Gemstone Metallic Vinyl decorated bottles

This was a fun project I completed with my daughter. Gemstone Metallic vinyl is the ONLY type she wanted to use, so lucky for me I have some of nearly every color!!! I don’t blame her, this vinyl is really stunning – the colors are gorgeous and the sparkle is breathtaking!

For the vinyl I did the design work in Make-the-Cut and she loaded the vinyl into the cutter, weeded it and applied it. For the flower embellishments, I cut the shapes out of card stock and colored them with Copic markers, then used a large ball tip against craft foam to give them a 3D shape.

Friendship Bottles:

20150131_174452_opt The hibiscus design came from the gallery in MTC, and I made some alterations so it could be cut in a single color. For example, different colored shapes that previously butted up against each other had to have some separation. To do this, I created a shadow layer for one of the 2 objects and then used boolean join to deduct it from the other shape. This gave the design the necessary space between the adjoining shapes so each shape did not lose its definition. 20150207_113829_opt


Vinyl Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Standard Material Blade (red cap)
  • f = 11
  • v = 350
  • p = 1

Vinyl Instructions (Lettering and Hibiscus flowers):

  1. Import or create the design
  2. Cut design from vinyl
  3. Weed the excess vinyl, leaving the design on the backing (or carrier) sheet
  4. Use transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the backing sheet and transfer to your substrate
  5. Use a squeegee to push any air pockets out from under the vinyl

Card Stock Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Standard material blade (red cap)
  • f = 68
  • v = 275
  • p = 1

Card Stock Instructions (3D Flowers):

  1. Import or create the the flower design
  2. Cut design from card stock
  3. Color with markers or pencils
  4. Place the cut flowers, colored side down, on a craft foam sheet
  5. Use the large embossing tool to shape the petals by pressing and moving in a circular motion
  6. Flip the flower over and press in the center using a circular motion
  7. Fill center with flakes, fuzz or glitter

Challenge from KNK and Team KNK – in Review

Challenge: There were many wonderful and creative entries for the Summer Solstice KNK/Team KNK Challenge – especially in the paper category. The judges had such a hard time narrowing down their selections! You will understand why as we share the top entries throughout July. Please note that they will appear in alphabetical order.

Today, we have a project  from Angie who uses paper to create beautiful, life-like flowers. Her entry included three fabulous bouquets for Mother’s Day. CHECK THESE OUT!!!

Challenge - Paper Bouquet

In her entry, Angie said:

For mother’s day I made my mom, mother-in-law, and grandma each a bouquet of paper flowers and put them in stained mason jar vases. To make them I cut out a set of petals and leaves for each flower with my zing and used a paper crafting tool to roll the edges. Then I made the center of the flowers with crepe paper and rolled the petals around the center. I used wooden dowels as stems, wrapping them with floral tape to attach the flowers and leaves. Then I made a coordinating “Happy Mother’s day!” tag for each vase. For the tags, I used the print and cut feature for the text, cut a shadow layer, then attached the piece to tags that I cut with the zing. I tied on the tag with some twine and was able to give a gift that everyone loved!

I used cut files from the Make the Cut! Gallery for the mum petals and leaves. I created the shapes for the other petals.



Large Flower Card – 3 ways!

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Today I will use one Cut File (supplied at the end of the post) to create 3 different card looks armed with just my Zing and a few basic supplies.


These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  100 (65 on vellum and lightweight card)
  • Passes = 1

Card 1: This is a super quick yet effective card to whip up when you need a card asap.

I lined up one of the oval shapes onto the card base in Make the Cut, I chose one of the fonts to form the word ‘Hello’ then cut both pieces from some kraft card:


I folded my card in half then placed the ‘Hello’ inside the oval window and glued it to the inside of the card:


Card 2: I used white vellum for my large solid (sandwich) piece to add some softness to this card but coloured vellum or acetate could be used for different looks.

From yellow card I cut the card base, the extra flower outline piece, the label outline shape and the word ‘Mum’. From vellum I cut the large solid layer and the larger label shape:


I glued my vellum to the back of the front outline pieces:


These pieces can now be flipped over and glued to the card base sandwiching the vellum between the layers, this ensures that the inside of your card is as neat as the outside:


As I didn’t create a window in the card base this time I can add my sentiment to my label shape without it looking messy on the inside of the card:


Card 3: Inside the cut file you will find smaller solid (sandwich) pieces which allow you to use different colours for your flower and leaf pieces:

From black card I cut the card base, the extra flower outline piece and the banner outline shape. From pink card I cut the solid flower piece and the larger banner shape. From green card I cut the solid leaf pieces:


I glued my coloured pieces to the back of the front outines then added a sentiment to my banner:


I flipped my flower piece over and glued it to the card base and sandwiched it between the black card layers to keep my card neat inside and out. I added my banner to the card with 3D foam tape:


The middle of my flower was calling out for a button, as I’m not using vellum here it won’t show through:


Negative Pieces: Do you usually throw your negative pieces away? How about saving them to make some tags? Here is the tag cut file I used:


If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here:

Here is today’s Cut File:

Large Flower Card Cut File by Bird

Large Flower Card Cut File by Bird

Poinsettia Holiday Decor – Gemstone Metallic Vinyl Project with a Free File!

Poinsettia Holiday Decor…sigh.

I really, truly tried to make something for Thanksgiving. I thought about it and thought about it – but nothing boiled to the surface. Please understand, we just moved into our new house and I have not yet been able to unpack all of the boxes in the kitchen or bathroom, let alone my craft room. I will be so happy when everything is organized but for now I have to accept my limitations. Luckily I went shopping with my mom a few weekends ago and therefore had some things on hand to create this Christmas project. And Mom was here to help, which made the project all that much more fun – Yay!


Materials Used:



  1. Cut the pieces for your poinsettia using the free file (below). There will be 5 layers.
  2. Use clear transfer tape to easily layer the pieces largest on the bottom, to smallest on top.
  3. Apply to the item(s) you want to decorate.



The Gemstone Metallic Vinyl is really spectacular! I just love how it sparkles, even more than gemstone car paint!


Poinsettia File – download here.

Gemstone Metallic Vinyl – Product Information

Gemstone Metallic Vinyl is a stunningly beautiful cast vinyl, laden with metallic flakes, that will add elegance and dazzle to your designs. It is used for permanent and/or outdoor applications as a decal or as a wrap (including signage, automotive or marine installations). In addition to its spectacular sparkle, Gemstone Metallic Vinyl has a high gloss finish. This vinyl is designed to provide high quality cuts with your KNK digital cutting system. Gemstone Metallic is available in 15 spectacular colors, all of which are completely opaque (no light will show through).


Gemstone Metallic Vinyl is .003 inches thick (.075 mm, 2.925 Mil) and is rated at a 5-7 year life. This typically means 5 years for outdoor applications and 7 years for indoor applications. In certain applications (no direct sunlight, stable temperatures, etc.), cast vinyl can last significantly longer. Gemstone Metallic Vinyl provides resistance to typical chemicals such as water, oil, gasoline, and anti-freeze. The minimum temperature for installation of this vinyl is 40°F. Because it has the ability to stretch and conform to the surface shape it can also be installed as a wrap. Normal usage temperatures for Gemstone Metallic Vinyl are -50°F to 225°F.


Gemstone Metallic Vinyl has a 2 year shelf life under the proper conditions. All vinyl should be stored in a dust-free environment. Use plastic bags or sheeting to keep your vinyl free of dust and other contaminants. Also, store in a container that protects the vinyl from exposure to sunlight, especially direct sunlight! Storage temperature should be between 35°F and 75°F, with a relative humidity of 50%. If your vinyl becomes brittle, it has likely ‘expired’. However, you may still be able to use it if you are applying to a flat surface or if you warm it up slightly (but work quickly).

Gemstone Metallic Vinyl can be cut directly on its carrier (backing paper), or for smaller pieces you can tape it to your mat. Use a standard blade to cut this vinyl.

It really sparkles! Here are some of my favorite colors – I have 8 of them – although I do love them all!


Stop back Wednesday to see my project using Gemstone Metallic Vinyl!