HTV Happy New Year! – Free File from Team KNK

HTV – a multisurface product?

I’m so glad to be on holiday and finally able spend time in my craft room. I love trying out new products and techniques. And this one is SPECTACULAR! You are going to want to get into your craft room ASAP!   front_opt-1

I read about this technique somewhere, but I was skeptical. Have you ever tried heat transfer vinyl like GlitterFlex on non-porous surfaces – not on fabric for which the product is primarily marketed? It works even better, and apparently lasts longer than glitter decal vinyls. Just make sure the surface you are applying it to is safe for high heat!

The design I used was a freebie from New Evolution Designs, as a wallpaper. They have some very cool and unique designs and lots of freebies.   New Evolutions Designs

I pixel traced the image in Make-the-Cut, which was extremely easy since the design has such clear definition between the colors and is a high quality (high pixel count) image.     closeup_opt

The real magic occurs when you are heat setting it. You might think that it is difficult because of the curve of the bottle, glass, mug or jar – but as I found out, it is easier than it might first appear.


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 32
  • v = 250
  • p = 1


  1. Open the Free File from Team KNK (below)
  2. Make a TEST CUT to ensure a good, clean cut
  3. Make sure the image is reversed
  4. Cut the file from GlitterFlex Ultra or from GlitterFlex II
  5. Position the design on the object and use an iron to heat set   iron_opt The iron heats up the glass, which radiates to the GlitterFlex Ultra so you don’t have to hit every angle around the bottle with the iron.

Download your Free File from Team KNK. And Happy New Year to all!



Wild Fashion Prints Heat Transfer Vinyl

Wild Fashion Prints Heat Transfer Vinyl  

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Wild Fashion Prints™ is a preprinted heat transfer vinyl in many popular patterns that add fun to lettering, numbers or your custom design. KNK carries them in 17 different prints including animals, camo, perforated and leather looks. Many of the prints are also textured such as the leather.

And of course, since I am working with my friends Cathy Wiggins and Olde City Quilts to promote a line of garment leather to sewers, I just had to try out the leather vinyl on this t-shirt project. We are vending at the largest quilt show in the USA, Houston Quilt Market and Festival this fall.  We not only wanted to create a unified look when in the booth, but also peak attendee interest when we were spotted away from the booth with a slogan that made folks stop and ask us, what does #itsbetterinleather mean?

First, I created the design for the shirt in Make The Cut! , using the hashtag, #itsbetterinleather and the Olde City Quilts logo.  I did not know what the font name was for the Olde City logo, so I uploaded a picture of it to the WhatTheFont page of My This great font resource identified the font I needed and directed me to where I could purchase it. Once downloaded, I installed it into Make The Cut! and finished my design.

Filled up the virtual mat with as many as I could fit, mirror imaged the designs and cut on my KNK Maxx Air.


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

Wild Fashion Prints Heat Transfer Vinyl 

Maxx Air Settings

  • Blade = Red Blade, Blade height = 25
  • Force =55
  • Velocity = 250
  • # Passes = Disabled
  • Blade Offset = .25

The material cuts like all heat transfer vinyl, but since it is textured I did have a bit of an issue when weeding. The second time I increased the force a tad and exposed a tiny bit more blade. The design should be reversed and the clear heat proof carrier sheet face down on the mat.

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I then set up my design on the t-shirts and pressed with my heat press for the recommended time and pressure. Temperature at 325°F – 340°, firm even pressure for 12-15 seconds. Peel the clear backing when cool. Cover with a Telfon© sheet or kraft paper and repress for 3 seconds.

This is a fun material to get some cool effects on clothing, and it is perfect for our #itsbetterinleather message!

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Coloring Page Baby Bibs


Our Littlest Princess

I recently hosted a baby shower for this sweet little princess and her mommy. Since there were several young girls there, I wanted to have something fun for them to do. I decided to make some coloring page baby bibs that they could color for the new little one.


  1. Baby Bib Blanks
  2. Fabric Pens
  3. Black ThermoFlex Plus
  4. Red-capped Blade
  5. Make The Cut Software
  6. Coloring Page SVG (Outline with lots of white space)
  7. Heat Press or Iron

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 18
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 1


  1. Import or download a file from MTC
  2. If outlines are too thin, use the shadow function to make them the appropriate thickness. Edit > Shape Magic > Shadow LayerColoring Page Baby Bib - Adjust the Outline
  3. Cut and weed ThermoFlex Plus
  4. Use heat press or iron to apply to baby bib. (Follow manufacturers instructions and/or look here for more details.)
  5. Use the fabric pens to color the pictures.Coloring Page Baby Bibs

The coloring page bibs were a great success! The girls loved coloring them. I wish I had pictures of them decorating them, but I somehow missed capturing that during the baby shower.This turned out to be a great shower activity, and although I geared it for the younger crowd, I’m sure the women would have enjoyed it just as much.

Use HTV to Hide Stains

Life happens.

Photo showing stains.Sometimes I find a stain on clothing or other item and have no idea what it is, or where it came from. This happened to me recently when I found stains on two different unused items; one was a Onesie on which I had applied HTV but it had not been worn, and the other was an unused flour sack towel.

After unsuccessfully attempting to remove the stains, I was going to discard the items… which seemed like such a waste. It then occurred to me that I might be able to use HTV to hide stains.


  1. Stained garment/item
  2. ThermoFlex Plus
  3. Red Capped Blade
  4. Iron or Heat Press
  5. Pressing cloth or Teflon sheet

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 15
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut 1 or 2


  1. Decide on design that will cover stain adequately.
  2. Cut and weed design.
  3. Photo Showing HTV PlacementLay out design carefully to make sure it covers stain.
  4. Use heat press or iron per manufacturer’s instructions. (Don’t forget to use Teflon sheet or pressing cloth between clear transfer sheet and iron/heat press.)
  5. Remove transfer sheet. Repeat last step.
  6. Enjoy your renewed garment!

Finished Towel and OnesieAlthough the Onesie that I used for this process already had HTV on it, you could use this idea for any stained t-shirt or other garment. Get creative! Just check manufacturer information to see if the HTV can be used on the fabric content of your item.


How to Distress Heat Transfer Vinyl

Footstool with "5th" in Distressed VinylSince developing a love for heat transfer vinyl, I have wanted to try giving some HTV the distressed look that is so popular. I have a footstool that needed to be recovered, so I decided it would be the perfect project to practice this technique on. (The footstool resides in our little “home-away-from-home”… a place where I don’t mind if things don’t turn out just so.)

This footstool had a light-colored fabric that was impossible to keep clean. Also, I didn’t like how it looked with the rest of the furniture in the room. I took the top off, painted the legs gray, and then added glaze to give them an antiqued look.

The furniture in this room has been picked up from second-hand shops, garage sales, and Craigslist. This has resulted in colors that don’t match perfectly. When I looked for a fabric, I wanted something that would help pull things together. I opted for a grayish taupe which I felt was somewhere in the middle of the warm and cooler tones in the room.

  • Materials:

  1. Fabric
  2. ThermoFlex Plus
  3. Heat Press or Iron
  4. Teflon Sheet or Cloth
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. MTC or other design software
  • Settings for Zing:

  1. Speed – 10
  2. Force – 15
  3. Multicut – 1
  • Steps:

  1. Use Make the Cut or your favorite design software to create font or shape.
  2. Use eraser to create “scratch” marks, “worn edges”, and other distressed areas.
  3. Change size of eraser stroke to get various distress results.
  4. Edit and/or reduce nodes where needed for ease of cutting.
  5. Cut, weed, and apply heat transfer vinyl to fabric. (Look here for specific instructions.)

Close Up of Distressed Vinyl

It’s important to edit your design, as stated above to reduce unwanted nodes. It may be difficult to weed if you don’t, because you can get some rather strange results from using the eraser tool. (I also used Path > Simplify in Inkscape to reduce the number of nodes. If your software has this function, you may want to use it as well.)


Distressed Heat Transfer Vinyl on FabricAfter I added the black HTV, I still wasn’t happy with the colors so decided to add a little gold to the mix. My solution for how to accomplish this was to create little “brass screws” out the vinyl. I figured it would add interest to my distressed black design. To me it looks kind of like wrought iron and gives it an industrial look. (The “5th” is for our 5th grandchild on the way.)