PCS Tutorial Videos


Today’s post is definitely a technical post… nothing cute, nothing whimsical, nothing Pinterest-worthy here! lol But I still hope this post will be a valued one!

In the last post I made on February 12, I showed off a popup card I made for a swap. While I received a lot of nice comments from readers here and from my local card-swapping friends, it was apparent that most of you had missed my link to a video I made for designing single word cards in the new Popup Card Studio! (That was my fault for having a subtle link that said click here. lol)

So, to be a little more bold this time, I’m going to re-announce that first video by giving it a line of its own:

Free Video for Designing a Simple One Word Popup Card

AND… for today’s post, I put together a sequel which shows how to add a second word to the same card design:

Free Video for Designing a Two Line Popup Card

Now at this point, I want to share a list for those of you new to PCS. This is kind of like a list of reminders about what you’re most likely to forget to do when working with this fun and powerful design program:

  • Hold down the D key when clicking on shapes that might not be on the current plane. This is how you select them. If you need them on a different plane then click on the icon at the top to Cut them to the Clipboard, go to the new plane, and then click to Paste them onto that plane.


  • When you find you’re unable to select anything (and you ARE holding down the D key), you are probably in the wrong mode! I often do this! I’m still in the Text mode or I’m still in the Bezier mode! Click on the Arrow icon on the left side to return to the Selection mode.


  • Certain functions work better if you have the right Snap selection. If you need to use the Crop Tool or Resize shapes or Move shapes, make sure Snap is really low… as in 1/256. If you need to use the Bezier tool to create those really cool two point rectangles, make sure you’re using a higher Snap, such as 1/8″.


  • Before adding two point rectangles, you need the shapes to have flat horizontal lines so that those all-important mountain or valley fold lines will be automatically added. The Crop tool makes this simple to do! Just pick either external or internal and then marquee select what you need to exclude or include from the selected shape.


  • Also, before adding those two point rectangles, make sure you’ve aligned your shape to the bottom plane! Simply select it and then click on the appropriate icon under Align and Distribute (it’s the middle icon in the second row). Also, there’s a left-to-right centering icon you might want to use just to the left of this bottom alignment function.


  • File>Print Preview will save you time and headaches! Use this function often to make sure you see those needed dashed lines indicating that you have shapes and two point rectangles properly positioned.


  • Remember that if you’re more comfortable editing in MTC, then do that! Just use File>Export>Project Rendering>As SVG File to save your project in a format that will then import into MTC. Once imported, RIGHT click on the Layer Bar thumbnail and select To Each Its Own. The Cut Lines, Mountain, and Valley folds will be put onto their own layers. You can then use the node editing tools, such as Knife, Erase, and Bezier to further perfect the design.


  • Just like with ANYTHING, don’t get frustrated, get help! My knowledge increases as I am forced to research PCS AND answer questions. Please don’t hesitate to challenge me. Of course, I may end up simply referring you to Susan Bluerobot’s videos! lol But I do enjoy helping and I do benefit from being asked questions! So go for it!

If you’d like to try out the demo version of PCS:
Demo Version (scroll to the bottom to find a link for the trial version).

If you decide to buy PCS use this link and remember that your MTC registration code saves you 15%!):

Buy PCS Here!

Lunch and Mini Crayon Box


Birthday Favor

Birthday Favor

It is time to celebrate Carlea’s second birthday. Yes, I can’t believe that my granddaughter is turning two. I always have an excuse to use my WONDERFUL KNK cutter machine, so I decided this time to make a print and cut project for the celebration.

This is a lunch box (party favor) which will contain candy, a mini coloring book, and a crayon box to match the lunch box. I designed everything in Photoshop, and then used Make The Cut to print and cut my project.

Sandy McCauley has three videos to teach you how to trace graphics in MTC that might be used for print and cut projects:




KNK Cutter Machine
MTC or KNK Studio
Cutting file for lunch box
Cutting file for crayon box

Customize your lunch box in the software of your choice. Using your MTC or KNK Studio, trace the imported graphic, and then print and cut your project. Here is a link to a video Sandy made showing how a PNC is done in MTC on a KNK Maxx or Groove-e cutter:

Print and Cut

Post if you have any questions!


Rotated Duplicate – A Reason to Upgrade to MTC 4.6!

Rotated Duplicate2

I’ve always called this function the “wreath maker” when referring to it in KNK Studio. It allows you to take any shape and arrange it in a circle with repeats and equal spacing. There are a few more settings, but essentially that’s the main purpose. So, if KNK Studio is your design software of choice, then be sure to review this video, if you’ve not tried it out before: Circular Array Function

Recently, an almost identical feature was introduced with the release of Make The Cut 4.6. It’s called Rotated Duplicate and was added to the Duplicate menu under Edit. It’s so simple to start testing because MTC is loaded with basic shapes to quickly access and send to this function. Take for example, these basic shapes and how they were used to create a scalloped circle and a flower:



What I enjoy most is that some of the shapes can be used to create predictable outcomes, such as the following ring and spiral designs…


Spiral and Ring

… while other shapes will yield surprisingly unpredictable designs, such as with this call-out “think” and bow:



This is what makes it all the more fun to see what will happen with any given shape and a combination of settings:






Do not make the mistake of thinking this is all you get with the shapes I’ve chosen. With any of these same shapes I’ve used, a change in the total number of repeats, a deletion of interior paths, welding in new centers or just changing the offset settings will yield entirely new and different designs!

Ready to start playing? First of all, make sure you have installed Version 4.6 of Make The Cut, available here: Lastest MTC

Then watch this video to learn how to put YOUR favorite shapes into a semi-circle or circular pattern:

Using the Rotated Duplicate Function

Then go crazy with the designing possibilities! If you want some additional free shapes for making snowflakes and flowers, be sure to check out these two posts at the MTC Forum! A big thank you to Fred Muraca, our Australian KNK distributor and owner of Skat Katz for his contribution of the shapes in the following two posts:

Designing Snowflakes

Designing Flowers

Snowflake and Flower


If you don’t already have Make-The-Cut, it can be downloaded, as a demo. Licenses are $58.36 and can be purchased at KNKUSA.com.

Rhinestone Simulations, Free Files, Free Videos!

Today’s post is all about learning how to do rhinestone simulations! Many of our KNK customers have rhinestone businesses and need a way to show their clients how a design will look on a shirt before cutting the template. So, I came up with a method to do this back in 2009 when I first began supporting rhinestone designing in KNK Studio and in ACS Studio. Just a few weeks ago, the same topic came up again, but for the KNK Zing using Make The Cut! The methods are easy once the designs are created. Just remember to save your original design! This is critical in KNK Studio because adding the simulation changes the actual file itself. But even in Make The Cut, you will be inclined to resize the design after adding the simulated texture and that can also cause problems later if you forget that you’ve done that!

Here’s a close up of the crystal simulation. Note that files are provided for a range of simulations which match the stone colors most commonly used and also sold at KNK USA.

So, here are links to the free videos you need for learning how to add a rhinestone simulation in either KNK/ACS Studio or in Make The Cut:

Video for Rhinestone Simulation in KNK or ACS

Video for Rhinestone Simulation in Make The Cut

And then I’m also sharing the butterfly outline design in KNK, MTC, and PDF formats. Here’s a link for those of you who collect cutting files… especially rhinestone cutting files! : )

Rhinestone Butterfly Outline