String of Pennants

This craft space needs pennantsI do not have one of those “to-die-for” kind of craft spaces. I do love my space… but it truly is more “function” than “form”. In fact, it often isn’t even as functional as I’d like it, because it seems to be in constant stay of disarray.

Someday perhaps I’ll have my dream studio. But for now, I figure the least I can do is “pretty it up” a little.

So… today I created a string of pennants to add a little joy to my space. I’m not much of a paper crafter, but of course I have a large amount of purchased papers that sit and collect dust most of the time. It didn’t take long to find several pretty papers that I knew would work great!

Pretty Paper for Pennants

Just picking out all of this pretty paper made me smile. I think I should do more paper crafting!

  • Materials:
  1. Red capped blade
  2. String or Ribbon (I found mine at our local department store clearance center for $.50)
  3. Natural Kraft Cardstock or other solid color Cardstock
  4. Printed paper
  5. Make-The -Cut
  6. Free MTC “Pennant- Double-Layer Scalloped” File
  • KNK Zing settings: (your settings will vary depending on the paper/cardstock you choose)
  1. Force – 40
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 2 to 3 (My paper weight varied so I increased the multicut to 3 at times. This worked better than increasing the force for accommodating the different papers that I cut.)
  • Steps:
  1. Choose a variety of printed papers, as well as some plain cardstock for the back layer.
  2. Download my free file from MTC Gallery. “Pennant- Double-Layer Scalloped”
  3. Cut your papers into 6 X 6 squares and lay them on your carrier mat. A brayer is very helpful to get the paper stuck down evenly. (Make sure the mat is not too sticky or the paper will be difficult to remove.)Paper for Pennants
  4. Cut your pennants. (I found it easiest to use Knife Point setting.)
  5. Remove the pennants from the mat.
  6. Now adhere your solid color to the mat and cut the back, scalloped layer. (I set this layer up for a 8.5″ X 11″ paper because that is what I had. If you have a 12″ X 12″ sheet, you’ll need to duplicate.)
  7. Cut file and remove pennants.
  8. Layer pennants and string onto ribbon.
  9. Hang them up to add a little fun to your space, or use for your next celebrations!

String of Pennants






Sharpie on Canvas – Giving an Old Footstool New Life

Photo of old foot stool that needs new cover.

Old Footstool

This old footstool has been kicking around my attic for a while. I think I picked it up at a second-hand shop…. somewhere. I have been meaning to recover it, but haven’t gotten around to it.

I love using a Sharpie in my Zing. I especially like the result I get when I draw with a Sharpie on canvas! So, when I cleaned up my attic room and took another look at the old footstool, I decided to use this process to create a cute new cover for it.


Canvas Drop Cloth

Ultra Fine Sharpie

Freezer Paper


Red Capped Blade

Sketch file (Free file includes everything except text)

Settings on Zing:

Photo of Zing settings

Settings for Sharpie on Canvas

Force – 10

Offset – 0

Passes – 1

Speed – 9

Pen height  – 25 sticky notes


Measure and cut your canvas.

Photo showing affixing freezer paper to canvas and trimming edge Cut freezer paper to fit fabric. Use hot dry iron to affix freezer paper to canvas, making sure to put shiny side against fabric. Pay extra attention to be sure edges are adhered.

Trim edge of canvas and paper, making sure to cut off any loose threads. Check edges again to ensure they are still stuck down to paper. If not, press again with iron.

Carefully feed canvas with freezer paper into Zing. You will  not need to use the mat for this. Make sure fabric is smooth and even. Check for any loose threads and remove if found.

Insert Sharpie pen. Check settings. Cut file. Have fun watching the Sharpie draw on the canvas. Look here to watch the magic!

My new cover and a little paint…. and I have a “new” little footstool!

Photo of finished footstool.

Finished Footstool


Wedding Card

A Wedding Card

First off, I have to thank Sandy Evans for this design idea. She gave me an assortment of beautiful cards she had made and this one especially “spoke to me!” I thought it was just so beautiful and so clever! So, I used it for a card swap with my local craft group. I googled this design and, sure enough, there are quite a few variations and I believe it may have originated as a Stampin’ Up idea. Nevertheless, I designed my own version in Make The Cut and the cutting file is at the bottom of this post. Now for the recipe!

Materials and Tools

Black and white smooth cardstock
Black grosgrain ribbon
Black mini brads
KaiserCraft self-adhesive white pearls
White envelopes and white cards (cards are 6″ x 8.5″, folded in half)
KNK Zing
KNK Zing embossing tool
Fiskars Fuse
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Birds and Swirls
Sizzix Embossing Folder: Beaded Ribbons
Pop Dots
Various adhesives


(1) The file was designed for a 6″ x 4.25″ card. I used a paper trimmer to cut a black 6″ x 4.25″ rectangle and a 5.75″ x 4.25″ white rectangle. I then cut all of the pieces from the cutting file. Note that the lapels on the groom’s heart were scored using the small end of the Zing embosser. This provided a much sharper and more symmetrical center fold line than attempting to fold by hand. I used a force of 160 and two passes on the KNK Zing to score that fold.

(2) The white rectangle was adhered to the center of the black rectangle. The smaller white rectangle with the scalloped corners was embossed in the Fiskar’s Fuse using the Birds and Swirls embossing template. Then it was adhered to the center of the smaller black rectangle with scalloped corners. Before layering the rectangles to front of the card, grosgrain ribbon was added so that it wrapped around the sides and to the back of the larger pair of rectangles. To save on ribbon, I used short pieces and taped them to hide just behind the smaller pair of rectangles. Refer to the photo below for placement:

Wedding Card Closeup Cropped

(3) I cut two pieces of the grosgrain ribbon to form the groom’s bow tie. In the cutting file, you’ll see that the cut piece for the groom’s heart shirt was designed with two slits for wrapping one piece of the ribbon around the other. I used tape to secure it to the back of that heart. Then I added three small black brads as buttons, using the three holes that were also cut in that same white heart:

Groom's Heart_resize

(4) Next I used the Beaded Ribbon embossing template in the Fiskar’s Fuse for the bride’s front heart and then adhered it to the scalloped white heart. I added three self-adhesive pearls to the front.

(5) The hearts were mounted to the card using pop dots under the large rounded parts of the hearts and then the bottom parts of the hearts were glued flat to the background.

(6) For the inside of the card, I did a print and cut on the KNK Zing using a greeting typed and centered on another scalloped cornered rectangle:

Wedding Card Inside

(7) Finally, I decided to dress up the envelope by creating an insert with entwined rings cut from black cardstock. I created the rings from joined circles in MTC and arranged along a rectangle sized to fit the envelope:

Wedding Card Envelope

Here is the cutting file I created in MTC, KNK, PDF, and SVG file formats: Wedding Card

Snowman Tic Tac Guts – with Free File!

Need a Christmas favor perfect for school teachers, co-workers, neighbors and the handsome Fed Ex driver who brings you packages from KNK USA?  These thoughtful Tic Tac mints are sure to be well received.

I calculated the sizing needed for my Tic Tac cover by simply tracing the Tic Tac container onto my printed paper.  I wrapped the paper around my mints and once I was sure about the sizing I needed, I created a rectangle with rounded corners in my KNK Software. I then made little notches on my shape so it would know exactly where my score lines need to be… this is a very helpful thing you can do if you plan on assembling several! 

I created this snowman file by welding circles and rectangles together.   Next I used the transform inline function to create an inline mat for my shape.  I then separated the snowman image from the inline mat and began creating the three swirls.  I did this by manipulating and adding nodes to this shape. It may take you a few tries the first time, but the more you practice the faster you will get and the easier it becomes.

Next I placed my snowman with the interior mat onto the rectangle with rounded corners I created and then added a circle onto my shape so his “Snowman Tic Tac Guts” would be visible.

I keep my 15″ KNK Maxx settings at Overcut 15 & Trailing Blade 20 because I only use my machine to cut paper.

See other projects I’ve created with my KNK on the KNK Gallery on my website at susan mast designs

Supply List:

  • Cardstock:  Bazzill Coconut Swirl [T10-1044] and Ebony [T15-1080]
  • Printed Paper:  Echo Park – Holly Berry [VMC30413]
  • Embellishments:  Bazzill Paper Flower [303341], Jewel [303331] and Ribbon [302530]

And if you would like to make your own, here’s link with the file in KNK, MTC, SVG, and EPS formats:

Snowman Tic Tac Guts

Lucille's Footed Box

Hi, my name is Liz Ackerman, I am one of the newer members of the KNK team and a very big fan of the KNK Zing!! I am going to bet that I was one of the first to write to KNK asking when they were going to take preorders when the Zing was first announced! I even had mine ordered before Make The Cut! announced their affiliation with KNK. Oh, did I tell you, I am also a big fan of Make The Cut!

Over the years I have created and used templates for computer crafting. One of the most talented artists I have ever known was Lucille Wilcox. Lucille F. Rock Wilcox (died Nov. 2008) was noted for her meticulously precise designs for boxes of all shapes and sizes. Her templates were very popular and hugely sought after in the early 2000’s, and she had a large internet following. Of all of Lucille’s designs, her footed box was and is still today one of my favourite files, the front seen here is one of my earliest creations using Lucille’s template, back then we printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper, and then cut by hand using exacto type knifes, a metal straight edge ruler and a sewing cutting mat:


Using Make The Cut! I have raster traced Lucille’s template and created this box so that it can easily be cut using electronic cutters such as the KNK Zing, the newest cutter in the KNK family. Here is the completed project (my apologies for the horrible photos):



The completed project is 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ tall. Papers used are DoubleMates Racy Raspberry (red) and a paper from the K&Company Designer Papers, a double sided printed paper that I thought coordinated well with the DoubleMate. You could easily embellish the box with bling, silk or paper flowers (quilled flowers would be the ultimate touch!), etc, and the box has many possibilities: gift box, chocolate box, knick-knacks, jewelry, etc. You will need 2 sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock (or several 8-1/2 x 11 sheets) for the construction of the box as designed, and one half sheet of printed or contrast if you want to use the panels as shown. The complete box could be made with a printed paper and a solid colour used for the panels, or just plain without the panels. The file that I am offering is in Make The Cut! format, and has two pages. Here are some photos I took during the construction phase:



And here is a link to the Make The Cut! file: Lucille’sFootedBox-Temp


If you have any questions or need help with the file, please feel free to give us a shout out: Liz Ackerman

PS – I have added a piece to the file, it’s a lattice panel, I added it to the front of the box using the flip side of the paper used for the panels…very cute! email me if you would like that file!