Zing with MTC User Manual

The pre-ordered Zings began shipping yesterday and the on-line user manual is now available for interactive viewing and downloading! Note that the manual is a first draft and I plan to make updates regularly as new video links are added, along with rewrites of certain sections, additions of a trouble shooting section and glossary, and basic corrections to grammar and typos! : )

Here’s the link: Zing with Make The Cut User Manual

Even if you haven’t ordered the Zing, this manual also covers all of the functions in Make The Cut and will be updated as new versions of MTC are released. You’ll see that this program has an incredible amount of designing and editing functionality now available! It’s an incredible program for only $58.36! MTC will cut to a long list of cutters including all models of Klic-N-Kut, Pazzles, Gazelle, Craft Robo, Silhouette, and more. You can purchase Make The Cut here at my store.

While all of the pre-ordered Zings sold out, there will be more Zings arriving at the end of the month! So, be sure to check out this incredible new cutter and let me know if you need a recommended dealer to contact!

Just in Time for Halloween Baking…

I am proud to introduce Stellar Stationery cutting files to the store. There are 10 Halloween products available and I invite you to not only browse through the photos of these adorable cupcake accents, but be sure to read the product descriptions! Wow… if only I could make the KNK User Manuals so entertaining! lol

Each cupcake accent file contains the cutting shape for that accent plus the shape without the “poker” so you can use it for other decorating projects or in your scrapbooks and greeting cards!

Note that a special $9.99 package deal includes all 9 cupcake accents PLUS a Jack 0’Lantern shapes notecard.

So, before Monday arrives, be prepared for your cupcake baking with these adorable accents from Stellar Stationery!

Win $25 GC and a Subscription to VDBC!!! Now CLOSED!

Congratulations to Visual Designs by Chris and her team of designers! They are celebrating three years of providing cutting files to all of you wonderful customers creating magic with your machines!

To celebrate this 3rd Anniversary of www.visualdesignsbychris.com, I am offering a $25 gift certificate to www.knkusa.com AND Chris is donating a Qmc “The Gift” which is a set of 15 cutting files focused on gifts you can give for this holiday season or throughout the year:

Here are a few project ideas using files from this membership:

The winner will be selected randomly from those who post a comment HERE to THIS post today. Note that I will need to approve the posts and will do so as quickly as I see them. As long as your post makes it to my approval section by midnight PDT, it will qualify. I will then draw the name of the winner Sunday and announce in a new post! Good luck to all!

And don’t forget to then head over to VDBC to see the adorable cutting files available by Chris and her designers. Also, click on the Forum there to join in on more celebrations this weekend!

Happy Anniversary, VDBC!

Make-The-Cut Hot Keys Plus Reasons #10, #11, #12


Oops! Been a while since I posted about Make-The-Cut! Now that the Denver Retreat is complete and I’ve had a chance to catch up on the umpteen To Do items that were postponed because of the retreat, I can now get back to this site and the 25 reasons to check out MTC! Now that Andy has released a new beta 4.0 of MTC, the list is growing, so expect it to be at least 30 reasons by the time I have the MTC User Manual completed and our new Zing is released!

But first… I have a hot key list for MTC now ready to share. This will go into the user manual, but since it’s mostly complete, I wanted to go ahead and make it available to all of my readers. Here’s the link:

MTC Shortcut Keys

And now for three more reasons to check out MTC:

Reason #10 Rhinestone Feature

MTC’s Rhinestone window provides an automatic way to outline your vector shapes or do a horizontal fill using the circle size you choose, along with the spacing. Additionally you can preview the results before accepting and also see the circle count in this same window:

Video of Rhinestone Feature in MTC

Regarding the tweaking of the designs, MTC has short cut keys set up for top (T), bottom (B), right (R) and left (L) alignment, as well as equal vertical ([) and equal horizontal (]) spacing. I also really like the new Esc hotkey to unselect all images.

Reason #11 Path Thinning

Path thinning is the same thing as Center Line Tracing in KNK Studio and other vector programs. It converts a thick line shape into a single line, such as shown above in the image of the glasses. This can greatly simplify some rhinestone designs, especially lettering, as shown in the video below. It can also be handy when pens or markers are going to be used for drawing images and/or lettering.

Thin Paths Feature in MTC

Reason #12 The Font Name Is Automatically Listed in the Layers List

How many times do we forget the name of the font we used in a design? Well, MTC has a solution for that! When you type new text, the name of the font will be assigned as the name of the layer! This was a brilliant feature to include in a program that is used by those who love to collect the thousands of free fonts available on the Internet!

Click on the image to see the fonts names that were assigned for each text I typed:

Speaking of collecting fonts, here are some of my favorite sites to grab free fonts:

http://www.dafont.com/

http://dingbatdepot.com/

http://www.urbanfonts.com/

http://simplythebest.net/fonts/

http://www.acidfonts.com/

If you’re ready to take the plunge to Make-The-Cut, here’s the link to MTC in my own store:

http://www.iloveknk.com/products-page-2/make-the-cut/

You will receive an activation pin for registering MTC and your registration number will work for all of your computers. Other videos for MTC are now available at this link:

MTC Support

And the first detailed on-line User Manual will be available within about 3 – 4 weeks!