I am a member of a club that meets monthly to learn and create with our KNK cutting machines. We call ourselves the Blade Runners and we have a lot of fun together crafting with these wonderful machines. This week we are taking a road trip to a scrapbooking trade show to see what is new and shop!! So, of course, we will need some large totes to carry all our treasures.
Using the club name, Blade Runners, I designed a quick logo to embellish the blank totes. I used DecoSPARKLE heat transfer vinyl so we could really sparkle. This a good application for DecoSPARKLE as it is not stretchy and works best on items that are more stable than clothing.
I had an issue with fitting the club name on the totes as it had to go over the straps. My solution was to layout the weeded club name on the tote and mark with heat proof tape where the letters met the edges of the straps. Removed the transfer and cut the letters apart at the tape lines with a rotary cutter. Then I put the sections back on the tote and lined them up so that the letters fell on either side of the strap and avoided any gaps during pressing.
The totes look great and we have lots of room to carry our finds from the show!
KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade
Canvas Tote Blanks
Heat Proof Tape
Maxx Air Settings
Force = 70, Speed = 200, Blade Offset = .25, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25, Minimal Blade exposure
I’ve been tempted to add rhinestones to baby bodysuits, but I didn’t want to take a chance of baby putting them in her mouth. So instead, I decided to try some faux rhinestones using ™DecoSparkle heat transfer vinyl.
It’s pretty simple to make your own faux rhinestones using Make the Cut software. If you prefer, you can use my free Blackeyed Susan file.
- Infant Bodysuit
- ThermFlex Plus HTV
- DecoSparkle HTV
- Make The Cut
- Red Capped Blade
- Iron or Heat Press
Settings for KNK Zing:
- Force – 18
- Speed – 10
- Multicut – 1 or 2
- Use my free file or
- Open or Import file in Make the Cut. Make sure you reverse your design if you have any text.
- Select portion of design that you want to add “rhinestones” to
- Right Click > Shape Magic > Rhinestones
- When box pops up, choose size and spacing. You can choose either Fill Shape or Outline. Click on Delete Original.
- Select Preview on Mat to make sure it looks the way you want it to.
- Don’t worry if some things don’t look exactly the way you want them to because you will be able to adjust that.
- Click Accept.
- Select “rhinestones” design. Ctrl > P to split. Now you can adjust/delete/add any “rhinestones” as needed.
- Now use your heat press or iron to apply HTV according to manufacturers instructions. (Make sure iridescent HTV is applied last if you are layering, as you cannot layer on top of this vinyl.)
Our little princess loves her new bodysuit with the faux rhinestone bling!!
Deco Sparkle™ is a holographic heat transfer vinyl that will add Pop and Shine to your projects! While it adheres to nearly any fabric except nylon, it is not recommended for applications where you need ‘stretch’.
Deco Sparkle, like most iron-on vinyl, is cut in reverse and the carrier is removed after application. This means you put the bright side down on your mat and cut on the dull side. You can use either a standard blade or a thick material blade – but this material will require higher pressure than a simple, one-color heat transfer vinyl. Make test cuts to ensure proper settings for blade exposure, speed and force.
Deco Sparkle should be applied with even pressure at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 seconds. Use a teflon sheet to prevent damage to the design. The carrier sheet is peeled off when its cooled. If the vinyl starts to come off with the carrier, simply increase pressure and reapply heat.
Deco Sparkle can be combined with other materials for additional eye-popping effects (See Team KNK post on 16 September 2013). However, it cannot be layered.
As with most heat transfer (iron-on) applications*, wash garments inside out in cool/cold water.
* Iron-on Flock is the exception