in KNK Studio and cut it from vinyl. I like using “outdoor vinyl” on signs as it is meant to be permanent and seems to stick better. I used a 12×12 piece of thin pylwood and stained it. I then applied modge podge to the plywood and applied the paper. When that was dry I applied liquid laminate on the paper. I could have used modge podge but had liquid laminate left over from another project that I wanted to use. When that was dry I applied the vinyl. Here is my version of the plaque.
Then, because I like that friend I decided to make another Pinterest project. It was a card that I saw and liked and decided to use the same paper for the card. In KNK Studio I designed the saying, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into Word and printed it. I used the KNK to cut the paper for the card…perfect every time.
And THEN, because I had the modge podge out, and because My Vinyl Designer had a post on Facebook I decided to make my next project. Anyone who has tried to apply vinyl to canvas knows it can be a pain. I have had it where one color stuck perfect, the next not at all. Once again I like the outdoor vinyl but you are more limited by color choices if you like the matte finish. The post said that you should paint your canvas and let it dry. Then coat the canvas with modge podge and let it dry. And then apply the vinyl and it should stick like magic. I didn’t even waste time painting the canvas, I applied the modge podge to a bare canvas and let it dry. I then applied the vinyl. It wasn’t quite magic but I would say it was a 75% improvement.
And my husband thinks I spend too much time on the computer. :O)
I have so much fun with my KNK Maxx and I am lucky enough that I get to use it almost every day. My daughter’s sister in law and her husband just had their first baby. I saw a “birth announcement” done in subway style and have always wanted to try it. I started with a plain white 12×12 canvas from Michaels. I used Navy Blue Craft essential paint from Jo-anns. Next time I will try spray paint as I found it took 3 coats to get a decent coverage. Then I made a 12×12 square in KNK Studio, chose O @Gungsuhche font, and started filling in the square with all of the vital statistics. When I use 2 colors of vinyl I like to place rectangles in the file so that I can cut one color with the rectangles, then the second color with the rectangles and then when I am ready I just need to set one set of rectangles on top of the other and it is all line up perfectly.
This is what the file looked like with out the fill turned on.
This is what the finished product looks like and
here is the little muppet that inspired the canvas,isn’t he a cutie!
I also saw a quote from the Grinch himself that I thought would make a cute Christmas plaque. I had my husband cut a 12×24 inch piece of 1/2 inch plywood. For those of you who don’t have the ability to cut wood you can get 12×24 inch pieces of shelving from almost any home improvement store. You can get it unfinished and paint it like I did or by it laminated with a black, white, or wood grain finish and use that for your plaque. It is fairly inexpensive and saves a lot of time. I painted the wood red using Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch paint. It is a great spray paint that provides excellent coverage. For both projects I used indoor vinyl which can be found at www.knkusa.com . I like to use 36 force and 250 velocity when cutting smaller vinyl projects such as these.
I would share more info about this plaque but somehow, in less than a few hours time, the file for this plaque is lost somewhere on my computer.
This picture was made from a My Scrap Chick cutting file. I had made it into a card last year and it was so cute so I decided to try a picture size. I painted an 8×10 canvas midnight blue. I then cut the file so that it fit the canvas. The paper is coredinations, the white moon is gemstone, the stars are a metallic vinyl from www.KNKUSA.com, and the eyes are vinyl. It is one of the many great things about the KNK, you can cut almost any medium and any size that will fit your machine.