Halloween Mason Jar Vase

I started a small group of cutting enthusiasts and we meet monthly to share ideas and craft together. This month we did a challenge involving mason jars. Not surprising that we all did one with a Halloween theme!

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Smoky Quartz Gemstone Vinyl

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Clear Transfer Tape

Craft Vinyl for etching mask

Glass Etching Cream – I used Armour Etch.

Mason Jar, Halloween Flowers and Ribbons

Design Work

  • I found a spider web design I liked (Spider Web Lace, Samatha Walker)  and changed the dimensions to fit the circumference and height of the mason jar in Make the Cut!
  • Searched for a spider in the MTC Gallery, I always look here first for new designs! (Spider: MTC Gallery, Halloween Spiders #2900, User ID 8719).  I erased the web string from the spider so I had only the spider.
  • I then duplicated the spider so I had several to place around the jar.
  • I wanted a skull for the front of my vase and I had a perfect design, in my embroidery files. Since it was not an SVG, I used a clipping tool, SnagIt! To create a PNG file of the skull.  Make the Cut! Pixel Trace worked well to create the SVG file for cutting. I would caution that it only worked because the photo of the original stitch-out of the design was all in black and it was well defined. Individual threads were not apparent in the photo.
  • I cut the skull and spiders out of the Smoky Quartz Gemstone Vinyl and the spider web lace from craft vinyl.

MTC Mason Jar

Maxx Air Settings

Blade = Red Blade, Blade height = 25

Force = 45

Velocity = 300

# Passes = Disabled

Blade Offset = .35

 Crafting the Vase

  • When weeding the web etching mask, I weeded out the actual web and left the negative space to apply to my jar as I wanted the web to be etched into the glass.
  • Applied the etching cream over the entire jar except for the lid threads.

Vinyl mask applied on Applied the "negative space' of the vinyl web on to the mason jar. Etching cream spread on jar to create the web.

  • After removing the vinyl etching mask and washing and drying the jar, I applied the spiders and skull to the jar.

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  • Added some black Halloween flowers and ribbons and I now have a new Halloween floral arrangement!

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Yes I can drive a stick

Hey all,


It’s funny, I’m not sure I still can drive a stick. I don’t even drive an automatic that well. But I saw this saying and knew I had to recreate it. So I found a spooky font on daft and a free witch graphic on the web and then cut it out in black vinyl.

I’ve never stuck vinyl to cork before, but guess what, it works. I don’t know where I got these cork circles, but I apparently have a collection of them in my cabinets. I was originally going to cut this saying out and stick it on my car, but I thought it would make a cool little hanging sign.  cork circle is about 7.25″

Apparently I don’t have “Halloween” themed ribbon, but luckily I had orange and black.

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^There’s the file if you want to make one.

I used the KNK Maxx 24, f-300 and v – 30. (Wow, come to think of it, I may have the f and the v mixed up. I haven’t adjusted the settings on Mr. Maxx in two years because I’ve only been using it to cut vinyl. No specific reason, I just found a perfect setting for vinyl and am just way too lazy to change it. Besides, I use the Zing for all of my paper stuff.

Until next month! Stay classy KNK-ers!


Haunted House Napkin Holder & Centerpiece – Free File

I love fall, especially when it is a pleasant fall like we are having this year in the midwest. I can’t wait for the trees to start changing color! And nothing feels more like fall than Halloween! This file can be used as a 2 dimensional design, or as a 3 dimensional design. Using WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky, it is sturdy enough to hold more than napkins. It could also hold candy for the desk at work!

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Settings (Maxx Air):


  1. Open the haunted house file (free for a limited time).
  2. Cut the interior color from WorldWin CutMates.
  3. Cut the exterior from WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky.
  4. Assemble with scrapbook adhesive.
  5. Embellish.

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Although I made this house for halloween, with a different color scheme it could easily be used for a multitude of projects and events. Picture a white card stock colored with red brick pattern on the walls and black shake shingles for the roof!

Using Cut Files as Masks & Stencils

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

In my last post I demonstrated how I use cut files for embossing and I thought I’d look at another use for cut files today so I will show how cut files can be used for masking or stenciling.

You can use a large patterned panel such as these designs as a one-piece stencil to spray or ink through to create a great background for your peojects. Today though I will use smaller pieces to build up a scene and as Halloween is fast approaching I will create a spooky graveyard picture for the front of my card. The cut file is available at the end of this post 🙂

These are the Materials I used:

  • My wonderful KnK Zing
  • Make the Cut Software
  • Copic Markers & a Copic Airbrush set (sponging with ink works great too)

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. I cut the pieces I will use as masks (the pieces which will protect my card and keep it white underneath) from some paper and added temporary adhesive on the back of them:

Halloween Scene 1

Pic 2. I cut my stencil pieces ensuring that there was plenty of paper around them to protect my card from over-spray (or over-sponging). I added temporary adhesive to the back of these too:

Halloween Scene 2

Pic 3. I placed my masking pieces, except for the clouds, onto my card front:

Halloween Scene 3

Pic 4. I placed the first cloud piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed along the top edge and slightly upwards with a light purple marker. You could also use ink sprays or your regular ink pads and a sponge to achieve similar results:

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Pic 5: I continued to spray the clouds with 4 different colours of purple gradually getting darker towards the top alternating the 2 cloud pieces as I went:

Halloween Scene 5

Pic 6. Now the the masking is done we can do the stenciling, I placed the graveyard stencil piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed with a dark grey marker:

Halloween Scene 6

Pic 7. As I wanted my bats to look like they are flying in front of the moon I needed to remove my moon mask before I stenciled my bats, I used a black marker this time:

Halloween Scene 7

Pic 8. Once all of your masking/stenciling is done you have the fun of peeling any remaining masks from your card to reveal the bright white card underneath. I added the cloud pieces back over my moon and gave it a subtle cloudy look with a pale lilac marker:

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Pic 9. To complete my card I backed my Halloween scene with some black card. I cut my sentiment from some more black card and adhered it to a strip of vellum which I wrapped around my scene panel and stuck to the back of it with tape. I then popped my panel onto a purple card base with 3d foam pads:

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If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Halloween Scene by Bird

Halloween Scene Cut File by Bird

Cute Witch {Layout}

“You had the power all along my dear” – Glenda the good witch


Today our project is a themed Halloween layout!  For me, the creative process works like this:

Step 1:  Using a pencil and paper – sketch my layout.

Step 2:  Recreate my sketch in the KNK Software.  This helps me determine the scale of my die cut shapes.


Notes:  I love to “frame my layouts and choose a sheet of 12×12 cardstock as the foundation for my page and layer a 11.5×11.5 cardstock as my “canvas.”  I’m a big fan of die cut titles…if the project is something that I need to recreate many times I will choose a font that can be welded.  This is a ONE and DONE layout, so I opted to work with individual letters.  A brewing  caldron with witch shoes was the perfect compliment to my cute witch photo.  I create all my cutting files by scratch using a node by node method (please review my prior posts if you need direction on how to do this.)

Step 3:  Add photo(s) and embellish!  I used a striped straw as witch legs and tucked them into the separate top piece created for the cauldron.  I glued witch shoes to the front and back sides of the shoes and tied bakers twine around them. 


Step 4:  Embellish more!  I cut doubles of each bat and secured the first to the page and added the second one directly on top using a foam pop-dot.  I bend the bat wings and added bling for eyes.




Blue cap / thick materials blade


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

Please visit the KNK Gallery on my website to see more projects that I have created using my Klic N Kut.

Photo:  Courtesy of Petrini Photography

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