I have been fortunate. I can’t even tell you when I first bought my KNK. I know it has been well over 10 years ago. When our youngest son joined our family 32 years I had to quit my job and stay home to care for him because he had significant health issues. So our family of 7 learned to live on one income. I saved for a long time to be able to purchase my first KNK. When I first starting making plaques with my KNK every roll of vinyl was a major purchase. But every penny I made went back into materials, and now I have an over abundance. I decided to pay it forward.
The county that I live in has a Relay for Life, a walk to benefit cancer research. My second son was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma 6 years ago. The treatment he had nearly killed him, but he survived! And the list of friends and family members who have battled cancer is unfortunately too long to list. So I decided this year to make plaques for our local relay and have them sell them at the relay and have the money go toward cancer research. I have spent about 1 month, on and off making over 60 signs. Here are some of them.
The designs are both purchased and my own designs. I hope that each and everyone of you who are fortunate enough to have their own KNK pay it forward in some way. Make a plaque for a benefit, send a card to a friend. It doesn’t have to be 60 plaques, just something to brighten someone’s day.
This plaque was so easy to make and such fun. I got the idea from another site and found out that the metal half trucks could be purchased from Hobby Lobby. They have saw tooth picture hangers on the back making it easy to attach them to the wood.
I had a piece of wood that was 12×18 and it was stained barn wood gray. Living in Wisconsin I like to go into the winter months with a bunch of wood pre stained and ready to go. I hate the smell of stain indoors. I then just typed the words, I think I used Magnolia sky for the font. I welded the words and then resized them accordingly. I cut them from vinyl using my 15″ KNK Maxx. Then I simply applied them to the wood using clear transfer tape. I put 2 screws into the wood to hold the truck and it was good to go. So cute, so simple!
Oh the fun we use to have Trick or Treating! “In my day” it was relatively safe to be out and about with a group of siblings and we would put on miles to get all of the treats that we could. It was one of the few times of the year that we got candy. Now, we live in the country and have had one trick or treater in 30 years. So we will head to a friends house that is in a popular trick or treat neighborhood (good candy!) and check out all of the ghosts and goblins.
I have a couple of Halloween decorations that I made, one for a friend, one for me, both very simple to design.
This small goblin was made using a scrap piece of wood that I had sitting around that was painted antique white. I used a free font called DBJack-oPattern. The whole font is jack o lantern faces and Halloween graphics. I picked one that I liked and made a stencil from vinyl and painted the black face. I then used black paint around the edges to make it look more primitive. Because it sits on a table I decided to do both sides.
This board was a Pintrest find. I thought it was funny and so I made it for the friend who is allowing us to join her for Halloween.
This is just a 10″x48″ pine board that was painted white and the I designed the image using fonts in KNK Studio. I cut the design from vinyl and applied it to the sign.
This was another customer request. It is so easy to do, just selecting some fun fonts and sizing each line so that the finished product fits the piece of wood you plan on using.
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
rustoleum 2X paint
This plaque was made using wood, paint and vinyl. I painted the plaque and let it dry for 24 hours. I then used Klic n Kut Studio to design the saying. I typed the whole saying and then went line by line and selected the font I wanted for each line. The words pumpkins and cornstalks were made by selecting transform and then fit text to arc. This has to be done prior to breaking path. I then went to arrange and selected break path. I went back and selected arrange, make path (ctrl/H) for each line. I then made a 12×24 rectangle ,which represented the size of the wood , and started resizing each line to fit where I wanted them. The rectangles are just guides to line up each line. Here is the file for anyone who would like it. It is in KNK format, SVG and MTC
I hesitated sharing this story because it is not pretty. But if it makes one person extra cautious when going through a divorce it is worth sharing.
My niece started selling real estate with the same company as my son-in-law so he became her mentor. My niece lives in the same town that she grew up in and she has 3 kids and was a teacher for a period of time so she knows a lot of people. One of these friends was her first “sale”. The couple had 3 kids, the eldest was about the same age as my nieces eldest who is 11. My son in law said they were the nicest family. So they bought the house and moved in. My niece had me make this sign for the family.
A few months later the husband was arrested for domestic abuse. The wife filed for divorce, the husband got out on bond. Long story short, he went for supervised visitation with his kids and as his wife dropped off the kids he killed her in front of his parents and then committed suicide. Domestic abuse happens every day, in every walk of life. Leaving is the most dangerous time.
15″ KNK MAXX
red capped blade
The sign is 12×18. It was stained with a gray wood stain and allowed to dry for several days. The laurel wreath design is from My Vinyl Designer. It was cut using my 15″ KNK MAXX and applied to the board using clear transfer tape.