We spend part of our winter in Arizona, and the rest of the year at our Michigan home. I have found that leaving baking supplies in plastic during the intense Arizona summer while we are in Michigan, is not a good idea. The heat causes the food to absorb an odor from the plastic containers. I prefer to keep my dry goods in glass jars anyway, so I will begin transferring dry ingredients to the jars this winter.
I have recently purchased some matte inkjet printable vinyl. This is just what I needed to make these cute kitchen jar print and cut labels.
Clean the glass jar. I like to clean the area which is going to receive the label with rubbing alcohol.
Apply label to glass jar.
Tips and things I learned during this project:
I was having trouble with my Print and Cut, even though I usually get a perfect result. So…. this should have been common sense and I almost hate to mention it. But, perhaps someone else will make the same mistake, so I will swallow my pride and tell you that I failed to consider that I was using a new computer and hadn’t calibrated the software yet. When I finally figured out what was wrong, I simply looked at my X Y values in MTC on my other computer and plugged them in. Perfection!
The printed vinyl seems to be waterproof. (I used an Epson printer with pigment ink. Your results may be different, depending on the ink used.)
Some of the detail of my original image didn’t show up in the printed version, even though I printed at a high quality. While I still like the result, I will keep that in mind when I choose/ design my next image.
My local Walmart only had one of these jars. I will be making be making more labels when I am able to purchase more of these cute jars.
I have a couple packages of Klic-N-Kut Printable Vinyl that have been nagging me to make something with them. Finally my brain kicked into gear and came up with an idea – custom stamps or stickers. Since I think being able to cut a stamp shape with all of the little notches is a fun idea, I decided to make a page of my own stamps. Of course you could make stamps or stickers in any shape or size that you want.
I made my stamp 1 1/2″ wide and 1″ high. That way I could get 50 stamps on one sheet of the printable vinyl, have enough margins on the perimeter to print the registration marks for my Print and Cut and even have enough space between the rows and columns that the stamps could be cut apart while they were still on the backing sheet.
The stamp shape was created in my KNK Studio software using the Shape Tools, the Transform/Fit Object to Path and the XOR Weld. The Array function was utilized to check and make sure the stamp shapes would fit on the page as I wanted them to.
Then I was on a mission to find graphics and sayings for my stamps. I scoured the Internet for free vector images without a lot of success. I found a bit of a mother lode on the Microsoft Office Clipart site. And recently there have been postings on the MTC Forum giving instructions and hints for customizing a Google search to make images easier to find. I created my graphic files using Inkscape.
With my graphic files and my stamp shape all prepared I was ready to create my stamps. I used the Make The Cut software to create my stamps and for the Print and Cut operation. Getting the stamp shape and its associated texture rectangle from KNK Studio to MTC was a matter of copying them in KNK Studio and doing a Paste-In-Place in MTC.
In MTC I added the graphic files and text to the texture rectangles then duplicated the stamp shapes and texture rectangles to fill the rows across the page. I chose to use different graphics and text for each row of stamps. When I had filled the page it looked like this.
You can see the registration marks for the Print and Cut in the corners of the page.
Since I had not calibrated the laser on my 15″ Maxx Air, I consulted the User Manual and made the necessary adjustments so the cut would be accurate. As a additional check, I used the Print Wireframe Option to print a black and white copy of my stamp page that I then cut with the Print and Cut feature of MTC. Here are a few stamps from my wireframe test cut. I was very happy with the accuracy of the cuts.
The ‘real thing’ (page of stamps) was printed, placed on a mat, and cut. This is a scan of the stamps after they have been weeded. Unfortunately if I increased the brightness so they look white, the cut lines disappear so you get to see them in this lovely shade of gray.
If you have ever wanted to have custom stamps or stickers for something, this is a great way to make them. With the versatility of the KNK Studio and MTC software, the Printable Vinyl from KNKUSA, an inkjet printer, and your KNK cutter you can make them whatever size and shape you want with whatever you want printed on them.
They would be the finishing touch to a package of birthday cards or note cards you made for a gift. And think what fun the little ones would have with some stickers with their picture on them.
Their uses are endless and I hope I’ve planted the seeds of inspiration for you to create some stamps or stickers of your own.
The wireframe printout was printed on copy paper and cut on a 15″ Maxx Air using a red cap blade, force = 15, speed = 150, offset = .35, blade height = 25 Post-It-Notes, and cut type = Print and Cut.
The printable vinyl was cut on a 15″ Maxx Air using a mat, a red cap blade, force = 10, speed = 150, offset = 35, blade height = 25 Post-It-Notes, and cut type = Print and Cut.
The stamp shape with it’s associated texture rectangle and a PDF format tutorial with a detailed step by step process for creating the stamps can be downloaded from the links below.
I had to travel to Puerto Rico, so I decided to make my own Personal Travel Kit set. To do this I used the printable vinyl from KNK USA and I LOVE IT!!!. Because these bottles were obviously going to get wet at some point, I used my printer with ink that is water resistant. I had created wine labels with this printer and these bottle have been inside my fridge for about one year and the printing still looks great! So I decided to use it with the bath bottles. If you do not have a printer with water resistant ink, I recommend that you cover the sticker with transparent mailing tape.
Okay, these are soooooo simple to make:
** Design your label in Make The Cut (or import using the Pixel Trace function) and print your art work with your inkjet printer using the printable vinyl from KNKUSA. There are free videos on tracing linked throughout Chapter 6 of the Make The Cut user manual.
** Click this phrase: print and cut to follow the instructions on how to perform a print and cut in Make The Cut.
** Peel and stick your printed labels onto each bottle that corresponds with the label. The printable vinyl has a really great adhesive, so they will stick very well.
As you can see, the printable vinyl looks great on any surface and allow you to label and personalize everything!
This is the first Valentine’s Day for my granddaughter, Carlea, so I decided to make something special for her. This mailbox and many of other items in this post feature the printable vinyl from knkusa.com.
The mailbox was so simple to do! Just measure your mailbox, design something special, print it, cut it, and attach it to your mailbox! I also cut the big flower on my Groove-e!
I would like to share other things that I made for her birthday, too, where I used printable vinyl and my WONDERFUL KNK Groove-e machine.
I used the Groove-e to add decorations to the castle show above (Click on the photo to bring up a much larger version to see the details!. I added her name, flowers, and hearts cut with my cutter and I added six pictures of her (these were pictures taken during her first twelve months of life).
I hope you like my post. The possibility of using KNK cutters and products like the printable vinyl are endless. I use my KNK Groove-e for everything, always finishing my projects using my WONDERFUL cutter.
Christmas is around the corner. I decided this year to wrap a few Christmas presents in a different and unique way. I also had a new idea for a Christmas ornament. So I took advantage of the printable vinyl that KNKUSA.com sells. For this project the materials I used are:
Instructions: I began by using Photoshop to design the images and saved them as JPG’s. I imported and pixel traced these images in MTC and then printed them on a sheet of Printable Vinyl. Here is the printed ornament image showing the registrations marks:
After printing, I used my TERRIFIC Klic-N-Kut Groove-e for the print and cut. (To perform a print and cut from Make-The-Cut, watch the video “Using Make The Cut to do a Print and Cut to a Klic-N-Kut” by Sandy McCauley). I also cut a piece of cardstock with the same shape as my design. In this case a Christmas ball. Then I applied the vinyl to the cardstock.
After that, I made another design to place in front of my plastic bottle. And I wrapped the bottle cap with ribbon.
And finally, I decorated the top of the bottle cap with a poinsettia, tulle, and my personalized Christmas ball.
The print on the vinyl looks fantastic. Inside the plastic base you can put candies or any special gift that will fit. I know the person who receives this present will be so excited.