Simple Wine Bottle Fall Decorations with a Free File!

I really like fall, and am hoping for a relatively dry one this year as we have lots to do outside yet.  My family is having Thanksgiving at my sister’s house this year for the very first time, and I’m not sure how many fall decorations she has so I wanted to create some unique holiday accents.  The beauty of the two-piece design is that it can be used on a variety of circumferences to fit bottles, pillar candles, jars, etc.  These are very simple Halloween and Thanksgiving designs.

There are only a few pieces in the actual design, but they can be enhanced using markers, chalk, etc – as well as pipe cleaners and other doo-dads – to make a wide variety of your very own colorful decorations.

I used Copic markers to color the beak and waddle as well as to add color to the turkey feathers.  I used a hot glue gun to assemble the components.  After putting several drops of hot glue on the underside of the beak, I simply inserted the waddle and held it there until the glue had slightly cooled. At that point I could position it exactly where I wanted it.

I prefer to use a brayer and the inside of my hand to create a nice, smooth curve as shown below.  I also used this method to curve the feathers slightly outward for the back piece.

And here is the finished product.  The pieces overlap so that it can adjust for a variety of size cylinders.

 

This free file from Team KNK includes the pumpkin and the turkey and can be downloaded from this link:  http://teamknk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/WineBottleTurkeyPumpkin.zip

Vinyl on Shadow Box Glass Face

Yesterday was my daughter’s 16th birthday.  We had family visiting from out of town to help her celebrate, as well as a few of her friends – all in all, a house full of fun!  To commemorate her sweet 16, I decorated this basic shadowbox frame for her to display a photo from her party. 

 

I used a font called Brock Script for most of the text, converted text to graphic, and finally welded the overlapping components together.  (I used an old picture for demonstration as we haven’t had a chance to print out party photos yet). Vinyl is my absolute favorite medium, and I love the dimensionality of shadow boxes.  She can put little items inside it – maybe a ribbon or bow from her giftwrap, a little confetti from her gift packing, or she could even add more vinyl decals to the back layer for extra depth. 

Now check out the thickness (or should I say thinness) of this font.  For comparison, I’ve used a .7 mm lead mechanical pencil in the photo.  Isn’t that incredible!

Aren’t these machines fabulous?  I’ve cut designs this intricate in vinyl, vellum, and quality paper.  When using vellum or paper, you need to ensure your mat is not too sticky.  Although it starts with the adhesive application on your mat, it is possible to lessen tackiness with a clean, dry T-Shirt but be prepared to spend some time patting your mat over and over.

Triangular Prism version of the Exploding gift box

I wanted to post these pics of the triangular version – my daughter named it a Triangular Prism.  It uses a ribbon closure, but could also have the paper closure that slides over the top.  I will also share the file – download it by clicking on the screenshot of KNK Studio.  Thanks!

 

I used a pressure setting of ‘2’ on my KNK Maxx for the score lines, and 92 for my cut lines – I did have to cut twice because of the texture and glitter.  The nice thing about this one is it could be done with one 12×12 piece of double sided cardstock.

              

3D Exploding Gift card Box

A few months ago I made an exploding gift card box for my boss, who had accepted a promotion, to hold two gift cards – one of which came in an irregular shape in a velveteen bag (so it needed more space than just an envelope).  I have since been having a blast designing in 3D including “Chip the Horse” and a variety of ‘exploding’ gift boxes in all shapes and sizes.  And, boy, I was excited to put this practice to good use.  Friends of ours have a daughter who is about to leave for college, where she will be studying art.  We are giving her a Dick Blick gift card and I wanted to make something very special to present it in.  I hope you enjoy my latest project and the corresponding free file.

 First, I selected from my favorite paper.   Supplies needed:  12×12 and 6×6 matching paper, and a #2 pencil (or similar sized cylinder)

 Next, I set my Maxx blade to the paper thickness.  Since I have a hard time seeing the tiny blade tip I like to use scraps, folded in half, to test it (no, its not age, its just tired eyes).  If my blade cuts through one layer but not into the second, I know the blade is set correctly.  I loaded the 12×12 paper and used a brayer to ensure a good grip between this thick paper and my mat.  Then I made sure I set the machine properly for the ‘score lines’ in pink and sent them to ‘cut’.  And finally, I made the necessary adjustments to fully cut the blue lines.  Next, I loaded the 6×6 paper and cut the square in a square – a simple piece that doesn’t require any score lines.

Once the pieces are cut out, simply fold at the score lines.  And here is the finished product:

Now, let’s take a look at that “Explosion” I promised.

  

Please click on the finished product photo to download the free KNK file.  Thanks for stopping in to Team KNK!

Chip the Horse

 

We live and breathe horses around these parts – quite literally, as there are four of the beasts living in my barn right now.  Surprisingly, we have very little in the way of equine ornamentation in our home though.  The idea for this project came from my daughter and her grandma, who does beautiful wood carvings.

For this project I used the maximum thickness chipboard I could find, and cut, with my KNK Maxx.  I set my speed to 100 and my pressure to 160.  I also activated multipass and increased the cut to two times.  I taped my chipboard to my mat, even though it was sticky, to ensure there wouldn’t be any skewing.  In the end, I also turned my mat sideways so  all of the pinch wheels made contact.

 

Chip is seven layers thick at the legs, so he has some depth.  Once the pieces were cut and painted, I used a ruler to line up the legs so that the hooves were flat, and flush with the tail.  These three pieces need to be very level for the horse to hold his stance.

I applied Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky glue with a paint brush to adhere the pieces together then let Chip dry overnight.  My daughter felt he needed a display platform so we used an extra horse stall name plaque that was already painted green like grass.

Chip now stands guard at my daughter’s night stand.  I think he will soon have a pink or white, and definitely sparkly, friend to keep him company there!

Click on Chip’s large finished photo to download the KNK file.

Michele Harvey