Free Popup Gift Tag

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I love Popup Card Studio SOOOO much that after signing up for a Christmas-themed gift tag swap, I immediately decided to design a gift tag that would also be a popup card:

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I wanted a whimsical design and easily located a free Rudolph image using Google and traced it in MTC. I employed my usual approach of starting the design in MTC where it always seems easier to visualize the final product. I used a free font called Christmas Light Indoor for the To and From elements. Then I copied and pasted those into Popup Card Studio and created the popup design for the inside of the tag. I exported this popup as an SVG file to reopen in MTC. It’s important to note that if you are a KNK Force owner, you need to do this so that the fold lines can be broken and rejoined before the file is exported and opened in C3 for cutting to the Force.

I used both the Maxx Air and the Force to cut all parts. Because the Force has easy and accurate PNC, I used it for the colored To/From pieces and for the Merry Christmas greeting. I also used it for the popup insert because the Force has dual heads, thus capable of scoring and cutting the popup all in one step. Given that I was making 16 of these tags, I needed efficiency!

While the Force was doing its cuts, the Maxx Air handled the cutting of 16 sets of red, white, green, light brown, dark brown, and black pieces used in these tags. Now, if only KNK USA would come up with a machine to do all of that tedious gluing it took to create Rudolph’s head! LOL When I started organizing the file to share with everyone, it occurred to me that some crafters might like Rudolph to also be a single PNC element so that the tedious gluing of small pieces would be eliminated. No problem! I added several variations to the file that I’m sharing here.

The file contains an MTC format file, a SCAL format file, and individual SVG files for those cutting with the Force or importing into a different program. Also, for those using other design software, the PNC elements have been included as individual PNG files. To verify sizing, the tag should be 4.75″ in height.

If you’re into popup cards, think about buying Popup Card Studio. It takes a little practice maneuvering in the software but there are lots of free videos to help you learn it:

PCS Demo

Intro to PCS

Two Line Card in PCS

and dozens of other PCS videos here: Susan Bluerobot

If you have any questions, please post!

Celebrating 10 Years of Klic-N-Kut Cutters!

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KNK is 10 Years Old Today! Let’s Have a Contest!

On November 21, 2006, the first generation of Klic-N-Kut cutters began arriving in customers’ homes and businesses. Since then, thousands of customers have joined our KNK community and the number of materials and applications have widened beyond imagination. It’s always exciting to see the latest creations!

To celebrate this 10th anniversary, we’re having a contest to win a $100 Gift Certificate from KNK USA! We want to know what you like best about being a Klic-N-Kut owner. Please use the following link to enter the contest. Post just a few words or as many words as you like! If you also want to share a photo of a KNK project, feel free to include it, as well.

Click here to enter

On November 28, KNK USA will randomly select one of the posters as a winner of a $100 Gift Certificate from KNK USA!

Thank you all for being such terrific customers! Your continued support and valuable input over the years has helped shape the evolution of our products. We look forward to serving your needs for many years to come.

KNK Retreat in Big Rapids, Michigan: October 7 – 9, 2016!

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Come join us in Big Rapids, Michigan on October 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2016 for our KNK fall retreat. Michele Harvey, from Team KNK will be our instructor as we learn, explore, and get inspired with our KNK Cutters and Make The Cut software. Michele is a talented instructor/presenter for KNK and comes with years of experience in the field. We will have an added bonus for those of us with the new KNK Force. Darrel Farris will be attending the retreat and has offered to share some tips and/or activities that I know will be a big benefit to all. Darrel is such an asset to Team KNK and has so much to share!

The Retreat Includes:

✩ 4 great meals
✩ 6 – 7 classes
✩ Demonstrations
✩ Make-n-Takes
✩ Free goodies
✩ One-on-one assistance
✩ Class notes and files
✩ Cutting materials

Cost and Accommodations

The cost for the Anchored in Inspiration KNK Retreat, including all of the above, is $295.00 per person. Participants are responsible for travel expenses and room cost at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Big Rapids, MI. The discounted room cost for the retreat participants is $119.00 plus tax. If you’d like to reduce your cost by sharing a room, let us know and we may be able to help you find a roommate. When you call to reserve a room, be sure to let them know you are participating in the KNK Retreat so that you get this group rate.

DEADLINE TO RESERVE A ROOM: Sept 7, 2016
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center
1005 Perry Avenue
Big Rapids, MI
Phone: (231)796-4400

Schedule

The conference room will open at 3:00 PM with the first class starting at 4:00PM. Dinner will be served, followed by classes, demonstrations, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be filled to the brim with classes, demonstrations, challenges, games, lunch, dinner, and an evening workshop. On Sunday, we will have one more class, followed by a light meal, some final Q & A, and parting gifts. The event will conclude at 1:00PM.
Participation in all classes and demonstrations is optional, so you can head out any time to enjoy the local attractions. We encourage you to bring your cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us as we will have extras and will seat everyone for sharing as needed.
If you would like to have a guest join us for a meal, please include the request in your application. We will provide actual pricing after we have a final count. This retreat is available for 25 attendees, and we will have a waiting list in case of cancellations.

***Reserve Your Spot***

1) Complete the online registration here. Please complete all of the questions – each retreat is customized to the responses you provide. If you prefer, you can email Laurie at theredcabinstudio@gmail.com to let us know you wish to attend. We will send you a short application form to complete, scan, and return. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Laurie.

2) Send $125 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Laurie Nash. If you use PayPal, please enter theredcabinstudio@gmail.com and the amount.
THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING A DEPOSIT IS September 7, 2016. The $170 balance will be due Sept 23, 2016.

KNK Retreat in Texas: July 22 – 24, 2016!

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Come join Michele Harvey from Team KNK, and learn to master your Klic-N-Kut and Make the Cut software!

The cost of the retreat is $395 which includes:
✩ 4 great meals
✩ 6 – 7 classes
✩ Demonstrations
✩ Make-n-Takes
✩ free goodies
✩ one-on-one assistance
✩ class notes and files
✩ cutting materials

Favorite projects from Team KNK will also be presented!

Your hotel and travel expenses are separate. Rooms are $89 a night, plus tax. When you call to reserve a room, be sure to mention “Cuttin’ With KNK” to get this group rate.

DEADLINE TO RESERVE A ROOM: June 22, 2016

Springhill Suites by Marriott DFW East/Las Colinas/Irving
(972) 580-1120

5800 High Point Dr.
Irving, Texas 75038

Hotel Amenities:
✩ free breakfast buffet
✩ fully equipped fitness center
✩ on site parking
✩ heated indoor pool
✩ whirlpool
Conveniently located near DFW Airport with free shuttle service to and from the East airport entrance.

The Lonestar lll room will open at 3:00 PM with the first class starting at 4:00PM. Dinner will be served, followed by classes, demonstrations, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be chock full of classes, demonstrations, challenges, games, lunch, dinner, and an evening workshop. On Sunday, we will have one more class, followed by brunch and some final Q & A and parting gifts. The event will conclude at 1:00PM.

Participation in all classes and demonstrations is optional, so you can head out any time to enjoy the local attractions. We encourage you to bring your cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us as we will have extras and will seat everyone for sharing as needed.

If you would like to have a guest join us for a meal, please include the request in your application. We will provide actual pricing after we have a final count. This retreat is available for 25 attendees, and we will have a waiting list in case of cancellations.

***Reserve Your Spot***

1) Complete the online registration here. Please complete all of the questions – each retreat is customized to the responses you provide. If you prefer, you can email Michele at cuttinwithknk@gmail.com to let us know you wish to attend. We will send you a short application form to complete, scan, and return. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Michele.
2) Send $195 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Michele Harvey. If you use PayPal, please use href=”mailto:cuttinwithknk@gmail.com”>cuttinwithknk@gmail.com.

THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING A DEPOSIT IS June 22, 2016. The $200 balance will be due July 8, 2016.

See Y’all in Texas!

User Manual Changes and Why You Should Be Reading It

UM I want to emphasize the importance of reading the first 3 chapters of the KNK Force User Manual:

  • The KNK Force doesn’t work like any other blade based cutter in the hobby world. Read the Introduction for details.
  • If you don’t follow the instructions, you’re not going to get good cuts AND you can break a blade.
  • If you don’t understand the new settings used in Z axis cutting, you won’t be able to troubleshoot cutting issues.
  • On Monday, I uploaded a new version. Below is a list of the major changes for those who have already gone through the initial January 11 publication. There are some other minor changes such as typo corrections and a few clarifications here and there. But if you’re just interested in knowing the “big changes”, here’s the list:

  • Introduction: Added a section before Important for those customers who have never owned a cutter
  • Section 2.01.1 Cutter Tabs – covers functions on each of the main pages/sections and where to find details in the UM
  • Section 2.02: More information in the Important box
  • Section 3.04: Added two new terms: Tool Mode and Layout Mode to better explain where images will cut
  • End of Chapter 3: More materials added to the suggested settings table. This will continue to change with future updates.
  • Section 4.01: Explained more about SVG files
  • Section 4.02: Entire section rewritten to cover Tool Mode and Layout Mode for various vector programs, as well as “things to do” before or during SVG export
  • Section 4.03: Explained how to find out which C3 version you’re using and what each version changed
  • Sections 5.03 – 5.07: Added information about using Force accessory tools
  • End of Chapter 5: Recommended settings for accessory tools. This will continue to change with future updates.
  • Section 7.08: Preliminary information on design changes to make for rotary tool use
  • Acknowledgements: Added to say thanks to the people who are contributing to the content of this user manual! 🙂
  • As always, if you run into problems you cannot resolve after reading pertinent sections, seek help! We enjoy making KNK owners successful! Also be sure to check out the various resources for the KNK Force. Right now, the Force Facebook Group is VERY active and a great place to join in on friendly discussions and sharing of ideas and solutions. Hope to see you there!