Blinging Gabriella’s Shorts!

My son’s girlfriend enjoys all aspects of my business, especially the part involving rhinestones! : ) So, when she asked me if I could add some bling to an existing pair of shorts, I immediately said, “Yes” because the task would be easy to do and yield great results! This is how I made it happen:

Pair of shorts
KNK Zing
Rhinestone Template Material
Stencil Board
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
SS16 Topaz Rhinestones
Shur-Line Trim and Touchup Pad
Home iron or Heating Press

(1) I scanned the shorts into my computer so that I could use the existing embroidery pattern on the shorts as a guide for creating the design.

(2) In Make The Cut, I imported the scan and then manually traced the curve of the embroidery pattern. Here’s a video showing how that was done: Simple Curve Trace in MTC.

(3) Next I measured the width of the design on the actual pocket and resized the pattern on the screen to match. Then I used the Rhinestone function in MTC to apply the circles. Because you always need to cut circles that are about 0.5 mm larger than the nominal stone size, I chose SS19 (0.17 in) for the circle size. For the spacing, I used 0.02″.

(4) Then I made a mirrored copy of the pattern for the other pocket.

(5) Using the KNK Zing, I cut the patterns from cardstock first to make sure they were designed at the correct size and alignment to the existing pattern. Then I cut the patterns from the rhinestone template material using a force of 90, speed of 10 and two passes. I then pressed the two patterns to stencil board.

(6) I used the Shur-line pad to brush the stones into the templates. Then used rhinestone transfer tape to lift the stones out of the templates and arrange onto the short pockets. If you’ve never seen this process done, please check out a video I made a few years ago using the KNK Maxx, as the process is the same: Cutting Rhinestone Template Material on the Maxx

(7) With my home iron set to High, the stones were then heat-pressed onto the shorts. I pressed firmly for 15 seconds. Then I moved the iron slightly over and pressed for another 10 seconds. The second pressing insures that steam holes are not over any of the stones during the first pressing. After cooling, I peeled off the transfer tape and the shorts were ready for Gabriella to wear!

Here is a before photo:

And here is a close-up of one of the completed pockets:

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

I love tote bags and love to give…

I love tote bags and love to give them as gifts. I love using rhinestones for decorations, but vinyl is also easy.


For the NC State bag, I used a design I had done before and cut it from flocking material. I used Monogram KK font (free from daFont) for the letters, The State logo was from Varsity font. I get tote bags lots of places, but be sure they are canvas and don’t have plastic insides. That melts when you apply your monograms!

Auto-traced Fountain with rhinestones

My most favorite thing to do with my KNK Studio (and MTC) is to auto-trace. The image I used for this project I bought from, a photo site that has a lot of silhouettes. This one came from a page of garden things. It reminded me of a beautiful fountain I saw in Puerto Rico last year.
With Sandy’s help, I broke apart the image after tracing, so I had 3 different images: the fountain itself, the flamingo and the water. I used the “Segment Edit” to take out the parts I didn’t need in each image. For the fountain, I used the Ginsu knife to cut the imagine in half, copied the side I kept, reversed it and welded it together. For the flamingo, I edited it and then closed the path to make it whole.
For the water, I was able to delete the fountain and flamingo, so only the water was left. I then used the rhinestone feature to make my circles. It is important to make sure all images fit together before doing the rhinestone template. I ironed on the vinyl first, then added the rhinestones on top.

Since I always have to use a pattern in more than one project, I shrank the pattern, redid the rhinestone template and used it on black cardstock for a page in my cruise album with the pictures of the fountain:

Materials used:
black glitter iron on vinyl
pink glitter iron on vinyl
light aquamarine SS10 rhinestones
light blue SS10 rhinestones
black cardstock
gold wall vinyl
crystal SS10 rhinestones