Happy Pop’s Day?!?


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WELCOME and thank you for stopping by TeamKNK! Today’s tutorial is brought to you by Tammy from Beyond Measure.

Todays’ feature is a Pop-up Father’s Day card. Tammy combined two different pop up card mechanisms for a fun ‘tada!’ effect upon opening the card:)  The card was created in the amaZing  Make the Cut Software and cut on the over the top KNK Zing electronic cutting machine. Be sure to watch the video to check out the two pop up features inside the card!

Here’s the link to the Team KNK Pop up card video tutorial! Enjoy!


And here is a link to the cutting file for the card: Father Day’s pop up card in MTC, KNK, PDF, and SVG formats

Thank you so very much for stopping by–we hope to see you here again! The Make the Cut pop up  mechanism file is post below. 🙂 Until next time…HUGE {{{HUGS}}} and be blessed


Blinging Gabriella’s Shorts!

My son’s girlfriend enjoys all aspects of my business, especially the part involving rhinestones! : ) So, when she asked me if I could add some bling to an existing pair of shorts, I immediately said, “Yes” because the task would be easy to do and yield great results! This is how I made it happen:

Pair of shorts
KNK Zing
Rhinestone Template Material
Stencil Board
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
SS16 Topaz Rhinestones
Shur-Line Trim and Touchup Pad
Home iron or Heating Press

(1) I scanned the shorts into my computer so that I could use the existing embroidery pattern on the shorts as a guide for creating the design.

(2) In Make The Cut, I imported the scan and then manually traced the curve of the embroidery pattern. Here’s a video showing how that was done: Simple Curve Trace in MTC.

(3) Next I measured the width of the design on the actual pocket and resized the pattern on the screen to match. Then I used the Rhinestone function in MTC to apply the circles. Because you always need to cut circles that are about 0.5 mm larger than the nominal stone size, I chose SS19 (0.17 in) for the circle size. For the spacing, I used 0.02″.

(4) Then I made a mirrored copy of the pattern for the other pocket.

(5) Using the KNK Zing, I cut the patterns from cardstock first to make sure they were designed at the correct size and alignment to the existing pattern. Then I cut the patterns from the rhinestone template material using a force of 90, speed of 10 and two passes. I then pressed the two patterns to stencil board.

(6) I used the Shur-line pad to brush the stones into the templates. Then used rhinestone transfer tape to lift the stones out of the templates and arrange onto the short pockets. If you’ve never seen this process done, please check out a video I made a few years ago using the KNK Maxx, as the process is the same: Cutting Rhinestone Template Material on the Maxx

(7) With my home iron set to High, the stones were then heat-pressed onto the shorts. I pressed firmly for 15 seconds. Then I moved the iron slightly over and pressed for another 10 seconds. The second pressing insures that steam holes are not over any of the stones during the first pressing. After cooling, I peeled off the transfer tape and the shorts were ready for Gabriella to wear!

Here is a before photo:

And here is a close-up of one of the completed pockets:

A Spin on Greeting Cards

Several months ago, my friend and fellow KNK enthusiast, Lynn Keniston, saw an idea for using a spinning platform in a greeting card.  The idea is that as the card is opened, an object that you want to present to the person opening the card is on a pop-up platform inside the card.  Not only did the platform pop-up, but it also turned 90 degrees to present the object.  Lynn was fascinated by this concept and went to work to figure out how it could be adapted for cutting with our KNK electronic cutters.  During the process of adapting, testing, and re-working the platform, she sent it to me so I could help.  Lynn deserves the majority of the credit for taking the idea and making into a file that we can use on our KNK cutters.  She has  generously allowed me to use this spinning platform for the cards in my post today.  On Friday, you will see how she has used the platform for her creations.

From the outside a card with a spinning platform looks like any other greeting card.  Depending on the object on the platform, it could be a bit thicker and/or lumpier than a card without a platform.  I had an idea of what I wanted to put inside my card and what I wanted to say on the outside of the card but spent many hours seaching for what I considered just the right graphic to go with the words.  This is the front of the card.

Inside the card on the platform is a pair of earrings.  Hopefully, it would be a surprise to the person opening the card.

A look inside the card as it begins to open shows that the platform is sideways and faces the inside of the front of the card.

As the card is opened more you can see that the platform is turning and beginning to pop-up.

Since the process of assembling and using the spinning platform is a bit of a challenge to depict with printed words and pictures, I decided to try my hand at creating a video to show how it is done.  There is a link at the end of this post to the video on YouTube.

In the process of creating the video, I made another card which has a different kind of object on the platform.  Again, the front of the card looks like just another greeting card.

The inside of the card has a print of a picture of the earth taken from space.  In keeping with the words inside the card, there is an eyelet in the center of the picture and a brad through the eyelet into a piece of cardstock mounted on the spinning platform such that the “world” really can go “’round”.

The spinning platform looks like the picture below.  The red and green lines are the fold lines.  A diagram of the spinning platform is shown in the second picture below.


The file for the spinning platform and a file for a printable version of the diagram are available here:

Spinning Platform Files

The video is available here:

KNK Spinning Platform for Greeting Card

Check back on Friday to see Lynn’s post.


Fairy Packet

Fairy Wings

Recently at our house there was a party to celebrate a young fairy getting her new wings. As any fairy mother knows, when their  baby grows up, they outgrow their wings.  Much as human children get a new set of teeth, fairy children get a new set of wings.  This is a very joyful event, and much ceremony and preparation is involved in the presentation of the new wings.

 Of course for festivities such as this, only the most fancy and proper invitations will do.   So we designed this fairy packet to hold all the invitation material that the invited fairy’s friends needed to attend the festivities.

Fairy Packet Front

We used standard white card stock for the outside, and then decorated it with tea stain and stamps and markers.  Then we backed the cut out section with glitter paper to show through, and lined the inside with plain white paper to make it all nice and neat.

Fairy Packet Side

We had lots of things to put inside the packet.  A small book, stickers, coloring sheets, pins, letters, photos and invitation.  It held quite a bit of fairy paraphernalia!

Inside of Packet

We turned to the magic of the KNK Studio software to create our design for the packet.  We found a raster image in public domain on the web that we used as a starting point.  The image was vectorized, and then modified to create the final image used on the packet.  You can find more detailed information on how the packet was made and put together in this YouTube video:


We are happy to report that the fairies had a very lovely time at the party.  And yes, the Fairy Fancy Beauty Spa sign is courtesy of the KnK Maxx as well.